2011 CBR Texas Redneck Bull Bash Preview

The 2011 CINCH CBR Tour resumes Saturday night in Lufkin, TX.  The Texas Redneck Bull Bash will be at the George Henderson Expo Center, and the action will start at 8:00PM Central Time.  In addition, Joe Nichols will be in concert immediately following the event.  Eight riders currently in the top 10 in the CINCH CBR World Standings are entered, including 2007 CBR World Champion Bonner Bolton and three-time PRCA Champion J.W. Harris.  The fans always pack the house for this event, and this year should be no different.

The Texas Redneck Bull Bash will be the second event in this year's $10,000 Mahindra Tractors CBR Texas Swing.  Craig Jackson is currently in the lead after winning the Casa Ford Tuff Hedeman West Texas Shootout in El Paso two weeks ago.  J.W. Harris is second after a great showing in El Paso, while Kenny Westrope, Tag Elliott, and Lorenzo Rios round out the top five.  There are only a handful of televised Texas events left, so every ride will be crucial in this tight race.

This weekend's event will also be a Palace Station CBR Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge.  15 solid bull teams will be competing for first place and the $22,500 winner's check.  A few teams will be making their season debut in Lufkin, while others have already been to one or two events so far.  Some of the notables include Team Reagan/Neckover, Women's Fantasy Team, Cude Bucking Bulls, and more.  I'll have a preview of all 15 bull teams later this week, so keep an eye out for that.

I've put together a list of eight riders to watch for this weekend in Lufkin.  Some are past World Champions, while others have been on a hot streak so far in 2011.  If you have anything to add, please visit our Facebook page and give your input.  Also, you an always email me at:  Enjoy!

Bonner Bolton
Bonner Bolton comes into Lufkin in the top spot in the CINCH CBR World Standings.  He went 1-for-2 in El Paso two weeks ago, and he is 3-for-4 in CINCH CBR Tour events so far in 2011.  He rode both his bulls in Hobbs last month and finished third.  The 2007 CBR World Champion has started the new season on a roll, and he has been tough to buck off so far as well.  When he is riding like this, he is a tough guy to beat.  He will be one of the favorites this weekend.

Kenny Westrope
Kenny Westrope hasn't received many headlines so far this season, but he has quietly moved up to fourth in the season standings.  He went 2-for-2 in El Paso two weeks ago, and that was good enough for a third-place finish.  It was also the first $10,000 Mahindra Tractors CBR Texas Swing event of 2011, so he is third in those standings as well.  Westrope is one of the stickiest riders around when he is riding well, and he should be a factor in Lufkin Saturday night.

J.W. Harris
No CBR rider has started the 2011 CINCH CBR Tour better than J.W. Harris.  He won the event in Hobbs in late January, and he finished second in El Paso a couple weeks later.  He hasn't entered many Horizon Series events this season, but he has already moved up to eighth in the CINCH CBR World Standings off the strength of two great performances.  The three-time PRCA World Champion is a perfect 4-for-4 this season, and he already has two 90-point rides as well.  I wouldn't bet against him in Lufkin.

Wrangler Dunda
Wrangler Dunda is another rider who has quietly moved his way up the standings.  After going 1-for-2 in El Paso, he moved up to 14th in the current standings.  He has ridden a bull at each of the two CINCH CBR Tour events so far, but it wasn't enough to get him to the Championship Round in El Paso.  The consistency will continue to pay off, however, if he continues to make the whistle.  Dunda has a lot of confidence right now, and it could carry him to a win this weekend.

Craig Jackson
Craig Jackson struggled a little early in the season, but all his hard work paid off with a big-time victory in El Paso two weeks ago.  He rode both his bulls for 90-plus, including 2010 CBR Bull of the Year Dakota Magic's Double Scoop for 91.5 points in the Championship Round.  Jackson also moved to the top of the early $10,000 Mahindra Tractors CBR Texas Swing standings, and he will be looking to maintain that spot at another Texas event this Saturday night.

Howdy Cloud
Howdy Cloud made his 2011 CINCH CBR Tour debut in El Paso, and he was 0-for-1 after coming within a half second of being 90 points or more on Curly Bob.  He will be looking to jump start his season this weekend in Lufkin, and he has a little history at this event.  Cloud stole the show last year at the George Henderson Expo Center by going 2-for-2 and winning the event.  He should have confidence going into this year's event, and he will be looking to go back-to-back in Lufkin.

Elliot Jacoby
Elliot Jacoby finished third in the 2010 CINCH CBR World Standings, and he will be making his 2011 CINCH CBR Tour debut this weekend in Lufkin.  He is always a contender when he enters, and it should be much of the same Saturday night.  He has entered a few Horizon Series events during the early part of the season, and he is currently 67th in the season standings.  Jacoby will change that pretty quickly if he continues to enter events, and the rise could start this weekend in Texas.

Kanin Asay
Kanin Asay will also be making his 2011 CINCH CBR Tour debut in Lufkin, and it's great to see him in Championship Bull Riding.  The Wyoming cowboy finished fifth in the 2010 PRCA World Standings, and he is undoubtedly one of the most talented bull riders in the world.  Asay has ridden in some CBR events through the years, but if he starts entering more consistently, he can definitely be a factor in the World Title race.  It will be interesting to see how he starts the new season Saturday night.