Kingsolver Looks to Build Off Velocity Win


PUEBLO, Colo. – Skeeter Kingsolver will head to Chicago for this weekend’s Chicago Invitational as the top alternate thanks to his victory at the San Diego BlueDEF Velocity Tour event this past November.

Kingsolver went 2-for-2 at the Valley View Casino Center and used an 85.5-point ride on Woody to earn a spot on the BFTS for one event.

“I know my abilities,” Kingsolver said at the time of the victory. “There is no reason why I shouldn’t be able to do this each and every weekend. I know my job is to ride my bulls, but showing up and doing it is another thing. I’m going to have a different mindset for 2015.”

Kingsolver, who will face Pretty Reckless in Round 1, is one of six alternates set to compete in Chicago at the Allstate Arena.

Jason Malone is set to make his BFTS season debut after competing in a career-high 11 events in 2014, and Tyler Harr will also be appearing this year for the first time on the BFTS after making his career-debut last season in five events.

The other three alternates include Ben Jones, who is currently fourth in the world standings, Billy Robinson and Harve Stewart.

Three-time World Champion Silvano Alves will look to set the all-time PBR BFTS consecutive ride record on Saturday night by riding Redbone for his 17th consecutive ride on the BFTS. Alves has never faced Redbone and this will be the bovine athlete’s third out on the BFTS.

Redbone’s last out came at the Desert Showdown in 2014 when Ryan Dirteater covered him for 82 points in the second round. Mike Lee was bucked off at the 7.34-second mark in Nashville, Tennessee, earlier last year. Overall, Redbone has bucked off nine of his 11 challengers at all levels. Malone is the only rider to reach 8 seconds on Redbone in the Touring Pro Division, earning 85.5 points in Little Rock, Arkansas, last February.

Current world leader Reese Cates has a first-round date with Mr. Bojangles. Jeff Robinson’s bull bucked off Malone in 2.09 seconds last year in Biloxi, Mississippi, in his only career BFTS out.

Matt Triplett (bruised left thigh) is expected to compete Friday night and said earlier this week that he was feeling better after being thrown by Cooper Tires Brown Sugar last weekend in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. He has drawn Justified for Round 1.

Emilio Resende (multi-ligament knee reconstruction following the World Finals); Claudio Crisostomo (left clavicle fracture); Ty Pozzobon (concussion sustained at the PBR Canadian Finals); Markus Mariluch (bicep surgery) and Stetson Lawrence (torn left PCL) are out for the Chicago Invitational.

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