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New Mexico cowboy claims victory in front of home state crowd

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (March 30, 2008) – The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) returned to Albuquerque, N.M. for three action-packed performances of the Sandia Resort & Casino presents the Ty Murray Invitational brought to you locally by Big Tex Trailers. Home state cowboy, L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) brought the crowd to its feet with his first event victory of the 2008 season. He scored a total of 358 points to ice the victory over the world’s number one bull rider, Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) who finished in second place.

“I’ve never done very good here [in Albuquerque],” said Jenkins. “It’s a great feeling to win in my home state. Winning the 2006 PBR World Finals doesn’t even compare to how I feel right now. It’s awesome to win an event with all my family and friends here to support me.”

During the first round of competition on Friday, Jenkins proved he was determined to turn things around after being bucked off all three bulls he attempted in Portland, Ore. and Tacoma, Wash. two weeks ago. He scored 89.75 points aboard Mendell/Lane/Downard’s Chester to claim victory in the first round. Being the first man to select his bull in the draft round on Saturday proved profitable again for Jenkins when he scored 90 points aboard Page & Buck’s Savage Shaker. Although he only placed fourth in the round he remained on top of the leader board going into Sunday’s competition. In the third round, Jenkins faced Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Rock Star and conquered the beast with a score of 88 points.

At the beginning of the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, Jenkins remained in the driver’s seat but only by 3.75 points over Marchi. Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) was the first man to make a qualified ride and dazzled fans when he topped C&G Rodeo Livestock, LLC’s Spit Fire for an impressive 92 points. It was then two-time PBR World Champion, Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) who took over the event lead with a 90.25 point ride aboard Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Hot Stuff. With only two men left to ride, Marchi scored 72.5 points aboard Brandon Gasper Bucking Bulls’ The Game and was given the opportunity of a reride but declined. When Jenkins nodded his head for D&H Cattle Co./Junk Bull Co.’s Bonafide the event was his to win. As the dust settled the judges awarded Jenkins 90 points and he earned the event victory by more than 20 points over Marchi.

“The bulls were great this weekend,” said Jenkins. “I drew great and got to pick first in both draft rounds. Both bulls I choose (Savage Shaker and Bonafide) are bulls that I had ridden in the past and knew I could score at least 90 points on.”

With the event win, Jenkins pocketed $44,872.50 for his weekend’s performance and increased his career earnings to more than $750,000. He moved from number 11 in the race for the 2008 PBR World Championship to number seven. The win marks the third career victory for Jenkins in just three years of competing professionally.

Marchi continued to increase his lead in the BFTS World Standings over Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) to 2,194 points. He has increased his riding percentage to an astounding 85 percent.  So far this season he has recorded seven 90-point rides, has two event wins and eight top five finishes to his credit.

The PBR Bull Team Challenge was another very close race in Albuquerque. Twenty-two teams have been formed, each providing $50,000 for the opportunity to win their share of the $1.1 million total competition purse available throughout the 2008 season. The team known as Lone Star Bulls scored 223.75 points to earn $20,000, while D&H/Enlow/Gilbert scored 223 points and earned $10,000.

For more information and the official rules on the PBR’s new Bull Team Challenge, please visit http://www.pbrnow.com/competition/BullTeams.

As the 2008 BFTS season nears the mid-point in the year, the world’s toughest cowboys and rankest bulls will take over Nampa, Idaho for the Nampa Invitational April 3-5. VERSUS airs PBR events every Saturday and Sunday evening. Be sure to check www.pbrnow.com for upcoming cities, ticket information and complete broadcast times.

Injury Report:
Shorty Gorham (Cotulla, Texas) suffered a cracked vertebrae. He is expected to be out for four weeks.

Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) suffered a possible fractured left tibia. X-rays are scheduled for Monday.

 

BEHIND THE CHUTES:

 

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus:
As the Tacoma Invitational second round winner, Colby Yates (Fort Worth, Texas) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus during Friday night’s first round of competition in Albuquerque. Yates
covered Allan Green—The Bull Company’s Ham Bone for 89 points to earn the $5,000 bonus.

 

By virtue of his round one win, L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus during Saturday’s second round of competition. Jenkins scored 90.25 points aboard Page & Buck’s Savage Shaker to claim the $5,000 bonus.

 

Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) and J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) tied for the win in the second round of the Ty Murray Invitational, but Shivers claimed the tie breaker and the opportunity to ride for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus on Sunday afternoon. Shivers was successful against C&G Rodeo Livestock, LLC’s Jack’s Pride and therefore claimed the $5,000 bonus.

 

As the Ty Murray Invitational third round winner, Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) will be eligible for the bonus during the first round of the Nampa Invitational in Nampa, Idaho, on April 3-5.

 

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M) was in the lead going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and did ultimately win the Ty Murray Invitational event title; therefore he claimed the $10,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus. The bonus will return to $5,000 for the Nampa Invitational on April 3-5. 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 Ty Murray Invitational event winner, L.J. Jenkins (Texico, 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:
Diamond S/ExclusiveGenetics.com’s Avalanche earned Bull of the Event honors with a score of 46 points in Albuquerque. This honor is acknowledged by an award of $1,250 going to the top bull of each event as determined by the PBR judges’ bull scores.

 

Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride:
Ross Coleman (Molalla, ore.) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped C&G Rodeo Livestock LLC’s Spit Fire for 92 points during the championship round of the Ty Murray 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 who 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 when he scored 95.75 points aboard Robinson/Tedesco/Larry the Cable Guy’s Chicken on a Chain.

 

Sandia Resort & Casino presents the Ty Murray Invitational brought to you locally by Big Tex Trailers Results

 

ROUND ONE:

1) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 89.75 points on Mendell/Lane/Downard’s Chester, $7,000; 2) Guilhereme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 89.5 points on The Jaynes Gang/Nelson & Teague’s Leprechaun, $5,000; 3/4) Colby Yates (Fort Worth, Texas) 89 points on Allan Green—The Bull Company’s Ham Bone, $2,500; 3/4) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 89 points on Rob Parker’s Beaver Cleaver, $2,500; 5/6) Agnaldo Cardoza (Uberaba, MS, BZ) 88.75 points on 4C’s/Sills/Barker’s Little Bo, $1,000; 5/6) Zack Brown (Santa Fe, Texas) 88.75 points on Simpson/Harper & Dennis’ Tighty Whitey, $1,000. 

