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GLENDALE, Ariz. (July 1, 2007) – The Cheeseburger Islandstyle Invitational, part of the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) presented by Wrangler wrapped up tonight from the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz. The 21st stop on the elite BFTS tour thrilled southwest bull riding fans with incredible rides and harrowing wrecks. VERSUS will air the conclusion of the Cheeseburger Islandstyle Invitational on Sunday, July 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) claimed his second event win of the month and his career when he was the only man to cover all three of his bulls in Arizona. In only his second year of PBR competition, Palermo is quickly becoming a dominant figure in the race for the 2007 PBR World Championship.
“This is my second win of the season and a huge boost to my confidence,” Robson Palermo stated at the conclusion of the event. “It really helps going into the end of the season riding strong and with a lot of momentum.” With the event win, Palermo jumped from number 13 in the standings for the race for the PBR World Championship to number seven. He trails current leader, Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) by 4,836.75 points with eight events left before the 2007 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals kicks off in Las Vegas on October 26 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Palermo finished the first round with an 86.25 point ride aboard Diamond K Bucking Bulls’ Joker’s Wild for sixth place in the round. He dazzled the crowd on Saturday evening claiming the second round with a score of 87 points aboard Herbert Bucking Bulls’ Semi-Automatic. Palermo was sitting in second position going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round when he dominated Cadillac Man of Double R Bucking Bulls for the event championship with 89.25 points.
“Last year I drew that bull [Cadillac Man] but bucked off and I was a little nervous tonight because of the tendency he [the bull] has to hit a guy in the face,” said Palermo upon his win. “But during the ride it felt good and I was totally focused.”
After claiming victory in round one, up and coming Texas cowboy, Harve Stewart (Stephenville) claimed second in the event with a dazzling ride aboard Cajun King owned by Herbert/Fournier Bucking Bulls for a score of 88.75 points. Stewart’s combined score of 178.75 points was enough for the reserve championship and his best finish of his PBR career.
2005 PBR World Champion and current points leader Justin McBride sat out round two in Glendale after suffering a concussion during Friday night’s competition. McBride’s closest competitor, J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.), was unable to capitalize on McBride’s injury only scoring 83.25 points aboard Boyd/Floyd/Paradise Farms’ Jeopardy and failing to qualify for the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. Therefore, he continues to trail McBride by a 1,086.25 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.
The race for the 2007 PBR World Championship resumes July 20-22 from Tulsa, Okla. with the Express PBR Classic presented by Creek Nation Casino. Go to http://www.pbrnow.com/ for more event information.
Ednei Caminhas (P. Alves, Sao Paulo, BZ)-Pulled muscle in his leg suffered during the first round of the Cheeseburger Islandstyle Invitational. Expected to compete in Tulsa.
Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.)-Suffered a concussion during the first round of the Cheeseburger Islandstyle Invitational. Expected to compete in Tulsa.
Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, BZ)-Recurring back injury. Expected to compete in Tulsa.
Valdiron de Olivera (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, BZ)-Suffered a concussion, broken jaw, and through and through laceration in chin requiring stitches. Out of competition.
Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ)-Suffered a right shoulder separation. Probable to compete in Tulsa.
Clayton Williams (Carthage, Texas)-Laceration to face and bruised left deltoid during the first round of Glendale. Expected to compete in Tulsa.
BEHIND THE CHUTES:
Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus:
As the winner of the Dickies Invitational in Dallas, Texas, Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money in Glendale. McBride was unsuccessful in the first round aboard Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Wintwister, therefore the bull’s owner walked away with the $5,000 bonus.
After being injured in the first round, McBride drew out of the competition. Having placed second at the Dickies Invitational in Dallas, Texas, Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) was eligible for the bonus in round two. Willingham was unsuccessful against Diamond K Bucking Bulls’ Fish Creek Bandit, thus the stock contractor received the $5,000 bonus. As the Cheeseburger Islandstyle Invitational event winner, Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) will be eligible for the bonus at the next BFTS event in Tulsa, Okla. at the PBR Express Classic presented by Creek Nation Casino.
Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
Tyler Smith (Fruita, Colo.) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round but did not earn the Cheeseburger Islandstyle Invitational event title, thus not claiming the $5,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus. The bonus will increase to $10,000 for the next event.
Ford Super Duty Challenge:
As the Cheeseburger Islandstyle 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:
Tyler Smith (Fruita, Colo.) 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:
Cat Daddy owned by Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ dominated the Cheeseburger Islandstyle Invitational with a bull score of 46 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:
Harve Stewart (Stephenville, Texas) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped Mud Flap owned by Gene Owens’ Bucking Bulls’ for 90 points during the first round of the Cheeseburger Islandstyle Invitational. 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 1,086.25 BFTS points.
CHEESEBURGER ISLANDSTYLE INVITATIONAL ROUND ONE RESULTS: 1) Harve Stewart (Stephenville, Texas) 90 points aboard Gene Owen Bucking Bulls’ Mud Flap, $2,730; 2) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, BZ) 89 points aboard Boyd/Floyd/Paradise Farms’ Missfire, $1,950; 3) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 87.75 points aboard Rafter 7R Bucking Bulls’ Blaze, $1,170; 4) Tyler Smith (Fruita, Colo.) 87.5 points aboard Double R Bucking Bulls’ Medicine Man, $780; 5) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, BZ) 87 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Busta Move, $468.
CHEESEBURGER ISLANDSTYLE INVITATIONAL ROUND TWO RESULTS: 1) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) 87 points on Herbert Bucking Bulls’ Semi-Automatic, $2,730; 2) Tyler Smith (Fruita, Colo.) 86.75 points on Salt River Rodeo’s Runnin’ Round, $1,950; 3) Colby Yates (Fort Worth, Texas) 86.5 points on Page and Teague Bucking Bulls’ Crossfire Hurricane, $1,170; 4/5) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 83.25 points on Boyd/Floyd/Paradise Farms’ Jeopardy, $624; 4/5) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 83.25 points on Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Scary Deal, $624.
BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND RESULTS: 1) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 89.25 points on Double R Bucking Bulls’ Cadillac Man, $2,730; 2) Harve Stewart (Stephenville, Texas) 88.25 points on Herbert/Fournier Bucking Bulls’ Cajun King, $1,950, 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, BZ) 88 points on Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Blizzard, $1,170, 4) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 86.5 points on Flying U/Moreno Bucking Bulls’ Werewolf Snuff, $780.
OVERALL EVENT RESULTS: 1) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) 262.5 points, $31,587; 2) Harve Stewart (Stephenville, Texas) 178.25 points, $18,973; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, BZ) 175 points, $10,431; 4/5) Tyler Smith (Fruita, Colo.) 174.25 points, $10,127; 4/5) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 174.25 points, $7,118.
BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 9,426.75 points; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 8,140.5 points, 3) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 5,920 points, 4) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 5,568.75 points; 5) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 4,891 points; 6) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 4,625.25 points, 7) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Sao Paulo, BZ) 4,590 points; 8 ) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 4.311.75 points, 9) Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) 4,300.25 points, 10) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 4,113 points.