March 9-11, 2007 at the Kemper Arena
Kansas City, Mo.

Event Notes

The elite Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) presented by Wrangler continues this weekend with an exciting three-day stop in Kansas City, Mo. on March 9-11.  The eleventh stop on the elite Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) gets underway on March 9 at 7:30 p.m., on March 10 at 6:50 p.m., and on March 11 at 2:00 p.m. all from the Kemper Arena. This three-day event will feature the 45 top ranked bull riders in the world battling the rankest bucking bulls on the planet for coveted BFTS points as well as the hefty payday that will accompany the Cabela’s Classic event title.

TV Times (all times are Eastern) for the Cabela’s Classic:
Saturday, March 10, 2007 on VERSUS at 9:00 p.m.
2007 Built Ford Tough Series Presented by Wrangler Original 2 Hours
 
Sunday, March 11, 2007 on VERSUS at 8:00 p.m.
2007 Built Ford Tough Series Presented by Wrangler Original 2 Hours

Kids ticket prices start at $11 while adult tickets range in price from $21 to $101 and guarantee you more than two hours of bull riding action including rock & roll music, pyrotechnics and an up close and personal view of the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets by calling (816) 931-3330 or by logging on to http://www.ticketmaster.com.

2005 PBR World Champion Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) still maintains the number one spot in the BFTS World Standings, after already accumulating three tour victories in Sacramento, Calif., Tampa, Fla., and his most recent series win in New Orleans, La.  McBride has 4,236 BFTS points widening the gap to 292 points over North Carolina young gun, J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) who also has two event titles to his credit in New York City and Worcester, Mass.

BFTS Stop #10 New Orleans Classic OVERALL EVENT STANDINGS: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, OK) 257.5 points, $30,660; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 254.5 points, $16,380; 3) Clayton Williams (Carthage, TX) 172, $10,632; 4) Wiley Petersen (Pocatello, ID) 169.5 points, $9,460.

PBR Recently Announced the Second Cut of the 2007 BFTS Season:
The purpose of the cut is to determine which 45 bull riders will be competing on the elite tour. Upon the conclusion of every fifth BFTS tour stop the lowest ranked riders in the BFTS point standings are subject to the cut. They are dropped from the tour and replaced by the top five riders in the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC) Challenger Tour standings. Money earned from all the PBR tours – Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Challenger Tour, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Tour, Discovery Tour, and the international tours – counts toward earning a spot among the 45 best bull riding athletes in the PBR.
 
The top five athletes who will advance to the BFTS by virtue of their achievements at the USSTC Challenger Tour level are: 1. Cole Taylor (Sayre, Okla.) $65,877; 2. McKennon Wimberly (Cool, Texas) $54,507; 3. Scott Schiffner (Strathmore, A.B. Canada) $31,659; 4. Ned Cross (Midland, Ore.) $28,558; 5. Davey Dyke (Fremont, Iowa) $24,115.

The riders who were dropped from the BFTS tour following the New Orleans Classic this past weekend are Ross Johnson (Alvord, Texas), Colby Yates (Fort Worth, Texas), Tyler Smith (Fruita, Colo.), Harve Stewart (Stephenville, Texas), and Matt Werries (Jacksonville, Ill.).

The following previously cut riders have achieved seeded tour status: Corey Melton (Keithville, La.) and Shane Proctor (Grand Coulee, Wash.).

Riders Returning from Injury:

There are no riders returning from injury.

The following event alternates for the New Orleans Classic are competing due to injuries sustained by the top 45 PBR bull riders on the BFTS tour:

1.) Craig Jackson (Houston, Texas) 5’6” – 155 lbs., DOB 10/07/81, Career earnings – $26,017

2.) Harve Stewart (Stephenville, Texas) 5’9” – 150 lbs., DOB: 12/28/87, Career earnings – $28,113

3.) Nick Landreneau (Sulphur, La.) 5’6” – 150 lbs., DOB: 12/06/84, Career earnings — $79,666

4.) Tyler Smith (Fruita, Colo.) 5’8” 135 lbs., DOB: 4/18/87, Career earnings – $41,916

5.) Ross Johnson (Alvord, Texas) 5’10” 165 lbs., DOB: 5/20/79, Career earnings –$370,554

6.) Fabricio Alves (Keller, Texas) 6’0” 150lbs., DOB 2/12/72, Career earnings — $201,860

7.)  Matt Werries (Jacksonville, Ill.) 6’0” 160 lbs., DOB 12/19/82, Career earnings — $47,397

Retirement Announcement:

On February 26, Leandro Mattos (Brottas, SP, Brazil) chose to retire from professional bull riding.  Mattos earned $69,333.49 in his PBR career and was ranked 35th in the BFTS World Standings going into the New Orleans Classic.

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