The battle for the lead quickly became a two-man affair with Zip-Ty Racing Husqvarna's Shirey leading for most of the first hour, Yorba content to sit a few seconds behind.
Having won the WORCS race in the sand of Utah the week before, Shirey naturally floated the idea of backing it up, saying, "Yeah, I was thinking two [wins] in a row. I was like, 'Dude, this would be awesome! Two in a row would be a hell of a week. It would show it wasn't a fluke, me winning Sand Hollow.' "