LAS VEGAS – Shane Proctor is one ride away from winning a world championship.
If the Grand Coulee bull rider makes an 8-second ride tonight at the Thomas and Mack Center, or three-time defending champion J.W. Harris fails to ride, the world championship goes to Proctor, who is competing in his first Wrangler National Finals rodeo.
Proctor, who has been on top of the standings most of the season, put himself in that position with a 69-point ride on War God during the ninth round of the WNFR on Friday night.
When Harris bucked off, Proctor moved to third in the average with 399.5 points on five successful rides. Harris is fourth in the average but only has made four rides. Harris can win his fourth championship if he rides and Proctor fails to score.
Tyson Durfey of Colbert is also in the mix in tie-down roping. Although he finished out of the money with an 11.6-second run, he moved up to second in the average when leader Cody Ohl had a no-time.
A lot of things would have to go fall just right for Durfey to jump from eighth to first. He has $112,000 and leader Tuf Cooper, who is ninth in the average, has $181,000.
Durfey would have to win the final round today and claim the average while Cooper finished out of the money.
Durfey is at 80.50 seconds in the average, 2 seconds behind Matt Shiozawa, who is also $15,000 ahead of Durfey. The average winner earns more than $45,000 and the go-round winners almost $18,000.
The team-roping Minor brothers from Ellensburg, Riley and Brady, finished out of the money. They have picked up just one check this week.
Cheney bareback rider Ryan Gray tied for fourth with a 83 on Delta Glamourous to earn $5,000.
He is ninth in the average after bucking off Thursday night. It was also revealed on Friday he had suffered a concussion earlier in the competition.
Kaycee Feild wrapped up his first bareback world championship, finishing fourth in the ninth round with an 83-point ride on Hypnotic.
Feild, from Payson, Utah, has won five NFR rounds and has earned $256,236 this season. Second-place Will Lowe of Canyon, Texas, has $193,307 with one round left.
“I didn’t realize I’d won it, actually,” Feild said. “I knew I had to do good tonight to win it. I wished I could have done a little better tonight, but I’m just happy as I can be.
“I’m already thinking about the next one (world championship). (I’ll) just go and watch tapes and try to come back and do better.”
Feild, the son of Hall of Famer Lewis Feild, has earned $115,577 in the rodeo to top all competitors.