Steele Creek Youth ATV Race Report

Steele Creek Youth ATV Race Report

TimeTuesday, April 9, 2019 | 11:20 AM
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TimeTuesday, April 9, 2019 | 11:20 AM

Steele Creek Youth ATV Race Report
Hawkins and Cox win at Steele Creek

Steele Creek served as round three of the 2019 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series, an AMA National Championship. It took place March 27 and 28 at the Steele Creek Park and Family Campground. This race is also known for elevation change, with long uphill and downhill sections. In short, it has plenty of elements that make it a traditional-style off road race.

The Youth ATV course at Steele Creek clocked in at approximately 3.7 miles, while the micro course was 1.6 miles. Ground conditions were near perfect for both races, with only a few slick spots out on the course. Unlike the micros, the youth riders did have to face the bridges and creek crossings, which did get pretty muddy. Of the 69 Youth ATV riders at Steele Creek, Damien Hawkins was the overall winner, while Garrett Cox came out on top of the 31 Micro ATV riders. 

Damien Hawkins took the youth overall win at round three.
Damien Hawkins took the youth overall win at round three. Ken Hill

Although it would eventually be Hawkins taking the win in YXC1, Bryce Husband came out of the gate strong, leading for the majority of the race. Hawkins made his move sometime on the fourth lap, but Husband was still glued to his rear fender coming into lap five. Husband fell back a bit on the final lap, but it was still a fairly close race. It looked as though Cooper Stewart was going to be the favorite for the final podium spot, but he was unable to finish the race. Instead, Parker Henderson rounded out the top three, finishing comfortably ahead of fourth place. When asked about his race Hawkins said, “Despite a terrible start and losing my brakes on the second lap, I was able to charge ahead on the fourth lap and pass Bryce [Husband]. From there I just rode my own race.” 

Steele Creek marks Charlie Stewart’s third win in a row, as well as his highest overall finish this season – 6th place. Stewart started out last off the start, but steadily made his way into the lead. By the end of lap three he had a minute and a half lead that stayed consistent throughout the rest of the race. On the other hand, Nicholas Dearing, Tyler Cox and Heath Randolph stayed in a tight pack for the last half race, swapping positions many times and were never separated by more than a handful of seconds. They finished in the order listed above, with Randolph missing the podium by just over a second. When asked about his race, he said “There’s nowhere to pass, and going into the woods almost last meant I had some work to do. So I put my head down and rode hard. 

Bryce Husband battled for the top spot, but ultimately finished in the second place position.
Bryce Husband battled for the top spot, but ultimately finished in the second place position. Ken Hill

The overall non-YXC rider in the ATV youth race was Caden Spires (YAM) from Russellville, IN. He competed in the 125 SR. (8-11) ATV class and finished 12th overall. 

Garrett Cox won his first Micro ATV overall and MXC1 win for the season at round three. Since Bodie Buckhannon finished second this round, it puts these two riders in a numerical tie in the series points standings. It was a close and exciting race; in the end Cox only edged out Buckhannon by four-tenths of a second! At his first GNCC this season, Kaleb Shay rounded out the MXC1 podium with a third-place finish.

Garrett Cox earned the Micro ATV overall win at Steele Creek
Garrett Cox earned the Micro ATV overall win at Steele Creek Ken Hill

In the MXC2 ATV class, the racing was also very tight. Tyler McLaughlin came out less than half a second ahead of Khyler Davis, taking the win and a third-place overall. The two of them exchanged the lead at least three times during the race that I know of, and probably more! Colton Tennant was also close to the leaders – eight seconds down from Davis when the checkered flag waved, to be precise. However, he was unable to make any passes and rode in third place for the majority of the race.

The overall non-MXC rider in the Micro ATV race was again Ryder McCormick (HON), racing in the 90 Stock (8-11) class. He placed 6th overall here at Steele Creek. 

Khyler Davis (#134) earned fourth overall, and the MXC2 class win.
Khyler Davis (#134) earned fourth overall, and the MXC2 class win. Ken Hill

The next round of the 2019 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series will take place this weekend, April 13 and 14 in Society Hills, South Carolina with the Camp Coker Bullet GNCC. ATV and Micro racing will take place on Saturday while Bike racing will take place on Sunday. 

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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Steele Creek GNCC
Morganton, North Carolina
Round 3 of 13
March 30th and 31st

ATV YXC1 Race Results

  1. Damien Hawkins (YAM)
  2. Bryce Husband (YAM)
  3. Parker Henderson (YAM)
  4. John Williams (HON)
  5. Cooper Stewart (YAM)

National Championship Standings

  1. Damien Hawkins (YAM) 57
  2. Parker Henderson (YAM) 56
  3. Bryce Husband (YAM) 54
  4. John Williams (HON) 48
  5. Cooper Stewart (YAM) 45

ATV YXC2 Race Results

  1. Charlie Stewart (YAM)
  2. Nicholas Dearing (YAM)
  3. Tyler Cox (YAM)
  4. Heath Randolph (YAM)
  5. Connor Walker (OTH)

ATV YXC2 National Championship Standings

  1. Charlie Stewart (YAM) 60
  2. Connor Walker (YAM) 50
  3. Shane Krull (OTH) 44
  4. Cody Whitaker (YAM) 44
  5. Landen Ostrich (YAM) 41 

ATV MXC1 Race Results

  1. Garrett Cox (DDR)
  2. Bodie Buckhannon (DDR)
  3. Kaleb Shay (DDR) 

ATV MXC1 Championship Standings

  1. Bodie Buckhannon (DDR) 39
  2. Garrett Cox (DDR) 39
  3. Kaleb Shay (DDR) 18 

ATV MXC2 Race Results

  1. Tyler McLaughlin (DDR)
  2. Khyler Davis (DDR)
  3. Colton Tennant (DDR)
  4. Reed Stevens (DDR) 

ATV MXC2 National Championship Standings

  1. Tyler McLaughlin (DDR) 59
  2. Khyler Davis (DPR) 58
  3. Reed Stevens (DPR) 35
  4. Colton Tennant (DDR) 18 

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