AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (April 14, 2007) – The Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) made its fifteenth tour stop of 2007 in Auburn Hills, Mich., April 13-14 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. 2005 PBR World Champion Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) didn’t alleviate his burden on tax day, adding to his income with a hefty $43,442 win. The Built Ford Tough Invitational event championship marks McBride’s sixth tour title of 2007 — a feat that has him tying the record of most single season BFTS event wins that he already shared with Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) and Cody Hart (Gainesville, Texas).

With $3,397,303 in PBR career earnings to his credit, McBride, 27, is currently riding an impressive 70.2 percent of his bulls and is on pace to maintain his lead for the million dollar PBR World Championship. He has qualified for Built Ford Tough Championship rounds at 12 of the 15 events he’s attended this season, and has notched 12 top-ten finishes to boot. Aside from the record sixth 2007 event win, however, McBride has his eye on the big picture.

“The record is definitely cool, but the world title is my top priority and more event wins means a greater chance at earning that championship. A million dollar bonus makes doing the second thing that I love in life, besides riding bulls, much easier, and that’s ranching,” said McBride.

McBride now leads the BFTS point standings by 1,292.5 series points over J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.), who finished ninth overall in Auburn Hills, but suffered a shoulder separation in the process (see injury report).

“I had Chicken on a Chain in the short go. He’s a great bull that I’ve seen a couple of times and I was excited to have him in the finals. He was just outstanding. He was away from my hand the whole time and just blowing and really bucking. He’s one of the ranker bulls that I’ve been on in a while,” said McBride.

Chicken on a Chain, owned by Robinson, Tedesco and Larry the Cable Guy, was rank to the tune of 93 championship points, allowing McBride to cement the victory. After two rounds, McBride led the average by only one-half of a point over nearest threat Tater Porter (Kenansville, Fla.). Porter, however, was not successful on his final round bull Holy Moly of Page & Teague Bucking Bulls, thus clearing the way for Randleman, NC’s Brian Canter to capture second place honors after turning in an 89.75 point score aboard Berger Bucking Bulls and Craig Smith’s bull McClintock in the final round. McBride rallied 268.5 points on three bulls for first; Canter finished second with a total of 263.5 points; and Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) rounded out the top three with a total of 257.50 points.

Injury Report:

J.B Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) separated his left shoulder. Mauney is expected to compete at the next Built Ford Tough Series stop in Billing, Mont. next weekend.

Steven Shelley (Natural Dam, Ark.) suffered a possible left leg fracture. X-rays are scheduled for next week. Shelley is questionable to compete in Billings, Mont.

BEHIND THE CHUTES:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Match-up Bonus: As the winner of the Albuquerque, N.M. event, Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money in Auburn Hills. Moraes was successful in the first round on Soul Train owned by T Bar R Bucking Bulls, and covered Chad Berger/Clay Struvie’s Detour in round two to claim a total of $10,000. As the Auburn Hills event winner, Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) will be eligible for the bonus next weekend in Billings, Mont.

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus : Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship round and ultimately earned the overall event title. In so doing he won the $10,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus. When the Built Ford Tough Moment of Truth Bonus is claimed the purse returns to $5,000.
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Ford Super Duty Challenge: As the Auburn Hills event winner, Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 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 : Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 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: Chicken on a Chain, owned by Robinson, Tedesco and Larry the Cable Guy 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 : Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped Chicken on a Chain, owned by Robinson, Tedesco and Larry the Cable Guy, for 93 points. 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 this 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 (Elk City, OK) has a lock on the top spot however North Carolina‘s J.B. Mauney is not far behind in second place.

The Built Ford Tough Invitational Event Results:

FIRST ROUND: 1) Harve Stewart (Stephenville, Texas) 89 points on Haines/Owen’s Pandemonium, $2,730; 2) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 88.75 points on Chad Berger/ Dakota Cattle Company’s Mean Machine, $1,950; 3) Justin McBride (Elk City, OK) 87.5 points on Hebert Bucking Bulls’ Shane; $1,170; 4) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 87.25 points on Chad Berger/Clay Struvie’s Black Sports Coat, $780.

SECOND ROUND: 1) J.B Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 89.25 points on Berger Bucking Bulls’ Johnny Ringo, $2,730; 2) Tater Porter (Kenansville, Fla.) 88.75 points on Berger/Daniels Bucking Bulls’ Red Jacket, $1,950; 3) Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) 88.25 points on Chad Berger/Clay Struvie’s Cooter, $1,170; 4/6) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 88 points on Chad Berger/Dakota Cattle Company’s Montego Bay, $520; 4/6) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 88 points on Tommy Shrader/Anchor Bull Company’s Dip Dog, $520; 4/6) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 88 points on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Dog Town, $520.

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 93 points on Robinson/Tedesco/Larry the Cable Guy’s Chicken on a Chain, $2,730; 2) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 89.75 points on Berger Bucking Bulls/Craig Smith’s McClintock, $1,950; 3) Ednei Caminhas (P. Alves, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 89.25 points on Chad Berger/Ten Bucking Bulls’ Cat Man Do, $1,170; 4) Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) 89 points on Chad Berger/Ryken/Hawks’ Scaredy Cat, $780.

OVERALL EVENT STANDINGS: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 268.5 points, $43,442; 2) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 263.5 points, $15,492; 3) Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) 257.5 points, $9,302; 4) McKennon Wimberley (Cool, Texas) 256.25 points, $5,812.

BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 7,466; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 6,173.5; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 4,035.75 points; 4) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 3,662.75; 5) Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) 3,534.75 points; 6) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 3,413 points; 7) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 3,295.75 points; 8 ) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 3,225.75; 9) Beau Hill (West Glacier, Mont.) 3,116.75 points; 10) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 3,023.75 points.

 
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