In front of a near-capacity crowd at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark, Austin Meier rode Groovy (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls) for 84 points to take the lead after Round 2 of the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series Stanley Tools and Security Invitational presented by The Nile.
One of five riders to cover two bulls so far, Meier has 169.25 points and a one-point lead over Marco Eguche, who won Round 2 with 87.5 points on Mr. Slim (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls). Aaron Roy is in third place with 162.75 points, while 2008 PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi is fourth with 162.5 points, and Ben Jones is fifth with 135 points.
Round 3 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets begin at $10 and are available at the MetraPark box office, www.MetraPark.com, and by telephone at (406) 256-2422 or (800) 366-8538. Tickets can also be purchased at the Rimrock Mall customer service counter, and at Cellular Plus stores.
Robson Palermo and Billy Robinson tied for second in Round 2 with 86.25 points, followed by Dusty Ephrom with 85.25 points, and 2004 PBR World Champion Mike Lee with 85 points.
J.B. Mauney rode his second bull in a row after switching to riding with his right hand down, scoring 82.75 points on Pretty Boy (Mike White). Mauney, who broke a bone in his customary left riding hand four weeks ago at Kansas City, Mo., finished second Friday in the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle with 89 points on RMEF Gunpowder & Lead (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls). Prior to covering the bull, he had been unsuccessful in five outs after making the switch, going 0-for-4 last week at Uncasville, Conn. and bucking off in Round 1 in Billings.
Top-ranked Valdiron de Oliveira is not competing in Billings after being stepped on following a second-place ride in Round 3 at Uncasville on Sunday. Oliveira will eventually undergo surgery to repair a fracture of his eye socket.
Competing for more than $140,000 in total prize money, each of the Top 35 riders in the world will ride again on Sunday. Following Round 3 on Sunday, 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 four rounds.
In addition to prize money, the winner of the Stanley® Tools & Security Invitational will receive $2,500 in Stanley® FatMax® tools, and a $1,000 Kwikset Home Security Makeover. If the rider who selects the bull Stanley FatMax in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round on Sunday makes a qualified ride, he will receive $2,500 in Stanley FatMax tools. If the rider fails to reach 8 seconds, the $2,500 in Stanley® FatMax® will be presented to Stanley® FatMax® owner Jeff Robinson, the reigning PBR Stock Contractor of the Year.
It is the record 17th year in a row that Billings has hosted the BFTS, which is the most appearances and consecutive appearances of the PBR in any city.
CBS Sports Network will have an encore airing of action from Round 2 at 2 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 6. CBS Sports Network will broadcast action from Round 3 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round at 6 p.m. ET this Sunday, May 6. There will be encore airings Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, and on Monday, May 7, at 9 p.m. ET.
The Stanley Tools and Security Invitational is the 17th stop on the BFTS, which opened the 2012 season on Jan. 6-8 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 in the world, 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 Series
Stanley Tools and Security Invitational presented by The Nile
Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark in Billings, Montana
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Total Points)
1. Austin Meier, 85.25-84-169.25 points.
2. Marco Eguche, 80.75-87.5-168.25 points.
3. Aaron Roy, 80.75-82-162.75 points.
4. Guilherme Marchi, 81-81.5-162.50 points.
5. Ben Jones, 65-70-135 points.
6. Kody Lostroh, 89-0-89 points.
7. Billy Robinson, 0-86.25-86.25 points.
Caleb Sanderson, 86.25-0-86.25 points.
Fabiano Vieira, 86.25-0-86.25 points.
Robson Palermo, 0-86.25-86.25 points.
11. Chase Outlaw, 85.75-0-85.75 points.
12. Emilio Resende, 85.5-0-85.50 points.
13. Dusty Ephrom, 0-85.25-85.25 points.
14. Mike Lee, 0-85-85 points.
15. Jordan Hupp, 0-84.75-84.75 points.
Silvano Alves, 84.75-0-84.75 points.
17. L.J. Jenkins, 0-84.25-84.25 points.
Stormy Wing, 0-84.25-84.25 points.
19. Matt Bohon, 84-0-84 points.
20. J.B. Mauney, 0-82.75-82.75 points.
21. Kasey Hayes, 0-82.25-82.25 points.
22. Harve Stewart, 80.5-0-80.50 points.
23. Jarrod Craig, 74-0-74 points.
Budd Williamson, 0-0-0 points.
Chad Besplug, 0-0-0 points.
Clayton Baethge, 0-0-0 points.
Cody Nance, 0-0-0 points.
Justin Koon, 0-0-0 points.
Lachlan Richardson, 0-0-0 points.
Luke Snyder, 0-0-0 points.
Markus Mariluch, 0-0-0 points.
Nathan Schaper, 0-0-0 points.
Renato Nunes, 0-0-0 points.
Ryan McConnel, 0-0-0 points.
Shane Proctor, 0-0-0 points.