Proctor and Campbell in thick of NFR race

Shane Proctor had a 39.9 percent riding average in 2013. Photo by Matt Breneman / BullStockMedia.com.

Highlights

  • Shane Proctor is second in the bull riding event average at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
  • The 28-year-old trails J.W. Harris by 10 points.
  • Proctor (fourth) and Cody Campbell (third) also remain in contention for the PRCA bull riding title.

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PUEBLO, Colo. ― Halfway through the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, PBR veterans Shane Proctor and Cody Campbell are still looking up at J.W. Harris in the PRCA season standings.

However, through the first five rounds, Proctor and Campbell have proven that they each have what it takes to potentially win the overall event average – as well as the $47,776 that comes with it, which could snatch the season title away from Harris’ grip.

Proctor stormed out of the gate by winning Rounds 1 and 2 last week with 89-point efforts aboard News Flash and Squirrel Grove

“It feels like we were just here a little bit ago for the PBR Finals,” Proctor said at the start of the NFR. “It is definitely a quick turnaround, but it’s always good to be back here.”

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Campbell then produced the second-highest ride of the NFR thus far with a 90-point performance on Magic in Round 3, the only round in which Proctor has failed to make the 8-second whistle. It was Campbell’s first 90-point ride since June when he rode Glory Days for 90 points.

The 26-year-old Campbell, who has put up 66 career rides in 90 Built Ford Tough Series events, has now ridden three consecutive bulls at the NFR and sits third in the PRCA standings and fourth in the overall event average entering tonight’s sixth round at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Proctor has battled shoulder injuries throughout 2013, and was forced to wear a shoulder brace during the PBR Finals. Regardless, he has ridden 6-of-7 bulls since being bucked off by Bugsy in the fourth round of the PBR World Finals.

“They feel good,” Proctor said of his shoulder injuries last week. “They’ve bugged me a lot this year, but they have been able to keep in. I got a new brace right before the PBR Finals and it definitely seems to help. I hate wearing the brace, but I mean you do what you got to do to perform at your best in this sport.”

Prior to the start of the NFR, Proctor stated that he hoped to ride at least eight bulls at the event, and with five remaining rounds, he may have to if he wants to win the season title. Harris has answered Proctor’s strong start with four rides of his own for a first-, second-, third- and fourth-place finish.

Harris appears poised to win his fourth PRCA bull riding title. He leads Proctor by only 10 points in the event average, but he has increased his lead by an additional $10,000 since the beginning of the NFR to $64,740.16 in the season standings over Proctor, who is fourth in the overall PRCA standings.

Proctor, the 2011 PRCA bull riding champion, stated last week that he understands he can’t think too far ahead.

“It’s one bull at a time,” he said. “You have to be loose and cool. When you shut off your brain, your body and your ability comes through.”

Campbell sits in third in the PRCA standings, $64,068.94 behind Harris, but trails Harris by 91 points in the event average.

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