LAS VEGAS — Dustin Bird and Russell Cardoza rebounded nicely Friday night, winning the second round of team roping at the National Finals Rodeo.
The pair, which took a no time in the opening round Thursday, posted a time of 3.9 seconds to each earn $26,230.
It is the sixth go-round win for the Cut Bank cowboy, who is competing at his fifth NFR. Bird jumped to fifth in the world team roping header standings.
The 10-round, $10 million rodeo continues through Dec. 16. The event will determine the 2017 year-end world champions.
Cardoza, of Terrebonne, Oregon, is also in the all-around race.
Clay Tryan of Billings and partner Jade Corkill took a no time in the second round. Tryan, a three-time world champion, is roping at his 15th NFR.
Steer wrestling standings leader Ty Erickson of Helena was a second faster on Friday with a time of 4.5 seconds but it wasn’t quick enough to cash a check. Reigning world champion Tyler Waguespack cut into Erickson’s lead a little more by placing sixth in 4.3 second for another $4,230. Canadian Tanner Milan won the round in 3.5 seconds.
Lisa Lockhart was 13.96 seconds in barrel racing but did not place among the top six, while J.R. Vezain was 83.5 points in bareback riding. Lockhart, a two-time NFR average winner, is competing at her 11th consecutive NFR. Vezain, a former Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit all-around and bareback champion, is calling Melstone home. He is originally from Cowley, Wyoming.
Wyoming’s Brody Cress earned $15,000 with an 82.5-point ride to finish third in saddle bronc. Cress is from Hillsdale.
Trevor Brazile tightened his grip on the all-around title, winning the tie-down roping in 7.4 seconds for another $26,230. Brazile, a 23-time world champion from Decatur, Texas, came into Friday’s round with a lead of $18,000 on brother-in-law Tuf Cooper. Cooper did not place in tie-down roping Friday night.
Other round winners were: Richmond Champion and Tanner Aus, 87.5, bareback; CoBurn Bradshaw, 89.5, saddle bronc; Amberleigh Moore, 13.54, barrel racing; Garrett Smith, 87, bull riding.
Smith, of Rexburg, Idaho, won in the bull Lazy J, the same bull he won the 10th round of the NFR last year. Smith trails three-time world champion Sage Kimzey by just $11,548 in the world standings.