Billings Game Notes

By: Heather Croze
April 14, 2016

Mason Lowe returns to competition this weekend in Billings, Montana. Photo: Andy Watson/

Mason Lowe returns to competition this weekend in Billings, Montana. Photo: Andy Watson/


BILLINGS ON TAP – The PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) heads to Billings, Montana with its longest running event. The Rimrock Arena will host the Stanley Performance In Action Invitational on April 15-17 starting at 8 p.m. MT on Friday, April 15, 7 p.m. MT and at 1:50 p.m. MT on Sunday, April 17. The PBR has competed in Billings for 20 consecutive years.

PAST BILLINGS EVENT WINNERS – In 2015, onlookers watched up-and-coming North Dakota native Nathan Schaper post the second victory of his BFTS career, going 4-for-4 on the weekend. The PBR celebrated its 20thanniversary in Billings by welcoming more than 20,000 fans to Rimrock Auto Arena over the three-day event.

2015: Nathan Schaper
2014: Cody Nance
2013: Joao Ricardo Vieira
2012: Austin Meier
2011: Validron de Oliveira
2010: Travis Briscoe
2009: Michael Manes
2008: Zack Brown
2007: J.B. Mauney
2006: Brian Canter
2005: Justin McBride
2004: Brian Herman
2003: Wiley Petersen
2002: Lee Akin
2001: Chris Shivers
2000: Troy Dunn
1999: Troy Dunn
1998: Rogerio Ferreira
1997: Cody Hart
1996: Tuff Hedeman

ROUNDING 500 – With 499 career qualified rides, 2004 World Champion Mike Lee is 8 seconds (one ride) away from his 500th career ride. This feat has only been accomplished by one other rider in PBR history (2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi) and Lee could achieve this milestone with just one ride this weekend in Billings. Lee will have 4 definite possibilities as he will ride in each round as well as in the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle.

FORMAT – This weekend, the riders will face one bull each in Rounds 1-3. Immediately following Round 3 on Sunday, the riders’ individual scores will be totaled and the Top 15 will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round for one more ride and a chance at the $30,000 event title.

POSSIBLE POINTS – There are 900 possible points available this weekend in Billings, as the winner of the event will receive 500 points and each of the three round wins is worth 100 points.

NEXT UP – Next week the PBR stops in Des Moines, Iowa, with the Des Moines Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires at the Wells Fargo Arena on April 23-24. Competition will begin at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 23 and at 2:00 p.m. CT on Sunday, April 24.

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