Kaique Pacheco climbs to world No. 2 rank as ferocious championship battle readies for final day of competition
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FORT WORTH, Texas – Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York) showed incredible heart in managing to stay on his bull Saturday evening during Round 5 of the 2022 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Finals: Unleash The Beast. He delivered his fifth consecutive score at the first-ever iteration of the marathon event in Fort Worth, Texas, to inch closer to capturing his first-ever PBR World Championship, remaining No. 1 in the world and atop the event leaderboard.
Swearingen has made it his world title to lose on Championship Sunday, and the electric evening was full of dramatic twists and turns as the ferocious run toward crowning the 2022 PBR World Champion readies for the final day of competition inside Dickies Arena.
Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil) registered his third-straight buckoff to slip to world No. 3, while 2018 PBR World Champion Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil) rallied through a broken foot to leapfrog his countryman for the world No. 2 rank, and two-time reigning PBR World Champion Jose Vitor Leme’s (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) standing in the event remains in question as he suffered apparent broken ribs following his buckoff.
Once again the last man to leave the chutes in the Lone Star State, Swearingen took to the chutes poised as he climbed atop Satan’s Seed (Lucas Manning Bucking Bulls).
Six seconds into the ride, Swearingen appeared headed for the dirt, violently jerked to the right and completely parallel to the ground. With pure determination, Swearingen managed to right himself and reached the requisite 8 to earn an 87.75-point score, tied for ninth in the round, netting 18 world points.
Swearingen now leads No. 2 Pacheco by 71.49 points entering Round 7.
The ride in which he refused to quit was Swearingen’s fourth consecutive 8-second effort during the 2022 PBR World Finals.
After bucking off Lil 2 Train (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) in Round 1 in 5.22 seconds, the young New Yorker has been flawless since. In Round 2, he converted atop Big Black (K-C Bucking Bulls/Joe & Nina Webb) for a career-best 93 points, followed by an 89.5-point ride on Hey Bartender (JQH Bucking Bulls-Skip & Elaine Jones) in Round 3, an 85.75-point trip atop Train Station (Winston/Melton/Stockyards Pro Rodeo) in Round 4, and a 91.5-point effort atop Lone Survivor (Whitman Bucking Bulls/Jenkins Cattle Co.) in Round 5.
The 22-year-old has gone a near-perfect 5-for-6 inside Dickies Arena to amass 447.5 aggregate points, also leading the race for the PBR World Finals event win. He leads No. 2 Cody Jesus (Window Rock, Arizona), who covered his re-ride bull tonight with another 90-point ride, by a mere 4.25 points.
Should Swearingen win both the 2022 PBR World Championship and PBR World Finals event title, he would become just the seventh rider to capture both honors in the same season, joining Leme (2021), Jess Lockwood (2019 – Volborg, Montana), Silvano Alves (2014 – Pilar do Sul Brazil), J.B. Mauney (2013 – Statesville, North Carolina), Renato Nunes (2010 – Buritama, Brazil) and Mike Lee (2004 – Decatur, Texas).
Following Round 6 of competition, there is a new world No. 2.
For the third consecutive night, Vieira hit the dirt before making the requisite 8, surpassed for the world No. 2 rank. He was upended by Mike’s Motive (Blake Sharp/High Voltage Cattle/American Spirits/Koe Wetzel) in a quick 2.89 seconds.
Still in the hunt to become the oldest PBR World Champion in history, Vieira, who is now No. 3, trails Swearingen by 103.99 points. Vieira is also now 10th in the event aggregate, 183.5 points behind leader Swearingen.
Surpassing Vieira was his countryman Pacheco.
Continuing to compete with a broken foot, the “Ice Man” righted the ship following a Round 5 buckoff dealt to him by Tortuga (Halpain/Martinelli) in 5.02 seconds.
Facing Wicked Dreams (TNT Bucking Bulls/Hart Cattle Co.) as his sixth animal athlete opponent, Pacheco was in perfect time, reaching the whistle and leading the capacity crowd to erupt in raucous cheer as his 89-point ride score was announced.
Tying for fifth in the round, Pacheco netted 34 world points. As a result, he rose to No. 2 in the world, now within 71.49 points of the No. 1 rank.
Pacheco is also now third in the World Finals event race, 86.25 points back of the lead.
On the spurs of his electric Round 5-winning score, Leme’s momentum came to a screeching halt when he was bucked off by Crossover (Shuler Bucking Bulls) in a hard-fought 6.24 seconds. After hitting the ground, Leme was stepped on in the abdomen. He was subsequently transported to a local hospital with apparent broken ribs and is doubtful to return to competition in Round 7.
He remained No. 4 in the world, and trails No. 1 Swearingen by 288.66 points.
Round 6 also featured the resurgence of Jesus.
After being perfect through the first four rounds of action, the Navajo sensation was bucked off by Hundred Bad Days (TNT Bucking Bulls/Hart Cattle Co.) in 4.87 seconds in Round 5.
However, Jesus was quick to rebound Saturday evening, covering WSM’s Nasty Wishes (WSM Auctioneers/Clay Struve/Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger) for a commanding 90.25 points, the third-best score of Round 6.
He collected $15,000 and 45 world points, rising from No. 19 to No. 17 in the world.
Jesus is also now No. 2 on the event leaderboard, 4.25 points removed from reclaiming the lead.
Round 6 of the 2022 PBR World Finals was won by 2019 PBR Rookie of the Year Dalton Kasel (Muleshoe, Texas).
Marking his third 90-point ride of the event, Kasel rode Dagger (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger) for 91.5 points to earn a check for $35,000 and 89 world points.
He climbed from No. 7 to No. 5 in the world.
The 2022 PBR World Finals: Unleash The Beast concludes with Round 7 and the championship round on Sunday, May 22 at 8:45 a.m. CDT.
Championship Sunday will begin with Round 7, featuring all riders who recorded a score in the previous rounds.
Following Round 7, the scores from the seven rounds will be combined, and the Top 12 riders will advance for an additional round of competition. Following the conclusion of the championship round, the league will crown the 2022 PBR World Champion, who will receive a $1 million bonus and his name on the Jerome Robinson Cup, the World Finals Event winner, who will receive a $300,000 bonus, and more.
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PBR World Finals: Unleash The Beast
Dickies Arena – Fort Worth, Texas
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Round 5-Round 6-Round 7-Round 8-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
Austin Richardson, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Derek Kolbaba, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Chase Dougherty, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Manoelito de Souza Junior, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Clayton Sellars, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Rafael Henrique dos Santos, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Dakota Louis, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Keyshawn Whitehorse, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Matt Triplett, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Marco Eguchi, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Silvano Alves, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Alex Marcilio, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Adriano Salgado, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Brandon Davis, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Casey Coulter, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Cole Melancon, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Alex Cardozo, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00