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GBC Powersports Tires Burr Oak: ATV Race Report

GBC Powersports Tires Burr Oak: ATV Race Report

Sunday, September 26, 2021 | 8:10 AM
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GBC Powersports Tires Burr Oak: ATV Race Report
Walker Fowler Earns Seventh-Straight National Championship

MILLFIELD, Ohio (September 26, 2021) – Round 11, the GBC Powersports Tires Burr Oak, of the 2021 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, kicked off Saturday, September 25 in Millfield, Ohio. The Burr Oak event crowned three National Champions as the series heads into the last part of the season.

In the XC1 Pro class it was WFR/GBC Tires/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Walker Fowler grabbing the early lead and an extra $100 thanks to All Balls Racing.  Fowler would continue to hold the lead throughout the race, knowing he had to win to clinch his seventh championship. As the race continued on Fowler would begin to the feel the pressure from Feehan Racing/GBC Tires/Fly Racing/Nine2’s Devon Feehan.

Walker Fowler clinched his seventh-straight GNCC ATV Overall National Championship on Saturday afternoon. Photo: Mack Faint

Feehan made his way through the pack after a fourth place start to the day. Fowler looked determined to hold his lead and would put his head down and push for the last two laps as Feehan continued to close the gap. As the pair came through the finish line Fowler would come through 1.06 seconds ahead of Feehan. Fowler would clinch his seventh National Championship and Feehan would finish second for the first-time ever.

Action Off-Road/Kenda/Tely Energy Racing’s Cole Richardson was lurking just behind the front-runners for most of the race. Richardson would start the day in second, but he would fall as far back as fourth during the race. As the white flag came out Richardson would find his way back to third overall, and he continue to push until he made his through the checkered flag. Richardson rounded out the top three overall.

Finishing fourth on the day in Ohio was Hunter Hart Racing/Maxxis/Fly Racing’s Hunter Hart. As the race got underway Hart would find himself running back in fifth, however he would go to work and click off the passes to move into the second place position on lap three. Hart would eventually have an issue with his goggles on the last lap, and he would fall back to fourth as he crossed the finish line. 

Devon Feehan finished 1.06 seconds behind Fowler for his first-ever second overall finishing position. Photo: Ken Hill

OBOR/Moose Racing/Parts Unlimited-backed rider, Adam McGill rounded out the top five overall finishers. McGill worked his way into fifth after running in sixth for the first half of the race. He would come through just one second behind Hart.

After running towards the front of the group at the start of the race JMR/GBC Tires/Elka/Moose Racing’s Jarrod McClure would cross the line sixth at the conclusion of the two-hour race. Merritt Racing/BNR Motorsports/GBC Tires’ Josh Merritt came through to earn seventh in XC1 Pro, while Action Off-Road/Maxxis/Demaree Motorsports/Fly Racing’s Austin Abney battled back to earn eighth in XC1.

Coming through in the ninth place position was Pierce Performance/GBC Tires/Fly Racing/Action Off-Road’s John Glauda Jr., and Covert Racing/Custom Axis/Goldspeed/Houser Racing’s Greg Covert would round out the top 10 finishers in the XC1 Pro class.

Branden Owens earned the XC2 Pro-Am class win on Saturday. Photo: Mack Faint

In the XC2 Pro-Am division it would be PirateMX.com/OBOR Tires/Moose Racing’s Branden Owens skyrocketing to earn himself the $100 BNR Motorsports Holeshot Award. Owens would not look back as he began to place a gap over the rest of the XC2 competitors. As the two-hour race ended Owens would come through with a four minute lead.

BNR Motorsports/Yamaha’s Ben Kowalewski would have a consistent race running in the second place position. Kowalewski would continue to push as the race wore on, but he would be unable to catch the leader by the time the checkered flag flew. BNR Motorsports/Senge Graphics/Houser Racing’s Ronnie Rusch would run between the third and fourth position throughout the race, ultimately crossing the line third in his class.

Earning the top amateur honors was Junior A competitor, Jay Shadron as he came through in the 11th overall position. Steven Harrell would come through to earn second on the top amateur podium with a 15th overall and win in College A. Layne McCormick would make his way onto the top amateur podium in third as he crossed the finish line 18th overall on the day.

Landon Wolfe clinched his third-straight 4x4 Pro GNCC National Championship. Photo: Ken Hill

As the 10 a.m. race got under way it was Kenda/BNR/Nine2/Custom Axis’ Cody Collier earning himself $100 courtesy of BNR Motorsports 4x4 Pro Holeshot Award. Collier would battle at the front pack for the majority of the race, but he would soon feel the pressure from OBOR/Can-Am/DeRisi Racing’s Landon Wolfe. When the white flag flew, Wolfe would make his way around the No. 823 machine and into first place.

By earning his seventh win of the season Wolfe secured his third-straight 4x4 Pro GNCC National Championship.

HMF Engineering/GBC Tires/BNR Motorsports’ Brandon Frazier would also battle with Wolfe and Collier throughout the day, eventually making the pass on Collier stick before crossing the finish line. Frazier would finish the day second in 4x4 Pro and overall, with Collier coming through to take third.

The WXC race was action packed in the morning race as Action Off-Road/Moose Racing/GBC Motorsports’ Katelyn Osburn battled through to earn her fifth win of the season. Osburn remains in the points lead as the series heads into the penultimate round in West Virginia. Coming through to earn second was Hannah Hurricane Hunter/OBOR Tires/Fly Racing’s Hannah Hunter. Hunter would start the day in third place but would soon make the pass for second stick. Hunter sits second in the points standings and will be looking to make up some valuable points at the next race. Jumping out to earn the BNR Motorsports $100 WXC Holeshot Award was Fly Racing/GBC Motorsports/Yamaha Racing’s Traci Pickens. As the race wore on Pickens and Hunter would battle it out for the second place position. Pickens would ultimately finish the day third in WXC, her third podium of the season.

