By: Justin Felisko September 03, 2014@ 06:00:00 PM
BEHIND THE CHUTES: Breaking down the draw for Nashville
PUEBLO, Colo. – Kody Lostroh is continuing his march up the bottom half of the world standings after winning the Touring Pro Division event this past Sunday in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Lostroh went 2-for-2 after driving 15 hours to the event following the conclusion of the Built Ford Tough Series competition in Thackerville, Oklahoma. He not only won the TPD event, but he also guaranteed himself a spot in this weekend’s draw for the Jack Daniel’s Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee.
The 2009 World Champion is up to 40th in the world standings after beginning the second half three weeks ago ranked 55th. Lostroh finished fourth in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and tied for ninth last week in Thackerville. He has ridden 3-of-6 bulls in the second half and is riding with a new Brazilian bull rope.
Lostroh is one of five riders that earned a spot in Nashville courtesy of a TPD win.
2012 PRCA Rookie of the Year Cooper Davis will be making his Built Ford Tough Series debut after winning the TPD event in Belton, Texas. Other TPD event winners competing in Nashville include Chad VanAmburg, Kevin “Rooster” McKeeman and John Smith.
Tanner Byrne and Reese Cates (injury exemption) are set to return to action after missing time on the BFTS because of injuries. Byrne only missed last week’s event in Thackerville due to a right wrist injury, while Cates is back after missing the past 10 BFTS events after undergoing surgical reconstruction on his dislocated right shoulder.
J.W. Harris is up to 31st in the world standings thanks to his fourth-place performance in Thackerville and is the top alternate in the draw this weekend. Stetson Lawrence and Harve Stewart also are competing as alternates and Billy Robinson is riding on an injury exemption.
Kasey Hayes, currently 12th in the world standings, is out due to a broken jaw he sustained in Thackerville when he collided heads with Margy Time.
Other riders inside the Top 30 that remain out due to injury include Sean Willingham (hip), Ty Pozzobon (right knee) and Robson Palermo (right shoulder).
A full draw will be available later this week on PBR.com.
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