ROUND TWO:
1/2) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 91.25 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Holy Moly, $2,340; 1/2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 91.25 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Hustler, $2,340; 3) Brendon Clark (Morpeth, NSW, AU) 90.5 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Commotion, $1,170; 4) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 90.25 points on Page & Buck’s Savage Shaker; 5) Dustin Elliott (North Platte, Neb.) 90 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo Co.’s Deputy Sheriff. 

ROUND THREE:

1) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 90.75 points on Page & Buck’s Savage Shaker, $2,730; 2/3) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 89.5 points on Martinez Bucking Bull, LLC’S Dark Side, $1,560; 2/3) Bryan Richardson (Dallas, Texas) 89.5 points on Frontier Rodeo Company’s Cat’s Meow, $1,560; 4) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 89 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Big Rig; 5) Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) 88.75 points on Frontier Rodeo Company’s Calico Cat.

 

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND:

1) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 92 points on C&G Rodeo Livestock, LLC’s Spit Fire, $2,730; 2) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 90.25 points on Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Hot Stuff, $1,950; 3) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 90 points on D&H Cattle Co./Junk Bull Co.’s Bonafide, $1,170; 4) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 72.5 points on Brandon Gasper Bucking Bulls’ The Game.

 

OVERALL EVENT:

1 ) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 358 points, $44,872.50; 2) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 338.25 points, $19,384.50; 3) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 269.5 points, $13,212.50; 4) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 268.75 points, $8,828.50; 5) Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, BZ) 264.25 points, $4,834.

 

BUILT FORD TOUGH WORLD STANDINGS: (The PBR World Champion is based on total Built Ford Tough Series points earned through the season)
1) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 6,729.5 points, $148,585; 2) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 4,535.5 points, $225,505; 3) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 4,513.5 points, $94,384; 4) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 4,356.75 points, $66,108; 5) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 4,296 points, $98,371; 6) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 4,069.25 points, $173,121; 7) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 3,952.5 points, $101,896; 8 ) Renato Nunes (Buritama, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 3,669.5 points, $56,976; 9) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 3,557.25 points, $77,135; 10) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 3,517.5 points, $51,056.

 

 
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PUEBLO, Colo. (March 26, 2008) – The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) excitedly announces today that they have joined forces with notorious comedian, Larry the Cable Guy to bring the Git-R-Done Invitational Hosted by Tater Porter, a part of the PBR’s elite Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler, to Orlando, Florida on June 6th and 7th.   For two nights, the Amway Center will feature the preeminent bull riding organization in the world, showcasing the top 45 bull riders and the top bovine athletes to ever buck into a dirt-filled arena.

Tickets for the Git-R-Done Invitational are on sale now at the Amway Center box office, at all Ticketmaster outlets, via ticketmaster.com or call 866 448 7849 to charge tickets by phone.

This is not the first time the two powerhouse organizations have teamed up.  Larry the Cable Guy is a fixture in PBR, lending his likeness to PBR merchandise, co-owning the 2007 PBR World Champion Bull Chicken on a Chain, personally sponsoring recently retired PBR bull rider Tater Porter (Kenansville, Florida), and now championing a PBR event.  He even sports PBR baseball caps during his live performances.

I am very excited to be a part of the Built Ford Tough Series event with the longest title in history.  It would have been the perfect event title if Tater Porter didn’t keep trying to attach himself to my name and everything I do with the PBR,” said Larry the Cable Guy.   “Actually, I’m looking forward to what will unquestionably be the event of the year.  Maybe I can get Tater to lose the cane and ride one more time.”

 

Spectacular May 10th Event – The 67th Annual – Is A Chance To Experience Horse Racing As It Was Meant To Be

A Grand Reprise of Tennessee’s Historic Central Role in U.S. Horse Racing

“Sports Image Times Highly Recommends this Great Event!

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2007 Iroquois Steeplechase-Photo by: Jeff Kluss

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 13, 2008 — Long before the first running of the Kentucky Derby, Tennessee – not Kentucky – was regarded as the center of horse breeding and racing in the United States. In keeping with Tennessee’s long and storied equine culture, the Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville remains one of the best horse races in the country – attracting top horses and the crème de la crème of Southern society.

Presented by Bank of America and benefiting Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Iroquois Steeplechase occurs the second Saturday of every May – the week after another popular horse race: the Kentucky Derby. The story of how Kentucky’s race became more well known than Tennessee’s is a long tale involving another popular Southern sport: politics. Worldwide popularity does have its consequences, however, and those seeking a pure, non-commercialized horse racing experience make it a point to be in Nashville’s Percy Warner Park, the site of the Iroquois, on race day. This year, the 67th running of the Iroquois Steeplechase will be May 10, 2008.

“If you want to see what horse racing was meant to be, and why Tennessee was the first center of America’s horse racing industry, come to the Iroquois,” said Henry Hooker, Iroquois Steeplechase Race Committee chairman. “If not for the nefarious wranglings of our state politicians at the turn of the 20th Century, the Iroquois Steeplechase would be one example – admittedly, a very fine example – of a booming horse racing industry in our state. Because it is the last surviving, and thriving, example of what horse racing could have been in Tennessee, it is all the more special. There is nothing like it. It’s the real thing in all of its unadulterated, charming glory.”

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Bells of the Iroquois-Photo by: Jeff Kluss

The Iroquois’ race day purses and bonuses total $415,000, the second highest purse in American steeplechasing. While the large purses attract the best horses and jockeys on the National Steeplechase Association circuit, it is the tradition and pageantry of the Iroquois that draw a who’s who list of Southern society. Private box seats are filled with seersucker suits and mint juleps, and a rainbow of infield tents provides shade to young, jovial spectators celebrating as the pack rounds the final turn.

“The Iroquois Steeplechase has long been a major part of Nashville and Tennessee’s heritage – it is our traditional rite of spring,” Hooker said. “The excitement and prestige that were part of its first running are not only still present today, but seem to increase each year.”

Tennessee’s renown as the center for thoroughbred horses and horse racing reached its pinnacle during the 19th century. Andrew Jackson ran a horse in Tennessee’s first official race in 1804 and soon became known as the leading breeder and racer in the state prior to becoming president in 1829. During this time, the Tennessee thoroughbred had no superior in the United States. After becoming president, Jackson took three horses to Washington, D.C. to race and was the last president to race horses in the nation’s capital.

By 1839, there were at least 10 established racetracks in Tennessee and more than 20 organized jockey clubs. The same year, William Giles Harding placed the Belle Meade horse farm in Nashville at the center of the horse racing region. Belle Meade remained a famous stud farm from the 1830’s until the turn of the century.

