Vieira Regains World Lead; Jenkins Wins Round 1 in Springfield

L.J. Jenkins posts 88 points on Set ’em up Joe to win Round 1 in Springfield, Mo. Photo by Andy Watson /

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – L.J. Jenkins made easy work of Set ‘em up Joe Friday in front of a near-capacity crowd at JQH Arena for the Invitational presented by Bass Pro Shops. Jenkins’ 88-point score put him on top of the leaderboard after Round 1 to the delight of his hometown crowd. Jenkins attended high school in Springfield, Missouri.

Jenkins’ Round 1 win also earned him a chance at the night’s $5,000 bonus bull, The bull had previously been ridden only twice in 16 career outs and he proved to be the better of the two athletes Friday, as well, sending Jenkins to the ground in 3.78 seconds.

Joao Ricardo Vieira, the reigning PBR Rookie of the Year, moved back atop the world standings with an 84-point ride on Cuervo. The effort put Vieira 119 points ahead of Guilherme Marchi. Vieira currently sits in fourth place for the event, while Marchi will be seeking his first qualified ride on Saturday in Round 2.

Rounding out the Top 5 through Round 1 were J.W. Harris (87.5), who was helped off the dirt after sustaining a concussion, Gage Gay (87.25), Fabiano Vieira (85.5) and Joao Ricardo Vieira (84.0). According to Dr. Tandy Freeman, Harris is questionable for Round 2.

Round 1 of the Invitational was also a Classic competition for the young bulls of the ABBI. The ABBI conducts development programs and holds events showcasing the world’s finest bucking bull stock at select BFTS and Touring Pro Division events. It is dedicated to unifying, developing and promoting the bucking bull industry through pedigree preservation, enhancement and promotion of bucking bull ownership, breeding, and welfare.

On Friday, Bruiser was the top bull with a score of 44.75 points, whileSpeed Bump is currently in second place with a score of 44 points.Karaoke sits in third place after scoring 43.50 points.

The Invitational presented by Bass Pro Shops, continues Saturday with Round 2 beginning at 7 p.m. CT. It will be broadcast exclusively online via PBR LIVE at To sign up for this exclusive broadcast, visit PBR LIVE now.

The event concludes Sunday at 4:50 p.m. CT, and will air live on CBS Sports Network, beginning at 6 p.m. ET.

Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series Invitational presented by Bass Pro Shops
JQH Arena
Springfield, Mo.
Event Leaders (Round 1- Event Total Points)
1. L.J. Jenkins, 88-88.00 points.
2. J.W. Harris, 87.5-87.50 points.
3. Gage Gay, 87.25-87.25 points.
4. Fabiano Vieira, 85.5-85.50 points.
5. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 84-84.00 points.
6. Nathan Schaper, 82.5-82.50 points.
Billy Robinson, 0-0.00 points.
Brady Sims, 0-0.00 points.
Chase Outlaw, 0-0.00 points.
Claudio Crisostomo, 0-0.00 points.
Cody Nance, 0-0.00 points.
Douglas Duncan, 0-0.00 points.
Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0.00 points.
Emilio Resende, 0-0.00 points.
Guilherme Marchi, 0-0.00 points.
Guytin Tsosie, 0-0.00 points.
Harve Stewart, 0-0.00 points.
Jason Malone, 0-0.00 points.
Jordan Hupp, 0-0.00 points.
Josh Faircloth, 0-0.00 points.
Lachlan Richardson, 0-0.00 points.
Luis Blanco, 0-0.00 points.
Marco Eguchi, 0-0.00 points.
Markus Mariluch, 0-0.00 points.
Matt Triplett, 0-0.00 points.
Mike Lee, 0-0.00 points.
Renato Nunes, 0-0.00 points.
Ryan Dirteater, 0-0.00 points.
Ryan Roberts, 0-0.00 points.
Scottie Knapp, 0-0.00 points.
Silvano Alves, 0-0.00 points.
Stetson Lawrence, 0-0.00 points.
Stormy Wing, 0-0.00 points.
Tyler Harr, 0-0.00 points.
Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0.00 points.
Zane Cook, 0-0.00 points.
Zane Lambert, 0-0.00 points.

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