GNCC Racing Heads to Pennsylvania For Mason-Dixon GNCC

GNCC Racing Heads to Pennsylvania For Mason-Dixon GNCC

TimeFriday, June 4, 2021 | 11:20 AM
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GNCC Racing Heads to Pennsylvania For Mason-Dixon GNCC
Fowler and Strang Aim For Repeat Success

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (June 4, 2021) – This weekend, June 5 and 6, round 8 of the 2021 Grand National Cross County (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, heads to Mount Morris, Pennsylvania for the 4th Annual Parts Unlimited Mason-Dixon event.

Coming into this weekend, WFR/GBC Tires/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Walker Fowler will be aiming to continue his success from Ohio after earning the win ta the previous round. Fowler will have to hold off his fellow competitors that are hungry for their own wins.

Fowler will be aiming to keep his momentum going and take the win this weekend. Photo: Ken Hill
Fowler will be aiming to keep his momentum going and take the win this weekend. Photo: Ken Hill

Unfortunately, news broke that Bneal Motorsports/CST/Houser Racing’s Brycen Neal will be out for the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL during The John Penton. Neal posted to social media, and fans are already looking forward to seeing him in the 2022 season.

Hunter Hart Racing/Maxxis/Fly Racing’s Hunter Hart continues to hold third overall in the points standings but is currently tied with Action Off-Road/Kenda/Tely Energy’s Cole Richardson for the position. Hart is hopeful he can run at the front of the pack this weekend and battle for an overall win. While Richardson is looking to repeat his success in Pennsylvania that he had last season.

After finishing in the runner-up position two weeks ago, JMR/GBC/Elka/Moose Racing’s Jarrod McClure is hoping for his own luck in his home state of Pennsylvania. McClure will aim for another good start to the race and run at the front of the pack while battling for that number one position.

Richardson is hopeful he can take the win this weekend in his home state of Pennsylvania. Photo: Mack Faint
Richardson is hopeful he can take the win this weekend in his home state of Pennsylvania. Photo: Mack Faint

In the XC2 Pro-Am class BNR Motorsports/Senge Graphics/Houser Racing’s Ronnie Rusch continues to lead the way in the points standings. Rusch, who hails from Pittsburgh, PA, will be aiming to earn his third class win of the season. BNR Motorsports/Yamaha’s Ben Kowalewski holds onto second in points but will be aiming to earn some valuable points towards the championship with a class win this weekend. The Nine2 Goggles/GBC Tires/BNR Motorsports-backed rider of Tanner Walker remains third in the standings after seven rounds of racing and is still working towards his first win of the season but is hopeful he can earn it on Saturday afternoon.

In the 11 a.m. race, OBOR/Can-Am/DeRisi Racing’s Landon Wolfe continues to hold the number one spot in the 4x4 Pro class points standings. Wolfe will look to earn his fifth win of the season, as he continues to place a gap over the rest of the field.

In the WXC class Action Off-Road/Moose Racing/GBC Motorsports’ Katelyn Osburn maintains her points lead with Hannah Hurricane Hunter/OBOR Tires/Fly Racing’s Hannah Hunter sitting two points behind her in the hunt for the championship. Osburn will be aiming to earn third win of the season this weekend, while Hunter is hoping to continue her success with her fifth win of the season to take over the points lead.

Charlie Mullins is eager to battle once again on Saturday evening for the Specialized Turbo eMTB win. Photo: Ken Hill
Charlie Mullins is eager to battle once again on Saturday evening for the Specialized Turbo eMTB win. Photo: Ken Hill

In the Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship Gear Racewear/Specialized’s Charlie Mullins and Gear Racewear/Specialized’s Nick Mackie are looking to continue their battle this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Pennsylvania. Mullins continues to lead the way over Mackie, but both will be looking to earn that win this weekend. Mackie sits four points behind Mullins in the champion, with one win under his belt this season, while Mullins sits with three wins to his name for 2021.

On Sunday, FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Benjamin Kelley will be eager to battle for his second overall win of the season. Kelley continues to hold onto the points lead after seven rounds of racing, but AmPro Yamaha’s Steward Baylor continues to make his way through the pack with only a 9-point gap between the two. Baylor will aim for his fifth win of the season after finishing third at the previous round in Ohio.

KLM Milwaukee GASGAS-backed rider Grant Baylor continues to hold onto his third place position in the points standings, but he will have his work cut out for him this weekend as a hard-charging Babbitt’s Online/Monster Energy/Kawasaki Team Green’s Josh Strang continues to work his way up. Strang earned The John Penton overall win two week ago, and he will be looking to keep his momentum rolling into this weekend’s race in Pennsylvania.

