bull.jpgCHARLOTTE, N.C. (January 28, 2007) – Silvanei Dias (Populina, SP, BZ) placed himself in the driver’s seat and engineered the first Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) tour title of his career after the conclusion of four intense rounds of the Inaugural Dale Jr. PBR Clash, in Charlotte, N.C. Stop number 5 on the BFTS was a ceremonious weekend of firsts, in the city synonymous with NASCAR, and with a namesake as prestigious as Earnhardt. The event took place at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena January 26-28 and featured the rankest bucking bulls on the planet battling some of the toughest athletes in the world, all in front of an electrified NASCAR crazy crowd.
Dias, who is a protégé of 2002 PBR World Champion and fellow Brazilian, Ednei Caminhas (Sao Paulo, BZ) has catapulted himself to number ten in the BFTS standings after his performance this weekend.  In just his second season on the BFTS tour, Dias is proving to be another very talented athlete to come to the PBR by way of Brazil. He is riding an astonishing 58.33% of his bulls and has accrued nearly $42,000 in earnings, with just four events under his belt in 2007.
Dias entered the Built Ford Tough Championship Round in ninth place with a total of 163.5 on three bulls.  He was the only rider to hang on for the required eight seconds in the short go, thus riding Best Western of Page & Teague/Harrison to a an 88.5 point victory and a $33,495 payday.  Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) ended up with a second place finish and $15,550 for his efforts.
Said Dias of today’s victory, via translator Adriano Moraes,
“I’m very happy.  It means a lot to overcome adversity.  I had bucked off my bull in the first round to come back and be the only bull rider to ride in the short go. To get a victory felt great.  I would like to thank all of my friends who have stood by me-especially Ednei Caminhas who has helped me a lot lately.”
Dias wasn’t the only person ecstatic with the event’s outcome. Event namesake Dale Earnhardt Jr. was very pleased about the support and excitement fans showed the PBR this weekend in Charlotte,
“I really like bull riding and have a lot of friends in the sport.  The way I knew to be involved was to have an event in Charlotte.  I’m really glad so many fans came to my event,” said Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
The BFTS makes uninterrupted stops from now through the end of March, promising bull riding fans one of the most intense and grueling races in national sports to decide who will wear the million dollar PBR crown at the end of the 2007 season. For more information on the Dale Jr. PBR Clash or the PBR, please contact 719.471.3008 or visit www.pbrnow.com. The PBR is regularly broadcast on VERSUS on Saturdays and Sundays at 8:00 p.m. (ET). Please check your local listings or visit http://www.pbrnow.com/media/tv/ for the complete broadcast schedule.
BEHIND THE CHUTES: 
Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Match-up Bonus: As the winner of the Sacramento, Calif., Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money in Charlotte. On Friday night, McBride was successful in his attempt against Berger/Struves’ Evil Forces and was awarded the $5,000. On Saturday night, McBride was successful against Davis/Beckert’s Hollow Point and was again awarded the $5,000.  Sunday evening, McBride did not successfully cover Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Smash Hit, thus awarding the $5,000 bounty to the bulls’ owner. 
Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus: Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) 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 $40,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus. When the Built Ford Tough Moment of Truth Bonus is claimed the purse returns to $5,000.  Silvanei Dias (Populina, SP, BZ) will be eligible for the $45,000 bonus in St. Louis, Mo. at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Classic.

Bud Light Short-Go Top Qualifier Award Program: Dustin Hall was awarded the Bud Light Short-Go Top Qualifier Award of $2,500 since he was the highest advancing rider to qualify for the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.

Ford Super Duty Challenge: As the event winner, Silvanei Dias (Populina, SP, BZ) qualified for a chance to compete at the World Finals, against all other 2006 Built Ford Tough Series event winners, for a 2006 Ford Super Duty Truck. The Ford Super Duty Challenge contestant who finishes the highest in the event aggregate during the 2006 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals will win a brand new Super Duty Truck courtesy of Ford.

Salem National Lease Bull of the Event: VERSUS of Page and Buck’s Bucking Bulls was named the Bull 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: Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla,) achieved the highest marked ride of the Dale Jr. PBR Clash when he topped Berger/Struve’s Evil Forces in the first round. In doing so 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.
Injury Report: Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) sustained a concussion and is questionable to compete.
Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, NM) – Possible facial fracture and X-rays are scheduled, still competing.
Cody Hart (Gainesville, TX) – Injured right wrist and is questionable to compete.
Greg Potter (Queensland, Australia) – As a result of a hip pointer, will not be competing in Tampa or Atlanta.
Dale Jr. PBR Clash Results:
FIRST ROUND: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 90 points on Berger/Struve’s Evil Forces, $7,000; 2) Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) 89 points on Boyd/Floyd/Paradise Farms’ Jeopardy, $5,000; 3/4) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 88.75 points on Boyd/Floyd/Paradise Farms’ Hillstreet, $2,500; 3/4) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 88.75 points on Page and Teague’s Bucking Bulls’ Black Smoke, $2,500; 5) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 87.25 points on Boyd/Floyd/Paradise Farms’ Lost in Paradise, $1,200.
SECOND ROUND: 1) Cody Hart (Gainesville, Texas) 87.5 points on Bad Company Rodeo’s Born to Boogie, $2,730; 2) Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) 86.5 points on Boyd/Floyd/Paradise Farms’ Wildlife, $1,950; 3) Rocky McDonald (Col. Juarez, MX) 86.25 points on Boyd/Floyd/Paradise Farms’ Minimus, $1,170; 4) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, BZ) 86 points on Berger/Ryken’s Rockin Robin, $780.
THIRD ROUND: 1) Cord McCoy (Tupelo, Okla.) 88.75 points on Frontier and Teague Bucking Bulls’ Chain Reaction, $2,730; 2) Dusty Labeth (Louisburg, Kan.) 88.25 points on Tommy Schrader and Anchor Bull Company’s Dog Dip, $1,950; 3) Mark Lopes (Pioneer, Calif.) 87.75 points on Tommy Schrader and Anchor Bull Company’s Encore, $1,170 4/5) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 87.25 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Cover Page, $624; 4/5) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 87.25 points on Berger/Whitford’s Big Mack, $624.
BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: Silvanei Dias (Populina, SP, BZ) 88.25 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Best Western, $2,730.  Dias was the only rider to cover his bull in the short-go.
OVERALL EVENT STANDINGS: 1) Silvanei Dias (Populina, SP, BZ) 254.75 points, $33,495; 2) Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) 173.5 points, $15,550; 3) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 173 points, $26,500; 4) Brian Herman (Victoria, Texas) 172.5 points, $5,673.
BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 2490.25 points, 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 2345.25 points, 3) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 2298.25 points, 4) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 1861.5 points, 5) Rocky McDonald (Col. Juarez, MX) 1779.75 points, 6) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 1760.75 points, 7) Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) 1519.75 points, 8 ) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 1397.25 points, 9) Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) 1394 points, 10) Silvanei Dias (Populina, SP, BZ) 1259.50 points.

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