Enterprise Rent-A-Car Invitational dazzles fans in the Midwest

Photo: Andy Watson

Renato Nunes rides Chicken On A Chain for 95.75 points and the event win during the championship round of the St. Louis PBR.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (February 24, 2008) – The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Invitational excited bull riding fans this weekend when the ninth stop of the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) stopped at the Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis, Mo. The toughest cowboys in the world pulled out all the stops to offer the Midwest the ultimate bull riding experience with exhilarating rides and harrowing wrecks. When the dust settled in the arena it was Brazilian sensation, Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, BZ) who walked away with the event championship with 359.5 total points and $31,180 in PBR bucks.

“I am in the United States to win money,” said Nunes following the event. “It’s an honor to win an event with this much money to take home to Brazil.”

Nunes was one of only three men to ride all four bulls this weekend during the St. Louis event. He dazzled the crowd on Sunday afternoon during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round when he scored 95.75 points aboard Robinson/Tedesco/Larry the Cable Guy’s Chicken on a Chain. The ride was the high marked ride of the weekend and is also the highest marked ride of the season to date. The ride clinched the event championship for Nunes.

“I picked the best bull in the world today,” said Nunes. “He’s a good bull. I always pick a big bull for a big score. This is the best prize in the world.” At three-day BFTS events the bull riders personally select their bulls for the second round and the Built Ford Tough Championship round.

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Invitational event victory marks Nunes’ second career win since coming the United States to compete in the PBR; his first win was in Tacoma, Wash. in 2007. In the four years he has competed professionally, Nunes has picked up $306,938.67 in PBR bucks. Through nine events in the 2008 BFTS season he maintains a remarkable 64% riding percentage.

Nunes was joined on the winner’s podium with two fellow Brazilian cowboys. Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) claimed second place in the event when he scored 357.5 points on four bulls. Palermo added $17,556 to his PBR earnings. Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) held down third place with 354.75 points and added $14,958 to his pocketbook.

Have the Brazilians become the dominant force in the sport of professional bull riding? The statistics speak for themselves. The Brazilian contingent of bull riders has taken a bite out of the early part of the 2008 BFTS season by claiming one-third of the event championships-Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO) captured the title in the New York City, Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, SP) won in Anaheim, Calif. and Nunes won this weekend. They consistently capture a few spots in the top10 finishes weekly, and six of the top 20 men in the chase for the 2008 PBR World Championship hail from Brazil, all maintaining an impressive 50% plus riding percentage.

Although Nunes claimed the event title, it was Zack Brown (Santa Fe, Texas) who dominated the spotlight during the first three rounds of the event. He claimed the first round victory on Friday night with 90.25 points aboard John & Lacey Berger/Andy Hawkes’ Road Daddy. On Saturday evening, he once again claimed the round victory with 90.25 points aboard Berger Bucking Bulls’ Bad Medicine. In round three, he rode John & Lacey Berger’s North Dakota Kid for 88 points. Brown earned $10,000 in Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money during the three day event. When he was bucked off of #10 Bucking Bulls’ Cat Man Do the Brazilian contingent took over for a clean sweep of the event. Brown finished the event in fourth place with 268.5 points and $25,468.

The grueling week-in and week-out schedule of the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler continues to 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.

The next stop is the Baltimore Invitational March 1 and 2 from the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Md. The Baltimore Invitational will air on VERSUS at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2. For information on upcoming tour dates, ticket information and complete broadcast times, please visit www.pbrnow.com.

Injury Report:
Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, SP, BZ) sustained a sprained neck during the second round of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Invitational. He is questionable to compete in Baltimore.

BEHIND THE CHUTES:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus:
As the winner of the third round of the Anaheim Invitational in Anaheim Calif., J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus on Friday night in St. Louis. Mauney was successful against Robinson/Larry the Cable Guy’s Atta Boy, winning the bonus money.

