McElrath has been confined to the west coast for most of his 250SX career but proved that he could handle the dirt of the east with a commanding ride in Tampa. The track was challenging and tested the rider’s ability to handle the ever-changing conditions. With the first gate drop of the night, the North Carolinian collected the Heat race win in convincing fashion. As the Main Event got underway, McElrath wasted no time getting to the front and quickly gapped the rest of the field. When the checkered flag flew, it was McElrath with the win almost three seconds ahead of the runner-up.
The 250SX East Championship continues next weekend at Round 8 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross season on Saturday, February 22, at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.