The second place performance last night moves Chase into first place in the overall standings of the annual season-ending rodeo championship at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
With only one round remaining, it’s a commanding lead as well. Chase is the only cowboy in the competition to record six qualified rides. The previous front runner, Joe Frost, from Randlett, Utah, is the only realistic threat to Chase. He’s in second place and trails by about 88 points.
Chase Dougherty, a 20-year-old cowboy and first-time NFR qualifier, has been on an incredible hot streak to wrap up his first finals. Last night’s second place finish follows two straight wins in rounds 7 and 8.
The final round of the NFR will be tonight. Go get ’em, Chase!
PRCA Pro Rodeo photo by Ric Andersen.