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Round 5 Video Highlights: 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Wade Sundell’s time might have finally arrived. The red-hot saddle bronc rider has been close to winning a world championship the last several years, and put himself back in serious contention by winning again at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center Monday night. Sundell took Round 5 – he also won Round 3 – and moved to third in the world standings, less than a round win behind leader Cody Wright. It was Wright who beat Sundell for the world title in 2010, with the competition coming down to Round 10 at the WNFR. “It’s always in your grasp if you ride well enough and keep capitalizing each round,” Sundell said. “I’ve always wanted to win the TV pen, and it finally worked out tonight. That makes a guy feel pretty good about himself.” The crowd of 17,418 watched Sundell ride Burch Rodeo’s Lunatic Fringe for 87.5 points. That was two points better than Cody Wright and Jake Wright, who tied for second. For Sundell, his ride was especially satisfying, and gained a measure of payback for the 28-year-old from Boxholm, Iowa. “When I found out I had drawn that horse, I was wound up tighter than Continue Reading