FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
America’s Largest Off-Road Motorcycle and ATV Racing Series
Returns to Belmont County October 13 and 14
Local Racers Line Up to Compete Against Nation’s Best Racers
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (October 5, 2018) –America’s largest off-road motorcycle and ATV racing series returns to Belmont County next weekend, October 13 and 14, for the 18th Annual Powerline Park GNCC, to be held in St. Clairsville, Ohio. This event serves as round 12 of the 2018 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series, an AMA National Championship.
Powerline Park continues to be a favorite stop for fans and racers alike, mainly due to its challenging tight wood sections and rocky terrain. Other than the wooded sections, the course fits the normal GNCC description including obstacles such as the famous Powerline Park mud hole jump, elevation changes and wide-open grass track that will make this stop a must-see on the circuit.
Over 1,600 racers are expected to compete in the Powerline Park 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 $3 million in revenue to Belmont County and 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, Australia and New Zealand.
This event also offers a great opportunity for local racers to showcase their talents in front of their local friends and family. Three-time and current defending XC1 National Champion, Walker Fowler hails from Rogers, Ohio, a mere hour drive north of St. Clairsville. Fowler is currently first in the point standings, and he is hoping to earn his fourth consecutive National Championship. Fowler will also take part in the afternoon UTV racing as he looking to pull off his first win of the season in the UXC1 Pro Turbo class. Other XC1 Pro riders hailing from Ohio include Brycen Neal, who currently sits third in the Championship Standings, Josh Merritt, Johnny Gallagher, Cody Collier and Kevin Yoho. Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. the UTV action kicks off as Ohio native, Kyle Chaney challenges for his third-straight UXC1 Pro Turbo win of the season. Chaney currently holds the number three position after a rough start to the season in Florida.
On Sunday during the 10 a.m. race Becca Sheets will look to earn her third win of the season in the WXC class. Sheets is currently second in the WXC Championship Standings and will look to hold onto her class position as the GNCC season comes down to the last two rounds. XC1 Open Pro's Cory Buttrick comes from Logan, Ohio, and next weekend he will be aiming for a top five finish in front of his home state crowd. Hailing from Londonderry, Ohio is FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am competitor Ryan Slopko. Next weekend, Ryan will be looking to earn a top five finish in front of his family and friends.
Other local racers expected to compete next Saturday on ATVs will be: Andrea Rodgers (Girls 8-15), Andrew Banovsky (College A 16-21), Colton Buck (Schoolboy Sr. 14-17), Ken Robey (4x4 A), Jeremy Gushard (Vet A 30+), Walter Schumacher (Sport 15+), Joey Ocel (Schoolboy Sr 14-17), Doug Robey (4x4 Pro), Evan Timko (Junior B 22+) and Cody Stewart (Junior B 22+).
Additionally, competing next Saturday in the UTV and Side-by-Side division are Matthew Ashton (UXC2 Pro), Dulton Schmidt (UXC3 Pro-Am), Kyle Chaney (UXC1 Pro Turbo), Jeremy Wallis (UXC3 Pro-Am), Scottie Lawrence (UXC3 Pro-Am), Hunter Thompson (UXC3 Pro-Am), Austin Seelig (UXC2 Pro), Cohl Secoy (UXC1 Pro Turbo) and Vickie Fowler (Women)
Also expected to compete next weekend on motorcycles will be: Jacob Barnes (Open B), Nick Barnes (Super Senior B 45+), Cope Beckert (Open A), Alexander Patterson (200 C Schoolboy 12-15), Bryan Rico (Vet C 30+), Ryan Slopko (FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am), Kyle Butler (250 C Schoolboy 14-17), Blayke Coler (200 C 16+), Mark Randolph (Golden Masters 60+), Ryan Kerr (Open B), Aiden Burt (Open B), Drew Norris (Open B), Nathan Ziklo (Junior A/B 25+), Noah Stewart (250 A), Tyler Soriano (Open A), Adam Prysmont (Masters C 50+), Gary Byers (Senior C 40+), Becca Sheets (WXC), Kyle Prysmont (250 B) and Dakoda Devore (250 A).
Four-wheeled ATVs and UTVs will compete throughout the day on Saturday, October 13. Youth ATV racing begins at 8 a.m., with Single Seat UTV racing at 9 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 Side-by-Side racing taking place at 4:00 p.m.
On Sunday, October 14, the motorcycles will take to the woods of Ohio 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.
This weekend is co-sanctioned with WEXCR, a series that produces local racing events in Southern Ohio and West Virginia, and will ultimately bring out a full slate of local racers. 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 if racers pre-enter or sign up at the track. 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 (Saturday 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 Sunday, November 11 at 3 p.m. EST.
To get to the track from Ohio I-70 take exit 213 onto Route 331 N. Follow Route 331 N for a couple of miles and then make a right onto Hammond Road for approximately one mile. Take a left at Lee Road for another half of a mile, and the track entrance will be on the right.
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.
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.