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GNCC Racing Returns to Ohio for 30th Annual Wiseco John Penton Race
Walker Fowler Aiming For 50th Win on Saturday, May 18
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (May 15, 2019) – The 2019 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, returns this weekend, May 18 and 19, in Millfield, Ohio for The 30th Annual Wiseco John Penton GNCC at Sunday Creek Raceway. WFR/GBC/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Walker Fowler is looking forward to this weekend, as he will compete to earn his 50th overall ATV win in his home state of Ohio. However, that win may not come easy as the rest of the XC1 Pro ATV class look to stop Fowler’s success.
Sitting second in points, with one win to his name this season, is Maxxis/Fly Racing/Ye Olde Cycle Barn’s Chris Borich. After earning the overall win at round five, Borich is eager to return to the center of the podium. It has been since 2013 that Borich has took the John Penton GNCC win, and this weekend he will aim to change that.
LanMills XC/CST Tires/Houser/Yamaha’s Brycen Neal came through second overall after leading most of the previous rounds race in Indiana. This weekend Neal will be racing at his hometown race as he hails from Bidwell, Ohio, just one hour south of Millfield. Neal is hoping to get his first win of 2019 in front of his family and friends, and earn valuable points towards the National Championship.
After finishing fourth at the previous round, JMR/Maxxis/Elka/Moose Racing’s Jarrod McClure is ready to get back to battling at the front of the pack. McClure has moved himself into the sixth place position in points after a disappointing start to the season, and continues to improve after finishing inside the top 5 overall at the previous three races. McClure is still searching for that number one spot, and with the forecasted weather anything could be possible.
Yamaha/AmPro/Action Offroad/GBC’s Cole Richardson came through fifth at the previous round, but will be aiming to return to the podium on Saturday afternoon. Richardson started the season out strong, but after some misfortune at Steele Creek he is looking to get back to the front and battle for his first win of 2019.
Sitting seventh in the points standings is Ryland Johnson Racing/GBC Motorsports/Ye Olde Cycle Barn’s Westley Wolfe. With a consistent start to the season, Wolfe is looking to break into the top five after finishing inside the top 10 at almost every event thus far in the year. Wolfe competes full time in the GNCC and ATVMX Series’ and is steadily improving each round.
BNR Motorsports/GBC Motorsports/HMF Racing’s Josh Merritt and M.R. Unlimited/GBC Tires/RJR’s Devon Feehan came through in the seventh and eighth place position at the Yamaha Racing X-Factor Whitetails GNCC two weeks ago. This weekend Merritt, who hails from Ohio, and Feehan are looking to improve their standings and battle inside the top five overall.
OBOR/Moose Racing/Parts Unlimited/McGill Mafia’s Adam McGill has had a consistent start to the season and currently sits third in the National Championship points standings. McGill will be aiming to get his Honda-backed machine to the front of the pack and battle for an overall win this weekend. GBC/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Johnny Gallagher rounded out the top 10, and will look to continue this weekend and battle to progress his overall standing.
Continuing to lead the way in the XC2 Pro-Am is Pierce Performance/Maxxis/ Waynesburg Yamaha’s John Glauda Jr. with five consecutive wins under his belt. This weekend will be no different as Glauda is looking to keep his success rolling. BNR Motorsports’ Matthew Blankenship and Cumberland Cycles/Nine2 Technologies Tanner Walker rounded out the XC2 podium at the previous round, and are aiming to put a stop to Glauda’s dominating success. Another rider trying to put a stop to his success will be LanMills XC/CST Tires/Moose Racing’s Drew Landers. After a disappointing round five for Landers, he is aiming to get back to the front and get that class win in Ohio.
The Wiseco John Penton GNCC will also see the 15th Annual KTM Youth Day return, every Youth motorcycle racer who enters the John Penton GNCC will receive a commemorative Youth Day t-shirt featuring some of the fastest current Youth GNCC racers. Youth racers will receive a ticket at GNCC Registration in which they can redeem for a free t-shirt at the KTM semi.
The event is co-sanctioned with WEXCR, a series that produces local racing events in Ohio, and will ultimately bring out a full slate of local racers. 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 only $50 and riders can sign up at the event. To learn more about GNCC Racing, refer to the GNCC 101 webpage.
