GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Built Ford Tough Series returns to North Carolina and the Greensboro Coliseum for the Greensboro Invitational presented by Sheplers.com on Friday and Saturday.
It is the first time since 2007 and the 10th time overall that the BFTS has come to Greensboro.
Five times in the nine appearances in Greensboro, the event winner has been a World Champion. Two-time World Champions Justin McBride (2004 and 2007) and Chris Shivers (2003 and 2005) each won two times in Greensboro, while three-time World Champion Adriano Moraes won in 2001.
Here is a complete list of winners in Greensboro:
2007 - McBride
2006 - Rocky McDonald
2005 - Shivers
2004 - McBride and Reuben Geleynse
2003 - Shivers
2002 - Jim Sharp
2001 - Moraes
2000 - Danny Varnadore
1999 - Gilbert Carrillo
Greensboro is one of the rare venues that the BFTS has visited at least 10 times. A past event winner is not competing in the event this weekend, however. Shivers is the only past winner who is still actively riding, but will not be in Greensboro this week.
Earlier this year, Shivers announced his intention to retire at the conclusion of the 2012 season. However, he is not expected to compete again until making his last appearance at the World Finals in Las Vegas.
15/15 BUCKING BATTLE:
The last of nine 15/15 Bucking Battles will be held immediately following Round 1 on Friday.
The 15/15 Bucking Battle features the Top 15 riders in the world competing against the 15 highest-ranked bulls at the event for an additional purse of $21,000. The bulls were each randomly assigned a position from 1-15. The riders were then matched with their bulls based upon their own current rankings in the world standings.
BFTS points will be doubled in the 15/15 Bucking Battle, with the winner receiving 200 points and second place receiving 180 points, continuing on a graduated scale to 20 points for 10th place. Points earned count toward the BFTS standings, but do not count toward determining the event winner in Greensboro. Money earned counts towards qualification for the Built Ford Tough World Finals. If a rider fails to make a qualified ride, he does not receive any points or money.
Here are the matchups for this week:
No. 17 Chase Outlaw vs. Meat
No. 16 Ben Jones vs. Mulligan Man
No. 14 Stormy Wing vs. Shepherd Hills Trapper
No. 13 Luke Snyder vs. Highway 12
No. 12 Robson Palermo vs. David's Dream
No. 11 Harve Stewart vs. Chicken on a Chain
No. 9 Renato Nunes vs. Asteroid
No. 8 Marco Eguchi vs. Pawnbroker
No. 7 Austin Meier vs. Palm Springs
No. 6 Fabiano Vieira vs. Lightmaker.com's Rango
No. 5 J.B. Mauney vs. Larry the Cable Guy's Git-R-Done
No. 4 Guilherme Marchi vs. Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey
No. 3 Valdiron de Oliveira vs. Quiet Riot
No. 2 L.J. Jenkins vs. Shamoun
No. 1 Silvano Alves vs. Delco
Led by 2011 World Champion Bull runner-up Asteroid, the Top 15 bulls in the world went 15-0 against the top bull riders in the 15/15 Bucking Battle last week, in Tampa, Fla.
It marked the first time in eight 15/15 Bucking Battles that not a single one of the Top 15 riders in the world reached 8 seconds. Jenkins came the closest to receiving a score when he reached 6.98 seconds before bucking off of Shepherd Hills Trapper.
Alves moved into the top spot in the BFTS standings after a fifth-place finish in Springfield, Mo. Jenkins was ranked first for the two weeks prior.
Oliveira held the top spot for eight straight events and 12 times in the first 21 events, while Mauney was the top-ranked rider for seven weeks, including six weeks in a row and was ranked first or second for 10 weeks in a row.
Week 1 - Cody Nance (172.75 points ahead of
Week 2 - Oliveira (396.25 points ahead of Nance)
Week 3 - Oliveira (80.25 points ahead of Meier)
Week 4 - Oliveira (127.75 points ahead of Meier)
Week 5 - Mauney (214.75 points ahead of Oliveira)
Week 6 - Mauney (39.25 points ahead of Oliveira)
Week 7 - Mauney (279.5 points ahead of Oliveira)
Week 8 - Mauney (475.25 points ahead of Oliveira)
Week 9 - Mauney (487.75 ahead of Oliveira)
Week 10 - Mauney (393 points ahead of Oliveira)
Week 11 - Mauney (48.75 points ahead of Oliveira)
Week 12 - Oliveira (64.75 points ahead of Mauney)
Week 13 - Mauney (101.25 points ahead of Oliveira)
Week 14 - Oliveira (437.25 points ahead of Mauney)
Week 15 - Oliveira (563 points ahead of Mauney)
Week 16 - Oliveira (1,167.25 points ahead of Alves)
Week 17 - Oliveira (497.75 points ahead of Alves)
Week 18 - Oliveira (654 points ahead of Alves)
Week 19 - Oliveira (632 points ahead of Jenkins)
Week 20 - Oliveira (959.5 points ahead of Jenkins)
Week 21 - Oliveira (517.50 points ahead of Jenkins)
Week 22 - Jenkins (45.75 points ahead of Oliveira)
Week 23 - Jenkins (132.25 points ahead of Oliveira)
Week 24 - Alves (241.75 points ahead of Jenkins)
Week 25 - Alves (735.50 points ahead of Jenkins)
LIVE EVENT CENTER:
Visit the PBR Live Event Center at www.pbr.com/live for live streaming video of BFTS events, scores, photographs and more.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast action from Round 1 in HD at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 28, and will have an encore airing at 1 a.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 29.
CBS will broadcast the 15/15 Bucking Battle on Sunday, Sept. 29, at either 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. (please check your local listings).
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 Ty Murray, while dirt-level interviews will be handled byLeah Garcia.
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