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Fowler Captures Third Win of the Season at ITP Powerline Park GNCC

Fowler Captures Third Win of the Season at ITP Powerline Park GNCC

Sunday, October 13, 2013 | 12:10 AM
Sunday, October 13, 2013 | 12:10 AM

The penultimate round of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series took place in St. Clairsville, Ohio on Saturday with the 12th running of the ITP Powerline Park GNCC. Thousands of fans were on hand to witness an epic battle between AmPro Yamaha’s Walker Fowler and Precision/ITP/Lonestar/Axis/Baldwin Racing’s Adam McGill, where Fowler went on to capture his third victory of the season at Round 12.

Adam McGill grabbed the $250 DeRisi Racing/Team Woodhead Holeshot Award Photo: Ken Hill

McGill carried the early momentum after claiming the $250 DeRisi Racing/Team Woodhead XC1 Holeshot, with five-time XC1 Champion Chris Borich and AmPro Yamaha’s Walker Fowler close in tow. Ohio native Kevin Yoho put his BNR Motorsports machine into fourth place on the opening lap, while JB Racing/Cheerwine/Can-Am’s Jarrod McClure began in the fifth place position.

Reliable Tool Supply/Maxxis’ Chris Bithell got tangled up off the start and a big crash left the Round 11 winner almost two minutes minutes behind the rest of the field on the opening lap.

McGill led the way for the first half of the four-lap race but Fowler applied pressure every step of the way. Fowler eventually made his move into the lead position around the halfway point, but McGill remained close in tow. On the final lap, the duo swapped the lead position several times and McGill wasn’t able to capitalize on a passing opportunity in the final moments of racing.

Fowler (left) and McGill (right) battled all afternoon for the lead position Photo: Ken Hill

“Walker and I were passing back and forth there and I actually thought I had it at the end. I got around him [Fowler] at the mud hole, but sure enough he was back to me about two minutes later,” McGill said. “It was one of those days, I mean I was feeling good and the bike was working well but Walker was riding really good.”

Fowler captured his third win of the season at the ITP Powerline Park GNCC Photo: Ken Hill

Fowler went on to capture his third victory of the season in his home state of Ohio, besting McGill by nine seconds. Fowler’s win marked the first time ever that he’s won an overall in the state of Ohio.

“It feels good to get my first Ohio overall and it definitely feels good to finally get one this close to home,” Fowler said. “This should wrap up the #2 plate and it’s a big relief going into Ironman. I’m just so excited to get three wins with a new team and a new season.”

Borich salvaged a third place finish despite a rough day in Ohio Photo: Ken Hill

Borich came through over one and a half minutes behind the leaders, salvaging a third place finish despite running into issues throughout the afternoon.

“It was pretty tough out there. I ended up clipping a tree and bent my front end so it was all out of whack and I was fighting it all day. I honestly can’t believe I even got third, it was one of those days anything couldn’t go right but I’m glad to be up here on the podium,” Borich said.

XC1 podium: (left) Adam McGill, Walker Fowler, (right) Chris Borich Photo: Ken Hill

Bithell made an impressive comeback after his first corner crash, climbing through the pack to eventually overtake McClure for the fourth place position on the final lap. McClure ended the day with a solid fifth place finish ahead of Team Woodhead/DeRisi Racing’s Braden Henthorn in sixth.

Nathan Wallpe earned the $100 All Balls Racing XC2 Holeshot Award Photo: Ken Hill

Yoho ran strong within the top five before a series of crashes in the later laps dropped him to seventh place for the day. HMF/GBC/Yamaha’s Johnny Gallagher came in eighth, while newly crowned XC2 champion Brycen Neal and Indiana’s Craig Bowman rounded out the top ten.

XC2 podium: (left) Josh Merritt, Landon Wolfe, (right) Pat McGuire Photo: Ken Hill

In XC2 Pro Am action, Nathan Wallpe grabbed the $100 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award but it was Maryland’s Landon Wolfe who took the lead on lap one. Despite heavy pressure from Reigning XC2 Pro Am Champion Patrick McGuire, Wolfe earned his second class-win of he season. McGuire went on to finish second ahead of Ohio’s own Josh Merritt.

