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Matt Bohon steals the show in front of family and friends

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (February 25, 2007) – Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) learned first hand tonight what it feels like to be the hometown hero. In front of his home state crowd, he claimed the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Classic event title and $30,453 dollars for his efforts. Stop number 9 on the Built Ford Tough Series Presented by Wrangler (BFTS), proved to be a weekend of rank bulls, sizzling rides and wrecks, and a big payday for the Missouri cowboy.

Bohon entered the Built Ford Tough Championship Round in second place to Aussie, Brendon Clark (Morpeth, Aus.) The crowd erupted when the Missouri cowboy took Texas of Chad Berger/Dakota Cattle Co.’s for an 89.25 point trip. As the only bull rider to cover all four of the bulls, Bohon walked away with the prestigious Enterprise Rent-A-Car Classic event title and 30,453 dollars richer.

When asked about his win, Bohon stated: “It feels just great. The whole family and a bunch of friends are here, so it feels great to win so close to home. Plus, it’s nice to win in the hometown of my sponsor Enterprise Rent-A-Car, especially at its title event.”

You can catch Bohon and the rest of the top 45 for the third and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round tonight on VERSUS at 8:00 p.m. EST. Please check your local listings or visit http://www.pbrnow.com/media/tv/ for the complete broadcast schedule.

The BFTS makes uninterrupted stops from now through the end of April, 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.

BEHIND THE CHUTES:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Match-up Bonus: As the winner of the Amp’d Mobile Invitational in Anaheim, Calif. Greg Potter (Queensland, Aus.) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money in St. Louis, Mo., a potential $15,000 bonus check. Potter was unsuccessful in rounds 1 and 2, but made a qualified ride on Re-Vamp of Chumley Cattle Company’s, awarding himself $5,000 dollars.

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus: Australian cowboy Brendon Clark (Morpeth, Aus.) led the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Classic going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. Had he won the event, Clark would have taken home the bonus of $10,000. Clark did not finish the event in the top spot, therefore the Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus increases to $15,000 at the next BFTS event in New Orleans, La.

Ford Super Duty Challenge: As the event winner, Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) has qualified for a chance to compete at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, against all other 2007 Built Ford Tough Series event winners, for $50,000 toward the purchase of a 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.

Bully Dog Short Go Top Qualifier: Brendon Clark (Morpeth, Aus.) was awarded $2,500 for being the bull rider with the highest cumulative score (i.e. highest in the event average) going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and for properly displaying the Top Qualifier Patch.

Salem National Lease Bull of the Event: Copperhead Slinger of Chad Berger/Ryken/Larson accrued a 45.25 bull score, which was enough to claim the High Marked Bull the Event title and $1,250 as a part of Salem National Lease’s exciting bonus program. The program awards $1,250 to the top bull of the event as determined by the PBR judges’ bull scores.

Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride: The “Iron Man” J.W. Hart (Overbrook, Okla.) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped Texas of Chad Berger/Dakota Cattle Co. for 90.5 points. In doing so, he earned a $1,000 bonus. 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 PBR 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 White (DeKalb, Texas) sustained a laceration to the chin and a concussion. He is doubtful to compete in New Orleans, La.

FIRST ROUND RESULTS Enterprise Rent-A-Car Classic: 1) J.W. Hart (Overbrook, Okla.) 90.5 points on Chad Berger/Dakota Cattle Company’s Texas, $7,000; 2/3) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 88.5 points on Chad Berger/Ryken/Rosen’s Sir Patrick, $4,000; 2/3) Brendon Clark (Morpeth, Aus.) 88.5 points on Berger Bucking Bulls’ Bad Medicine, $4,000; 4) Mark Lopes (Pioneer, Calif.) 88.25 on Chad Berger/Ryken’s Bond, James Bond, $2,000; 5) Mike White (DeKalb, Texas) 88 points on Rice Ranch’s Mud Flap, $1,200.

SECOND ROUND RESULTS Enterprise Rent-A-Car Classic: 1) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 88 points on The Captain of Tommy Schrader and Anchor Bull Co., $2,730; 2) J.W. Hart (Overbrook, Okla.) 86.75 points on Dip Dog of Tommy Schrader and Anchor Bull Co., $1,950; 3) Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) 86 points on Totally Twisted owned by David Day, $1,170; 4/5) Brendon Clark (Morpeth, Aus.) 85.75 on Nervous Waters of Frontier/Teague Bucking Bulls, $624; 4/5) Mike White (DeKalb, Texas) 85.75 points on Blue Duck owned by Shad Smith, $624.

THIRD ROUND RESULTS Enterprise Rent-A-Car Classic: 1) Robson Palermo (Rio Brance, Acre, Brazil) 87.5 on Frontier/Teague’s Nervous Waters, $2,730; 2/4) Cord McCoy (Tupelo, Okla.) 86.5 points on T.J. Red of Berger/Ryken, $1,300; 2/4) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 86.5 points on Night Life of Page and Teague, $1,300; 2/4) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C) 86.5 points on Doug Butcher’s Wild Thang, $1,300; 5) Leandro Mattos (Brottas, SP, Brazil) 85.25 on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Wintwister, $468.

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) Robson Palermo (Rio Brance, Acre, Brazil) 87.5 on Cat Man Do of Chad Berger/Ten Bucking Bulls, $2,730; 2) Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) 89.75 points on Texas of Chad Berger/Dakota Cattle Co., $1,950.

ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR FINAL RESULTS: 1) Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.), 343.75 points, $30,453; 2) Robson Palermo (Rio Brance, Acre, Brazil), 264.25 points, $20,020; 3) Brendon Clark (Morpeth, Aus.), 256.50 points, $15,624; 4) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Georgia), 252 points, $8,130.

Built Ford Tough Standings: Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 3,503 points, 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 3,259 points, 3) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 2,716.25 points, 4) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 2,654.5 points; 5) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 2,363 points.

