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GNCC Heads to Indiana for Second Annual X-Factor Whitetails GNCC
XC1 Pro class slated to battle over the coveted X-Factor Trophy
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (May 9, 2018) – The 2018 AMSOIL Grand National Cross County (GNCC) Series, an AMA National Championship, resumes in Peru, Indiana for the second annual X-Factor Whitetails GNCC this weekend, May 12 and 13, after a two-week break. WFR/GBC/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Walker Fowler took the win at the previous round, but was unsuccessful at earning the win at last year’s X-Factor Whitetails event. Fowler is looking to turn that around this year, and take home the trophy.
Bneal Motorsports/CST Tires/Houser Racing’s Brycen Neal is aiming to finish in the center of the podium for the second time this season. After earning the win at The General GNCC earlier in the season, Neal is hoping to return to his winning ways in Indiana this Saturday afternoon. Neal currently sits 17 points behind Fowler in the championship standings, and he knows by earning another win he will be adding valuable points to the championship battle this year.
After finishing second at round five, JMR/ATVriders.com/Maxxis’ Jarrod McClure is hoping to battle at the front of the pack and earn his first win of the season. After treacherous conditions at last year’s X-Factor Whitetails GNCC, McClure ended the day in the 17th place position. McClure is looking to turn that around this year and compete for the win, and the coveted X-Factor trophy.
McGill Mafia/CST Tires/Moose Racing’s Adam McGill did not have the finish he was hoping for at round five, especially after earning the win at the Steele Creek GNCC. This weekend McGill will be looking to bounce-back, and contest for the win as we just about reach the halfway point in the season.
Round five also held the same fate for Maxxis/Fly Racing/Ye Olde Cycle Barn’s Chris Borich and AmPro Yamaha’s Cole Richardson, as they ultimately did not finish the race. Borich and Richardson hold the fifth and sixth place positions in the championship standings, but will be striving to return to the podium this weekend. With this many riders looking to improve their results, the X-Factor Whitetails GNCC has the potential to be one of the most exciting races of the season.
RJR/Tire Spine/GBC Motorsports Devon Feehan capitalized on others misfortune at the last round, and earned his best finish thus far in the season. Feehan came through the finish in fourth overall, and will continue to shoot for a top five-finish position at round six.
The man who won the inaugural X-Factor Whitetails GNCC, GBC/Fly Racing/HMF/Yamaha’s Johnny Gallagher returns this year currently tied in championship points with Spider Graphix/GBC Motorsports/Moose Racing’s Marty Christofferson. Gallagher earned the win last year, which just happened to be his first-ever overall ATV win as well. He comes into round six looking for another breakout race, but will have to battle through the pack of hungry XC1 Pro ATV riders.
Christofferson is hoping to earn some needed championship points by earning a top five overall finish this weekend in Indiana. Also looking to run up front is GBC Motorsports/RJR/Solo Pilot’s Westley Wolfe. Wolfe finished sixth at the previous round, but has yet to break into the top five this season. This weekend’s race could be Wolfe’s turning point in the season if he can get the start he needs to battle with the frontrunners.
In the XC2 Pro-Am division, Maxxis/Ithaca Recreation Sports/Fly Racing’s Hunter Hart leads the way after earning three wins so far this season. Matthew Lindle and Austin Abney remain second and third in points, even after a rough round at the Camp Coker Bullet. Abney will be looking to earn his second win of the season in his home state of Indiana. Coastal Racing’s Drew Landers made another podium appearance, but is still waiting to stand in the center of the box. John Glauda Jr. earned second two weeks ago, and is hoping we can battle for another win this Saturday.
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 pros and top amateurs race at 1 p.m.
The event is co-sanctioned with IXCR, a series that produces local racing events in the state of Indiana, 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.
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. Local racers expected to compete Saturday on ATVs will be Austin Abney (XC2 Pro Am), Wesley Barr (Sport 15+), Quinn Bergman (70 CVT 6-11), Matthew Blankenship (College A 16-21), Levi Burkemper (90 8-12), Kameron Coffinger (19+ C), Bryce Cooper (Schoolboy Jr. 13-15), Jase Cooper (90 Limited 8-12), Kevin Cunningham (4x4 Pro), Stephanie Wray Parks (Women), John Williams (YXC2 Super Mini Jr. 12-13), Derek Way (Junior B 22+), Josh Watterson (4x4 Lites), Aaran Greenwell (Schoolboy Sr. 14-17), Cale Howard (College B 16-21), Dylan Taylor (Junior A 22+), Blaze Taylor (Junior B 22+), Tyler Swindle (College A 16-21), Caden Spires (90 Limited 8-12), Corey Silverthorn (College A 16-21), Nicholas Royalty (XC2 Pro Am), Jakob Ritter (16-18 C), Brody Pullen (125 Jr. 8-11), Austin Parks (4x4 Pro), Anna Nicely (90 Limited 8-12), Ethan Meyer (Schoolboy Sr. 14-17), Alexis Keyes (Girls 8-15) and Daulton Keyes (Schoolboy Sr. 14-17).
For a complete schedule of the weekend’s activities, please visit the X-Factor Whitetails GNCC event page on the series website by clicking HERE.
Tune in to RacerTV.com on Saturday at 1:00 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, June 9 at 6:00 p.m. EST.
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Previous Round Results and Points Standings
CST Tires Camp Coker Bullet
Society Hill, South Carolina
Round 5 of 13
Saturday, April 21
XC1 Pro Event Results:
- Walker Fowler (YAM)
- Jarrod McClure (HON)
- Brycen Neal (YAM)
- Devon Feehan (HON)
- Westley Wolfe (SUZ)
- Josh Merritt (YAM)
- Greg Covert (YAM)
- Tucker Wyatt (HON)
- Martin Christofferson (HON)
- Cody Collier (YAM)
*Overall National Championship Standings:
- Walker Fowler (127)
- Brycen Neal (110)
- Jarrod McClure (98)
- Adam McGill (86)
- Chris Borich (80)
- Cole Richardson (72)
- Devon Feehan (71)
- Johnny Gallagher (54)
- Martin Christofferson (54)
- Westley Wolfe (44)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2018 National Champion.
XC2 Pro-Am Event Results:
- Hunter Hart (YAM)
- John Glauda Jr (YAM)
- Drew Landers (YAM)
- Ben Kowalewski (HON)
- Nicholas Royalty (HON)
- Brody Livengood (YAM)
- Tanner Walker (HON)
- Devin Masters (SUZ)
- Zachary Dean (YAM)
- Jay Waggoner (HON)
XC2 Pro-Am Series Standings:
- Hunter Hart (106)
- Matthew Lindle (101)
- Austin Abney (93)
- Drew Landers (91)
- John Glauda Jr. (88)
- Ben Kowalewski (76)
- Tanner Walker (67)
- Kenny Shick (60)
- Brandon Icard (58)
- Brody Livengood (53)
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/.
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