Saturday, March 3, 2018


Here are three things we learned from Round 1 of the Bad Boy Mowdown at Verizon Arena on Friday night.
Kolbaba wins Round 1, but needs to get MRI
Derek Kolbaba tried to stay positive as Rich Blyn of the PBR Sports Medicine team worked on the finishing touches of strapping Kolbaba’s right knee into a brace.
Kolbaba had won Round 1 with an 89-point ride on Bottom’s Up, but his immediate future is now in jeopardy after Bottom’s Up stepped on his right knee following the ride.
Dr. Tandy Freeman has initially diagnosed Kolbaba with a torn ACL/MCL, but he will need to see an MRI on Monday to get a clear picture of how severe the damage is and if surgery will be necessary.
“It was a really good bull and I felt really good,” Kolbaba said. “I thought I had a good get off and I thought he was kind of bucking straight for a second and that was my chance to step out and he decided to turn back and apparently my leg was underneath his and it tweaked my knee wrong.
“We will see what Tandy says after I get an MRI.”
Kolbaba earned 100 points toward the world standings via the round win, but he knew something was wrong when he heard a pop as he tried to crawl to safety.
The 21-year-old is up to eighth in the world standings, but Kolbaba knows the injury will likely have him headed to the sidelines.
“It is very frustrating, especially when you win a freaking round,” Kolbaba said. “You make a good ride and I thought I had a good get off. It sucks. What do you do? This is something that happens. Look at Gage Gay. He wins the first PBR Major of the year and is leading the world and gets took out. Shit like that happens in our sport.”
Kolbaba is the latest Top 10 rider to sustain a significant injury this year.
Gay was the No. 1 rider in the world when he tore his right ACL/MCL in Chicago and Ryan Dirteater was No. 3 when he fractured four ribs and bruised his lung in Anaheim, California.
Meanwhile, current No. 5 Cooper Davis is trying to ride through a partially torn ligament in the ring finger of his riding hand, No. 9 Stetson Lawrencehas a fractured ankle and defending World Champion Jess Lockwood has a torn MCL.
“A lot of it is how you come back from it,” Kolbaba said. “You can either let it suck you in and ruin you for a month, a year or the rest of your career, or you can just do what you have to do to get it right and come back that much better.”
Resende needs just one ride to earn back full-time draw spot
Emilio Resende was originally the first alternate and odd man out for this weekend’s 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast event.
Resende was told by the PBR competition department that he could probably get into the PBR Canada event taking place in Lethbridge, Alberta, but Resende said the flights were so expensive that he decided to roll the dice and hope a spot would open up in Little Rock.
Sure enough, Rubens Barbosa informed the PBR on Wednesday afternoon he would be unable to compete because of his on-going back injury. Therefore, a spot opened for Resende.
“I didn’t see my name Wednesday morning and I was scared,” Resende said. “They then asked me if I was ready to ride. I said I am ready. My house is only a six-hour drive.”
Resende, who was the only rider from last year’s Top 30 to have been cut from the premier series so far in 2018, didn’t waste any time in getting back on tour.
The 30-year-old finished second in Round 1 by riding Little Texas for 88.25 points and an extremely important 60 world points.
“I have seen this bull a couple of times,” Resende said. “I expected to ride good. I knew to ride better I had to make the first jump and get to the spin. I am very happy.”
Resende heads into his Round 2 matchup against Wired Child (23-7, PBR UTB) ranked 28th in the world.
“I am happy I am back to the Top 30 because I am from Brazil. If I want to stay comfortable in the USA, I need to stay in the Top 35,” Resende said. “There is a lot of points and money here.”
Resende wasn’t the only bubble rider to come up with a clutch ride in Little Rock.
Cody Campbell moved up four spots – going from 33rd to 29 – thanks to an 87-point ride on Clover Mountain Beau that put him tied for third in the round with Lockwood (87 points on Wild Onion) for 45 world points.
Campbell entered the event with only one qualified ride in his last 14 attempts and was flirting with being cut from the premier series.
