SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – As the only rider to cover more than one bull at the PFIWestern.com Invitational presented by Bass Pro Shops, L.J. Jenkinswent 3-for-4 on the weekend to get the win Sunday in his home state.
Jenkins, who attended high school in Springfield, Missouri, put an exclamation mark on his performance with an 89.25-point effort on Jack Daniel’s After Party in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round to close out the night.
“It felt awesome,” said Jenkins, who entered the weekend ranked 14th in the world standings. “I love coming here to Springfield. This is my favorite event of the year.
“I’ve had a horrible season, really. Just to be in the position to be able to come out here and hopefully win in front of the hometown, I had to put it all behind me.”
With just one ride on the weekend, Joao Ricardo Vieira regained the world lead from Guilherme Marchi, who finished 0-for-3. Marchi fell to third in the world standings – behind Fabiano Vieira, who finished 10th with one 85.5-point ride.
Bruiser was the high-marked bull of the event with a bull score of 45.75 points on Saturday, bucking off Stormy Wing in 4.77 seconds.
The bulls dominated in Springfield, as just 19 qualified rides were posted in four rounds of action.
The Built Ford Tough Series continues next weekend with the Desert Showdown in Laughlin, Nevada. The outdoor event will take place Sept. 19-20.
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