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GBC Motorsports Heartland Challenge Recap

Monday, August 27, 2012 | 8:45 AM

Anaheim, Calif.  ”“ The GBC Motorsports Heartland Challenge has grown in popularity each year since the inaugural event in 2008 to become one of the most prestigious ATV endurance races in the United States. The 2012 edition featured over 100 teams tackling the meticulously prepared course in every conceivable class of ATV and UTV competition.

Racing action began Friday evening with the Motoworks Can-Am team led by Kyle Chaney taking the UTV overall win. The Coastal Yokley Racing team led much of the 4-hour event until a huge crash crippled their machine and ended their race early.

Saturday morning’s youth action was highlighted by the tenacious efforts of Team Yamaha, who was able to recover for the overall win despite losing a machine and some precious race time early in the event.

GBC’s own Kory Ellis sounded the starting horn to signal the beginning of the 10-hour main event at 1:30pm on Saturday. All in attendance were treated to an instant classic as the top pro teams of Team Dirtworks and Team Yamaha engaged in a back-and-forth battle that would last well into the nighttime portion of the race.

Eventually the Yamaha team of Walker Fowler, Gabe Phillips and GBC’s Johnny Gallagher pulled a comfortable lead which they held to the completion of lap 34 just after 11:30pm to take the overall win and $6,000 payout.

See the tables below for a complete list of class winners in the three events:

2012 GBC Motorsports Heartland Challenge UTV Class Winners

UTV 850 Limited

D&S Racing

Des Moines, IA

UTV 850 Modified

Team Biff

Houston, MS

UTV Open

Motoworks Can-Am*

Pataskala, OH

2012 GBC Motorsports Heartland Challenge Youth ATV Class Winners

90cc Production

Team Yamaha*

Tomkinsville, KY

90cc Stock

Bumble Bees

Huxley, IA

70cc Production


Bettendorf, IA

50cc Production

Simply Fast

Indianola, IA

2012 GBC Motorsports Heartland Challenge Adult ATV Class Winners


Team Yamaha*

Rogers, OH


Team Upah/Zimmerman

Cable, OH


Stalker Racing

Hastings, IA


Son Burns

Waukee, IA


Team DKR Racing

Omaha, NE


Three Flyin J’s

Sedalia, MO


Geezers Racing

Rockford, IL

4x4 Open

Team Katers

Sherwood, WI


Show Me Yours

Gilman City, MO


Dirt Works Juniors

Eldon, MO


Justin Steck

Rochester, MN

4x4 Ironman

UXC Racing’s Team

Lewisburg, TN

*Denotes Overall Winner

Event photography provided by JK Photography. To view more photos or to order prints from the event visit

About GBC Motorsports: GBC Motorsports has been building ATV tires for over 30 years. Manufactured under the Greenball name initially, in 1995, GBC Motorsports was formed to focus on bringing to the ATV and Powersports market performance tires for every riding style. GBC Motorsport’s passion is to provide the highest quality, best value,  and most innovative performance tires to the Powersports enthusiast.