Driggers and Nogueira Get Round 1 Win - The Team Roping Journal
Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira kick off Round 1 of #NFR17 with a go-round win.

World standings leaders Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira were last team out in one of the most solid first go's in recent history, besting the field with a 4.1-second run worth $26,230.77 a man. 

When they rode into the box, Wrangler National Finals Rodeo first-timers Tyler McKnight and Jr. Dees were winning the round with a 4.3 from fourth team out. There had already been five other four-second runs and plenty of fives, too, but Driggers and Nogueira had agreed to just make the best run on the steer they drew, no matter what. 

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Driggers had thought the steer looked strong, but he was aboard his 21-coming-22-year-old rock-solid mount Dre, who made his job a little easier. 

"He's so easy to rope on and he scores so good, it's hard to get off of him," Driggers said. "I'd have liked to see him finish a little better. He kind of stopped his front feet a little."

Nogueira was aboard Green Card, the horse he's ridden the last two years, and he was a little late but that made for a fast finish. 

"I kind of know him very well so I know when he's going to be perfect, 100 percent, or not, so I just try to compensate that," Nogueira said. 

The go-round win moved Driggers' season earnings to $170,208.77 and Nogueira's to $170,937.80. Rogers and Petska remained second in the PRCA world standings after splitting fourth and fifth in the go with a 4.8-second run, worth $8,884.61 a man to move their earnings to $152,596.23 a man. 

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1. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 4.1, $26,230.77 each

2. Jr. Dees/Tyler McKnight, 4.3, $20,730.77 each

3. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 4.6, $15,653.85 each

4./5. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska and Charly Crawford/Joseph Harrison, 4.8, $8,884.61 each

6. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 4.9, $4,230.77 each

  

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