SACRAMENTO, Calif. (January 21, 2007) – 2005 PBR World Champion Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) treated Sacramento fans to an electrifying win when he captured top honors of the Sacramento Classic presented by Capitol Yamaha. In what was a hard fought battle, McBride earned the event title and $29,309 by just three quarters of one point over 2004 PBR World Champion Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas). Stop number four on the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) took place on Jan 20-21 at ARCO Arena and played before over 18,000 fans.
When asked how he feels about having his first event title of 2007 under his belt, McBride said, “I had a less than perfect World Finals, so I’ve been ready to get started again in 2007. It feels great to get this season kicked off right.”
McBride won three regular season events and more than $232,000 during 2006 and ended the season ranked sixth in the PBR World standings. He has accumulated $3,119,538 in PBR career earnings to date.
Lee held down the number one position as Built Ford Tough Championship Round action in Sacramento got underway. He achieved 87.5 points aboard Flying U/Moreno Bucking Bulls’ Werewolf Snuff, but had to settle for second after what proved to be a short round abundant in 90-plus point rides. When McBride topped Naccarato Bucking Bulls’ All In for 90.5 points on his way to a cumulative score of 264.25, the victory was his.
Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) matched Gene Owen Bucking Bulls’ Team Equine’s Cow Pix to post 90.75 points, achieving both the high score of the championship round and of the event. Hall finished fourth overall.
Lee’s strong showing in Sacramento enabled him to overtake J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C) for the lead in the BFTS World Standings with 2,343 series points. Mauney, the 2006 PBR Daisy Rookie of the Year, trails by 172.5 points.
BEHIND THE CHUTES:
Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Match-up Bonus: Mike White (De Kalb, Texas), by way of his event win in Fresno, Calif., was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money in Sacramento ,Calif. On Saturday, White was successful in his attempt against Gene Owen Bucking Bulls’ Louisville Slugger, thus claiming the $5,000. However, on Sunday evening Humpz and Hornz’ Hot Rod tossed White before the eight-second whistle, thereby laying claim to the $5,000 bonus for his owners.
Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) by way of his event win in Sacramento, is eligible at the Dale Jr. PBR Clash BFTS event next weekend in Charlotte, N.C. for the chance to claim the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” Match-up Bonus. If the rider covers his eligible bulls during the event, he will receive a $5,000 cash bonus for each successful ride. But, if the bulls launch the cowboy before he can make a qualified ride, the $5,000 bonus will go to that bull’s stock contractor instead.
Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus: Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round but did not ultimately earn the overall event title. Consequently, he did not claim the $35,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus. The bonus in Charlotte, N.C. will be $40,000. When the Built Ford Tough Moment of Truth Bonus is claimed the purse returns to $5,000.
Ford Super Duty Challenge: As the event winner, Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) is qualified for a chance to compete at the 2007 PBR BFTS World Finals, against all other 2007 Built Ford Tough Series event winners, for $40,000 towards a new 2007 Ford Super Duty Truck. The Ford Super Duty Challenge contestant who finishes the highest in the event aggregate during the 2007 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals will win the Ford Super Duty Challenge.
Salem National Lease Bull of the Event: Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ BuckersToBuck.com took top bull honors of the event, and as a part of Salem National Lease’s exciting bonus program the bull earned $1,250. The program awards $1,250 to the top bull of the event as determined by the PBR judges.
Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride: Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) achieved the highest marked ride of the Sacramento Classic when he topped Gene Owen Bucking Bulls’ Team Equine’s Cow Pix in the final round. In so doing he earned $1,000. Rocky McDonald (Col. Juarez, Mexico) is in the lead for the Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride bonus of $25,000 with his 92 point performance in New York City earlier this season on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Sunshine.
The rider who achieves the highest score at each BFTS regular season event during the 2007 BFTS regular season excluding the PBR World Finals receives a bonus of $1,000 for the event. The PBR athlete who achieves the highest marked qualifying ride during the entire 2007 BFTS regular season, excluding the World Finals event will receive $25,000, while second and third place finishers will be awarded $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. The bull rider that achieves the highest marked ride through the course of the entire 2007 PBR BFTS World Finals will earn an additional $10,000.
Leandro Mattos (Brottas, SP, Brazil) – Hip pointer, questionable to compete in Charlotte, NC next weekend.
Sacramento Classic presented by Capitol Yamaha Results:
FIRST ROUND: 1) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 89 points on Gene Owen Bucking Bulls’ Jesse’s Ride, $2,730; 2) Steven Shelley (Natural Dam, Ark.) 88 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Night Life, $1,950; 3) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 87.75 points on Ed Hill Bucking Bulls’ Smokin Joe, $1,170; 4/5) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 86.5 points on Gene Owen Bucking Bulls’ Balboa, $624; 4/5) Greg Potter (Queensland, Australia) 86.5 points on Ed Hill Bucking Bulls’ Powder Burn, $624;
SECOND ROUND: 1) Luke Snyder (Raymore, Mo.) 88 points on Rice Ranch’s Mr. Harrison, $2,730; 2) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 87.5 points on Haines/Owen’s Pandemonium, $1,950; 3) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 87.25 points on Performance Livestock/Gene Owen’s Sugar Ray, $1,170; 4/5) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 87 points on Flying U/Moreno Bucking Bulls’ Carissa Plains, $624; 4/5) Evan Rasch (Clarksville, Tenn.) 87 points on Kaycee Simpson’s Red Alert, $624;
BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) 90.75 points on Gene Owen Bucking Bulls’ Team Equine’s Cow Pix, $2,730; 2) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 90.5 points on Naccarato Bucking Bulls’ All In, $1,950; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 90.25 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Crossfire Hurricane, $1,170; 4) Rocky McDonald (Col. Juarez, Mexico) 88.25 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Wintwister, $780;
OVERALL EVENT STANDINGS: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 264.25 points, $29,309; 2) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 263.5 points, $19,387; 3) Rocky McDonald (Col. Juarez, Mexico) 255 points, $9,540; 4) Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) 251.75 points, $9,195;
BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 2,343 points; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 2,170.5 points; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 1,866.5 points; 4) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 1,695.25 points; 5) Rocky McDonald (Col. Juarez, Mexico) 1,613.5 points; 6) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 1,608.5 points; 7) Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) 1,249 points;8 ) Steven Shelley (Natural Dam, Ark.) 1,170.5 points; 9) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 1,134.5 points; 10) Beau Hill (West Glacier, Mont.) 1,004.75 points.