By: Rachel Tighe
BISMARCK, N.D. – The Kansas City Outlaws (2-0-0) reigned supreme in Bismarck, North Dakota, winning the inaugural preseason event in the PBR Team Series – a new league of eight bull riding teams from across the country competing for a national championship. The Outlaws went 2-0 in their games on Friday and Saturday night and then relied on the first-round draft pick to put up a massive 90-point qualified ride in the one-ride-per-team bonus round.
The Outlaws had defeated the Nashville Stampede (1-1-0) on Friday night and again won their five-on-five game on Saturday by defeating the Oklahoma Freedom (1-1-0) with a 173.75-87.75 victory. In the bonus round set up to determine the two-day event’s winning team among the two undefeated teams, the Outlaws and the Carolina Cowboys (2-0-0), who had defeated the Missouri Thunder (1-1-0) earlier in the evening, Dalton Kasel (Muleshoe, Texas) tallied 90.75 points on Oilfield Outlaw’s Yellow Feather (Chad Berger/Oilfield Outlaw’s Bucking Bulls), while the Cowboys’ Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York) was bucked off.
Kasel was named the event MVP, tallying an aggregate score of 180.25 points after riding Oilfield Outlaw’s Yellow Feather (Chad Berger/Oilfield Outlaw’s Bucking Bulls) for 90.75 points and WSM’s Nasty Wishes (WSM Auctioneers / Clay Struve / Dakota Rodeo / Chad Berger) for 89.5 points on Friday night.
The Kansas City Outlaws are based at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri, where the team’s inaugural Outlaw Days homestand will be held August 5-7, 2022, the second event of the 2022 PBR Team Series season. Fans can find more information about the KC Outlaws by visiting http://www.pbr.com/teams/outlaws/.
The second and final preseason event of the PBR Team Series, the PBR Tryon Chute Out, is scheduled for Tryon, North Carolina, on June 24 (8 p.m. ET) and June 25 (7 p.m. ET), available LIVE on RidePass on Pluto TV (channel 720).
Texas Rattlers: 84 points
Arizona Ridge Riders: 0 points
Day 2 of the Dakota Community Bank & Trust PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Bull Riding Challenge started with five consecutive buckoffs until Ednélio Almeida (Cacoal, Brazil) put up an 84-point ride aboard Quickfire (Heald Pro Bulls/Clay Struve/Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger). The qualified ride into Almeida’s hand and around to his left was enough to lead the Texas Rattlers (1-1-0) to their first victory of the weekend in shutting out the Arizona Ridge Riders (0-2-0). The Ridge Riders could not respond with a qualified ride in their five outs and were blanked by the Rattlers, 84-0.
“We’re more concerned with practicing than the scores,” Texas Rattlers coach Cody Lambert said after the team’s first win of the weekend.
“Making the 8 seconds for this game is really important,” added Ednélio Almeida. “Everything is new, everything is exciting. Eight seconds to win is really good for us.”
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