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The late Jim Shoulders will be honored in Tulsa and at the ’07 World Finals

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 26, 2007) – The world of rodeo and professional bull riding continues to mourn the greatest rodeo legend of all time. Jim Shoulders, who passed away at his home in Henrietta, Okla., early the morning of June 20th, is remembered by the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) and its top bull riders.

Jim Shoulders remains, without a doubt, one of the most influential individuals in the history of professional rodeo and bull riding. His record 16 World Championships, claimed between 1949 and 1959, continue to dominate the history books of professional rodeo. His influence on the sport continues to resonate through the ranks of today’s professional bull riders, while his legacy lives on in the PBR.

One of the most highly regarded bull riders of today, 2005 PBR World Champion Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.), who recently added himself again into the history books of bull riding by claiming his seventh Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) presented by Wrangler event title in a single season, took a minute to reflect on the career of Jim Shoulders – a cowboy hero that helped shape his career.

“Jim Shoulders definitely holds his own page in the history books of our sport. He not only was, but will always be a legend in rodeo and bull riding. I mean 16 World Championships-that record may live on forever,” said McBride. “Personally I think the young guys today should go back and look at Jim’s career to see what it takes to be a world champion. He won 16 titles through his grace and skill. He’s somebody that will absolutely be missed and always remembered.”

One of the most decorated bull riders in the PBR, three-time PBR World Champion, Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, BZ) praised Shoulders’ professional accomplishments in the rodeo arena, “His impact on the sport was very influential. He was the first celebrity that came from rodeo, and of course, bull riding grew from the sport of rodeo.”

Moraes continued his remembrance of Shoulders’ with several personal anecdotes from recent PBR events which Shoulders attended, “I was proud to have met Mr. Shoulders and talk to him as a friend. When I would see him and his wife, I could approach them and they always seemed happy to see me.”

Adriano continues, “In Oklahoma City in 2003, I had Pandora’s Box and Jim said to me ‘Hey boy, go back and get on the bulls that jump and kick all the way down the pen. You need to think about every position of your body from your feet to your free hand.’ After my third World Championship, I saw him again in Oklahoma City and I told them his advice worked. It meant so much that he was watching me enough to help with my mistakes and give me a tip that would change my career. I’ve heard it [the advice] before but it’s got to be said in the right way at the right time.”

PBR’s “Ironman,” J.W. Hart (Overbrook, Okla.) who is the only man to have qualified for all 13 of the PBR’s World Finals commented, “Jim Shoulders was the greatest cowboy that has ever lived. It’s kind of hard to dispute 16 World Championships.  It’s unfortunate that another page of our history has been closed.”

 
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Results from the 20th stop on the Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 24, 2007) – The Dickies Invitational, part of the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) presented by Wrangler concluded tonight from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The 20th stop on the elite BFTS tour thrilled Texas bull riding fans with astonishing rides and harrowing wrecks. 2005 PBR World Champion, Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) dominated the field, covering all three of his bulls and rewriting the PBR record books when he claimed his seventh event title of the 2007 season. The season event wins record was originally set in 1999 by that year’s PBR World Champion Cody Hart (Gainesville, Texas). In 2005 McBride tied the previous record on his way to his PBR World Championship title that year.

Referring to the success he’s experienced this season, McBride stated “It’s been a good run this year but there’s a lot of season left and we’re a long ways from over.”

McBride finished third in the first round of the Dickies Invitational with 86.75 points aboard Frontier and Teague Bucking Bulls’ Here’s Your Sign. He dominated the competition on Sunday afternoon when he went into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round leading the field of outstanding bull riders. McBride covered the previously unridden Dreamin owned by Davis/White in the final round for 88.5 points and claimed the event championship.

“I drew really good bulls this weekend,” said McBride. “It’s nice to be able to stay consistent and on top of my game. I take each bull I draw as I go and it’s definitely paying off this season. I’m looking forward to the rest of the [BFTS] season.”

With McBride’s 29th career event win he moved even closer to taking over the lead for career event wins from three-time and current PBR World Champion Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, BZ). Moraes has 33 event championships on his resume.

As the race for the 2007 PBR World Championship comes closer to the finish line, McBride continues to separate himself from the rest of the pack. His closest competitor, J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC), trails McBride by a 1,434.5 point margin. McBride has maintained his lead over the 2006 Daisy Rookie of the Year for virtually the entire season, yet Mauney has continually remained within striking distance of the veteran cowboy. Each remaining stop on the BFTS tour is crucial to the BFTS points standings; the lead could change at any time.

Don’t miss one second of the action as the battle for the PBR world title continues to intensify. The Cheeseburger Island Style Invitational gets underway next weekend June 29-30 in Glendale, Ariz. from the Jobing.com Arena. The world’s best bull riders will face-off against the rankest bucking bulls in the industry on VERSUS on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1 at 9 p.m. ET. Be sure to check your local listings for complete broadcast information.


INJURY REPORT:

There are no injuries to report.

BEHIND THE CHUTES:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus:

As the winner of the Jack Daniel’s Invitational in Nashville, Tenn., Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money in Dallas. Palermo was unsuccessful in the first round on Andrews Rodeo Co. Inc.’s Fender Bender, therefore the bull’s owner walked awayt with the $5,000 bonus, but Palermo was successful in the second round aboard McCoy Ranches’ Bells Blue, claiming the $5,000 bonus for himself. As the Dickies Invitational event winner Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.), will be eligible for the bonus next weekend in Glendale, Ariz. at the Cheeseburger Island Style Invitational.

