GNCC Racing’s Behind the Bars Returns to

GNCC Racing’s Behind the Bars Returns to

TimeFriday, January 8, 2021 | 3:50 PM
TimeFriday, January 8, 2021 | 3:50 PM


GNCC Racing’s Behind the Bars Returns to
Throwback Thursday GNCC Bench Racing Premieres

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (January 8, 2021) – The Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, will be hosting another round of Behind the Bars bench racing action on starting Thursday, January 14 through February 11, 2021. Join Rodney Tomblin, Jared Bolton, Johnny Gallagher and Mikey Waynes with guest appearances from past and present ATV and motorcycle racers.

The schedule is set to start with the 2007 Steele Creek motorcycle race. The 2007 Steele Creek event is one of the most talked about GNCC races of all-time with a last minute lead change to take the checkered flag. Riders like Shane Watts, Charlie Mullins, Barry Hawk and Glenn Kearney are featured throughout the three-hour race.

2011 Steele Creek ATV race setup a close and intense race.
2011 Steele Creek ATV race setup a close and intense race. GNCC Archives

Next on the agenda will be the 2011 Steele Creek ATV race, which had several lead changes throughout the race eventually setting up a close and intense race down to the wire for the overall win. Adam McGill, Chris Bithell and Taylor Kiser would continue to battle through the final stages of the race, all the way through the final grass track section and all the way to the final turn!

“Launching Behind the Bars in 2020 was a blast,” said Jared Bolton. “Getting together with great hosts and some really talented racers throughout the years makes for an awesome show. It’s going to be fun to get these things back rolling as we gear up for the 2021 race season.”

Week three will look at the 2010 John Penton motorcycle race, an extremely muddy race where Cory Buttrick and Josh Strang would battle back-and-forth. Riders would not only put their machines, but themselves to the test throughout the race. Buttrick, an Ohio native, would continue to battle with Strang down to the late stages of the race hungry to win in front of his hometown crowd.

On February 4th the 2006 Big Buck ATV Behind the Bars episode will premiere. This episode will take a look back at William Yokley and Michael Houston swapping the lead position throughout the race with Bill Balance sneaking through the pack. Chris Borich and Duane Johnson also make an appearance as they make their way into a top five finishing position.

The 2010 John Penton GNCC was a muddy one...
The 2010 John Penton GNCC was a muddy one... GNCC Archives

The 2001 Okeechobee motorcycle race will be the final Behind the Bars episode before the 2021 GNCC Racing season begins. The Okeechobee motorcycle race will take a look back as Pro Motocross racer, Larry Ward made a special appearance and ran in contention for the win throughout the race. Other racers like Shane Watts, Mike Kiedrowski and Steve Hatch would run at the front of the pack battling back-and-forth until the checkered flag flew.

For more information on the GNCC series, visit the official website at 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.

How to Watch

Racer TV and MAVTV are the official homes for coverage of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) events. All 13 rounds, from the season opener in South Carolina to the finale, will air in taped-delayed telecasts on MAVTV, while Racer TV provides live streaming coverage of the 2 p.m. ATV and 1 p.m. motorcycle races from each event. Catch all the action at and 

About GNCC Racing

The Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Specialized is the World’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 two and three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through racetracks 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 live on For more information, please visit

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 Not a member? Join the AMA today:


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