KISSIMMEE, Fla. (April 7, 2017) – Tracy Nowlin of Nowata won the first round of barrel racing at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo when she and her mare Dolly Jo clocked a time of 15.28 seconds Friday night.
Nowlin, a barrel racing veteran who took home more than $6,250 for her first-round win, qualified for this championship by winning her event at the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in October in Duncan.
All 26 barrel racers will compete again on Saturday in the second round, with Nowlin running in the matinee rodeo performance. The eight with the fastest total times on the two rounds will advance to Sunday’s semifinals.
At stake are national championships and $1 million in cash and prizes. For the first time, the money that is earned at the RNCFR counts in the world standings for the sanctioning organizations, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.