May 15, 2010 11:07 AM
Austin Meier (Kinta, OK) has retaken the top spot from Renato Nunes (Buritama, Sao Paulo, Brazil) in the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series standings following his win last week in Wichita. The series now heads to Pueblo, home of the PBR, for the Pueblo Invitational.
While Meier and Nunes continue to flip-flop between first and second places, they are trailed closely by Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, NM), currently in third position and two-time world champion Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil). All are within 1,000 points of the top position.
Meier has amassed 6,955 points this year and holds a 212.5-point lead over Nunes.
Marchi, who missed three events because of injury earlier this season, has made an incredible comeback and currently sits in fourth place. He continues to increase his riding percentage which is already a series-best 67.4 per cent.
Rounding out the top five is Robson Palermo (RioBranco, Acre, Brazil), 1,107.75 points behind Meier.
The PBR is having the deepest title race in history with less than 900 points separating the top four riders and eight riders within 1,800 points of each other in the point standings. A potential 1,100 points are available at the Pueblo Invitational.
The Pueblo Invitational features bull riding action for three nights - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.