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Quick Fill #9: This Week In GNCC

Quick Fill #9: This Week In GNCC

Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 2:10 PM
Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 2:10 PM

Welcome to Quick Fill.

This week comes to you from inside the Racer Productions office here in Morgantown, West Virginia as we continue to gear up for the OPENING WEEKEND of the 2015 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship. Wait, I’m still in Morgantown, West Virginia? Unfortunately last night’s winter storm put a damper on travel conditions for a large portion of the Northeast region, including flights leaving from the Clarksburg regional airport. If you’re heading out today, please be careful, as we’ve been getting reports from all over the area that conditions are not favorable at the moment.


Important Info About the Wild Boar GNCC (Jen Ken)

Gates open for this event beginning tomorrow (Friday) morning at 9 a.m. Don’t forget that there is practice for this round ONLY the day before each race day. So ATVs will have the opportunity to practice on Friday (Youth ATVs at 1 p.m. and the rest of ATVs from 2-4 p.m.) and bikes on Saturday (Youth bikes at Noon and the rest of the bikes from 1-4 p.m.). Check out the detailed weekend schedule for round one HERE.

If you’re looking to attend Saturday’s Daytona Supercross by Honda and you haven’t purchased tickets, don’t you worry! We will have SX tickets available for purchase at GNCC Registration, all you need to do is ask for Miss Rita and she will take care of you. The SX tickets cost $35 each. 

Next step, how will you get to the Daytona Supercross? Well, obviously you could drive your own vehicle but what fun is that? We’re offering the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Ride to the Races on the Wild Boar Express for FREE this year but there are only 55 seats available so you must act fast to secure your spot. The bus will leave the GNCC at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and plans to arrive at Daytona International Speedway at 5:30 p.m. Once the race is over, the bus will depart the speedway at 11 p.m. and arrive to the GNCC at Midnight. Again, this year the bus ride is FREE but sign up quickly because once it’s full, it’s full! 

We also want to remind all of you racers that we will once again offer GNCC “dirty money” poker chips at each event this season in lieu of the event plaques. So if you earn a plaque-finishing position you have the option to trade your plaque in for a poker chip that is worth $10 toward any GNCC gate admission or race admission of your choice. Think about it, if you collect one from all 13 rounds, you could be saving $130 for the season!

Attention GNCC Racin’ Nation

We would like to put the word out that we’re looking for a potential ATV racer who is willing to ride Saturday’s 10 a.m. ATV race behind/with a fellow GNCC competitor who is racing with a physical disability. This 22-year-old rider would like to sign up for a class on his sport ATV and would like to have a buddy to ride alongside and help out. If you or someone you know may be interested, please email [email protected] and let us know. GNCC will comp your entry fee for this purpose. 

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The trails is Palatka are looking good for this weekends opening round!
The trails is Palatka are looking good for this weekends opening round! Photo: Jared Bolton

Updates From The Woods Of Florida (Jared Bolton)

So I’ve spent the past few days riding around Barry Hawk’s creation of a track in Florida and I have to say, those of you racing are in for a treat! There’s definitely a little bit of something for everyone. There’s fast, flowing open trails, some tighter technical trails, a little bit of fast grass and more. Of course there’s a few mudholes that are typical of any Florida race course but there’s easy ways around, or if you take your time to look at them, you’ll find a good line through.

It’s definitely the type of place where you want to make sure you follow the arrows, and stay with your machine ON course if you break down because there’s a lot of land, and a lot of it all looks the same. So far it seems like everyone who has spent some time in the woods tends to agree that it’s kind of difficult to know exactly where you are in the woods because everything looks very similar. So, if you’re not familiar with the property and experience a mechanical issue, your best bet is to stay on course.

A few times over the winter I’ve mentioned that there’s a mix of sand and black sand with topsoil mixed here, which is definitely the case but there’s also a bit more beach type sand than I realized. It’s sort of similar to the sand we had at River Ranch with some black dirt mixed in as well. What does this mean? Well, it means a lot of fun because that type of sand is a lot of fun for really throwing your machine into the corners.

It also means that it will get a little rough as the race wears on, so hopefully everyone has been putting in the work off the bike this winter as well. It’s also been in the 80s the past couple of days, so it’s hot. However, it looks like it’s going to cool off a little bit for the weekend and we’ll see some pretty awesome temperatures, so that’s an added bonus!

