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Ashley Force, first-year driver of the CASTROL GTX Ford Mustang Funny Car, had quite an achievement last week at Atlanta Dragway: She defeated her father, 14-time series champion John Force, in the first round. Then she defeated 2003 champion Tony Pedregon in the second round. The NHRA POWERade series visits Madison, Ill., this weekend.

 

What did your dad say to you after you beat him in the first round this past weekend? “He was excited and I think relieved just to get it done with. There’s been such a big commotion about it and we’d all looked forward to it, but the past few months with everything that’s happened, I think we look at things a little differently. I know he was nervous because I don’t think that he’s ever really not been up there behind my car when I’ve run. He’s always running around the car, checking and making sure everything is okay, checking to make sure I’m straight and this was the first time he was in the lane next to me and couldn’t watch over me. He was nervous about that, even more so than on the competition side of it. I think he was real happy for us and for our team that we’re kind of getting it together and now we’re starting to go rounds every race. He’s the one that taught us, but you know he doesn’t want to lose, of course, because he goes up against every competitor equally. It was a little bit easier to handle that because it was one of his own teams that was able to go on to the second round.”

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As a racer, to defeat someONE of the caliber of John Force has got to be a huge confidence builder. “The whole weekend we were matched up against tough people. The second round we were up against Tony Pedregon, so we had a champion first round, a champion the second round and then I went up against Mike Ashley in the third round, who was the No. 1 qualifier. These were not easy rounds, but my team was not having any problems going through the whole routine. It was just a good day. Everything went perfect. Of course we wanted to win semis and win finals, but how it went was a real good way to start to make progress. We’ve kind of struggled the last few races, going out first round. Then we finally got past the first round and got into the semifinals, but now we’ve broken that second-round barrier. We’d never won a second round this year, so it was our first time in the semis.”

 

YOUR OTHER TEAMMATE, ROBERT HIGHT, WON FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT RACE TO MOVE TO WITHIN 45 POINTS OF THE TOP OF THE POINTS STANDINGS. ROBERT SEEMS TO ENJOY A LOT OF QUIET SUCCESS. HE’S ALWAYS IN THE MIX. “He is. That team, the first team, Jimmy Prock his crew chief, would always run awesome numbers, like crazy numbers, or they’d smoke the tires. It was always that extreme. It was obvious that their car they always ran on the edge. Other teams, like my team, we run a little more safe, we’re just trying to get down the track. It’s kind of either way you can go, it just depends on how your team chooses to tune the car. The last two years have been perfect practice for them, because now you’ll notice that they aren’t smoking the tires. They’re getting down the track every run and in different weather conditions. That just goes to show you how hard they’ve work these last few years, their whole team, the crew chief and driver together to get to that point. I’m so proud of him. He’s doing so good. He’s such a focused person. He has just as much stuff going on as everyone else. He has a wife at home, a little two-year-old daughter and all the media craziness, but when he gets into that car, I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that can be that focused and be so consistent in his life and how he drives the car. He’s just a real great guy. I think these last few months, our team has had these ups and downs and with Eric [Medlen] and it’s been tough. Robert is the one that he’s been through the same things as us, but his way of dealing with it is to get to the track and going down the track in memory of Eric. I think that’s just more motivation thrown behind him that that team is going, ‘We’re not going to stop until we win every event that we can win.’ I think you’ll see that and just in how each of those guys on that team, the look on their faces, they’re motivated to win.”

 

this weekend is the first time this season that THE SERIES runS back-to-back. Does that change your routine at all or now that you’re running well, do you want to get back to the track as soon as you can? “These first few in a row, I think it’s easier. You kind of get into a mind frame at the races and then when you get home it takes a couple days to get back into a routine and then you get into that routine of being at home. So for me, it’s hard to me to go back and forth because it always takes a few days to get back into the groove of things. So when you’re going weekend to weekend you don’t have time get go home and you’re still very focused on racing even when you’re home. Even today, I’m running errands and getting stuff done but I’m thinking ahead to packing and what’s going on with the schedule for this weekend. I think it’s a good thing. Now, come June, when there are a number of races in a row, that gets a little tough. Not so much for the driver, but for the crew guys because they travel with the rig between races. So that gets a little tough, but I think the teams for the most part like having it because they don’t like so many weeks off. It’s just easier to keep in the mind frame of racing if it’s consistent every week.”

