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Quick Fill #24: This Week in GNCC

Quick Fill #24: This Week in GNCC

Thursday, June 16, 2016 | 11:50 AM
Thursday, June 16, 2016 | 11:50 AM

Welcome to Quick Fill.

Round eight is in the books as we now begin to prepare for our final round before summer break with the Amsoil Snowshoe GNCC. As usual, Snowshoe is a heck of a way to put the season on pause for summer break as the air is usually cooler atop Snowshoe Mountain, and of course the ultra-rugged terrain is a great way to cap off the first part of the GNCC season. Ryan Echols and I have heard from a lot of people who want a tough Snowshoe race and while the final course layout is still up in the air, we definitely want to try to deliver some technical and fun sections. You definitely want to be sure to check out next week’s edition of Quick Fill for the low-down on what to expect out of this year’s Snowshoe racecourse.

We’ll be heading out early Monday to get things started, but while this weekend might be a weekend off from GNCC Racing, its definitely not weekend off for us as High Point Raceway hosts round four of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Some of you may have heard the announcements at last weekend’s Tomahawk GNCC mentioning that we were looking for extra help at High Point this weekend, and it sounds like we’ve got a number of GNCC racers interested in coming out to work. We can’t thank everyone enough, and while we have filled all the positions needed, we still hope to see even more familiar faces out watching all the Pro Motocross action this weekend.

With that said, I’m going to keep this week’s intro a little on the short side because there’s a bunch of work to be done to prep for Pro Motocross this weekend and rolling straight into Snowshoe next week. So let’s get Quick Fill off and rolling!

Once again we have some special trophies for each first place finisher at the Snowshoe GNCC! 
Once again we have some special trophies for each first place finisher at the Snowshoe GNCC!  Photo: Nick Koester

Weekly Updates (Chelsea Taylor)

As I sit here and starting writing Quick Fill I’m taken back by the fact that this week marks exactly one year since I moved to West Virginia and accepted the offer for my first professional job. It amazes me how much can change in the course of one year. Prior to this job I had very limited knowledge of GNCC Racing, but the GNCC family and staff instantly took me right in and became some of my best friends. So I just wanted to say thank you all for making my job the best job there is!

Just a reminder that registration for the ISDE Gold Tournament Fundraiser at the Raven Golf Club Course is still OPEN! Grab some of your closest buddies and get signed up today! There will be special activities taking place throughout the day, with plenty of opportunity for a little more friendly competition! Contests include: longest drive and closest to the pin for both men and women, a putting contest, and opportunities to win big with a hole-in-one. KTM has teamed up with the cause once again to create a “Hole-in-One Challenge” so that if a player gets a hole-in-one on the drive for the designated hole, he or she will be the proud winner of a 2016 KTM 450 XC-F motorcycle. All golfers must bring their own clubs. If you need to rent clubs they will be available for a $20 rental fee at registration. All players must wear the appropriate golf attire. All proceeds will go toward funding the transportation for the ISDE trophy team’s trip to Spain.

Did you graduate this year from elementary school, middle school, high school, college or a technical institution? If so you’re invited to the Snowshoe Graduation Commencement on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. at the podium in the village plaza. Simply fill out this form to register and you will receive a commemorative Class of 2016 key chain. Make sure to come decked out in your cap and gown!

If you’ve been on the fence about racing Snowshoe check out these cool trophies because we think they may just make your decision a little easier. They will be given to each class winner and are reminiscent of the Big Bear trophies of the early 1980s. A local company, Westerwald Pottery, in Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania created these special mugs by hand just for us!

Chuck Lemaster with Team Faith will be conducting chapel service at Snowshoe at 7 p.m. at his tent, and right after chapel service will be the Davisson Brothers band in the village at 7:30 p.m. We’ll have more updates regarding Snowshoe next week!

This Saturday, June 18, is the 40th Annual High Point National. I highly recommend taking a break from riding and coming out to see the show if you’re local to the area! You can purchase tickets online or at the front gate. I’ll be manning the VIP tent for the Super Pass holders so I personally recommend those tickets! We’ve got a jam-packed weekend schedule including amateur racing, DJ Elo and of course the pit party! 

With his third win of the season, and a bit of misfortune for Kailub Russell, Josh Strang will be coming into Snowshoe with the points lead.
With his third win of the season, and a bit of misfortune for Kailub Russell, Josh Strang will be coming into Snowshoe with the points lead. Photo: Digital Dave Smith

It’s Heating Back Up! (Jared Bolton)

After an eventful final lap at the Tomahawk GNCC, the battle for the 2016 GNCC National Championship has heated back up once again. Kailub Russell has been a master of claiming five consecutive wins, but consecutive win number six continues to elude the three-time champ. Once again, Kailub had claimed five consecutive wins prior to the Tomahawk GNCC, and while putting on a last lap charge to catch Josh Strang, who had controlled the entire race, it looked as if win number six was becoming a possibility.