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by Rob Geiger “Hot Rod” Fuller beat Melanie Troxel in a repeat of last year’s Top Fuel final and ran his winning streak at Firebird Int’l Raceway to 15 straight rounds. Tony Pedregon and Kurt Johnson also scored big wins at the 23rd annual Checker Schuck’s Kragen NHRA Nationals presented by Castrol, the second of 23 races in the $50 million POWERade Drag Racing Series.  
 
Former Funny Car world champion Pedregon set a national elapsed time record en route to his 33rd victory to highlight a record-setting weekend. Pedregon’s opening-round pass of 4.701 backed up his 4.659 qualifying run, making it an official NHRA record, which is worth 20 bonus points in the POWERade standings. He then took out Robert Hight in the final to add the race trophy to his collection. Johnson took out reigning Pro Stock world champ Jason Line on a holeshot.

 
Rod Fuller

Including his seven-round Super Gas win here in 2004, last year’s Top Fuel triumph, and this year’s nearly identical Top Fuel win over Troxel, Fuller has now won 15 consecutive rounds at this facility.  This victory will likely be the one he remembers the most as his 4.490-second, 327.19-mph march to the finish line solidified his place at the top of the standings, the first time he’s reached that position in his brief Professional career. Troxel was game in her Vietnam Veterans/POW-MIA rail, running a 4.536 at 325.61 mph, but she ultimately fell to 2-10 in final-round appearances.

“I got to the final and we’re in the same lane as last year against Melanie again, and I was thinking how much I love
Arizona,” Fuller said. “Then I thought about the streak, and you know streaks are gonna end at some point. But in the end, it all worked out for us. I feel really blessed and lucky, especially when they told me we were in the points lead. I’ve never had that before.

“A lot of people don’t know, but the Valvoline deal was just for the first two races, so we’re going into
Gainesville in the points lead with no primary sponsor. We knew this in the off-season, and for a while I didn’t even know if I’d be racing at all to be honest. But David [Powers, team owner] said he’s committed to running the whole year.

“I felt like we were one of the best cars in the second half of the season last year, but my crew chief [Lee Beard] and my guys were shifted over to the other car, and I started over with Rob Flynn and a new group of crew guys, but they all stepped up big time. If they sold stock in crew chiefs, I’d buy Rob Flynn stock right now. He makes that Canadian horsepower.”

After qualifying No. 2, Fuller had a reliably quick mount on race day as his Valvoline/David Powers Homes dragster reeled off a 4.46, a 4.47, a 4.52, and a 4.49 in the final. Troxel’s best pass of the day was a fantastic pedaling job in the quarterfinals that gave her a 6.71 to 6.81 win over Brandon Bernstein.

 
Tony Pedregon

After going winless since last June when he won
in Madison, 2003 POWERade world champ Pedregon came to life this weekend, running a world record number and taking the victory in his Q Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo.The final round ended up looking easy as Hight’s Auto Club Ford Mustang got out of shape very early and forced him to give up. Pedregon was long gone by then, zooming to a 4.803 at 326.32 mph to light the bulbs.

“This weekend was just a little reminder that when conditions are good and with the way they prepare the tracks these days that just about any place can hold a national record,” said Pedregon, who became the first Funny Car driver to set a national record at FIR. 

“We did a lot over the winter to step up our power. We saw so many 4.60s last year that we knew we needed to do something, and Dickie [Venables, crew chief] and the guys worked so hard to get us to this point. Now we’re right there within a hundredth or two of the quickest car in the class.

“Anytime you can qualify well, set a national record, and win the race with the two quickest cars in the class going at it in the final, I’d say it’s a great weekend. The fans sure got their money’s worth.”

Pedregon’s memorable weekend helped him move up to second place, just six points behind Hight, who took over the top spot from Pomona winner Gary Scelzi with his second straight runner-up finish.

Racing in his 13th year as a Professional, Brut Revolution racer Ron Capps lost on a red-light start for the first time in his semifinal loss to Hight. Capps has competed in 496 elimination races. “This one’s going to leave a mark,” he said.


Kurt Johnson 

Johnson can credit his exceptional starting-line prowess for this win, the 36th of his illustrious Pro Stock career. After defeating Jeg Coughlin and Richie Stevens, who both had problems early, Johnson beat semifinal foe Erica Enders and reigning world champ Line on big holeshots.The final-round reaction time was the one that mattered most; Johnson’s .016-second light against Line’s .051 set his ACDelco Chevrolet Cobalt off to a 6.694-second win at 206.67 mph. Line’s Summit Racing Pontiac GTO was quicker with a 6.676 at 207.85 mph, but he came up one-hundredth of a second short.

“It’s a relief,” Johnson said. “If nothing happens for the rest of the year, I can say I won
Phoenix and remember I enjoyed a cold beer afterwards. Sometimes you work just as hard as always, but you don’t get the wins. It’s a tough class.

“We were saluting Roy Johnson today. He had a heart attack yesterday, and his son Allen said he flat-lined a couple of times. Racing just doesn’t matter as much when stuff like that happens. I mean, that’s Allen’s dad. Plus he’s a Johnson, so I’m sure we’re related somehow. I’m so glad he’s doing better. This one’s for him.”

Johnson’s win catapulted him to third in the POWERade points. Line moved around teammate Greg Anderson to take the top position by one point.

Clayton Williams Claims Event Title and J.B. Mauney’s Hot Streak Continues

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (February 18, 2007) – With a one million dollar purse up for grabs, the U.S. Smokeless Challenger Tour Championship presented by Dickies was filled with big paychecks, dramatic lead changes, and an extremely rank pen of bucking bulls.  The real life Cinderella story of a newly-crowned Challenger Tour Champion just added to the excitement this weekend in Oklahoma City.

