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Stampede, Cowboys, Freedom and Ridge Riders Win on Opening Night of Competition for Second Regular-Season PBR Team Series Event in Kansas City, Missouri

Oklahoma Freedom stun previously undefeated Missouri Thunder, while Daylon Swearingen remains perfect in PBR Team Series competition to help propel Carolina Cowboys to second game win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – At the first team-hosted PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series event in Kansas City, Missouri, the starting lineups for the groundbreaking new sport’s league showed up and showed out. In four thrilling games, two were decided in the final frame.

The Kansas City Outlaws, hosts of PBR Outlaw Days, mounted an impressive, final-frame surge but were unable to defeat the Arizona Ridge Riders despite two re-ride attempts by Marcus Mast.


In a stunning upset, the Oklahoma Freedom, led by a walk-off score from Captain Eli Vastbinder, beat the then-undefeated Missouri Thunder to log the team’s first win.


The Carolina Cowboys improved to 2-1 as they shut out the Austin Gamblers. Continuing to lead the Richard Childress Racing-operated team, 2022 PBR World Champion Daylon Swearingen improved to a perfect 4-0 in PBR Team Series competition as the first rider to strike for the outfit.


The first game of PBR Outlaw Days was won by the Nashville Stampede. Backed by a game-best score from first-round draft pick and 2018 PBR World Champion Kaique Pacheco, the Stampede dealt the Ariat Texas Rattlers their third consecutive loss.

PBR Outlaw Days continues Saturday, August 6 at 6:45 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at, and, or by calling PBR customer service at 1-800-732-1727.


Accompanying the main event, the Outlaws will also hold a Street Festival on Grand Blvd. from East 14th to East 13th Street starting at noon CT on Saturday, August 6.


The roaming performers for the Outlaw Days Street Festival include trick roper Rudy Uresti, power couple musicians Team Ragoza, magicians Yani and Joe “The Mystical Misfits,” world-class fiddle player Derek Pell and local dance company Empire Dance Academy.


Additionally, the Outlaws will hold post-event, free-to-attend concerts nightly at KC Live! in the Power & Light District. DJ Brian Dawe will perform beginning at 10 p.m. CT on Saturday, August 6, while Lit will perform Sunday, August 7 starting at 2:30 p.m. CT. Guests must be 21+ to enter KC Live! after 9 p.m.


These musical acts join the already announced Outlaw Days Concert on August 6, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and including performances by David Nail, David Lee Murphy and Josh Abbott Band.


PBR RidePass on Pluto TV will offer replays of all the PBR Team Series action from Kansas City, Missouri. Check for the latest programming schedule.


Nashville Stampede Defeat Ariat Texas Rattlers By One Ride Score on Opening Night of PBR Team Series Action in Kansas City, Missouri


Nashville Stampede: 170.75

Ariat Texas Rattlers: 83

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In the opening game of competition for the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series debut in Kansas City, Missouri, the Nashville Stampede edged the Ariat Texas Rattlers by one ride score to earn an early victory during PBR Outlaw Days. The Nashville Stampede were first to strike in the bottom of the first frame. Following a buckoff for the Rattlers by Brady Fielder (Clermont, Queensland, Australia), the Stampede led off with their franchise player, 2018 PBR World Champion Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil), who conquered Whip (Obernagel/Sho-Me Rodeo) for a game-best 85.75 points. The Rattlers, however, were quick to answer when, in the next out, opening-round draft pick Cody Jesus (Window Rock, Arizona) converted atop Drago (Jeb Fredericks/Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger) for 83 points, avenging a buckoff from the 2022 individual season and bringing his team within 2.75 points of the game lead. After Joao Henrique Lucas (Bastos, Brazil) was unable to extend the Stampede’s lead, the door was open for Rafael Jose de Brito (Potirendaba, Brazil) to continue the Rattlers’ momentum and give them their first lead. However, Brito was no match for Cousin Eddy (Lazy S4 Cattle/Shuler/Samford), brought down in a quick 3.75 seconds. In what would prove to be the game-winning out in the bottom of the third frame, Fernando Henrique Novais (Pereira Barreto, Brazil) covered Forbidden Fruit (Frihauf Cattle Co.) for 85 points. Following the whistle signaling a qualified ride, the matchup ended in a grisly wreck. After Novais was carried out of the arena, no rider from either team would deliver another qualified ride, allowing the Stampede to win their second game of the young season, defeating the Rattlers 170.75-83. Now 2-1 in regular-season play, the Stampede will face the hometown favorite Kansas City Outlaws on Saturday, August 6, while the 0-3 Rattlers will seek their first win against the Carolina Cowboys.

