Louisville, KY, United States (PBR) – Stormy Wing has been in this position before and yet he still finds himself caught up in the anticipation of competing at a Built Ford Tough Series event.
Saturday night, in Louisville, Ky., he got on California Sports Coat and “rode him for who he is.” Judges thought he was worth 88.75 points and Wing earned his second round win of the 2013 season as took the early lead after the first of day at the Bass Pro Chute Out.
“I feel good,” said Wing, who came into this weekend ranked 36th in the world and is competing this week as an alternate. “I’m confident and in this sport you have to just keep going.”
Wing was the first of only nine qualified rides in an opening round that saw nine of the Top 10 riders in the world standings all come down short of the whistle, including the top-ranked rider Shane Proctor, who barely escaped injury when Skid Row Joe tumbled to the ground right after the No. 1 rider was called for a slap with his free hand.
A pair of former World Champions – Kody Lostroh (87) and Mike Lee (86.5) – finished second and third, while Ryan Dirteater (86.25) and Eduardo Aparecido (86) round out the Top 5 in Round 1 at the KRC Yum! Center.
There was no change atop the world standings with Marco Eguchi, Silvano Alves and J.B. Mauney all bucking off as did Proctor.
Joao Ricardo Vieira had been the hottest rider the past month having won the past two BFTS events, but bucked off his first round bull Sour Mash and then came down early again when he matched up with Lucky You for having won last week’s event in Billings, Mont.
Wing, who won a Touring Pro Division event in Stephenville, Texas, two weeks ago is hoping for his first career BFTS win on Sunday afternoon when the final two rounds get under way at 2 p.m. ET.
Saturday night’s round-win moved him to No. 34 in the standings and still another 200 points outside of the Top 30.
The Bass Pro Chute Out continues tomorrow night with Round 2 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. The event will air Sunday afternoon on CBS Sports Network at 5 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 2013 Built Ford Tough Series season is quickly approaching its summer break. Louisville is the 14th of 26 stops in 18 states. On May 10 and 11, the BFTS season will conclude its first half at the Mandalay Bay Events Center with the third annual Last Cowboy Standing. Who will outride the rest and be the Last Cowboy Standing? Tickets are sale now at www.ticketmaster.com, the Mandalay Bay Events Center Box Office or by calling (800) 745-3000.
Featured during the PBR’s official Last Cowboy Standing after party will be multi-platinum, chart topping country artist Gary Allan. Allan will entertain fans at the Mandalay Bay Beach starting at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Tickets for the after party are on sale now and also available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.mandalaybay.com or via phone at (800) 745 3000.