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The Wiseco John Penton: ATV Race Report
Brycen Neal Extends Points Lead After Round 7 Victory
MILLFIELD, Ohio (May 22, 2022) – Round 7 of the 2022 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, kicked off on Saturday, May 21, 2022, with The Wiseco John Penton in Millfield, Ohio. Overcast skies greeted the afternoon riders, but temperatures were still on the warm side as the green flag flew for the 49th time this season.
Jumping off the line first to grab the $100 All Balls racing XC1 Pro Holeshot Award was WFR/GBC/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Walker Fowler. Fowler would lead the way into the woods with his fellow XC1 competitors right behind him ready to battle for the next two hours of racing. Fowler would continue to lead for the next two laps, but Magna1 Motorsports’ Brycen Neal would make his way into second and continue to push.
Fowler and Neal would battle head-to-head, but with just two laps remaining Neal would make the pass for the lead. The Original Formula 88/Ithaca Recreation Sports/Maxxis/Fly Racing’s Hunter Hart would emerge in second as the white flag flew indicating one more lap. Now all eyes were looking for Fowler as he had not made his way through to the finish yet. News broke that Fowler had broken a chain and was unable to complete the last two laps of the race.
Neal would charge on to earn his fifth win of the season, while bringing his National Championship Standings to a 36 point gap. Hart would return to the podium as he came through to earn second overall on the day.
JMR/GBC/Elka/Moose Racing’s Jarrod McClure rounded out the podium with a third overall in Ohio. McClure was having a consistent race at the front as he continued to push throughout the day to land his machine on the podium for this third time this season, and second-straight third place finish.
Earning fourth on the day was Pierce Performance/GBC Tires/Action Off-Road/Fly Racing’s John Glauda Jr. As the race wore on, Glauda pushed himself towards the front of the pack after coming through eighth on the opening lap. As the white flag flew, he found himself working towards another podium finish. However, Glauda would be unable to catch up to third to pursue that podium finish this round. As Glauda finished fourth overall on the day, that would move him into third in the points standings.
Rounding out the top five overall was Getter Nissan/Kenda/Action Off-Road/Richardson Racing’s Cole Richardson. Throughout the day Richardson would find himself battling back-and-forth in the fifth place position, but as the checkered flag came out, he would continue to hold onto that fifth place finish. Merritt Racing/BNR Motorsports/GBC Tires’ Joshua Merritt finished sixth overall on the day at round seven. Merritt would work his way up through the pack after coming through in ninth place on the first lap of the race.
Earning seventh in XC1 was OBOR/Moose Racing/Parts Unlimited/McGill Mafia’s Adam McGill. As the race started, McGill would find himself running third overall on the opening lap. However, an incident with a rider on the second lap would put him back to ninth and have him working his way up through the riders once again. McGill would come through seventh in XC1 and 10th overall on the day. Abney Racing/Action Off-Road/Maxxis’ Austin Abney would finish eighth in the XC1 Pro class, his third top 10 finish in XC1 of the season.
CBR/GBC/Action Off-Road/Fly Racing/AMSOIL-backed racer Chris Borich and Bullet Proof Doorz/Senge Graphics’ Ronnie Rusch would round out the top 10 finishers in the XC1 Pro class. Both riders would make their way from 12th and 11th place on the opening lap of the race to battle inside the top 10.
In the XC2 Pro-Am class it was Action Off-Road/Pro Graphx/Pierce Performance’s Jay Shadron grabbing another $100 BNR Motorsports XC2 Hoelshot Award. However, it would be Pirate MX Powersports/OBOR Tires/Moose Racing/Parts Unlimited Branden Owens coming through with the early lead on the lap one. Shadron was close behind though as he came through just five seconds behind him. As the race continued on Owens would continue to hold off Shadron, that was until the white flag flew. Shadron would come through to meet the white flag as Owens fell to 19 seconds behind him.
Shadron would continue to hold his lead, earning his seventh-straight XC2 class win of the season. Owens would hold on for second on the day in XC2, while Action Off-Road/DIRTNASTY/Twizted Vision’s Wyatt Wilkin rounded out the podium after maintaining his third place position throughout the duration of the race.
