Oliveira rides his way to another win in the 2008 season.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (May 17, 2008 ) – The Ford Best in Texas Shootout thrilled bull riding fans on Saturday night as the 20th event of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) elite Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) stopped in San Antonio, TX, for one night only! The world’s top 45 bull riders took over the Alamodome as they competed head to head with the PBR’s toughest bulls at the first of two BFTS stops in the Lone Star State. In the end, Brazil’s Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) scored 176 points and claimed his second event win of 2008 and second career win ever.
“I’m so happy to get this win. I didn’t really know the bull that I chose in the short round, but I was told that he would go into my hand,” Oliveira said. He then added jokingly, “Guilherme, watch out—I’m coming for you now!”
During the long round, Oliveira rode Mastermind (Martinez Bucking Bulls) for 86.5 points, becoming only one of twelve riders to cover their round one bull. At the draft which took place during intermission, he chose to ride Boyd / Floyd Bull Company’s prize bull, Lightning McQueen, and covered him for 89.5 points. Not only did he take the title of the Ford Best in Texas Shootout, but he also won the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. Taking second place at the event was fellow Brazilian and world no. 1 Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) who finished the night with 174.75 points and rounding out the top three was Georgia bull rider Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) who scored 171.75 points and earned his highest finish so far in 2008.
In round one, young gun J.B. Mauney (Mooresvlle, NC) thrilled the crowd with a 90 point ride on Wild Life (Boyd / Floyd Bull Company). He took first place in the round and received the coveted first choice in the short round draft. Right behind him were Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, NM) who scored 89.25 points on Grey Dog (D&H Cattle Co. / Junk Bull Co.), earning a second place check, and 2002 PBR World Champion Ednei Caminhas (P. Alves, SP, Brazil) who took on Full Throttle (Murphy Ranch and Rodeo) for 89 points and a third place finish.
The PBR Bull Team Challenge was once again a thrilling race in San Antonio. 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 through the 2008 season. The team, Boyd – Floyd Bull Co.com, took first place and the $20,000 purse with 224.5 points, narrowly beating out D&H / Enlow / Gilbert who ended the event with 223.5 points and a second place check worth $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.
The intense race for PBR’s million dollar world title takes the world’s top 45 bull riders to Orlando, Fla., on June 6-7 for stop #21, the Git-R-Done Invitational hosted by Tater Porter & presented by Cooper Tires. The VERSUS network airs PBR events every Saturday and Sunday evening. Be sure to check www.pbrnow.com for upcoming cities, ticket information, and complete broadcast times.
Ednei Caminhas (P. Alves, SP, Brazi) was transported to the hospital to run tests on his liver which he may have injured during the Built Ford Tough Championship round.
Rocky McDonald (Juarez, Mexico) bruised his abdominal muscles while getting off his bull in round one.
BEHIND THE CHUTES:
Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus:
As the winner of round two at the Des Moines Classic, L.J. Jenkins (Texico, NM) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus during round one of the Ford Best in Texas Shootout in San Antonio. Jenkins ride on Vampire, owned by Martinez Bucking Bull, LLC, was unsuccessful; therefore, his owners collected the bonus. As the winner of round one, J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC) will be eligible for the bonus during the first round of the Git-R-Done Invitational hosted by Tater Porter.
Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC) was in the lead going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and ultimately did not win the Ford Best in Texas Shootout event title. Consequently, he did not claim the $15,000 bonus Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus. The bonus will grow to $20,000 at the next stop, the Git-R-Done Invitational hosted by Tater Porter & presented by Cooper Tires on June 6-7. 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 Ford Best in Texas Shootout event winner, Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, 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:
Hot Pistol (Boyd/Floyd Bull Company) earned Bull of the Event honors with a score of 46 points in San Antonio. 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 score.
Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride:
J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he scored 90 points on Wild Life, owned by Boyd / Floyd Bull Company, during the first round of the Ford Best in Texas Shootout. Consequently, 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.
FORD BEST IN TEXAS SHOOTOUT RESULTS:
ROUND ONE: 1) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC) 90 points on Wild Life (Boyd / Floyd Bull Company, $2,730; 2) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, NM) 89.25 points on Grey Dog (D&H Cattle Co. / Junk Bull Co.), $1,950; 3) Ednei Caminhas (P. Alves, SP, Brazil) 89 points on Full Throttle (Murphy Ranch and Rodeo), $1,170; 4) Ned Cross (Midland, Ore.) 88.75 points on Cool Whip (Duncan & Evans Bucking Bulls), $780.
BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 89.5 points on Lightning McQueen (Boyd / Floyd Bull Company), $2,730; 2) Jared Farley (Kempsey, AUS) 89 points on Black Gold (Silverado Rodeo Company), $1,950; 3) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 87.5 points on Bonafide (D&H Cattle Co. / Junk Bull Co.), $1,170; 4) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 87.25 points on Buckeye (Silverado Rodeo Company), $780.
OVERALL EVENT STANDINGS: 1) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 176 points, $28,522.50; 2) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 174.75 points, $14,384.50; 3) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 171.75 points, $9,622.50; 4) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC) 90 points, $9,130; 5) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, NM) 89.25 points, $6,300.
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) 9203.75 points, $195,997; 2) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 5882.25 points, $113,024; 3) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 5793.75 points, $80,086; 4) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC) 5614 points, $136,609; 5) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, NM) 5081.25 points, $121,006; 6) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, NM) 5031.25 points, $242,767; 7) Mike Lee (Decatur, TX) 4619.5 points, $71,512; 8 ) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 4362 points, $46,539; 9) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 4237 points, $176,291; 10) Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, Brazil) 4176 points, $61,109.