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THIS WEEK’S TOP 10 TUMS® MOMENTS PUTS FANS LACK OF SPORTSMANSHIP

AT THE HEAD OF THE HEARTBURN POLL

 

PITTSBURGH, (April 30, 2007) – The ninth stop of the 2007 season at Talladega Superspeedway once again had the stars of the Nextel Cup Series experiencing several indigestion-causing incidents, from expensive fines to beer chucking. Each weekend, PRN lead anchor Doug Rice picks the Top 10 TUMS Moments from that week’s racing activities.  For the ninth week of the NEXTEL Cup season, top TUMS honors go to:

 

10. Dale Jarrett uses his sixth and final Champions Provisional to make the field at Talladega,
qualifying from now on will produce a real need for Tums.

9. Michael Waltrip just misses making the show, after being bumped by his teammate David

    Reutimann that made it eight straight races where he has failed to qualify. The NAPA Toyota                  

    heads home early again as the season of misery drags on for MWR.

8. Team Red Bull continues to see red as both Vickers and Allmindinger don’t make the cut and 
fellow Toyota driver Dave Blaney misses his first race of the season.


7. Tony Stewart has to recant his allegations that NASCAR is akin to professional wrestling and 
then Stewart is taken to the mat by the sanctioning body to the tune of a $10,000.00 for failing to
meet his media obligations in Phoenix. Tony then gets popped for speeding on pit road.


6. Clint Bowyer crashes out, bringing out just the second yellow of the day.


5. While slowing to make a trip to pit road Casey Mears is crashed while riding in the top-five all
day after contact from his own teammate Jimmie Johnson.


4. David Reutimann blows a motor while riding third with less than 10 laps to go, ending what
would have easily been his best run of the season.


3. David Stremme, Denny Hamlin and Tony Raines all run out fuel late in the race and have to
watch top-10 runs disappear.


2. Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle and Johnny Sauter crash in the overtime and watch great finishes
evaporate.


1. Sportsmanship took a big hit at Talladega when so called fans used Jeff Gordon’s car as
target practice for beer can throwing. This terrible display of sportsmanship had me reaching for
my own supply of Tums.


Results from the 17th Consecutive Stop on the BFTS

NAMPA, Idaho (April 29, 2007) – The Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) concluded tonight from the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho. The 17th stop on the elite BFTS treated Idaho bull riding fans to big scores, rank wrecks and familiar names amidst the winner’s circle. Georgia cowboy Sean Willingham (Summerville) was able to secure his first event win in 2007 as well as the $10,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus, to the tune of $41,988 and 787 coveted BFTS points.

Willingham dominated the competition in Nampa with a round one win, and three qualified rides on the weekend; consistency that put him in the lead heading into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. Willingham’s smooth style prevailed as he rode Flying U/Moreno Bucking Bulls’ Werewolf Snuff, all the way to the bank in the short-go. The 90.5 score was enough to secure the Nampa Classic event title, and seat Willingham comfortably in the number three spot in the race for the 2007 PBR World Championship, following only Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) and red-hot J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.).

When asked about his short round draw and his performance in Nampa, Willingham was elated. “Werewolf Snuff of Julio Moreno’s is a great bull. I’ve had him three times and ridden him twice–they were both for event wins. You can score 90 points on him every time if you can make the eight seconds. It feels great to get the first win of the season. It feels like it’s been a long season but we’re really just getting started. This is a great way to move towards a World Championship.”

Willingham had a stellar season in 2006, placing fourth overall in the PBR World Standings and accruing $253,789 in earnings. Always a viable threat on tour, he is riding 53 percent of his bulls and is keeping his eye on the prize; a PBR World Title and the cool $1 Million Dollars that accompanies it.

Fan favorite Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) followed Corey & Horst/The Western Group’s North Star all the way to a second place finish and the highest marked ride of the event with a 92 point score. Coleman covered all three bulls he attempted this weekend, and claimed $17,845 dollars for his efforts.

Young gun, J.B. Mauney showed his perseverance to the sold out crowd of the Idaho Center when he accepted not one by two re-rides in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. He was eventually bucked off of Cat Man Do owned by Chad Berger/10 Bucking Bulls to end the event in seventh place. Mauney maintained his second place position in the race for the 2007 PBR World Championship.

“It was tough to watch J.B. (Mauney) ride three bulls in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round,” added event champion Willingham. “He rides so well he can be 93 or 94 points on a great bull. It’s just too bad he had to get on three of the world’s toughest bulls tonight.”

