The race, which was red-flagged halfway through when Chris Peris crashed his BMW, played out like many of the other Superbike races this year. Hayes and Young battled up at the front, while Tommy and Roger Hayden were constant threats to the number one spot.
Young was able to find his way around Hayes on the 16tth lap, and was able to hold off the Yamaha rider until he crossed the checkers.
After the race, an emotional Blake Young dedicated the race to his father, who passed away five years ago to the day.
"Today is the fifth anniversary of my dad's passing," Young said. "This place is pretty special to me. I just rode hard, I really wanted to get the win, and dedicate it to him."
Hayes made a few passes during the closing laps, but he couldn't manage to keep the top spot from Young. On the final lap, a wobbly front end kept Hayes from making one last dash for the win.
"The front end was moving around a lot," Hayes said. "I don't think I've ever had a front end move around so much during one race."
Hayes has held the point lead for the majority of the 2011 AMA Superbike season, but today he has to hand the top spot over to Young. But Hayes had some words of warning for the Suzuki rider.
"He's in a tough position now," Hayes said. "He has the points lead and it's lonely at the top. You look at things a little differently. Little mistakes cost you big."
Tommy Hayden took the final spot on the podium ahead of his brother Roger, and Martin Cardenas.
AMA Superbike Race Results - Mid-Ohio
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