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:

Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and earned the Dickies Invitational event title; therefore claiming the $15,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus. The bonus will return to $5,000 for the next event.

Ford Super Duty Challenge:

As the Dickies Invitational event winner bull rider 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 NationaLease Bull of the Event:

Cochise owned by Klein/Henry dominated the Dickies Invitational with a bull score of 46.75 points, and was awarded $1,250 as a part of Salem NationaLease’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:

Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, BZ) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped bull Boyd/Floyd/Paradise Farms’ Camo for 91.25 points during 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. However, North Carolina’s J.B. Mauney is trailing McBride by a mere 1,434.5 BFTS points.

DICKIES INVITATIONAL ROUND ONE RESULTS: 1) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 88.25 points on Bailey Rodeo Company’s Red Man, $2,730; 2) Jared Farley (Kempsey, NSW, AU) 87.5 points on Mark Kanabe’s Permanent Destination, $1,950; 3) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 86.75 points on Frontier and Teague Bucking Bulls’ Here’s Your Sign, $1,170; 4/5) Harve Stewart (Stephenville, Texas) 86.5 points on Bailey Rodeo Company’s Big and Rich, $624; 4/5) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, BZ) 86.5 points on Andrews Rodeo Co. Inc.’s Red Onion, $624.

DICKIES INVITATIONAL ROUND TWO RESULTS: 1) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 88.5 points on Andrews Rodeo Company’s Fender Bender, $2,730, 2) Cord McCoy (Tupelo, Okla.) 87.25 points on 4C’s Bucking Bulls’ Total Darkness, $1,950; 3/5) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 86.75 points on Double R Bucking Bulls’ Sharp Shooter, $806; 3/5) Scott Schiffner (Strathmore, AB, Canada) 86.75 points on Chad Berger/Ryken/Hawks’ Scardey Cat, $806; 3/5) McKennon Wimberly (Cool, Texas) 86.75 points on Cordell & Loudamy’s Jack Daniel’s Silver Select, $806.

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND RESULTS: 1) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, BZ) 91.25 points on Boyd/Floyd/Paradise Farms’ Camo, $2,730; 2) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 89.75 points on Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Okeechobee Spots, $1,950; 3) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 88.75 points on Frontier/Teague/Steiner’s Just A Dream, $1,170; 4) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 88.5 points on Davis/White’s Dreamin, $780; 5) Michael Riggs (Claxton, Ga.) 88.25 points on Chumley/Katich/R&L’s Dr. Proctor, $468.

OVERALL EVENT RESULTS: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 262 points, $45,821; 2) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 178 points, $17,745; 3) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, BZ) 177.75 points, $12,919; 4) Michael Riggs (Claxton, Ga.) 174.5 points, $6,245; 5) Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) 173.5 points, $5,039.

BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 9,426.75 points; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 7,992.25 points, 3) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 5,836.25 points, 4) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 5,013.25 points; 5) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 4,891points; 6) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 4,386.25 points, 7) Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) 4,149.5 points, 8 ) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 4,113 points; 9) Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) 3,924 points; 10) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 3,882.5 points.

 

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Image by: Jeff Kluss/ SIT

June 25, 2007

Well I think everyone just knew it was a matter of time.  How can you keep a great driver down?  He mastered F3000, F1, the Indy 500, Long Beach Grand Prix, and now it appears he is on his way in NASCAR.  The following are some excerpts on Juan’s comments after the race.

“It was a good day. It was tough. You don’t know how fast you are. I was patient. We made some changes on the car and that made a difference it was good. We had good restarts and it was hard when we were behind traffic because in turns 7 and 11 you have to get on the gas and it was really hard. It was easy to spin the wheels. I knew I was running third with 10 to go and I didn’t want to finish third. I picked up the pace a little bit and at the same time I was trying to roll the car as much as I could. I was just being very patient.

 “I’ll tell you the truth. I was very surprised by the level of the drivers here. In Mexico I had a very good car and the drivers were very strong, but here, man the top 20 were – you had to work for your money. At the end we were right behind Kevin and I was saving the tires. I just tried to keep up with him for 15-20 laps and when I started pushing it I everything fell into place. That was huge. I think this will be a big boost for everybody working in the shop.”

“They kept telling me to be patient and I’d be fine. They said don’t over do it and try to save fuel. That’s why we’re here, and that’s why we want to keep winning. That’s why success is here, and that’s why I came to Chip because Chip is like I am. I think the whole team wants to do the same thing. I think I’m more relieved than excited. We worked so hard to get here. Working with Chip is an awesome feeling, someone who works with me and believes in me and makes my life a lot easier.”

“I tell you. This is as big as any victory. You could say it’s as big as winning the Indy 500 or winning Long Beach. For me winning Long Beach was probably cooler than winning the Indy 500 because it was my first ever big race. Winning here is my first ever big race in stock cars. They’re all right up there. I kinda think this is my favorite. It’s amazing. We worked hard for it and not only me, but the whole team deserves this. I felt pretty good in the car all day. I was a little thirsty, but it’s just more mental than anything else. I felt pretty comfortable. It’s pretty important to be comfortable. I was shocked when they told me the time in qualifying. I thought he was joking and when I found out he was telling me the truth, it was like ‘man, we sucked.’

