The 19th Annual FMF Steele Creek GNCC took place Sunday, April 8, at the Steele Creek Park & Family Campground in Morganton, North Carolina.
Rockstar Energy/Factory Racing Husqvarna's Thad Duvall and FMF KTM Factory Racing's Kailub Russell battled head-to-head for three hours of racing. Duvall would ultimately make a last lap pass, and earn his first win of the season.
As the green flag flew it was KTM Canada/Thor/Parts Canada-backed rider, Kaven Benoit coming away with the $250 All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot Award. It wasn't long before K. Russell made the pass for the lead, and took advantage of the clear trail ahead of him. Coming through timing and scoring on lap one K. Russell checked in 24 seconds ahead of Duvall, followed by AmPro Yamaha's Ricky Russell and JCR Honda's Trevor Bollinger.
Bollinger would make the pass on R. Russell during lap two, and push forward trying to make up time on the two front-runners. However, coming through the finish Bollinger remained at a three-minute deficit. Tely Energy Racing/KTM's Steward Baylor Jr. was also on the move behind Bollinger coming in 54 seconds behind him.