2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo: Day Seven Recap

The bull riding started slow on night seven of this year's Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, but things heated up in a hurry as the round progressed.  J.W. Harris is looking for a third consecutive World Title, and he electrified the Thomas and Mack Center with a 94.5-point ride on Smoke Screen!  The ride was only 1.5 points off the arena record, and it was more than enough to give him his third consecutive round win.  Tyler Smith made a very respectable 89-point ride aboard Classic Red to finish second in the round.  Bobby Welsh finished third with 86.5 points, while Shawn Hogg and Corey Navarre rounded out the top five.

The race for the average is also starting to heat up, although Harris has a strong hold on it heading into round eight.  He is now leading with 538.5 points which is over 100 points ahead of second.  Cody Whitney bucked off last night, but he is still second in the aggregate after starting 5-for-7.  Kanin Asay, Clayton Williams, and Corey Navarre round out the top five, and each of the three have covered four bulls in Vegas.

For the first time at this year's WNFR, there is a new number one in bull riding.  J.W. Harris passed Wesley Silcox in the World Standings after winning his third consecutive round, and he is well ahead in the average race as well.  Silcox is about $16,000 behind Harris heading into round eight, and he will need to start winning or placing in rounds in order to keep up.  Shawn Hogg jumped back to third after placing well last night.  Clayton Williams dropped down to fourth, while Kanin Asay rounds out the top five in the World Standings.

The 2010 WNFR is rapidly approaching the finish line.  Round eight is tonight, and you can catch the action on ESPN Classic starting at 9:00PM Central Time.  Keep checking for news, updates, recaps, key match-ups, etc.

Two Key Match-Ups For Round Eight
J.W. Harris on Big Tex is one of the biggest and best match-ups of the WNFR so far.  Harris is coming off a 94.5-point ride in round seven, and he is in position to win another World Title.  Big Tex is a bull owned by Dakota Rodeo.  He was out a couple nights ago, and he was impressive in bucking off Wesley Silcox right before the whistle.  If the bull has his usual trip, and J.W. rides like he has all week, the score will be 90 points or more.  I can't wait to watch this one.

Kanin Asay on Secretary of Soul is another interesting match-up for round eight.  Asay has ridden well at this year's WNFR, but he injured his knee last night.  It will be interesting to see how he feels tonight.  Secretary of Soul is a bull owned by Growney Bros. Rodeo.  He has only been ridden once in the PRCA in 2010, but Asay rode him for 6.75 seconds a couple months ago.  If Kanin feels alright after last night, he should get revenge against this bull and be close to 90 points.