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Vieira Wins Last Cowboy Standing

LAS VEGAS – After a full five rounds of competition, No. 1 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) bull rider in the world Joao Ricardo Vieira won Last Cowboy Standing, brought to you locally by Sonic, part of the elite Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS), on Saturday night at MGM Resorts Village.

Last Cowboy Standing is the second PBR Major of the season, which includes 1.5 times more PBR world points than at a regular BFTS event and an increase in prize money.

Vieira posted the top ride of the event with 90.75 points atop Percolator (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls) during Round 3. Stetson Lawrence, who finished second in the event, also covered his bull in Round 3, putting up 86.5 points on I’m Gangster Too (Jeff Robinson/TNT Bucking Bulls). As such, the men then advanced to Round 4, but were unsuccessful in their attempts to make the 8-second mark. Seeing as neither rider made a qualified ride, Vieira and Lawrence advanced to the final round per Last Cowboy Standing rules.

Neither Vieira nor Lawrence were able to cover their bulls in Round 5 either, and per event rules, Vieira’s higher combined round points after five rounds of competition earned him the win. Vieira received a check for $180,000, including the $100,000 Bad Boy Mowers Bonus. It was the second such check he has accepted this year of this amount, having won the Iron Cowboy of the same format in Arlington, Texas, earlier this season.

This adds 877.5 points to Vieira’s world standing’s total, extending his lead to 1,002.5 points.

Lawrence gave Vieira a run for his money, going 3-for-5 on the night as well, for a second-place finish and 525 world points. Vieira placing first and Lawrence taking second are the same results seen during the first PBR Major, Iron Cowboy.

With a bull score of 46.5 out of 50 points, Little Red Jacket (J.A.R.S. Bucking Bulls/Gene Owen) was named the Salem NationaLease High-marked Bull in Las Vegas as he bucked off J.B. Mauney in 2.94 seconds during Round 3.

The final rounds of Last Cowboy Standing will air during a two-hour broadcast on CBS Television Network on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Last Cowboy Standing is the last stop of the first half of the 2015 PBR Built Ford Tough Series.

During its annual BFTS hiatus, the PBR’s minor league series, the BlueDEF Velocity Tour, will continue.  Its next event will take place on Saturday, May 30 – the Built Ford Tough Ring of Honor: Unfinished Business presented by BlueDEF. This three-hour competition will air live on pay-per-view at 8 p.m. ET.  Subscriptions are available now on satellite and cable TV.  Please contact local providers for more details.

On Aug. 7-8 the BFTS will resume in Biloxi, Mississippi, for the Battle at the Beau at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. The 2015 BFTS will conclude at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 21-25 when the 2015 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who earns the most points during the 2015 season, will be crowned and receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and a $1 million bonus.

The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network – the home of the PBR – 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.

2015 Professional Bull Riders
Last Cowboy Standing, presented locally by Sonic
Las Vegas – MGM Resorts Village
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Round 5-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 87.5-87.25-90.75-0-0-265.50-877.5 Points.
2. Stetson Lawrence, 81.75-87.75-86.5-0-0-256-525 Points.
3. J.B. Mauney, 82-88.25-0-0-0-170.25-150 Points.
4. Gage Gay, 88-0-0-0-0-88-120 Points.
(tie). Michael Lane, 88-0-0-0-0-88-120 Points.
6. Cody Nance, 83-88-0-0-0-171-90 Points.
7. Cooper Davis, 87.5-0-0-0-0-87.50-67.5 Points.
8. Matt Triplett, 87-0-0-0-0-87-45 Points.
(tie). Tanner Byrne, 82.75-84.5-0-0-0-167.25-45 Points.
10. Reese Cates, 86.25-83-0-0-0-169.25
11. Billy Robinson, 85-83-0-0-0-168
12. Kaique Pacheco, 82-82.5-0-0-0-164.50
13. Cody Heffernan, 86.25-0-0-0-0-86.25
14. Shane Proctor, 86-0-0-0-0-86
(tie). Neil Holmes, 86-0-0-0-0-86
16. Tyler Harr, 85.25-0-0-0-0-85.25
(tie). Dakota Louis, 85.25-0-0-0-0-85.25
18. Bryan Titman, 84.75-0-0-0-0-84.75
19. Jordan Hupp, 84.25-0-0-0-0-84.25
20. Marco Eguchi, 84-0-0-0-0-84
21. Fabiano Vieira, 83.5-0-0-0-0-83.50
22. Nathan Schaper, 82.25-0-0-0-0-82.25
23. Dallee Mason, 81.75-0-0-0-0-81.75
24. Guthrie Long, 80.5-0-0-0-0-80.50
Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Guilherme Marchi, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Ben Jones, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Mike Lee, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Mason Lowe, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Robson Aragao, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Stormy Wing, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Bonner Bolton, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Ryan Dirteater, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Aaron Roy, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Brady Sims, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Douglas Duncan, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Dave Mason, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Alexandre Cardozo, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Cody Tyler White, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Robson Palermo, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Luis Blanco, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Justin Paton, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Lachlan Richardson, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Troy Wilkinson, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Jay Miller, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Roy Dunn, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Thad Newell, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Cody Rodeo Tyler, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Roscoe Jarboe, 0-0-0-0-0-0