Katelyn Osburn earned another WXC class win, making it her fifth win of the season. Photo: Mack Faint

The AMSOIL Moto Hero was awarded to Donny Griffith at this weekend’s Burr Oak GNCC event. Griffith hails from Dundee, Michigan and currently races in the ATV Warrior class. He sits third in the points, and he earned his first win of the season at round 10. Griffith is part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade “Sky Soldiers.” This is an Airborne Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the United States Army. Griffith has been deployed to Iraq and served with the Army E4 Paratrooper ranks. He was nominated 26 times by his fellow competitors and family, and a common note from everyone who nominated him was that he was a great team leader. Donny received a set of GBC Kanati truck tires, an AMSOIL Shopping spree, 100% goggles, ARMA Blitz kit, and an American Flag from Columbia Flag & Sign Co.

Earning the ATV Youth overall win was the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. competitor, Bryce Pullen. YXC1 Super Mini Sr. racers, Brody Lee and Harrison Lindsey would round out second and third overall on the podium. Lee would earn the YXC1 class win with Lindsey taking second. Cody Whitaker earned third in the YXC1 class, while Wyatt Curfman and Trip Marino came through to take second and third in the YXC2 class.

In the ATV Micro race, it was Kody Buckhannon earning the MXC1 and overall win on the day, while Bryson Dickerson finished second in Ohio. Jase Strouse rounded out the top three overall finishers from the second row in the MXC2 class. Strouse continues to lead the points in the MXC2 class after earning his sixth win.

Falyn Holcomb rounded out the MXC1 class podium with a third place finish, while Klaiton Sampson and Stratton Weddle finished second and third in the MXC2 class. J.P. Pickens Jr. came through to earn the 50 Sr. class win and a 7th overall finishing position, while Eli McCrary 90 Stock came through in 9th overall taking the 90 Stock class win.

Donny Griffith was honored as the AMSOIL Moto Hero this weekend. Photo: Ken Hill

Coming through in the Bike Micro race on Saturday morning to earn his seventh MXC1 win of the season was Hunter Hawkinberry. As the series continues, Hawkinberry maintains the points lead over Beau Garetson who finished second in the MXC1 class at the Burr Oak GNCC. MXC2 competitor, Karson George battled back to earn third overall and his sixth class win of the season.

Brody McLaughlin rounded out the top three in the MXC1 class while Trason Landrum and Wyatt Johnson finished second and third in the MXC2 class. Hunter Jones came through in fourth overall to secure the 50 Sr. class win, with Jace Mitchell right behind him in fifth overall to finish second in the 50 Sr. class.

GNCC Racing continues with round 12 on October 9 and 10 for the AMSOIL Buckwheat 100 in Newburg, West Virginia at CJ Raceway. These event was new to the series last season but looks to be a fan and rider favorite for years to come.

This year’s Ironman GNCC will follow an amended race schedule, along with revised race times. One significant change is due to the high number of entries in the Bike Amateur Race, there will now be two separate Bike Amateur races on Sunday morning.

Another important change to the weekend’s race schedule is that the Youth Bike race will be held on Saturday afternoon at 4 pm to further accommodate the two separate bike amateur races. Click HERE to view the complete Competition Bulletin.

Walker Fowler (center), Devon Feehan (right) and Cole Richardson (left) rounded out the top three overall finishers. Photo: Ken Hill

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Burr Oak Results and Points Standings
Millfield, Ohio
Round 11 of 13
Saturday, September 25, 2021

XC1 Pro Event Results:

  1. Walker Fowler (YAM)
  2. Devon Feehan (YAM)
  3. Cole Richardson (YAM)
  4. Hunter Hart (YAM)
  5. Adam McGill (HON)
  6. Jarrod McClure (HON)
  7. Joshua Merritt (YAM)
  8. Austin Abney (YAM)
  9. John Glauda Jr. (YAM)
  10. Greg Covert (YAM)

*Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Walker Fowler (297)
  2. Hunter Hart (223)
  3. Jarrod McClure (201)
  4. Cole Richardson (176)
  5. John Glauda Jr. (148)
  6. Adam McGill (147)
  7. Joshua Merritt (136)
  8. Brycen Neal (133)
  9. Devon Feehan (123)
  10. Chris Borich (115)

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

XC2 Pro-Am Event Results:

  1. Branden Owens (YAM)
  2. Ben Kowalewski (YAM)
  3. Ronnie Rusch (YAM)
  4. Kenny Shick (YAM)
  5. Daniel Peters (YAM)
  6. Tanner Walker (YAM)
  7. Grayson Eller (YAM)
  8. Kristian Meyer (HON)
  9. Garrison Paugh (YAM)
  10. Albert Jadosh (HON)

XC2 Pro-Am Series Standings:

  1. Ronnie Rusch (255)
  2. Ben Kowalewski (213)
  3. Tanner Walker (206)
  4. Branden Owens (187)
  5. Kenny Shick (179)
  6. Wyatt Wilkin (153)
  7. Grayson Eller (146)
  8. Dylan Walraven (128)
  9. Albert Jadosh (1213)
  10. TJ Barrett (118)

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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 at Ironman Raceway in Indiana, 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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