2012 Elite Series Douglas Lake Challenge Douglas Lake - Dandridge, TN, May 3 - 6, 2012

Randy Howell, next AOY?

12:33 pm EDT, May 6, 2012 | By Ken Duke

Randy Howell is leading the AOY race now and will be after the Douglas Lake event is over. Just how safe is Howell's AOY lead at the midpoint? Not very, but he's probably in better shape than you think. In Elite history, the farthest back the eventual AOY has ever been at the halfway point was 4th, and that was Kevin VanDam in 2008. Half the time, the eventual AOY is already leading the race by this stage. Howell's closest challengers are David Walker and Brent Chapman. Howell and Chapman are 38 and 39 years old, respectively. Walker is about to turn 47. If Walker wins AOY this year, he'll be the oldest in history, surpassing Roland Martin, who was 45 when he last won in 1985.

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