At the start, the marbles go into a split. Big Pearl took an early lead over Pollo Loco on the lower lane, with Ghost Plasma leading in the upper lane. At the first crossroads of the split, Big Pearl bumped into the divider, losing the lead to Ghost Plasma. Big Pearl moved into the upper lane, as Ghost Plasma moved into the lower lane, to roll ahead of Pollo Loco. Blazing Fireball jumped over the divider, becoming the first DNF of the race.
After the paths merged again, Ghost Plasma held a small lead over Pollo Loco, who was followed by Slimer in third. Big Pearl managed to come into fourth, fending off El Capitan. The racers entered a of a set of slaloms, where Pollo Loco managed to take the lead from Ghost Plasma as they came out onto a straightaway. The racers headed into another set of splits. Ghost Plasma took the slower, lower lane, while Pollo Loco took the quicker, upper lane. This allowed Pollo Loco to stretch his lead over Ghost Plasma. As the lanes merged, Super Turtle slingshotted into second ahead of Ghost Plasma.
Coming through another set of turns, Ghost Plasma took back second place from Super Turtle, as El Capitan took fourth place from Big Pearl. After the turns, they entered a long braided section. Pollo Loco and Ghost Plasma both kept first and second respectively. However, Super Turtle, who had been running in third, had a bump against a lane divider, and he held up a few other racers before coming back into the race. This allowed both Big Pearl and El Capitan to pass him, Big Pearl coming into third and El Capitan in fourth.
The racers entered a teardrop section, where Pollo Loco and Ghost Plasma both kept their positions. However, El Capitan, who had been in fourth, hit the lane divider, and lost his position to Dragon's Egg. Super Turtle held up a train of racers as they went down the lower lane. Coming out of the teardrop, El Capitan had a bump by Dragon's Egg, which allowed Fantasy to get past him as well.
Pollo Loco took first place comfortably, followed by Ghost Plasma and Big Pearl. The next racers held their positions as Dragon's Egg took fourth, Fantasy fifth, El Capitan sixth, and Super Turtle in seventh. Slimer finished eighth, a big drop from the third place he had been holding at the beginning. Blue Smoke and H2 Blue rounded out the top ten. There were, in fact, nine offscreen DNFs. It was a poor start to the season for Silver Bolt, Snake's Tub, Blazing Fireball, Crazy Cat's Eye, Black Knight, Reflektor, Blue Moon, Deep Ocean, and Summer Sky, as they were unable to finish the first race.
|12th||Wisp of Darkness||2:16.18||+06.29||P26||9p|
|28th||Crazy Cat's Eye||P28|
- P1–P7 is on the front row
- P8–P13 is on the second row
- P14-P20 is on the third row
- P21-P26 is on the fourth row
- P27-P33 is on the fifth row
Championship standings after the race
|12th||Wisp of Darkness||0||0||0||0||0||9p|
|28th||Crazy Cat's Eye||0||0||0||0||1||0p|
|All Sand Marble Rally races|
|2016: Q · R1 · R2 · R3 · R4 · R5 · R6 · R7 · R8 · R9 · R10 · R11 · R12|
|2017: Q · R1 · R2 · R3 · R4 · R5 · R6 · R7 · R8 · R9 · R10 · R11 · R12 · F|
|2018: Q · R1 · R2 · R3 · R4 · R5 · R6 · R7 · R8|
|2019: Q · R1 · R2 · R3 · R4 · R5 · R6 · R7 · R8|
|2020: R1 · R2 · R3 · R4 · R5 · R6 · R7 · R8 · R9 · R10 · R11 · R12|
|Miscellaneous: 750-Foot Race · 500-Foot Race · Oddballs Race|