Earning the Top Amateur honors of the day was College A winner Daulton Keyes who came through 19th overall at The John Penton GNCC. James Glauda would come through 20th to earn second on the Top Amateur podium, and second in the College A class. Lay McCormick would round out the Top Amateur podium with his 21st overall finishing position, and third in the College A class.
As the 4x4 Pro class took off it was OBOR/Can-Am/Action Off-Road’s Landon Wolfe grabbing the $100 BNR Motorsports 4x4 Pro Holeshot Award, but it wouldn’t take long before the battle began, and Kenda/Nine 2/Custom Axis’ Cody Collier made his way into the lead position. Stewart Boys Racing/Action Off-Road/DeRisi/HMF’s Haedyn Mickelson would come through in second as Wolfe held onto that third place position.
Collier would continue to run at the front of the class, coming through 43 seconds ahead of his competition. Behind him, Mickelson and Wolfe would continue to swap the second place position for the first couple of laps of racing. Mickelson would make the pass stick though as the duo came around see the white flag waving. Collier would take the win, his fourth of the season, as Mickelson and Wolfe rounded out the top three.
Coming from behind to take the WXC class win was Elioff Racing/BNR Motorsports/GBC Tires’ Jessica Elioff. As Elioff started her day off back in seventh, she would continue to put her head down and push. Elioff would have to continue to battle for the duration of the race she made her way up towards the front. She would make the pass for the lead on the last lap with just miles to go. This is Elioff’s second win of the season.
Finishing second in WXC was Team Pickens/Fly Racing/GBC Motorsports/Yamaha’s Traci Pickens. As the green flag flew, Pickens would get a good jump off the line and head into the woods third on the first lap. Pickens would make a pass for the lead and continue to push in the lead for the next two laps. However, on the last lap Elioff would catch up to Pickens and battle her for the number one spot. Pickens would be unable to hold off Elioff but would hold her second place position until the checkered flag. Hannah Hurricane Hunter/OBOR Tires/Fly Racing’s Hannah Hunter would round out the top three WXC finishers in Ohio as she made her way up to the podium position from a fifth place start to the day.
In the Youth race it was Jordan Berg coming through to earn his second youth overall win of the season and YXC1 Super Mini Sr. (13-15) class win. Berg would make his way into the lead on lap one, and he would continue to hold that position until the checkered flag flew. Brody Pullen came through second overall and in the YXC1 class after pushing his way through the pack from a fifth place start. Noah Lykins from the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. (12-13) class made his way around to finish third overall and take his class win.
Coming through to earn third in YXC1 was Cody Whitaker as Andrew Smallwood and Bryce Pullen rounded out the top three in the YXC2 class. In the 250 (13-15) class it was Gavin Chapman earning the win, while Brayden Cox brought home the 125 (8-12) class win. Kaleb Shay took the 90 (8-12) win, with Jacob Smallwood earning the 90 Limited (8-12) class win. In the Schoolgirl Sr. (13-15) class it was Caidyn Stringfellow bringing home the win, with Avery Collins earning the Schoolgirl Jr. (12-15) class win. Grace Bender would battle through to earn the Girls Sr. (12-15) win, with Kelci Stringfellow earning the Girls Jr. (8-11) win. Cullen Laye made his way around to earn the 70 CVT (6-11) class win.
In the Micro ATV race it was Bryson Dickerson coming through to earn the overall and MXC1 class win at round seven in Ohio. This is Dickerson’s third win of the season. Klaiton Sampson came through to earn second overall and in the MXC1 class win. Beau Bothwell rounded out the top three overall and MXC1 finishers.
In the MXC2 class, JP Pickens Jr. would come through to earn the class win, this is Pickens third win of the season. Torque Tong came through to earn second in the MXC2 class, while Michael Stringfellow battled back to earn third in the class. Bentley Groves would earn the 50 Sr. (6-7) class win, with Gavin Claypool brought home the 50 Jr. (4-5) class win and Braxton Hesler took the 90 Stock (8-9) win.
The Micro Bike race saw Karson George bring home the overall and MXC1 class win, his fifth class win of the season. Hunter Jones would come through from the MXC2 class to earn second overall and his class win. Trason Landrum rounded out the top three overall finishers and second in the MXC2 class.
