"It took a while to get going out there," Strang said. "The last couple of laps felt pretty good. I caught up to Charlie on the last lap but I just couldn't get by him. But all in all it was a good day. Podiums are always nice but it's been two years since I've won a GNCC, I'm ready for a win!"
RideMPS.com/AMSOIL/Honda's Thad DuVall didn't get the most desirable start but the West Virginia native put his head down and charged his way through the pack early on. Duvall commented after the race, "I lost my front brakes right off the bat, I don't know if there was a bubble in the line or what."
Despite not having front brakes throughout the first half of the race, Duvall managed to work his way into the top five. On the final lap, Duvall made the pass on FMF/KTM's Steward Baylor, where he threw down the $150 KR4 Performance Fastest Lap on the sixth and final lap.
Baylor earned his best finish of the season with fifth overall for the day, as well as fifth place in the XC1 Pro Class. Another minute behind was N-Fab AmPro Yamaha's Jordan Ashburn in the sixth place spot.
Factory Husqvarna's Andrew Delong captured seventh place for the day, followed by Johnny Campbell Racing (JCR) Honda's Chris Bach in eighth, Rockstar Energy/WMR/KTM's Ryan Sipes in ninth and Takeshi Koikeda in tenth.