By: Justin Felisko
September 14, 2016
PUEBLO, Colo. – Two-time World Champion and North Carolina native J.B. Mauney has confirmed to the PBR competition department that he will be riding at the Charlotte Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires, this weekend after sustaining multiple injuries last weekend in Springfield, Missouri.
Mauney and Proctor good for Charlotte. (9-14-16)
Mauney was unable to finish the event after being hurt inside the bucking chutes in two separate occasions within a 24-hour span. First, Mauney sustained a concussion, possible jaw fracture, separated and dislocated his left shoulder and stretched an axillary nerve, when Pearl Harbor rocketed him forward inside the bucking chutes during the 15/15 Bucking Battle Saturday night.
He then aggravated his shoulder injury on Sunday when Paradise City Slinger yanked Mauney forward inside the chute in a close-to-identical situation.
The Mooresville, North Carolina, native is slated to face KA264 (2-2, BFTS) in Round 1.
Fellow North Carolina resident Shane Proctor is also returning to competition after sustaining a concussion and chest laceration when Wicked fell on him during the 15/15 Bucking Battle in Springfield.
“I just got the concussion and I’ll be back next week,” Proctor said Sunday. “I will get my (clavicle) checked up, but I should be alright. It is a little swelled up, but it isn’t too bad. I feel pretty decent. I went to the hotel and got some good sleep. It is part of bull riding. There is nothing we can do about it.”
Proctor has drawn Going Fast (4-4, BFTS) for Round 1.
Staley, North Carolina, native Gage Gay arrives in Charlotte after winning Round 3 last weekend with an 88.25-point ride on Flight Plan. Gay has won four BFTS rounds.
“I knew that bull,” Gay said. “I got on that bull in Albuquerque and he bucked me off in 4 or 5 seconds. He does the same thing every time so I just tried to stay out over him as long as I could so he didn’t get my head back and it worked.”
Gay takes on Maxwell House (0-0, BFTS) Friday night.
World No. 4 Fabiano Vieira was also pretty banged up in Springfield, sustaining a concussion and a lacerated forehead when his head struck the gate post as Swamp Wreck left the chute.
Vieira has a Round 1 showdown against Scratch Off (1-1, BFTS).
Meanwhile, No. 16 Robson Palermo is returning to competition after missing Springfield because of a concussion.
Palermo has drawn Filthy Animal (2-0, BFTS) for Round 1.
There are four alternates in the draw – No. 36 Fraser Babbington, No. 37 Kurt Shephard, No. 38 Brant Atwood and No. 39 Luis Blanco – to replace No. 2 Cooper Davis (clavicle surgery), No. 19 Mason Lowe (groin), No. 24 Ben Jones (reconstructive shoulder surgery) and No. 30 Chase Outlaw (separated shoulder).
Babbington and Shephard are trying to qualify for the 2016 Built Ford Tough World Finals for the first time.
Babbington is only 20 points behind No. 35 Aaron Roy, while Shephard is a mere 22.5 points behind Roy. Babbington has drawn Whiteout (1-0, BFTS) and Shephard will see Super Cell (0-0, BFTS).
No. 44 Brady Sims is this weekend’s BlueDEF Tour invite thanks to his victory last weekend in Rochester, New York. Sims captured the victory with an 87.5-point ride on Slim Ice. The 23-year-old has ridden five of his last six on the BlueDEF Tour.
Sims will look to carry over his BlueDEF Tour success on Friday against Ace(0-1, BFTS).
World leader Kaique Pacheco has a rematch against I’m Trouble (10-4, BFTS). Pacheco rode I’m Trouble for 86 points earlier this season in New York.
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