By: Jordan Marie Johnson September 05, 2014@ 09:45:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With an 89.5-point effort atop Cooper Tires Brown Sugar (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Julie Rosen), Nevada native Markus Mariluch captured Round 1 of the Professional Bull Riders Jack Daniel’s Invitational presented by Cooper Tires at Bridgestone Arena on Friday night.
Not far behind with 87.75 points was No. 3 PBR rider Fabiano Vieira, who covered C Note (Triple C Bucking Bulls) for a second-place finish, while Arkansas native Chase Outlaw placed third after picking up 87 points on Pistols & Roses (Covenant Livestock).
Rounding out the Top 5 were Zane Lambert with 86.75 points on Circle City (Cornwell Bucking Bulls) and 2008 PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi, who reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the PBR world standings with his 86-point ride on Blues Man (Davis Rodeo Ranch). Marchi retook the season lead from reigning Rookie of the Year Joao Ricardo Vieira, who entered Friday night just 25 points ahead of Marchi after his second-place finish last weekend in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
Round 2 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round of the Jack Daniel’s Invitational presented by Cooper Tires will take place Saturday night. Both rounds will be broadcast on CBS Network Television Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.
The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network and networks around the world. 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.
The Jack Daniel’s Invitational presented by Cooper Tires is the 21st stop of 27 on the 2014 PBR Built Ford Tough Series schedule. The season kicked off Jan. 3-5 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The season will conclude at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 22-26, when the 2014 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who earns the most points during the 2014 season, will receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and a $1 million bonus.
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