One day before the start of the 2013 Lufkin Bull Bash, 21 year old Trey Benton had just received medical clearance to ride bulls again following a severe injury at a Fort Worth ride.  Some might think that would have made Benton a bit tentative on his first event back...not so much.   

photo courtesy of Todd Brewer with CBR

Benton went on to ride two of three bulls (90 & 87.5) and take home the championship of the Lufkin Bull Bash.  Now, here we find ourselves one year later and it's deja vu all over again.

Last September, Benton was finishing up a ride of 87.5 points when the bull stepped on his legged and snapped his femur.  He was out of commission for 3 months but he was able to return in time for the National Finals Rodeo.  So, this time the 2014 Lufkin Bull Bash won't be his first event back, but if the pattern of winning after a major injury holds true Benton could be one of the first to ever win back to back in Lufkin.

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The Rock Island, Texas native, Benton, now 22, says the bulls from year to year seem to be getting stronger and more athletic which unfortunately can lead to more injuries on the circuit, but that's always been a job hazard in what is considered the toughest sport on the planet.

You can see Trey Benton and 23 other elite bull riders this Saturday at the 25th Lufkin CBR Bull Bash featuring Brett Eldredge in concert.  The tailgate party starts at 5:30 in the parking lot with the Ashton Hill Band.  Then, the gates open at 6:30 and the show will start at 8.