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For the Record: Wrangler NFR Round 2

by Matt Naber | Nov 29, 2018

Stage fright from competing at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo has usually been shaken off as the Top 15 cowboys head into Round 2, and the round’s records show it.

Team ropers Turtle Powell and Dakota Kirchenschlager kicked off the 2014 Wrangler NFR by setting two arena records. The duo still holds the record for fastest Round 1 time in 4.0 seconds and the fastest Round 2 time with 3.8 seconds. 

Their 2014 Las Vegas experience was worth $57,619 each, and Kirchenschlager made a return to the Thomas & Mack Center in 2016 where he ranked 10th in the average and in the final world standings. 

The following is the breakdown of the highest scores and fastest times recorded for the first round of the Wrangler NFR. 

Bareback riding: 89.5 points, Cimmaron Gerke, 2004
Steer wrestling: 3.1 seconds, Luke Branquinho, 2004
Team roping: 3.8 seconds, Turtle Powell/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 2014
Saddle bronc riding: 90 points, Dan Mortensen, 2003
Tie-down roping: 6.8 seconds, Randall Carlisle, 2013
Barrel racing: 13.54 seconds, Amberleigh Moore, 2017
Bull riding: 95 points, Mike West, 1999; Terry Don West, 2003

These records, and the records from the other nine rounds, could be broken Dec. 6-15. Fans can watch the action unfold on on demand and can check with for updates throughout the competition. 

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