Mason Moretz would come through to earn second in the MXC1 class, followed by Mavery Boyer taking third in MXC1. Levi Rains battled back to earn third in the MXC2 class when the checkered flag flew. In the 50 Sr. 1 (7) class it was Davey Fairfield taking the win, with Tripp Lewis earning the 50 Jr. 1 (6-7) class win. Wesley Cunningham battled back to earn the 50 Sr. 2 (6) win as Jax Jordan would earn the 50 Jr. 2 (4-5) win. Jason Joy earned his second-straight win in the Micro (4-6) Shaft Drive class, while Abel Emerick raced in the Trail Rider (7-9) class, taking the win.
Round four of the Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship took place on Saturday afternoon at The Wiseco John Penton. As the race got underway the skies darkened and rain began to fall. Gear Bicycles/Specialized’s Charlie Mullins would battle back to earn his third win of the season followed by Rouleur Coaching/Ride Kanuga/Specialized’s Cypress Gorry and Gear Bicycles/Specialized’s Nick Mackie rounding out the top three overall and XC1 Pro finishers.
In the XC2 class it was Ty Teasdale earning his third win of the season followed by Ryan Mullins and Owen Klimas rounding out the top three in the class. Cooper Kuneff came through to earn the Youth (9-13) class win, while Gavin Garlits brought home the Amateur (14+) class win. In the XC3 (40+) class it was Gunnar Shogren earning his first win of the season. Marty Aloisio earned his fourth-straight win in the Big Bore (200lb+) class. Ginny McFall would take the WXC class win, her first of the season, tying her in points with second place finisher Ashley Hendershot. Kelly Jones rounded out the top three in the WXC class. Stephanie Swan brought home the Women’s class win, while Jon Agin earned the Amateur (40+) class win. Troy Zimmerman battled back to earn his third Masters (55+) class win of the season.
The John Penton AMSOIL Moto Hero went to Charles Marshall from McConnelsville, Ohio. Marshall served as a United States Army Specialist and Military Police Officer. He was deployed to South Korea twice and to Cuba once. In 2016, Marshall was awarded an Army Commendation Medal for giving aid to soldiers that were in a vehicle that had been struck by a semi. After completion of his military contract, SPC Marshall started an excavation business to help mentor young teens and help Veterans. SPC Marshall continues to serve his community as he sponsors 2 youth softball teams and coaches’ baseball. Charles will receive a $250 AMSOIL shopping spree, set of Kanati truck tires courtesy of GBC, 100% goggles and a commemorative American flag from Columbia sign & co. Along with a $200 gift certificate from them.
The next round of GNCC Racing will take place on June 4-5 in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania with the Parts Unlimited Mason-Dixon. This event will feature the Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship. ePeeWee Racing will take place on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with the 7th Annual Mowgli Memorial Dog Show on Saturday evening.
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The Wiseco John Penton Results and Points Standings
Round 7 of 13
Saturday, May 21, 2022
XC1 Pro Event Results:
- Brycen Neal (YAM)
- Hunter Hart (YAM)
- Jarrod McClure (HON)
- John Glauda Jr. (YAM)
- Cole Richardson (YAM)
- Joshua Merritt (YAM)
- Adam McGill (HON)
- Austin Abney (YAM)
- Chris Borich (YAM)
- Ronnie Rusch (YAM)
*Overall National Championship Standings:
- Brycen Neal (196)
- Walker Fowler (160)
- John Glauda Jr. (123)
- Hunter Hart (119)
- Jarrod McClure (116)
- Devon Feehan (106)
- Cole Richardson (96)
- Jay Shadron (89)
- Joshua Merritt (82)
- Adam McGill (79)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2022 National Champion.
XC2 Pro-Am Event Results:
- Jay Shadron (YAM)
- Branden Owens (YAM)
- Wyatt Wilkin (YAM)
- Steve Harrell (YAM)
- Grayson Eller (YAM)
- Dylan Walraven (YAM)
- Daniel Peters (YAM)
- Tanner Walker (YAM)
- Shane McMillen (HON)
XC2 Pro-Am Series Standings:
- Jay Shadron (210)
- Wyatt Wilkin (159)
- Steve Harrell (142)
- Branden Owens (128)
- Dylan Walraven (112)
- Grayson Eller (107)
- Daniel Peters (102)
- Tanner Walker (95)
- Shane McMillen (75)
- Chase Allison (62)
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