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McBride Dominates Built Ford Tough World Finals Round One Action
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (October 29, 2005) An international contingent of the world’s greatest 45 professional bull riders rocked into action tonight as the $3.2 million Built Ford Tough World Finals presented by Wrangler got underway from the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The duel between Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) and Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) intensified with McBride dominating the field in his unrelenting quest for the million dollar Built Ford Tough World Championship. The Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) World Finals bucks into high gear with two consecutive weekends of explosive bull riding action, October 28–30 at Mandalay Bay Events Center and November 3-6 at the Thomas & Mack Center. Fans can tune in when all seven performances of the upcoming PBR World Finals air live on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN), as well as catch the World Finals Highlights Show on Sunday, October 30 at 4:30 p.m. EST on NBC. Visit http://www.pbrnow.com/media/tv/ to view the current broadcast schedule and verify times and dates.
With the captivating focus and determination that have characterized his season, McBride topped Davis/White/PMS Bucking Bulls’ Chief with seeming ease for 90.5 points and the $20,000 go round win. Thursday night's action represented a rematch between McBride and Chief. The duo teamed up for 88.5 points earlier this season in Portland, Ore. Guilherme Marchi’s (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 87.75 point score aboard Brown/Owen’s bull Pandemonium delivered third place money, however McBride was able to build his lead to 1,059.25 series points.
McBride, who battled adversity in Las Vegas in 2004 with a broken ankle and again in 2003 with a punctured lung and broken ribs, is experiencing his first healthy World Finals. “I feel great. I’m not hobbling or gimping around.” With the momentum established in round one McBride is eager to take on his next bull, Roy Carter Bucking Bulls’ Kidd Rock. “I’ve seen him hundreds of times and I had him once a few years ago and rode him for 7.9 seconds so I just need to hang on a little bit longer.” Kidd Rock finished third in the 2005 PBR World Champion Bull race and has been ridden only three times in 27 outs during 2005 to an average score of 91.4 points.
Marchi will face Taylor Made Bucking Bulls’ Pandora’s Box; a bull that has been ridden once in the 2005 season and only twice in his career. Pandora’s Box has turfed Marchi in 3.3 seconds and 3.9 seconds during their previous two match ups which occurred in Grand Rapids in 2004 and at the 2004 World Finals. Of the match up, Marchi was translated as saying, “I’ve been on Pandora’s Box twice and he bucked me off, but I’ve got more confidence now and I’m looking forward to it.”
The maximum number of Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) points available during the World Finals is 6,500, meaning that any of the top 15 contestants listed in the current BFTS point standings are conceivably contenders for the world title. The World Finals event average title is worth 2,500 points alone.
The Dickies National Bullfighting Championship takes place at the end of each of the first three go rounds, October 28-30. Wacey Munsell (Ulysses, Kan.) dominated the six-man field during first round action in the 70-second freestyle American bullfighting display for a $3,000 payday.
Dickies National Bullfighting Championship Results: 1) Wacey Munsell (Ulysses, Kan.) 90 points, $3,000; 2) Lance Brittain (Windsor, Colo.) 85 points; 3) Sam Gress (Hutchison, Kan.) 83 points; 4/5) Bill Bass (Andalusia, Ala.) 75 points; 4/5) Mike Matt (Stuart, Okla.) 75 points.
Lee Akin (Weatherford, Okla.) – Bruised left leg, probable.
Ross Coleman (Redmond, Ore.) – Concussion, strained neck. Questionable to compete in round two.
Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) – Broken thumb of right hand (riding hand), doubtful to compete in round two.
Brian Herman (Victoria, Texas) – Concussion, probable.
Tater Porter (Kenansville, Fla.) – Broken fibula and sprained right ankle. Questionable to compete in round two.
PBR BUILT FORD TOUGH WORLD FINALS RESULTS
FRIDAY RESULTS—1. Justin McBride (Elk City, OK) 90.50 on Davis/White/PMS’s Chief; 2. Andres Moraes (Agudos, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 88.0 on D&H/Buck/Watts’ Night Moves; 3. Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 87.75 on Brown/Owen’s Pandemonium; 4. Gerardo Venegas (Juarez, Mexico) 87.50 on Double R Bucking Bulls’ Sharpshooter; Jake McIntyre (Zolfo Springs, FL) 87.50 on Frontier Rodeo Company’s Woodstock; 6. Luke Snyder (Raymore, MO) 87.0 on Ross Coleman’s Dakota Country; 7. Ross Johnson (Alvord, TX) 86.5 on D & H Teague Bucking Bulls’ Night Life; 8. Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista Sao Paulo, Brazil) 86.25 on Robinson/Tedesco’s Acid; 9. Willis Trosclair (Thiboadaux, LA) 85.50 on Bad Company Rodeo Co. Inc.’s Bad to the Bone; 10. Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, MO) 85.25 on Bruce & Goodales’ El Lobo.
POINT STANDINGS—Justin McBride (Elk City, OK) 9,838; Guilherme Marchi (Sao Paulo, Brazil) 8,878.75; Jody Newberry (Conway, AR) 7,148; Chris Shivers (Jonesville, LA) 6983.5; Greg Potter (Queensland, Australia) 6,281.5; Cody Whitney (Asher, OK) 6,275; Tony Mendes (Reno, NV) 6,138.5; Ross Coleman (Molalla, OR) 5,801; Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Missouri) 5,551.75; Paulo Crimber (Olympia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 5,468;.
MONEY LEADERS—Justin McBride (Elk City, OK) $309,701.83; Chris Shivers (Jonesville, LA) $238,667.09; Guilherme Marchi (Sao Paulo, Brazil) $234.451.16; Kody Lostroh (Longmont, CO) $190,358.44; Edgard Oliveira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) $183,763.71; Cody Whitney (Asher, OK) $156,461.26; Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) $152,120.65; Greg Potter (Queensland, Australia) $144,771.70; Troy Dunn (Sarina, Queensland, Australia) $133,043.06; L.J. Jenkins (Texico,New Mexico) $122,424.97.
2005 BUILT FORD TOUGH WORLD FINALS CONTRACT PERSONEL
2005 World Finals In-Arena Announcers: Brandon Bates, Bob Feist, and Randy Schmutz
2005 World FinalsMounted Arena Help: James DeBord and Julio Moreno
*cross-posted to pbrnow and my personal journal