Star Racing Yamaha's Colt Nichols took the holeshot as the sixth round of the 250SX East Coast main got underway with
team-mate and championship challenger McElrath in tow. Championship leader Chase Sexton got off to a less than
stellar start in fifth before it all turned sour when he slid out in the opening lap and dropped back to seventeenth.
With a third of the race done Nichols stayed stoic out front holding off Mclerath while Gieco Honda's Jeremy Martin sat a further five seconds adrift in third. Sexton was gaining ground while everyone was still in close contention and with eight minutes remaining had moved into sixth but still fifteen seconds off the the lead.
Mclerath took the lead at the seven-minute mark, and all he had to do from there was to remain on two wheels as he slowly pulled away from Nichols. With five minutes to go, Sexton was still sixteen seconds behind third-placed Martin and not making ground. The last four laps wound down with no change in the positions as McElrath crossed the for his third win of the season to conclude another perfect round with the fastest qualifying time, heat race win and main event win. Colt Nichols made it a Star Racing Yamaha 1-2 with second while Martin and Sexton came home third and fourth respectively.
"We had a tough day, all day round, as this track is pretty tough, but we did a lot of praying and a lot of focusing so it was nice to come out like that. I just wanted to give it my all tonight and whatever happens after that happens, and man it's good," McElrath said from the podium.
Mclerath's win now sees him tied on points with Sexton for the championship lead with three rounds remaining.
"I just washed the front, and that's about it," Sexton said of his costly crash. "I came back from pretty much dead last, that's all I could do, so we are going to have to be better and get ready for Sunday.