by: Kayla Bolton
Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 11:35 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
America’s Largest Off-Road Motorcycle and ATV Racing Series
Travels to Greene County September 29 and 30
Local Racers Line Up to Compete Against The Nation’s Best Racers
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (September 20, 2018) – America’s largest off-road motorcycle and ATV racing series travels to Greene County next weekend, September 29 and 30, for the inaugural Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mason-Dixon GNCC to be held in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania. The event serves as round 11 of the 2018 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series, an AMA National Championship.
The Mason-Dixon GNCC is a new addition to the 2018 schedule but is no stranger to off-road racing. For the first time since 2003, GNCC Racing will return to Mathews Farm in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania. This facility is located across the street from the iconic High Point Raceway, home of the High Point Pro Motocross National since 1977. As an added bonus, plans are to incorporate the High Point Raceway facility into the racecourse, which would also mark GNCC Racing’s return to High Point for the first time since 2002.
Over 1,400 racers are expected to compete at the Mason-Dixon GNCC and the event will draw several thousand spectators from the surrounding community, as well as all over the U.S., ultimately bringing an estimated $1.3 million in revenue to Greene County and the surrounding areas. Riders will compete on highly tuned dirt bikes and four-wheeled ATVs, and the race will include top talent, such as U.S. National Champions and World Champions from Europe and Australia.
This event also offers great opportunity for local racers to showcase their talents in front of their hometown crowd. Pennsylvania native, Chris Borich may be from the eastern side of the state but he is still looking to claim the PA win on Saturday, September 29. Fellow XC1 Pro rider, Jarrod McClure also hails from the eastern side of Pennsylvania, but as he currently sits second in the National Championship Standings he is hoping for some good luck in his home state. Borich and McClure will be ones to keep an eye on as they both go after their second overall win of the season.
Cole Richardson comes from Edinburg, Pennsylvania, a mere 2 hours north of Mount Morris, PA. Richardson has had an up-and-down season thus far in the year, but he is looking to turn that around coming into what is considered his “hometown race.” One racer looking to put a stop to a Pennsylvania native winning the event is current defending champion, and Ohio native, Walker Fowler. Currently leading the points standings, Fowler is hoping to return to the center of the podium at next weekend’s Mason-Dixon GNCC.
Racing Sunday in the premier motorcycle Pro race will be current overall points leader and five-time GNCC National Champion, Kailub Russell. The FMF/KTM Factory Racing team member has already earned seven wins this season. K. Russell will be looking to take home his eight win of the season while also extending his points lead on Sunday, September 30. Sitting 54 points behind K. Russell in second is Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Thad Duvall. Thus far in the season, Duvall has earned two wins but he is looking to earn his third at the Mason-Dixon GNCC.
Alex Teagarden hails from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, a mere 30-minutes north of Mount Morris, PA. Teagarden currently races in the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class and holds down the third place position, just 31 points behind the class leader. After winning the opening round, round seven and round nine, Teagarden will be eager to battle for another win in front of his hometown family and friends on September 30.
Local racers expected to compete next Saturday on ATVs will be: Chase Allison (College B 16-21), Jim Muntan (4x4 Lites), Cory Blinkiewicz (Vet A 30+), Eli Kiger (College A 16-21), Lodge Bliznesky (Vet B 30+), Carson Bradley (Schoolboy Sr. 14-17), Bella Burgess (125 Sr. 12-15), Matthew Burkholder (24+ C), Derik Hart (35+ C), Caige Crissman (College A 16-21), Thomas Koontz Jr. (Vet A 30+), Joshua Cummings (40+ C), Peter Dandrea (Senior B 40+), Scott Dowlin (35+ C), Devin Masters (XC2 Pro-Am), John Higgins (30+ C), Preston Raber (16-18 C), Ronald Howard (College B 16-21), Justin Kerr (Senior A 40+), Ed King (Senior B 40+), Gabrielle Lemley (Girls 8-15), Kaden Lambruno YXC2 Super Mini Jr. 12-13), Blaine Maple (90cc Limited 8-12), Ronnie Rusch (College A 16-21), Tyler McLaughlin (50cc Jr. 4-6), Todd Moskala (Vet A 30+), Jaxson Ostrich (70 CVT 6-11 & 50cc Sr. 5-7), Charlie Rogers (Junior B 22+), Landen Ostrich (90cc 8-12), Kenny Shick (XC2 Pro-Am), Uriah Shriver (Micro XC1 7-9), Anthony Stockdale (40+C), Seth Wilson (College A (16-21), Mason Stofcheck (90cc Limited 8-12), Colten Stroman (YXC1 Super Mini Sr. 13-15), Emily Wise (Junior B (22+), Brad Whitehead (Vet A 30+), Joe Teagarden (30+ C) and Tanner Walker (XC2 Pro-Am).
