Trevor Brazile won the second round of tie-down roping with a 10.5-second run and took the lead in the average with a two-run time of 22.7 seconds Saturday at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.
The 23-time world champion already owns seven CFD buckles, but hasn't won the tie-down title since 2014 and is without an all-around title since 2002.
Other second-round winners ahead of Championship Sunday were: bareback bronc rider Luke Creasy, steer wrestler Cole Edge, saddle bronc rider Jake Wright, team ropers Dustin Bird and Russell Cardoza, barrel racer Carla Beckett of Laramie, and bull rider Cody Teel.
Hillsdale's Brody Cress sits second in the saddle bronc average with 167.5 points on two head; Wright leads with a 168.
And Gillette's Cassidy Kruse is second in the average in barrel racing with a time of 35.12 seconds, with Stevi Hillman leading the way with a 35.11.