By: Ted Stovin June 27, 2014@ 10:15:00 AM
WILLISTON, N.D. ― Ben Jones currently sits in the 41st spot in the Professional Bull Riders world standings. Over the past two nights in Williston, he helped his cause to get back on the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series.
Jones won the Williston TPD event by going 2-for-2 with 172.5 points.
“I’m pretty stoked, I haven’t been riding real good since the start of the year. I’ve really been training this last month to get things turned back around. A lot of people thought my time was done, I’m 35 years old. I’m back to where Ben wants to be,” said an excited Jones after the event.
The dancing Australian rode Gold Coast for 87.5-points in the long round before making the 8-second whistle in the short round.
“I got on a bull of Shane Gunderson’s in the short go called Misdeal, I think it was. Everyone was telling me how welly he is, not too many people ride him. I did end up going in there at the end, he was around to the right and back around to the left but we still got to dance,” Jones said.
After he woke up and danced, Ben and I talked more about his evening and he mentioned some of his motivation for last night, his late friend Kent Cox.
For the win, Jones earned over $5,000 as he also finished tied for seventh overall on a second entry after he split third and fourth in the long round courtesy of an 86.5-point ride.
With Williston being a two-day Touring Pro Division event with $10,000 in added prize money, followed by the Sidney, Montana, TPD this weekend, a number of top riders have made the trek north.
Second overall went to Cody Hudson of Camas, Washington. Hudson showed up big on Thursday night with scores of 84 points in the long round and 86.5 points aboard Let R Rip in the short round for a check worth over $3,000.
Dakota Louis (169 points) took third place after putting up scores of 84 and 85 points.
Chase Outlaw (168.5) continued his stellar week with an 83.5-point ride and an additional 85-point ride for a fourth-place finish.
Jason Malone (168) rounded out the Top 5 after taming Beer Money after poppin’ a wheelie to start the ride. With a number of placings and wins on the Touring Pro Division, Malone is closing in on the Top 35 and is currently 39th in the world standings.
Zac Peterson finished in sixth place with 166.5 points after posting the top score of the event – an 88-point performance on Mr. Meanor.
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Results from the Buckin’ in Boomtown PBR Touring Pro Division Event June 25-26, 2014, in Williston, ND.
Long Go: 1. Ben Jones on Mosbruckers’ Gold Coast, 87.5 points; 2. (tie) Derek Kolbaba and Ben Jones, 86.5, $529.13 each; 4. Austin Meier, 86, $211.65; 5. (tie) Budd Williamson and Luis Blanco, 85.5.
Short Go: 1. Zac Peterson on Silver Creek Pro Rodeo’s Mr. Meaner, 88 points, $846.60; 2. Cody Hudson, 86.5, $634.95; 3. Jason Malone, 86, $423.30; 4. (tie) Ben Jones, Chase Outlaw and Dakota Louis, 85, $70.55 each.
Aggregate and Total Money Won: 1. Ben Jones, 172.5 on two bulls, $4,374.10 ; 2. Cody Hudson, 170.5/2, $3,104.20; 3. Dakota Louis, 169/2, $1,552.10; 4. Chase Outlaw, 168.5/2, $1,058.25; 5. Jason Malone, 168/2, $1,015.92; 6. Zac Peterson, 166.5/2, $1,241.68; 7. (tie) Ben Jones and Derek Kolbaba, 86.5 on one bull, $776.05; 9. Austin Meier, 86/1, $211.65; 10. (tie) Budd Williamson and Luis Blanco, 85.5.
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