Buttar 11th at PBR Unleash The Beast’s Stop in Kansas City

By: Kacie Albert  Monday, March 25, 2019 @ 7:40 AM

Dakota Buttar went 1-for-3 in Kansas City to finish 11th and collect 20 world points. Photo: Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media.

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – As the lone Canadian in the draw for the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Unleash The Beast’s Caterpillar Classic, presented by Cooper Tires, in Kansas City, Missouri, Dakota Buttar (Kindersley, Saskatchewan) went 1-for-3 to finish eleventh.

After bucking off Struttin Stuff (D&H Cattle Co./Futrell) in 4.22 seconds in Round 1, Buttar rebounded in the second round, recording the sixth highest marks in the round when he made the 8 on Real Gun (Cord McCoy/Graber/Gallagher) for 86.5 points.

With the 13th pick in the championship round draft, the Kindersley man aimed high, selecting then two-time YETI “Built for the Wild” Bull of the event Fearless (D&H Cattle/Buck Cattle/Tommy Julian).

Buttar, however, proved no match for the strong bovine athlete who bucked off the Canuck in 2.5 seconds to earn a league-best 46.5-point bull score. For the out, Fearless also earned his third bull of the event honor for the 2019 season as the top-marked bovine in Kansas City.

For his efforts, Buttar earned $1,450 in addition to 20 world points. He remains inside the Top 35 in the world, currently ranked No. 31.

In front of a record-setting crowd at Sprint Center, Chase Outlaw (Hamburg, Arkansas) used a flawless performance to capture his second PBR Unleash The Beast event win of the 2019 season.

“It’s only March and to be No. 1 it don’t mean nothing,” Outlaw said. “I’m going to keep coming as if I’m on the cut line because this ain’t something that you just get, you have to take it and that’s what I’m after. I’m going to ride one bull at a time and see where it gets me. I’m thankful it got me here and we’re onto Tacoma next weekend.”

Entering the final day of competition tenth in the aggregate, courtesy of his 86-point trip on Sandman (Tullis/Schreiber) in Round 1, the “CEO of Outlaw Nation” rapidly climbed the leaderboard when he tied for second in Round 2 after making the 8 aboard Smooth Over (GT Bucking Bulls/Hart Cattle) for 87.75 points.

Garnering the first pick in the championship round draft, Outlaw selected a familiar foe in Bottoms Up (TNT Bucking Bulls / Hart Cattle Co). With one prior meeting on record between the two athletes, Bottoms Up dispatched Outlaw in 6.15 seconds during the Glendale, Arizona elite tour event in January.

Outlaw evened the score in the Show Me State, bringing the raucous crowd to its feet when he covered Bottoms Up for 89 points to capture the event title.

It’s the first time the 8-year pro has won two premier series events in the same year.

As the lone rider to go a perfect 3-for-3, Outlaw earned $37,816.67 in addition to 510 world points. After beginning the event ranked No. 4 in the world, 380 points behind then No. 1 Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana), Outlaw is now the top-ranked rider in the world, 130 points ahead of Lockwood.

Outlaw also holds a six-out ride streak, having covered all of his bulls at the two most recent elite tour events, dating to the U.S. Border Patrol Invitational on March 9-10 in Duluth, Georgia where he finished third.

Rookie of the Year contender Lucas Divino (Nova Crixas Goias, Brazil) recorded the best finish of his career on the premier series, finishing second.

First riding Sober Sensation (Cord McCoy/Moline Cattle Co.) for 87 points in Round 1, the 25-year-old rebounded from a Round Two buckoff with an 89.5-point, round-winning ride aboard Mr. Majestic (Cord McCoy/Bruce Wold) in the championship round.

He left Missouri with a check for $20,250 and 370 world points. He is now No. 8 in the world, and No. 2 in the Rookie of the Year race, where he trails the top-ranked contender Cody Jesus (Window Rock, Arizona) by 198 world points.

Third place went to Ryan Dirteater (Hulbert, Oklahoma) who collected $10,400 and 230 world points.

Beginning the Sunday-night event with an 85.5-point ride on Dr. DJ (CG Bucking Bulls), the Cherokee Kid was unable to remain perfect, bucked off by Canadian Mist (TNT Bucking Bulls/Hart Cattle Co.) in the final round.

Dirteater remains No. 6 in the world, and now trails No. 1 Outlaw by 1,129.17 points.

Cody Jesus (Window Rock, Arizona) dubbed “The Riding Sensation from the Navajo Nation” was indeed sensational in Kansas City. Jesus finished in fourth place after tallying the only 90-point score of the weekend.

