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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Justin Maass has been one of the hottest cowboys in the business much of this season.

Justin Maass

Justin Maass

He leads the tie-down roping world standings with more than $138,000 in season earnings, heading to his seventh appearance at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. On Wednesday evening during competition at the American Royal Rodeo, Maass took the steps needed to pad his lead on the final weekend of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association season.

The Giddings, Texas, cowboy roped and tied his calf in 7.6 seconds to take the early lead at the American Royal. He holds a two-tenths-of-a-second lead over the No. 2 roper, Trent Creager of Stillwater, Okla. Now he’ll have to wait out the three performances of Kansas City’s rodeo to see if his score holds up; the performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Hale Arena at the American Royal complex.

Maass is one of four contestants who took the early leads in their respective events during Wednesday’s competition; the others were steer wrestler Riley Duvall of Checotah, Okla., 4.1 seconds; team ropers Quista Lopez of Beeville, Texas, and Buddy Hawkins of Columbus, Kan., 4.6 seconds; and barrel racer Trula Churchill of Valentine, Neb., 14.50 seconds.

American Royal Rodeo
Kansas City, Mo.
Leaders through Wednesday
Steer wrestling:
1. Riley Duvall, 4.1 seconds; 2. (tie) Justin Smith and Chance Carlson, 4.4; 4. (tie) Kody Woodward and Brent Sutton, 4.8; 6. Chancey Larson, 5.6; 7. Nick Guy, 5.9; 8. Shane Henderson, 8.3.
Team roping: 1. Quista Lopez/Buddy Hawkins, 4.6 seconds; 2. Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 4.8; 3. David Key/Bucky Campbell, 4.9; 4. Adam Newcomb/Chad Harper, 5.0; 5. Adam Rose/Gabe Gwaltney, 5.5; 6. Chace Thompson/Chad Williams, 9.6; 7. Charly Crawford/Jim Ross Cooper, 9.9; 8. A.J. Horton/Kyle Horton, 10.2.
Tie-down roping: 1. Justin Maass, 7.6 seconds; 2. Trent Creager, 7.8; 3. Bryson Sechrist, 8.0; 4. (tie) Clint Kindred/Cody McCartney, 8.4; 6. Justin Scofield, 8.6; 7. Bradley Bynum, 8.8; 8. Shane Slack, 9.6.
Barrel racing: 1. Trula Churchill, 14.50 seconds; 2. Brittany Pozzi, 14.56; 3. Benette Little, 14.61; 4. Shada Brazile, 14.65; 5. Robyn Herring, 14.67; 6. Christina Richman, 14.75; 7. Lee Ann Rust, 14.80; 8. Julie Erkamaa, 14.87; 9. Fallon Taylor, 14.91; 10. Jordon Talbot, 14.94; 11. Jeannie McKee, 14.98; 12. Hailey Sheldon, 15.00.

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