Local riders expected to race on motorcycles will be: Alex Teagarden (FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am), Ryan Lojak (FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am), Ian Flynn (250 B), Shawn Myers (200 B), Grant Curfman (250 B), Colin Keegan (FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am), Amber Hardman (Women C), Mason Atherton (XC1 Open Pro), Larry Hopper (Vet B 30+), Conner Keegan (4-Stroke A Lites), Willis West (Super Senior A 45+),Edward Lojak Jr. (Vet A 30+), Gino Bonacci (YXC1 Supermini Sr. 14-15), Ralph ‘Be’ Thorn (Masters A 50+), Dylan Ely (Sportsman A), Jared Hoffman (Vet A 30+), Joseph Cummings (250 C College 18-24), Ty Ely (85cc 7-11), TJ Fine (4-Stroke B Lites), Leo Jeziorski (Elite Masters 65+), Mark Proper (Senior B 40+), Brandon Keegan (4-Stroke A Lites), Ryder Leblond (200 A), Mark Michelini (Golden Masters (60+), Kara Parsons (Women C), Shawn Remington (Senior A 40+), Shawn Remington Jr. (50cc Jr. 4-6), Melissa Parsons (Women C), Linwood Patton (50cc Jr. 4-6), Chase Rutan (125 B/C), Elizabeth Sam (Women), Billy Seliga (4-Stroke B Lites), Cooper Stickley (Micro XC2 6-8), Jason Stickley (Senior B 40+), Peyton Whipkey (YXC1 Super Mini Sr. 14-15), Tucker Whipkey (65cc 10-11), Cole Whitmer (250 B) and Lane Whitmer (85cc 12-13).
On Friday, September 28, our On-Track Program will be heading to Albert Gallatin South Middle School in Point Marion, Pennsylvania at 9 a.m. followed by a second school visit to RW Clark Elementary in Uniontown, Pennsylvania at 1:30 p.m. The GNCC Racing On-Track Program is a free school program that focuses on goal setting, perseverance, motorcycle safety and anti-bullying. The presentation is centered around the ideas taught in school, but the message is delivered to students in a new and unique way making it a hit with the crowd!
Then Friday evening at 6 p.m. the second Fantic eMTB race will take place at 6 p.m. and feature seven classes with no pre-qualifying: Pro, Schoolboy (12-18), Junior (19-29), Vet (30-39), Senior (40-49), Masters (50+) and Women. The entry fee is $30 Transponder scoring will be used; transponders can be rented or purchased at the events.
Four-wheeled ATVs will compete throughout the day on Saturday, September 29. 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.
On Sunday, September 30, the motorcycles will take to the woods of New York following the same race schedule of youth racing action starting the day off at 8 a.m., women and amateur riders' race at 10 a.m. and the pros and top amateurs will start at 1 p.m.
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 $50, and riders can sign up at the track or pre-enter. 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 five and under are free for the full weekend (Friday through Sunday), with pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge.
The 1 p.m. pro races will be broadcast LIVE on the Internet via RacerTV on www.racertv.com both days. A highlight show featuring the event will air on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, November 10 at 3:00 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 social media channels, along with receiving the most up-to-date news and exclusive content.
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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.