By By KEITH FREEMANAssociated Press
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Defending world champion Tuf Cooper took the lead in the tie-down roping season standings Friday night in the National Finals Rodeo, tying for second in the second round.
Cooper, from Decatur, Texas, earned $12,662 to push his season total to $155,341, ending Justin Maass' 10-month run at the top. Maass, from Giddings, Texas, was shut out after failing to finish in the top six, leaving him at $144,001 with eigtht rounds left.
Cooper's brother, Clif, won the round with a 7.3-second run. Tuf Cooper and Monty Lewis of Hereford, Texas, finished at 7.5.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.