Don’t miss one second of the action as the battle for the PBR world title continues to intensify. Catch Sean Willingham and the rest of the PBR superstars on VERSUS Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET when the event airs from Nampa. The best of the best return from hiatus for the Ford Country Classic in San Antonio, Texas on May 19. Please visit http://www.pbrnow.com/ for an updated TV schedule or check your local listings for additional details.

Injury Report: McKennon Wimberly (Cool, Texas) -broken left ankle. X-rays scheduled for Monday, possible surgery scheduled for Tuesday. Wimberly is out of competition for 4-6 weeks.

Frank Newsom (Pauls Valley, Okla.) sustained a concussion but will be in San Antonio.

Billy Robinson (Galax, Va.) sustained torn ligaments in his right knee and is scheduled to have an MRI next week. Robinson is questionable for San Antonio.

BEHIND THE CHUTES:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Match-up Bonus:
As the winner of the Billings, Mont. event, J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money in Nampa. Mauney was successful in the first round on Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s Bulldog Disco for 87.75 points, and in the second round on Berger Bucking Bulls’ Johnny Ringo, for a grand total of $10,000 in Enterprise Rent-A-Car bonus money. As the Nampa Classic event winner, Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) will be eligible for the bonus when the PBR returns from hiatus in San Antonio, Texas for the Ford Country Classic.

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship round and did earn the Nampa Classic event title and the $10,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus. The bonus will return to $5,000 in San Antonio, Texas.

Ford Super Duty Challenge:
As the Nampa, Idaho event winner, Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 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:
Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 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:
The 47.375 performance by White Magic owned by Diamond G Rodeos, Inc. claimed the High Marked 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:
Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped Corey & Horst/The Western Group’s North Star for 92 points in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. In doing so, he earned a $1,000 bonus.

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.

Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) is in the lead for the Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride bonus of $25,000 with his 93-point performance in Auburn Hills, Mich. on Chicken on a Chain, owned by Robinson, Tedesco and Larry the Cable Guy.

AlphaTrade National Champion Standings:
A new bonus program offered by AlphaTrade will present the 2007 Built Ford Tough Series regular season champion, defined by PBR rules to be the rider with the highest BFTS points total at the end of the regular season, with $50,000 and the opportunity to win up to $200,000. The winner will be determined and announced at the Rocky Boots Invitational this year in Columbus, Ohio in October. At present, Justin McBride has a lock on the top spot however North Carolina’s J.B. Mauney is trailing McBride by a mere 482 BFTS points.

Nampa Classic Event Results:

NAMPA CLASSIC FIRST ROUND RESULTS: 1) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 90.5 points on Diamond G Rodeos, Inc.’s Charmed I’m Sure, $2,730; 2) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 89 points on Chad Berger/10 Bucking Bulls, LLC’s Cat Man Do, $1,950, 3) Brian Herman (Victoria, Texas) 88.25 points on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Rockin Robin, 4) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 87.75 points on Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s Bulldog Disco, $780.

NAMPA CLASSIC SECOND ROUND RESULTS: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 91.75 points on Ty Rinaldo TZ Bucking Bulls’ Crown of Thorns, $2,730; 2) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 88.5 points on Chad Berger/Dakota Cattle Co.’s Texas, $1,950; 3/4) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 87.5 points on Kelly Bowcutt’s Jersey Joe, $975; 3/4) Cory Melton (Keithville, La.) 87.5 points on Cory & Horst Rodeo Co. Inc.’s Salty Dog, $975.

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND RESULTS: 1) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 92 points on Cory & Horst/The Western Group’s North Star, $2,730; 2) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 91.5 points on Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Okeechobee Spots, $1,950; 3) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 90.5 points on Berger Bucking Bulls’ Bad Medicine, $1,170; 4) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 90.25 points on Flying U/Moreno Bucking Bulls’ Werewolf Snuff, $780.

OVERALL EVENT RESULTS: 1) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 267 points, $41,988.40; 2) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 263.75 points, $17,845.40; 3) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 261.75 points, $10,980,40; 4) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 177.25 points, $7,958.40.

BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 7,929.5 points; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 7,447.50 points, 3) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 4,699.75 points, 4) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 4,532 points; 5) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 4,458.25 points; 6) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 4,031.25 points; 7) Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) 3,919 points; 8 ) Beau Hill (West Glacier, Mont.) 3,675; 9) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 3,619.25; 10) Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) 3,511 points.

 


Lexington, KYApril 25, 2007 With less than 1 point separating the top five horses in the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam, tomorrows cross-country course will be decisive.

