The last time Brandon Palaniuk had the lead going into the final round of an Elite event (at the Arkansas River earlier this year), he had almost a 13-pound margin over second place and ended up winning by almost 12 pounds. Today his lead is a lot tighter — just 4 ounces. The real pressure is on JVD today. His only chance to qualify for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic is with a win. Palaniuk's already in by virtue of his win on the Arkansas River.
Palaniuk can become the first angler to win multiple Elite events in a single season since Skeet Reese won two in 2010. The only other angler to do it was Kevin VanDam in 2007 and 2008.