In 1906, the Tennessee General Assembly passed an anti-betting law, bringing an end to horse racing in Tennessee for many years. However, the void was filled in 1941 with the first running of the Iroquois Steeplechase – named for Pierre Lorillard’s Iroquois, the first American-bred horse to win the English Derby. Iroquois’s victory was such a big event that Wall Street closed temporarily to celebrate. After his racing career, Iroquois was brought back to Belle Meade to stand at stud. The Iroquois Steeplechase has run continuously since 1941, except for 1945 when it was suspended because of World War II.

“Through the years, the greatest steeplechase horses in America have competed in the Iroquois. Past winners include four Eclipse Award winners – Flatterer, Lonesome Glory, Correggio and All Gong. The Eclipse Award is the highest award bestowed on a race horse by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association,” said Hooker. “This year is no different. With some of the top horses on today’s circuit returning, we can expect another historic race.”

Good Night Shirt – 2007 Iroquois winner, National Steeplechase Association single-season earnings record holder and leading candidate for the 2007 Eclipse Award – is anticipated to return for a chance at his second consecutive Iroquois win.

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Photo by: Jeff Kluss

Should Good Night Shirt, jockeyed by Willie Dowling, reprise his performance in 2008, he would be the 13th horse in history to win the Iroquois two years in a row. His Iroquois win last year was his first of the 2007 season and acted as a springboard toward breaking the National Steeplechase Association single-season earnings record with $314,163.

While two-time Iroquois winner Sur La Tete and recently retired, three-time Eclipse winner and National Steeplechase Association career earnings record holder McDynamo were heavy favorites in the 2007 Iroquois, Good Night Shirt surprised the Nashville crowd by taking an early lead and maintaining it throughout the race. Sur La Tete, jockeyed by Christopher Read, and Chivite, jockeyed by Paddy Young, placed second and third.

Six races are held throughout the day, including the Bright Hour Amateur Hurdle. The Iroquois course, regarded as one of the best racing surfaces in the country, is maintained year-round with a computer-controlled, golf course style irrigation system. Below the course turf is 640 tons of sand that helps the course retain moisture and provides cushion to the horses in an effort to reduce race injuries. The Iroquois was one of the first steeplechase courses to use an irrigation system.

“The Iroquois is one of the best maintained steeplechase courses, which allows the best horses on the NSA circuit to perform to their highest ability,” said Dwight Hall, clerk of the course for the Iroquois Steeplechase. “Ultimately, this means more exciting races and a better race day experience for spectators.“

Recent improvements to the Iroquois include an increased purse size, a new tailgating area and an additional jumbotron for live viewing on race day. So the Iroquois has soft courses, big purses, fast horses and thrilling finishes. For information on advance ticket purchases, corporate tents, and tailgating and RV spaces, visit http://www.iroquoissteeplechase.org or call (615) 343-4231.

About the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is a leading provider of pediatric care, ranked 23rd in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Living by the principle of “family-centered care,” Children’s Hospital provides top-level care while including the family as an essential element of a child’s treatment plan. Children’s Hospital is a place to hope and a place to heal for patients and their families. Constructed in 2004, the freestanding children’s hospital is filled with state-of-the-art equipment and information systems to provide the best treatment for patients and offers a variety of family accommodations to help fulfill its mission. With 222 beds dedicated to high-level pediatric, subspecialty treatment, and trauma care the hospital is also a teaching and research facility, training many of the future’s top pediatric physicians. In addition, research conducted here is helping to shape the way the nation cares for children. Children’s Hospital features Centers of Excellence for the treatment of diabetes and congenital heart disorders and offers services for cancer care, organ and bone marrow transplants, level 4 neonatal intensive care, level 1 pediatric trauma care, treatment for developmental disorders, healing broken bones and everything in between.

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BRISTOL, Tenn., (March 17, 2008) – The fifth stop of the 2008 season at Bristol Motor Speedway once again had the stars of the Sprint Cup Series experiencing indigestion-inducing incidents.  From drivers on the edge of the top 35 in owner points to late-race engine troubles, a fair share of big-name drivers proved to have several TUMSâ moments.  Each weekend, PRN lead anchor, Doug Rice, picks the Top-10 TUMS Moments from last weekend’s racing activities.

 

This week’s Top-10 TUMS honors go to:

 

10. For the second week in a row, the Nationwide race is a victim to weather.  The die-hard fans wait out a two-hour rain delay to watch 171 laps of action.  At least the race was entertaining.

 

9.   Jimmie Johnson fails to regain his championship form.  He runs in the top five for most of the race, but finishes 18th.  His average finish this year is a meager 17.8.

 

8.   Jamie McMurray has another rough day.  His Crown Royal Ford finishes last.

 

7.   After winning the Daytona 500, the magic seems to have deserted Ryan Newman. He is involved in a crash early and struggles to 33rd.

 

6.   Mike Skinners’ day literally goes up in blaze as his Red Bull Toyota is engulfed in flames.  Luckily, Mike is uninjured. 

 

5.   Dale Jarrett makes his last start in a point race and finishes an inglorious 37th. Thanks Dale for being such a great ambassador to the sport.

 

4.   Jeff Green, John Andretti and Patrick Carpentier don’t have a chance to make the show when qualifying is rained out.  I’m sure they could all use some Tums.

 

3.   Kyle Petty manages to finish 28th at Bristol, but has now fallen to 40th in car owner points.  He will now have to qualify on speed.

 

2.   Denny Hamlin’s car sputters on the green-white-checkered restart.  His chance at victory quickly evaporates.

 

1.   Tony Stewart dominates the race, but is crashed out by Kevin Harvick with only two laps to go.  Not sure if Tums makes anything for heartbreaking defeat.

 

Stay tuned each week for the Top-10 TUMS Moments to see what drivers and teams are most in need of TUMS fast relief.

TACOMA, Wash. (March 16, 2008) – Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) celebrated a long anticipated return to the Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) winner’s circle at the Tacoma Invitational, held March 15-16 at the Tacoma Dome. It had been two long years since the two-time Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Champion had earned a tour event title. When the curtain closed on tour stop No. 13 Shivers had dominated the action to the tune of $29,888, outgunning the top 45 in the world in Tacoma to end his slump.

Achieving a series of three excellent scores totaling 271 points, Shivers outdistanced runner up, Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil), by a substantial nine and one half points to claim the victory. The win represented an important milepost to Shivers who said that for the last few years he’s been trying too hard to make the wins happen.

