Morton was hot. The 5’s started at 11:15 and it was already pushing 100 deg when we rolled out. The race started fast from the gun, I pushed my way into the first 5 riders and stuck there for a majority of the race. On the first few laps we shed a large portion of the field and it was pretty strung out near the front for the whole race. There were only a few attacks, most were solo or a pair and died out quickly. The guy who won the O’Fallon crit was there so I marked him for the majority of the race and was either on his wheel or directly in front of him for the whole race. On the last 2 laps two Proctor racers tried to work to put one off the front but both blew up almost immediately. I was 3rd wheel on the last lap and halfway through the first rider attacked and gained 20 feet on the field. I was hoping somebody else would try to chase it down but after nobody seemed up to it I jumped on the final corner. I ran out of steam but the only rider to hang was the O’Fallon winner, he passed me and I couldn’t grab his wheel. He beat the attack by about half a wheel across the line and I rolled across 3rd.