More than 225 cowboys faced off earlier this week for the opportunity to be one of ten men to move on to the $1,000,000 U.S. Smokeless Challenger Tour Championship presented by Dickies.  One man, Clayton Williams (Carthage, Texas) capitalized on this golden opportunity, transforming equal parts of determination, try and guts into 215,000 in prize money and immediate PBR notoriety. 

The 23 year-old entered the fourth and final round in first place, riding his quiet consistency all the way to the pay window.  Williams took Mandan Brave of Berger/Ryken for an 89.5 trip, which was enough to claim the U.S. Smokeless Challenger Tour Championship event title by a 74.75 margin over PBR superstar J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.).  The Texas cowboy covered all four bulls he attempted over the weekend, all to the delight of an electrified Oklahoma City crowd.  When asked about the opportunity to compete at this elite level Williams replied:

“It is unbelievable, (that he qualified) when you grow up doing this you always picture yourself at the top. At some point you got to step up to plate and beat a number of guys to get to this position.”

Seeing his name atop the leader board is nothing new for second-place finisher J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C), who battled Williams for the top spot throughout the entire event.  A second round win to the tune of 89 points and $50,000 atop Uncle Charlie (Berger/Ryken), put him in prime position, but a third-round buck-off widened the gap just enough to give Williams the win.  In the fourth and final round, Mauney recorded a 92.5 on the newly renamed VERSUS of Page and Buck, giving him the highest marked ride of the event and yet another $50,000 in prize money.  He ended the U.S. Smokeless Challenger Tour Championship presented by Dickies with $200,000 dollars in winnings.  When asked of his current hot streak, “It’s been real good so far, but you got to finish the year up and it’s a long road.   I’ve got one thing on my mind and that’s number one in the World. They (bulls) are going to have a heck of a time getting me on the ground because I’m going for first place.”

Mauney is currently holding down the number two spot in the elite Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) standings.  He has ridden an astonishing 70% of the bulls attempted thus far in 2007 and has claimed two event titles, and now the 2006 U.S. Smokeless Tobacco World Championship.  Similar to the PBR World Final Presented by Wrangler, Williams is the U.S. Smokeless Challenger Tour event Champion, but Mauney is the season-end tour champion.  Don’t miss Mauney and the rest of the top 45 bull riders in the world when the BFTS reconvenes next weekend in St. Louis, Mo. for the Enterprise Rent-A- Car Classic on Friday, Feb. 23-Sunday, Feb, 25.  You can catch all the action on VERSUS Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 p.m. EST.  U.S. Smokeless Challenger Tour Championship presented by Dickies
Results:

FIRST ROUND: 1) Austin Meier (Kinta, OK) 90.5 on Andrews Rodeo Co.’s Fender
Bender; $50,000; 2) Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo) 87.5 on Page & Teague
Bucking Bulls’ Holy Moly; $25,000;  3/4) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, KS) 87.25 on
Andrews Rodeo Co.’s Little Weed; $12,500; 3/4) Wiley Peterson (Fort Hall,
ID) 87.25 on Hebert Bucking Bulls’ Shane; $12,500.

SECOND ROUND: 1) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC) 89 on Cordell & Loudamy’s
Uncle Charlie; $50,000; 2) McKennon Wimberly (Cool, TX) 88 on Diamond S
Bucking Bulls’ Deuces Wild; $25,000; 3) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista,
SP, BZ) 87.75 on Double R Bucking Bulls’ Sharp Dressed Kid; $15,000; 4/5)
Cord McCoy, Tupelo, 86.75 on Chad Berger/Dakota Cattle Co.’s Blue Chip;
$5,000; 4/5) Rocky McDonald (Col. Juarez, Mexico) 86.75, $5,000.

THIRD ROUND: 1) Cole Taylor (Sayre, OK) 90.25 on Page & Teague Bucking
Bulls’ Rattler; $50,000; 2) Brian Canter (Randleman, NC) 89.5 on Chad
Berger/Dakota Cattle Co.’s Evil Forces; $25,000; 3) Kody Lostroh (Longmont,
CO) 89.25 on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Black Smoke; $15,000; 4) Nick
Landreneau (Sulphur, LA) 88.5 on Andrews Rodeo Co.’s Rompus; $10,000.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC) 92.5 on Page & Buck’s
Versus; $50,000; 2) McKennon Wimberly (Cool, TX) 90.25 on Diamond S Bucking
Bulls’ Okeechobee Spots; $25,000; 3) Clayton Williams (Carthage, TX) 89.5 on
Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Mandan Brave; $15,000; 4) Kasey Hayes (Liberal,
KS) 88.25 on Bad Company Rodeo Co.’s Walk This Way; $10,000.

AVERAGE RESULTS: 1) Clayton Williams (Carthage, TX) 337.25; $200,000; 2)
J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC) 262.50; $100,000 3) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, KS)
260.75; $60,000; 4) Brendon Clark (Morpeth, AU) 257.25; $40,000; 5) Scott
Schiffner (Strathmore, AB) 250.50; $30,000. 

U.S. SMOKELESS TOBACCO CO. CHALLENGER POINT STANDINGS: 1) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC) $299,953.15; 2) Clayton Williams (Carthage, TX)
$219,407.77; 3) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, KS) $132,137.81; 4) Austin Meier
(Kinta, OK) $110,652.17; 5)  Kody Lostroh (Longmont, CO) $83,786.48; 6)
Brendon Clark (Morpeth, AU) $82,877.73; 7) Scott Schiffner (Strathmore, AB)
$81,375.09; 8 ) Brian Canter (Randleman, NC) $80,424.84; 9) McKennon Wimberly
(Cool, TX) $63,768.23; 10) Cord McCoy (Tupelo, OK) $$61,307.71.

