SPRINGFIELD, Mo. ― J.B. Mauney continues to do what needs to be done if he's going to come from behind to win this year's world title.
The 26-year-old has won two of the past four Built Ford Tough Series events and arrived in Springfield looking to win the PFIWestern.com Invitational, presented by Bass Pro Shops, for the second time in four years.
Mauney won this event in 2010.
The Mooresville, N.C., native made easy work of Bring It On Friday night, in front of a near capacity crowd, to the tune of 87.25 points to move atop the leaderboard after watching 22 consecutive riders come down early in Round 1.
"That bull there, I had seen him once before with Sean Willingham and he was just around to the left," said Mauney, who entered the weekend 2,292.75 points behind two-time World Champion Silvano Alves.
"Tonight he had a little different stuff to him than he did the last time I (saw) him," Mauney said. "He was a little harder to ride, big kick, reared and luckily I kept my hand shut and just tended to business and stayed on."
Alves won last week's BFTS event in Oakland, Calif., but was one of 31 riders to leave the JQH Arena without an opening-round score.
Mauney made up 187.25 points in the world standings and earned a bonus bull for winning the first round of this weekend's three-day event. He matched up against BootDaddy.com, who remains unridden since making his season-debut in Oklahoma City when Mauney's brother-in-law Shane Proctor rode him for 85.75 points.
BootDaddy.com has now bucked off six in a row.
Regardless, Mauney moves ahead of Marco Eguchi and into third place in the world standings thanks to his Friday night performance.
"I feel good, man," he said, following a standing ovation. "I'm wanting it more than I ever have. Everything's going good, I feel great, I feel like I'm riding good and that last bull I just got on-that kind of (upset) me a little bit. I made a mistake and he made me pay for it, but I'd like to have him again."
After covering five of the first 11 bulls, including Jenkins' opening ride, the next 22 top-ranked riders bucked off their bulls until Mauney made his 10th round-winning ride of the 2013 season.
With only six of 37 riders making the whistle, it's likely the majority of the riders competing in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round on Sunday evening will make it back on two scores; which means it remains anyone's event to win this week.
Rounding out the Top 5 in the average were L.J. Jenkins (86.25), Stormy Wing (83.5), Renato Nunes (82) and newcomer Claudio Crisostomo (77.75).
Midway through the night, the crowd was silenced after Valdiron de Oliveira was knocked unconscious when he was hit in the head by a horn from Sick 'em Sam.
Dr. Tandy Freeman and the PBR medical team spent several tense moments stabilizing the 34-year-old Brazilian on a backboard before carrying him from the arena. A short time later he was up on his feet, walking and was diagnosed with a concussion.
Oliveira is listed as doubtful for Round 2.
According to Freeman, Jory Markiss also sustained a concussion when his head hit the ground after being thrown from his first-round bull. He is questionable for Round 2.
Jenkins is probable for Saturday night after sustaining bruising and abrasions of his right shoulder (riding arm) when he was stepped on while dismounting his bull.
The PFIWestern.com Invitational, presented by Bass Pro Shops, continues Saturday night with Round 2 beginning at 6:50 p.m. CT before concluding Sunday at 5 p.m. CT with the final two rounds of competition.
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Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
JQH Arena, Springfield, Mo.
Event Leaders (Round 1-Event Points)...
1. J.B. Mauney, 87.25-87.25 points.
2. L.J. Jenkins, 86.25-86.25 points.
3. Stormy Wing, 83.5-83.50 points.
4. Renato Nunes, 82-82.00 points.
5. Claudio Crisostomo, 77.75-77.75 points.
6. Ryan Dirteater, 71.5-71.50 points.
Agnaldo Cardozo, 0-0.00 points.
Austin Meier, 0-0.00 points.
Ben Jones, 0-0.00 points.
Billy Robinson, 0-0.00 points.
Brant Atwood, 0-0.00 points.
Brendon Clark, 0-0.00 points.
Chase Outlaw, 0-0.00 points.
Cody Nance, 0-0.00 points.
Douglas Duncan, 0-0.00 points.
Edevaldo Ferreira, 0-0.00 points.
Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0.00 points.
Emilio Resende, 0-0.00 points.
Gage Gay, 0-0.00 points.
Guilherme Marchi, 0-0.00 points.
H.D. Coleman, 0-0.00 points.
Jared Farley, 0-0.00 points.
Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-0.00 points.
Jordan Hupp, 0-0.00 points.
Jory Markiss, 0-0.00 points.
Kody Lostroh, 0-0.00 points.
Lachlan Richardson, 0-0.00 points.
Luke Snyder, 0-0.00 points.
Marco Eguchi, 0-0.00 points.
Mike Lee, 0-0.00 points.
Nathan Schaper, 0-0.00 points.
Sean Willingham, 0-0.00 points.
Shane Proctor, 0-0.00 points.
Silvano Alves, 0-0.00 points.
Stetson Lawrence, 0-0.00 points.
Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0.00 points.
Zane Cook, 0-0.00 points.
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