TEAM DICK CEPEK ANGLER BRANDON PALANIUK TOPS AOY STANDINGS AFTER TWO IMPRESSIVE BASSMASTER ELITE TOURNAMENTS
Team Dick Cepek angler Brandon Palaniuk heads into the final regular season Bassmaster Elite tournament on top of the Angler of the Year (AOY) points list after strong third-place finishes in the last two events.
Palaniuk finished third in the Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence July 20-23 with an 82-ounce weigh-in, just 3 ounces behind second-place finisher Brock Mosley. He followed up with another third-place finish at the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Champlain presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels last weekend.
Palaniuk depends on 37×12.50R17 Fun Country tires (Part# 90000001936)and 20×9 DC Matrix wheels (Part# 90000024851) to get him from tournament to tournament. His Toyota Tundra will be on display in the Mickey Thompson/Dick Cepek booth (#43035) at SEMA, the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world, from Oct. 31-Nov.3 in Las Vegas.
He currently holds a 40-point lead over Jacob Wheeler and Casey Ashley in AOY standings. Wheeler and Ashley are tied for second-place with 689 points.
“Congratulations to Brandon on his success in the past two Bassmaster Elite tournaments,” said Ken Warner Vice President of Marketing for Mickey Thompson. “We look forward to watching him, and the rest of Team Dick Cepek, compete in Michigan at the last regular season tournament of the year.”
The 109 Bassmaster Elite anglers have one final opportunity to earn Bassmaster Angler of the Year points at Michigan’s Lake St. Clair Aug. 24-27 before the top 50 are awarded invitations to the 2017 Toyota Bassmaster AOY Championship at Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota Sept. 14-17.
Other Team Dick Cepek anglers currently in the top 50 include Greg Hackney in fifth place, David Walker in 17th place and Clifford Pirch in 28th place.
For more information, including full results and schedule, go to https://www.bassmaster.com.