Meanwhile, Strang was busy working his way through the pack and making passes after a bad start. Strang suffered from a last minute mechanical issue and barely made it to the start on time, and once the green flag dropped he was stuck mid-pack.
"I had a rough start to the day," said Strang. "It was a little stressful, but we got everything figured out and it was fine after that. It was important to get a good start today with the dust, but I just didn't get as good as a start as I wanted, but I'm still pretty happy with third place."
Ricky Russell began fading back through the pack allowing for Westfield Powersports KTM Presented by Moose Racing's Jordan Ashburn to take over the second place position. With a seven-second gap behind Kailub Russell, Ashburn put fourth his best effort and charged hard in hopes of taking over the lead.
Coastal Racing/Rockstar/Husqvarna's Ryan Sipes held the third place position once they checked into timing and scoring for the first time. On the second lap the battle began with Sipes and Ashburn, all while JCR Honda/Lucas Oil/Maxxis/FLY Racing's Chris Bach was creeping up from behind. After checking in sixth on the first lap, Bach was a man on a mission and quickly caught Sipes. Making a quick pass on Sipes and Ashburn, Bach found himself in second right behind the three-time defending champion Kailub Russell who continued to lead the way.