“We got lucky to get one there,” said Nashville Stampede Head Coach Justin McBride. “We had some missed opportunities, but Pacheco, that’s the guy we’re building the franchise around. He stepped up. He started it off. “

Carolina Cowboys Shut out Austin Gamblers as Head Coach Jerome Davis Keeps Prolific Starting Lineup Unchanged in Regular Season Competition


Carolina Cowboys: 175

Austin Gamblers: 0

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Fielding the same starting lineup that covered a league-leading six bulls at the season-launch event in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the Carolina Cowboys shut out the Austin Gamblers to earn the team’s second victory during the opening round of games in Kansas City, Missouri. Seeking early momentum, Head Coach Jerome Davis positioned his first two draft picks at the top of the lineup as the first two riders out for the Carolina outfit. 2022 PBR World Champion Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York), first to leave the chute for the Cowboys, matched Apper’s Mind Freak (Jo-Z Bucking Bulls/K-C Bucking Bulls/Spark-Lin Acres) jump-for-jump, giving his team an early 87.25-0 lead. Swearingen has been the most consistent force for the Cowboys, having yet to buck off a bull in regular-season PBR Team Series competition, now 4-0. After Alex Marcilio (Macaubal, Brazil) was bucked off by Surprise Package (Clay Struve/Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger), Mason Taylor (Maypearl, Texas) was the next to climb into the chutes for the Cowboys in the game’s second frame, locked in a rubber match with Casper (Crescent City Bucking Bulls/Lari Crane/Gene Owen). Taylor took the lead in his rivalry with his bovine athlete opponent, and his game-best 87.75-point score put the Cowboys up 175-0. As the Cowboys celebrated, Claudio Montanha Jr. (Pacaembu, Brazil) hoped to turn the tide for the Gamblers. However, despite a gritty effort, Montanha was bucked off by Hawkeye (Jane Clark/Gene Owen), and the Texas outfit remained scoreless. Following buckoffs from both teams in their third outs, the game came down to Wingson Henrique da Silva (Navirai, Brazil) for the Cowboys and Lucas Divino (Nova Crixas, Brazil) for the Gamblers. After Silva was unable to clinch the victory outright, bested by Kid Knapper (Phillips/Cooper/Scruggs Bucking Bulls), the Gamblers were in a must-ride situation as Divino climbed aboard Dark Fantasy (Paradigm Bull Company). Divino appeared to be on the cusp of delivering a crucial ride, but he was slammed down in a heartbreaking 7.42 seconds, handing the Carolina team their second game win of the season. In the final frame of the game, both the Cowboys’ Leonardo Lima (Vale do Paraiso, Brazil) and the Gamblers’ Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) came down short of the whistle, with the final scoreboard reading a 175-0 Cowboys victory. As PBR Outlaw Days continues Saturday, August 6, the Cowboys (2-1) will face the winless Ariat Texas Rattlers (0-3), while the Gamblers (1-2) will play the Cheyenne event-winning Missouri Thunder (2-1).

 “It’s a good way to start it off. There’s two more nights of it, so we’re going to just keep the momentum, I hope, rolling,” said Head Coach Jerome Davis. “Two more nights, see if we can bring it home at the end.” 

“I know this whole team can do their job, and tonight just started off right,” added Carolina Cowboys’ Daylon Swearingen.  


