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McBride Edges Closer to PBR World Championship Crown
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (October 29, 2005) Saturday night represented a showdown of international proportions as the world's greatest 45 professional bull riders took on the most intimidating bucking bulls on the planet during the $3.2 million Built Ford Tough World Finals presented by Wrangler at a sold out Mandalay Bay Events Center. The 2005 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals invades Las Vegas for two expanded weekends of action, Oct. 28–30 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and Nov. 3-6 from the Thomas & Mack Center. Tune in to watch the sparks fly when all seven performances of the upcoming PBR World Finals air live on OLN. Also catch one of two scheduled World Finals Highlights Shows, the first of which airs on Sunday, October 30 at 4:30 p.m. EST on NBC. Visit www.pbrnow.com/media/tv/ to view the current broadcast schedule and verify times and dates.
Dominating the field with an electrifying 94.75 point score was Cody Whitney (Asher, Okla.) in what was one of the most thrilling match ups of the season. Whitney went jump for jump against the legendary three time PBR World Champion Bucking Bull Little Yellow Jacket, owned by Berger, Taupin and Teague Bucking Bulls. Whitney's historic ride delivered the $20,463 go round win and represented the 14th time in the course of 89 Built Ford Tough Series' (BFTS) outings that the bull has been covered. Little Yellow Jacket will retire from the arena upon the conclusion of the 2005 World Finals at the age of nine after six seasons.
Of the match up against Little Yellow Jacket, Whitney stated "Towards the end of the ride when I knew the whistle was fixing to blow I knew I had done it. I thought to myself that this is one of the very last opportunities to get to do this and I'm going to get it done." While he came up short during their last meeting, Whitney had a more successful strategy in place, "I knew I had to ride him differently. He's all kick and there's not a lot of front end to him. I was very excited for the rematch. Ever since I saw how G-Man (Michael Gaffney) rode the bull last year I knew I could do it."
Cory McFadden (Coleman, Texas) set the pace early on in the show posting 93 championship points aboardD&H Cattle Company and Teague Bucking Bulls'Mossy Oak Mudslinger, however as the action intensified McFadden was forced to settle for second. The seemingly indestructible current world standings leader and first go round winner Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) posted a 92 point score aboard Roy Carter Bucking Bulls' Kidd Rock for third place honors. Kidd Rock finished third in the 2005 PBR World Champion Bull race and had previously been ridden only three times in 27 outs during 2005. 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. Marchi came up short against Taylor Made Bucking Bulls' Pandora's Box allowing McBride a crucial window of opportunity of which he took full advantage.
As he steadily gains momentum in the race McBride stated "I feel great about the World Finals this year because I can breathe and I can walk. I'm healthy and whether you're at home or riding bull being healthy is a lot more fun."
McBride is in the driver's seat in the race for the World Finals event title with a total on two bulls of 182.75 points. Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) is the only other man to have covered two bulls for a total on two of 174 points. McBride has drawn Stookesbury, Owen and Thorsell's FreightLiner in round three. Freightliner has been covered once in 11 BFTS outs by and his average buck off time is 4.56 seconds. Marchi will face K&K Ranch and Kevin Loudamy's Predator in round three. In his only BFTS outing this season Predator turfed Brendon Clark in Laughlin in 1.9 seconds. 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. Sam Gress (Hutchison, Kan.) dominated the six-man field during second round action in the 70-second freestyle American bullfighting display for a $3,000 payday.
Dickies National Bullfighting Championship Results:
Round One: 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.
Round Two: 1) Sam Gress (Hutchison, Kan.) 89 points, $3,000; 2) Lance Brittan (Windsor, Colo.) 84 points; 3) Bill Bass (Andalusia, La.) 82.5 points; 4) Brandt Clark (Lakeview, Mich.) 74 points.
Ednei Caminhas (Sao Paulo, Brazil) - Laceration to forehead; fractured right foot. Questionable to compete in round three.
PBR BUILT FORD TOUGH WORLD FINALS RESULTS
SATURDAY RESULTS—1. Cody Whitney (Asher, OK) 94.75 on Berger Taupin and Teague Bucking Bulls' Little Yellow Jacket; 2. Cory McFadden (Coleman, TX) 93.0 on D & H Teague Bucking Bulls' Mossy Oak Mudslinger; 3. Justin McBride 92.25 (Elk City, OK) on Roy Carter Bucking Bulls' Kidd Rock; 4. Lee Akin (Weatherford, OK) 91.50 on Paradise Farms Rodeo Genetics' Camo; Mike White (DeKalb, TX) 91.50 on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken's Texas Jack; 6. Sean Willingham (Summerville, GA) 91.25 on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken's Scardy Cat; 7. Brian Herman (Victoria, TX) 87.25 on Tony Sharp's Sleepy; 8. Edgard Oliveira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) 80.75 on Tony Sharp's MVP II.
POINT STANDINGS—Justin McBride (Elk City, OK) 10,330.25; Guilherme Marchi (Sao Paulo, Brazil) 8,878.75; Jody Newberry (Conway, AR) 7,148; Chris Shivers (Jonesville, LA) 6983.5; Cody Whitney (Asher, OK) 6,769.75; Greg Potter (Queensland, Australia) 6,281.5; 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) $320,164.33; 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) $186,726.21; Cody Whitney (Asher, OK) $176,923.76; 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
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