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09.21.2010
2010 CBR World Title Race Breakdown: Part One

The 2010 CBR Tour Finale is less than three weeks away, and that means we are going to be crowning a new World Champion very soon.  The only big event left is Lubbock which is one week before the Finale.  There will probably be a little movement in the standings after that event, but things are pretty set for the most part as we head down the home stretch towards Kansas City.

This is part one of a two-part series in which I'm breaking down the top-10 riders in the 2010 CBR season standings.  I'm going to give some statistics, highlights, and predictions for each rider on the list.  These statistics were taken from events on the CINCH CBR Tour presented by Mahindra Tractors along with a few bigger Horizon Series stops.  I'm going to start with the riders ranked 6th through 10th.  If you have anything to add, please visit our Facebook page or email me at:  codythrasher@cbrbull.com.  Enjoy!

10.  Cooper Kanngiesser
Event Wins:  1
Top-10 Finishes:  4
90-Point Rides:  2
Ride Percentage:  32 percent

Season Highlights
--Won first night in Tulsa
--Rode Luca Brazzi for 93 points in Window Rock to finish second
--Finished third in Woodward

World Title Prediction
Cooper Kanngiesser is $20,000 behind Luke Kelly, so he will have to win nearly everything down the stretch.  If there is a rider who is capable of getting on a hot streak and making up some ground, it's Cooper.  He has ridden very well the past couple weeks, and I can see him moving up a few more spots before the season ends.  However, there are too many riders in front of him to expect him to win the World Title in 2010.

9.  Wrangler Dunda
Event Wins:  0
Top-10 Finishes:  6
90-Point Rides:  2
Ride Percentage:  43 percent

Season Highlights
--Finished second at Nashville
--Finished second at Lufkin
--Finished third on night two in El Paso

World Title Prediction
Wrangler Dunda has been one of the most consistent riders all season, but he is still looking for his first big win.  He went through a little slump when the summer break ended, but he has figured things out over the past couple weeks.  Dunda's stock is up right now, but a World Title may be a year or two away for the West Texas Bad Boy.  It wouldn't surprise me to see him finish the season in the top five, however.

8.  Sam Wilson
Event Wins:  0
Top-10 Finishes:  2
90-Point Rides:  1
Ride Percentage:  21 percent

Season Highlights
--Horizon Series money leader going into finals at Bossier City
--Finished fourth at Fort Worth
--Finished fifth on night two in El Paso

World Title Prediction
Sam Wilson has had most of his success on the Horizon Series, but he has struggled a little at the televised events.  He has also been fighting a couple injuries late in the year, and that hasn't helped.  He hasn't entered any of the recent events, so hopefully he is resting up for Lubbock and Kansas City.  Wilson has a ton of talent, and he will be a CBR mainstay for years to come.  That being said, he will be a pretty big long shot to win a World Title in 2010.

7.  Clint Craig
Event Wins:  2
Top-10 Finishes:  2
90-Point Rides:  2
Ride Percentage:  29 percent

Season Highlights
--Won second night in El Paso
--Won George Paul Memorial in Del Rio
--Rode Double Scoop for 93 points in Del Rio

World Title Prediction
Clint Craig has been feast or famine in 2010, but he is still a top-10 rider.  If you combine El Paso #2 and Del Rio, he has ridden five out of five bulls.  On the other side of things, he is 0-for-12 in all other events.  The Mahindra Tractors Texas Swing will award $10,000 to its winner, and Craig currently leads that race.  If he can finish that off in Lubbock, he will jump a lot of guys in the standings and put himself in serious contention.  His inconsistency worries me, but he still has a legitimate shot to end up on top in Kansas City.

6.  Riggin Phillips
Event Wins:  0
Top-10 Finishes:  6
90-Point Rides:  1
Ride Percentage:  50 percent

Season Highlights
--Finished third at Fort Worth
--Finished third at Bossier City
--Finished fourth at Window Rock

World Title Prediction
Riggin Phillips has arguably been the most consistent rider in the CBR this season, and he has ridden well the past couple weeks as well.  Fort Worth and Del Rio are possibly the two biggest events of the season, and he contended at both venues.  Phillips has proven he can ride under pressure, but he is still looking for that breakout win in 2010.  He is fifth in the Mahindra Tractors Texas Swing, and a win there would be huge for the young Texan.  Either way, this guy is on my short list of World Title contenders for Kansas City. 


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