Amy Tryon, of Duvall, Wash., grabbed the narrowest of leads today on Le Samurai, scoring 47.0 penalties from the three-judge panel. But Polly Stockton of Great Britain rode Tangleman to a score of 47.2 penalties to move into second place, while Clayton Fredericks of New Zealand and Becky Holder, of Mendota Heights, Minn., rode Ben Along Time and Courageous Comet to scores of 47.4 to tie for third.

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Becky Holder and Courageous Comet

Photo by: Linda Shier

Missy Ransehousen, the Thursday leader, is fifth (47.8), while Thursdays runner-up, Kristin Bachman on Gryffindor, is sixth (48.2). And today Bonnie Mosser, of Unionville, Pa., slipped in to seventh place by scoring 48.3 on Jenga.

With eighth-placed Phillip Dutton scoring 48.7 on Connaught and ninth-placed Tiana Coudray scoring 49.3 on King Street, it means the difference between fist and ninth place is only 2.3 penalties, or 6 seconds on the cross-country course. In addition, another 13 horses are close behind after receiving dressage scores of between 52.0 and 59.8.

Tryon, the individual bronze medalist in the 2006 World Championships, accomplished her winning performance after coaxing Le Samurai through an exciting warm-up session. She said the crowds and the noise made him very anxious.

He likes to leap mid-stride, and he kind of doesnt care where he goes or what he crashes in to, said Tryon with a grimace. I tried to pat him to calm him, and that didnt work. So I tried yelling at him, because I was too afraid to kick him.

But she was pleased that Le Samurais mind settled a bit as she began her test before the 19,394 spectators here today. Thursdays attendance was 10,441.

I only think I had about 40 percent of his attention, Tryon said, adding, I do feel like there is a lot more to come from him.

Stockton rode Tangleman to a top-three placing at Rolex Kentucky in 2002, and she said she had returned because its an amazing event.

And Fredericks, who finished just ahead of Tryon at the 2006 World Championships and claimed the silver medal, said that one reason hed come to Kentucky was that Polly had given it such a good review, particularly of the footing on the cross-country course and of the event management. Its certainly a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, he said.

The cross-country competition begins on Saturday at 10 a.m. and continues through approximately 11:50 before breaking for lunch. Competition resumes at 2 p.m. and will end at approximately 4 p.m.

The only Four Star Event in the Western Hemisphere, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam, is the premier competition for the top horses and riders in Eventing. The competition features this countrys best horses and riders and international stars vying for their share of $200,000 in prize money and a chance at the $250,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. The winning owner will be awarded $65,000 and the winning rider will receive a Rolex timepiece. The classic Kentucky Julep Cup is presented to each as a reminder of their singular accomplishment.

Live webcasts of all three phases (Thursday and Friday Dressage, Saturday Cross-Country and Sunday Show Jumping) are available online at www.NBCSports.com for a low cost of just $7.99 for all four days!

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will be broadcast on NBC television as a one-hour special on Sunday, May 6, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. EDT. To accommodate those fans of the sport who want to see the action live as it happens, NBC, in conjunction with Equestrian Events, Inc., the producer of the event, and the United States Equestrian Federation, is presenting these unprecedented live webcasts.

Complete unedited coverage of the 2007 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam, are available on a set of DVDs that are being produced daily during the competition. DVDs are available for sale on site during the event or at the events website.

Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event organizer, Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), is a non-profit charitable corporation created in 1975 to stage the 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships, the first time those championships had been held outside of Europe. Following the success of those World Championships, the U.S. Equestrian Federation asked EEI to organize an annual Three-Day Event in the spring and the Kentucky Three-Day Event was born. Rolex Watch U.S.A. became title sponsor in 1981.

Lexington, KYApril 25, 2007 With less than 1 point separating the top five horses in the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam, tomorrows cross-country course will be decisive.

Amy Tryon, of Duvall, Wash., grabbed the narrowest of leads today on Le Samurai, scoring 47.0 penalties from the three-judge panel. But Polly Stockton of Great Britain rode Tangleman to a score of 47.2 penalties to move into second place, while Clayton Fredericks of New Zealand and Becky Holder, of Mendota Heights, Minn., rode Ben Along Time and Courageous Comet to scores of 47.4 to tie for third.

Missy Ransehousen, the Thursday leader, is fifth (47.8), while Thursdays runner-up, Kristin Bachman on Gryffindor, is sixth (48.2). And today Bonnie Mosser, of Unionville, Pa., slipped in to seventh place by scoring 48.3 on Jenga.

