NAMPA, Idaho - In front of a sellout crowd at the Idaho Center,
2010 PBR World Champion Renato Nunes and
Stormy Wing each rode for 92 points to tie for the
win in the sixth Professional Bull Riders 15/15 Bucking Battle on
CBS will broadcast the special event in its entirety at 4 p.m. ET this Sunday, May 13 (please check local listings).
Wing took the lead on Train Wreck (D&H Cattle Co./Enlow/The Gilberts), and two rides later, Nunes reached 8 seconds on Bucking Machine (D&H Cattle Co/Buck Cattle Co. Shores Cattle Co.).
Ryan Dirteater and top-ranked Valdiron de Oliveira tied for third with 91.25 points, and Fabiano Vieira finished fifth with 90.25 points. Dirteater rode RMEF Gunpowder & Lead (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls), and Oliveira rode Cowboy Casanova (Mesa Bucking Bulls).
Oliveira sat out last weekend. Two weeks ago in Uncasville, Conn., while face-down in the dirt after a successful ride, he was stomped on in the back, mere inches from his unprotected neck and head, and pile-driven into the arena floor, suffering a fractured eye socket that will eventually require surgery. He is also competing with a broken foot suffered three weeks ago at Indianapolis.
J.B. Mauney finished sixth with 89 points on Bad Blake (Wolf Creek Cattle Company), and defending PBR World Champion Silvano Alves finished seventh with 88 points on Mega Ton (Wentz Bucking Bulls). Mauney is riding with his right hand down for the third week in a row. He switched to his right hand after breaking a bone in his customary left riding hand on March 31 at Kansas City, Mo.
The PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle has 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 Built Ford Tough Series standings.
Built Ford Tough Series points are doubled in the PBR 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. The rider also receives his ride score (1-100 points), which means that 300 points are possible for the winner. Points earned in the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle will count toward the season standings, and 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. Points earned in the special round do not count toward the results of the Idaho event, but they do count toward the overall season standings.
The final PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle for the first half of the season will be held May 19 at Pueblo, Colo. Two more events in the second part of the season will be announced at a later date.
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.
PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle
Saturday, May 12 at Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho
1. Renato Nunes, 92 points.
Stormy Wing, 92 points.
3. Ryan Dirteater , 91.25 points.
Valdiron de Oliveira, 91.25 points.
5. Fabiano Vieira, 90.25 points.
6. J.B. Mauney, 89 points.
7. Silvano Alves, 88 points.
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