Kansas City Outlaws Deliver Mammoth 90-Point Ride in Extra Outs to Win PBR Camping World Team Series Event in Extra Outs
Host and defending PBR Teams Champion Nashville Stampede go 2-1 in game play to tie for second at Stampede Days
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In arguably the most contentious PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Camping World Team Series event thus far in 2023, including two walk-off wins on Championship Sunday, the Kansas City Outlaws outlasted five opponents in extra outs, delivering a mammoth 90-point ride to win PBR Stampede Days and rise to No. 3 in the league.
The Outlaws, who went 2-1 during game play inside Bridgestone Arena, are now the second team to win multiple events thus far in 2023, joining the league No. 1 Austin Gamblers.
“These guys buy into the system and believe,” Outlaws Head Coach J.W. Hart said of his roster which welcomed three new Brazilians during the 2023 PBR Teams Protected and Reserve Roster Draft. “They don’t understand English, but they believe. And that’s the most important thing—to believe in yourself.”
No rider contributed more for Hart than Cassio Dias, who went 4-for-4 on the weekend with three 90-point rides, including the Extra Outs clincher.
As game play got underway, the Kansas City Outlaws first took on the Texas Rattlers, presented by Ariat. Despite key scores from Marcus Mast and closer Leonardo Castro Ferreira, the Outlaws were defeated by the Rattlers in walk-off fashion as their closer Braidy Randolph delivered them a 348.5-267.5 victory.
Keen to rebound, the Outlaws next faced the host Nashville Stampede. Compliments of a monstrous 90-point ride from opener Dias, the Outlaws knocked off the league’s reigning Champions 90-0.
The squad’s winning momentum then continued into Championship Sunday as they played the Carolina Cowboys. With Dias in a must-ride situation in the bottom of the fifth, the former Brazilian World Champion delivered again, and the Outlaws beat the Cowboys in walk-off form, 177.25-87.75 to go 2-1 for the weekend.
With five other squads, including the host Stampede, also delivering a matching record, the event concluded in Extra Outs. It was the first time in PBR Teams history that six teams competed in the extra-session elimination.
For the Stampede, their 2-1 effort began with a walk-off win against the Missouri Thunder, delivered by closer, and three-time PBR World Champion, Silvano Alves. The 88-0 win marked the first of the season for the league’s defending Champion as they competed in Nashville for the first time since winning the 2022 PBR Teams Championship in Cinderella fashion.
Following their loss to Kansas City in front of a capacity crowd on Saturday night, the Stampede concluded their homestand with a game win, upsetting the Arizona Ridge Riders 90-0, courtesy of a commanding score from young gun Kaiden Loud.
The remaining contingents joining the Outlaws and Stampede were the Texas Rattlers, Oklahoma Freedom, Austin Gamblers and Arizona Ridge Riders. With the order of selection determined by combined aggregate score, the Rattlers picked their pen and set their lineup first, followed by the Outlaws second, Freedom third, Gamblers fourth, Stampede fifth and Ridge Riders sixth. The teams would then make their outs in reverse order of how they picked.
Extra Outs began with the Ridge Riders’ Vitor Losnake taking on Buffalo Chip. Losnake, however, came up short, tossed in 5.71 seconds. Next out was Alan de Souza for the host Stampede. Souza was also unable to convert for his team, brought down by Hunter in a heart-breaking 7.12 seconds.
Dalton Kasel then looked to keep the Gamblers in contention atop Wild Card, but his 5.95-second buckoff put their hopes of victory in peril. Out fourth was Thiago Salgado for the Freedom. While he was able to deliver them both of their wins earlier in the event, the winner of PBR’s “Last Cowboy Standing” reality show was unable to rise to the occasion in extra outs, tossed by Mind Hunter in 5.81 seconds.
The fifth man out was Kansas City’s Dias, who entered his showdown aboard Mike’s Motive amid a wave of momentum. In Nashville, the 2022 PBR Brazil Champion went a perfect 3-for-3 in game play, recording two major 90-point scores. Remaining red-hot, Dias delivered his fourth score in as many attempts, besting his animal athlete opponent for a commanding 91.25 points to put the Texas Rattlers into a must-ride situation.
Just one out remained between the Outlaws and the event win, and that was Brady Fielder for the Rattlers on Hunted Down. Bursting from the chutes, Fielder was unseated in 4.16 seconds, cementing the event win for Kansas City, their second in the past three Teams events.
PBR RidePass on Pluto TV will offer replays of all the PBR Camping World Team Series action from Nashville, Tennessee. Check https://pluto.tv/en/live-tv/pbr-ridepass for the latest programming schedule.
The PBR Camping World Team Series will next travel to the Moody Center in Austin, Texas, for the third team-hosted event of the 2023 season. The event will be on Friday, August 25, at 7:45 CDT, Saturday, August 26, at 6:45 p.m. CDT and Sunday, August 27, at 1:45 p.m. CDT.
The game matchups for the opening night of competition in Austin on August 25 are:
Carolina Cowboys @ Texas Rattlers
Missouri Thunder @ Arizona Ridge Riders
Oklahoma Freedom @ Nashville Stampede
Kansas City Outlaws @ Austin Gamblers
Photos (Courtesy Bull Stock Media)
Article Courtesy of PBR