NFR Playoffs Could Have MAJOR NFR Bubble Implications

The $1M NFR Playoff Series Finale will give PRCA team ropers one final shot to move into the top 15 before the 2022 ProRodeo regular season ends on Sept. 30.

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⚠️WARNING⚠️ Less than one month remains in the 2022 ProRodeo regular season and a major change in the world standings could be on the way.

With a total payout of $1 million, the NFR Playoff Series Finale, Sept. 8-11, in Puyallup, Washington, will give PRCA team ropers one final shot at qualifying for the 2022 NFR.

If you’re wondering what the NFR Playoff Series is, click here for a fast facts sheet.

Here’s Who Qualifies:

The top 23 in the NFR Playoff Series standings who earned points all season long at Playoff events will get the chance to compete at Puyallup, while the 24th spot will go to the winners of the 2022 NFR Open.

#ICYMI: Blake Hirdes and Dalton Pearce won the NFR Open Team Roping title.

The World Championship Race

PRCA team ropers who qualify for Puyallup in the top 23 of the NFR Playoff Series Standings have a chance to further cement their position in the top 15 of the ProRodeo world standings before the end of September.

Here’s who’s safe:

Headers:

With over $210K in PRCA earnings, Kaleb Driggers holds the No. 1 position in both the world and NFR Playoff Series standings and has secured his place in the top 15.

The richest team roper in ProRodeo, Clay Tryan, will stay in the top 15, as he is currently ranked No. 2 in both the world and Playoff Series standings.

This season has been a dominant one for Andrew Ward as he currently ranks No. 3 in the world and No. 4 in the NFR Playoff Series standings, and will remain in the top 15.

Heelers:

Currently ranked No.1 in the world standings and in the NFR Playoff Series standings, Junior Nogueira has locked in his spot in the top 15 with over $210K in PRCA earnings. 

A win at Ellensburg – the last stop on the NFR Playoff Series tour – has boosted Jake Long to No. 2 in the world and No. 5 in the NFR Playoff Series standings, securing a position in the top 15. 

As a member of the “catching-ist” team of all time, Buddy Hawkins is No. 3 in the world and No. 4 in the NFR Playoff Series and has earned a spot in the top 15.

The Bubble

PRCA team ropers who rank among the top 23 in the NFR Playoff Series Standings and are on the bubble in the ProRodeo world standings may earn enough money at the NFR Playoff Series Finale in Puyallup to move into the top 15 before the end of September.

Here’s who to watch for:

Headers:

With his win at Ellensburg, Clay Smith rose to No. 14 in the world and is currently ranked No. 5 in the NFR Playoff Series standings, giving him a chance to lock down his spot in the top 15 before the season’s end.

Jake Clay is sitting at No. 15 in the world standings and got into Puyallup ranked No. 23 in the NFR Playoff Series standings, which means he will get one more shot to secure his position in the top 15.

Erich Rogers is just outside of the top 15 in the world standings at No. 16; however, at No. 11 in the NFR Playoff Series standings, he will have a chance at Puyallup to move into the top 15.

Heelers:

Ranked No. 14 in the world standings and No. 13 in the NFR Playoff Series standings, Wesley Thorp will have the opportunity at Puyallup to lock down a spot in the top 15 before the season’s out. 

Having risen to No. 15 in the world standings and No. 11 in the NFR Playoff Series, Paden Bray will have a shot at securing his spot in the top 15.

At No. 16 in the world standings, Lane Mitchell is on the bubble, and with his No. 12 ranking in the NFR playoff series standings, he will have a chance to make a big move into the top 15 before the season is over.

The Final Roster:

NFR Playoff Series Standings (updated September 6, 2022):

Headers:

