Steve Stefko takes the top spot at the 2012 Gowdy Grinder!

The gun went off and we all settled into a fast, but steady pace leading up the first 2-track climb. I hit the single track in 6th or 7th. The pace was quick, but I felt really strong and eventually made my way up to 4th throughout the remainder of that first lap. About halfway through the final lap the leader took a wide turn in a technical section and I seized my chance. At that point I knew I had to go full gas to the finish. I gave everything I had to the line and finished with a small gap on second place.