By the eighth race no one had improved upon the 58-second best time. The Eoffs and the judges decided to break the tie with a shortened race among the three leaders. They would round the first barrel, then make a dash for the Oklahoma Land Rush finish line, avoiding the dangerous curves of the back course.
Because of the shorter distance, the rule requiring the outrider to pass the team was suspended. The first wagon across with stove and tent inside would take all. Both Bar X and the Cowboys were slow from the gun, and the Fourche Mountain Rough Riders established an early, decisive lead. Carter was able to wear his prize buckle back to Plainview.
Pure Hollywood or not, the spectacle was wondrous to behold.