Charlie Mullins made one mistake all day long at the Steele Creek GNCC, and it cost him the race. After leading for most of the day, the FMF/KTM rider led Josh Strang into the home stretch. The last 100 yards of the race consisted of winding trail that featured several switchback turns. It was obvious that Strang wanted the win bad, and he stuck a wheel under Mullins at every turn, however Mullins had the FMF/Makita Suzuki rider covered. Strang even tried to stuff Hot Rod in the next-to-last corner, but to no avail. Strang said after the race that at that point he was ready to settle for second, however, in the final turn, with the finish line just 30 feet away, Mullins simply fell down. Strang couldn't believe his good fortune and motored across the line for the win.