“I didn’t know anything about that bull,” Campbell said. “This is a Classic, but I knew I had to show up, keep my head down and start moving forward. I tried to put a little more focus into it this week and get stuff going. Sometimes I rather be doing stuff with family instead of focusing on me. I just focused on getting it right for this weekend and getting things rolling.”
Campbell takes on Black Rose (4-4, PBR UTB) in Round 2.
Lockwood continues to roll
Injuries are continuing to mount at the top of the world standings, and that is creating an opening for riders outside of the Top 10 to slowly make up ground.
Reigning World Champion Jess Lockwood is trying to get himself back into the 2018 world title race and he built off his victory at The American by riding Wild Onion for 87 points on Friday night.
Lockwood finished tied with Campbell for third in Round 1 and picked up 45 world points to move to 16th in the world standings.
“I started terrible this season and it always takes that one break through. I feel good. I feel confident as ever and it showed in my riding tonight. I spurred on him a little. We are doing good now.”
Lockwood has drawn Missouri Boat Ride (4-10, PBR UTB) for Round 2 on Saturday night.
With Kolbaba out of the competition, Lockwood is one of only four riders in the Top 16 with a qualified ride heading into Round 2.
No. 3 Luciano de Castro rode Reckless Red for 85.25 points, No. 7 Guilherme Marchi made 8 seconds on Ellis 1413 for 82.75 points and No. 15 Jose Vitor Leme covered After Party Blues for 82.5 points to wrap up the seven total qualified rides in Round 1.
Alves now on World Champion provisional status
PUEBLO, Colo. – Some may be surprised when they see three-time World Champion Silvano Alves in the draw on Friday night for the Bad Boy Mowdown in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Alves is currently tied for 40th in the world standings following the first eight events of the 2018 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast.
If Alves was not a World Champion, he would have been relegated to the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour now that he has used up all eight of his guaranteed Unleash The Beast events for his 11th-place finish in the final 2017 world standings.
However, Alves notified the PBR two weeks ago with his intention of enacting rule 3.1.15 “World Champion Provisional Status,” if it was necessary.
The rule ( states, “A World Champion has a provisional status exemption for any 10 events in a season, and after the completion of those 10 events must qualify to remain as a seated rider under the eligibility for PBR 25th Tour Events. If the World Champion then qualifies for the next World Finals under applicable rules, his provisional status exemption continues for the next successive year. If the prior PBR World Champion fails to qualify for the World Finals in any year, his World Champion Provisional Status shall be revoked.”
Rule states a World Champion must notify the PBR no later than two weeks before an event to use the exemption. Therefore, even though Alves was not cut yet, he still made sure to inform PBR of his decision just in case.
The PBR competition department confirmed this week that the World Champion Provisional Status is in addition to the eight events a rider earns for finishing in the Top 30 of the final world standings from a previous season.
Alves said last weekend he was not concerned about having to use additional exemptions to crack the Top 35 of the world standings after being eliminated from the WinStar World Casino & Resort Iron Cowboy, powered by Kawasaki.
“If I get cut, I will go to the Velocity events and make my way back,” he said.
Alves is 9-for-21 (42.86 percent) with only one Top-5 finish, which was a fifth-place finish in Anaheim, California. Outside of the 135 world points he earned in Anaheim, Alves has picked up only 15 world points in the other seven premier series events.
He began the event with an 82.25-point ride on his re-ride, Chute Boss, to finish Round 1 in 10th place for 5 world points. Alves was then bucked off Sky Harbor in 2.44 seconds to Round 2 to be eliminated from the competition.
“It is hard for us because the judges have had trouble with us,” Alves said in Anaheim. “The (chute) clock. The scores. All I can do is try to ride my bulls. It is a long season. Right now, I want to ride my bulls.”
No. 8 Stetson Lawrence, No. 11 Derek Kolbaba, No. 16 Kaique Pachecoand No. 33 Cody Campbell are the only riders that have competed in all eight premier series events that are ranked higher than Alves who have nine or less qualified rides on the premier series.
There are other riders with less rides than Alves, but they have either competed in Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour events or have yet to compete in every event like Alves.
Alves has drawn Big Black (2-0, PBR UTB) for Round 1, and he can easily crack back into the Top 35 this weekend. The 30-year-old trails No. 35 Aaron Kleier, who is not competing in Little Rock as he remains in Australia, by 40 points.
