LAS VEGAS Justin McDaniel broke the National Finals Rodeo and Thomas & Mack Center arena bareback record Saturday night with a 91.5-point ride on Delta Ship in the third round of the season-ending event.
McDaniel, from Porum, Okla., broke the record of 91 set by Will Lowe in 2002 on Big Bear Sign Dip. With the career-best ride, McDaniel moved into second place in the PRCA season standings with $122,595. Bobby Mote of Culver, Ore., leads with $152,183.
"I can hardly believe that, and it hasn't quite set in yet," said McDaniel, making his first NFR appearance.
"It's pretty awesome. There's no better feeling than to set a record, especially at the National Finals for (the) first time. It's a very cool feeling."
In steer wrestling, Jason Miller of Lance Creek, Wyo., won in 4.0 seconds.
With three top-six finishes in three rounds, Miller took over the event lead with an aggregate time of 11.4.
"I came in pretty low, so in order to have any chance at all, I need to start winning as much money as I can," Miller said. "I just try to go at them in the go-rounds every night."
In bull riding, Howdy Cloud of Kountze, Texas, won with a 90 on God's Gift. B.J. Schumacher of Hillsboro, Wis., the PRCA standings leader and defending champion, finished third with an 87 on California Dreamin' and increased his first-place total to $181,492.
In team roping, Clay Tryan of Billings, Mont., and Walt Woodard of Stockton, Calif., finished first in a time of 4.8.
In saddle bronc riding, NFR rookie Justin Arnold of Santa Margarita, Calif., notched his first win with an 86.5-point ride on Kool Toddy.
In tie-down roping, Hunter Herrin of Apache, Okla., placed first with a time of 7.7. Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, fourth with a time of 8.2, tops the PRCA standings with $143,645. Herrin was second at $124,992.
The earnings also allowed Brazile to increase his first-place total in all-around to $309,474 about $148,600 ahead of runner-up Josh Peek of Pueblo, Colo.
In barrel racing, Lisa Lockhart of Oelrichs, S.D., won in 13.89 seconds. She was closely challenged by second-round winner Lindsay Sears of Canada, who finished with a 13.90. Lockhart has finished among the top three in all three rounds.