Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Steele Creek Round 3 took place April 2 and 3, 2016, in Morgantown, South Carolina. Rain the previous days led to the track conditions being rough, but as Sunday approached, the weather cleared and racing conditions improved. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Josh Strang started the season with a two-race sweep. Strang took off the line with a mid-pack start. Not long after, about Mile 5, he moved into fifth with the competition in his sights.
During lap 2, Strang's drive continued as he pushed into fourth with his mind set on the lead. As the last lap set in, Strang was in third place and was showing no signs of stopping. After making a quick pit stop, he made the pass for second, and rode fast and smooth hoping to make time on the leader. He ended the day with a second-place finish to maintain his overall points lead in the series.
“I struggled a lot on the first two laps today and that may be what cost me the race,” said Strang. “Other than that, the day went well. The track was rough but my FC 450 ran great! I am looking forward to putting myself on the top step in two weeks at the next round.”
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Andrew DeLong did not participate in this round due to a previously sustained injury.