His 90 points aboard Rising Sun (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Heald Pro Bulls), his second 90-point ride of the season, allowed him to win Round Two.

Jesus was unable to cover Smooth Wreck (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Diamond Willow) in the championship round, hitting the dirt in 2.08 seconds.

He earned 205 points towards the world standings along with $8,980 and is holding steady as the 7th ranked rider in the world.

Rounding out the Top 5 was Round 1 winner, Matt Triplett (Columbia Falls, Montana). Triplett was unable to keep his hot streak going as he was bucked off Biker Bob (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/H&C Bucking Bulls) in Round 2 and Buck Owens (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) in the championship round.

Triplett picked up 165 world points and collected a paycheck of $7,480.

The PBR will be back in action next weekend with the Tacoma Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires on March 30-31 in the Tacoma Dome.

All the action from Kansas City will be viewable Monday starting at 8 a.m. ET on RidePass.com or via the RidePass mobile app.

Elsewhere in the PBR, 2018 PBR World Finals event winner Marco Eguchi (Poa, Brazil) won the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour event in Fresno, California.

Eguchi went 2-for-3 inside the Save Mart Center, riding Bit A Bad News (Rocking Forty-Five Cattle) for 85.5 points in Round 1 and Slappy (Crown 7 Bucking Bulls) for 83.5 points in Round 2, to earn 187.5 world points and $5,622.22.

The win propelled Eguchi solidly to within the Top 35 as he is now ranked No. 25 in the world.

PBR Unleash The Beast Event Results
Caterpillar Classic, presented by Cooper Tires
Sprint Center – Kansas City, Kansas
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Chase Outlaw, 86-87.75-89-262.75-510 Points.
2. Lucas Divino, 87-0-89.5-176.50-370 Points.
3. Ryan Dirteater, 87.75-85.5-0-173.25-230 Points.
4. Cody Jesus, 0-90-0-90.00-205 Points.
5. Matt Triplett, 89.75-0-0-89.75-165 Points.
6. Luciano De Castro, 89-0-0-89.00-105 Points.
7. Cooper Davis, 0-87.75-0-87.75-67.5 Points.
(tie). Cannon Cravens, 0-87.75-0-87.75-67.5 Points.
9. Cody Nance, 87.25-0-0-87.25-50 Points.
10. Scottie Knapp, 0-87.25-0-87.25-40 Points.
11. Dakota Buttar, 0-86.5-0-86.50-20 Points.
12. Alisson De Souza, 86.75-0-0-86.75-11.66 Points.
(tie). Derek Kolbaba, 86.75-0-0-86.75-11.66 Points.
(tie). Dylan Smith, 86.75-0-0-86.75-11.66 Points.
15. Stetson Lawrence, 86.25-0-0-86.25-5 Points.
16. Cody Teel, 0-85.75-0-85.75-2.5 Points.
(tie). Marcus Mast, 0-85.75-0-85.75-2.5 Points.
18. Ezekiel Mitchell, 0-85.5-0-85.50
19. Eduardo Aparecido, 85-0-0-85.00
20. Mason Taylor, 0-84.5-0-84.50
21. Claudio Montanha Jr., 83-0-0-83.00
22. Silvano Alves, 0-82.5-0-82.50
23. Daniel Tinsman, 0-81.25-0-81.25
24. Danilo Carlos Sobrinho, 79.5-0-0-79.50
João Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0-0.00
Jose Vitor Leme, 0-0-0-0.00
J.B. Mauney, 0-0-0-0.00

Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Event Results
Fresno Invitational – Save Mart Center – Fresno, California   
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Marco Antônio Eguchi, 85.5-83.5-0-169.00-187.5 Points.
2. Francisco Garcia Torres, 85.5-82-0-167.50-107.5 Points.
3. River Stephenson, 81-85-0-166.00-80 Points.
4. Paulo Ferreira Lima, 83-77-0-160.00-20 Points.
5. Juan Carlos Contreras, 84.5-73.5-0-158.00-15 Points.
6. Joe Frost, 0-87-0-87.00-60 Points.
7. Jake Lockwood, 86.5-0-0-86.50-55 Points.
8. Alex Cardozo, 0-84.5-0-84.50-5 Points.
(tie). Josh Tucker, 0-84.5-0-84.50-5 Points.
10. Kache Moosman, 0-84-0-84.00
11. Bryan Titman, 0-82-0-82.00