“I think in a way it’s going to be good for the whole NASCAR sport. I think me winning today is going to bring a lot of attention the next few races. It’s good for me. It’s good for the whole team. I think it’s good for the sport. I’m very proud to be part of it. If I can help it’s good.”

 We at SIT would like to congratulate Juan and the entire Ganassi #42  team for a great day of racing and some pretty cool calculating on the fuel mileage.  Great job guys.

June 22, 2007 Los Angeles, CA

Jeff Kluss/ Sports Image Times

Since we just came out of the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes and are running toward the Preakness, we wanted to furnish our readers with an educational experience that brings to life the daily struggles within this wonderful sport of Thoroughbred Racing.

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Joy Scott shows her attitude

Photo by: Linda Shier

When you talk of Jockeys and Thoroughbred Racing you don’t normally think of the female gender taking part in such a competitive sport. Why is this? Because women in this sport are far and few between and historically they don’t last nearly as long as their male counterparts. Why? Maybe it is about priorities, possibly about a glass ceiling, or maybe it is simply the way it is. My partner in crime and our great Equine Editor and Photographer Linda Shier met up with one of the major exceptions in the business who has been at it for over 25 years. This incredible lady is one of the best kept secrets since she is located in Southern California and runs at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, and other less notable tracks. Her name is Joy Scott and this is an interview with a West Coast icon of the Industry.

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Joy Scott at early morning workout at Santa Anita

Photo by: Linda Shier

Home for Joy is Azusa, California where she has resided for about the last three years and prior to that was Arcadia for over 17 years. She is a native Californian from the San Fernando Valley. She is a true Valley Girl that went to Valley College and has a 19 year old son name Jesse Sanchez. Jesse loves horses but rides socially only since his time is into team sports such as hockey and football. Now Mom is coaching him on girls now versus taking in all the games and practices.

Joy left home at the age of 11 to live with her grandmother and then at 15 really got hooked on horses. She started by exercising everyone’s horses at the track. She started with exercising horses and breaking them to a bridle. She was a “horse child”. Joy sat on her first donkey at the age of 9 months. At 15 ½ she began working with horses in earnest by training them to a bridle, She worked with Lori Grouve who was a female jockey and at that time one of the very few. She was a hard-working woman that was quite a mentor for Joy. Joy learned from the ground up with Lori and taught her how to sit a saddle. Joy first started racing horses in Endurance Events. Then she began working at Hollywood Park and worked for Tommy Burns, who taught her a European style of riding. Tommy was her second mentor that looked out for her at the age of 17 when she was truly bitten by the bug. She remembers the moment of a Chestnut Colt that she felt one with the horse. At that time she didn’t tell anyone she wanted to be a jockey since she stated everyone would have thought she was nuts. But at the time of working with the Chestnut Colt was when she determined she was going to ride competitively.

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All 4 feet 10 inches of True Grit

Photo by: Linda Shier

Tommy sent her with about 7 horses to work. After breaking and working those seven horses and learning much more from her new friends in the business, she met Bobby Garcia who was a jockey of some notoriety. Bobby liked to teach and was important to Joy since he taught her how to ride competitively. He took Joy under his wing, Bobby is still a great friend today even though he doesn’t ride anymore. When he does see her he always tells Joy how he is so proud of her and what she has accomplished. He always treated her as an equal in the business and never tried to take advantage. He became more of a father figure.

Then she met John Treasure who had about 60 colts in training which were some really nice horses which she helped break. This was another huge leap in her learning and experience process and she learned a lot by doing this. Joy always took the jobs that nobody else wanted such as training the young horses. She turned what many perceived as a bunch of “negatives” and turned them into positives in her career path.

Bobby Garcia taught Joy the essentials basics and the technical aspects of riding. He tried to teach Joy how to walk like a jockey, but she just couldn’t do that. Attitude is a lot of riding though and he imparted that to Joy as well. Everyone that succeeds always has a mentor, and Bobby Garcia became Joy’s for a number of years.

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Early morning workout at Santa Anita

I asked her if she was aware that they are formalizing a jockey college at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. To which she responded that she didn’t know if the process could be formalized without the dues being paid. “It’s a lot of hard work and hard times, and all of it builds character” Joy stated. “It takes time and understanding. You have to become one with the animal and appreciate the horse’s personality and you only get that over time.”

Paradise Ranch asked Joy to come out and teach students in the art of being a Jockey. It’s a Survivalist Sport…..according to Joy. “It’s like running away to join the circus , and its about that hard to do as well.” She stuck it out in California and virtually all her peers were male. She had folks advise her to go to Pennsylvania and hook up with the circuits that have women jockey events. “It is more art than a science, and a lot of it is mastering yourself and being able to understand the horse completely.”

Joy is the only woman left of all that tried to become jockeys back in 1994.Christine Davenport, and others would ride in practices and they would typically only last about 3 years. But the one constant that has kept Joy focused and what she calls “the best thing she had in her life” was her son and knowing she was doing it as much for him as she was for herself.

