by: Kayla Bolton
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 11:00 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GNCC Racing Returns to Indiana for AMSOIL Ironman GNCC
Walker Fowler Aims to Earn Seventh Overall Win
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (October 24, 2018) – This weekend, October 26 – 28, the 2018 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series, an AMA National Championship, returns to Indiana for the season finale at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville. The motorsports-crazed town will play host to the 24th Annual AMSOIL Ironman GNCC and with only two hours of racing remaining this season, the entire ATV XC1 Pro field will be aiming to end their season on a high note.
WFR/GBC/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Walker Fowler secured his fourth ATV XC1 National Championship at the previous round in Ohio, but that is not stopping him from aiming to earn the final win of the season this Saturday. Fowler has not had the smooth year he was hoping for, and with five other XC1 competitors earning overall wins this season he’s hoping to earn the last overall win.
After earning his first win at the Mason-Dixon GNCC, and finishing second two weeks ago in Ohio, AmPro Yamaha/Gear Alloy/GBC’s Cole Richardson is aiming to finish out the season with his second overall win. Richardson has steadily improved all season long after returning from an injury in 2017, and with one more race to go he is hoping to secure his spot in the top five championship standings.
Looking to repeat his success at this weekend’s Ironman GNCC from 2015 and 2015 will be JMR/ATVriders.com/Maxxis’ Jarrod McClure. He currently sits second in the National Championship standings, but McClure is hoping that he can finish out the season on top once again. McClure has earned one overall win this season at the X-Factor GNCC, which was the first Indiana race of the season back in May, and he is hoping that he can repeat that victory at the second Indiana race.
Another competitor that has earned an overall win earlier in the season is McGill Mafia/CST Tires/Moose Racing’s Adam McGill. After having an up-and-down season throughout 2018, McGill is looking to turn it around and battle for his second overall win of the season. While Bneal Motorsports/CST Tires/Houser Racing’s Brycen Neal is hoping to catch McClure, who sits 8 points ahead of him in the overall standings, and secure his second place position for the season.
After three winless seasons, Maxxis/Fly Racing/Ye Olde Cycle Barn’s Chris Borich looked to be back and readier than ever to battle up front. Then at round nine, AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC, Borich would clinch the overall win. Borich currently sits in the fourth place position, however, he is only two points behind third place in the National Championship standings. This weekend Borich will look to earn his second overall win of the season and valuable points towards his end of the year standings.
GBC Motorsports/RJR/Solo Pilot’s Westley Wolfe finished eighth overall two weeks ago in Ohio, and after a year full of ups-and-downs he is ready to finish the 2018 season battling inside the top five. Wolfe currently sits two points behind Spider Graphix/GBC Motorsports/Moose Racing’s Marty Christofferson, who finished ninth at round 12. Christofferson’s best finish thus far in the season was a fifth at Snowshoe, and he is looking to repeat that success this weekend in Indiana.
With a tenth overall and ninth place finish in class, BNR Motorsports/GBC/Precision’s Josh Merritt is looking forward to battling for what he hopes is his best finish of the season as the series finishes out this weekend. Ti-Lube Honda/Rockford Fosgate/Maxxis’ Joel Hetrick raced his first-ever GNCC at Powerline Park, and pulled off a tenth place in the XC1 Pro class. Hetrick is said to be coming back to race the AMSOIL Ironman this weekend, and after a top-10 finish at his first race you can bet he will be one to keep an eye on as he lines up for the second time.
The XC2 Pro-Am class championship was secured by Maxxis/Ithaca Recreation Sports/Fly Racing’s Hunter Hart at the previous round, but it will be Indiana’s own Austin Abney looking to battle for another win. Demaree Motorsports/LSR/Fly Racing’s Abney earned the win at the opening round in South Carolina and has since finish consistently in the top-five throughout the season. Jordon Poplaski made the move to the XC2 Pro-Am class, finishing fourth and third at the last two races. Poplaski is aiming to battle the front two and improve his standings.
UTV Racing will take place at the AMSOIL Ironman as Hunter Miller, Jamie McCoy and Kyle Chaney all battle to take home the final UXC1 Pro Turbo National Championship. Collin Truett leads the way in the Single Seat UTV division, as well as the UXC2 Pro class. Kyle Hart and Jason Watt are looking to try and stop Truett as they contest for the UXC2 National Championship this weekend at 4 p.m. EST.
The Ironman event is named after the late GNCC ATV Champion Bob “Ironman” Sloan, who resided in Indiana and helped make the event happen. This event is held not only in his memory, but also in support of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The facility will be adorned in pink, and a group donation to the Montgomery County Free Clinic (MCFC) will be presented on Sunday prior to the 1 p.m. race start.
An exciting lineup of live musical entertainment presented by Monster Energy will take place on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27. The Davisson Brothers Band will kick off the weekend on Friday at 8:30 p.m., followed by country music artist and ACA Award Winner, Easton Corbin at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.
On Friday, October 26, the third Fantic eMTB race will take place at 5 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 and UTVs will compete throughout the day on Saturday, October 27. 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 the thrilling Side-by-Side UTV race taking place at 4:00 p.m.
This event weekend is co-sanctioned with IXCR, a series that produces local racing events Indiana, 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 if they sign up at the track. To learn more about GNCC Racing, refer to the GNCC 101webpage.
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 concert admission, pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge.
The 1 p.m. pro races will be broadcasted LIVE on the internet via Racer TV on www.racertv.com both days. A highlight show featuring the event will air on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, November 11 at 3:00 p.m. EST.
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.
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Previous Round Results and Standings
Powerline Park GNCC
St. Clairsville, Ohio
Round 12 of 13
Saturday, October 13
XC1 Pro Event Results:
- Walker Fowler (YAM)
- Cole Richardson (YAM)
- Jarrod McClure (HON)
- Adam McGill (HON)
- Brycen Neal (YAM)
- Chris Borich (SUZ)
- Westley Wolfe (SUZ)
- Marty Christofferson (HON)
- Josh Merritt (YAM)
- Joel Hetrick (HON)
*Overall National Championship Standings:
- Walker Fowler (281)
- Jarrod McClure (228)
- Brycen Neal (220)
- Chris Borich (218)
- Cole Richardson (174)
- Adam McGill (156)
- Marty Christofferson (125)
- Westley Wolfe (116)
- Hunter Hart (114)
- Devon Feehan (114)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2018 National Champion.
XC2 Pro-Am Event Results:
- Hunter Hart (YAM)
- Austin Abney (HON)
- Jordon Poplaski (YAM)
- Tanner Walker (YAM)
- Ronnie Rusch (YAM)
- John Glauda Jr. (YAM)
- Brody Livengood (YAM)
- Steven Covert (YAM)
- Wyatt Wilkin (HON)
- Kenny Shick (YAM)
XC2 Pro-Am Series Standings:
- Hunter Hart (286)
- Austin Abney (223)
- John Glauda Jr. (203)
- Drew Landers (175)
- Ben Kowalewski (141)
- Tanner Walker (141)
- Brody Livengood (134)
- Steven Covert (129)
- Matthew Lindle (117)
- Kenny Shick (113)
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.