With a nearly two-minute gap on the duo of Duvall and Strang, Russell was able to rebound from a crash he experienced on the last lap and still see the checkered flag first. "I did what I wanted to do the first half of the race and then just maintained from there," said Russell. "I was having fun, until the last lap where I ended up going over the bars on the railroad ties and clipped another rider and it jerked my hands off the bars."
With it being an eight lap race, Duvall and his team members decided to make a pit stop on the last lap allowing Strang, who decided not to pit, by for second. Strang continued to fend off Duvall where a mere three hundredths of a second separated the duo when the crossed the finish line.
"I got off to a good start and got out front early," said Duvall. "I felt like I rode great and had an epic battle with Josh all day. We decided to pit on the last lap because we didn't want a repeat of Georgia when I ran out of gas. I may have been a little tired the last lap when I was trying to pass Josh back, but I gave it my all. You can never be unhappy when you know you left it all out on the track."
"Second isn't too bad it's just not what we are after," said Strang. "We are after points. The track was good, the fans were great, and the weather ended up being perfect so overall it was a good day."
SRT/KTM/Kenda Tires' Steward Baylor Jr. placed just off the podium in fourth, one of his best races this season. Baylor began the day outside the top-10, but worked his way through the pack even as he began to experience brake issues on the last two laps.
Coastal Racing/Rockstar/Husqvarna's Ryan Sipes rode a consistent race for fifth overall, with N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha's Grant Baylor overcoming all obstacles to finish sixth overall after starting in thirteenth on the first lap.
Once the XC2 Pro Lites class got underway it was Coastal Racing/Husqvarna/MSR's Layne Michael who found himself in a favorable position to earn the $100 Hot Cams XC2 Pro Lites Holeshot Award. Trail Jesters Racing's Ben Kelly would steal the lead position away until N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha's Josh Toth took over.
Toth continued to charge hard when he began to feel pressure from Michael on the last lap, but ended up holding it all together to cross the line victorious. This win marked Toth's first XC2 Pro Lites win. Michael would see the checkered flag just nine seconds after Toth, and Beta USA/Fly Racing/Kenda Tires-backed Nick Davis held the last podium position. Kelly and Coastal Racing/Husqvarna/MSR's Craig Delong rounded out the top five.
"It's awesome to pull my first win at what I consider my home race," said Toth. "All my friends and family came out and it was great to have them cheering me on around the track. I pumped up in the beginning, but I was able to loosen up and move through the pack. Once I made it in the lead I just kept my head down and stayed focused, and I'm just excited to be standing here."
With 23rd overall Alex Teagarden was awarded the $125 American Kargo Top Amateur Award. Christopher Venditti and Zach Nolan followed in second and third for the amateur overall podium in the 1 p.m. Pro Race.
The 10 a.m. podium consisted of FLY Racing/Maxxis/Seat Concepts/Yamaha's Becca Sheets who also took home the WXC class win. FMF/KTM Factory Racing's Kacy Martinez and Super Senior A (45+) class winner Phil Smith rounded out the top three overall. Obermeyer/MCS Racing Suzuki/Kenda/Fly Racing's Mackenzie Tricker claimed third place in the WXC division.