Contributed by Ted Yerzyk
2/18/2007

 
“Hot Rod” Fuller

Like most competitive sports, drag racing has questions and unknowns that cannot be explained. How has Tony Schumacher managed to win five of the last seven national events in Indy? How did Larry Dixon win five straight Father’s Day races at two vastly different facilities? No one, including the racers themselves, really knows why.Without trying to explain the phenomenon, Top Fuel upstart Rod Fuller is hoping to continue building on his current streak at Firebird International Raceway in the
Phoenix suburb of
Chandler, Ariz. The 16-time NHRA national event winner — who has won three times as a pro and 13 times in the sportsman ranks — is looking for a third straight win in the Valley of the Sun at next weekend’s 23rd annual Checker Schuck’s Kragen NHRA Nationals.

Fuller earned his second career Top Fuel “Wally” last February when he played headline spoiler by knocking off Melanie Troxel in the final round just moments after her husband Tommy Johnson Jr. bested John Force in the Funny Car final.

That victory made it two-in-a-row for Fuller, who drove his Super Gas car through seven round wins of competition for the class trophy at the 2004 race. The 9.90 category wasn’t contested in 2005 and Fuller’s David Powers-owned team skipped
Phoenix outright during a limited, 15-race 2005 campaign.

“I want to pick up where we left off and make it 15 straight rounds at
Phoenix,” Fuller said. “I’m really confident. There’s not a race I don’t think we can’t win. It’s not cockiness; it’s confidence in our team’s ability. We ran a career-best E.T. and qualified second in the quickest field in history at
Pomona, so I like our chances at
Phoenix. Rob (Flynn, crew chief) is doing a great job for us and I have a good track history at Firebird.”

Entering the 2006 NHRA season, Fuller was an afterthought in the 4.5-second category. However, the single-car team quickly proved they were not only contenders, but one of the elite team’s in the Top Fuel division by winning the second race of the year. The budding Top Fuel star didn’t stop there, also ruining another front-page story after eclipsing Larry Dixon in the final round at Englishtown as the two-time champ was looking for an amazing sixth straight Father’s Day title. The Valvoline-backed team advanced to four more final rounds in ’06, including the Top Fuel Shootout at
Las Vegas.

 
Fuller has three Top Fuel wins, including last year’s CSK Nationals.

“We wanted to let everyone know that we were championship contenders,” Fuller said. “A lot of people thought, yeah right. And in the second race out, we won the race and were second in the points. I think it opened some eyes. It was exciting to start my first full season in Top Fuel with a win early on.“I like playing spoiler. I was sitting in the car and I could hear them over the PA system talking about the husband-and-wife win. I went there to win the race and I enjoy the underdog role. It was a big win for me.”

Fuller has left those demons in the desert dust and proved his worthiness as one of the premier drivers in the class. Now in his second full season as a Top Fuel racer, the veteran of NHRA’s sportsmen ranks — Fuller also has won races in Stock, Super Comp and Super Gas — hasn’t forgot his roots. During the final 2007 test season at
Las Vegas, Fuller jumped in Justine Jeffrey’s immaculate new Super Comp rail for a few shakedown runs. Just a week later, she raced that same Super Comp dragster to a runner-up finish at the Winternationals.

“Last year, I was the defending Super Gas champion and my old Super Gas car was in the program, so fans were bringing the program over for me to sign,” Fuller said. “That was really neat. Us sportsmen guys dig that stuff. I’m still close with a lot of the sportsmen racers. I like to remember my roots.”

Entering next weekend’s CSK Nationals in third position following a semifinal effort at the ’07 season opener, Fuller’s group looks like one of the team’s to beat at Firebird. The
Las Vegas resident clocked three 4.4-second laps in qualifying at
Pomona, including a personal-best 4.481-second blast to qualify second in the quickest Top Fuel field in history.

If the former soccer All American can rack up another four win lights at Firebird it may cause the drag racing world to stop and ponder Fuller’s exceptional
Phoenix feats.

Results from the Express Open presented by York

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (February 15, 2007) – The Express Open presented by York wrapped up on Wednesday evening from the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla. More than 225 cowboys faced off for the opportunity to be one of ten men to move on to the $1,000,000 U.S. Smokeless Challenger Tour Championship presented by Dickies on February 16-18 at the Ford Center.

The ten qualifiers are:

  • Cody Byars (Marietta, Okla.)
  • Chad Castillo (Carthage, Texas)
  • Ned Cross (Midland, Ore.)
  • Jaime Dos Santos (North Port, Fla.)
  • Davey Dyke (Fremont, Iowa)
  • Jordan Hupp (Cheyenne, Wyo.)
  • Cole Taylor (Sayre, Okla.)
  • Garret Vig (Newell, S.D.)
  • Clayton Williams (Carthage, Texas)
  • McKennon Wimberly (Cool, Texas)

Iowa’s Davey Dyke (Fremont) won the event with 327 points on four bulls. Dyke was the only rider to cover all four bulls during the three-day long competition. “It feels awesome,” Dyke said regarding his first PBR win. “I came in with high hopes but I questioned myself. It’s become a reality. It’s definitely one of the biggest wins of my career.

Dyke’s only other PBR earnings came from an Enterprise Rent-A-Car Tour Event in Sioux City, Iowa held earlier this year. For his efforts during the Express Open presented by York he earned $21,222. He now carries $23,819 in PBR bucks – enough to bump him to the lead in the 2007 U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Challenger Tour Standings.

With the first half of the biggest bull riding event in Oklahoma history wrapped up, the 10 men will now move on to the Ford Center in Oklahoma City for the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) U.S. Smokeless Challenger Tour Championship presented by Dickies. The top names in professional bull riding will be gunning for a share of the $1 million purse up for grabs over the next three action-packed performances – February16 – 18. The event will air on VERSUS, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

Express Open presented by York Results:

Round 1: 1) Kyle Sherwood (Talala, Okla.) 88 points, $3,216; 2) Royce Jennings (Seneca, Neb.) 87.5 points, $2,297; 3) Sam Smith (Sulpher Springs, Texas) 86.5 points, $1,378; 4/5) Cole Hermanson (Mandan, N.D.) 85.5 points, $735; 4/5) Tyler Smith (Fruita, Colo.) 85.5 points, $735.