Kelley is looking to battle for his second overall win of the season this weekend. Photo: Shan Moore
Kelley is looking to battle for his second overall win of the season this weekend. Photo: Shan Moore

Continuing to hold fifth place in the points and steadily work his way through the pack is Magna1 Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Jordan Ashburn. This weekend Ashburn is looking to battle for another overall podium position and maintain his top five points standings as the series heads to Snowshoe at the end of June.

Coastal GASGAS Factory Racing’s Jonathan Girroir continues to hold his lead in the XC2 250 Pro class. Girroir will look to capture his sixth win of the season this weekend and maintain the points lead. Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Craig DeLong currently sits 24 points behind Girroir, but after earning his first win of the season two weeks ago he will aim to keep his momentum rolling. AmPro Yamaha’s Michael Witkowski did not have the race he hoped for two weeks ago and will be looking for redemption this weekend.

In the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class, Magna1 Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Jonathan Johnson’s win streak was stopped by Coastal GASGAS Factory Racing’s Ben Parsons in Ohio. Johnson continues to hold the points lead in the class with Lojak Cycle Sales/Yamaha’s Chase Colville remaining second. Parsons sits third in the standings after earning his first class win at the previous round.

In the 10 a.m. race BABS Racing Yamaha/Fly Racing/Maxxis/Pro Circuit’s Becca Sheets will aim for her fifth WXC win of the season after finishing just off of the podium in Ohio. Sheets will have to battle with her fellow WXC competitors, including AmPro Yamaha’s Rachael Archer, who took the win at round 7. Archer will continue to look ahead and battle for the class and overall morning race win on Sunday.

Strang is aiming to keep his momentum rolling into Sunday's race after earning the win two weeks ago at The John Penton. Photo: Mack Faint
Strang is aiming to keep his momentum rolling into Sunday's race after earning the win two weeks ago at The John Penton. Photo: Mack Faint

The event will begin Saturday, June 5 at 8 a.m. featuring Micro (50cc) ATV racers aged 4 to 6 years old, followed by Micro (50cc) bike racers at 8:45 and Youth racers taking to the woods at 9:30 a.m., then the amateurs, 4x4 Pro and Women Pro at 11 a.m., with the top amateurs and Pro racers at 2 p.m. Then on Saturday evening at 4:30 p.m. round five of the Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship will take place.

On Sunday, June 6, the motorcycles will take to the woods of Pennsylvania starting with the youth racing action at 8 a.m., women and amateur riders’ race at 10 a.m. and the pros and top amateurs will start at 1 p.m.

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.

The John Penton Results and Points Standings
Millfield, Ohio
Round 7 of 13
May 22-23, 2021

XC1 Pro Event Results:

  1. Walker Fowler (YAM)
  2. Jarrod McClure (HON)
  3. Cole Richardson (YAM)
  4. Brycen Neal (YAM)
  5. Adam McGill (HON)
  6. Westley Wolfe (SUZ)
  7. John Glauda Jr. (YAM)
  8. Chris Borich (SUZ)
  9. Josh Merritt (YAM)
  10. Hunter Hart (YAM)

*Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Walker Fowler (191)
  2. Brycen Neal (133)
  3. Hunter Hart (125)
  4. Cole Richardson (125)
  5. Jarrod McClure (122)
  6. Adam McGill (92)
  7. ChrisBorich (92)
  8. John Glauda Jr. (88)
  9. Josh Merritt (85)
  10. Westley Wolfe (82)

*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2021 National Champion.

XC1 Pro Event Results:

  1. Josh Strang (KAW)
  2. Benjamin Kelley (KTM)
  3. Steward Baylor (YAM)
  4. Ricky Russell (GAS)
  5. Joshua Toth (KTM)
  6. Jordan Ashburn (HQV)
  7. Grant Baylor (GAS)
  8. Trevor Bollinger (HQV)
  9. Benjamin Herrera (SHR)
  10. Layne Michael (YAM)

*Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Benjamin Kelley (157)
  2. Steward Baylor (148)
  3. Grant Baylor (126)
  4. Josh Strang (122)
  5. Jordan Ashburn (116)
  6. Ricky Russell (106)
  7. Joshua Toth (94)
  8. Jonathan Girroir (92)
  9. Craig DeLong (79)
  10. Layne Michael (62)

*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2021 National Champion.

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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 http://www.mavtv.com/ and http://www.racertv.com/. 

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 RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.

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