The race between Ashburn and Duvall would allow them to set some of the fastest lap times of the entire day while passing Bach and Obermeyer/MCS Racing Suzuki/Kenda/Fly Racing's Ricky Russell. Kailub Russell still managed to have a commanding lead on the rest of the XC1 Pro field during the halfway point of the race.
With Duvall on his back wheel, Ashburn was able to shave 40 seconds off his lap time en route for the lead on the third lap, but Russell was never visible due to his dominate 20 second lead. Once Russell crossed the finish line and claimed the inaugural win it would take 40 seconds for second place to check in.
"I rode in sand a lot this winter when I just started back riding," said Russell. "The woods were super fun, it was sandy but all the rain brought some dirt to the top. It was probably the most fun I've had racing in a couple of years to be honest. The track had a great flow and when you're having fun it just turns into riding fast, and that's what happened today."
Duvall would continue pushing Ashburn through the remainder of the race and occasionally be right beside him battling wheel-to-wheel. Once the finish line was in sight it was an all-out race between Ashburn and Duvall, creating some of the best racing thus far in the season. While it was anyone's game for the second podium position, Ashburn was able to look far enough ahead and pick the right lines to hold on to the spot. Duvall would cross the line just two seconds behind Ashburn in third.
"I got a bad start and struggled the first couple of laps trying to get around everyone," said Ashburn. "Once I got up to second Thad was right behind me and he continued pushing me the whole race. My main goal was to not make any mistakes and it feels great to finally get back on the podium."
Bach held on to fourth, with SRT/KTM/Kenda Tires-backed Steward Baylor Jr. putting in an impressive ride for fifth overall. Strang was able to make his way back up to sixth and finished tenth overall.
West Virginia's Zach Nolan finished 15th overall along with his 250 A class win, a result that was good enough to earn him the overall amateur honors.
In the XC2 Pro Lites division, Coastal Racing/Husqvarna/MSR's Craig Delong added another $125 Hot Cams Holeshot Award to his resume, but his teammate Layne Michael took home his first win of the season after completing a consistent race.
N-Fab AmPro Yamaha's Nick Davis managed to work his way from a dead last start to follow in second. After grabbing the holeshot, Delong would fall back to 12th on the first lap and recover to round out the podium in third. Trail Jesters Racing's Ben Kelley and Kentucky native Vance Francis complete the top five. The current XC2 Pro Lites points leader, JCR Honda/Lucas Oil/Maxxis/FLY Racing's Trevor Bollinger, had a mechanical issue and had to get towed back to his pits ultimately taking him out of the race.