by: Kayla Bolton
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 8:30 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cole Richardson Looks to Make it Two-In-A-Row at Powerline Park
Fowler Aims For Overall Win at Home State Race
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (October 10, 2018) – The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series, an AMA National Championship heads to Powerline Park in St. Clairsville, Ohio for the penultimate round this weekend October 13 and 14. As the series winds down, this event promises to host a great weekend of racing between the world’s best off-road ATV and UTV racers on Saturday, October 13.
AmPro Yamaha/Gear Alloy/GBC’s Cole Richardson earned his first-ever overall win just two weeks ago at what was considered his hometown race in Pennsylvania. Richardson has been steadily improving all season long, after returning from an injury sustained last year. This Saturday Richardson will be looking to battle at the front of the pack once again and hopefully earn his second overall win of the season.
Meanwhile, WFR/GBC/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Walker Fowler is looking forward to his home state race at Powerline Park, where he has earned the overall win four times. Fowler has earned five out of 10 wins thus far in the season, but he is aiming for his sixth win this Saturday in front of his family and friends. As we head into the penultimate round, Fowler remains in control of the National Championship Standings with a 44-point lead over second.
Another rider to keep an eye on this weekend is McGill Mafia/CST Tires/Moose Racing’s Adam McGill. This season McGill has been plagued with bad luck and mechanical issues, but he has also managed to earn an overall win at round four, followed by a third place finish just two weeks ago at the Mason-Dixon GNCC. McGill earned the win two years ago at Powerline Park and is no stranger to running up front.
Maxxis/Fly Racing/Ye Olde Cycle Barn’s Chris Borich finished in the fourth place position at the previous round, but he will be one to watch out for this weekend as he’s earned multiple podium positions as well as a win at round nine. Another Ohio native coming into this weekend hoping to earn his second overall win is Bneal Motorsports/CST Tires/Houser Racing’s Brycen Neal. As we head into the last two rounds Neal currently sits third in points, however he is only three points behind second place.
Heading into Powerline Park, JMR/ATVriders.com/Maxxis’ Jarrod McClure currently sits second in the National Championship standings with 44 points separating him and Fowler. McClure has the ability to produce an overall win, as he has done already this season at the X-Factor GNCC in Indiana. McClure is looking to earn his second overall win of the season and close the points gap between him and Fowler as we head into the season finale.
Two racers who had one of their best performances at the previous round would have to be GBC Motorsports/RJR/Solo Pilots Westley Wolfe and BNR Motorsports/GBC/Precision’s Josh Merritt. After a rough battle and muddy racing conditions Wolfe and Merritt respectively finished sixth and seventh overall at the Mason-Dixon GNCC. Wolfe will look to improve his standings, and fight for a top five finish. Meanwhile, Merritt is aiming for a breakthrough finish in his home state of Ohio.
In the XC2 Pro-Am class, Maxxis/Ithaca Recreation Sports/Fly Racing’s Hunter Hart continues to lead the way. Hart has earned eight class wins, and currently has a 7 race win streak. One rider looking to stop Hart’s success is Demaree Motorsports/LSR/Fly Racing’s Austin Abney. Thus far in the season Abney has earned one win, however he has finished on the podium at the last five-consecutive races. Another XC2 Pro-Am rider who has had a taste of success this year is Pierce Performance/Maxxis/Waynesburg Yamaha’s John Glauda Jr. after earning the win in Georgia.
UTV Racing returns this Saturday, October 13 at 4:00 p.m. with Miller Brothers Can-Am/Maxxis’ Hunter Miller leading the way. Jamie McCoy sits second after earning the first win of the season in South Carolina, and after earning a pair of third place finishes at the past two UTV rounds he is ready to stand in the center of the podium once again. However, Can-Am/Chaney Racing’s and Ohio native, Kyle Chaney earned the win at the Camp Coker Bullet and The John Penton. Chaney sits third in the championship standings due to two mechanical issues at the first two events of the season. AmPro Yamaha and defending UTV National Champion, Cody Miller has not had the season he hoped for. After bad luck struck and a second place finish being his best thus far in the season, he’s looking to try and end the season on a high-note by earning the overall win. Collin Truett leads the way in the Single Seat UTV division, as well as the UXC2 Pro class.
Other local racers expected to compete this 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 this 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)
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.
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.
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Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mason-Dixon
Mount Morris, Pennsylvania
Round 11 of 13
Saturday, September 29
XC1 Pro Event Results:
- Cole Richardson (YAM)
- Walker Fowler (YAM)
- Adam McGill (HON)
- Chris Borich (SUZ)
- Brycen Neal (YAM)
- Jarrod McClure (HON)
- Westley Wolfe (SUZ)
- Josh Merritt (HON)
- Martin Christofferson (HON)
- Devon Feehan (HON)
*Overall National Championship Standings:
- Walker Fowler (251)
- Jarrod McClure (207)
- Brycen Neal (204)
- Chris Borich (203)
- Cole Richardson (149)
- Adam McGill (138)
- Devon Feehan (114)
- Marty Christofferson (113)
- Westley Wolfe (103)
- Hunter Hart (100)
*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)
- Austin Abney (HON)
- Jordan Poplaskie (YAM)
- Tanner Walker (YAM)
- Brody Livengood (YAM)
- Steven Covert (YAM)
- Kenny Shick (YAM)
- Wes Kinsley (SUZ)
- Devin Masters (SUZ)
XC2 Pro-Am Series Standings:
- Hunter Hart (256)
- Austin Abney (198)
- John Glauda Jr. (188)
- Drew Landers (175)
- Ben Kowalewski (141)
- Tanner Walker (123)
- Brody Livengood (120)
- Matthew Lindle (117)
- Steven Covert (116)
- Kenny Shick (102)
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.