Round 2: 1) Cole Taylor (Sayre, Okla.) 87.5 points, $3,675; 2/3) Clayton Williams (Carthage, Texas) 87 points, $2,297; 2/3) Cameron Mullins (Tucson, Ariz.) 87 points, $2,297; 4) Jarod Wright (Golden Valley, Ariz.) 86.5 points, $919.

Wild Card Round: 1) Ty Elliott (Vernon, B.C., Canada) 87.5 points, $7,638; 2) Aaron Roy (Asquith, S.K., Canada) 86.5 points, $5,456; 3/5) Ned Cross (Midland, Ore.) 86 points, $2,255; 3/5) Cody Ford (Stanfield, Ore.) 86 points, $2,255; 3/5) Marcus Michaelis (Caldwell, Idaho) 86 points, $2,255.

Round 3: 1) Cole Taylor (Sayre, Okla.) 88.5 points, $3,675; 2/3) Cody Whitney (Asher, Okla.) 86 points, $2,297; 2/3) Clayton Williams (Carthage, Texas) 86 points, $2,297; 4/5) Jordan Hupp (Cheyenne, Wyo.) 85 points, $459; 4/5) Cole Hermanson (Mandan, N.D.) 85 points, $459.

Express Open presented by York (total on 4):

1) Davey Dyke (Fremont, Iowa) 327 points, $21,222; 2) Ned Cross (Midland, Ore.) 261 points, $14,791; 3) Cole Taylor (Sayre, Okla.) 260 points, $8,360; 4) Clayton Williams (Carthage, Texas) 257.5 points, $5,788; 5) Cody Byars (Marietta, Okla.) 250 points, $4,502; 6) Chad Castillo (Lipan, Texas) 249.5 points, $3,216; 7) Jordan Hupp (Cheyenne, Wyo.) 249 points, $2,572; 8 ) Jaime Dos Santos (North Port, Fla.) 245.5 points, $1,929; 9) McKennon Wimberly (Cool, Texas) 245 points, $1,286; 10) Garret Vig (Newell, S.D.) 242 points, $643.

Daisy TwoBulls Protective Bullfighting Results:After three days of competition in the Daisy TwoBulls Protective Bullfighting contest, the top five teams were brought back to arena to fight for the event title. The winners of the competition were the Humps N Horns News team of Ryan Wilson (Kennewick, Wash.) and Jesse Tennent (Springfield, Ore.).

By Dave Rodman, NASCAR.COM
February 14, 2007
04:19 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Team owner Ray Evernham had harsh words Wednesday morning for NASCAR, due to the severity of penalties handed to all three of his Nextel Cup teams on Tuesday.

But by the time cars rolled out for the day’s second practice for Thursday’s Gatorade Duel qualifying races, he had announced his reorganized team lineups.

All three Evernham Motorsports crew chiefs were suspended from Speedweeks activities due to infractions found either before qualifying, in the case of No.19 Dodge team director Josh Browne and No. 10 team director Rodney Childers; or after, for No. 9 Dodge team director Kenny Francis.

Francis was fined $50,000 and suspended for four races beginning with the Daytona 500 while Browne and Childers were fined $25,000 apiece and suspended for two races.

While Evernham determines whether or not he will appeal the penalties, which would enable his team directors to participate in track activity until the National Stock Car Commission hears the case, he’s adjusted his team rosters for Thursday’s qualifiers.

For driver Kasey Kahne’s No. 9 Charger, regular engineer Keith Rodden will serve as team director, car director Rich Hubbs will maintain his position and Australian Nick Hughes, who was Kahne’s engineer in 2005, will move into that role.

For driver Scott Riggs’No. 10 Charger, regular engineer Kevin Kidd will serve as team director, Dave Bryant remains car director and Mike Wolfe, an engineer with Evernham’s Busch program, will serve in that position.

For driver Elliott Sadler’s No. 19 Charger, Kirk Almquist moves into the team director’s position while retaining his car director’s responsibilities. Tim Malinovsky, who served as the No. 19’s engineer last season and regular engineer Chad Johnston, will share that role.

Due to the changes and newly assumed responsibilities, Evernham said he would share Sadler’s strategy calls on the radio from the pit box Thursday with Almquist.

Evernham’s other two regular support staffers, competition director Sammy Johns and vice president and director of Evernham Engines Mark McArdle will work with Riggs and Kahne, respectively.

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Greg Potter takes home his thrid Anaheim PBR event title with this 84.25 point ride during the championship round.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (February 11, 2007) – Atop the leader board this weekend in Professional Bull Riders (PBR) action is Aussie favorite Greg Potter (Queensland, Australia).  Stop number eight on the Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) lived up to the hype, featuring the world’s best 45 bull riders engaging in a battle with the rankest bucking bulls in the industry. 

Fans attending the Amp’d Mobile Invitational were initially awed by the 91-point bull riding clinic put on by yet another PBR young gun Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.).  Canter accepted not only one, but two re-rides during round two action, covering three bulls in just one evening. What this dynamic cowboy lacks in stature, he makes up for with grit and determination, which was enough to get him to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round Sunday afternoon.  Canter went on to record the highest score of the event, a 91-point trip aboard Rice Ranch’s Mud Flap, which vaulted him to the lead at that point.  However, Canter didn’t stay in the lead for long, with Aussie Greg Potter hot on his heels.  Canter finished the event in second place and pocketed $17,494 for his efforts.

Sunny California was good to Greg Potter, who was forced to sit out the last two BFTS events due to a hip pointer he sustained in Charlotte, N.C.  Potter entered the Built Ford Tough Championship Round in third place, and capitalized on drawing Berger Bucking Bulls’ Flack Jacket.  When asked how he felt about his draw Potter stated:

“I rode him the first time I drew him.  I am not sure how many points I was, but I was happy with this draw.  Anytime you draw a Berger bull in the short-go you know you have a chance to win it all.”

