GREENSBORO, N.C. - Home state favorite J.B. Mauney and Dakota Beck are tied for the lead with 87.25 points after Round 1 of the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series Greensboro Invitational presented by Sheplers.com.
Round 2 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round will be on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. Tickets begin at $10, and are on sale at the Greensboro Coliseum box office, www.Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets at participating Walmart locations, and by telephone at (800) 745-3000.
Beck took the lead on Boogity Boogity Boogity (Davis Rodeo Ranch/Hammond/Waltrip), and Mauney later tied him after riding Gator (Craig Wagoner). Both bulls are owned by North Carolina stock contractors.
Chase Outlaw, who is leading the Rookie of the Year race, rode Be Prepared (Torres Brothers) for 86.75 points, and is tied for third with Stormy Wing and Luke Snyder. Wing rode Monsoon (Gold Spur Ranch) and Snyder rode Rack City (Danny Reagan Bucking Bulls).
Each of the Top 35 riders in the world will ride in Round 2 on Saturday. Following Round 2, the riders with the 10 highest cumulative scores will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, where they will each compete with one more bull. The overall event winner will be the rider with the highest combined score from all three rounds.
The first 25 events of the season have produced 19 different winners. Mauney has the most wins with three, while defending World Champion Silvano Alves, 2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi, Fabiano Vieira, and Robson Palermo each have two wins. Mauney posted his three victories in the first 12 events of the season before breaking his hand.
NBC Sports Network will broadcast Round 2 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round in HD at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 30. Veteran broadcaster Craig Hummer will provide the play-by-play. Color commentary will be provided by nine-time World Champion and PBR co-founder Ty Murray. Dirt-level interviews will be handled by Leah Garcia.
Sheplers.com will host the "Hoedown Before The Showdown" on Saturday from 5-7 p.m. in front of the Greensboro Coliseum. Free and open to the public, the event will feature Mauney, Proctor, Douglas Duncan, Snyder, and PBR founder and Ring of Honor member Jerome Davis signing autographs, and a Sunny Ledfurd concert from 5:30-7 p.m.
The PBR is hosting a Faith and Family event on Saturday from 4-5 p.m. in the Greensboro Coliseum, allowing fans to hear from PBR bull riders, and witness PBR Pastor Todd Pierce's "Born Wild, Created To Be Free" wild horse illustrated Gospel presentation.
Greensboro is the 26th stop of the 2012 BFTS season, which opened in January with capacity crowds at Madison Square Garden in New York. The BFTS will make 28 stops in 23 states before the Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 24-28, 2012. The World Finals are where the PBR World Champion will be crowned and awarded the coveted championship buckle and a $1 million bonus. The richest bull riding event on the planet, the World Finals has a total purse of more than $2 million.
The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network, NBC, NBC Sports Network, and YouTube. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer.
Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough
Greensboro Invitational presented by Sheplers.com
Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.
Event Leaders (Round 1-Total Points)
1. Dakota Beck, 87.25-87.25 points.
J.B. Mauney, 87.25-87.25 points.
3. Chase Outlaw, 86.75-86.75 points.
Luke Snyder, 86.75-86.75 points.
Stormy Wing, 86.75-86.75 points.
6. Harve Stewart, 85.75-85.75 points.
Robson Palermo, 85.75-85.75 points.
8. Brendon Clark, 85.5-85.50 points.
9. Shane Proctor, 85-85.00 points.
10. Renato Nunes, 84.75-84.75 points.
11. Silvano Alves, 84.5-84.50 points.
12. Ben Jones, 84.25-84.25 points.
Cody Nance, 84.25-84.25 points.
14. Valdiron de Oliveira, 83.75-83.75 points.
15. Austin Meier, 81.5-81.50 points.
16. Mike Lee, 79.25-79.25 points.
17. Agnaldo Cardozo, 76.5-76.50 points.
Billy Robinson, 0-0 points.
Bonner Bolton, 0-0 points.
Cody Johnson, 0-0 points.
David Kennedy, 0-0 points.
Douglas Duncan, 0-0 points.
Emilio Resende, 0-0 points.
Fabiano Vieira, 0-0 points.
Guilherme Marchi, 0-0 points.
Jared Farley, 0-0 points.
Jory Markiss, 0-0 points.
Lachlan Richardson, 0-0 points.
L.J. Jenkins, 0-0 points.
Marco Eguchi, 0-0 points.
Matt Triplett, 0-0 points.
Paulo Lima, 0-0 points.
Skeeter Kingsolver, 0-0 points.
Travis Briscoe, 0-0 points.
Zack Brown, 0-0 points.
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