Tie-down roper Marty Yates likes to go fast. He made it work in Round 2.
Yates posted a 7.6-second run aboard Buster to win the round, putting him in fifth place in the 2018 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $136,040.
“I went at it tonight just like I do every time,” said Yates, of Stephenville, Texas. “I’m kind of known as the gunslinger, and I’m going to keep going at them. I’ve won money in the first two rounds, and I came out to win as much money as I could each night and to win the average. Those are my main goals right now and I’m going to stick to those goals.”
After two rounds, Yates has pulled down nearly $50,000 in Wrangler NFR money. He’s planning to keep going at it the same way.
“Any time you start a rodeo off like this it is awesome,” Yates said. “It is what you set out to do when you left home. I felt like I could’ve won a little more (in Round 1), but I’m not going to be greedy. I’m just going to keep going at them and try and tie them as fast as I can each night.”
The victory was Yates’ 10th round win at the Finals.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “Any time you come out here to Vegas and you win rounds it means you’re winning money and you belong out here with the best guys in the world.”
Yates is riding Buster for the third time at the Finals and pointed to his horse as a big reason for the win.
“He’s one of those horses you can ride in any setup, from go-rounds here at the National Finals to big, long scores at Cheyenne (Wyo,),” Yates said.