Potter is the undisputed champion in Anaheim, an honor he is enjoying for the third time, his name was also on top of the leader board in 2004 and 2005.  Ultimately, Potter covered all four of the bulls he attempted this weekend – the only man to do so at this event – adding 2007 to his already impressive Anaheim, Calif. resume.  Potter accumulated 853.75 BFTS points and $27,330.40 for his efforts, resulting in a jump to number 10 in the elite BFTS Standings. 

The BFTS makes uninterrupted stops from now through the end of April, 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.

BEHIND THE CHUTES:  

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Match-up Bonus: As the winner of the Atlanta, Ga. event, Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money in Anaheim, Calif. Hayes was successful against his draw in the first two rounds, claiming $10,000 in bonus money.  Hayes was unsuccessful however in his third round attempt on Flying U/Moreno’s Water Patrol, thus awarding the $5,000 bounty to the bull’s owners.   As the Anaheim event winner, Greg Potter (Queensland, Australia) will compete for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ride with the Best Bonus at the next BFTS event in St. Louis on February 23 – 25.

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus: Georgia cowboy Sean Willingham (Summerville) led the Amp’d Mobile Invitational going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.  Had he won the event, Willingham would have taken home the bonus of $5,000.  Willingham did not finish the event in the top spot, therefore the Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus increases to $10,000 at the next BFTS event in St. Louis.

Ford Super Duty Challenge: As the event winner, Greg Potter (Queensland, Aus.) has qualified for a chance to compete at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, against all other 2007 Built Ford Tough Series event winners, for $50,000 toward the purchase of a 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: Fan Favorite Reindeer Dippin of Flyin U/Moreno Bucking Bulls accrued a 46.5 bull score, plenty of points to claim the High Marked Bull the Event title and $1,250 as a part of Salem National Lease’s exciting bonus program. The program awards $1,250 to the top bull of the event as determined by the PBR judges’ bull scores.

Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride: Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) recorded the highest marked ride of the evening when he topped Rice Ranch’s Mud Flap for 91 points.  In doing so, he earned a $1,000 bonus. 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 PBR 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 lacerated left ear, bruised jaw and a concussion when he was stomped on in the third round.  He is questionable to compete at the next BFTS event in St. Louis on February 23 -25.

Brian Herman (Victoria, Texas) also sustained a concussion and is probable for the St. Louis event.

Amp’d Mobile Invitational Results:

FIRST ROUND RESULTS AMP’D MOBILE INVITATIONAL: 1) Rob Bell (Houston, BC), 89.75 points on 3 Spot of Corey & Horst Rodeo Co. Inc., $7,000; 2) Brian Herman (Victoria, Tex.), 88.00 points on Flack Jacket of Berger Bucking Bulls, $5,000; 3) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, SP, BZ), 87.75 points on Orange Crush Jr. of Diamond G Rodeos, Inc., $3,000.00; 4) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC), 87.50 points on 7 of Hearts of Corey & Horst Rodeo Co. Inc., $2,000.

SECOND ROUND RESULTS AMP’D MOBILE INVITATIONAL: 1) Brian Herman (Victoria, Tex.), 89.25 points on Hot Rod of Humpz and Hornz, $2,730; 2/3) Ross Johnson (Alvord, Tex.), 88 points on Hypnotic of Ryan McClure’s stock, $1,560 and Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.), 88 points on High Waters of Flying U/Moreno Bucking Bulls, $1,560; 4/5) J.W. Hart (Overbrook, Okla.) 86.5 points on T-Box of Diamond G Rodeos, Inc., $624 and Brian Canter (Randleman, NC), 86.5 points on Criminal Mind of Performance Livestock/Gene Owen, $624.

THIRD ROUND RESULTS AMP’D MOBILE INVITATIONAL: 1/2) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.), 87.5 points on Irishman Pat of Berger Bucking Bulls, $2,340 and Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 87.5 points on Hot Rod of Humpz and Hornz, $2,340; 3) Beau Hill (West Glacier, Mont.) 87.25 points on 3 Spot of Corey & Horst Rodeo Co. Inc., $1,170; 4) Billy Robinson (Galax, Va.) 87 points on Peacemaker of Berger Bucking Bulls, $780.

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND RESULTS: 1) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 91 points on Mud Flap of Rice Ranch, $2,730; 2/3) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 88.75 points on 7 of Hearts of Corey & Horst Rodeo Co. Inc., $1,560 and Greg Potter (Queensland, Aus.) 88.75 points on Flack Jacket of Berger Bucking Bulls, $1,560; 4) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 88.25 points on Rez Roy of Corey & Horst Rodeo Co. Inc., $780.

AMP’D MOBILE INVITATIONAL FINAL RESULTS:  1) Greg Potter (Queensland, Australia), 338.75 points, $27,330; 2) Brian Canter (Randleman, NC), 264.00 points, $17,494; 3) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.), 261.00 points, $11,890; 4) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Georgia), 258.25, $8.052.

BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, OK) 3,314.5 points; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 3,095.75 points; 3) Mike Lee (Decatur, TX) 2,654.5 points; 4) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 2,549.75 points; 5) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 2,196.5 points; 6) Rocky McDonald (Col. Juarez, Mexico) 2,129.75 points; 7) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 2,102.75 points; 8 ) Mike White (DeKalb, Texas) $1,834.75 points; 9) Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) 1,793.75 points; 10) Greg Potter (Queensland, Australia) 1,641.00 points.

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By Rob Geiger: Brandon Bernstein opened the 2007 POWERade Drag Racing Series season with an impressive run down Auto Club Raceway at
Pomona, tripping the timers in his Budweiser Top Fuel dragster with a 4.494-second pass at 331.61 mph. Two other racers with title aspirations — Funny Car’s Robert Hight and Pro Stock’s Greg Anderson — also took early leads in their respective categories as the 47th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals began Thursday under hazy skies.