Finishing sixth overall for the day, Pennsylvania’s Cole Richardson earned the Top Amateur Award en route to his fourth College A Class win of the season.

Hunter Hart secured his third career Youth Overall Championship at Powerline Park Photo: Ken Hill

In the 10 a.m. race, it was Maryland’s Westley Wolfe who claimed the top honors as he secured the GT Thunder Overall Amateur Award after beating out almost 300 riders to claim the morning overall. Ohio’s Cody Collier didn’t make it easy for Wolfe to take the win though, as the two battled back and forth for the Schoolboy (13-15) class win, as well as the overall position. Super Senior 45+ winner Dave Simmons injected himself into the battle, where he ultimately finished third overall for the day.

10 AM podium: (left) Cody Collier, Westley Wolfe, (right) Dave Simmons Photo: Ken Hill

The 4x4 overall podium was topped by U2 class winner Michael Swift, aboard his Team UXC Racing Can-Am machine. Swift battled all morning with BNR Motorsports/Can-Am rider Robert Smith for the U2 Class Championship, where he finished only eleven seconds behind Swift in the overall standings. West Virginia’s Bryan Buckhannon once again topped the 4x4 Open class, securing third place atop the 4x4 overall podium and an impressive sixth overall for the morning.

4x4 Overall podium: (left) Robert Smith, Michael Swift, (right) Bryan Buckhannon Photo: Ken Hill

In the Youth race, it was New York’s Hunter Hart who claimed the 90 Open (12-15) class win, as well as his first Youth Overall victory at the ITP Powerline Park GNCC. Hart’s win was enough to clinch his third career Youth Overall Championship with one round to go in the 2013 season. Florida’s Brandon Frazier finished only sixteen seconds behind Hart to capture second overall for the day, followed by New Jersey’s John Glauda Jr., rounding out the overall podium.

Polaris National Guard captured the UTV Overall win at Round 5 of the 6-race series Photo: Ken Hill

Round 5 of the UTV National Championship took place on Saturday where the Polaris National Guard Team of William and Tina Yokley once again captured the overall win, as well as the XC1 Modified Class win. Team Big Country Powersports/Polaris put in a hard fought second place finish with Team Jacks rounding out the overall podium.

The 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series will make it’s final stop of the season in Crawfordsville, Ind. on October 26 and 27 with the AMSOIL Ironman GNCC. For more information on the series, please visit

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ITP Powerline Park GNCC
St. Clairsville, Ohio
Round 12 of 13
Saturday, October 12

XC1 Event Results:

  1. Walker Fowler (YAM)
  2. Adam McGill (HON)
  3. Chris Borich (SUZ)
  4. Chris Bithell (SUZ)
  5. Jarrod McClure (CAN)
  6. Braden Henthorn (HON)
  7. Kevin Yoho (YAM)
  8. Johnny Gallagher (YAM)
  9. Brycen Neal (HON)
  10. Craig Bowman (YAM)

*Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Chris Borich (327)
  2. Walker Fowler (255)
  3. Adam McGill (225)
  4. Chris Bithell (216)
  5. Kevin Yoho (158)
  6. Braden Henthorn (146)
  7. Johnny Gallagher (140)
  8. Jarrod McClure (133)
  9. Jeff Pickens (127)
  10. Brycen Neal (122)

*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2013 National Champion.

XC2 Event Results:

  1. Landon Wolfe (SUZ)
  2. Patrick McGuire (YAM)
  3. Josh Merritt (YAM)
  4. Nathan Thomas (HON)
  5. Chad Jones (HON)
  6. Randy Hamilton (HON)
  7. Michael Lancaster (HON)
  8. Thomas Koontz (HON)
  9. Brody Livengood  (YAM)
  10. Fred Marley (HON)

XC2 Series Standings:

  1. Brycen Neal (280)
  2. Patrick McGuire (225)
  3. Fred Marley (212)
  4. Landon Wolfe (201)
  5. Josh Merritt (179)
  6. Randy Hamilton (176)
  7. Michael Lancaster (155)
  8. Chad Jones (155)
  9. Blake Kramer (141)
  10. Nathan Wallpe (134)

About GNCC Racing

The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country series is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 1,500 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised weekly on NBC Sports and For more information, please visit