We at Sports Image Times want to thank Joy Scott for this great insight into what it takes to be a woman and make it in one of the most competitive sports in the world. We wish her all the best, and highly recommend that any of our readers when they find themselves out on the West Coast, go to Santa Anita or Hollywood Park and enjoy an evening watching some great racing as well as a great jockey, Joy Scott.

Special thanks to Santa Anita for allowing us to shoot Joy. We highly recommend you visit this great track whenever you happen to be in the Los Angeles area.

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The sentiment expressed by this fan seems to be that expressed by all at the race.

Photos by: Jeff Kluss/ SIT

June 23, 2007 Article by Jeff Kluss/SIT

Well on June 16th it was an exciting weekend for all. Kentucky Motor Speedway has been open for 7 years now and still no Cup race to be found for the struggling operation. They have filed an anti-trust suit against ISC (International Speedway Corporation) in failing hopes that they can pry a Cup date out of NASCAR which is owned by the France family who also owns a 65% stake in ISC. The other 35% of ISC is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

When I had the great opportunity to attend this facility for the first time at its inaugural Busch race, it was a pristine new facility suitable for a Cup race. But as in all operations that get built (unless you are Bruton Smith owner of Speedway Motorsports International or ISC) there was no prior commitment by NASCAR that if it was built that a Cup race would be on the schedule. As has happened before in the past there were talks of such but supposedly not a commitment. So when the owners put together the land donated by the local government, bonds guaranteed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and financing for the remainder, all they came up with was a single Busch race. Then came a Craftsman Series truck race and finally an IRL (Indy Racing League) race. Even with these three annual events, it is still not enough to foot the bills.

Much like Dover Downs Corporation, a commitment to build a facility is not a guarantee of getting a Cup deal. Dover owns Nashville, St. Louis, and Memphis which are all loosers for the owners of the Dover, Delaware facility that has two Cup races and is the shining jewel of the Dover family. But much like Kentucky, Dover built or purchased facilities thinking they could pull off the miracle of getting a Cup race. But Dover managed to wrangle 2 Busch races out of NASCAR in addition to their IRL and Craftsman Truck races for the facility in Nashville.

Track ownership doesn’t mean sanctioning and a schedule. Just ask Bruton Smith, majority owner of SMI. It took five years and major legal expenses to wrangle a promised race for his Texas Motor Speedway. Initially NASCAR gave him his single Cup race when Texas opened up, but then it took another individual which is highly suspected of being under Mr. Smith’s guidance to lever by filing a lawsuit to get the second race out of NASCAR. Then it also took SMI paying an additional $55 million for the Rockingham Cup date. Unfortunately, Kentucky doesn’t have the resources of a Bruton Smith…at least not yet. Rumor has it that SMI is standing in the wings waiting for an opportunity to purchase the leftovers should Kentucky fail, or at the least create a cozy alliance where SMI is the main benefactor of the possible deal. For that matter, ISC was given the Kansas City facility and they still have only a single date. It’s fairly obvious that ISC is not going to pull out of Darlington since they have made a major investment into upgrades there which means basically that the only other track that might loose a date would be Martinsville. Trying to speculate on race dates and who is going to get what is tantamount to playing the lotto in hopes of an early retirement.

Either way, the folks at Kentucky Motor Speedway have put their hearts and souls into their operation and have managed to survive to date without the additional benefits from having a Cup date. They have been told that they can’t possibly get a Cup date unless they increase the capacity of the track, but why spend the money on the upgrade when you don’t know for sure if even that will meet the demands of NASCAR. What Kentucky needs to understand is that most likely they won’t see a date unless NASCAR does something dramatic like creating two divisions (much like an Eastern and Western Division situation) so that they can add to the schedule since 37 races is a full bill for any organization. The teams are overtaxed with their insane travel schedule, and the Busch teams are starting to show the stress of having Mexico City and Montreal on their schedules this year. The Busch single car teams are starting to drop out due to the additional expense and equipment requirements and what appears to be a major developing problem which can easily result in only the large multi-car teams being able to participate. The Roush-Fenway deal is evidence of the necessity of a major cash infusion to keep up with the horrendous cost of competing against the likes of Hendrick who can’t seem to loose during the first half of the Season. Now Childress will be adding another cup team, and Gibbs is rumored to be doing likewise. These developments within the ranks of the various teams seems to be indicative of a changing environment and Kentucky now seems to be a minor problem in comparison. NASCAR viewership is under increasing pressure, and the France family has a radically changing situation on their hands that they are attempting to deal with by adding two more cars to the Chase in hopes this will revive their ratings.

Now all this being said, it is doubtful that Kentucky will survive based on the hopes of getting a Cup date on their schedule. So should this be the case what are the options for Kentucky to survive short of a Bruton Smith riding in on his white stallion to save the day? Possibly Kentucky should consider approaching the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) which was an added side-show for Lowes (Charlotte) Motor Speedway. Or possibly they should think about adding the AMA (American Motorcycle Association) to their schedule. Another possibility would be the folks on the Rolex and Koni circuits since that is what has kept Mid-Ohio and Road Atlanta alive. The idea is that don’t expect Mohamed to come to the mountain, but get creative and make do for now. The facts are not in Kentucky’s favor to obtain a Cup race and the idea of an under-utilized facility doesn’t feed the bull dog.