Oklahoma Freedom’s Eli Vastbinder Delivers Walk-Off Score to Upset Previously Undefeated Missouri Thunder

Oklahoma Freedom: 173

Missouri Thunder: 87

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Oklahoma Freedom won their first game of the young 2022 PBR Team Series season by upsetting the previously undefeated Missouri Thunder via a clutch, walk-off score from first-round draft pick Eli Vastbinder (Statesville, North Carolina). While the game was scoreless through the first round of outs, the Oklahoma Freedom were first to convert as the second wave of riders left the chutes inside an electric T-Mobile Center. Following a buckoff by the Thunder’s Adriano Salgado (Batatais, Brazil), surging free agent signing Casey Roberts (Munford, Alabama) delivered the go-ahead score for his team, riding Big Black (K-C Bucking Bulls/Joe & Nina Webb) for 85.75 points. With the scoreboard remaining unchanged through the third frame, the Thunder’s Andrew Alvidrez (Seminole, Texas) and Freedom’s Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington) were locked in potentially game-defining outs. After Alvidrez was bucked off by Black Cherry (Hookin W/ProVantage Animal Health) in a close 6.03 seconds, Kolbaba had the chance to clinch the victory for the Freedom as he faced off against Pearl Jam (D&H Cattle Co./Buck Cattle Co.). After a solid start to the trip, Kolbaba was upended in a heartbreaking 7.18 seconds, leaving the game to a shootout between both teams’ first-round draft picks. First to leave the chutes was the Thunder’s Colten Fritzlan (Rifle, Colorado), matched up with YETI PBR World Champion Bull contender Chiseled (Flinn/D&H Cattle Co.). In a must-ride situation, Fritzlan kept his team’s hopes alive, riding the powerful animal athlete for 87 points to propel the Thunder to a slim 1.25-point lead. However, the Freedom’s Vastbinder would have the final say. Matched up with Marquis Metal Works Red Clark (Paradigm Bull Co./Marquis Metal Works) by Head Coach Cord McCoy, the 2021 Rookie of the Year capitalized under pressure, delivering a walk-off, game-best 87.25-point score to propel the Freedom to their first win, beating the Thunder 173-87. The Oklahoma Freedom (1-2) will look to continue their momentum Saturday when they take on the Arizona Ridge Riders (2-1), while the Missouri Thunder (2-1) will look to recapture their game-winning form from Cheyenne, when they face the Austin Gamblers (1-2).

“I always do good in those kinds of moments, and I was just kind of chuckling to myself when they rode that last bull,” said Oklahoma Freedom’s Eli Vastbinder. “I looked at [ChaseOutlaw and said I liked these moments – and it all worked out.” 

Arizona Ridge Riders Narrowly Beat Host Kansas City Outlaws Despite Marathon Effort by Marcus Mast


Arizona Ridge Riders: 170.5

Kansas City Outlaws: 80.25

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As the opening night of games for PBR Outlaw Days wound to a close, fans were treated to the most anticipated showdown when the Arizona Ridge Riders faced host Kansas City Outlaws in a dramatic contest decided by the final outs. Despite a marathon effort by the Outlaws’ Marcus Mast (Middlebury, Indiana) in which he attempted two re-ride bulls, the Ridge Riders upset the hometown favorites, winning 170.5-80.25. As the game got underway, the Kansas City crowd was boisterous in their support of the city’s first-ever bull riding team. However, despite the roar of the crowd, Ridge Riders’ Alisson De Souza (Taubate, Brazil) was cool under pressure, converting in the first out of the game aboard Off Campus (Dakota Rodeo/Brian & Ashley Pintar/Clay Struve/Chad Berger) to give his team an early 87-point lead. In his team’s debut out in Kansas City, Rafael Henrique dos Santos (Sebastianopolis, Brazil) was unable to reach the 8 for the Outlaws, brought down in 3.64 seconds by Taking Chances (Frihauf Cattle Co.). However, in the second round of outs, the Outlaws began to shift the momentum. On the spurs of a Ridge Riders’ buckoff by Marco Eguchi (Poa, Brazil), Missouri native Koltin Hevalow (Smithville, Missouri) became the first rider since January to cover Big Mac (Shuler Bucking Bulls), putting the Outlaws on the board with an 80.25-point score. After consecutive buckoffs for both teams in their subsequent two outs, the game came down to the final rider for each team. The Ridge Riders’ fate rested in the hands of first-round draft pick Luciano De Castro (Guzolandia, Brazil), while free agent Mast had the chance to deliver an Outlaw victory in their debut game in T-Mobile Center. Rising to the occasion, Castro expanded his team’s lead to 90.25 points as he covered Arkansas (D&H Cattle/Winston) for a crucial 83.5 points. While Mast delivered a qualified ride of 77.75 points aboard Cowboy Cool (Pate/D&H Cattle), he was awarded a must-take re-ride to keep their hopes of a win alive. Initially drawing Figure 8 (Paradigm Bull Company), Mast was awarded his second re-ride after he was unable to leave the chutes. For his third animal athlete opponent of the evening, Mast readied to go head-to-head with Norse God (Jane Clark/Gene Owen), a bull capable of giving Mast the event-winning 90.50-point score. As the chute gate burst open, Mast appeared in control of the Canadian-born bovine but was brought down in 5.75 seconds, sealing the win for the Ridge Riders. When Outlaw Days continues Saturday, the Outlaws (1-2) will look to rebound against the Nashville Stampede (2-1), while the Ridge Riders (2-1) will look to continue their winning ways when they play the Oklahoma Freedom (1-2). 

