BALTIMORE – Built Ford Tough Series kicked off Friday at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena before an enthusiastic crowd that watched 2004 PBR World Champion Mike Lee take the event lead with an 87.75-point ride on Pecos Bill. He sits in first place, receiving 100 points for the round win.
“I didn’t try to over-guess him,” Lee said. “I didn’t listen to what everyone said about him. I just rode. I was a little nervous coming here. I didn’t know if I still had it, but now I think I do.”
Twenty of the 35 men competing made the whistle on Friday night, including Kasey Hayes whose 87.25-point ride on Loco Lizard put in him second place for 60 points.
J.W Harris, the 2014 PBR Rookie of the Year, continued the momentum he started at the 2014 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals with an 86.75-point effort in Round 1 on Alternator, receiving 50 points for third place.
Nathan Schaper earned 40 points for his fourth place finish in the round with an 86.25-point ride on Nefarious, and Guilherme Marchi received 30 points for rounding out the Top 5 with his 85.75-point ride on RMEF Big Bull.
Round 2 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round of the Baltimore Invitational take place Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800 745 3000.
CBS Sports Network will carry all of the action of both rounds starting at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Fans can also watch every ride live online at www.pbr.com/live.
2015 Professional Bull Riders – Baltimore Invitational
Baltimore – Royal Farms Arena
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points) …
1. Mike Lee, 87.75-0-0-87.75-100 Points.
2. Kasey Hayes, 87.25-0-0-87.25-60 Points.
3. J.W. Harris, 86.75-0-0-86.75-50 Points.
4. Nathan Schaper, 86.25-0-0-86.25-40 Points.
5. Guilherme Marchi, 85.75-0-0-85.75-30 Points.
6. Reese T. Cates, 85.5-0-0-85.50-0
(tie). Harve Stewart, 85.5-0-0-85.50-0
8. Matt Triplett, 85-0-0-85.00-0
9. Sean Willingham, 84.75-0-0-84.75-0
10. Brady Sims, 84.5-0-0-84.50-0
11. Luis Blanco, 84-0-0-84.00-0
(tie). Renato Nunes, 84-0-0-84.00-0
(tie). Tanner Byrne, 84-0-0-84.00-0
14. Eduardo Aparecido, 83.25-0-0-83.25-0
15. Shane Proctor, 83-0-0-83.00-0
(tie). Ryan Dirteater, 83-0-0-83.00-0
17. Silvano Alves, 81-0-0-81.00-0
18. Zane Lambert, 80.25-0-0-80.25-0
19. L.J. Jenkins, 74-0-0-74.00-0
20. Kody Lostroh, 59.5-0-0-59.50-0
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