Saturday afternoon’s third round of the CINCH Timed Event Championship featured a lead change, but then it went right back.
Trevor Brazile held the lead since midway through Friday’s opening round and kept it until the 14th run of the 25-run event. Clay Smith, who trailed Brazile by more than 10 seconds heading into the performance, slowly made up ground and eventually overtook the seven-time champion after steer wrestling.
Smith took a 2.2-second lead heading into steer roping, but that’s one of Brazile’s specialties – he has won 23 PRCA world titles, six of which have come in steer roping. After Brazile posted a solid 15.8-second run, Smith struggled to keep his animal on the ground and finished off a 35.3-second score.
Brazile now owns a 16.6-second lead over Paul David Tierney, who won the third round with the fastest score so far, a 53.0-second round. Paul David Tierney added $3,000 to his earnings while his older brother, Jess Tierney, finished second and Brazile third. Brazile has now pocketed $7,000 so far this weekend with two more rounds remaining.
Third round: 1. Paul David Tierney, 53.0 seconds, $3,000; 2. Jess Tierney, 62.1, $2,000; 3. Trevor Brazile, 63.0, $1,000.
Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 174.0; 2. Paul David Tierney, 190.6; 3. Clay Smith, 191.3; 4. Jess Tierney, 194.5; 5. Josh Peek, 218.1.
Gary Myrup / March 4, 2017
Trevor is hanging on to his lead, now with just two more rounds to go it will be great watching. Trevor’s experience and working under pressure all these years makes him tough to beat, Clay Smith made a run at him and is still in the thick of it along nwith the Tierney brothers, Josh Peek is still there too, Trevor can’t take a 60 and hang on to his lead, the heat is on!!! I still favor Trevor to come through.