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Brycen Neal Aims to Make it Two-in-a-Row at FMF Steele Creek GNCC
Matthew Lindle Looks to Earn First Win in XC2 Pro-Am
MORGANTOWN, W.Va (April 3, 2018) – The 2018 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series, an AMA National Championship, continues this weekend, April 7 and 8, with the 19th Annual FMF Steele Creek GNCC. The Steele Creek GNCC is one of the most popular stops on the 13-round race circuit, which takes place at the Steele Creek Campground in Morganton, North Carolina. WFR/GBC/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Walker Fowler heads into Round 4 with two wins, and a five-point lead over Bneal Motorsports/CST Tires/Houser Racing’s Brycen Neal.
Neal, who currently sits second in the points championship, earned his first-ever overall ATV win at The Maxxis General just three weeks ago. If Neal can keep his momentum going into this weekend’s race, he may just have what it takes to make it two-in-a-row. However, Fowler has managed to take home the win at Steele Creek the past two years and after finishing fifth at the previous round he is looking to redeem himself at this weekend’s GNCC.
Currently sitting in third is Maxxis/Fly Racing/Ye Olde Cycle Barn’s Chris Borich, who is looking to get back to his winning ways. The six-time GNCC Champion has had a strong start to the 2018 season, finishing inside the top five at the first three rounds. Borich’s second place finish at The General came after a hard-fought battle to the checkered flag, where he would ultimately finish seconds behind Neal. Borich will be looking to earn his first win of the season this weekend in North Carolina.
Last year JMR/ATVriders.com/Maxxis’ Jarrod McClure was only able to complete three of the five laps, but is looking to change his luck at Steele Creek this year. McClure has finished in the third spot at the past two events, and if he can get off to a better start he may just have what it takes to battle at the front of the pack for a win.
Following a fourth place finish in Georgia, AmPro Yamaha’s Cole Richardson has been steadily improving each week. Richardson is fully healed from his injury sustained at the beginning of last season, and he is ready to battle at the front of the pack for a podium finish this Saturday.
McGill Mafia/CST Tires/Moose Racing’s Adam McGill currently sits fifth in the championship battle after finishing inside the top 10 overall at the first three events, and now he is just two points behind McClure coming into round four. McGill will be a man-on-a-mission this weekend as he is looking to earn that top spot on the box for the first time in 2018.
XC1 ATV rookie, RJR/Tire Spine/GBC Motorsports’ Devon Feehan took home the XC2 Pro-Am class win at last year’s Steele Creek GNCC. Feehan also placed fifth overall on the day, which is one of his best overall finishes to date. Feehan will look to repeat his success from the front line this year, and improve his seventh place position in the championship points.
Another racer who has shown consistency thus far is GBC/Fly Racing/HMF/Yamaha’s Johnny Gallagher who holds the eighth-place position in the points championship. Spider Graphix/GBC Motorsports/Moose Racing’s Marty Christofferson holds the ninth place position after three rounds of racing, while GBC Motorsports/RJR/Solo Pilot’s Westley Wolfe rounds out the XC1 Pro top ten.
Meanwhile in the XC2 Pro-Am class, Honda-backed rider Matthew Lindle holds the points lead over Indiana-native Austin Abney. Lindle has finished in the second place position at the past two rounds, while Abney came out and won the opening round. They will both look to earn valuable championship points while battling for the win this Saturday. John Glauda Jr. took home the XC2 Pro-Am win three weeks ago in Georgia and is looking to keep his momentum rolling into his home state race. Glauda Jr. is third in points, but only sits five points behind Lindle for the championship points lead.
Saturday’s race schedule is as follows: Youth ATV racing begins at 8 a.m., followed by amateurs, 4x4 Pro and Women at 10 a.m., and the top amateurs and pros race at 1 p.m. Following Saturday’s afternoon race will be 50cc Micro racing taking place at 4:30 p.m.
Adult (12+) gate admission is $20 for the full weekend and $10 for kids (6-11), with kids five and under free. Gate admission includes pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge. Camping fees are $40 for full-hookup spots, and $25 for primitive camping. Full-hookup campsites are first-come-first-served, and camping fees are per night.
The event is co-sanctioned with SETRA, a series that produced local racing events in the southeast, and will ultimately bring out a full slate of local racers. All local riders are invited and encouraged to compete in the event, as GNCC Racing offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. The amateur race entry fee is only $50 and riders can sign up at the event. To learn more about GNCC Racing, refer to the GNCC 101 webpage.
Local racers expected to compete Saturday on ATVs will be: Jordan Phillips (4x4 Pro), Davis Brinson (College A 16-21), Gary Buffkin (35+ C), Nicholas Camilli (Vet A 30+), Grayson Eller (College B 16-21), Matthew Ewart (4x4 A), Josh Franklin (35+ C), Brandon Icard (XC2 Pro-Am), James Glauda (YXC1 Super Mini Sr 13-15), Landon Glauda (70cc CVT), John Glauda Jr (XC2 Pro-Am), Roger Iwerks (Silver Masters 55+), Cameron Jones (16-18 C), Christopher Jones (Vet B 30+), Thad Templeton (40+ C), Kevin Trantham (4x4 Senior), Zach Wright (Junior A 22+), and Jeremy Schutt (4x4 C).
Tune in to RacerTV.com on Saturday at 1 p.m. EST to catch LIVE streaming of the Pro ATV race. For more information on GNCC LIVE coverage, visit www.racertv.com. A highlight show featuring the event will air on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, May 26 at 2:30 p.m. ET.
The 2018 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series heads to Morganton, North Carolina this weekend, April 7 and 8, for the FMF Steele Creek GNCC. For a complete schedule of the weekend’s activities, please visit the Steele Creek GNCC event page on the series website by clicking HERE.
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
The Maxxis General GNCC
Round 3 of 13
Saturday, March 17
XC1 Pro Event Results:
- Brycen Neal (YAM)
- Chris Borich (SUZ)
- Jarrod McClure (HON)
- Cole Richardson (YAM)
- Walker Fowler (YAM)
- Devon Feehan (HON)
- Johnny Gallagher (YAM)
- Adam McGill (HON)
- Josh Merritt (YAM)
- Martin Christofferson (HON)
*Overall National Championship Standings:
- Walker Fowler (76)
- Brycen Neal (71)
- Chris Borich (64)
- Jarrod McClure (58)
- Adam McGill (56)
- Cole Richardson (47)
- Devon Feehan (39)
- Johnny Gallagher (35)
- Martin Christofferson (30)
- Westley Wolfe (29)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2018 National Champion.
XC2 Pro-Am Event Results:
- John Glauda Jr (YAM)
- Matthew Lindle (HON)
- Brandon Icard (HON)
- Austin Abney (HON)
- Drew Landers (YAM)
- Kenny Shick (YAM)
- Tanner Walker (HON)
- Ben Kowalewski (HON)
- Steven Covert (YAM)
- Sam Hough (HON)
XC2 Pro-Am Series Standings:
- Matthew Lindle (68)
- Austin Abney (66)
- John Glauda Jr (63)
- Drew Landers (54)
- Ben Kowalewski (50)
- Hunter Hart (46)
- Kenny Shick (39)
- Tanner Walker (38)
- Brandon Icard (37)
- Sam Hough (35)
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
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