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December 16, 2008 4:00 am

Asay sixth at WNFR

Written by Tribune Staff

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Powell's Kanin Asay, shown during the seventh round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, finished the event sixth in bull riding average. As for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings, Asay finished ninth. PRCA photo by Dan Hubbell

Local bull rider ninth in world standings

Bull riding action at the 50th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo came to a close Saturday night at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas with Powell's Kanin Asay in sixth place in the average and J.W. Harris of May, Texas, as the event and world champion.

Asay wrapped up his series of performances Wednesday through Saturday with just one scoring ride in four attempts. His scoring effort came during round eight Thursday when he notched a score of 79 points on Corey and Horst Rodeo's Rez Boy.

Asay finished the WNFR in sixth place after recording four scoring rides for 324.5 points and more than $40,294 during 10 rounds. His totals during the rodeo in Las Vegas helped him jump from 13th to ninth in the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association's world standings. Asay, who missed nearly two months of the 2008 season due to injuries, finished the slate with just more than $126,935 in earnings.

During the WNFR, Asay's best score, an 87.5, came during round five on a bull named Iron Clad. That ride helped him to a third-place effort in the round. His best placing and money-earning effort came during his eighth-round performance on Rez Boy. That night, Asay placed second in the round and won more than $13,251.

He also was one of only two bull riders to register a score during that round.

As for the first-place spot in bull riding at the WNFR, that honor went to Harris, who finished the rodeo with six scoring rides for 507 points. His consistency at Las Vegas propelled him ahead of Mississippi's Chance Smart, the world leader at the start of WNFR Dec. 4. Harris finished with more than $208,437, while Smart, who recorded only three scoring rides in Las Vegas, placed second with more than $197,224. For Harris, the world title was his first.