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PBR: Professional Bull Riders’ Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour
March 18 @ 7:00 am - March 19 @ 7:00 am
Professional Bull Riders’ Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Bucks Back to Wheeling, West Virginia for Eighth Time in League History March 18-19
Tickets for the PBR Wheeling Invitational, brought to you locally by Oglebay, on sale Thursday, December 23 at 10:00 a.m. EST
WHEELING, W. VA. (December 21, 2021) – For the eighth time in league history, PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour will buck into Wheeling, West Virginia, returning to WesBanco Arena on March 18-19, 2022 with the PBR Wheeling Invitational, brought to you locally by Oglebay.
For two nights only, some of the best bull riders in the world will battle the sport’s rankest bovine athletes in the ultimate showdown of man vs. beast in one of the most exciting live sporting events to witness.
PBR’s Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour last travelled to Wheeling in 2021 when Austin Beaty (Bedford, Virginia) captured his career-first victory on the league’s expansion series.
As action got underway in the Mountain State, Beaty was one of six riders to register a qualified ride, covering Zacchaeus (Jenkins Cattle Co.) for 85 points.
On Championship Saturday, Beaty surged to the top of the event leaderboard after tying for the Round 2 victory compliments of his 87-point effort aboard How Bout It (UTC/Sellers Bucking Bulls).
While the Virginia native was unable to conclude the event making the 8-second whistle, dispatched by Cutthroat (Cornwell Bucking Bulls) in 2.34 seconds in the championship round, Beaty’s initial scores were enough to clinch the golden finish.
Other past PBR Wheeling Invitational event winners include: Derek Kolbaba (2019 – Walla Walla, Washington), Eli Miller (2018 – Statesville, North Carolina), Carlos Garcia (2017 – Abingdon, Virginia), two-time PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood (2016 – Volborg, Montana), three-time PBR World Finals event winner Robson Palermo (2015 – Rio Branco, Brazil) and Brenton Chaffin (2014 – Riner, Virginia).
The PBR’s return to Wheeling will come on the spurs of one of the fiercest races for the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour in league history.
While Michael Lane (Tazewell, Virginia) held the No. 1 position in the standings for the majority of the season, he was surpassed during the last out of the year as Adriano Salgado (Batatais, Brazil) used a runner-up finish at the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Finals to surge to the top ranking in the standings. The Brazilian newcomer Salgado finished a slim 26.5 points ahead of No. 2 Lane, who was unable to compete at the year-end event due to injury.
The Wheeling tour stop will tentatively mark the 20th Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour event of the year, with PBR’s fastest-growing tour first stopping in cities including Portland, Oregon; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Jacksonville, Florida; and North Charleston, South Carolina.
The bull riding action for the 2022 PBR Wheeling Invitational, brought to you locally by Oglebay, begins at 8:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 18, and at 7:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 19 at WesBanco Arena.
Forty-five bull riders will get on one bull in Round 1. Round 2 on Saturday evening will feature the Top 30 riders from Round 1, the riders’ individual two-round scores will then be totaled with the Top 15 advancing to the championship round for one more out and a chance at the event title.