All this does not mean that they don’t have a first rate facility, and great management though because they do. They have proven they can fill the stands when it comes to their Busch date and get probably the third largest attendance for Busch outside of Daytona and Bristol. The folks at Kentucky Motor Speedway are first rate individuals that know what gets the butts in the seats, and they are genuinely good people too. They just need to expand their horizons to survive, and SIT really hopes they do.

Now that all this speculation has been espoused and expounded upon by this writer what follows are some of the great shots that we took while in Kentucky. It was a great time, an exciting race, and we highly recommend that if you haven’t been there before…get out of your chair and start planning to go to Kentucky Motor Speedway for any of their events. It is definitely worth the price of a ticket and the expense to get there. They also have the best Speedway burgers on the circuit!

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Stephen Leicht winner of the Meijer 300

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3 Wide in Turn 1 at Kentucky

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There wasn’t a lack of excitement

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Carl Edward’s car (he led about half the race) before Steve Wallace

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Carl Edward’s after Steve Wallace–We hear half a car is better than none

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Official Busch Profile

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Nothing like pounding out some sheet metal for excitment

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Fuel cans everywhere!

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This adds a lot to the term “sweeping up”

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#28 Border Patrol/Jay Robinson Racing

We have to mention the Legends folks that entertained us earlier in the day. They were super and the kids participating were too neat.

 

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THIS WEEK’S INDIGESTION-CAUSING TOP 10 TUMS® MOMENTS

MICHIGAN (June 17, 2007) – The 15th stop of the 2007 season at Michigan International Speedway once again had the stars of the Nextel Cup Series experiencing several indigestion-causing incidents, from tire issues to team changes. Each weekend, PRN lead anchor Doug Rice picks the Top 10 TUMS Moments from that week’s racing activities. For the 15th week of the Nextel Cup season, top TUMS honors go to:

10. Qualifying continues to be a torturous affair for proven winners like Jeremy Mayfield and past champion Dale Jarrett as they both fail to make the cut and have to go home early.

9. The vast legions of Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans dreams of Jr. driving the No. 3 car for RCR are crushed when Jr. announces his plans to join Hendrick Motorsports.

8 After back-to-back runner-up finishes, Ryan Newman cuts down a left rear tire early on at Michigan and has to settle for a disappointing 37th place finish.

7. A long season continues for Kasey Kahne as he is lapped under green before the race reaches the quarter post.

6. Matt Kenseth is involved in the aftermath of a collision between Ryan Newman and Jeff Green and has to spend time in the garage. It’s the first race this year that Kenseth has not completed every possible lap.

5. Juan Pablo Montoya has a right front tire blow out and it relegates the driver of the Texaco Havoline Dodge to a last place finish.

4. Car owner Ray Evernham has a long day in Michigan as all three of his cars fail to finish in the top 30.

3. Martin Truex Jr. looks like he is in position to secure his second career win but brushes the wall in the closing laps. He still has another great run with a second place finish.

2. Race fans that love on-track competition have to watch another fuel mileage race at Michigan.

1. Beard lovers all across America have to be upset. Carl Edward’s motor coach driver pledged last year not to shave until Carl returned to victory lane. It took a while for Carl to claim his fifth NASCAR Nextel Cup win, so Tom Giacchi had a bit of shaving to do. Can’t believe they didn’t have a shaving cream company lined up to sponsor that magic moment.

Brazilian Sensation Earns First Event Title

Photo: Andy Watson

Robson Palermo takes home the number one spot at the Nashville PBR.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 17, 2007) –

The Jack Daniel’s Invitational, part of the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) presented by Wrangler concluded tonight from the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tenn. The 19th stop on the elite BFTS tour treated an intense Nashville crowd to some very big rides on some of the PBR’s rankest bucking bulls.  When the curtain was finally drawn, it was Brazilian sensation Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) who claimed the Jack Daniel’s Invitational event title.  Palermo rode consistently all the way to the pay window, claiming his first ever BFTS victory and pocketing $28,568 in the process.    

Palermo took Red Man, owned by Bailey Rodeo Company for an 86 point trip in round one, enough to place him in fifth position heading into day two. His second round ride aboard King Tutt owned by Henry/Klein was worth 84.75 points and a spot in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.  Palermo capitalized on his third-round draw, twisting Just A Dream owned by Frontier/Teague/Steiner for 90.25 points, enough to earn the Jack Daniel’s Invitational event championship title. 

When asked about his victory, Palermo stated; “This is my first BFTS win and it makes me very happy. It means a lot to me that I rode all of my bulls this weekend. I overcame the pressure of Justin’s (McBride) 90 point ride and did what I had to do – ride my bull.”

A few familiar names rounded out the top three, current BFTS points standings leader Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) and number two in the standings J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) claimed the second and third spots, respectively.  McBride recorded a 91.25, the highest-marked ride of the event and won the Built Ford Tough Championship Round on Berger/Struve’s Crown of Thorns, but was edged out due to his buck-off in round two.  The Jack Daniel’s Invitational helped McBride add 649.25 BFTS points and $20,110 to his already stellar 2007 stats.

