DES MOINES, Iowa - After slipping from the No. 1 spot in the
world standings last week, J.B. Mauney will miss
the second straight Built Ford Tough Series event of his 2012
season since having a broken bone in his riding hand surgically
But after one practice session at home, where he switched to riding with his right hand down, he has indicated to family members that he will probably compete in Uncasville, Conn., next week.
Mauney's initial practice session took place Thursday. After two days' rest, he expected to practice again on Sunday before committing.
Mauney, who has never won a world title, is in a back-and-forth battle atop the standings with Valdiron de Oliveira. Oliveira currently leads Mauney by 437.25 points.
There are a total of 1,100 maximum points available this weekend in Des Moines, and Oliveira has recorded four Top 10 finishes in the past six BFTS events. He hasn't gone 0-for-the-weekend since the second of four stadium events in Houston.
J.B. Mauney, left, is practicing at home with his right hand down. Shane Proctor will return to the Built Ford Tough Series this weekend.
The only other rider within striking distance is Marco
Eguche, who is 880.5 points back.
Mike Laws, the man who taught Mauney how to ride, eased concerns of family and friends by saying he knows Mauney well enough to know that he can make the switch.
According to Laws, who also happens to be Mike White's father-in-law, it will take Mauney about four practice bulls to make the adjustment before he feels comfortable enough to compete.
PROCTOR RETURNS: Shane Proctor returns to competition in Des Moines after missing the past four events with nerve damage in his shoulder. Prior to the Detroit event at Ford Field, Proctor had missed the first nine events of the season after having surgery to repair a badly broken arm suffered during the National Finals Rodeo. Proctor, who finished ninth in the PBR last year, is the reigning World Champion in the PRCA. He has four injury exemptions to ride his way into the PBR's Top 25, and is currently ranked 51st in the world standings.
OUT AND IN: Late scratches from the draw this weekend include Skeeter Kingsolver (illness), Justin Koon (aggravated neck) and Sevi Torturo, who would have replaced Koon as an alternate. Brendon Clark and Jared Farley have been called up to fill in the draw.
POWER RANKINGS: Mauney, who didn't compete last week in Indianapolis and was unable to finish the Kansas City, Mo., event, is at the top of the current power rankings, which measure rider efficiency using a variety of statistics, including, but not limited to, wins, riding percentage, scores, and bulls.
They are: 1. Mauney, 90.68; 2. L.J. Jenkins, 87.76; 3. Oliveira, 86.22; 4. Fabiano Vieira, 85.60; 5. Robson Palermo, 85.25; 6. Guilherme Marchi, 85.21; 7. Douglas Duncan, 83.62; 8. Eguche, 83.09; 9. Silvano Alves, 83.04 and 10. Kasey Hayes, 82.29.
Guilherme Marchi is the only former Des Moines winner on tap to compete this weekend.
IOWA WINNERS: Three of the four winners in Des
Moines have been World Champions - Chris Shivers
(2011), Mike Lee (2010) and
Marchi (2008). Travis Briscoe won
the event in 2009. However, only Marchi will be competing at Wells
Fargo Arena this weekend. Shivers and Lee are out with injuries
until after the summer break, and Briscoe is competing at the
Touring Pro Division level.
TV GUIDE: CBS Sports Network will air the action this Sunday at 6 p.m. ET (please check local listings). There will be encore airings Sunday at 10 p.m. ET, and on Monday at 9 p.m. ET.
Veteran broadcaster Craig Hummer will provide the play-by-play. Color commentary will be provided by two-time World Champion Justin McBride, and dirt-level interviews will be handled by Leah Garcia.
LIVE EVENT CENTER: Follow all the action from this week's BFTS event by logging on to the Event Center at www.pbr.com/live. The multimedia center provides in-arena audio, live scoring, live blogging and live chat.
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