With eighth-placed Phillip Dutton scoring 48.7 on Connaught and ninth-placed Tiana Coudray scoring 49.3 on King Street, it means the difference between fist and ninth place is only 2.3 penalties, or 6 seconds on the cross-country course. In addition, another 13 horses are close behind after receiving dressage scores of between 52.0 and 59.8.

Tryon, the individual bronze medalist in the 2006 World Championships, accomplished her winning performance after coaxing Le Samurai through an exciting warm-up session. She said the crowds and the noise made him very anxious.

He likes to leap mid-stride, and he kind of doesnt care where he goes or what he crashes in to, said Tryon with a grimace. I tried to pat him to calm him, and that didnt work. So I tried yelling at him, because I was too afraid to kick him.

But she was pleased that Le Samurais mind settled a bit as she began her test before the 19,394 spectators here today. Thursdays attendance was 10,441.

I only think I had about 40 percent of his attention, Tryon said, adding, I do feel like there is a lot more to come from him.

Stockton rode Tangleman to a top-three placing at Rolex Kentucky in 2002, and she said she had returned because its an amazing event.

And Fredericks, who finished just ahead of Tryon at the 2006 World Championships and claimed the silver medal, said that one reason hed come to Kentucky was that Polly had given it such a good review, particularly of the footing on the cross-country course and of the event management. Its certainly a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, he said.

The cross-country competition begins on Saturday at 10 a.m. and continues through approximately 11:50 before breaking for lunch. Competition resumes at 2 p.m. and will end at approximately 4 p.m.

The only Four Star Event in the Western Hemisphere, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam, is the premier competition for the top horses and riders in Eventing. The competition features this countrys best horses and riders and international stars vying for their share of $200,000 in prize money and a chance at the $250,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. The winning owner will be awarded $65,000 and the winning rider will receive a Rolex timepiece. The classic Kentucky Julep Cup is presented to each as a reminder of their singular accomplishment.

Live webcasts of all three phases (Thursday and Friday Dressage, Saturday Cross-Country and Sunday Show Jumping) are available online at www.NBCSports.com for a low cost of just $7.99 for all four days!

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will be broadcast on NBC television as a one-hour special on Sunday, May 6, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. EDT. To accommodate those fans of the sport who want to see the action live as it happens, NBC, in conjunction with Equestrian Events, Inc., the producer of the event, and the United States Equestrian Federation, is presenting these unprecedented live webcasts.

Complete unedited coverage of the 2007 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam, are available on a set of DVDs that are being produced daily during the competition. DVDs are available for sale on site during the event or at the events website.

Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event organizer, Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), is a non-profit charitable corporation created in 1975 to stage the 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships, the first time those championships had been held outside of Europe. Following the success of those World Championships, the U.S. Equestrian Federation asked EEI to organize an annual Three-Day Event in the spring and the Kentucky Three-Day Event was born. Rolex Watch U.S.A. became title sponsor in 1981.

Spire Capital Partners and PBR pleased to announce completion of landmark partnership

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 23, 2007) – Spire Capital’s investment in the PBR was completed this afternoon. The regulatory approval and closing of the transaction was made official today following the April 12 vote of the current shareholders of the PBR. Spire has now become the majority investor in the leading global professional bull riding organization.

 “We are thrilled to be partners with Randy Bernard, Ty Murray, Tom Teague and all of the Directors of the PBR who will continue as meaningful shareholders,” said Rick Patterson, a managing member of Spire Capital Partners. “It is exciting that more than 15 of the leading active riders will be shareholders, continuing the tradition started by the cowboys in 1992. These men have created one of the great sports franchises in America’s history.”

Announcing the closing of the partnership, Randy Bernard, Chief Executive Officer of PBR, stated, “We are very excited about the progress the sport has made in the last 15 years but even more excited about the direction for the next 15 years. This affiliation with Spire Capital Partners is going to allow us to set the bar for professional bull riding even higher.”

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., PBR was founded in 1992 by 20 accomplished bull riders who had a vision to make bull riding a stand-alone sport.  PBR currently operates four domestic tours, including the Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Challenger Tour, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Tour and Discovery Tour, and has a rapidly growing presence in international markets, including Brazil, Mexico, Australia and Canada.  The strength of the PBR brand and the loyalty of the fan base have enabled the PBR to attract an impressive roster of blue-chip sponsors and partners.  PBR’s competitions can be viewed regularly on its cable channel partner, VERSUS, every Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 p.m. ET.  In addition, the PBR will have eight events televised on the FOX and NBC networks in 2007.

