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Dunlop Tires Tiger Run: ATV Race Report
Hunter Hart Earns First Win of 2023 Season
UNION, S.C. (April 2, 2023) – The fourth round of the 2023 Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, (GNCC Racing) started off with some rainy conditions yesterday, April 1, at the Dunlop Tires Tiger Run GNCC in Union, South Carolina. However, as the rain came to stop earlier in the day, track conditions continued to improve and provided plenty of racing action.
Coming through on the opening lap, it would be Phoenix Racing Yamaha’s Brycen Neal holding onto the lead, however a mechanical issue on lap two would set him back for the remainder of the race. Hunter Hart Racing/Ithaca Recreation Sports/Fly Racing’s Hunter Hart would make the pass on Neal and continue to push ahead in the number one position.
Hart would soon have his hands full as Richardson Racing/Action Off-Road/Kenda’s Cole Richardson made his way into second and continued to close the gap between the two. Richardson would come through .769 seconds behind Hart as the white flag flew, and both knew they were going to have to push it on the last lap. Hart would hold on to take home the Dunlop Tires Tiger Run GNCC win, his first of the year, with Richardson coming through less than a second behind him.
Pierce Performance/Action Off-Road/GBC/Active Waste Solution’s John Glauda Jr. would battle his way up to third overall on the day, earning himself the last podium spot for the first time in 2023. OBOR Tires/Moose Racing/Parts Unlimited-backed racer, Adam McGill battled back to fourth overall after starting back in seventh on the first lap of the day.
After earning the $100 All Balls Racing XC1 Pro Holeshot Award to start off his day, JMR/GBC/Elka/Moose Racing’s Jarrod McClure would battle back-and-forth throughout the day to earn fifth overall. Action Off-Road/Pro Graphx/Kenda/Pierce Performance’s Jay Shadron would come back from a ninth place start to earn sixth overall.
Coming through to earn seventh overall on the day was the XC1 Pro rookie, Stewart Boys Racing/GBC/Pierce Performance/Focus X’s Wyatt Wilkin. Taking the eighth overall finishing position was Action Off-Road/AMSOIL/Fly Racing’s Chris Borich.
Action Off-Road/GBC Tires/Rath Racing/BNR/SSi Decal’s Joshua Merritt would hold onto ninth overall on the day in South Carolina, and Phoenix Racing Yamaha’s Brycen Neal would battle back after his mechanical issue to finish tenth in XC1, and eleventh overall on the day. Neal still holds the points lead, but with Hart now sitting just three points behind him.
In the XC2 Pro-Am class it was Steven Harrell Racing/BNR Motorsports/Kenda/HMF’s Steve Harrell earning his fourth-straight win of the season. Harrell would make a pass on the second lap of the race for the lead and put his head down to push ahead. Behind him, Owens Racing/Osburn Off-Road/Moos Racing/OBOR Tire’s Branden Owens would be making his own push as he raced to close the gap between himself and Harrell. However, Harrell would hold on for the win with Owen coming through for second on the day. Phoenix Racing Yamaha’s Grayson Eller would work his way up to a podium finish after starting eighth on the opening lap.
Earning the Tiger Run Top Amateur honors, and his first win of the season was Elijah Edmondson in the College A (16-19) class with a 16th overall finishing position. Keaton Henderson and Alex Thieman, all from the College A class, rounded out the Top Amateur podium in South Carolina as they finished 17th and 18th overall on the day.
As the Green flag flew, it was BNR Motorsports/Can-Am/GBC/HMF’s Robbie Pecorari grabbing the $100 4x4 Pro Holeshot Award courtesy of BNR Motorsports. However, it wouldn’t take long for Pro Row 784/GBC/BNR/Victory Golf Cart’s Brandon Frazier to make a pass for the lead. This time Frazier would lead the entire race, coming through to see the checkered flag waving and earning his first win of the season.
Ryco Racing/Kenda Tires/KMK Off-Road/Elite Graphic’s Cody Collier would battle his way up to second overall and in the 4x4 Pro class, and still holds the points lead in the class after four rounds of racing. Earning third overall in the morning race was Schoolboy Sr. racer, Brody Lee, and rounding out the 4x4 Pro podium in third was LW Racing/OBOR Tires/Action Off-Road’s Landon Wolfe.
The storyline was almost the same for the WXC class in the morning as Hurricane Hannah/Fly Racing/OBOR Tires/HMF’s Hannah Hunter earned herself the $100 WXC Holeshot Award, courtesy of BNR Motorsports, and then keeping that lead position for the entire race. JMR/Action Off-Road/GBC/Moose Racing’s Katelyn Osburn would keep Hunter close, battling with her throughout the race, but would be unable to make a pass stick for that lead position. Osburn would hold onto second as she crossed the finish line in South Carolina. Elioff Racing/BNR Motorsports/GBC Tires/Fly Racing’s Jessica Elioff would round out the WXC podium with a third place finish on the day. Elioff currently sits in second, eight points behind Hunter, in the points standings.
Coming through second just .25 second behind first on the opening lap of the Youth ATV race was Ryan Wilhelm. Andrew Smallwood would hold the early lead, but Wilhelm would make the pass on the second lap and begin to place a gap on the field. Wilhelm would come through to earn his first win of the season. Smallwood would come through in second in the YXC1 Super Mini Sr. class and overall. Barrett Childers rounded out the top three overall and YXC1 class finishers on the day in South Carolina. In the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. class it was Ryder Reick coming through first to take the class win, followed by Jacob Smallwood and Connor Thomas rounding out the top three in the class.