Mauney was unsuccessful in his first-round attempt but recorded an 86 in round two aboard Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Hoodlum and an 88.75 in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round atop Bad Rodeo Co. Inc.’s Walk this Way.  The third place finish was worth 544.75 BFTS points and $10,632 for Mauney who has already amassed an astounding $401,507 so far in 2007. 

As the race for the PBR World Championship comes closer to the finish line, McBride continues to separate himself from the rest of the pack.  His closest competitor, Mauney, trails McBride by a 652.5 point margin. While McBride has maintained his lead over the 2006 Daisy Rookie of the Year for virtually the entire season, it is only by one event win worth of points. Therefore, each remaining stop on the BFTS tour is crucial to the BFTS points standings; the lead could change at any time.   

Don’t miss one second of the action as the battle for the PBR world title continues to intensify. The Dickies Invitational gets underway next weekend June 23-24 in Dallas, Texas from the American Airlines Center.  The world’s best bull riders will face-off against the rankest bucking bulls in the industry on VERSUS on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24 at 9 p.m. ET. Be sure to check your local listings for complete broadcast information.

Injury Report:

Corey Melton (Keithville, La.) was taken to the hospital after being stepped on by Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Scaredy Cat during the second round.  A liver laceration was suspected but no internal injuries were found. 

BEHIND THE CHUTES:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus:

As the winner of the Ford Country Classic in San Antonio, Tyler Smith (Fruita, Colo.) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money in Nashville. Smith was unsuccessful in the first round on Jerome Davis’ Johnny Gold and unsuccessful in the second round aboard Frontier/Teague’s Invisible Touch.  As the Jack Daniel’s Invitational event winner, Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) will be eligible for the bonus next weekend in Dallas at the Dickies Invitational.

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:

Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round but did not earn the Jack Daniel’s Invitational event title; therefore losing the $10,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus. The bonus will now increase to $15,000 for the next event.

Ford Super Duty Challenge:

As the Jack Daniel’s Invitational event winner bull rider Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) 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:

Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) was awarded $5,000 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 NationaLease Bull of the Event:

Cochise owned by Klein/Henry claimed the High Marked Bull of the Jack Daniel’s Invitational with 46.5 bull score, and $1,250 as a part of Salem NationaLease’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 bull Crown of Thorns owned by Berger/Struve for 91.25 points during 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. However, North Carolina’s J.B. Mauney is trailing McBride by a mere 652.5 BFTS points.

 

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Image by: Linda Shier/Sports Image Times

June 13, 2007 Noon, Charlotte, NC

 Article by: Jeff Kluss/SIT

 

Okay, what does Rick Hendrick owner of Hendrick Motorsports and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. have in common?  A new five year contract!  Talk about throwing a curve to everyone and smiling about the confusion he created, Jr. has a grin from ear to ear.

 

Junior talked with Joe Gibbs, Richard Childress, and evidently a number of others which created confusion and kept everyone guessing as to what was going on.  It seems that Darrell Waltrip was the only one to have it right from the get go by saying publicly that Dale Jr. would probably wind up going with Hendrick since they have such a strong program there and have the best equipment as proven by all their first half Season wins they have posted.

 

But lordy, who would have thought that Jr. would be going with the enemy in the form of the #24 team?  That’s just ain’t right!  Or is it?  Seems like the fans are definitely going to have some “identity crisis” problems happening when the #24 comes in first, with the #5 (?) coming in second or vice-versa!  Notice the question mark as well, will Rick Hendrick be able to leverage the #8 from Teresa or be willing to shell out the big bucks she will want for it since that is the only real asset she will retain that has real value.  Come on Teresa…..give it up!  Dale Jr. and no #8, that ain’t Christian!

 

One thing that Rick Hendrick said in the interview that scores a mention and was a subtle segue into what will transpire…..”We are planning on expanding our gift shop.”.  We think that he will have no problem with this, not to mention all the other merchandise deals that will be struck before the start of the new 2008 Season. It makes you wonder exactly how much this deal will be worth to both Dale Jr. and Rick Hendrick.  The sponsorship deal will probably go down for something in the neighborhood of about $30 million a year since the #24 is rumored to be even more than that.  The endorsements are also going to go up, don’t forget Wrangler, Bass Pro, and all the others that will make the swing.  Junior will be bringing ready-made sponsorships that will make the cash register go nuts.  Don’t forget about QVC and all the die-cast that will be sold on Friday nights.

 

Then the other benefit Junior gets from his friendship with Rick Hendrick, Kelly his sister will get some employment.  The question becomes, who will be the crew chief and crew member for the new Hendrick team?  Does Tony Eury, Jr. rate a transfer at the end of his contract?

 

Of course don’t forget about how the opening occurred for Jr. in the form of Kyle Bush announcing his “Early Season Release” from his contract to pursue other interests.  Think there might be something there for Michael Waltrip and Toyota?  Or possibly Joe Gibbs?  Only time will tell.

 

Some notable quotes from the morning news conference:

 

Rick Hendrick:

1. We are going to have to expand the gift shop

2. It’s an exciting time for the company…….Duh!

3. I’ve told the guys its okay to beat on each other but not to wreck your teammate

 

Junior:

1. Never struggled with my decision…….(could this be due to Teresa?)

2. My only problem was being in limbo not knowing where I would be going……(wish I had such a problem with the potential for a 8 figure income)

3. Rick is going to give me some great equipment………..(Ya think?)

4. In response to “Are you happy with the length of the contract?”….I always like doing 3 year deals, but I think it is the right amount of time for me………(Sure, and possibly the right amount of money?)

