Little Rock Game Notes

By: Jordan Johnson
April 07, 2016

No. 2 Fabiano Vieira is 243 points behind J.B. Mauney for the lead in the world standings. Photo: Andy Watson/


LITTLE ROCKIN’ OUT – The PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) heads to Arkansas with a stop in Northern Little Rock for the first time in 13 years (2003). The Verizon Arena will host the Bad Boy Mowdown, April 9-10 starting at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 9 and at 2 p.m. CT on Sunday, April 10.

MONSTER MAUNEY RIDEJ.B. Mauney posted a colossal 94.25-point performance on Pearl Harbor (Bar D Bucking Bulls/Boyd-Floyd) during the Sioux Falls 15/15 Bucking Battle. This notched the highest-marked ride of the 2016 season, was the second-best ride of Mauney‘s career, and his 68th career 90-point ride. The win was also Mauney’s third consecutive 15/15 Bucking Battle victory. The two-time and reigning PBR World Champion comes into Little Rock trying to add to his 243.01 point lead at the top of the PBR world standings.

ROUNDING 500 – With 497 career qualified rides, 2004 World Champion Mike Lee is 24 seconds (three rides) 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 a perfect 3-for-3 weekend in Little Rock.

LOCKED IN – 18-year-old PBR rookie Jess Lockwood earned his spot in the Top 35 bull riders in the world with his seventh-place finish in last week’s BFTS event in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. His Round 3 win was the first of his career and it earned him 105 world points and placing him at No. 23 in the world standings.

PAST LITTLE ROCK EVENT WINNERS – Dusty LaBeth (2002) and Wiley Petersen (2003) won the two previous Little Rock events.

FORMAT – This weekend, the Top 35 bull riders on the BFTS will compete in Round 1 on Saturday night and Round 2 on Sunday afternoon, facing one bull in each round. The riders with the Top 15 scores after two rounds will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round on Sunday for an additional ride and a chance at the $30,000 event title.

POSSIBLE POINTS – There are 700 possible points available this weekend in Northern Little Rock, as the winner of the event will receive 400 points and each of the three round wins is worth 100 points.

TELEVISION BROADCAST – Round 2 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round of the Bad Boy Mowdown will air on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, April 10 at 5 p.m. ET. PBR LIVE will also stream the entire event in real time starting on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET and on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. PBR LIVE is now available at no charge to all fans and media. Visit 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.

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