“It’s a great game, a great opportunity for us to enjoy this new format,” said Arizona Ridge Riders Technical Coach Paulo Crimber. “It’s amazing. I feel like I’m riding again, so is Colby Yates, my co-coach. The whole team is just amazing. We were very proud to have Luciano and Alisson do a great job, and I think we going to do better tomorrow. Alisson has started every game, and he’s been successful almost every one of them. Luciano’s in the game and has been strong like that. I think it’s important to start good and finish even stronger – that’s the guys who can get it done.” 

“It’s like the home-field advantage anywhere, and we’re not going to think of it as any different,’ said Kansas City Outlaws Head Coach J.W. Hart. “We know we’ve got our fans behind us; Marcus knows the fans are behind him. He knows his team is behind him. He’s still got a job to do, but this is what I told him – we’ve been practicing for this moment for four months. Marcus is my guy.” 


Here are the current Team standings for the Kansas City PBR Team Series event after the opening day of competition for PBR Outlaw Days:


  1. Carolina Cowboys, 1-0-0
  2. Oklahoma Freedom, 1-0-0
  3. Nashville Stampede, 1-0-0
  4. Arizona Ridge Riders, 1-0-0
  5. Missouri Thunder, 0-1-0
  6. Ariat Texas Rattlers, 0-1-0
  7. Kansas City Outlaws, 0-1-0
  8. Austin Gamblers, 0-1-0



Here are the current Team standings for the regular season after the opening day of competition for PBR Outlaw Days in Kansas City:


  1. Carolina Cowboys, 2-1-0-8
  2. Arizona Ridge Riders, 2-1-0-6
  3. Nashville Stampede, 2-1-0-3
  4. Missouri Thunder, 2-1-0-1
  5. Austin Gamblers, 1-2-0-7
  6. Oklahoma Freedom, 1-2-0-5
  7. Kansas City Outlaws, 1-2-0-2
  8. Ariat Texas Rattlers, 0-3-0-4



Here are the game matchups for the second day of action for PBR Outlaw Days on Saturday, August 6:


Austin Gamblers @ Missouri Thunder

Ariat Texas Rattlers @ Carolina Cowboys

Oklahoma Freedom @ Arizona Ridge Riders

Nashville Stampede @ Kansas City Outlaws

About the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series:

The PBR Team Series is an elite new league that will feature the world’s top bull riders competing on teams in five-on-five bull riding games during an 11-event season beginning in July and culminating in a team championship at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas November 4-6.  During the 2022 season, each of the eight teams representing teams in Austin, TX; Fort Worth, TX; Glendale, AZ; Kansas City, MO; Nashville, TN; Oklahoma City, OK; Ridgedale, MO; and Winston-Salem, NC will host a three-day homestand.  There will also be neutral site games in Cheyenne, WY and Anaheim, CA. To determine team rosters, the league held a rider draft on May 23 prior to start of the 2022 season among any bull riders who have declared for the draft during a league eligibility window. The PBR Team Series builds on the existing structure of professional bull riding with the same basic rules for judging and scoring qualified 8-second bull rides. Events will be staged in a tournament-style format with all teams competing in head-to-head matchups against a different opponent each day. Each game will feature five riders per team squaring off against another team. Full team rosters will be comprised of seven riders on the core roster and three practice squad members. The team with the highest aggregate score of qualified rides among its riders will be declared the winner of each game. The event winner will be the team with the most game wins across an event, with a special bonus round designed as a tie-breaker to determine final event standings. All PBR Team Series events will be carried on either the CBS Television Network, streaming live on Paramount+, CBS Sports Network, or RidePass on PlutoTV.