The race for the PBR World Championship is heating up!

Photo: Andy Watson

Guilherme Marchi takes home his second consecutive event win with this 91.5 point ride during the championship round of the Reno

RENO, Nev. (September 9, 2007) – The Reno Classic presented by Silver Legacy and Eldorado Hotel and Casino, part of the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS), lit up the Northern Nevada skies this weekend. Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) claimed his second consecutive 2007 BFTS event victory and $51,951 in PBR bucks. Marchi has earned $224,969 in season earnings thus far this season.

“I feel very good,” said Marchi. “I am very happy to have my second win of the season. I’m healthy and focused on winning the (PBR) world title this year. God will know if I am supposed to win it this year. He is the one who gives me strength.”

Marchi was the only man in the field of 45 men to ride all four of his bulls for the required eight seconds for the second weekend in a row. His total score of 341.25 points secured the event victory for the Brazilian sensation. In the first round, Marchi scored 82.5 points on John and Lacey Berger’s Chug-A-Lug. On Saturday night in the second round he marked 80.75 points on Steve Holbrock’s SH-314. Marchi’s third round score of 86.5 points on Charmed I’m Sure of Diamond G Rodeos, Inc. was enough to secure the top spot going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.

The crowd was electrified during the Championship Round as six of 15 cowboys received scores; four were 90 points or better. ‘Mighty’ Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) was the first to break the 90 point barrier when he rode Flying U/Moreno Bucking Bulls’ Big Mike for 91 points. Nebraska cowboy, Dustin Elliott (Chadron) made an impression in his first career BFTS event when he rode Berger/Low/Rosen’s Palace Station Deuces Wild for 90.25 points. The third man to awe the fans was Luke Snyder (Raymore, Mo.) when he rode Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s infamous bull Evil Forces for 90.75 points. However, it was Marchi who showed complete focus when he dominated Chad Berger/Ryken/Rosen’s bull Cooper for 91.5 points – the highest marked ride of the event.

“I didn’t know anything about the bull prior to getting on it,” said Marchi. “I just concentrated and was very focused.”

Marchi continues to close in on the top two contenders for the PBR World Championship. Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) continues to lead the standings with 10,026.75 points despite being out of competition with a dislocated shoulder sustained in Chihuahua, Mexico. The young gun, J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) maintained his position as the number two cowboy in the world, but Marchi is stealthily gaining ground on both. He now trails McBride by 2,397.75 points with five events left before the 2007 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals. Marchi is becoming a force to be reckoned with in his quest for his first PBR World Championship.

Luke Snyder wrapped up second place in the event with a total score of 263 points and earned $19,235 for his efforts. Snyder’s season is heating up just as he is on track to tie J.W. Hart’s (Overbrook, Okla.) record of 197 consecutive events competed in next weekend in Greensboro, N.C. and break the record the following weekend in Uncasville, Conn.

“I know I’ll be going to Las Vegas now,” said Snyder. “It’s been a little rough for a while now but if you keep plugging away riding bulls eventually it’s going to click.”

The most surprising finish of the weekend was newcomer Dustin Elliott’s third place result. In his debut BFTS event, Elliott rode to a score of 260 points on four bulls and earned $9,345 in PBR bucks to add to his season earnings of $40,371. If this momentum continues, Elliott may find himself at the PBR’s 2007 Built Ford Tough World Finals presented by Wrangler October 26- November 4 in Las Vegas.

Non-stop PBR action continues on September 14-15 with the U.S. Army Invitational in Greensboro, N.C. With only five events remaining before the PBR’s 2007 Built Ford Tough World Finals presented by Wrangler, fans don’t want to miss even one second of the heart-pounding action. VERSUS will air the U.S. Army Invitational on Saturday, September 15 at 9 p.m. ET and FOX will air the conclusion of the event on Sunday, September 16 at 4:30 p.m. ET. This is the first of three events FOX will air this season. The other two FOX broadcasts will be the Mohegan Sun Invitational on Sunday, September 30th and the Rocky Boots Invitational on Sunday October 14th. Be sure to check your local listings for TV times.

INJURY REPORT:

Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.)-Canter sustained a possible fracture to his left wrist (riding hand). X-rays are scheduled for this week. He is questionable for Greensboro.

Brendon Clark (Morpeth, NSW, Australia)-Clark sustained a bruised right leg on Saturday. He is competing.

Ned Cross (Midland, Ore.)-Cross suffered a neck injury on Saturday. He is competing.

Brian Herman (Victoria, Texas)-Herman suffered a concussion without loss of consciousness on Friday. He is competing.

Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.)-Shivers suffered a concussion without loss of consciousness and a mild right shoulder (free arm) separation on Friday. He is competing.

McKennon Wimberly (Cool, Texas)-Wimberly suffered torn ligaments in his right elbow (free arm). He is competing.