Rookie Funny Car pilot Ashley Force also made news in her debut, running a steady 4.810 at 281.19 mph to qualify sixth overall, well ahead of her 14-time world champ father, John Force. Whit Bazemore, who crossed over from Funny Car to Top Fuel this year, posted a 4.533 to grab seventh place, and returning legend Kenny Bernstein will have to wait another day to make the Funny Car field after shutting off very early.

 
Brandon Bernstein

Bernstein led a trio of Top Fuel drivers in the 4.4-second range. Aside from the Bud driver’s smooth pass, championship runner-up Doug Kalitta went 4.495 at 323.50 mph in his Mac Tools rail and “Hot Rod” Fuller 4.497 at 329.34 mph in the Valvoline/David Powers Homes dragster. “It shook a little about 60 feet out, but it cleared up right away and my vision cleared up, and then it just took off,” Bernstein said. “We were going 277 mph at half-track, so it was hauling. It’s great to be No. 1, but it’s obviously very early. We had a lot of momentum at the end of last year, and we’re hoping to keep that alive heading into this season.

“I’ve been doing my best to keep Dad positive, keep his spirits up. It had a tough run in testing, and that time out, the car just backfired and died. They’ll be fine. With that Monster team being based out here, I saw a lot of them all off-season, and I can tell you they’re a great group.”

Four-time NHRA world champion Tony Schumacher, winner of the last three POWERade world titles, just missed the 4.4-second range with a 4.502 at 324.20 mph, placing his U.S. Army dragster fourth.

 
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All eyes may have been on Ashley Force, but her brother-in-law and John Force Racing teammate, Hight, earned the spotlight in his Auto Club Ford Mustang. The quietest of the four Team Force racers, Hight let his car do the talking with a class-leading 4.693 at 326.79 mph. “It’s been a long winter with a lot of changes made to our car,” Hight said. “We tested a few weeks ago and really didn’t find what we wanted, so Jimmy [Prock, crew chief] just glued himself in front of the computer and figured out what to do. We have a new clutch and a new fuel system in there, and whatever he did obviously worked out perfectly. It’s a credit to his tuning ability that we’re No. 1.

“It’s very exciting to see Ashley out here running with us. I’m really impressed. There’s all this pressure on her coming into this race and with her dad being a little nuts, yet somehow she’s able to block it all out when she’s in that car, and she went straight down the track. John wants us to take over for him, and it’s cool that he’s watching us all grow.”

Ashley Force ended up sixth on the grid with a 4.810 at 281.19 mph in her Castrol GTX Ford Mustang, eight spots better than Dad. Heavyweights Gary Scelzi (4.728), Ron Capps (4.741), and Tommy Johnson Jr. (4.779) rounded out the top four behind Hight.

Returning legend Kenny Bernstein is outside the field after aborting his first attempt.

 
Greg Anderson

It surprised no one to see
Anderson leading Pro Stock, except perhaps Anderson himself, who loves to downplay the performance of his Summit Racing Pontiac GTO. He debuted his own DRCE3 engine at this event after publicly questioning the engine throughout the off-season and posted a 6.647 at 208.33 mph. “We look okay,”
Anderson said. “We honestly didn’t finish these motors and make the decision to run them here until a week ago. I think we have a workable product with lots of room for improvement, which is good because with the way the points deal is now, you need to peak at the end of the year. 

“We’re in the pack at least. The DRCE2 was something we used for 10 to 12 years, and there was still room for improvement, but the way we run these things now at such high rpm, I think the DRCE3 will be better. We dynoed the old and the new motors, and they were pretty similar. We just made the call to use the DRCE3.”

The POWERade world champion from 2003 to 2005,
Anderson is a five-time winner at this racetrack, including at both of last year’s races.

Dave Connolly was a hundredth of a second back in the No. 2 slot with a 6.656 at 207.94 in the Torco Race Fuels Cobalt.

Rookie Rodger Brogdon, who moved up from Comp, was a big surprise in fifth place after a 6.672 at just 197.13 mph.

“I must have had 30 people tell me to make sure I got my chutes out on time because the track is so short,” Brogdon said. “I was so nervous about it I think I threw them at 900 feet, so I’m really surprised we ran what we did. It was a cool ride either way.”

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WELCOME, N.C. (Jan. 31, 2007) — Richard Childress Racing (RCR) will run its 2007 Driver Development Program through the Golden Gate Racing Team (GGRT) with drivers Tim McCreadie and Ryan Foster competing in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series. 

GGRT, headed by Jim Offenbach, competed in the NASCAR Grand National Division West Series from 1997 to 1999 with a lineup of drivers that included Mike Skinner, Mike Dillon, Steve Portenga and Jay Sauter. Portenga, who finished fifth in the final standings in 1999 while driving the GGRT entry in the series, will serve as the team’s crew chief this year. 

“Tim and Ryan have both achieved a lot in their racing careers so the goal is to take the RCR Driver Development Program to the next level,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “We’ve had a great relationship with Jim Offenbach and the Golden Gate Racing Team over the years and we look forward to continuing to build on that success this year with Tim and Ryan.” 

Foster will run the No. 21 Golden Gate Meat Company Chevrolet in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series. The
Anderson, Calif., native is a seven-time go-kart track champion who won two of the four North State Challenge Series Super Late Model events he competed in last year for GGRT. 

McCreadie, of
Watertown, N.Y., will drive the No. 29 Golden Gate Meat Company Chevrolet in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series and selected NASCAR Busch Series events for RCR. The 2006 World of Outlaws Late Model champion, 2006 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals champion and 2006 Eastern Motorsports Press Association Driver of the Year will also continue to run his own dirt late model program.  

“We are looking forward to working with the RCR Driver Development Program once again,” said Jim Offenbach, owner of Golden Gate Racing Team. “I believe Ryan has the talent, the passion and the mechanical knowledge to run up front.  With Richard’s help, and the experience of crew chief Steve Portenga, we believe we have a winning package!  I am also looking forward to working with Tim McCreadie who, as Richard tells me, is one heck of a driver.”  

