By Keith Ryan Cartwright | Jul 10, 2012 @ 05:00 PM
PUEBLO, Colo. - For the past seven weeks, Renato
Nunes has had the good fortune of living with his most
recent event win.
He won the Built Ford Tough Series event in Pueblo, Colo.,
the last event prior to the series resuming in Tulsa, Okla., next
month. The win moved him to seventh in the world standings, and was
the 10th time in 19 events that Nunes finished in the Top
It was a great way for the 31-year-old, who won the world
title in 2010, to go into the summer break.
Nunes recorded eight Top 10 finishes in his first 13
events, before trailing off and then finishing the Pueblo event
strong - after predicting a win once he saw the draw for the
"I feel great," said Nunes, who added that he's been
working out nearly every day after having an injury-filled season
The week prior to the Pueblo event, Nunes realized he had
barely won $54,000 in 2012, and saw that many of his fellow
Brazilian riders were at or above $100,000.
Now he's at $91,952.86.
He was slated to compete at the Calgary Stampede this
week, however, while en route from Brazil, a flaw in his paperwork
was discovered in Phoenix. Since Nunes was not able to enter into
Canada, he's been replaced by Scott
Robson Palermo, meanwhile will be
competing at the Calgary Stampede, while several other top
Brazilian riders are continuing to compete in their home
Edevaldo Ferreira is currently atop the
PBR Brazil standings and is closely followed by Magno
Alves and Silvano Alves, who is only
1,575.25 points out of the top spot, despite regularly competing on
Brazil pays its national champion the equivalent of a $1
Nunes plans to return to Brazil for another couple weeks
to be with family and friends, however, unlike the others, he will
not be competing.
Instead, he's been working cattle and breaking horses on
Regardless of who competes in which events during the
summer break, Nunes will arrive in Tulsa having won the last event
that matters most.