Casey Ashley winning the Classic right here in his own backyard would be a great story, for sure. But Classic history says those great stories don't always come to fruition just because a lot of folks want them to.
In 1997, a little-known angler named Dalton Bobo quit his job to fish the Classic on Logan Martin Lake in his home state because he was out of vacation time and his employer refused to allow him a leave of absence.
It looked until the last possible moment like he would claim the title in front of a cheering home crowd at The Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center. His wife had already been led from the stands crying, and the crowd was chanting his name.
But Dion Hibdon played spoiler, weighing in behind him and beating him by a single ounce.
Ashley's in the lead now and seemingly poised to write a storybook ending, but BASSTrak has several anglers in good position to play spoiler.