By the second lap, Russell would make his way into the lead with Duvall and Strang following. Once the three-hour race hit the halfway mark Duvall would find himself in front. However, the three would exchange the lead every few minutes creating an exciting race for not only the fans, but also the racers themselves.
Once the white flag came out it was an all-out battle for the win between Duvall, Strang and Russell. Duvall would continue to have the lead on the last lap, but unfortunately make a small mistake right after seeing the flag allowing for Strang and Russell to get back around him.
"I felt like I could have won all day, but I just came up short the last lap," said Duvall. "I made a mistake and rode super tight. I tried everything I could do the last lap and had a good line going up the hill climb gaining seconds, but it was a sprint to the finish and I couldn't make up the time."
After racing wheel-to-wheel for majority of the last lap, Russell knew he had to make the pass on Strang for the lead at the next possible section. With the Pro Row situated just one turn before the finish line, Russell charged for the lead passing Strang down the straight stretch. Strang would hang with him, but would not be able to get back around in the last turn finishing in second just one thousandths of a second behind Russell.
"I don't feel like I was the fastest guy out there today," said Russell. "I just had a bunch of little tip-overs. It was almost easier to be behind than lead today, because of all the bad lines and lappers.
"We all had a good battle and it seemed like every mile we just kept changing out the lead. After we came back through the starting area I knew there wasn't many places to pass from there. Josh got protective and was riding the inside lines and I was able to make a hairball pass on him and stick it out for the overall."
"Kailub and I started going a little faster on the last lap," said Strang. "We went back and forth a few times and he got me right before the end and I just couldn't get back around. It's unfortunate, but it was still a good race overall."
Westfield Powersports KTM Presented by Moose Racing's Jordan Asburn finished just off the podium in fourth. Ashburn was able to ride one of the most consistent races of the day to earn the impressive finish. After leading the first lap, JCR Honda/Lucas Oil/Maxxis/FLY Racing's Chris Bach would fall back to finish fifth overall. Milner followed Bach in sixth with a tenth overall.
Although he would finish eleventh overall, Obermeyer/MCS Racing Suzuki/Kenda/Fly Racing's Ricky Russell took home seventh in the XC1 division with KTM/SRT's Cory Buttrick in eighth and fourteenth overall.
Starting on the second row was the XC2 Pro Lites class where Coastal Racing/Husqvarna/MSR's Craig Delong found himself reaching the holeshot line first and claiming his fifth $100 Hot Cams XC2 Holeshot Award of the season. However, by the end of the grueling race it was JCR Honda/Lucas Oil/Maxxis/FLY Racing's Trevor Bollinger standing in the middle of the box.
This win marked Bollinger's fifth win of the season. Delong would put in a hard fought race and finish second, with Trail Jester Racing's Benjamin Kelley putting in an equally impressive ride for third. After leading the first half of the race, Trail Jesters Racing's Joshua Toth would have his best race of the year finishing fourth and Beta USA/Fly Racing/Kenda Tires' Jesse Groemm followed in fifth.
"There's going to be breakdowns and days that I just don't feel good on the bike," said Bollinger. "It's a long championship and I'm just taking it one race at a time. Today everything worked well together to get back where we were."