 

  So much for the hype……..now let’s get back to racing and see if Junior finishes up in the top 12 for the Chase.

PITTSBURGH, (June 11, 2007) – The 14th stop of the 2007 season at Pocono Raceway once again had the stars of the Nextel Cup Series experiencing several indigestion-causing incidents, from hefty penalties to rain showers. Each weekend, PRN lead anchor Doug Rice picks the Top 10 TUMS Moments from that week’s racing activities.  For the 14th week of the Nextel Cup season, top TUMS honors go to:

 

10. Kurt Busch is penalized by NASCAR for his actions on pit road in Dover, he is pinched for 100 points and his checkbook is $100,000 lighter. Then promptly crashes in practice at Pocono and is forced to start at the back in back up car. 

 

9. After making the race at Dover; Michael Waltrip fails to qualify for Pocono. Michael has now missed 12 of the  First 14 races. 


8. Rain once again dampened the spirits of the race crowd as pesky showers held up the start of the race for three hours but the fans braved the weather. Weather has created more than its fair share of TUMS moments this year.   
 


7. Dave Blaney’s Toyota and day are both shortened on lap 56 as contact from Greg Biffle puts him into the wall and out of the race.

 

6. Jimmie Johnson cuts down a tire and then has to limp all the way around the 2.5-mile race track costing him two laps and then Jimmie winds up in the garage with his worst finish of the year.

 

5. Robby Gordon’s season of tough luck continues as he brings out the first caution on lap 49 with a cut tire.

 

4. Mark Martin overshoots his pits and it costs him a ton of track position. He is never able to overcome that error.

 

3. Toyota has a rough outing at Pocono with the all four cars finishing 35th or worse.

 

2. Ryan Newman has the caution come out a half lap to soon and he is once again denied a chance at breaking a long winless streak.

 

1. Two times in one day Mother Nature has her way at the Pocono 500 as the race is rain shortened and fans are left to wonder about what might have been.  

 

Gold Coast, Queensland Australia (June 10, 2007) – When the dust settled on the Gold Coast Convention Center Sunday evening, the final night of the Professional Bull Riders’ inaugural world cup event, the Jupiters Casino PBR World Cup, Team Brazil had beaten the bulls and the rest of the world, amassing 1,462 points on their way to the team championship title and bragging rights as the best bull riding country on earth. 

Brazil, host country for the PBR World Cup event next year, dominated this year’s competition from the outset.  These men of steel never doubted they were going to win because, as stated by team captain Adriano Moraes, “We are solid.”  The five-man team came to Australia’s Gold Coast ready for the competition in peak health and fitness and they never looked back. 

It’s another triumph for the history making three-time PBR World Champion, Moraes, and he couldn’t be prouder of his team, and for the country of Brazil.  “I feel great,” he said when presented with the $100,000 winning check from the winner-takes-all competition. 

“[It’s] one more world championship and a good start to my future career as a coach.  I would like to thank the PBR for the opportunity to come to the ‘land down under’ and show them the sport of bull riding, how good we are, and prove that we are the best in the world.” 

For PBR World Cup contenders Canada and the U.S., it was a see-sawing night of competition which, in the end, resulted in the teams claiming the same positions they had on the two previous nights, second and third respectively.  Canada’s final score was 1,268.50 points; the U.S. followed with 1,197.75 points. 

The only upset to the Jupiters Casino PBR World Cup’s final night standings, which had stayed the same through the first and second nights of competition, was Mexico’s move from fifth to fourth position ending with 1,139.25 points, and Australia dropping a spot to fifth place with 873.75 points.

The scoring format for bull riding’s newest international competition, the six-round, three- night PBR World Cup required team captains to choose three scores, from a possible five, per round.   They were forced to decide on the spot at the time a ride was scored whether to keep it or let it go, hoping for a better score from an upcoming team member.

Three out of four of Mexico and Brazil’s first four riders scored in the first round of the final night of the Jupiters Casino PBR World Cup, and were accepted by respective team captains, Rocky McDonald and Moraes, making the fifth ride for each country redundant, excepting that rider’s chance to compete for the individual $5,000 bonus awarded to the rider posting the highest score each evening.

To start Brazil’s evening, Moraes, in another interesting tactic from a weekend filled with strategic moves by the Brazilian team captain, gave the double thumbs up to his team’s third scoring ride, 86.5 points from Guilherme Marchi on Matt Adam’s Rodeo Company’s Eight Mile, when still to come for the Brazilians was the highest scoring rider from Saturday night’s competition, Valdiron de Oliveira.  De Oliveira bettered the accepted score from Marchi, riding Diamond J Rodeo Company’s Tuxedo for 88.5 points, but Team Brazil could not make use of it.  Moraes was unrepentant, confident his team’s lead was assured.

While Team U.S. scored only three of their five rides in the first round, it was Kasey Hayes’ 83 points on Matt Adam’s Rodeo Company’s 327 that temporarily moved the U.S. into second position.  Brian Canter scored twice for his country in the first round, posting 82.5 points on JP Gill & Sons’ Genesis Ransom, and later, filling in for injured Mike Lee, scoring 82.75 points on another JP Gill and Sons’ bull, 030.