Also earning wins in the Youth ATV race were Logan Phillips of the 250 (13-15) class, Isaac Smith in the 250 (13-15) Limited class, Michael Stringfellow in the 125 (8-12) class, Kane Cecco of the 125 (8-12) Limited class, Landon Glauda in the 90 (8-12) class, Madison Luckadoo in the Schoolgirl Sr. (13-15) class, Paisley Stout of the Schoolgirl Jr. (12-15) class, Falyn Holcomb in the Girls Jr. (8-11) class and Jase Strouse in the 70 CVT (6-11) class.
Earning the Micro ATV overall win was Bryson Dickerson as he grabbed the lead on lap one and did not look back. Dickerson would lead for the duration of the race, crossing the line 28 seconds ahead of his competition. JP Pickens would hold onto the second place position for the entirety of the race, while Klaiton Sampson came through to round of the top three in the MXC1 class.
Chad McCormick would also hold the lead in the MXC2 class for the full time of the racing action as Casen Jennings and Joshua Swantek came through to earn second and third in the MXC2 class. Kolston Wilson would earn the 50 Sr. (6-7) class win, followed by Justin Collins earning the 50 Jr. (4-5) class win. Brantley Slack came through to earn the 90 Stock (8-9) class, with Tori Barrett taking home first in the 110 CVT Stock (8-9) class.
Micro ATV winner, Bryson Dickerson, grabbed the early win. Maverick Boyer earned the Micro Bike win in South Carolina. Photos: Ken Hill
In the Micro Bike race, it was Maverick Boyer leading the way from start to finish to earn his third MXC1 class win of the season, and second overall win. Gage Lane would hold onto the second place position for the duration of the race, while Davey Fairfield of the MXC2 class would round out the top three Micro Bike finishers. Hudson Cohen would come through to earn third in the MXC1 class, while Tripp Lewis and Logan Goodwin rounded out the top three finishers in the MXC2 class.
Also earning wins in the Micro Bike race were Maura Tsakanikas in the 50 Sr. 1 (7) class, while Ryder Baricska earned the 50 Sr. 2 (6) class win. Henry Cecco brought home the Micro-E (4-7) class win, with Ryder Bower taking the 50 Jr. 1 (6-7) class win.
In the 50 Jr. 2 (4-5) class it was Carson Zink earning the win, Hunter Siegel would earn the Micro Shaft Drive (4-6) class win and Cash Jones would take the Trail Rider (7-9) win.
At round two of the Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship it would be the round one winner, Ride Kanuga/Specialized/Rouleur Coaching’s Cypress Gorry coming through to take the win in South Carolina after running in second for the first part of the race. Specialized’s Nick Mackie returned to the series, running in the number one position for majority of the race. However, Gorry and Mackie would engage in a battle back and forth for the last couple of laps with Gorry taking the overall win. Rounding out the top three in the XC1 Pro class was AmPro Yamaha’s Ty Teasdale.
In the XC2 class it was Wamsley Cycle’s Cooper Kuneff earning his second-straight win of the season. Coming through in a close second place finish was Coastal GASGAS Racing’s Talon Hawk. Only two points separate the front-runners in the XC2 class. Then it would be AmPro Yamaha’s Mitch Hawkins battling through to earn third in the class.
Lining up in the WXC class was Specialized/Rockstar Energy’s Tayla Jones as she would come through to earn the class win after a heated battle with current points leader, Specialized/Gear Bicycle Sales’ Ginny McFall. McFall would come through to earn second on the day. It would be Alexandra Cardozo and Ashland Bike Co./Specialized’s Ashley Hendershot rounding out the rest of the WXC racers.
Also earning wins in the Specialized Turbo eMTB series were Rogerio Filho in the XC3 (40+) class, Kara Zavaglio in the Women’s class, Nikki Frost in the Women Vet (30+) class, while Chuck Norris earned the Amateur class win. Jon Agin would bring home the Senior (40+) class win as Troy Zimmerman earned the Masters (55+) class win. Marty Aloisio battled to earn the Big Bore (200lb+) class win, while Beckett Herring earned his first Youth (9-13) class win.
The next round of GNCC Racing will take place on April 15-16, 2023, at Moree’s Sportsman’s Preserve in Society Hill, South Carolina for the Camp Coker Bullet.
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Dunlop Tires Tiger Run Results and Points Standings
Union, South Carolina
Round 4 of 12
Saturday, April 1, 2023
XC1 Pro Event Results:
- Hunter Hart (YAM)
- Cole Richardson (YAM)
- John Glauda Jr. (YAM)
- Adam McGill (HON)
- Jarrod McClure (HON)
- Jay Shadron (YAM)
- Wyatt Wilkin (YAM)
- Chris Borich (YAM)
- Joshua Merritt (YAM)
- Brycen Neal (YAM)
*Overall National Championship Standings:
- Brycen Neal (100)
- Hunter Hart (97)
- Cole Richardson (96)
- Adam McGill (64)
- Jay Shadron (58)
- John Glauda Jr. (57)
- Chris Borich (52)
- Wyatt Wilkin (50)
- Jarrod McClure (45)
- Steve Harrell (42)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2023 National Champion.
XC2 Pro-Am Event Results:
- Steve Harrell (YAM)
- Branden Owens (YAM)
- Grayson Eller (YAM)
- James Glauda (YAM)
- Tanner Walker (YAM)
- Kenny Shick (YAM)
- Greg Covert (YAM)
- Gabriel Naud (YAM)
- Chase Allison (YAM)
- Layne McCormick (YAM)
XC2 Pro-Am Series Standings:
- Steve Harrell (120)
- Branden Owens (93)
- Grayson Eller (81)
- Dylan Walraven (66)
- Tanner Walker (65)
- Layne McCormick (63)
- James Glauda (55)
- Kenny Shick (42)
- Gabriel Naud (42)
- Chase Allison (39)
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