“I’ve been riding decent and feeling pretty good, I just hadn’t been putting anything together,” Shivers said. “I think a lot of it’s mental. You show up to these events and want to win so bad and when it’s been so long since you have, it makes you try that much harder and not focus on the things you should focus on.”

Shivers’ focus was in the right place in Tacoma where he returned to the championship form that has made him a fan favorite and carried him to $3,373,456 in PBR career earnings. He split third and fourth place money in round one with 89.75 points on Don Kish Bucking Bulls’ Blood Sucker to get his momentum going. He then covered Chad Berger and Clay Struve’s Almost Famous for 90 points and second in round two before advancing to the championship round ranked second behind Colby Yates (Ft. Worth, Texas).

It was all J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) early in the Built Ford Tough Championship round, however, when he topped previously unridden Say I Won’t Gunner owned by Chad Berger and Clay Struve for 93.25 points and the high score of the event. Having qualified with one score, however, it was mathematically impossible for Mauney to earn the title if the remaining riders who already had a total of two scores to their credit made qualified rides during the short round. Mauney’s 181 point cumulative score led until Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) stole the lead with a 90.75 point ride on Don Kish Bucking Bulls’ Fine Wine. Ironically, current world standings leader Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) faced Chad Berger, Larry Ryken and Larson’s Copperhead Slinger once again in the championship round, earning 92.25 points to finish fourth overall behind Mauney. Marchi and Copperhead Slinger teamed up for an identical score during short round action in Portland, Ore., on Friday night, Mar. 14, where Marchi captured a win.  Shivers was undaunted by the high scores on the board and his 91.25 point effort against Chad Berger, Clay Struve and Julie Rosen’s bull Cooper in the finals iced the win.

Thanks to a profitable weekend of bull riding in the Northwest, Marchi holds a 1,460.25 lead in the BFTS World Standings over Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.). He has managed to ride 83.33 percent of his bulls this season, recorded 7 90-point rides, has two event wins and seven top five finishes to his credit.

The PBR Bull Team Challenge was another nail biter in Tacoma. Twenty-two teams have been formed, each providing $50,000 for the opportunity to win their share of the $1.1 million total competition purse available throughout the 2008 season. The team known as Yankton Express scored 222.5 points to earn $20,000, while Northern Exposure and South Point tied with 220 points each. Each team took home $7,500. 

Injury Report:

Dusty LaBeth (Louisburg, Kan.) sustained a concussion when he landed on his head after riding his first round bull in Tacoma on Saturday. He was unable to take a reride, but did compete on Sunday.

L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) sustained a concussion when he was kicked in the back of the head after being thrown from his bull Saturday night in Tacoma. He is not competing.

J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) sustained a mildly separated left shoulder (riding arm) after he landed on his shoulder when he was thrown from his reride bull Saturday in Tacoma.  He is probable for competition in Albuquerque. 

Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) is out with a bruised low back and a sprained pelvis (right sacroiliac joint) after being stepped on when the bull threw him off Saturday in Tacoma. He is probable for Albuquerque.

Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo BRAZIL) aggravated a chronic back injury during the Portland Invitational on Friday night.  He is not competing.

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

As the Portland Invitational first round winner, Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus during Saturday night’s first round of competition in Tacoma. Marchi covered Corey & Horst Rodeo Company’s Hellfire for 88.25 points to earn the $5,000 bonus.

By virtue of his round one win, Renato Nunes (Buritama, Sao Paulo, Brazil) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus during Sunday’s second round of competition in Tacoma. Nunes scored 88 points on Hawaiian Ivory owned by Flying U/Moreno Bucking Bulls to earn the $5,000 bonus.

As the Tacoma Invitational second round winner, Colby Yates (Ft. Worth, Texas) will be eligible for the bonus during the first round of the Ty Murray Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., on March 28-30.

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
Colby Yates (Ft. Worth, Texas) was in the lead going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round but did not ultimately win the Tacoma Invitational event title; therefore he did not claim the $5,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus. The bonus will be $10,000 when the Sandia Resort & Casino presents the Ty Murray Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., on March 28-30. 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 Tacoma Invitational event winner, Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 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:
Diamond G Rodeos’ White Magic earned back to back Bull of the Event honors with a score of 47.5 points in Portland and 47 points in Tacoma. This honor is acknowledged by an award of $1,250 going to the top bull of each event as determined by the PBR judges’ bull scores.

Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride:
J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped Chad Berger and Clay Struve’s Say I Won’t Gunner for 93.25 points during the championship round of the Tacoma 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 who achieves the highest marked ride through the course of the entire 2008 PBR BFTS World Finals will earn an additional $10,000.

Tacoma Invitational Results:
ROUND ONE: 1) Renato Nunes (Buritama, Sao Paulo, Brazil 90.5 points on Red Knection K Bucking Bulls’ Nasty Town, $2,730; 2) Colby Yates (Ft. Worth, Texas)  90 points on Kaycee Simpson’s Tighty Whitey, $1,950; 3/4) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 89.75 points on Don Kish Bucking Bulls’ Blood Sucker, $975; 3/4) Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) 89.75 points on Chad Berger/Roger Ward’s Why Not Minot, $975;

ROUND TWO: 1) Colby Yates (Ft. Worth, Texas) 90.5 points on Cory & Horst/The Western Group’s Aces Heart Breaker, $2,730; 2) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 90 points on Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s Almost Famous, $1,950; 3) Jarrod Craig (Hillsboro, Texas) 89.5 points on Big Bend/Flying Five Rodeo Company’s Fire Bird, $1,170; 4) Pistol Robinson (Burleson, Texas) 89.25 points on Don Kish Bucking Bulls’ Golden Ghost, $780;

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 93.25 points on Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s Say I Won’t Gunner, $2,730; 2) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 92.25 points on Chad Berger/Ryken/Larson’s Copperhead Slinger, $1,950; 3) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 91.25 points on Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Julie Rosen’s Cooper, $1,170; 4) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 90.75 points on Don Kish Bucking Bulls’ Fine Wine, $780;

OVERALL EVENT STANDINGS: 1) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 271 points, $29,888; 2) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 261.5 points, $14,073; 3) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 181 points, $12,757; 4) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 180.5 points, $12,586;

BUILT FORD TOUGH WORLD STANDINGS: (The PBR World Champion is based on total Built Ford Tough Series points earned through the season)

1) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 5,821.25 points, $129,200; 2) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 4,361, $223,945; 3) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 4,356.75 points, $66,108; 4) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 4,122.75 points, $92,472; 5) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 4,109.75 points, $96,031; 6) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 3,983.25 points, $173,121; 7) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 3,266.5 points, $86,036; 8 ) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 3,242.5 points, $47,326; 9) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 3,148.25 points, $60,266; 10) Renato Nunes (Buritama, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 3,095.25 points, $52,142.