Terms of the transaction will not be disclosed.

 

The Chihuahua Challenge is expanded to 3 days and tickets are on sale NOW!

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 24, 2007) – The toughest sport on dirt returns to Chihuahua’s Manual Bernardo Aguirre Gymnasio for another wild ride on August 24-26.  It’s the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Chihuahua Challenge, stop number 23 on the elite Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler.  After the overwhelming response in 2006, the Chihuahua Challenge has been expanded to a three-day bull riding extravaganza.  Tickets for the Chihuahua Challenge go on Tuesday, April 24.  U.S. residents should call 011 52 55 5133 6470 for more information.

For the second consecutive year, the PBR will wow its Mexican fans with the planet’s top 45 bull riders and the best bulls the world has to offer.    Brazilian superstars 3-time PBR World Champion Adriano Moraes (Sao Paulo) and Guilherme Marchi (Sao Paulo) are expected to compete, along with 2005 PBR World Champion Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.), and the 2006 Chihuahua Challenge event champion Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho).  2006 PBR Mexico Finals event champion Rocky McDonald of Juarez, Mexico is expected to be in attendance also.

“The Chihuahua Challenge was voted by the PBR bull riders themselves as the best event of the 2006 season,” said PBR CEO Randy Bernard.  “We are very excited to be returning to Chihuahua and expanding our performance to three days.   Now even more U.S. and Mexican PBR fans will have the opportunity to enjoy our show.”

Tickets for the Chihuahua Challenge start at 250 pesos (approximately $22.50 U.S.) and 100 pesos for children and will be sold in Mexico through Ticketmaster.com.mx and all Liverpool and Mix Up store locations. U.S. residents can purchase tickets by calling 011 52 55 5133 6470.

All 2007 Built Ford Tough Series events are broadcast on VERSUS.  This year’s Chihuahua Challenge will air at 9:00 p.m. ET on VERSUS on Saturday, August 25 and will be broadcast at 8:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 26.  Please check your local listings or www.pbrnow.com for more details and additional broadcast times.

 

NASCAR’s two best winged sprint car racers set to duel at the Grove in an All-Star 360 race to benefit the Kasey Kahne Foundation.

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Williams Grove Speedway, Pa. On Wednesday, June 27, Dave Blaney, NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver of the #22 Caterpillar Toyota and winner of over 180 winged sprint car series races including the 1995 World of Outlaw Series Championship is set to join NASCAR’s Kasey Kahne, driver of the #9 UAW Dodge Dealers Dodge at Williams Grove Speedway in a race to determine stock cars best wing sprint car racer.  Kahne, who grew up watching Blaney while also starting his career racing winged sprint cars, will headline a field consisting of  the URC Sprint Car Series and Williams Grove regulars.  The Kasey Kahne Foundation 358 / URC Shootout at the Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania will feature forty of the premier sprint car racers in the Pennsylvania area as they square off against stock cars two premier winged sprint car racers. 

 

“I am honored that Dave Blaney will be joining me as we set to do battle against Pennsylvania’s best winged sprint car drivers at the Grove, one of the premier sprint car venues in the world.  This is the first time that Dave and I have headlined a wing sprint car event and I am hoping to begin closing the win gap that he has over me”, said Kahne.     

 

“Kasey continues to make the sprint car community proud by going back to his roots promoting events, racing and owning short track teams. There has always been a lot of talent racing at the Grove and therefore Kasey and I will have our hands full, but you can guarantee we will put on a great show for the fans”, stated Blaney.

 

In addition to what surely will be a great night of entertainment, all of the proceeds will benefit the Kasey Kahne Foundation.  The Kasey Kahne Foundation supports disadvantaged youth and chronically ill children and their families.   “Williams Grove has great history, awesome fans and a lot of talented racers.  I’m definitely looking forward to a fun night that will proudly benefit many children and their families”, said Kahne.       

