PUEBLO, Colo. – The Built Ford Tough Series regular season may be officially over, but the race to qualify for the 2017 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals is far from over.
The Top 35 in the world standings will not be finalized until after the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour Finals, and there are five PBR wild card positions for the World Finals up for grabs this coming weekend at South Point Arena in Las Vegas.
Fans can watch all of the action from the Velocity Finals exclusively on PBR.com.
Here is a breakdown of how the final five wild card positions for the World Finals will be determined, as well as how many points toward the world standings are up for grabs.
INTERNATIONAL INVITE (1): There are four international invites competing at the Velocity Tour Finals: 2017 PBR Australia champion Troy Wilkinson, 2017 PBR Brazil champion Jose Vitor Leme, 2017 PBR Canada champion Zane Lambert and PBR Mexico invite Francisco Morales.
The international invite that finishes the highest at the Velocity Finals will receive an invitation to compete at the World Finals.
In the event that all international invites are bucked off at the Velocity Finals, the international invite who is ranked highest in the PBR world standings, and not already qualified for the PBR World Finals as a Top 35 bull rider, will receive the wild card spot.
There is a chance that Wilkinson finishes the season ranked inside the Top 35. Wilkinson is currently 33rd in the world standings and is 30.84 points ahead of No. 36 J.W. Harris.
If Wilkinson – or any of the international invites – finish ranked inside the Top 35 of the world standings, then the international wild card spot at the World Finals will be filled by the next highest-finishing international invite at the Velocity Finals.
VELOCITY TOUR INVITES (4): Four riders from the Velocity Tour will receive an invitation to compete at the World Finals at the conclusion of the Velocity Finals.
The top two-ranked riders from the Velocity Tour standings, who are not already qualified for the PBR World Finals, will receive an invitation to compete at the World Finals.
For example, right now those two riders would be Velocity Tour leader Skeeter Kingsolver and Velocity No. 2 Alex Marcilio.
Once those two positions are filled, the final two Wild Card spots for the World Finals will come from the Velocity Tour Finals event results.
The top-two finishing riders in the Velocity Finals, who are not already qualified for the World Finals, will receive an invitation to compete in the World Finals, provided that such rider(s) finished in the Top 5 in the Velocity Finals event results.
If the Top-5 finishers at the Velocity Finals have already qualified for the World Finals, then the remaining two positions will be filled based off the final Velocity Tour standings.
FORMAT/POINTS AVAILABLE: The Velocity Finals will consist of three long rounds and a 10-rider championship round.
One rider can earn 520 world points if he were to sweep the competition by winning every round and the event average.
The Top 6 riders in each round earn points toward the world standings – 80, 50, 30, 20, 15, 10.
The Top 10 riders in the event average earn points toward the world standings – 200, 125, 75, 50, 40, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5.
WORLD TITLE CONTENDERS & TOP 35: There are 16 riders inside the Top 35 tentatively scheduled to compete at the Velocity Finals.
No. 1 Derek Kolbaba, No. 5 Jess Lockwood, No. 8 Joao Ricardo Vieira, No. 9 Fabiano Vieira, No. 9 Dener Barbosa, No. 11 Cody Teel, No. 13 Claudio Montanha Jr., No. 15 Cody Nance, No. 25 Emilio Resende, No. 26 Brennon Eldred, No. 27 Luciano de Castro, No. 29 Ramon de Lima, No. 31 Cody Campbell, No. 32 Lachlan Richardson, No. 33 Troy Wilkinson and No. 34 Koal Livingston.
SPECIAL INVITES AT THE VELOCITY FINALS: There are nine additional invites this weekend.
The 2017 PRCA bull riding champion: Sage Kimzey
The 2017 College National Finals Rodeo bull riding champion: Cole Melancon
The 2017 National High School Finals Rodeo champion: Trey Holston
The 2016 Indian National Finals Rodeo bull riding champion: Cody Jesus
The 2017 Touring Pro Division champion: Ezekiel Mitchell
PBR Executive Competition Committee Injury exemptions/invites: Tanner Byrne, Robson Palermo, Wallace de Oliveira, J.W. Harris.
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