COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The battle is not over, and Chase Outlaw is making sure he is continuing to bring every ounce of fire power within his 5-foot-6 frame.
The No. 35-ranked bull rider extended his consecutive ride streak to six by going 3-for-3 at the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour Colorado Springs Classic this weekend.
Most importantly, Outlaw picked up 15 world points courtesy of his fifth-place finish.
No other riders involved in the World Finals bubble race earned world points in Colorado Springs.
“It is no time to take a sigh of relief,” Outlaw. “I still need to keep that pedal to the metal.”
Outlaw leads No. 36 Cody Jesus by 37.5 points ahead of next weekend’s Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour Finals.
The Hamburg, Arkansas, cowboy began his weekend with 82 points on Red Dot in Round 1 and then covered Carnival Ride for 84 points in Round 2.
Outlaw then capped off his perfect weekend with 86.5 points on Gin Palace in the championship round.
The 26-year-old’s streak of six consecutive rides at all levels is tied with Colorado Springs winner Jose Vitor Leme for the most in the PBR.
“Well anywhere you go, you want momentum,” Outlaw said. “It being the Finals, that is really where you want that momentum kicking in.”
Outlaw is 8-for-12 since returning to competition on Oct. 6 after breaking 15 bones on each side of his face at the PBR Touring Pro Division event at Cheyenne Frontier Days in July.
At the time, it was 75 days since he underwent facial reconstructive surgery that involved 68 screws, 11 plates and four pieces of surgical mesh.
Outlaw has rocketed from 76th to No. 35 in the world standings, but he is still in an intense battle at the World Finals cutline
One rider can earn 440 points at the Velocity Tour Finals next weekend at the South Point Hotel Casino & Spa.
Fans can watch the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour Finals exclusively on RidePass beginning at 10 p.m. ET on Nov. 2-3.
Outlaw sits only five points behind the injured No. 34 Lonnie West, but he is also only 87.5 points ahead of No. 39 Cannon Cravens.
Cravens failed to build off his second-place finish in Round 1 in Colorado Springs and bucked off both his bulls on Saturday. The 18-year-old lasted 3.81 seconds on Bumble Bee in Round 2, and then he had a costly 7.81-second buckoff against Ink Slinger in the championship round.
No. 38 Brock Radford failed to capitalize on his decision to take a re-ride in Round 2 and was bucked off by Breakaway in 3.64 seconds.
Radford is the PBR Canada invite to the Velocity Tour Finals and will be eligible for that wild card spot for the World Finals.
“An 82 and a 77 was not going to get me any points,” Radford said. “I am not going to get any points that way. I am in a spot where I need to get all the points I can.”
The 23-year-old also can still surpass Outlaw and finish the season in the Top 35 and qualify for the World Finals via that route.
Outlaw, though, will be using one of his premier series injury exemptions to ride at the Velocity Finals and keep his challengers at bay.
The seventh-year pro is no stranger to success at the South Point Arena.
Outlaw won the first Velocity Tour Finals held at the South Point in 2016 by going 3-for-4, while also claiming the 2016 Velocity Tour championship and $79,133.33.
He had missed the first six months that season recovering from his first of what would be three shoulder surgeries in three years.
Outlaw had to undergo offseason shoulder surgery this past November after a career-best seventh-place finish at the World Finals last year when he got injured on his final ride – 90.5 points on Indian Medicine.
“Man, just one foot in front of the other,” Outlaw said. “I have to keep on keeping on. This year I want to do the same and have a better Finals.”
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