RCR’s Driver Development Program is in its third year of competition. In 2005, Allison Duncan became the

first Drive

for Diversity competitor to win a feature race, claiming victory in a NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series event at Stockton (
Calif.) 99
Speedway. Other RCR Driver Development alumni include Clint Bowyer, Kerry Earnhardt, Peyton Sellers, Sarah Fisher and Peter Hernandez. 

For more information on the Golden Gate Racing Team, visit their website at www.goldengateracing.com. 

Don’t miss the February 10th NBC Sports broadcast

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Kacey Hays takes home the Atlanta PBR title along with the $50,000 Ford moment of truth bonus.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (February 3, 2007) – Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) continues to redefine the title of Professional Bull Riders (PBR) young gun by dominating a field of intense competitors and walking away from the Deep South with nearly $100,000 for his efforts.  The Atlanta Classic presented by Zaxby’s, stop number seven on the Built Ford Tough Series Presented by Wrangler (BFTS), proved to be a suitable encore for last night’s event in Tampa, Fla., featuring the world’s best 45 bull riders engaging in battle with the rankest bucking bulls in the industry. 

The southern states were good to the 21-year old this weekend.  His performance in Tampa and win in Atlanta have resulted in him winning more PBR dollars so far in 2007 than he won in all of 2006, when asked about his performance Hayes stated,

“The second place finish in Tampa was awesome, but a first feels even better.  It feels great to win so much money in one weekend, I’d like to spend it on something cool, but I’ll probably save it to tell you the truth.”

Fans attending the Atlanta Classic presented by Zaxby’s were initially awed by Shane Proctor (Grand Coulee, Wash.) and his 87.75 point ride aboard Frontier/Teague/Steiner’s Just A Dream. Proctor became only the sixth man to cover the great animal athlete. After his ride, Proctor led the event standings until Hayes got aboard Page & Teague Bucking Bull’s Sunshine in the Championship Round.  Proctor’s performance was enough to secure second in the event standings and win $14,820. He led the standings until fellow young gun Hayes got aboard his bull in the Championship Round.

Hayes entered the Built Ford Tough Championship Round in the number one position.  He capitalized on his 2.25 point lead with an excellent short-round draw, Sunshine, to win the event and $82,610 in prize money. As the rider entering the Championship Round in the lead and eventually winning the event, Hayes collected the $50,000 Ford Moment of Truth bonus available in Atlanta. Sunshine of Page & Teague Bucking Bulls assisted Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) in his recent 2006 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals Championship as well as bucked Rocky McDonald (Col. Juarez, Mexico) to a 92 point score at the Madison Square Garden event earlier this season.  Just recently tossed from the back of Sunshine last weekend in Charlotte, Hayes was excited about his draw, “I got on him last weekend and he threw me.  This week I just wanted revenge.”

Hayes’ revenge, and the performances of the other PBR stars in Atlanta can be seen next Sunday on NBC Sports.  The Atlanta Classic presented by Zaxby’s will air Sunday, February 10th at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  Please check your local listings or visit http://www.pbrnow.com/media/tv/ for the complete broadcast schedule.

The BFTS makes uninterrupted stops from now through the end of April, 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.

BEHIND THE CHUTES:  

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Match-up Bonus: As the winner of last night’s Tampa, Fla. event, Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money in Atlanta, Ga. McBride was unsuccessful in his attempt against Bond, James Bond of Berger/Ryken, thus awarding the $5,000 bounty to the bull owners. 

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus: Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) led the Atlanta Classic Presented by Zaxby’s going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.  Hayes finished the event in the top spot, thus claiming the $50,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus. Since Hayes claimed the bonus this weekend, the purse available for next week’s Amp’d Mobile Invitational in Anaheim will be $5,000.

Ford Super Duty Challenge: As the event winner, Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) has qualified for a chance to compete at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, against all other 2007 Built Ford Tough Series event winners, for $50,000 toward the purchase of a 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: Frontier and Teague Bucking Bulls’ Big Bucks’ 46.5 bull score was enough to claim the Bull of the Event title and $1,250 as a part of Salem National Lease’s exciting bonus program. The program awards $1,250 to the top bull of the event as determined by the PBR judges’ bull scores.

Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride: The event winner, Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) recorded the highest marked ride of the evening when he topped Berger/Dakota Cattle Company’s White Diamond for 89 points.  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: There are no injuries to report.

Atlanta Classic presented by Zaxby’s Results:

FIRST ROUND: 1) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 89 points on Berger/Dakota Cattle Co.’s White Diamond, $2,730; 2) Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) 87.25 points on Tommy Shrader & Anchor Bull Company’s Encore, $1,950; 3) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 86.5 points on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Rockin Robin, $1,170.

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 88.5 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Sunshine, $2,730; 2) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 87.75 points on Chad Berger/Clay Struvie’s Cooter, $1,950; 3) Shane Proctor (Grand Coulee, Wash.) 87.5 points on Frontier/Teague/Steiner’s Just A Dream, $1,170.

OVERALL EVENT STANDINGS: 1) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 177.5 points, $82,610; 2) Shane Proctor (Grand Coulee, Wash.) 170 points, $14,820; 3) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 87.74 points, $10,100; 4) Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) 87.25 points, $7,350; 5) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 86.5 points, $5,520.

BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, OK) 2,772.75 points; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 2,610.5 points; 3) Mike Lee (Decatur, TX) 2,574 points; 4) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 2,102.75 points; 5) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 2,008.25 points; 6) Rocky McDonald (Col. Juarez, Mexico) 1,905; 7) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 1,760.75 points; 8 ) Mike White (De Kalb, TX) 1,745.25 points; 9) Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) 1,711.25 points; 10) Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) 1,503.05 points.

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