Photo: Andy Watson

Travis Briscoe rides Three Spot on his way to win the $105,000 first place check during the Fresno PBR.

FRESNO, Calif. (January 19, 2008) – Stop number four on the Professional Bull Rider’s (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) treated a sell-out crowd at Fresno, Calif.’s Save Mart Center to a history breaking evening when Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) claimed the first ever winner take-all format event. In claiming the Table Mountain Casino Invitational event title, Briscoe earned his third career BFTS victory, back to back event titles, and added $105,000 to his PBR career earnings.

“It’s pretty awesome to win $105,000 in one night,” said Briscoe following the win. “My first [BFTS] event win was here in 2006 but I missed the event in 2007. I’m happy I could come back and win Fresno this year. This is definitely my favorite [BFTS] event!”

Briscoe scored 87.75 points in the first round of the Table Mountain Casino Invitational aboard Homestead Genetics’ Jack Rabbit. The score was enough for fifth place going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. He trailed round winner Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas), by three points; Bennett covered Tim Hopkins’ Rudolph for 90.75 points. By virtue of the round win, Bennett will be eligible to ride for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” Bonus in Sacramento on Saturday night.

Ironically, Briscoe suffered a strained groin earlier in the week during a Copenhagen Bull Riding Challenger Tour event in Denver, Colo. and was questionable to compete in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.

“I got on a really great bull in the first round [in Fresno] but felt I strained my groin again during the ride,” said Briscoe. “But after I looked at the draw [for the Built Ford Tough Championship Round] I knew I didn’t have a choice but to get on another great bull.”

The decision was definitely a lucrative one as Briscoe scored 89.5 points aboard Priest Creek Ranch’s 3 Spot in the final round. Although six men made qualified rides during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, Briscoe was able to hold on for the event victory with 177.25 points on two bulls.

With back to back wins (Fresno and last weekend in Worcester, Mass.), Briscoe has quickly amassed $145,683.67 in season earnings. Impressively he has ridden 11 of the 12 bulls he has faced to date on the elite BFTS tour. He also maintains the top spot in the race for the 2008 PBR World Championship by more than 587 points over Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.).

“I have to praise God,” finished Briscoe. “I couldn’t do it without Him.”

Three-time PBR World Champion, Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, SP, BZ) made the most of his final appearance in Fresno, Calif. by claiming second place in the event with 175.5 total points. Earlier this month in New York City, Moraes announced his plan to retire at the conclusion of the 2008 BFTS season. Greg Potter (Queensland, AU) held down third place in the event with 175 points on two bulls.

Don’t miss the heart pounding action on NBC tomorrow, Saturday, January 19. Local times will vary so please check your local listings for complete broadcast information.

Stop no. 5 on the elite BFTS circuit will kick off Saturday night from ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. with the Sacramento Classic. The event will air LIVE on VERSUS at 9 p.m. ET Saturday, January 19 and on Sunday, January 20 at 9 p.m. ET. Please check your local listings for additional television information.

The grueling week-in and week-out schedule of the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler will thrill a different city every weekend from now through May 3rd. All of the breathtaking rides and daunting wrecks will air on VERSUS each Saturday and Sunday evening. Be sure to check www.pbrnow.com for upcoming cities, ticket information and complete broadcast times.

Injury Report:
Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) sustained a sprained groin earlier in the week at a lower level event in Denver, Colo. He re-injured the groin during the first round of competition and is questionable for Sacramento.

Beau Hill (West Glacier, Mont.) sustained a concussion without loss of consciousness. He is competing.

Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, BZ) sustained a lacerated chin and possible broken jaw. He is questionable for Sacramento.

Tyler Smith (Fruita, Colo.) sustained a concussion without loss of consciousness. He is competing.

Luke Snyder (Raymore, Mo.) sustained a concussion without loss of consciousness. He is competing.

Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) sustained a strained left shoulder (free arm). He is competing.