Then the seemingly unthinkable would happen. On the final lap, while battling for the lead, Russell would take a wide line around a lapped rider, and then he and Strang would try to occupy the same place at the same time. The two would end up going down with Russell’s bike suffering the worst of the incident. Both riders were unscathed, but a hard hit to Russell’s machine would leave it mangled and ultimately a broken fuel pump would end his day early.

Unfortunately for Kailub, this would take him out of the top 20 overall for the day, giving him zero championship points for Tomahawk. On the bright side, Kailub had established a strong enough lead that Strang’s overall win would only leave Strang with a one-point lead over Russell heading into round nine. So now, we’re essentially back to square one in the battle for this championship and with five rounds remaining, this means we could see one of the best championship battles this series has ever seen. Both of these competitors know what it takes to claim GNCC National Championships and both are hungry for the 2016 championship.

The other interesting thing is that both of these riders have found success in these final five rounds. Strang and Russell both have previously claimed wins of their own at Snowshoe, Unadilla, Powerline Park and Ironman. While Strang has never claimed a Mountaineer Run win, he has landed on the podium in his two appearances at the event (Strang missed the 2012 and 2015 Mountaineer Run events). With this kind of success from both of these riders, anything can happen and neither rider will back down in their pursuit of the championship.

Sit back and enjoy the show because this has the potential to be one of the tightest championship battles GNCC Racing has ever seen. If these two riders begin to swap wins, the battle for the championship could come down to Ironman, and very well could even come down to the final lap of the race. It wouldn’t be the first time a championship has came down to the wire like this, and it won’t be the last. Best of luck to both of these guys, because it’s not going to be easy for either of them! 

Walker Fowler put together another excellent ride to claim his fifth win of the 2016 season at the Tomahawk GNCC!
Walker Fowler put together another excellent ride to claim his fifth win of the 2016 season at the Tomahawk GNCC! Photo: Ken Hill

The Turning Point? (Rodney Tomblin)

The Dunlop Tomahawk GNCC may go down in history as one of the most mystical events the tour has seen and in its short time, may gain lore similar to that of the Steele Creek GNCC that nearly always seems to bring about some sort of surprise. While Bolt-On has already discussed the surprise in the bike ranks, the battle in the ATV XC1 championship may not have been quite as surprising but it could showed that taking Walker Fowler’s second championship may be harder than originally appeared with Adam McGill’s three race win streak. Walker actually got his big break at the John Penton when McGill suffered his issues and lost several points, which gave Fowler the breathing room he needs heading into the break. If Fowler can maintain his control after Snowshoe, it will make the final four rounds and championship number two a lot easier.

The biggest factor for this year championships may be the approaching Snowshoe GNCC. This past weekend there was a feeling that something big was going to happen. Then on Sunday there seemed to be an oddness looming in the air, essentially signaling that it was not your typical day of GNCC Racing. In the end, it was obvious that may have been but with the unpredictability of “America’s New Toughest Race” no one really can predict what will happen next.

As far as whom Snowshoe favors, it is honestly hard to say. The key players in our battles all have their Snowshoe stories. Some are good and some are not so good. The ATVs may lean toward McGill and a win here could put him back on the track that he needs to set him up for the final four round battle. You can’t count out Fowler here as his skills are as honed as anyone. The key for these two will not only be speed, but knowing when you need to push and when you need to take it easy as adrenaline can be your friend or foe, and each turn holds something new and different. 

As far as this ATV match up goes, both Fowler and McGill have wins here but McGill has two and to his favor he is the only natural born West Virginian to win the event and he is always the heavy fan favorite. The heat will be on for him to perform here and if he can get a break similar to what we saw happen in New York for the bikes then we may have a brand new battle form for the masses to enjoy in the homestretch.

Another factor to point out which may be a long shot but it comes in the form of the former champ Chris Borich. It has been 21 races since he has seen a win and putting it into perspective; that is nearly one third the total number of wins that Borich has to his credit. He has only one overall win here but has crossed the finish line three times with the physical lead being beaten twice on time adjustment by Brian Wolf in 2009 and 2010 who won from the XC2 Pro Am class. So, in theory, this could be a good place for Borich to turn things around and get pointed in the right direction. It’s a long shot but if it’s going to happen it has to happen somewhere and why not at the celebration of The Blackwater 100, the race that began it all? It was the race that was a true turning point in American off-road racing history why wouldn’t it be the turning point for one of its greatest champions?

Some riders in the A-class ranks are looking to take their careers to the next level, while others are simply enjoying their time racing their machines. 
Some riders in the A-class ranks are looking to take their careers to the next level, while others are simply enjoying their time racing their machines.  Photo: Ken Hill

A-Class Action (Jared Bolton)

As usual, the focus is normally on the top-tier racers of the XC1 and XC2 class, but the next riders in-line to look for successful pro class careers of their own are those in the ranks of the A-classes. This year there’s a number of racers at the front of those A-classes who are showing promising seasons of their own and ultimately looking to take their careers to the next level. At the same time, they’re keeping racing tight in their respective classes and have championship battles of their own beginning to shape up.