Memories of Rodman Plantation (Rodney Tomblin)

I started announcing GNCC in the mid 1990s on an occasional basis but it wasn't until 2002 that I began as a regular voice assisting Mr. John Ayers. My first trip to Florida was to say the least, rather memorable one as it was the last time we raced the Kirton Ranch GNCC, which has since became one of legend. I don't know that I have ever witnessed sand whoops as deep as those were in 2002. The next year we moved north closer Daytona Beach and Bike Week, which is close to where we will be this weekend at the Rodman Plantation for what use to be called the infamous “Hurricane GNCC” now known as the Wild Boar GNCC.

The "Hurricane" lived up to its name, as I witnessed the most flooding I have ever seen during a race. I literally waded around the pits in near knee-deep water calling the race. It was crazy and certainly made for many memories and stories I still hear this day. The most memorable for me though was that I had "lost" my keys and searched and searched for hours in the water and muck. I started to get hot so I took off a sweatshirt and wouldn't you know it they were around my neck the entire time. I still laugh about that and I still remember where I stood when it happened. 

A lot of water so to speak has passed under the bridge since those days but here we are back to what is one of the more memorable events for me. The last time we were here Bill Ballance was going for title number five and Barry Hawk was wearing the #1 after capturing his 8th historic GNCC ATV title. Both won that day. Bill battled with Florida’s Gregg Trew, William Yokely, Bryan Cook and yes-even Chris Borich who was believe it or not on a Yamaha and took 4th that day. 

Last week the news finally broke on something I have been hyping all winter nearly. It was to the point where folks were getting sick of hearing about it, but come on that's pretty big news and we needed something to talk about and that was the biggest thing going on at the time. I let it die for a while and wondered if it would ever be announced or if would be a shock announcement at the track, but last week the news came and I for one am excited at what this does for the sport and Chris himself.

A look at the results show that along with Chris Borich, Johnny Gallagher is the only XC1 Pro that line up on that day that is still racing. Those guys have been training hard again and I have to think that with both Johnny and Chris riding Yamaha and the most experience this could pay huge dividends for Johnny and maybe we see him on the podium here to kick of 2015.

Anyway, my memories of this plantation are many. Even though we return to the Palatka and the Rodman Plantation we are a couple miles down the road from the original pits area and the track is laid out in a different place as well. Looking at the forecast it appears we should not have to worry about a flood this year as the temps will be in the near 70 and Florida sunshine should rain down this year. Have fun and enjoy. If you can't make it, don't forget GNCCLive on

This weekend's weather is looking perfect for riding! Whose ready for round one?
This weekend's weather is looking perfect for riding! Whose ready for round one? Photo: Jared Bolton

Last Bit Of Off-Season Racing! (Jared Bolton)

Last weekend saw some more opportunities to get in some last minute race time before Florida, and there were quite a few who took advantage of the opportunity to get out and race. The big one of the weekend was the Sandlapper National Enduro in South Carolina. Some rain in the area made conditions a little interesting but the racing itself was still pretty intense.

Andrew Delong put together a solid day of racing and ended up coming away with the win. Kailub Russell had a solid ride too, but struggled in a couple of sections. However, he was still able to come away with 2nd place, which also was enough to give Kailub the National Enduro points lead.

The first two National Enduro rounds were supposed to be a deciding factor if Kailub will contest the rest of the National Enduro season or not, and with the points lead it sounds like he’ll be giving it a shot. This presents a few interesting possibilities. First, if Kailub were to claim the National Enduro title, and the GNCC title in the same year, he’d become the first rider to do so. Also, if he comes away with the National Enduro title, Kailub and Jeff Russell would become the first father-son duo to claim championships.

The other race of the weekend was the first round of the 2015 Mid-East Hare Scramble championship, which was also in South Carolina, and actually just a few miles up the road from where the National Enduro was held. So, that means this race also saw some wet and sloppy conditions but from what I’ve heard, everyone still really enjoyed themselves out on the track. Ricky Russell ended up coming away with the overall win there ahead of Scott Grills and local hero Trevor Barrett.