 

Marchi is seeing Double after capturing the Portland Invitational event title!

PORTLAND, Ore. (March 15, 2008) – It was deja’ vu for one Brazilian bull rider when stop No. 12 on the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) hit Portland’s Rose Garden on March 14. Fans were treated to the best 45 bull riders in the world challenging the fiercest bucking bulls in the game for a shot at the PBR tour’s million dollar world championship title.

 A who’s who in the world of bucking bulls greeted the top 15 qualifiers to the Built Ford Tough Championship round, and it was once again two-time reserve world champion and current world standings leader, Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil), who rode to victory. Marchi faced Chad Berger/Ryken/Larson’s Copperhead Slinger in the championship round earning 92.25 points and a cumulative score on two bulls of 183 points. He pocketed $40,320 in PBR bucks for his efforts.

 Most importantly, however, Marchi further distanced himself in the BFTS World Standings from Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) who sits in second place. Marchi leads Briscoe by 934.75 points thanks to his win streak and maintains an outstanding 84.85 riding percentage to boot. Briscoe encountered some difficulty in Portland, failing to make a qualified ride. Meanwhile, Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) is hot on his heels in third place and trailing by just 238.25 points.

 “The PBR has the best bulls in the world—and they’re a little dangerous too. Right now I feel great and I’m riding really strong and staying focused,” Marchi said. Following his victory of the Cabela’s Classic last weekend in Kansas City, he stated, “I’ve experienced what can happen to a lead in the world standings at the PBR World Finals, so I’m taking it one event at a time and will let the chips fall where they may.”

 Aside from spending more time at the gym lately, Marchi is as focused and confident as ever thanks to tremendous support from his family and friends. Marchi not only won the Portland Invitational, he won the preliminary go round as well, with a 90.75 point score that put him in the lead going into the finals. It was Lostroh who stole the show during final round action, however, with a masterful 93.5 point effort against Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls’ 2007 American Bucking Bull, Inc. (ABBI) Classic champion, the “unridden” Troubadour. Lostroh won the final round to move from seventh in the overall event standings to second in the aggregate, and beat Troubadour’s intimidating average buck-off time of 3.69 seconds to make the requisite eight. Following Lostroh’s spectacular ride, the pressure was on for Marchi to be at least 89.75 points to tie Lostroh. Riding last in the line up, Marchi handled the situation with a veteran’s poise to notch his second tour win of the season.

 The ever popular PBR Bull Team Challenge was a hit again in Portland. Twenty-two teams have been formed, each providing $50,000 for the opportunity to win their share of the $1.1 million total competition purse throughout the 2008 season. The team known as Northern Exposure won first place honors with 222 points and pocketed $20,000, while Diamond “G” and Moreno/ExclusiveGenetics.com tied for second place with 221 points. Each team took home $7,500.

 Injury Report:

 Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo BZ) aggravated a chronic back injury. He is questionable for the Tacoma Invitational.

 BEHIND THE CHUTES:

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

By virtue of his round two win in Kansas City, Mo. last weekend, Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus during Friday night’s first round of competition in Portland. White covered Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls’ Hooligan for 87.5 points to earn the $5,000 bonus.

 As the Portland Invitational first round winner, Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) will be eligible for the bonus during the first round of the Tacoma Invitational on March 15.

 Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) was in the lead going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and succeeded in winning the Portland Invitational event title; therefore he claimed the $10,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus. The bonus will be $5,000 at the Tacoma Invitational in Tacoma, Wash., March 15-16. 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 Portland Invitational 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 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:
Diamond G Rodeos’ White Magic earned Bull of the Event honors with a score of 47.5 points. This honor is acknowledged by an award of $1,250 going to the top bull of the event as determined by the PBR judges’ bull scores.

 Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride:
Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls’ previously unridden bull Troubadour for 93.5 points during the championship round of the Portland 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 who achieves the highest marked ride through the course of the entire 2008 PBR BFTS World Finals will earn an additional $10,000.

Portland Invitational event results:

ROUND ONE: 1) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 90.75 points on Flying U/Moreno Bucking Bulls’ Hawaiian Ivory, $2,730; 2/3) Clayton Foltyn (El Campo, Texas) 88.25 points on Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s Almost Famous, $1,560; 2/3) McKennon Wimberly (Cool, Texas) 88.25 points on John and Lacey Berger/Clay Struve’s Frank The Tank, $1,560; 4/5) Austin Meier (Kinta, Okla.) 87.75 points on 4C’s/Sills/Barker’s Little Bo, $624; 4/5) Dusty LaBeth (Louisburg, Kan.) 87.75 points on Priest Creek Ranch’s Mr. Deeds, $624;

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 93.5 points on Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls’ Troubadour, $2,730; 2) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 92.25 points on Chad Berger/Ryken/Larson’s Copperhead Slinger, $1,950; 3) Jarrod Craig (Hillsboro, Texas) 90.5 points on Naccarato Bucking Bulls’ All In, $1,170; 4) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 89.5 points on Don Kish Bucking Bulls’ Wolf Can II, $780;

 OVERALL EVENT STANDINGS: 1) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP,

Brazil) 183 points, $40,320; 2) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 180.5 points, $16,948; 3) Jarrod Craig (Hillsboro, Texas) 177.5 points, $9,888; 4) Austin Meier (Kinta, Okla.) 174.5 points, $6,632;

 BUILT FORD TOUGH WORLD STANDINGS: (The PBR World Champion is based on total Built Ford Tough Series points earned through the season)

1) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 5,295.75 points, $116,615; 2) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 4,361, $223,945; 3) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 4,122.75 points, $92,472; 4) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 3,866.75 points, $172,965; 5) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 3,755.25 points, $52,035; 6) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 3,548.75 points, $83,274; 7) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 3,266.5 points, $86,036; 8 ) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 3,148.25 points, $55,266; 9) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 3,021.25 points, $45,896; 10) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 2,914.5 points, $57,023.

 

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ATLANTA, (March 11, 2008) – The fourth stop of the 2008 season at Atlanta Motor Speedway once again had the stars of the Sprint Cup Series experiencing several indigestion-inducing incidents. From near hard tires to late-race engine troubles, a fair share of big-name drivers proved to have several TUMSâ moments. Each weekend, PRN lead anchor, Doug Rice, picks the Top 10 TUMS Moments from last weekend’s racing activities.

