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Results: Finals (Nov. 12, 2006)
Bareback Riding | Steer Wrestling | Team Roping | Saddle Bronc Riding
Tie-Down Roping | Barrel Racing | Bull Riding
Results: Semifinals (Nov. 12, 2006)
Bareback Riding | Steer Wrestling | Team Roping | Saddle Bronc Riding
Tie-Down Roping | Barrel Racing | Bull Riding

DALLAS — Over the past few years two-time World Champion Bareback Rider Will Lowe has won more Tour titles than any other PRCA contestant. He extended that number on Sunday afternoon winning his sixth career Tour title at the ProRodeo Tour Championship presented by Interstate Batteries Texas Stampede at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Lowe (Canyon, Texas) posted an 87-point ride on Classic Pro Rodeo's Wise Guy edging traveling partner Wes Stevenson by one point for the title.

"That horse really bucks," said Lowe regarding the horse Wise Guy. "I've been on him a pile of times and it felt like he tried to buck out of the building today. This is the third time in four years, that I've won this particular event. It's a great rodeo and I want to thank God for the opportunity to compete here."

Lowe added another $17,919 to his 2006 earnings, while Stevenson (Kaufman, Texas) picked up $11,163. Royce Ford was the second highest money winner in the bareback riding with $11,750.

Bull rider Fred Boettcher wasn't even supposed to be in Dallas this weekend but after Matt Austin had to doctor release due to an injury sustained in Liberty, Texas, last month and then when the alternate Wesley Silcox couldn't compete either due to injury, Boettcher got the nod. Boettcher (Rice Lake, Wis.) took advantage of this good fortune and won the bull riding title at the ProRodeo Tour Championship, not only giving him his first title, but also a shot at riding for a share of the $5.375 million up for grabs at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nov. 30-Dec. 9.

Boettcher finished third in the semifinal round with an 86-point ride on Joe Simon Rodeo's Dueces Wild and picked up a check worth $2,350. He came back in the final round to post a 91-point ride on Silverado Rodeo's Sweet Dreams to win the title and a check totaling $10,575, moving him to 15th in the world standings.

"I thought my season was over last week at the Xtreme Bulls Finals in Indianapolis," Boettcher said. "You hate to see your buddies have to sit it out due to injury, but I felt fortunate to get a chance to compete here. It just feels great to win and earn a spot in the Finals."

Steer wrestler Dean Gorsuch entered the weekend as the top steer wrestler in the world and he added $17,919 to his 2006 earnings extending his lead heading into the Wrangler NFR. Gorsuch (Gering, Neb.) turfed his steer in 3.7 seconds to win his first Tour Championship title, edging Jason Lahr for the title, who finished with a 4.2-second run.

"It is awesome," said Gorsuch. "It is my first one, I can't say anymore. I drew a good steer today. My traveling partner Ronnie Fields drew this steer and had a 3.8. I talked to him before and it was good. I am riding one of the best horses in the world (three-time AQHA Horse of the Year Zan)."

Speed Williams and Clay O'Brien Cooper won their second Tour title of the year with the win in Dallas. Williams (De Leon, Texas) and Cooper (Morgan Mill, Texas) stopped the clock in 3.9 seconds to capture their second title as a team. They were also the big money winners in Dallas pocketing $21,738 each.

"It feels great now that it's all done," Cooper said. "The position that we came in, it was either all or nothing because there were two (teams) left behind us. The first team was 4.3 so that really puts your back against the wall. All we could do is just go as fast as we could and it happened to work out."

Chad Masters and Cole Bigbee needed a big weekend in Dallas to have a chance to be in Las Vegas at the end of the month. They came up big winning $9,204, and punching their ticket to the 48th annual Wrangler NFR.

Saddle bronc rider Chad Ferley won his second consecutive Tour title on Sunday afternoon thanks to an 88-point ride on Carr Pro Rodeo's Coffee Bean in the final round. Ferley (Oelrichs, S.D.) also won the semifinal round with an 84 on Rafter G Rodeo's War Admiral.

"This is great," Ferley said. "Hopefully everything keeps going the same way. It's been a lot of fun coming to these Tour events. This is the first year I've been healthy and able to stay out there all year. It makes a big difference when you don't lie on the couch."

Blair Burk not only won his third career Tour title, but he set a new arena record in the process with a time of 6.6 seconds. The previous record was set in 2001 when Cody Ohl and Stran Smith stopped the clock in 6.7 seconds.

"The arena record is something between the guys and it is set to be broken," said Burk, who won $17,625 in Dallas. "I had a really good calf today and the guys behind me were the best in the world. I had to let it roll as I had nothing to lose. When it comes to that final round you have to go as fast as you can and hope you don't mess up."

Burk (Durant, Okla.) was the final cowboy to qualify for the final round after turning in a 9.6-second run in the semifinals, a round won by Cade Swor with a 7.4. With the semifinal win, Swor (Winnie, Texas) punched his ticket to the Wrangler NFR and moved to ninth in the world with $70,880.

Sherry Cervi needed a come-from-behind effort entering Dallas this weekend. On Sunday afternoon, she walked away from the American Airlines Center with her fourth Tour title and a ticket to her 11th Wrangler NFR. Cervi, (Marana, Ariz.) rounded the cloverleaf pattern in the final round in 12.93 seconds to capture the title.

"After the first two rounds of not winning anything, I was discouraged for sure," said Cervi, who won $14,100. "I really lucked into the semifinals. Tinman really didn't feel like he ran until the final round. I just knew that I had to win something."

CBS Sports will televise the semifinals and final rounds on Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. ET.

Total Money
Bareback Riding | Steer Wrestling | Team Roping | Saddle Bronc Riding
Tie-Down Roping | Barrel Racing | Bull Riding
Event Winners
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