Next AOY could be a first

The AOY race is becoming better defined as we head into the stretch run of the 2012 season, and it looks like a five-angler race with Brent Chapman leading the way. If history can tell us anything about the battle, it's that the field is very small with just two tournaments left to go. Only twice in Elite Series history has the eventual AOY been any farther back than second place at this stage.

One unusual thing about this year's AOY race is the lack of previous winners in the hunt. The highest ranked former AOY is Kevin VanDam at 10th. The next highest is Skeet Reese at 20th. It's a safe bet that the 2012 AOY will be someone who's never held the trophy before.

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