 

The Top 10 TUMS honors go to:

 

10. Kasey Kahne – after finishing in the top ten for the first 3 races, Kahne mows through the infield grass and finishes a lackluster 28th.

 

9.   Kurt Busch – he just couldn’t get the Miller Lite Dodge up to speed and went a lap down to Dale Earnhardt Jr. early in the race, although he rallied to a top 10 finish.

 

8.   Every fan that showed up early for the Nationwide race on Saturday – the fans were greeted with howling winds and snow, fortunately the weather improved a little. 

 

7.   The Atlanta TV weathermen – they predicted rain all day Friday, but by 10 a.m. the sun was out and everything resumed on schedule. With all their sophisticated gear, they still can’t get the weather right.

 

6.   Atlanta Motor Speedway race fans – it’s the last time they will see Dale Jarrett compete at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

 

5.   Jimmie Johnson – he comes up short in his bid to win three in a row at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He spent most of the race a lap down and finished 13th.

 

4.   Elliott Sadler – he struggled all day long and brought the caution out twice; his Best Buy Dodge eventually wound up on the rollback.

 

3.   Carl Edwards – he seemingly had the fastest car, but his Ford has a motor explode as he is leading on lap 274.

 

2.   Toyota – the second-year manufacturer scores a historic win but Stewart’s tirade against Goodyear steals the headlines, (see Tums Moment No.1).

 

1.   Tony Stewart – he declares war on Goodyear and robs Toyota of their day in the sun, creating a public relations nightmare for Goodyear.

 

Stay tuned each week for the Top 10 TUMS Moments to see what drivers and teams are most in need of TUMS fast relief.

Briscoe Moves to No. 2 in Built Ford Tough Series Standings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 9, 2008) – The Cabela’s Classic served up rank bulls and plenty of 90-plus point rides when stop No. 11 on the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) hit Kansas City’s Sprint Center, March 8-9. Fans were treated to the best 45 bull riders in the world all gunning for the tour’s million dollar World Championship title.

When the dust settled, it was none other than Brazilian born two-time reserve world champion and current world standings leader, Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil), who rode away with the victory. A 91-point effort against Brandon Gasper Bucking Bulls’ The Game in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round spelled victory for Marchi, who rode off with $26,963 for 24 seconds of work. The Game meant serious business for Marchi, having previously been “unridden” in seven BFTS tour outs.

 Marchi, who is putting more energy than ever into his work out routine, spends around two hours at a time in the gym at least three days each week. He explained that his conditioning program is paying off this season with an impressive five Top Five finishes at the 11 tour stops and a stellar 83.9 riding percentage. He says he also owes a debt of gratitude to the family and friends that have supported him during his career.

Via Brazilian interpreter, Pedro Carlucci, Marchi had this to say about the 2008 season: “I’m not aiming at the world title this time around, just focusing on every event one weekend at a time. I’ve experienced what can happen to a lead in the world standings at the PBR World Finals, so I’m taking it one event at a time and will let the chips fall where they may.”

Marchi placed out of the money in each of the preliminary go rounds, however, respectable scores through the go rounds kept him in contention for a win when the tide shifted in his favor during the final round. Costly short go buck-offs kept event leader Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) and second-ranked Clayton Williams (Carthage, Texas) out of the winner’s circle. Oliveira and Williams settled for fifth place and sixth place in the aggregate respectively. A total of four qualified rides over 90 points lit up the leader board in the event finals and although it was J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) who stole the show in the championship round with an event-high 91.5 point score on H.D. Page and Bill and Betty Mawson’s Ricky Bobby, he was unable to catch Marchi. Marchi was the only bull rider to cover three bulls during the competition.

Kansas City marked the first 2008 tour win for Marchi and opened up Marchi’s lead over Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) in the race for the coveted PBR gold buckle to 361.75 points. Marchi has career earnings to his credit of $1,478,571 and his 83.9 riding percentage is the highest among the top 45.

Marchi expressed that he is very pleased with his season and aside from friends and family, said that his faith in God is very important to his goals and success in the arena. On the heels of the Cabela’s Classic event win, Marchi is preparing for the grand opening of his Brazilian style steakhouse, Rodeo Grill, on March 12 in Dallas, Texas.

The ever popular PBR Bull Team Challenge was a hit again in Kansas City. Twenty-two teams have been formed, each providing $50,000 for the opportunity to win their share of the $1.1 million total competition purse throughout the 2008 season. The team known as Big Machine won first place honors and pocketed $20,000, while D&H Cattle, Enlow and Gilbert’s team finished second, which was worth $10,000.

Injury Report:

Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) sustained a concussion on Saturday night and consequently missed Sunday’s competition. He is questionable to compete next weekend.

BEHIND THE CHUTES:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus: By virtue of his round two win in Baltimore, Md. last weekend, Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Sao Paulo, Brazil) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus during Saturday night’s first round of competition in Kansas City. Palermo came up short, however, against Ricky Simmons’ bull Ozzy, and consequently the stock contractor was awarded the $5,000.

As the Cabela’s Classic first round winner, Pistol Robinson (Burleson, Texas) was eligible to compete for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money on Sunday. Robinson failed to make a qualified ride on Chad Berger and Clay Struve’s Rip & Dip. Consequently, the stock contractor claimed the $5,000 reward. As the winner of the second round of the Cabela’s Classic, Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) will be eligible for the bonus next weekend.

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) was in the lead going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round but did not win the Cabela’s Classic event title; therefore he did not claim the $5,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus. The bonus will grow to $10,000 next weekend at the Portland Invitational in Portland, Ore. 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 Cabela’s Classic 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 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:
There was a tie for the Bull of the Event between D&H Cattle Company’s Crooked Face and Jacob’s Pet with a score of 45.75 points. 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:
J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped Ricky Bobby owned by H.D. Page and Bill and Betty Morrison for 91.5 points during the championship round of the Cabela’s Classic. 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.

