PBR Puts On a Great Show in Kansas City at the Sprint Center
By Tyler Jones
KANSAS CITY, MO- It was a big weekend for PBR in Kansas City. As the season is almost quarter of the way through, the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series took a spot at the Sprint Center on Saturday and Sunday, for the 2015 Caterpillar Classic. The Caterpillar Classic would also be the last event before the first PBR Major of the 2015 in North Texas next week.
Hulbert, Oklahoma Native Ryan Dirteater was expected to compete in Kansas City, but was unable to. Known as the “Cherokee Kid”, Diretater suffered a groin injury the previous week in St. Louis. The seven year pro was replaced by SKeeter Kingsolver. Kingsolver drew faced the bull Brass King.
Saturday evening was Round One. Out of the 35 riders, only six riders scored in Round One. Kaique Pacheco captured Round One with a perfect score of 100. In second was Renato Nunes with 60 points and in third was Joao Ricardo Vieira with 50 points. Rounding out the top five was a tie for fifth between J.W. Harris and Reese Cates with 15 points each.
On Sunday, it was Round Two and the Championship Round to determine the Champion of the Caterpillar Classic. After struggling in Round One, L.J. Jenkins and Bryan Titman led the way with 80 points, followed by 50 points from J.W. Harris and 40 points from Bonner Bolton.
Going into the Championship Round, Pacheco had a slight lead over Jenkins, Tillman and Harris. After failing to score in the first two rounds, Nathan Schaper led the final round with a perfect 100. Behind Schaper was Harris with 60 points and Nunes with 50 points.
After all three rounds, J.W. Harris was the only rider that scored in all three rounds. Although never leading a round, Harris led in the Aggregate Category with 400 points. Following Harris in the Aggregate Category was Schaper with 240 points, followed by Eduardo Aparecido and Reese Cates with 142.5 points.
With the high Aggregate score and consistency in all three rounds, the 2014 PBR Rookie of the Year, J.W. Harris walked with the Kansas City Invitational Championship. Harris earned $37,125 in pursue and 525 event points toward the PBR world standings. In second was Nathan Schaper, followed by Nathan Schaper, Eduardo Aparecido, Reese Cates and rounding out the top five was Renato Nunes.
This Saturday, the PBR heads to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the first major of the year. The PBR will end their season in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas for the 2015 PBR World Finals October 21-25.