Dylan Rash is controlling the Open-A class by just a mere five-points over Conner Smith, who is actually fresh out of the Youth ranks and in his first full-season racing a big bike. To hold down second place in any A-class is a pretty impressive feat all in itself, but to do so on a bigger bike in your first season out of the Youth classes is just flat out awesome! Zach Nolan holds a pretty commanding lead in the 250-A class with four wins in the past five races. Of course, he still has some pretty tough competition in the form of Chris Venditti and Alex Teagarden who both have a pair of class wins to their credit this season.

In the 200-A class, Jesse Ansley has been absolutely on fire all season claiming the win in all but one round. However, he still has his work cut out for him, as Chase Hayes has been Mr. Consistent in the 200-A class having never finished worse than third place so far this season, and claiming the one win that Ansley didn’t. Perhaps the closest battles come in the 4-Stroke A Lites class where Hunter Shelton holds a slight four-point lead over Triston Landrum and Braxton McGee who are currently tied for second place. Also interestingly enough, Christopher McManus and Conner Keegan sit tied for fourth just 17 points behind Landrum and McGee.

However, it doesn’t end there as Cope Beckert and Dustin Simpson are also in a tie of their own for the sixth place spot. With three ties, and a field stacked deep with talent, the 4-Stroke A Lites class could very well be the most interesting A-class to watch it unfold as the season wears on. Each of these riders have a shot at the class title and you never know what to expect in GNCC Racing.

In the age ranks, the younger old guys of the Junior A/B 25+ class have seen a great season of their own thus far as Lucas Towery controls the class points lead over Joe McCarty and Brandon Peterson in third. These guys continue to battle week-in and week-out and show that you don’t have to be looking to take the next step to the pro levels of racing to still come out and have fun racing your dirt bike. The same can be said for the Vet-A and Senior-A classes.

In the Vet-A ranks, defending champion Joe Marsh once again controls the class points lead over Jesse Arsenault and Ryan Inmon in third. All of these guys are long-time GNCC racers and are very experienced on each GNCC course. This kind of knowledge can always come in handy because you never know what to expect out of each race. On the other hand, the Senior-A class has one long-time racer up front and pair of racers with a little less lengthy GNCC experience.

Billy Schlag controls the Senior-A points lead by winning every race since Georgia, after he skipped the opening round in Florida. Billy is a former Pro Motocrosser who still spent his days on the motocross scene up until a few years ago when the GNCC world came calling his name. Last year saw Billy’s first full season of GNCC Racing where he actually won the Senior-A class championship. Sitting second place is “Shotgun” Shawn Remington himself who is an incredibly experienced GNCC racer with many years of GNCC Racing under his GNCC belt… Yes, I said GNCC a lot because Shawn is exactly what GNCC Racing is all about. Simply racing, having as much fun as possible on and off the track and spending a weekend outdoors with your family, and that’s exactly what Shawn does each week.

Third place in the Senior-A class currently goes to Patrick Tobin, who is a new name to full-time GNCC Racing, but is definitely no new-comer to GNCC Racing as he’s made a number of occasional appearances for several years now, and has this awesome library of gangster phrases “SAYIN”…

Each of these riders in the A-class ranks has something to be extremely proud of. They’re the cream of the crop in amateur racing. Some are looking to advance their careers to the next level while others are simply enjoying their time racing. No matter what, they each have something to be proud of and we wish all of them the best of luck throughout the rest of the season.


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Catch up with all of the 2016 GNCC Racing action over at Be sure to check out the archived GNCC LIVE races, and all the other racing action that RacerTV has to offer! Click HERE to view all the off-road racing action. 

Don't forget, GNCC LIVE will be back in action next weekend with the 10th Annual AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC! On Saturday, June 25 at 1 p.m. tune in to watch the best ATV off-road racers in America go to battle in Snowshoe, W.V. Then on Sunday, June 26 at 1 p.m. be sure to tune in to watch three-time GNCC champion, Kailub Russell, and the rest of the XC1 Pro bike riders take on the grueling Snowshoe terrain. It's definitely a race you don't want to miss! So, if you can't make it in person be sure to watch in online

If you've graduated this year we want to honor you! Read below for more information and fill out the form to be recognized at the AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC. Plus you get one of these cool commemorative GNCC Class of 2016 keychains. 

News from GNCC, Riders and Sponsors

GNCC Graduation Ceremony to be Held at AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC
The 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series, presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, will be hosting a Graduation Commencement Ceremony at the AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC Saturday evening beginning at 6 p.m. on the podium located in the center of the Village. Be sure to fill out the form HERE

The information requested is as follows:

  • Name
  • Age
  • City, State
  • Race Class (i.e. 250 B)
  • ATV, Bike or UTV
  • Graduating From (i.e. 8th grade, College, Technical School, etc…)
  • School Name
  • GNCC Affiliation (if you are a family member)

GNCC Racing recognizes the importance of education and would like to encourage all of our riders and families to come out and enjoy a night of celebration with our GNCC graduates. We also would like to urge our graduates to wear their cap and gown to the ceremony. If that is not possible, red caps will be available from GNCC Racing.