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Walker Fowler Looks to Keep Momentum Rolling
into the Moose Racing Wild Boar GNCC
AMSOIL GNCC Racing Continues with Round Two This Weekend
MORGANTOWN, W.Va (March 8, 2018) – Two weeks after the season opener, the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series, an AMA National Championship, continues this weekend, March 10 and 11 in Palatka, Florida. For the second consecutive year, the Moose Racing Wild Boar GNCC will serve as round two of the 13-race series.
After taking the win at the season opener in South Carolina, defending champion WFR/GBC/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Walker Fowler is looking to earn his second-straight win of 2018 this Saturday, March 10. Though Fowler secured the early points lead there is still plenty of racing action left to go down this season, and one rider hoping to stop Fowler’s success is Bneal Motorsports/CST Tires/Houser Racing’s Brycen Neal.
Coming into the season Neal was slated as a rider to keep an eye on in the XC1 class after finishing second overall in 2017. At round one in South Carolina, Neal battled his way through the pack after an unfavorable start, and finished second overall. Although it was a healthy start to the season Neal is looking for his first overall win, and to earn the 2018 ATV National Championship.
Six-time National Champion, Chris Borich rounded out the podium at the Big Buck GNCC two weeks ago. Borich, who has not won a race since the 2014 season, is looking prepared and comfortable on his Maxxis/Fly Racing/Ye Olde Cycle Barn-backed Suzuki.
McGill Mafia/CST Tires/Moose Racing’s Adam McGill and JMR/ATVriders.com/Maxxis’ Jarrod McClure finished in the fourth and fifth place positions at round one after fighting their way through the rest of the XC1 pack. Both McGill and McClure are top contenders this season, and are both looking to take that spot in the center of the podium away from Fowler at the coming rounds in Florida and Georgia.
GBC Motorsports/RJR/Solo Pilot’s Westley Wolfe and AmPro Yamaha’s Cole Richardson started off the 2018 season with great finishes. Wolfe had finished fifteenth at round one last year, but had steadily worked himself up to a top five finisher by mid-season even battling for podium finishes. Wolfe is hoping to earn his first overall podium finish in Florida. Richardson, who spent most of 2017 sidelined, was eager to get back to GNCC Racing in South Carolina. Richardson proved that he had been preparing himself by finishing inside the top 10.
Yamaha-backed rider, Cody Collier followed by GBC/Fly Racing/HMF/Yamaha’s Johnny Gallagher and XC1 Rookie RJR/Tire Spine/GBC Motorsports’ Devon Feehan rounded out the top 10 in South Carolina. All three are hoping to battle throughout the pack and earn themselves a podium, or even a win this season.
All local racers are invited to compete in the Wild Boar GNCC, as GNCC Racing offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. The amateur race entry fee is $50. To learn more about GNCC Racing please visit the GNCC101 webpage.
Local racers expected to compete next Saturday on ATVs and UTVs will be: Parker Merrill (4x4 B), Brian Keane (4x4 Senior), Tony Edwards (Super Senior 45+), John Plankey (Super Senior 45+), Rudy Lemus (19+C), Josh Loudermilk (35+C), Doug Morse (Junior A 22+), Elliott Cook (UXC3 Pro-Am UTV), Mark Thompson (Masters 45+ UTV), and April Hodges (Sportsman UTV).
Four-wheeled ATVs and UTVs will compete throughout the day on Saturday, March 10. Youth riders start the day at 8 a.m., single seat UTVs race at 9 a.m., 4x4 Pro, amateur and women riders race at 10 a.m., and the pros and top amateurs at 1 p.m. The day will round out with side-by-side or UTV racing beginning at 4:00 p.m.
The amateur race entry fee is only $50, and youth race entry fee is only $30. To learn more about GNCC Racing, refer to the GNCC 101 webpage.
Spectator passes run $20 for adults and $10 for children (6-11), and kids 5 and under are free for the full weekend (Saturday through Sunday), with pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge.
To get to the track from Highway 17 South, take Route 19 South to Route 310 West. Continue driving past the Rodman Plantation sign. Turn right approximately two miles at the Hog Waller sign.
The 1 p.m. pro races will be broadcast LIVE on the Internet via Racer TV on www.racertv.com both days. A highlight show featuring the event will air on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m.
For more information on the GNCC series, visit the official website at www.gnccracing.com or call (304) 284-0084. Join the conversation on the series Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to always hashtag #GNCC.
Previous Round Results and Points Standings
VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC
Union, South Carolina
Round 1 of 13
Saturday, February 24
XC1 Pro Event Results:
- Walker Fowler (YAM)
- Brycen Neal (YAM)
- Chris Borich (SUZ)
- Adam McGill (HON)
- Jarrod McClure (HON)
- Westley Wolfe (SUZ)
- Cole Richardson (YAM)
- Cody Collier (YAM)
- Johnny Gallagher (YAM)
- Devon Feehan (HON)
*Overall National Championship Standings:
- Walker Fowler (30)
- Brycen Neal (25)
- Chris Borich (21)
- Adam McGill (18)
- Jarrod McClure (16)
- Westley Wolfe (15)
- Cole Richardson (14)
- Cody Collier (13)
- Johnny Gallagher (12)
- Devon Feehan (11)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2018 National Champion.
XC2 Pro-Am Event Results:
- Austin Abney (HON)
- Drew Landers (YAM)
- Ben Kowalewski (HON)
- Matthew Lindle (HON)
- Brandon Icard (HON)
- Steven Covert (YAM)
- Sam Hough (HON)
- Tanner Walker (HON)
- John Glauda Jr (YAM)
- Hunter Hart (YAM)
XC2 Pro-Am Series Standings:
- Austin Abney (30)
- Drew Landers (25)
- Ben Kowalewski (21)
- Matthew Lindle (18)
- Brandon Icard (16)
- Steven Covert (15)
- Sam Hough (14)
- Tanner Walker (13)
- John Glauda Jr (12)
- Hunter Hart (11)
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 2,400 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., Central America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised weekly on NBC Sports and RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.
How to Watch
Racer TV and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) are the official homes for coverage of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) events. All 13 rounds, from the season opening Big Buck GNCC in South Carolina to the finale at Ironman Raceway in Indiana, will air in 30-minue; taped-delayed telecasts on NBCSN, while Racer TV provides live streaming coverage of the 1 p.m. ATV and motorcycle races from each event, in addition to the six UTV rounds. Catch all the action at http://www.nbcsports.com/ and http://www.racertv.com/.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world's largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders' interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com. Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.