Away from NASCAR, Austin Dillon’s other job is GM of a pro bull riding team

ARCHDALE, NC — Jerome Davis knows what he’s talking about when it comes to bull riding. So when the former world champion points to a bull and starts opining, well, his words carry a lot of weight.

The bull Davis is talking about today is primarily white with black spots and, thankfully, is safely inside a pen located on Davis’ ranch more than an hour north of Charlotte. The bull has a mischievous disposition, to the point that anytime someone walks into his pen, he’ll start huffing, then charge to kick the crap out of the passerby. The only thing this bull lacks is a name, something that will come soon.

“It just happens. There is no special way,” Davis said. “Sometimes based on what they do. Like if that (white bull with black spots) keeps digging in that pen and makes everyone dream, his name might be ‘Digger.’ You will never know. This bull is just not happy.”

Standing nearby as Davis discussed the young bull was NASCAR Cup Series driver Austin Dillon. And as Davis spoke, Dillon nodded his head processing what Davis was saying.

It was an educational moment for Dillon. He’s the general manager for the Carolina Cowboys, one of eight franchises in the Professional Bull Riders Team Series, and he listens to everything Davis, the team’s head coach, says about what qualities define a good bull and whether what nuances does it take for someone to stay on a bull for a full eight seconds. He admits he has a lot to learn.

“I know enough about riding a bull just to get into trouble,” Dillon said. “But you can see different guys and how they’re riding, like if they’re riding loose or tight, or if he’s holding on there a little bit and if he’s loosening up he’s probably been eight (seconds ).


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