Clay Smith and Paul Eaves reclaimed their spot on top of the 2018 PRCA world standings in Round 5, winning the day-money with a 3.8 second run, worth $26,230.77.
Smith and Eaves also moved from sixth to fifth in the average, with a 17.40 on four head.
“I’m just trying to take a good start, and it makes it easier to head the steer and to win something on every steer,” Smith said. “If you just take a good start, it sets up the entire run.”
Smith and Eaves had the steer the Minor brothers were 4.4-plus-5 on in Round 2.
“Riley told me he left real sharp and straight. He took it to where I didn’t have to see anything. I could just go right with him and try to get him turned. Paul heeled him first jump, and we got a good finish. That’s what made the run.”
Smith was on Marty, while Eaves rode 10-year-old Guapo to good position to set up the finish.
“It set up fast,” Eaves added. “I was able to get a good start and be around him. It was just one of those things that happens.”
Driggers and Nogueira took their first penalty of the rodeo, with a 5.10-plus-5. They remain first in the average but slipped to second in the world.
Riley and Brady Minor won second with a 3.9-second run, worth $20,730.77 a man. Erich Rogers and Clint Summers and Dustin Egusquiza split third and fourth hole, worth $13,326.92 a man. Chad Masters and Joseph Harrison won fifth with a 4.1-second run, worth $6,769.23 each. Aaron Tsinigine and Trey Yates, who are second in the average with 28.90 on five, picked up a last-hole go-round check worth $4,230.77 for their 5.2-second run. Yates is third in the world with $141,862.02, while Tsinigine is eighth with $127,467.
In the all-around race, Trevor Brazile picked up another tie-down roping round win, splitting the go with Ryan Jarrett and Reese Riemer. Brazile is now nearly $100,000 ahead of Richard with $291,256.90 to Richard’s $192,647.05. Tuf Cooper is second in the all-around race with $263,183.93.
Team Roping Results Round 5:
1. Clay Smith and Paul Eaves, 3.80 seconds, $26,230.77 each
2. Riley Minor and Brady Minor, 3.90 seconds, $20,730.77 each
3/4. Dustin Egusquiza and Kory Koontz, 4.00 seconds, $13,326.92 each
3/4. Erich Rogers and Clint Summers, 4.00 seconds, $13,326.92 each
5. Chad Masters and Joseph Harrison, 4.10 seconds, $6,769.23 each
6. Aaron Tsinigine and Trey Yates, 5.20 seconds, $4,230.77 each