PUEBLO, Colo. – The first half of the 2017 Built Ford Tough Series season was a five-month stretch filled with everything from surprise surges, comeback victories and continued excellence from the world’s best bull riders.
The 2017 World Championship race is far from clear, but the first half provided an insightful preview of what’s to come in the homestretch to the 2017 Built Ford Tough World Finals.
The first half featured dominance from the future stars of the sport, an amazing run from a veteran Brazilian, an unexpected rise and a ride the etched a legend’s name into the history books. Over the next few weeks, PBR.com will countdown the top rides from the first half and look forward to the second half where a World Champion will be crowned.
With 17 days remaining before the return of the BFTS in Tulsa, Oklahoma, PBR.com will countdown the Top 17 rides of the first half.
You can witness that next great moment by purchasing tickets for the 2017 World Finals, where the PBR’s best will return to T-Mobile Arena Nov. 1-5.
J.B. Mauney: 94.25 points on SweetPro’s Bruiser (Billings, Montana)
One of the few constants in the Built Ford Tough Series is that if J.B. Mauney is in the draw, it’s rarely a good idea to bet against him. The two-time World Champion has proven, time and again, that whether it’s injuries or Father Time, he finds a way to battle back.
In Billings, Montana, he proved it again when he rode SweetPro’s Bruiser for 94.25 points to secure his first event win of the season.
“I have said it numerous times. Bull riding is like a light switch,” Mauney said. “I felt like before here, it flickered a little bit and it was on and then it was back off. Hopefully it is switched on this time.
“I turned it on.”
Mauney’s win in Billings made huge waves in the World Championship race by moving him to No. 3 in the world standings after earning a total 778.3 points over the weekend in Billings.
Mauney was leading the event heading into Championship Sunday, and could have theoretically won regardless of which bull he picked in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round bull draft.
But the PBR’s active leader in 90-point rides (72) didn’t win two World Championships by playing it safe.
“I would rather be 94 than 88 any day,” Mauney said.
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