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.