Warming Up for the New Season (Rodney Tomblin)

I have talked with several folks lately about the pre-season training they have been experiencing. It seems that some of the 4x4 and Side-By-Side teams have been bus. I spoke with the Wicked Built #591 team with Treavis Poynter and he has been busy already running races. They took the win at the recent Winterfest race in North Carolina. Treavis has teamed up with BP McGuire in the Wicked Bilt/Crash Addicts Can Am Maverick. He said it was a great warm up for the opening round of GNCC in Georgia and could prove to be one to beat. 

Don Higbee and his team have been busy. Don said that the "We had an exciting year last season, winning both the SCORE World Desert Title and the Best in the Desert title. As well as a good first year in GNCC Pro, [and] Kevin Trantham is on board with Factory Polaris this year with me and Michael Swift on the UXC/Factory Polaris team." Wait a minute! Did he say Kevin would be on a Polaris? This should be interesting!

Don’t forget this year we will be live on Make sure you tell your friends and don't forget you can relive it all from last year as it has all been archived for your convenience.

Here’s a cool pic just because, well, who doesn’t like a nice 3-wheeler photo!
Here’s a cool pic just because, well, who doesn’t like a nice 3-wheeler photo! Photo: GNCC Archives

#ThrowbackThursday (Jared Bolton)


For your classic Blackwater photo of the week, here’s another great muddy moment courtesy of Rick “Super Hunky” Siemen’s collection.
For your classic Blackwater photo of the week, here’s another great muddy moment courtesy of Rick “Super Hunky” Siemen’s collection. Photo: GNCC Archives


The pro quads blasting down a hill at Loretta Lynn’s in 1995.
The pro quads blasting down a hill at Loretta Lynn’s in 1995. Photo: GNCC Archives


And of course, in honor of this weekend’s Wild Boar GNCC, here’s Guy Cooper at the Ocala GNCC in 1994.
And of course, in honor of this weekend’s Wild Boar GNCC, here’s Guy Cooper at the Ocala GNCC in 1994. Photo: GNCC Archives



AMSOIL GNCC Series Kicks Off This Weekend in Florida Alongside Daytona Bike Week Festivities

Telecast and Online Streaming Schedule Announced for the 2015 AMSOIL GNCC Series

Kevin Rookstool to Race EX, SX, and GNCC at Daytona Bike Week


Whats New on

GNCCLIVE from the Moose Racing Wild Boar in Palatka, Florida will be online at this Saturday and Sunday. Pro ATV Racing will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. EST and then on Sunday the Pro Bike Racing will happen at 1 p.m. EST. 

This week The Racer X Show features highlights from an intense round nine of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship in Atlanta, Georgia and action from the round seven of AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross in Kansas City, Missouri. Host Greg White also discusses the opening round of MXGP at Losail Motocross in Doha, Qatar where American Ryan Villopoto began his quest for an MXGP title. Since this weekend and next week are packed full of racing, we want to make sure we get all the action highlighted for you! This means The Racer X Show will be live next Wednesday evening! It's going to be a show you don't want to miss!

News from GNCC, Sponsors and Racers

Women’s ATV rider Jesi Stracham was in a motorcycle accident on January 18 when a car pulled out in front of them. Jesi had surgery on January 20 for a little over seven hours. The doctors are confident they did everything to set her up for the best recovery possible. Jesi is paralyzed from the waist down. She is in good spirits and has a long journey ahead to recovery.

Please follow along in Jesi’s road to recovery as she continues to make incredible progress through her will and determination. You can see updates on Jesi’s progress through her GoFundMe site, as well as view amazing video progress and donate to her recovery if you so choose. Let’s continue to keep Jesi in our thoughts and prayers, keep on going, girl! 

DirtWise/Maxxis/KLIM Race Team Ready for 2015:
The DirtWise/Maxxis/KLIM Race team is excited to announce its team roster for the 2015 race season, as it heads into Round 1 of the GNCC series, which starts this weekend in Florida. read more...

As a valued GNCC Racing competitor, we would like your opinion. Please click the link below to take a short survey. It only takes 5-10 minutes to complete  Three lucky winners will receive a $150 VISA Gift Card simply for completing the survey.  The survey will only be open for one week.