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

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.