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Wright earns NFR victory

LAS VEGAS – Saddle bronc rider Jesse Wright earned his first National Finals Rodeo win with an 89.5 on Lunitic Fringe in the fifth round on Monday.

Wright, of Milford, Utah, who has placed among the top six in four of the five rounds, advanced to his first NFR as an alternate.

Cody Wright, Jesse’s brother, did not place among the top six riders but maintained his world standings lead with $150,133. Cody and Jesse Wright are tied for first with $50,841 apiece in total NFR earnings.

Tyson Durfey of Colbert was 14th in tie-down roping and stands ninth in average.