THIS WEEK- The PBR Built Ford Tough Series is back in Winston-Salem, N.C., for the fourth time in history, and for the first time since 2010.
PAST WINNERS- Austin Meier won in Winston-Salem in 2010, one of his Built Ford Tough Series leading five wins. North Carolina native J.B. Mauney won in 2009 while 2009 World Champion Kody Lostroh finished first in 2008. Here is the complete list of winners in Winston-Salem:
2010 Austin Meier
2009 J.B. Mauney
2008 Kody Lostroh
FORMAT- Each of the 35 riders will ride on Friday and Saturday. Following Round 2 on Saturday, up to 15 riders will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. The championship round will have a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 riders. Riders who have ridden two bulls will advance to compete with one more bull. In the event that fewer than 10 riders ride two bulls, the riders with the highest score or the longest buckoff time will advance. In the event that more than 15 riders ride two bulls, the 15 riders with the highest cumulative scores will advance. The overall event winner will be the rider with the highest combined score from all three rounds, earning $30,000 for first place.
PBR 15/15 BUCKING BATTLE- The first PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle will be held immediately following Round 1 on Friday. The PBR 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 BFTS standings. BFTS points will be 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. Points earned count toward the BFTS standings, but DO NOT count toward determining the event winner in Winston-Salem. If a rider fails to make a qualified ride, he does not receive any points or money.
PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle
Friday, Jan. 18
LJVM Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.
2013 No. 13 Ben Jones vs. Meat Hook (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls/Bar 3D)
2013 No. 10 Jordan Hupp vs. Stanley FatMax (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls)
2013 No. 9 Aaron Roy vs. Superfreak (Davis Rodeo Ranch/Brian Canter)
2013 No. 8 Marco Eguchi vs. Palm Springs (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo/3B Bucking Bulls)
2013 No. 7 Kody Lostroh vs. Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo)
2013 No. 5 Chase Outlaw vs. Shamoun (Austin Riley/Teague Bucking Bulls)
2013 No. 6 Billy Robinson vs. Teflon Tom (Austin Riley/Teague Bucking Bulls)
2013 No. 4 J.B. Mauney vs. Lightmaker's Rango (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls)
2013 No. 15 Nathan Schaper vs. RFD-HD (Teague Bucking Bulls, LLC)
2013 No. 2 Douglas Duncan vs. Quiet Riot (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls)
2012 No. 6 Renato Nunes vs. Jack Daniel's After Party (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo)
2012 No. 5 Austin Meier vs. David's Dream (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo/3B Bucking Bulls)
2013 No. 12 Edevaldo Ferreira vs. Delco (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls)
2013 No. 1 Silvano Alves vs. Shepherd Hills Trapper (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo)
2012 No. 2 Guilherme Marchi vs. Asteroid (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo)
MONSTER ENERGY MONEY BULL- Monster Energy is sponsoring a "Monster Energy Money Bull" at nine Built Ford Tough Series events. Seven of the matchups will be a randomly-selected bull in the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle (Jan. 18 at Winston-Salem, N.C.; Feb. 1 at Sacramento, Calif.; Feb. 23 at Kansas City, Mo.; April 6 at Billings, Mont.; April 20 at Des Moines, Iowa; Sept. 20 at Biloxi, Miss.; and Oct. 4 at Fayetteville, N.C.). The remaining two will be a randomly-selected bull in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round at the Monster Energy Invitational in New York and the LiftMaster Invitational in Anaheim, Calif., on Feb. 8-10. The Monster Energy Money Bull begins at $6,000, and will continue to increase by $6,000 each time a rider fails to reach 8 seconds. The payout will also include the $3,000 from each time a rider does not reach 8 seconds on a "Bonus Bull." Here is a look at the Monster Energy Money Bull by event:
|New York Bonus Bull||South Paw||Stormy Wing||$3,000|
|New York Bonus Bull||Quiet Riot||Silvano Alves||$3,000|
|New York Monster Energy Money Bull||Rock & Roll||J.B. Mauney||$6,000|
|Chicago Bonus Bull||Mississippi Hippy||Robson Palermo||$3,000|
|Winston-Salem Monster Energy Money Bull||Asteroid||Guilherme Marchi||$6,000|
POSSIBLE POINTS- There are 900 possible points available in Winston-Salem as the winner of the event will receive 300 points and each of the three round wins is worth 100 points plus the ride score.
UP NEXT- The Built Ford Tough Series will return to Oklahoma City for the 14th time, visiting Chesapeake Energy Arena at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25; at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27.
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