Samsel sweeps Bullnanza

Dave Samsel, who last year finished runner-up at two Professional Bull Riders Bud Light Cup Series events and the 2000 PBR World Championships, finally added a first-place finish to his growing list of PBR accolades.Dave Samsel, who last year finished runner-up at two Professional Bull Riders Bud Light Cup Series events and the 2000 PBR World Championships, finally added a first-place finish to his growing list of PBR accolades.

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Dave Samsel, who last year finished runner-up at two Professional Bull Riders Bud Light Cup Series events and the 2000 PBR World Championships, finally added a first-place finish to his growing list of PBR accolades.

The Texas bull rider finished atop the 45-man roster Feb. 2-3 at the PBR’s Bullnanza 2001 in Guthrie, Okla. The event, which was held in Guthrie’s famed Lazy E Arena, was the sixth stop on the PBR’s $7.2 million Bud Light Cup Series presented by Las Vegas.

Samsel, 29, got off to a quiet start with 80 points on Cross Road and an 83.5-point effort on Little Joe in rounds one and two, respectively. Each score failed to place Samsel in the money, but the two qualified rides set Samsel up for Saturday night’s final-round showdown with Red Dog, owned by Beutler and Gaylord. Samsel, 5’6" and 140 pounds, matched moves with Red Dog for 91 points, making him the only athlete to successfully produce three eight-second rides. His three-round total of 254.5 points allowed him to claim the title and $24,300 in earnings.

Bullnanza’s final round was a battle undisputedly won by the bulls. Out of 15 final-round qualifiers, Samsel was one of only two riders to make it to the required eight-second whistle. Aaron Semas of Auburn, Calif., scored 91 points on Donaldson and Julian’s bull Juice to split the final round with Samsel and land a fourth-place event finish.

"Mr. Consistency," Adriano Moraes, continued his assault on the PBR Bud Light Cup points standings with a second-place showing in Guthrie. Moraes, the 1994 PBR World Champion from Sao Paulo, Brazil, rode two bulls for 180 points. He won round two with a spectacular 92-point effort on Helter Skelter. Moraes, who has earned more than $100,000 at PBR events in 2001, earned $17,300 for his success in Guthrie. He maintains his lead in the Bud Light Cup points standings with 3,364.5 points. Semas is sitting second with 2,486.5.

Cody Custer, who won Bullnanza’s opening round with 91 points, finished third behind Moraes and Samsel and added $11,800 to his 2001 tally. Custer’s opening-round victory put him in the rider’s seat to win an unprecedented $40,000 in Friday night’s Mossy Oak Shootout. However, Custer, of Wickenburg, Ariz., failed to ride the Shootout challenger, Hollwood, which increases the jackpot to $45,000 for the next Bud Light Cup event in St. Louis.