NFR Playoff Series RankNamePointsWorld Standings RankEarnings
1Kaleb Driggers10621.40 pts1$220,395.18
2Clay Tryan6650.45 pts2$143,763.14
3Jr. Dees5777.29 pts7$94,250.69
4Andrew Ward5769.14 pts3$115,338.61
5Clay Smith5182.71 pts14$76,002.18
6Rhen Richard5020.16 pts6$96,632.10
7Tanner Tomlinson4879.40 pts5$98,790.79
8Riley Minor4869.77 pts10$84,827.25
9Lightning Aguilera4759.67 pts12$81,147.98
10Coleman Proctor4673.95 pts8$89,129.24
11Erich Rogers4562.47 pts16$75,002.89
12Aaron Tsinigine4546.86 pts17$74,216.92
13Cory Kidd4539.09 pts18$71,371.83
14Cody Snow4512.74 pts13$78,738.98
15Dustin Egusquiza4488.43 pts4$101,655.43
16Luke Brown4200.82 pts29$55,681.04
17Chad Masters4141.19 pts11$82,874.52
18Clint Summers4113.95 pts28$57,017.96
19Coy Rahlmann4015.05 pts27$59,624.36
20Tyler Wade3870.80 pts9$86,348.05
21Jake Clay3743.88 pts15$75,536.63
22Quinn Kesler3679.90 pts30$54,485.01
23Jake Orman3456.84 pts19$71,320.26
For full NFR Playoff standings, click here.

Heelers:

NFR Playoff Series RankNamePointsWorld Standings RankEarnings
1Junior Nogueira10621.4 pts1$220,395.18
2Jade Corkill6485.69 pts4$109,955.24
3Levi Lord5957.62 pts8$93,968.40
4Buddy Hawkins5769.14 pts3$115,338.61
5Jake Long5761.46 pts2$117,482.30
6Jeremy Buhler5020.16 pts7$97,654.35
7Patrick Smith4879.40 pts6$98,790.79
8Brady Minor4869.77 pts11$84,827.25
9Jonathan Torres4711.78 pts22$67,276.58
10Logan Medlin4673.95 pts9$89,129.24
11Paden Bray4562.47 pts15$73,590.09
12Lane Mitchell4539.09 pts16$72,172.24
13Wesley Thorp4512.74 pts14$78,738.98
14Travis Graves4488.43 pts5$101,655.43
15Hunter Koch4200.82 pts30$55,681.04
16Ross Ashford4107.95 pts28$57,017.96
17Douglas Rich4023.15 pts27$57,697.09
18Trey Yates3927.82 pts10$84,935.37
19Joseph Harrison3901.98 pts12$84,285.44
20Billie Jack Saebens3870.13 pts17$71,669.42
21Caleb Hendrix3679.90 pts32$54,485.01
22Jake Minor3670.18 pts21$68,306.36
23Wyatt Cox3567.46 pts20$68,487.13
For full NFR Playoff standings, click here.

Check Out the Current World Standings

ProRodeo World Standings (updated September 6, 2022):

Headers:

World Standings RankNameEarnings
1Kaleb Driggers$220,395.18
2Clay Tryan$143,763.14
3Andrew Ward$115,338.61
4Dustin Egusquiza$101,655.43
5Tanner Tomlinson$98,790.79
6Rhen Richard$96,632.10
7Jr. Dees$94,250.69
8Coleman Proctor$89,129.24
9Tyler Wade$86,348.05
10Riley Minor$84,827.25
11Chad Masters$82,874.52
12Lightning Aguilera$81,147.98
13Cody Snow$78,738.98
14Clay Smith$76,002.18
15Jake Clay$75,536.63
16Erich Rogers$75,002.89
17Aaron Tsinigine$74,216.92
18Cory Kidd$71,371.83
19Jake Orman$71,320.26
20Bubba Buckaloo$70,471.74
For full ProRodeo world standings headers rankings, click here.

Heelers:

World Standings RankNameEarnings
1Junior Nogueira$220,395.18
2Jake Long$117,482.30
3Buddy Hawkins$115,338.61
4Jade Corkill$109,955.24
5Travis Graves$101,655.43
6Patrick Smith$98,790.79
7Jeremy Buhler$97,654.35
8Levi Lord$93,968.40
9Logan Medlin$89,129.24
10Trey Yates$84,935.37
11Brady Minor$84,827.25
12Joseph Harrison$84,285.44
13Paul Eaves$79,843.77
14Wesley Thorp$78,738.98
15Paden Bray$73,590.09
16Lane Mitchell$72,172.24
17Billie Jack Saebens$71,669.42
18Brye Crites$70,793.16
19Tanner Braden$69,565.03
20Wyatt Cox$68,487.13
For full ProRodeo world standings heelers rankings, click here.

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