 

Tickets for this event will go on sale beginning Tuesday, May 1 at the Williams Grove Speedway office. Purchasing advance tickets provides entry into a drawing that will pick 150 lucky fans for an autograph session with Kasey Kahne and Dave Blaney. The closed autograph session will begin at 4 PM.   For more information log on to KaseyKahneFoundation.Org or WilliamsGrove.Com

 

About the Kasey Kahne Foundation:  The Kasey Kahne Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)3, was created by NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne to raise and donate funds to charitable organizations that care for chronically ill children and their families. Providing hope and encouraging creativity, dreams and imagination are a focal point as the KKF strives to improve the quality of life for those less fortunate. The KKF is dedicated to positive cultural changes by giving underprivileged boys and girls ample opportunities for success. Community involvement projects are valued as they have the chance to make a positive impact on a life.  http://www.KaseyKahneFoundation.org

 

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PITTSBURGH, (April 23, 2007) – The eighth stop of the 2007 season at Phoenix International Raceway once again had the stars of the Nextel Cup Series experiencing several indigestion-causing incidents, from inconvenient cautions to multiple car crashes. Each weekend, PRN lead anchor Doug Rice picks the Top 10 TUMS Moments from that week’s racing activities.  For the eighth week of the NEXTEL Cup season, top TUMS honors go to:

 

10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a sure top-10 run go away when he gets caught on pit road by a late race yellow flag.

 

9. David Ragan had a tough day in the No. 6 Ford, causing several wrecks during the day.

 

8. The COT had a tough day at Phoenix – as drivers reported handling problems and difficulty passing.

 

7. David Stremme needed some TUMS to go with his Coors Light car after getting collected in an early race crash.

 

6. J.J. Yeley continued his string of crashes in a collision with David Ragan.

 

5. Ryan Newman saw a top-five finish fade away after a pit road incident left his Dodge damaged and kept him on pit road for a number of laps for repairs.

 

4. Michael Waltrip misses yet another race and the pressure mounts from sponsors anxious to see their investment on the track.

 

3. Denny Hamlin had some indigestion after having one of the fastest cars, but a pit road speeding penalty kept him from getting to victory lane.

 

2. Kurt Busch gets caught under caution again, keeping him from a great finish two weeks in a row.

 

1. Tony Stewart needed some fast relief after leading the most laps of the race then giving up the lead to Jeff Gordon at the end.

 

Mauney captures third Built Ford Tough Series event title in

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JB Mauney rides all four bulls and takes home the event title during the Billings PBR.

BILLINGS, Mont. (April 22, 2007) – The Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) made its sixteenth tour stop in Billings, Mont. April 20-22, 2007, at the MetraPark Arena. J.B. Mauney, (Mooresville, N.C.) rode his consistency all the way to the pay window to the tune of $28,295 dollars and 860 coveted BFTS points. Mauney, who is currently holding down the number two position in the BFTS standings, is the 12th athlete to be named event champion at the NILE Invitational, which is the oldest consecutive PBR tour stop. Mauney has accumulated three tour titles thus far in 2007 – an accomplishment that has him within 674.25 points of current BFTS leader Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.)

Montana native Beau Hill (Columbia Falls, Mont.) thrilled Billings fans with three stellar rides throughout the weekend, which earned him first position going into the Built Ford Tough Championship round. Hill bucked off a mere .2 seconds short on Vertical Limit of Chad Berger/Dakota Cattle Co. which ultimately landed him in seventh place overall.

The championship concluded with young superstar Mauney standing in the winner’s circle. Mauney rode all four of the bulls he attempted this weekend in Billings. Three preliminary scores had Mauney sitting in second place, going into the championship round. True to his form, Mauney capped off by making it look easy on the back of Okeechobee Spots of Diamond S Bucking Bulls. The 89.75 performance was enough to secure the event title.

When asked about his goals for 2007, Mauney replied, “I am just trying to win the World (PBR World Championship) this year, and trying to close the gap between me and Justin (McBride). Justin doesn’t fall off a whole lot, so I have to ride all of my bulls and do my best to stay consistent.”

With $372,571 in PBR career earnings in 2007, Mauney is currently riding an astonishing 72 percent of his bulls and is on pace to continue challenging McBride for the number one position and ultimately, for the million dollar PBR World Title. In just his second season on the elite BFTS tour, Mauney has displayed unprecedented composure and consistency, chalking up six top five finishes in 2007.

Don’t miss one second of the action as the battle for the PBR world title continues to rage. Catch them and the rest of the PBR Stars next weekend in Nampa, Idaho on VERSUS. Please visit http://www.pbrnow.com/ for an updated TV schedule or check your local listings for additional details.

Injury Report: Craig Jackson (Houston, Texas) sustained a laceration to his left ear which required 24 stitches, still competing.

Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) sustained a bruised right foot and is also still competing.

Mike White (DeKalb, Texas) is scheduled for X-Rays on Monday to examine his right shoulder. He is questionable to compete in Nampa, Idaho.

