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Two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bull rider Howdy Cloud capped off his most lucrative weekend of the year July 20 by winning the final round of California Rodeo Salinas, clinching the two-head average title and putting a charge into a disappointing season.

Cloud, of Kountze, TX, who finished 10th in the final world standings a year ago, entered the weekend ranked 39th in the Crusher Rentals PRCA World Standings. But by winning $19,606 between Salinas and the Snake River Stampede in Nampa, ID, where he finished second, Cloud is right back in the game in 17th place as he seeks consecutive Wrangler NFR appearances.

In Salinas, Cloud scored 89 points on Western Rodeo’s No. 344 to win the final round and the two-head average with 170 points, eight better than runner-up Shawn Proctor of Tooele, UT.

Cloud didn’t have the only “win-place” showing this weekend.

Tie-down roper Stran Smith, a nine-time Wrangler NFR qualifier, followed up a close second-place finish in Nampa with a victory in Salinas. Smith, of Childress, TX, won the final round, placed in another and finished with a three-head time of 30.3 seconds. Smith earned $7,777 in Salinas and another $5,504 in Nampa, where he finished just one-tenth of a second behind event champion Casey Branquinho.

The $13,281 haul helped Smith jump five places to No. 4 in this week’s Crusher Rentals PRCA World Standings.

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In terms of prize money, no one earned more than two-time and reigning Canadian Professional Rodeo Association saddle bronc riding champion Dustin Flundra of Pincher Creek, Alberta. In Salinas, Flundra won the first round and placed second in the finals en route to the average title (162 points on two head) and a $10,722 payout.

Flundra, who entered the weekend ranked 20th, vaulted into Wrangler NFR contention in 11th place after his Salinas haul. He finished 20th last year and has yet to qualify for the Wrangler NFR.

Another cowboy looking for his first Wrangler NFR berth is team roper Jojo Lemond of Andrews, TX. Lemond joined forces with eight-time Wrangler NFR team roper Martin Lucero, to take top honors in Salinas with a five-head time of 47.2 seconds, good for $6,474 each. Lemond improved his ranking to third in this week’s Crusher Rentals PRCA World Standings.

Bareback rider Justin McDaniel is on track for his second consecutive Wrangler NFR qualification and won the two-head title in Salinas to further solidify his standing. McDaniel, of Porum, OK, rode two horses for 164 points to win the title and $9,360.

In steer wrestling, two-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Brock Andrus took top honors after turfing three steers in 19.6 seconds. Andrus, of St. George, UT, earned $7,217 for his efforts.

Barrel racer Rachael Ross, of Murrieta, CA, completed four runs in 64.53 seconds to win the average title and $9,879.

Two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bull rider Howdy Cloud capped off his most lucrative weekend of the year July 20 by winning the final round of California Rodeo Salinas, clinching the two-head average title and putting a charge into a disappointing season.

Cloud, of Kountze, TX, who finished 10th in the final world standings a year ago, entered the weekend ranked 39th in the Crusher Rentals PRCA World Standings. But by winning $19,606 between Salinas and the Snake River Stampede in Nampa, ID, where he finished second, Cloud is right back in the game in 17th place as he seeks consecutive Wrangler NFR appearances.

In Salinas, Cloud scored 89 points on Western Rodeo’s No. 344 to win the final round and the two-head average with 170 points, eight better than runner-up Shawn Proctor of Tooele, UT.

Cloud didn’t have the only “win-place” showing this weekend.

Tie-down roper Stran Smith, a nine-time Wrangler NFR qualifier, followed up a close second-place finish in Nampa with a victory in Salinas. Smith, of Childress, TX, won the final round, placed in another and finished with a three-head time of 30.3 seconds. Smith earned $7,777 in Salinas and another $5,504 in Nampa, where he finished just one-tenth of a second behind event champion Casey Branquinho.

The $13,281 haul helped Smith jump five places to No. 4 in this week’s Crusher Rentals PRCA World Standings.

In terms of prize money, no one earned more than two-time and reigning Canadian Professional Rodeo Association saddle bronc riding champion Dustin Flundra of Pincher Creek, Alberta. In Salinas, Flundra won the first round and placed second in the finals en route to the average title (162 points on two head) and a $10,722 payout.

Flundra, who entered the weekend ranked 20th, vaulted into Wrangler NFR contention in 11th place after his Salinas haul. He finished 20th last year and has yet to qualify for the Wrangler NFR.

Another cowboy looking for his first Wrangler NFR berth is team roper Jojo Lemond of Andrews, TX. Lemond joined forces with eight-time Wrangler NFR team roper Martin Lucero, to take top honors in Salinas with a five-head time of 47.2 seconds, good for $6,474 each. Lemond improved his ranking to third in this week’s Crusher Rentals PRCA World Standings.

Bareback rider Justin McDaniel is on track for his second consecutive Wrangler NFR qualification and won the two-head title in Salinas to further solidify his standing. McDaniel, of Porum, OK, rode two horses for 164 points to win the title and $9,360.

In steer wrestling, two-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Brock Andrus took top honors after turfing three steers in 19.6 seconds. Andrus, of St. George, UT, earned $7,217 for his efforts.

Barrel racer Rachael Ross, of Murrieta, CA, completed four runs in 64.53 seconds to win the average title and $9,879.