Local racers expected to compete next Saturday on ATVs will be: Levi Coen (Junior A 22+), Andrew Banovsky (College A 16-21), Drew Blackley (Sport 15+), Sydney Cain (Women), Cody Collier (XC1 Pro), Russell Collier (Masters 50+), Curtis Crump (Super Senior 45+), Malia Crump (Girls 8-15), Nick Davidson (Junior A 22+), Walker Fowler (XC1 Pro), Johnny Gallagher (XC1 Pro), Sadiee Gorrell (WXC), Ashley Hendershot (Women eMTB), Erin Hendershot (Vet B 30+), Ethan Hought (24+ C), Morgan Johnson (YXC1 Super Mini Sr 13-15), Luke Matusik (19+ C), Mike Matusik (40+ C), Joshua Merritt (XC1 Pro), Hannah Moore (Girls 8-15), Andrew Muskopf (90 Limited 8-12), Brycen Neal (XC1 Pro), Tripp Olexo (YXC2 Super Mini Jr. 12-13), Caden Rine (College B 16-21), Andrea Rodgers (Girls 8-15), Zander Rogers (50 Sr 6-7), Tyler Rumpke (College B 16-21), Walter Schumacher (Sport 15+), Kirk Sessions (Masters 50+ eMTB), Luke Shepherd (Junior A 22+), Megan Shepherd (WXC), Casey Simmons (College A 16-21), Jim Vanloocke (Silver Masters 55+), Claire Wilkin (Women), Wyatt Wilkin (XC2 Pro-Am) and Kevin Yoho (Vet A 30+).
Four-wheeled ATVs and 50cc Micro riders will compete throughout the day on Saturday, May 4. Youth ATV racing begins at 8 a.m., with Micro 50cc ATV racing at 9:15 a.m. and Micro 50cc bike racing at 10 a.m., followed by amateurs, 4x4 Pro and Women at 11 a.m., and the pros and top amateurs race at 2 p.m. Then Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. the third round of the Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship will take place.
Spectator passes run $20 for adults and $10 for children (6-11), and kids 5 and under are free for the full weekend (Saturday through Sunday), with pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge.
The 2 p.m. and 1 p.m. pro races will be broadcast 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 Saturday, July 27 at 1:00 p.m. ET.
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.
Previous Round Results and Points Standings
Yamaha Racing X-Factor Whitetails
Round 5 of 13
Saturday, May 4, 2019
XC1 Pro Event Results:
- Walker Fowler (YAM)
- Brycen Neal (HON)
- Chris Borich (SUZ)
- Jarrod McClure (HON)
- Cole Richardson (YAM)
- Westley Wolfe (SUZ)
- Joshua Merritt (YAM)
- Devon Feehan (HON)
- Adam McGill (HON)
- Johnny Gallagher (YAM)
*Overall National Championship Standings:
- Walker Fowler (145)
- Chris Borich (109)
- Adam McGill (88)
- Brycen Neal (87)
- Cole Richardson (77)
- Jarrod McClure (75)
- Westley Wolfe (62)
- Hunter Hart (59)
- Johnny Gallagher (59)
- John Glauda Jr. (58)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2019 National Champion.
XC2 Pro-Am Event Results:
- John Glauda Jr. (YAM)
- Matthew Blankenship (YAM)
- Tanner Walker (YAM)
- Ronnie Rusch (YAM)
- Brody Livengood (YAM)
- Matthew Lindle (HON)
- Jordon Poplaski (YAM)
- Ben Kowalewski (HON)
- Steven Covert (YAM)
- Wyatt Wilkin (HON)
XC2 Pro-Am Series Standings:
- John Glauda Jr. (150)
- Drew Landers (105)
- Jordon Poplaski (94)
- Ben Kowalewski (85)
- Tanner Walker (81)
- Matthew Lindle (69)
- Wyatt Wilkin (64)
- Matthew Blankenship (63)
- Ronnie Rusch (59)
- Steven Covert (48)
About GNCC Racing
The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Specialized 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.
About eMTB Racing
The Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship brings off-road racing and pedal-assist or electric bicycles together for an eight-round championship produced by Racer Productions. Much like a typical cross-country racing event, these races feature varied terrain featuring hills, rocks, roots, and more but are limited to electric, or pedal assist model mountain bikes only. 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-minute, taped-delayed telecasts on NBCSN, while Racer TV provides live streaming coverage of the 1 p.m. ATV and motorcycle races from each event. 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.