Round 8 Video Highlights: 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

COURTESY PRCA LAS VEGAS – Cody Teel is closing in fast on his quest for a second straight world bull riding championship. The 21-year-old won Round 8 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo before 17,694 enthusiastic fans at the Thomas & Mack Center Thursday night and grabbed the average lead away from two-time World Champ J.W. Harris. Harris still leads the world standings by a comfortable $37,019, but Teel could close that gap considerably with another round win plus the top average check. If he happens to win the final two rounds – yes, that would be four straight, which is unlikely – then he’d claim another gold buckle. “I knew coming into this that I was a long shot to be able to win another gold buckle,” Teel said. “Mathematically I wasn’t, but I felt like the guys who were ahead of me would be hard to catch. My main goal was to win the Finals average and let the rest play out. It’s sure playing out right now, and I’m in good position and hoping to cover two more bulls.” Teel, competing in his second Wrangler NFR, broke his left elbow and had surgery March 7 that required Continue Reading