LAS VEGAS - Riding Yellow Jacket Jr. (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Julie Rosen) for 90.25 points in front of 10,749 fans at the Thomas & Mack Center, 2010 Professional Bull Riders World Champion Renato Nunes won Round 1 of the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals on Wednesday.
The World Finals have a total purse of $2.2 million, including a $1 million bonus to the World Champion, who also receives the coveted championship buckle.
Round 2 will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Rounds 3 and 4 will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Round 5 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round are at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available at the Thomas & Mack Center box office, www.UNLVTickets.com, and by telephone at (866) PBR-SHOW.
There were only six qualified rides on Wednesday, and only three of the Top 10 riders in the world reached 8 seconds. Eleventh-ranked Luke Snyder finished second with 89.75 points on Shamoun (Austin Riley/Teague Bucking Bulls).
Second-ranked Valdiron de Oliveira and Emilio Resende tied for third with 87 points on Flint (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger Bucking Bulls) and Lightmaker.com's Rango (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls), respectively. Oliveira closed to within 143 points of top-ranked Silvano Alves, who bucked off Rock & Roll on the final ride of the night.
Tenth-ranked Robson Palermo finished fifth with 86.75 points on Ball Peen (Robinson/Bar 3D), and Zane Lambert was sixth with 84.25 points on Buck Wild (C'N Stars Bull Company).
The top two bulls in the world, defending World Champion Bull Bushwacker (Julio Moreno/Richard Oliveira) and 2011 runner-up Asteroid (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo) tied for high-marked bull with 46.75 points.
The World Finals consist of six rounds of competition featuring the Top 35 bull riders in the world, and the best bulls. The first five rounds feature all of the riders against the toughest bulls. The scores from the five rides will be combined, and the Top 15 riders will advance for an additional round of competition, following the completion of Round 5. The rider with the highest total score for the six rounds will earn the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals Event title and $250,000.
The World Champion will be the rider with the most Built Ford Tough Series points accumulated during the regular season and the World Finals.
It is the 19th year in a row that the world's top bull riders and the fiercest bucking bulls have competed in Las Vegas.
The World Finals field includes six former PBR World Champions with Alves, Guilherme Marchi (2008), Nunes (2010), Kody Lostroh (2009), Mike Lee (2004), and Chris Shivers (2000 and 2003). It is the last chance for fans to watch Shivers, who announced that he will retire following the World Finals.
The PBR Fan Zone & Marketplace has something for everyone, including sponsor displays, Flint Rasmussen's "Outside the Barrel" show, Wool Warriors, Chris Shivers' Mini Bull Riding, live music on the Cooper Tires Stage, and more. Located in the south parking lot at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, the PBR Fan Zone & Marketplace is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, Wednesday, Oct. 24, Thursday, Oct. 25, and Friday, Oct, 26, and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Purina Mills will present the NHRA Ride a Reiner program from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the PBR University Arena at the Mandalay Bay Fan Zone and Marketplace. Purina Mills and NRHA will offer test rides to PBR spectators. For those who have some riding experience, "Ride a Reiner" will give them the opportunity to enjoy a dizzying spin or even a sliding stop on a well-trained reining horse.
Award-winning singer/songwriter Easton Corbin will open Championship Sunday on Oct. 28, taking the stage at 11 a.m., immediately followed by Round 5 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round at 11:30 a.m.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast Round 2 at 9 p.m. ET on Oct. 25. NBC Sports Network will broadcast Round 3 at 9 p.m. ET on Oct. 27, and Round 4 at 9 p.m. ET on Oct. 27. NBC will broadcast Round 5 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round at 4 p.m. ET on Oct. 28.
2012 Built Ford Tough World Finals
Round 1, Oct. 24 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas
1. Renato Nunes, 90.25-90.25 points.
2. Luke Snyder, 89.75-89.75 points.
3. Emilio Resende, 87-87 points.
Valdiron de Oliveira, 87-87 points.
5. Robson Palermo, 86.75-86.75 points.
6. Zane Lambert, 84.25-84.25 points.
Aaron Roy, 0-0 points.
Agnaldo Cardozo, 0-0 points.
Austin Meier, 0-0 points.
Ben Jones, 0-0 points.
Brendon Clark, 0-0 points.
Caleb Sanderson, 0-0 points.
Chad Besplug, 0-0 points.
Chase Outlaw, 0-0 points.
Chris Shivers, 0-0 points.
Cody Johnson, 0-0 points.
Cody Nance, 0-0 points.
Davi Henrique, 0-0 points.
David Kennedy, 0-0 points.
Douglas Duncan, 0-0 points.
Edevaldo Ferreira, 0-0 points.
Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0 points.
Eneias Barbosa, 0-0 points.
Fabiano Vieira, 0-0 points.
Guilherme Marchi, 0-0 points.
Harve Stewart, 0-0 points.
J.B. Mauney, 0-0 points.
Jordan Hupp, 0-0 points.
Juan Carlos Contreras, 0-0 points.
Justin Koon, 0-0 points.
Kody Lostroh, 0-0 points.
Lachlan Richardson, 0-0 points.
L.J. Jenkins, 0-0 points.
Marco Eguchi, 0-0 points.
Mike Lee, 0-0 points.
Ryan Dirteater, 0-0 points.
Silvano Alves, 0-0 points.
Stormy Wing, 0-0 points.
Ty Pozzobon, 0-0 points.
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