KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Columbia Falls bull rider Matt Triplett finished fifth at the Professional Bull Riders Unleash The Beast Caterpillar Classic here on Sunday.

Triplett was propelled to the finish with a first-place finish in the first round on Saturday.

"When you're riding in a slump you just gotta ride out of it," Triplett said in a PBR press release. "My dad told me, 'Quit thinking,' and that's what I've tried to do."

Riding Hocus Pocus, Triplett scored an 89.75-point ride. The round win earned Triplett 100 points.

Triplett was bucked off Biker Bobb in the second round and Buck Owens in the championship round. He earned 165 world points and $7,480. 

Chase Outlaw won the event for his second elite series win of the season. He covered Bottoms Up for 89 points to capture the title. It is the first time the eight-year pro has won two elite series events in the same season.

Outlaw was the lone rider to go a perfect 3-for-3 and earned $37,816.67 and 510 world points. He entered the event ranked No. 4 in the world, but was able to pass Jess Lockwood of Volborg for the No. 1 ranking. Outlaw is now top-ranked and 130 points ahead of Lockwood.

Lockwood, the 2017 PBR world champion, broke his collarbone on Feb. 9 during the Global Cup event and the injury is still healing.

The circuit will be in Tacoma, Washington, March 30-31 at the Tacoma Dome.

At the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour event in Fresno, California, Jake Lockwood of Volborg finished seventh and earned 55 points. He scored an 86.5-point ride in the first round.

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