Zach Brown (Santa Fe, Texas) claimed the round victory in the first round on Friday night at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Invitational and the right to compete for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus on Saturday night. Brown was successful against Berger Bucking Bulls’ Bad Medicine, thus claiming the $5,000 bonus.

Brown also captured the second round and was eligible to compete on Sunday for the bonus. He was successful against John & Lacey Berger’s North Dakota Kid, claiming another $5,000 bonus.

By winning the third round of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Invitational in St. Louis, Tyler Pankewitz (Warburg, AB, Canada) will be eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money next weekend during the first round of the Baltimore Invitational.

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
Zack Brown (Santa Fe, Texas) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round but did not win the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Invitational event title; therefore he did not receive the $15,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus. The bonus will be $20,000 next weekend in Baltimore, Md. 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 Enterprise Rent-A-Car Invitational event winner, Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, BZ) 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:
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:
Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, BZ) recorded the highest-marked ride of the event when he topped Robinson/Tedesco/Larry the Cable Guy’s Chicken on a Chain for 95.75 points during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car 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.

Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, BZ) took over the lead for the Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride with his ride during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Invitational with a 95.75 point ride aboard Robinson/Tedesco/Larry the Cable Guy’s Chicken on a Chain.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Invitational Results

ROUND ONE:
1) Zack Brown (Santa Fe, Texas) 90.25 points on John & Lacey Berger/Andy Hawkes’ Road Daddy, $7,000; 2) Dustin Elliott (North Platte, Neb.) 89.5 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Sunshine, $5,000; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 88.25 points on David Day’s T-Money, $3,000; 4/5) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 87.5 points on Robison/Larry the Cable Guy’s Cold Play, $1,600; 4/5) Josh Koschel (Loveland, Colo.) 87.5 points on Hebert Bucking Bulls’ Blaze, $1,600.

ROUND TWO:
1) Zack Brown (Santa Fe, Texas) 90.25 points on Berger Bucking Bulls’ Bad Medicine, $2,370; 2/4) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 90 points on Page & Buck’s Savage Shaker, $1,300; 2/4) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) 90 points on D&H Cattle Co./Junk Bull Co.’s Grey Dog, $1,300; 2/4) Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, BZ) 90 points on Berger Bucking Bulls’ McClintock, $1,300; 5) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 89.25 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Speck Jet.

ROUND THREE:
1) Tyler Pankewitz (Warburg, AB, Canada) 89.5 points on Berger Bucking Bulls’ Bad Medicine, $2,730; 2/3) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 88.75 points on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Live Wire, $1,560; 2/3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 88.75 points on Roy Carter Bucking Bulls’ Eddie Munster, $1,560; 4) Austin Meier (Kinta, Okla.) 88.5 points on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Fully Loaded.

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND:
1) Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, BZ) 95.75 points on Robinson/Tedesco/Larry the Cable Guy’s Chicken on a Chain, $2,730; 2) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) 92.75 points on Frontier/Teague/Ron White’s Nervous Waters, $1,950; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 90 points on C&G Rodeo Livestock, LLC’s Spit Fire, $1,170.

OVERALL EVENT RESULTS:
1) Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, BZ) 359.5 points, $31,180; 2) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) 357.5 points, $17,556; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 354.75 points, $14,958; 4) Zack Brown (Santa Fe, Texas) 268.5 points, $25,468; 5) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 260 points, $4,350.

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.) 3,698.5 points, $212,396.17; 2) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 3,537 points, $42,697; 3) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 3,363.75 points, $73,287.20; 4) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, SP, BZ) 3,266.5 points, $86,036.21; 5) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) 3,099.25 points, $120,940; 6) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 2,754.25 points, $44,896.48; 7) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 2,659.5 points, $62,326.67; 8 ) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 2,635.5 points, $55,893.05; 9) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 2,552.25 points, $76,966.77; 10) Nick Landrenau (Sulphur, La.) 2,411.75 points, $63,541.95.

 
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