Cabela’s Classic event results:

ROUND ONE: 1) Pistol Robinson (Burleson, Texas) 89.5 points on D&H Cattle Company’s The Geetus, $2,730; 2) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 88 points on Shane Davis/Ravenscroft/Hewkin’s Bigger Man, $1,950; 3) Renato Nunes (Buritama, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 87.5 points on Rafter G Rodeo Company’s Klassic Rewind, $1,170; 4/5) Brian Herman (Victoria, Texas) 87.25 points on The Jaynes Gang/Gaylon Childers’ Simon, $624; 4/5) Helton Barbosa (Douradina, PR, Brazil) 87.25 points on Jaynes/Peterson/Mansour/Langhans/Nelson/Teague’s More Bucks, $624;

ROUND TWO: 1) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 89.75 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Recoil, $2,730; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 89.5 points on Hebert Bucking Bulls’ What I Say, $1,950; 3/5) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 89.25 points on Diamond S/ExclusiveGenetics.com’s Smash Hit, $806; 3/5) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 89.25 points on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Live Wire, $806; 3/5) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 89.25 points on Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Seminole, $806;

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 91.5 points on H.D. Page/Bill and Betty Morrison’s Ricky Bobby, $2,730; 2) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 91.25 points on Page/Buck/Watts’ Sports Machine, $1,950; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 91 points on Brandon Gasper Bucking Bulls’ The Game, $1,170; 4) Josh Koschel (Loveland, Colo.) 90 points on Boyd/Floyd Bull Company’s Fender Bender, $780;

OVERALL EVENT STANDINGS: 1) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 258.5 points, $26,963; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 181 points, $18,973; 3) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 180.5 points, $11,549; 4) Josh Koschel (Loveland, Colo.) 178.75 points, $6,668; 5) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 177.25 points, $7,106;

BUILT FORD TOUGH WORLD STANDINGS: (The PBR World Champion is based on total Built Ford Tough Series points earned through the season)

1) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 4,722.75 points, $76,295; 2) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 4,361, $223,945; 3) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 3,866.75 points, $172,965; 4) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 3,637.25 points, $75,523; 5) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 3,548.75 points, $83,274; 6) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 3,393.5 points, $46,765; 7) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 3,266.5 points, $86,036; 8 ) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 2,985.75 points, $48,478; 9) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 2,930.5 points, $44,897; 10) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 2,914.5 points, $57,023.

 

 

2008 will be the PBR World Champion’s Final Year

PUEBLO, Colo. (March 8, 2008) – After eight years of competing at the highest level of the sport, and taking home the 2002 PBR World Championship, Ednei Caminhas (P. Alves, Sao Paulo BZ) has decided that 2008 will be his last year riding in the PBR.

“It [deciding to retire] was a very tough decision for me and my family.  It makes me want to cry thinking about leaving the sport that I will always love,” said Caminhas.  “I’m healthy and definitely not too old to continue to be a premier bull rider, so I plan to make this last season one of my best.  I’d rather leave on my own terms than be forced into retirement later on.”  

Ednei has seemingly found the fountain of youth so far in the 2008 season, making the Built Ford Tough Championship round in half of the events in which he has competed.  He currently ranks 21st in the Built Ford Tough Series Points Standings, with a riding percentage of over 61% versus his career riding percentage of just 46%.  He is also just shy of surpassing the $1 million mark in career earnings, a milestone he should have no problem achieving in his final season.  

“I will definitely miss all of the guys — my sponsors, the fans, the PBR staff.  It’s hard to leave, but it is the right decision for me.”  

Over the past few years, Ednei has taken on a new challenge, competing in reining horse events during his off time from the PBR circuit.  This is a new found passion that not only provides him with a lucrative career after bull riding, but also affords him the opportunity to spend more time with his family.

His fellow bull riders are proud to have had the opportunity to ride with him and will miss his presence on the tour.

“I met Ednei a couple of years ago on the PBR and we got to know each other really well,” said fellow PBR bull rider Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo BZ).  “He’s not only a great bull rider, he’s also a good friend.  It’s good to see him now.   He’s happier and looks like he’s having a good time.  I’m definitely going to miss him.

“Ednei always rode the rank bulls, like Dillinger.  He not only proved to the fans, but also proved to himself that he could do it.  Now he feels he has done everything he wanted to do in the PBR.  I will miss him, but wish him luck in his next opportunity.”

 

2007 Reserve PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo BZ) shares his thoughts and sentiments as well. 

 

“I’ve followed Ednei’s career for a long time and used to see him ride many years ago in Brazil.  He’s such a strong and consistent bull rider.  When he came to the PBR and won the World Title in 2002, it inspired me and made me work even harder.  First Adriano, then Ednei; they really opened the door for us to come to the U.S. and compete.  I thought… I want THAT.  He has what I want to achieve.  

 

“I will definitely miss seeing him on the tour.  I know we’ll all still be friends in the offseason, and I hope he does great with his new career.”

 

“Ednei has made a definite mark in the PBR history books and is someone the Brazilians and other bull riders will not soon forget,” says PBR CEO Randy Bernard.  “He’s our strong, silent champion, capturing the 2002 PBR World title with the confidence and flair the Brazilians are known for.  Ednei captured that title riding the best bulls in the game, leaving his fellow cowboys and fans amazed with his ability.  I know he will do well at whatever he takes on and I wish him great success and much happiness in the future.”

 

Ednei joins fellow Brazilian superstar Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, BZ) as one of two PBR World Champions that will be making 2008 their curtain call.  Their departure paves the way for a new generation of Brazilian talent that has been dominating the tour lately.  At the Enterprise Rent-a-Car Invitational in St. Louis, MO two weeks ago fans saw Brazilian-born riders occupy the top three spots; and Robson Palermo (Cantanduva, Sao Paulo BZ) captured the event title in Baltimore last weekend.  At present Guilherme Marchi, Robson Palermo, Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo BZ) and Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO BZ) currently rank no. 1, 2, 5 and 7 in the BFTS standings, respectively. 

 

There are 23 stops left on the 2008 Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler and Ednei plans to be at every one of them, saying good-bye to the sport and the fans he has always loved.

 

Guilherme Marchi moves to number one; Robson Palermo wins Baltimore Invitational

BALTIMORE, Md. (March 2, 2008) – The tenth stop on the elite Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) delighted Baltimore, Md. bull riding fans when the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Baltimore Invitational roared into the 1st Mariner Arena for two action-packed performances. The Brazilian contingent of bull riders continued their control of the 2008 BFTS season when Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) claimed his first event win of 2008 and the third of his career. With 267.5 total points on three bulls, Robson added $52,025 to his career earnings.

“I’m very happy to win this event title,” said Palermo. “However, I can’t let it [his recent success] change me.  I need to keep riding all of my bulls and next week is a new challenge.”