Cory Melton (Keithville, La.) sustained a sprained left knee and is questionable to compete in Nampa, Idaho.

BEHIND THE CHUTES:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Match-up Bonus: As the winner of the Auburn Hills, Mich. event, Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money in Billings. McBride was successful in the first round on Avalanche owned by Diamond S Bucking Bulls, and in the second round on Berger/Struve’s Bulldog Disco to claim a total of $10,000. He was unsuccessful in round three atop Blizzard, owned by Diamond S Bucking Bulls who received the $5,000 bonus. As the NILE Invitational winner, J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) will be eligible for the bonus next weekend in Nampa, Idaho.

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus: Beau Hill (Columbia Falls, Mont.) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship round but did not ultimately earn the overall event title or the Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus. Consequently, the bonus increased to $10,000 in Nampa, Idaho.


Ford Super Duty Challenge : As the Billings event winner, J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 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: Beau Hill (Columbia Falls, Mont.) 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 : White Magic owned by Diamond G Rodeos, Inc. claimed the High Marked 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: Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, BZ) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped Cat Man Do, owned by Chad Berger/Ten Bucking Bulls, for 90 points in round two. In doing so, he earned a $1,000 bonus.

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.

Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) is in the lead for the Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride bonus of $25,000 with his 93-point performance last weekend in Auburn Hills on Chicken on a Chain, owned by Robinson, Tedesco and Larry the Cable Guy.

AlphaTrade National Champion Standings: A new bonus program offered by AlphaTrade will present the 2007 Built Ford Tough Series regular season champion, defined by PBR rules to be the rider with the highest BFTS points total at the end of the regular season, with $50,000 and the opportunity to win up to $200,000. The winner will be determined and announced at the Rocky Boots Invitational this year in Columbus, Ohio in October. At present, Justin McBride has a lock on the top spot however North Carolina’s J.B. Mauney is not far behind in second place.

The NILE Invitational Event Results:

NILE Invitational First Round Results: 1) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 88.75 points on Priest Creek Ranch’s 3 Spot, $7,000; 2) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.M.) 88.25 points on Chad Berger/Winston Loe’s Gold Bell Wine, $5,000; 3) Tater Porter (Kenansville, Fla.) 87.25 points on Diamond G Rodeo’s Whirlygig; $3,000; 4) Luke Snyder (Raymore, Mo.) 87 points on Chad Berger/Dakota Cattle Co.’s Texas, $2,000.

NILE Invitational Second Round Results: 1) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, BZ) 90 points on Chad Berger/Ten Bucking Bulls’ Cat Man Do, $2,730; 2) Cord McCoy (Tupelo, Okla.) 88.25 points on Corey & Horst Rodeo Co. Inc.’s Salty Dog, $1,950; 3/4) Mark Lopes (Pioneer, Calif.) 87 points on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Rockin Robin, $975.00; 3/4) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 87 points on Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s Bulldog Disco, $950.00.

NILE Invitational Third Round Results: 1) Luke Snyder (Raymore, Mo.) 89.5 points on Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s’ Evil Forces, $2,730; 2/3) Paulo Crimber (Sao Paulo, BZ) 88.5 points on Berger/Low/Rosen’s Palace Station Deuces Wild, $1,560; 2/3) Brendon Clark (Morpeth, AU) 88.5 points on Priest Creek Ranch’s 3 Spot, $1,560; 4) Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) 87.5 points on Diamond J Livestock’s Salt Water, $780.00.

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 89.75 points on Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Okeechobee Spots, $2,730; 2/3) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 89.25 points on Berger Bucking Bulls’ Bad Medicine, $1,560; 2/3) Greg Potter (Queensland, AU)/ 89.25 points on Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Cat Daddy, $1,560; 4) Paulo Crimber (Sao Paulo, BZ) 89 points on Corey & Horst/The Western Group’s North Star, $780.

OVERALL EVENT STANDINGS: 1) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 340 points, $28,295; 2) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 260.5 points, $19,625; 3) Greg Potter (Queensland, AU) 259 points, $10,281; 4) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 257 points, $6,845.

BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 7,707.75 points; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 7,033.5; 3) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 4,458.25 points; 4) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 4,220.75 points; 5) Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) 3,919 points; 6) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 3,912.75 points; 7) Beau Hill (Columbia Falls, Mont.) 3,590.75 points; 8 ) Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) 3,511 points; 9) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 3,494 points; 10) Paulo Crimber (Sao Paulo, BZ) 3,392.25 points.

 
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