By: Jordan Johnson
September 15, 2016
CHARLOTTE, Nc. – The PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series stops in Charlotte, North Carolina, this weekend as the Time Warner Cable Arena hosts the Charlotte Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17. Round 2 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round will be aired on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. ET.
BACK TO BRAZIL – Kaique Pacheco reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the PBR world standings with his performance in Springfield this past weekend. The previous world leader, Cooper Davis, pulled out of competition following Round 1 when he fractured his clavicle. Pacheco now leads the world championship race by 80.33 points.
TIGHT TITLE RACE – Just over 1,200 points separate the Top-5 in the PBR world standings. Joao Ricardo Vieira is currently No. 5 in the standings with 2,495 points, 1,207.83 points behind No. 1 Pacheco. With 700 possible points on the line, Charlotte will have huge implications on the world championship race.
WINNING WAYS – There have been 13 different event winners through 20 events already this season. Six athletes — Fabiano Vieira, Shane Proctor, Tanner Byrne, Kaique Pacheco, Cooper Davis and Ryan Dirteater — have won multiple events, with Dirteater leading the way after winning his third BFTS event this season in Springfield last weekend. With only six events left until a world champion is crowned at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on November 2-6, riders will be giving it their all in Charlotte.
PAST CHARLOTTE EVENT WINNERS – Current world leader Kaique Pacheco won the Charlotte event title in 2015 during his rookie year to notch his third victory of the season.
2015 Kaique Pacheco
2011 Douglas Ferreira
2007 Silvanei Dias
2006 Chris Shivers
2000 Adriano Moraes
1999 Rogerio Ferreira
1998 Gilbert Carrillo
1997 Adriano Moraes
1996 Jim Sharp & Ty Murray
FORMAT – This weekend, the riders will face one bull each in Round 1 and Round 2. Immediately following Round 2 on Saturday, 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 700 possible points available this weekend in Charlotte, as the winner of the event will receive 400 points and each of the three round wins is worth 100 points.
TELEVISION BROADCAST – This week, CBS Sports Network will air Round 2 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round of the Charlotte Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. ET.
PBR LIVE will also stream the entire event in real time starting on Friday at 8 p.m. ET and Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. PBR LIVE is available at no charge to all fans and media. Visit www.PBR.com/live to view. Fans can also watch all of the action live via the PBR LIVE app, available for download now on Google Play and iTunes.
HOMETOWN HERO – Next week the Built Ford Tough Series will head to Colorado, home of the PBR’s headquarters. The two-day Rumble in the Rockies event in Colorado Springs will be on Saturday, September 24 at 7 p.m. MT and Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m. MT.
PROVIDING PROTECTION – The Dickies® Bullfighters this weekend are Jesse Byrne of Okotoks, Alberta; Shorty Gorham of Cotulla, Texas; and Frank Newsom of Paoli, Oklahoma.
UPDATED POINT SYSTEM – The PBR World Standings Points system has been revised for the 2016 BFTS season. In addition to now awarding the winner in the aggregate of a three-day BFTS event 500 points – 100 more than the winner of the aggregate at a two-day event – the number of placings that will receive points in each BFTS competition round has also been extended. Starting this year, round points will be given to finishers from first through seventh place, and points will be given through 15th place in the aggregate.
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