Clayton Williams (Carthage, Texas) did not compete in Fresno due to an injury sustained at an Enterprise Rent-A-Car Tour event in Pueblo, Colo.

Colby Yates (Fort Worth, Texas) sustained a sprained pelvis. He is competing.

BEHIND THE CHUTES:
Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus:
As the winner of the third round of the Worcester Classic last weekend, Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money on Friday night in Fresno. Lostroh made a qualified ride aboard Sis & Stan’s Bucking Bulls’ Mr. Universe, claiming the $5,000 bonus. As the Table Mountain Casino Invitational first round winner, Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) is eligible to compete for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money on Saturday at the Sacramento Classic.

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round but did not win the Table Mountain Casino Invitational event title; therefore he did not claim the $20,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus. The bonus will grow to $25,000 at the Sacramento Classic in Sacramento, Calif. 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 Table Mountain Casino Invitational event winner, Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) has qualified for a chance to compete at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, against all other 2008 Built Ford Tough Series event winners, for $50,000 toward the purchase of a 2009 Ford Super Duty Truck. The Ford Super Duty Challenge contestant who finishes the highest in the event aggregate during the 2008 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals will win the Ford Super Duty Challenge.

Salem NationaLease Bull of the Event:
Rez Boy owned by Corey & Horst Rodeo Co. Inc. 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:
Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped Tim Hopkins’ Rudolph for 90.75 points during the first round of the Table Mountain Casino Invitational. In doing so, he earned a $1,000 bonus.

The rider who achieves the highest score at each BFTS regular season event, excluding the PBR World Finals receives a bonus of $1,000 for the accomplishment. The PBR athlete who achieves the highest marked qualifying ride during the entire 2008 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 2008 PBR BFTS World Finals will earn an additional $10,000.

Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) has the highest marked ride of the season thus far with a 95 point ride aboard Chad Berger/Ryken/Larson’s Copperhead Slinger during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round of the Worcester, Mass. BFTS event.

Table Mountain Casino Invitational Event Results:

ROUND ONE: 1) Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) 90.75 points on Tim Hopkins’ Rudolph; 2) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 89 points on Homestead Genetics’ Wow; 3) Reese Cates (Carthage, Texas) 88.5 points on Kaycee Simpson’s Blue Moon; 4) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 88 points on Humpz and Hornz’s Slim Slam; 5) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 87.75 points on Homestead Genetics’ Jack Rabbit.

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 88.5 points on Priest Creek Ranch’s 3 Spot; 2/3) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, SP, BZ) 89.25 points on Kaycee Simpson’s Tighty Whitey; 2/3) Greg Potter (Queensland, AU) 89.25 points on Homestead Genetics’ Rowdy You Hou; 4) Dustin Elliott (North Platte, Neb.) 87.5 points on Flying U/Moreno Bucking Bulls’ High Water; 5) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 85.5 points on Corey & Horst/The Western Group’s Rocket.

OVERALL EVENT: 1) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 177.25 points, $105,000; 2) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, SP, BZ) 175.5 points, 3) Greg Potter (Queensland, AU) 175 points, 4) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 173 points, $5,000; 5) Dustin Elliott (North Platte, Neb.) 172.5 points.

BUILT FORD TOUGH WORLD STANDINGS:
(The PBR World Champion is based on total Built Ford Tough Series points earned through the season)
1) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 2,405.75 points, $145,683.67; 2) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 1,818.25 points, $25,424.20; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 1,807.75 points, $24,666; 4) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 1,636.5 points, $39,246.48; 5) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, BZ) 1,476.5 points, $32,076; 6) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 1,463.25 points, $9,224.25; 7) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 1,282.5 points, $17,934; 8 ) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 1,270.5 points, $20,548; 9) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, SP, BZ) 1,247.5 points, $11,375; 10) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, SP, BZ) 1,155.5 points, $19.054.71.


 
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