The race for the 2007 PBR World Championship intensifies

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 16, 2007) – The U.S. Army Invitational, part of the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS), blew away bull riding fans at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. this weekend. 2005 PBR World Champion and current BFTS points leader, Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) claimed his eighth victory of the 2007 BFTS season, which breaks the current PBR record of seven set earlier this season by McBride for the most event wins in a single season. Furthermore, McBride increased his lead in the chase for the 2007 PBR World Championship. McBride finished the event with 259 points and claimed $28,100 in PBR bucks. Fans can catch all of the excitement on FOX at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 16

“It feels super to attain my goal after having to go home and work really hard for something,” said McBride. “After I dislocated my shoulder in (Chihuahua) Mexico I had to go home and work to get my strength back. It’s a great feeling to know that I was successful.” McBride sustained a dislocated shoulder during the first round of the Chihuahua, Mexico event and was able to finish competing at that event. He also missed the Reno Classic on September 7-9.

McBride has experienced a remarkable season to date. With this victory, he’s broken his own record set earlier this season of the most event wins in a single season; he’s become the PBR’s all-time leading money earner with $3,524,318.932 in career earnings; and he’s also broken the record for regular season winnings with $456,313 to date. Since his first win in Sacramento, Calif. in January, McBride has dominated the chase for the 2007 PBR World Championship. He’s on tap to be only the third man to claim the PBR World Championship twice in a career.

“It’s been a great ride (this season),” said McBride. “I’m ready for the (PBR World) Finals this year but I also know there’s a lot of points still left in the season. I just try to ride every bull they run under me and don’t worry about the outcome. It’s great to have been so successful this year but I certainly don’t take any of it for granted.”

Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) jumped out with the early lead in the event with a 90 point ride aboard Wintwister owned by Page & Teague Bucking Bulls on Friday night. McBride covered Baby Betta owned by Tony Sharp for 83.75 points in this preliminary round.

During second round competition, it was Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) who dominated the competition with a 90.75 point ride aboard Frontier/Teague Bucking Bulls’ Here’s Your Sign. McBride finished in the top five of the round with a fourth place finish on Jeff Robinson’s Angel Eyes for 86.5 points.

Crimber led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round but was bucked off of Frontier/Teague/Steiner’s Just A Dream. Crimber suffered a concussion and laceration to his lip during the buck off. Renato Nunes (Buritama, Sao Paulo, Brazil) and L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) tied for first and second in the Championship Round with 89.75 point rides. Nunes covered Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Shanghai and Jenkins rode Versus Blackout owned by Page & Buck. However, McBride’s 88.75 ride aboard Okeechobee Spots owned by Diamond S Bucking Bulls was enough to help him claim the event title.

McBride now leads his closest contender, 2006 Daisy Rookie of the Year, J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) by 1,781.25 points in the chase for the season ending crown. With only four events left in the 2007 BFTS season, McBride hopes to continue to dominate the field of competitors. The PBR’s 2007 Built Ford Tough World Finals presented by Wrangler will be held in Las Vegas from October 26 through November 4.

Fans won’t want to miss the first of three FOX broadcasts of the season when the U.S. Army Invitational airs on the network on Sunday, September 16 at 4:30 p.m. ET. Check your local listings for event times in your area. The next two FOX broadcasts will be the Mohegan Sun Invitational on Sunday, September 30th and the Rocky Boots Invitational on Sunday October 14th.

Non-stop PBR action continues on September 21 and 22 with the Johnsonville Brats Invitational from Grand Rapids, Mich. With only four 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 Johnsonville Brats Invitational on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23 at 9 p.m. ET.

INJURY REPORT:

Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.)–Briscoe sustained a pulled groin. He is questionable for Grand Rapids.

Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.)—Canter did not compete due to a broken bone in his left wrist (riding arm) sustained in Reno. He is out of competition.

Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil)—Crimber sustained a concussion and laceration to his lip. He is doubtful for Grand Rapids.

Brian Herman (Victoria, Texas)—Herman sustained a laceration to his right cheek. Competing.

J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.)—Mauney re-injured a right knee sprain. Competing.

Greg Potter (Queensland, Australia)—Potter sustained a sprained neck. X-rays are scheduled for next week. He is questionable for Grand Rapids.

Steven Shelley (Natural Dam, Ark.)—Shelley did not compete due to a hip pointer and bruised hip. He remains out of competition.

BEHIND THE CHUTES:

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

As the winner of the Reno, Nev., BFTS event, Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money in Greensboro. Marchi rode Jerome Davis Bucking Bulls’ Preacher Joe in the first round to claim $5,000. In second round competition, Marchi was unsuccessful against Heat Flash owned by Sharp/Zaunbrecher thus the stock contractor claimed the $5,000 bonus. As the U.S. Army Invitational event winner, Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) will be eligible for the bonus at the Johnsonville Brats Invitational held on September 21 and 22 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:

Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and did not claim the U.S. Army Invitational event title; therefore he did not claim the $5,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus. The bonus will grow to $10,000 for the Johnsonville Brats 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 U.S. Army Invitational 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 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:

Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, 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:

Robinson/Tedesco/Larry the Cable Guy’s Chicken on a Chain was the high marked bull of the event with a score of 46.5 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, Brazil) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped Frontier/Teague Bucking Bulls’ Here’s Your Sign for 90.75 points during the second round of the U.S. Army 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.

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 1,781.25 BFTS points.

U.S. Army Invitational Results:

FIRST ROUND: 1) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 90 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Wintwister, $2,730; 2) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 88 points on Jeff Robinson’s Big Scary, $1,950; 3) Beau Hill (West Glacier, Mont.) 87.5 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Sunshine, $1,170; 4) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 87.25 points on Billy Jones/Alan Murphy’s Buckshot, $780; 5) Clayton Williams (Carthage, Texas) 87 points on Billy Jones/Alan Murphy’s Smokin Joe, $468.

SECOND ROUND: 1) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 90.75 points on Frontier/Teague Bucking Bulls’ Here’s Your Sign, $2,730; 2) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paula, Brazil) 87.25 points on Frontier Rodeo Company’s Lynch Mob, $1,950; 3) Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) 86.75 points on Tommy Shrader/Anchor Bull Company’s Dog Dip, $1,170; 4) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 86.5 points on Jeff Robinson’s Angel Eyes, $780; 5) Colby Yates (Fort Worth, Texas) 86.25 points on Tony Sharp’s Sleepy, $468.

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1/2) Renato Nunes (Buritama, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 89.75 points on Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Shanghai, $2,340; 1/2) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 89.75 points on Page & Buck’s Versus Blackout, $2,340; 3) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 88.75 points, $1,170.

OVERALL EVENT: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 259 points, $28,100; 2) Renato Nunes (Buritama, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 256 points, $15,990; 3) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 251.5 points, $11,802; 4) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 178.75 points, $13,580; 5) Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) 172.75 points, $5,793.

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.) 10,735.75 points, $456,312.65; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 8,954.5 points, $435,07528; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 7,711.75 points, $229,968.52; 4) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 6,203.75 points, $144,963.47; 5) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 5,863.25 points, $102,187.75; 6) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 5,539.5 points, $152,969.66; 7) Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) 5,530.75 points, $133,876.57; 8 ) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 5,177.25 points, $98,110; 9) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 5,087.25 points, $137,996.40; 10) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 5,055.75 points, $246,543.95.

 
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