During round one action, Palermo scored 85.75 points aboard Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls’ Almost. In the second round of competition, he claimed the round win when he earned 90.25 points aboard Anchor Bull Company’s Great White. With a total of 176 points Palermo entered the Built Ford Tough Championship Round in first place.

 

 

Palermo had to wait for his chance to ride as all the other top 14 cowboys in the round took their chances on the world’s very toughest bucking bulls. The lead in the event changed five times before Palermo, as the last man out, nodded his head and asked for his bull. When the whistle sounded, there was one final lead change as Palermo clinched the event championship with 91.5 points aboard Robinson/Tedesco/Larry Cable Guy’s Booger Butt. With the win, Palermo also earned the $20,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus—awarded to the man who enters the Championship Round in the number one spot and eventually claims the event championship.

 

“I’ve become all about my work,” said Palermo. “I’ve added extra training to my schedule. I work out more and have been riding a lot of horses. I’ve also been going to a chiropractor for my lower back pain. I feel better and am healthier than I have been.”

 

In only three years competing professionally in the United States, Palermo has already racked up $446,142.01 in career earnings. This season he has placed in the top ten at five BFTS events and currently maintains an impressive 70% riding percentage. With this event win Palermo has moved to the number two spot in the race for the 2008 PBR World Championship title behind fellow Brazilian Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP).

 

Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) was the number one cowboy in the world at the beginning of the Baltimore Invitational, but Marchi overcame the point deficit to take over the number one spot for the first time this season. In the last three years, Marchi has ended the season as the number two man in the world. With his consistent performance this year he boasts an extraordinary 82.14% riding percentage—the highest of any man competing on the elite BFTS.

 

“It feels excellent [to be number one],” said Marchi. “I’ve tried really hard for the past three years and been second. I believe that everybody has their time and maybe my time is coming soon.  Regardless of the outcome this year, I will keep trying hard.”

 

The men from South America have no doubt become the force to be reckoned with in the sport of professional bull riding. Through the first ten events, four have been claimed by Brazilian talents–Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO) captured the title in the New York City, Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, SP) won in Anaheim, Calif., Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP) won in St. Louis, Mo. and Palermo this weekend. They consistently capture a few spots in the top 10 finishes weekly, and seven of the top 21 men in the chase for the 2008 PBR World Championship hail from Brazil, all maintaining an impressive 50% plus riding percentage.

 

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 Cabela’s Classic March 1 and 2 from Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The Cabela’s Classic will air on VERSUS live at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 8 and at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, March 9. For information on upcoming tour dates, ticket information and complete broadcast times, please visit www.pbrnow.com.

 

 

Injury Report:

No injuries to report.

 

BEHIND THE CHUTES:

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

As the winner of the third round of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Invitational in St. Louis, Mo., Tyler Pankewitz (Warburg, AB, Canada) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus on Saturday night in Baltimore. Pankewitz was successful against Homestead Genetics’ Wrangler Magic , winning the bonus money. 

 

Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) and Pistol Robinson (Burleson, Texas) tied for first place in the first round of the Baltimore Invitational, but Bennett claimed the tie breaker and the opportunity to ride for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus on Sunday afternoon. Bennett was successful against Shawn Graham’s Partner, thus claiming the $5,000 bonus. 

 

By winning the second round of the Baltimore Invitational, Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) will be eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money next weekend during the first round of the Cabela’s Classic in Kansas City, Mo.

 

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:

Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and won the Baltimore Invitational event title; therefore he captured the $20,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus. The bonus will return to $5,000 next weekend in Kansas City, Mo. 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 Baltimore Invitational event winner, Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, 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:

Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) recorded the highest-marked ride of the event when he topped Robinson/Tedesco/Larry the Cable Guy’s Booger Butt for points 91.5 during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. 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 when he scored 95.75 points aboard Robinson/Tedesco/Larry the Cable Guy’s Chicken on a Chain.

 

Baltimore Invitational Results

 

ROUND ONE:

1/2) Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) 89 points on Sonny Williams’ High Test, $2,340;  1/2) Pistol Robinson (Burleson, Texas) 89 points on Anchor Bull Company’s Great White, $2,340; 3) Tyler Pankewitz (Warburg, AB, Canada) 88.75 points on Homestead Genetics’ Wrangler Magic, $1,170; 4/5) Colby Yates (Fort Worth, Texas ) 87.5 points on Martinez Bucking Bulls’ Mastermind; 4/5) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 87.5 points on Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls’ Rooster on a Rope.

 

ROUND TWO:

1) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) 90.25 points on Anchor Bull Company’s Great White, $2,730; 2) Jared Farley (Kempsy, NSW, AU) 89.75 points on Sonny Williams’ High Test, $1,950; 3) Cole Taylor (Sayre, Okla.) 88.25 points on Mark Reed/John Bystrom’s Spittin’ Image, $1,170; 4) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville N.C.) 87.5 points on Martinez Bucking Bulls’ Vampire; 5) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 87 points on Robinson/Tedesco’s Mule Train.

 

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND:

1) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) 91.5 points on Robinson/Tedesco/Larry the Cable Guy’s Booger Butt, $2,730; 2) Dustin Elliott (North Platte, Neb.) 90.5 points on Silverado Rodeo Company’s Crossroads, $1,950; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 90 points on Anchor Bull Company’s Encore, $1,170; 4) Ednei Caminhas (P. Alves, SP, BZ) 89.25 points on Silverado Rodeo Company’s Little Slim; 5) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, BZ) 89 points on Martinez Bucking Bulls’ Far West.

 

OVERALL EVENT RESULTS:

1) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) 267.5 points, $52,025; 2/3) Dustin Elliott ( North Platte, Neb.) 258.5 points, $12,765; 2/3) Ned Cross (Midland, Ore.) 258.5 points, $11,127; 4) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, BZ) 258 points, $5,933; 5) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 257.25 points, $5,585.

 

BUILT FORD TOUGH WORLD STANDINGS: (The PBR World Champion is based on total Built Ford Tough Series points earned through the season)

1) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 4,054.25 points, $48.282; 2) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) 3,866.75 points, $172,965; 3) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 3,780.5 points, $212,396.17; 4) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 3,448 points, $73,287.20; 5) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, SP, BZ) 3,266.5 points, $86,036.21; 6) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, BZ) 2,939.75 points, $42,259; 7) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 2,902.75 points, $64,106.67; 8 ) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas ) 2,839.5 points, $44,896.48; 9) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 2,798.25 points, $56,893.05; 10) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 2,706 points, $43,848.42.

 
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