There are only four riders ranked inside the Top 35 not competing this weekend – No. 6 Ryan Dirteater (fractured ribs), No. 9 Gage Gay(reconstructive knee surgery), No. 32 Lindomar Lino (fractured sternum) and No. 35 Kleier (personal decision).
The four spots have been filled by three exempt riders – No. 37 Ueberson Duarte (Youngstown, Ohio), No. 77 Stormy Wing (three exemptions remaining), unranked Jake Gowdy (final injury exemption) – and alternate No. 36 Emilio Resende.
Resende is a meager five points behind Kleier and has drawn Little Texas (1-1, PBR UTB).
Gowdy has zero world points after making his debut last weekend following two torn groin muscles (left and right) that cost him eight months last season. The 20-year-old is slated to face Detective Crockett (2-0, PBR UTB) in Round 1.
Ramon de Lima will begin his first defense of the world No. 1 ranking by taking on Mr. Majestic (5-1, PBR UTB) in the first round.


Washington cowboy Derek Kolbaba brought the crowd in Verizon Arena to its feet when he won Round 1 of the 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast, Bad Boy Mowdown with his 89-point ride.
The Walla Walla native rode Bottoms Up (K-C Bucking Bulls/TCB Ranch) for the required 8 seconds, but he injured his right knee as he dismounted the chocolate brown bovine and was immediately helped from the dirt and back to sports medicine. It was reported he sustained a right knee injury and will have to undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the full extent of the damage.
With the round win, Kolbaba netted 100 world points and $3,632.86. Kolbaba, who currently sits at No. 8 in the PBR world standings, trails No. 1 Ramon de Lima (Sao Paulo, Brazil) by 930 points.
Emilio Resende (Santa Helena Do Goias, Brazil) reached 8 seconds aboard Little Texas (Broken Arrow Bucking Bulls/6-C) for 88.25 points to finish second in the round. Resende took over the lead in the round five rides before Kolbaba rode, securing the Brazilian 60 points toward the world standings along with $2,802.86.
Reigning PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana) tied for third place with Cody Campbell (Summerville, Oregon) after each recorded 87-point rides. Lockwood rode Wild Onion (Andrews Rodeo Co.), while Campbell outlasted Clover Mountain Beau (J&C Cattle Company). They each picked up 45 points toward the world standings along with $1,702.86.
The No. 3 bull rider in the world, Luciano De Castro (Guzolandia, Brazil), finished in fifth place after his own 85.25-point ride on Reckless Red (5S Ranch). He netted 30 world points along with $902.86.
Round 1 was also an ABBI (American Bucking Bull, Inc.) Classic event, a competition for 3- and 4-year old bucking bulls. Big Black (K-C Bucking Bulls/Joe & Nina Webb) and D&H Cattle/Buck Cattle’s Mind Freak split the Classic Round win with 89.6 points apiece, while taking home more than $8,300 each. This was Big Black’s second Classic Round victory.
Mo Money (Andrews Rodeo Company) placed third with an 87.6-point performance for a $4,517.60 payout. Night Sweats (Plummer/Hart Cattle Co) earned $3,822.50 for fourth place with 87.2 points, while Joker’s Wild(01 Cattle Co/Robbie Schroeder) rounded out the Top 5 with 87 points for a $3,127.50 check.
More than $35,000 was paid out to the Stock Contractors.
The best bull riders in the world will return to Verizon Arena one more time for the conclusion of the Bad Boy Mowdown on Saturday night. Each rider will face one more bull in Round 2 before the Top 15 move on to the championship round where the winner be crowned.
Professional Bull Riders
Bad Boy Mowdown
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
1. Derek Kolbaba, 89-0-0-89.00-100 Points.
2. Emilio Resende, 88.25-0-0-88.25-60 Points.
3. Jess Lockwood, 87-0-0-87.00-45 Points.
(tie). Cody Campbell, 87-0-0-87.00-45 Points.