2015 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Standings
(Place, Rider, Events, Wins, Top 5’s, PBR World Points, Total Winnings)

1. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 27, 3, 9, 3,505.00, $492,650.00
2. Matt Triplett, 27, 2, 9, 2,502.50, $155,794.34
3. J.B. Mauney, 19, 2, 7, 2,155.00, $132,230.40
4. Kaique Pacheco, 37, 9, 13, 2,087.50, $131,817.58
5. Valdiron de Oliveira, 28, 1, 9, 1,888.33, $123,608.82
6. Nathan Schaper, 26, 1, 7, 1,867.50, $108,351.04
7. Guilherme Marchi, 27, 2, 4, 1,760.00, $117,341.19
8. Silvano Alves, 22, 3, 10, 1,718.33, $213,921.22
9. J.W. Harris, 22, 1, 5, 1,552.50, $90,490.00
10. Reese Cates, 26, 3, 6, 1,517.50, $104,531.72
11. Stetson Lawrence, 23, 0, 3, 1,383.75, $59,700.00
12. Fabiano Vieira, 28, 2, 6, 1,300.00, $92,884.18
13. Ben Jones, 32, 4, 10, 1,160.00, $99,502.56
14. Cody Nance, 27, 1, 7, 1,032.50, $74,414.97
15. Cooper Davis, 25, 1, 9, 1,025.00, $88,769.95
16. Mike Lee, 31, 2, 6, 1,020.00, $74,975.99
17. Rubens Barbosa, 20, 1, 7, 1,016.25, $65,798.18
18. Shane Proctor, 25, 0, 3, 962.50, $49,832.70
19. Tanner Byrne, 27, 1, 6, 832.50, $52,271.57
20. Chase Outlaw, 14, 1, 5, 810.00, $50,136.07
21. L.J. Jenkins, 19, 0, 3, 728.75, $42,200.19
22. Mason Lowe, 11, 3, 6, 722.50, $43,128.36
23. Kasey Hayes, 20, 0, 2, 702.50, $40,863.33
24. Renato Nunes, 18, 0, 2, 685.00, $39,381.13
25. Gage Gay, 25, 2, 5, 680.00, $47,603.77
26. Eduardo Aparecido, 23, 1, 3, 637.50, $37,001.67
27. Robson Aragao, 30, 0, 9, 612.50, $42,422.43
28. Stormy Wing, 21, 1, 3, 590.00, $34,789.37
29. Bonner Bolton, 22, 2, 5, 570.00, $41,929.36
30. Ryan Dirteater, 26, 0, 2, 555.83, $33,945.30
31. Aaron Roy, 13, 0, 4, 545.00, $38,273.62
32. Brady Sims, 22, 0, 2, 520.00, $35,592.26
33. Douglas Duncan, 19, 0, 2, 423.75, $24,712.71
34. Michael Lane, 20, 1, 8, 375.00, $28,643.17
35. Dave Mason, 32, 4, 7, 360.00, $31,703.33
36. Alexandre Cardozo, 30, 3, 6, 312.50, $34,743.15
37. Cody Tyler White, 25, 3, 6, 310.00, $29,711.88
38. Robson Palermo, 23, 1, 5, 297.50, $24,720.37
39. Claudio Crisostomo, 8, 0, 1, 290.00, $16,714.37
40. Sean Willingham, 19, 0, 1, 275.00, $19,698.33
41. Bryan Titman, 29, 2, 3, 265.00, $27,200.05
42. Tyler Harr, 33, 2, 7, 252.50, $30,213.33
42. Luis Blanco, 29, 2, 5, 252.50, $29,753.33
44. Justin Paton, 19, 2, 9, 242.50, $18,045.23
45. Lachlan Richardson, 34, 1, 5, 240.00, $23,610.68

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