Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Dale Jr. Clash Results

When the lights grew dim in the Charlotte Bobcats Arena, the newest Brazillian sensation, Silvanei Dias was the winner of the Dale Jr. Clash BFTS event. He topped three of his four bulls, and was the only man to ride in the championship round, staying up for the eight aboard Best Western from the Page & Teague /Harrison stock pens for a score of 88.25. The rest of the top ten reads like a who's who list for the PBR's top riders. Second place went to Dustin Hall, the young gun from Missouri. After that came 2005 World Champion Justin McBride, who won the first go round of action aboard Evil Forces (Evil Forces would come back to buck off Cord McCoy in the short go action). Filling in the forth place was Brian Herman, followed up by a tie for fifth and sixth between Robson Palermo and the mighty one Mike White. Seventh went to Wiley Peterson, who was the last man in the list to cover more than one bull. After that we find Matt Bohon sitting in eighth place. Matt has been fairly consistent this season and is currently sitting in 15th position overall. Rounding out the top ten was a tie between youngster JB Mauney, who is currently sitting second over all (a mere 96 points behind Mike Lee on the leader board), and my favorite cowboy, Oklahoma native, Cord McCoy. Cord won round three with a 88.75 aboard Fronteir and Teague Bucking Bulls, Chain Reaction. Cord had this bull back in NYC at the Garden where he was unsuccessful. It was really nice to see him not only even the score out so to speak, but to do so well aboard him. Right now Cord is ranked 29th in the overall points standings, and 21st for money won, which puts him well out of the reaches of the cuts.

Speaking of cuts from the series, they should be put up sometime this week. I'll let you know who goes, who stays, and who come on. Some of the names being bantered around at the last event were shocking. Ross Coleman is in 'danger' of being knocked off the tour. It's shocking to see a cowboy of his caliber, who has done so well in the past in jeopardy. He did put up a ride this weekend, which moved him a bit higher in the standings. We are all just going to have to wait and see who we end up losing.

One the injury side of things, we may or may not be seeing Mike Lee this next weekend. He suffered a knock out from the bull named Smash Hit. After that wreck I would have to say that is a fairly appropriate name. He ended up with a pretty bad concussion, and was forced to sit out Sunday's round. Though after his interview with Tava Smiley, it was very apparent that he really didn't want to. Unfortunately for Mike, with how few rides there were this weekend, he would have been back in the Championship round if it hadn't been for his injuries. He is still sitting in the top spot in the championship race though, so that is good news for him. Other riders also got slammed pretty hard by their bulls. Travis Briscoe has possible facial fractures and a bruised shoulder from his bull stepping down hard on him. It was a pretty ugly wreck. He is probably for Tampa, we will likely be informed of more details at the start of the event. Check out the injury page for the event. It is long.

BFTS Standings-Points

BFTS Standings- Qualifier

BFTS Injury Report

This coming weekend will find the cowboys of the PBR competing in Tampa, FL at the Southern Ford Dealers Invitational on Feb. 2, and then up in Atlanta, GA on Feb 3 for the Atlanta Classic Presented by Zaxby's. With four total go rounds of action (two long, two short), it should prove to be an exciting, and action packed weekend.

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