Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 | 5 p.m.
It’s the slimmest of leads, but J.B. Mauney of Mooresville, N.C., is now the No. 1 bull rider in the world after winning Round 2 at the 2013 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals on Wednesday night.
J.B. scored 93.75 points at our Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV, and now J.B. leads two-time defending World Champion Silvano Alves by a narrow margin of 30.75 points. Despite being the top rider in the average with 182.5 points, J.B. said that he’s not looking at the average, and he’s definitely not worried about the standings with three days left.
“I’m going to keep looking at one bull at a time,” said J.B., who added that everyone was quick to point he’s atop the season standings. “Yeah, that’s what they just said. I don’t feel that way because this is a weekend-long event, so anything can happen. It can change back and forth throughout the course, and what matters is when that short round is over on Sunday.”
J.B. won Round 2 with 93.75 points on Smackdown (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve) and has a commanding 6.75-point lead in the World Finals average after two rounds. L.J. Jenkins (175.75), Guilherme Marchi (173.75), Ty Pozzobon (171.75) and Silvano Alves (163.25) round out the Top 5 in the average and are the only five riders to have covered their first pair of bulls.
J.B. moved from second to first in the average, while Silvano, who has been the talk of the town after turning down a re-ride option in Round 1 and electing to keep an opening-round score of 73.75 points, went from 13th to fifth. J.B.’s second-round effort plays a big role in another world-title race.
Smackdown was one of three bulls along with Mick E. Mouse (Marlene Henry) and Shepherd Hills Tested (Luthy/Duckwall/D&H Cattle/Powder) contending for the World Champion Bull title with scores of 46 points. As expected, Bushwacker is leading (Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls) with 46.5 points, followed by 2012 World Champion bull Asteroid (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo) at 46.25 points.
Douglas Duncan rode Bushwacker for 8 seconds, but judges called him for a slap at 3.42 seconds that was upheld by replays. J.B. is the only rider to successfully ride Asteroid, Bushwacker and Shepherd Hills Tested. The other two bulls contending for the title are Lightmaker’s Rango (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls) (45.25) and I’m a Gangster, Too (Jeff Robinson/TNT Bucking Bulls) (42.5).
The top bull contenders will be out again Sunday afternoon in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round to close out the season and will likely play as much a factor in crowning the World Champion as Smackdown catapulted J.B. to first. Round 3 of the 20th anniversary Built Ford Tough World Finals takes place today beginning at 6 p.m. The action airs on CBS Sports Network.
The Top Five event leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Event Points): 1) J.B. Mauney, 88.75-93.75-182.50 points; 2) L.J. Jenkins, 86-89.75-175.75 points; 3) Guilherme Marchi, 87.5-86.25-173.75 points; 4) Ty Pozzobon, 85.5-86.25-171.75 points; and Silvano Alves, 73.75-89.5-163.25 points.
Our thanks to contributing photographer Tom Donoghue for his spectacular second-round photo gallery and Denise Abbott of PBR for her contribution to our daily report.
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