Team Canada collected scores on only two of their five rides in the first round, first 83 points from Justin Volz on Gary McPhee’s How U Doin’ and then 86 points from Scott Schiffner who rode George Hepenstall’s Cream Puff.  It was however enough to put Canada back into the number two spot before the end of the round.

In disappointing form on their home turf, Team Australian posted only one score in the first round, evidence that the first two nights of competition had taken their toll on the Aussies. Tim Wilson was out from a back injury suffered Saturday night and favorite Brendon Clark had to ride with a broken thumb.  Jared Farley, Friday night’s individual highest scoring rider, delivered for the home country posting 81.25 points on Hall Rodeo Bucking Bulls’ Silver Back, a bull he had ridden the previous evening for 83.25 points. 

In round two of the final evening’s competition, the bulls took charge, leaving battered and bruised riders in their wake.  With an indisputable lead by Team Brazil, all that was left for the rest of the world was to do their best.  And while they tried, the rankest bulls in Australia proved their might.

Mexico‘s Hugo Pedrero was the first rider in the sixth and final round to take a beating.  He scored 77 points on Kent Hansen’s Big Dan with an offer of a re-ride, but the event doctor deemed him unfit to take it. 

The Mexicans scored only once in the second round, and it was from a courageous Gerardo Venegas who rode three times for his country.  He rode in his own name first, and was offered a re-ride on Stuart Timm’s Little Zorro, but declined.  He was out of the chute again, replacing team captain and colleague, Rocky McDonald on Kent Hansen’s Booger Red.  When the bull failed to perform, Venegas received another re-ride on the same bull.   He accepted and eventually scored 80.5 points.

Stuart Timm’s bull, Danger Mouse, literally collided head to head with Adrian Ferreiro, and left the Mexican bleeding from his face.  Ferreiro, who had been stomped on the cheek on Friday night, suffered further grazing to his neck. 

For the Australians, Ben Jones was the only man to score in the second round, posting an impressive 89.5 points on Matt Adam’s Rodeo Company bull, Loco.

“I’ve got some hurt fellas out there,” said team captain Troy Dunn at the end of the night.  “It’s been hard for them, but I’m proud of them.”

Team U.S. came within striking distance again in the second round when their first rider out, Willy Ropp, scored 86 points on Gary McPhee’s Blue Jeans.  Unfortunately he was the only rider to score in the second round, dashing America’s hope of a win.

It was Canada’s Aaron Roy who cemented his country’s second place finish, scoring 92.5 points, the highest of the night, on Frank Biddle’s Rocky Road.  Roy took a serious shot from the livid bull, being stomped in the chest and face, but he won the night’s individual highest scoring ride bonus of $5,000.       

Justin Volz came through again for Team Canada in the second round, posting 86.7 points on JP Gill & Sons’ White Diamond. 

For Team Brazil the red hot Paulo Crimber scored a blistering 90 points on Gary McPhee’s Bodacious.  And, while superstar Guilherme Marchi was unseated by the Jupiters Casino PBR World Cup winning bull, Gary McPhee’s Matrix, it was their Robson Palermo who took the last scoring ride of the event on Frank Biddle’s unpredictable Sand & Gravel Renato, scoring 89 points. 

Final event results are as follows:

Team Brazil:     1462 points     $100,000 winner
Team Canada:  1268.5 points
Team U.S.:       1197.75 points
Team Mexico:   1139.25 points
Team Australia: 873.75 points

HIGHEST SCORING RIDE BONUS WINNER – $5,000

Friday – Jared Farley (Australia) – 92.0 points
Saturday – Valdiron de Oliveira (Brazil) – 89.75 points
Sunday – Aaron Roy (Canada) – 92.5 points

BULL OF THE EVENT

Matrix of Gary McPhee’s stock

OVERALL EVENT RESULTS:

Friday, June 8th

Round One Scores:
Brazil 257 points; United States 252 points; Canada 247.25 points; Mexico 168.75 points; Australia 86.50 points

Round Two Scores:
Australia 269 points; Brazil 257 points; Canada 254.75 points; United States 176.50 points; Mexico 174.25 points

Standings after the First Night:
Brazil 514 points; Canada 502 points; United States 429.25 points; Australia 355.50 points; Mexico 343 points

Saturday, June 9th

Round Three Scores:
United States  262.25 points; Brazil  258.75 points; Australia 258 points; Canada 251 points; Mexico 249.25 points

Round Four Scores:
Brazil 254 points; United States 172 points; Canada 169.50 points; Australia 89.50 points; Mexico 84.50 points

Standings after the Second Night:
Brazil 1026.75 points; Canada 922.50 points; United States 863.50 points; Australia  703.00 points; Mexico 676.75 points

Sunday, June 10th

Round Five Scores:
Brazil 256.25 points; Mexico 255.75 points; United States 248.25 points; Canada 169 points; Australia 81.25 points

Round Six Scores:
Mexico 206.75 points; Brazil 179 points; Canada 177 points; Australia 89.50 points; United States  86.00

Standings after Third and Final Night:
Brazil 1462 points; Canada 1268.50 points; United States 1197.75 points; Mexico 1139.25 points; Australia 873.75 points

 
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