5. Luciano De Castro, 85.25-0-0-85.25-30 Points.
6. Jose Vitor Leme, 84.5-0-0-84.50-15 Points.
7. Guilherme Marchi, 82.75-0-0-82.75-5 Points.
Ramon de Lima, 0-0-0-0.00
Dener Barbosa, 0-0-0-0.00
Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-0-0-0.00
Cooper Davis, 0-0-0-0.00
Stetson Lawrence, 0-0-0-0.00
Cody Nance, 0-0-0-0.00
Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0.00
Tanner Byrne, 0-0-0-0.00
Cody Teel, 0-0-0-0.00
Kaique Pacheco, 0-0-0-0.00
Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0-0.00
Keyshawn Whitehorse, 0-0-0-0.00
Marco Antonio Eguchi, 0-0-0-0.00
Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0-0.00
J.B. Mauney, 0-0-0-0.00
Dakota Buttar, 0-0-0-0.00
Brennon Eldred, 0-0-0-0.00
Alex Marcilio, 0-0-0-0.00
Fabiano Vieira, 0-0-0-0.00
Brady Oleson, 0-0-0-0.00
Chase Robbins, 0-0-0-0.00
Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0.00
Juan Carlos Contreras, 0-0-0-0.00
Tye Chandler, 0-0-0-0.00
Paulo Ferreira Lima, 0-0-0-0.00
Ueberson Duarte, 0-0-0-0.00
Silvano Alves, 0-0-0-0.00
Stormy Wing, 0-0-0-0.00
Jake Gowdy, 0-0-0-0.00

Kyle Busch claims win at Vegas, his 50th Camping World Truck Series victory

Holding off a hard-charging Johnny Sauter and Brett Moffitt in the closing laps of a thrilling NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, Kyle Busch claimed a milestone victory at his home track and kept alive the possibility of a three-race sweep at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Busch crossed the finish line .437 seconds ahead of Sauter, who outdueled Moffitt for the runner-up position. Last week’s winner at Atlanta, Moffitt held the lead until contact of his No. 16 Toyota with the lapped truck of Michel Disdier gave Busch the opportunity to charge to the outside and pass for the top spot.
Busch maintained the lead the rest of the way, except for two laps under caution for Disdier’s spin off Turn 4 on Lap 119. Busch won for the first time this season, the first time in a truck at Las Vegas and the 50th time in his career, leaving him one win short of the record held by NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr.
Busch has now won at LVMS in each of NASCAR’s top three touring series, and he has won a Truck Series race at every active track at which he has competed.
“It means a lot,” said Busch, who will race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday. “We’ve had some great runs in the races that we’ve had at Kyle Busch Motorsports. We’ve raced and won all across the country, but I’ve just never been able to get back to Las Vegas to run a race.
“This one’s pretty cool to be able to win in my hometown and finish my list of Truck Series facilities that I’ve raced at and I’ve won at. I couldn’t be prouder to do it with this Cessna Beechcraft Toyota Tundra – just a phenomenal race truck.”
Failure to launch on the restarts cost Sauter a chance to battle for the victory after the final restart on Lap 124 of 134.
“Tonight I was frustrated when I got out of the truck because of the restarts,” Sauter said. “My best one was the last one, so that was good.”
Just not quite good enough for the driver of the No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet, who felt he could have caught the race winner given five or six more laps.
Sauter, however, was no more frustrated than Moffitt, whose issue wasn’t with Disdier. Moffitt was seething because the lapped truck of Myatt Snider raced him tenaciously after coming off pit road with fresh tires in the late stages of the race.
“When the 13 (Snider) pulled out from the pits a couple laps down and side drafted us for the lead, and it allowed Kyle to close in, I tried to go to the bottom of a lapped car (Disdier) and he turned down into us,” Moffitt said.
“It’s just frustrating, because when you’re out of the race, you shouldn’t get in the way of the leaders. … It’s just a bittersweet race.”
Sauter added to his series lead, outpacing second-place Moffitt by 39 points. Fourth-place finisher Grant Enfinger is 40 points behind in third, one ahead of Noah Gragson, who ran 12th on Friday night.
Stewart Friesen led 31 laps — second only to Busch’s 55 — and placed fifth. Gragson and Friesen won the first and second stages of the race, respectively.