BEHIND THE CHUTES:

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

As the winner of the Chihuahua, Mexico, BFTS event, Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money in Reno. Marchi rode John and Lacey Berger’s Chug-A-Lug in the first round to claim $5,000. In the second round competition, Marchi rode SH-314 owned by Steve Holbrock to claim $5,000. Marchi was successful again in the third round when he rode Diamond G Rodeos, Inc.’s Charmed I’m Sure to claim that round’s $5,000 bonus for a total of $15,000 for the weekend in Enterprise’s bonus monies. As the Reno Classic event winner Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) will be eligible for the bonus at the U.S. Army Invitational held on September 14 and 15 in Greensboro, N.C.

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:

Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and claimed the Reno Classic presented by Silver Legacy and Eldorado Hotel and Casino event title; therefore claiming the $5,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus. The bonus will return to $5,000 for the U.S. Army Invitational. The bonus grows by $5,000 each week if it is not claimed. Once claimed, it returns to $5,000.

Ford Super Duty Challenge:

As the Reno Classic presented by Silver Legacy and Eldorado Hotel and Casino event winner Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 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 2008 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:

Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 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:

Chad Berger/Ryken/Larson’s Copperhead Slinger was the high marked bull of the event with a score of 45 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:

Guilherme March (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped Chad Berger/Ryken/Rosen’s Cooper for 91.5 points during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round of the Reno Classic presented by Silver Legacy and Eldorado Hotel and Casino. 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.

Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) took the lead for the Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride bonus of $25,000 with his 93.25 point performance in Tulsa.

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 1,244.5 BFTS points.

Reno Classic presented by Silver Legacy and Eldorado Hotel and Casino Results:

FIRST ROUND: 1) Tater Porter (Kenansville, Fla.) 87.5 points on Naccarato Bucking Bulls’ Lightning Strike, $7,000; 2) Luke Snyder (Raymore, Mo.) 86.75 points on Flying U/Moreno Bucking Bulls’ Jack and Water; 3) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 86.25 points on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Texas; 4) Renato Nunes (Buritama, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 85.75 on Kaycee Simpson’s Chuck, $2,000; 5) Clayton Foltyn (El Campo, Texas) 85.5 points on Flying U/Moreno Bucking Bulls’ Soda Water, $1,200.

SECOND ROUND: 1) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 89.5 points on 4C’s/Sills/Mosley/Radke’s Little Bo, $2,730; 2) Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) 88.25 points on Chad Berger Bucking Bulls’ Frank the Tank, $1,950; 3) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 88 points on Pinz Rodeo Co.’s Hot Pistol, $1,170; 4) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 87.75 points on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Chicken Creek, $780; 5) Allan Moraes (Brazil) 87.25 points on Diamond G Rodeos, Inc.’s Big Red Truck, $468.

THIRD ROUND: 1) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 88.5 points on Ryan McClure’s Hypnotic, $2,730; 2/3) Mark Lopes (Pioneer, Calif.) 88 points on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Texas, $1,560; 2/3) Beau Hill (West Glacier, Mont.) 88 points on Diamond G Rodeo’s Whirlygig, $1,560; 4/5) Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) 87.75 on Priest Creek Ranch’s 3 Spot, $624; 4/5) Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) 87.75 on 4C’s Bucking Bulls’ Total Darkness, $624.

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 91.5 points on Chad Berger/Ryken/Rosen’s Cooper, $2,730; 2) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 91 points on Flying U/Moreno Bucking Bulls’ Big Mike, $1,950; 3) Luke Snyder (Raymore, Mo.) 90.75 points on Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s Evil Forces, $1,170; 4) Dustin Elliott (Chadron, Neb.) 90.25 points on Berger/Low/Rosen’s Palace Station Deuces Wild, $780; 5) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goinania, Brazil) 89.5 points on Berger/Ryken/Rosen’s Sir Patrick, $468.

OVERALL RESULTS: 1) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 341.25 points, $51,951; 2) Luke Snyder (Raymore, Mo.) 263 points, $19,235; 3) Dustin Elliott, (Chadron, Neb.) 260 points, $9,345; 4) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 259.25 points, $6,557; 5) Valdiron de Oliveir (Aparecida de Goinania, Brazil) 254.5 points, $4,883.

BUILT FORD TOUGH WORLD STANDINGS: (The PBR World Champion is determined based on total points earned through the season)
1) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 10,026.75 points, $428,213; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 8,782.25 points, $433,080; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 7,629 points, $224,969; 4) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 6,134 points, $144,963; 5) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 5,539.5 points, $152,970; 6) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 5,284.5 points, $88,608; 7) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 5,177.25 points, $98,110; 8 ) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 5,055.75 points, $246,544; 9) Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) 5,053 points, $128,084; 10) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 4,895 points, $134,831.

 
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