Brazilian Renato Nunes saved his best performance of the weekend for last.
He recorded a 90-point ride atop Modified Clyde to surge past world No. 1 Fabiano Vieira and two others to win the Rumble in the Rockies event of the Professional Bull Riders tour Sunday afternoon at The Broadmoor World Arena.
He showed a return to the form he had as the 2010 world champion when he handled an astounding start by the bull, who popped several feet straight up into the air as the gate opened.
"At the beginning of the ride he had me in trouble but I just kept trying and willed myself to win," Nunes said.
But recording a 90-point ride - the bull-riding equivalent of hitting a grand slam in baseball - almost wasn't enough with Vieira on deck for the final ride. He entered the championship round's final attempt with three straight successful rides on the weekend.
He came close to spoiling Nunes' day and preventing him from winning his second tour stop in a row. Vieira, who clinched the world No. 1 ranking in Round 3, lasted 7.85 of the required eight seconds astride Cowtown Slinger to finish fourth in points on the weekend.
Brazilians Silvano Alves and Joao Ricardo Vieira finished second and third ahead of Vieira. Markus Mariluch of Reno, Nev., was fifth.
"It's great to get a second win in a row but it's even better to get the big paycheck," Nunes said.
With his $25,400 winnings from Saturday night's 15/15 Bucking Battle finish, Vieira took home $35,055, second in money behind Nunes ($36,741) and well ahead of Alves (third in money, $15,225).
That proved little consolation since the world No. 1 also left Colorado Springs with a dislocated right shoulder, sustained when he hit the dirt.
"I feel good being No. 1, but I would rather be second and not hurt," he said through a translator. He quickly added that he will compete next weekend in Las Vegas, which is the finale before the summer break.
He wasn't the only rider to thrill the 3,585 fans and those watching live on CBS Sports Network.
with a memorable score. Kasey Hayes recorded 91.5 points atop Shepherd Hills Tested to move from 13th headed into the championship round to sixth place, a difference of $4,700 and 400 points on the weekend.
The Liberal, Kan., cowboy knew he needed to roll the dice and take on a nasty bull to make a move up the standings. Mission accomplished.
"When you start out as behind as I did, you don't get to choose the best bulls," Hayes said. "I had three to choose from but I knew he was the rankest bull here so I had a chance to get a big-time ride out of him. Taking a chance is how you make the big money."