Steward Baylor would additionally put collectively a powerful experience of his personal in Florida. He got here from buried deep within the pack, coping with points early within the race and actually useless final within the XC1 discipline to finish the Florida spherical in second place whereas Delong would maintain on and spherical out the rostrum in third.
Because the collection made its approach into Georgia, Delong would take what he realized main the pack in Florida and put it to actually good use. Within the nasty, sloppy, muddy situations, Delong would lead every lap to say his first-ever GNCC general win. No drama, nothing loopy, nothing flashy, only a actually strong efficiency by some of the constant guys GNCC Racing has ever seen. Josh Strang would maintain the second-place spot early within the race, then start to drop again outdoors the highest 5, earlier than charging again up via the sector once more to finish the day second together with his first podium end of the 2023 season.
Strang, who was the 2010 GNCC champ and continues to be profitable races as of 2022, may now the “outdated man” of the XC1 pack however he can nonetheless contend for race wins. For each Delong and Strang, this efficiency simply is perhaps the enhance they each want to actually hold shaking issues up on the entrance of the XC1 pack. Steward Baylor would end on the Georgia podium in third however admitted to taking an unlawful line on the racetrack and passing one other racer whereas doing so. He let the competitors again by, however nonetheless acquired a penalty that dropped him to fourth place.
Sometimes, this may really be a two-position penalty as it’s important to give again the place you gained and take one other place for taking the unlawful line. Nevertheless, given the scenario on a really muddy course and the truth that Stu gave the spot again himself, he was solely given the one place penalty. This implies Ben Kelley is now credited because the third-place finisher and holds the general factors lead by three-points forward of Baylor.