2020 Moto Heroes

GNCC Racing is proud to continue bringing an AMSOIL Moto Hero to each round of the 2020 series. Racers, fans and industry personnel are welcome to nominate themselves or someone they know for this prestigious honor, who is either currently serving in the military, retired from the military, or is a first or former first responder. A new Moto Hero will be recognized at each GNCC event.

To nominate yourself or someone you know, click HERE.

2020 AMOSIL Moto Heroes

Round 1 - VP Racing Fuels Big Buck

The first Moto Hero of 2020 was awarded to Travis Snelson. Snelson comes from Asheville, North Carolina. Travis has been in the Army for 15 years, and served his country in Iraq in 2010 as an engineer. Today we honored Travis, and thanks to GBC he will be awarded a FREE set of Greenball's premium light truck Kanati brand tires valued over $1,000.

Travis Snelson
Travis Snelson Ken Hill

Round 2 - Moose Racing Wild Boar

Nominated by family and friends, the Wild Boar GNCC Moto Hero was awarded to Cory Pancake. Cory hails from Columbiana, Ohio, and races in the Junior B (22+) class. Cory is in the United States Marine Corps, and served in Afghanistan from 2012 to 2013 during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Cory works as a helicopter mechanic with the Marine heavy helicopter squadron 361. Today we honored Cory, and thanks to GBC he will be awarded a FREE set of Greenball's premium light truck Kanati brand tires valued over $1,000.

Cory Pancake
Cory Pancake Ken Hill

Round 3 - The Specialized General

Georgia’s David Parsons was nominated by his wife for GNCC’s Moto Hero Award, and on Sunday during the 10 a.m. start he was awarded with the Moto Hero plaque and a FREE set of Greenball's premium light truck Kanati brand tires valued over $1,000 courtesy of GBC Tires. Parsons retired from the military in 2007, but still helps train different active and reserved military branches. During his time in the military Parsons was deployed to Desert Storm, and many other countries. Thank you David for your service, we are proud that you are a part of our GNCC Racing family.

David Parsons
David Parsons Ken Hill

Round 4 - Bulldog

Blake Thompson (medic)

AMSOIL is giving a shopping spree certificate, while GBC is giving each hero a FREE set of Greenball's premium light truck Kanati brand tires valued over $1,000 courtesy of GBC Tires. Thank you Blake, we are proud that you are a part of our GNCC Racing and Aonia Pass MX family.

Round 5 - FMF Camp Coker Bullet

The AMSOIL Moto Hero was awarded to Hickory, North Carolina’s Shawn Mingus this weekend. Shawn has been a firefighter and EMT for over 12 years. He is a volunteer firefighter at his local department and also works at NASCAR events that take place as Darlington and Charlotte Speedway. Shawn has competed in GNCC races off and on since 2007. AMSOIL and GBC Tires are proud to award Shawn Mingus with the Moto Hero Award. AMSOIL is giving a shopping spree certificate, while GBC is giving each hero a FREE set of Greenball's premium light truck Kanati brand tires valued over $1,000 courtesy of GBC Tires. Thank you Shawn for your service, we are proud that you are a part of our GNCC Racing family.

Shawn Mingus
Shawn Mingus Ken Hill

Round 6 - Dunlop High Point

The Dunlop High Point GNCC’s AMSOIL Moto Hero was awarded to Vet A rider, Louis Olian. Louis hails from Lancaster, Ohio and serves in the United States Marine Corps. He has served three tours in Iraq, and has worked as a combat engineer, machine gunner and bomb sweeper. Louis was awarded a free set of Kanati Lite truck tires from GBC Tires, a $250 AMSOIL shopping spree, and a commemorative American flag courtesy of Columbia Flag & Sign Company as well as a $200 gift certificate for their store. Thank you for your service Louis, we are proud to have you as part of our GNCC Racing family.

Louis Olian
Louis Olian Ken Hill

Round 7 - The Wiseco John Penton

The 2020 John Penton AMSOIL Moto Hero was awarded to Ohio native, Wesley Smith, who races in the Vet B (30+) class. Smith has served two tours in Afghanistan, and was gone for 28 months. He was part of the CIED team, responding to calls and running missions with multiple SF teams. Smith continues to lend a helping hand to Veterans in need, and is team captain of the Honor Flight Network racing team. Smith was awarded a free set of Kanati Lite truck tires from GBC Tires, a $250 AMSOIL shopping spree and a commemorative American Flag courtesy of Columbia Flag and Sign company and a $200 Gift Certificate for their store.

Wesley Smith
Wesley Smith Ken Hill

Round 8 - High Voltage

The 2020 High Voltage AMSOIL Moto Hero award was presented to Scott Dowlin. Scott has raced in both the ATV and motorcycle sides of GNCC Racing. This year Scott is focused on the motorcycle side, and has been racing in Super Vet C (35+) class. Scott has been a State Trooper for 14 years. He started out in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania for three years, and then transferred to Troop B in Uniontown, Pennsylvania for three more years. Today, and for the past eight years, Scott is in Troop B in Washington, Pennsylvania. He is a Field Training Officer and has been for 12 years, he trains new troopers in shield training, and he is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Inspector. He also is a negotiator for the Special Emergency Response Team. Scott was also awarded a free set of Kanati Lite truck tires from GBC Tires, a $250 AMSOIL shopping spree and a commemorative American Flag courtesy of Columbia Flag and Sign company and a $200 Gift Certificate for their store.

Scott Dowlin
Scott Dowlin

Round 9 - The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mountaineer

The Mountaineer AMSOIL Moto Hero was awarded to GNCC Racing’s series photographer, Ken Hill. Hill has two sons who are active military, and has been a long-time supporter of America’s First Responders and Military personnel. With the help of ATV XC1 Pro rider Adam McGill, Hill was chosen and has received a free set of Kanati Lite truck tires from GBC Tires, a $250 AMSOIL shopping spree and a commemorative American Flag courtesy of Columbia Flag and Sign company and a $200 Gift Certificate for their store.

Ken Hill
Ken Hill Ken Hill

Round 10 - Yamaha Racing Burr Oak

The Yamaha Burr Oak AMSOIL Moto Hero was awarded to Masters A (50+) competitor, Troy Stanley. Troy is from Proctorville, Ohio and enlisted into the Army right after he graduated from High School. Troy served in Germany and was active duty until 1990. Troy left the army as an E4 Specialist. Troy has been a longtime GNCC Racer, starting back in 1993. He is also a cancer survivor with a heart of gold. Troy was nominated by his wife Stacee and his fellow competitors to be awarded the Moto Hero as he has the biggest giving heart and never complains. Troy is awarded a free set of Kanati Lite truck tires from GBC Tires, a $250 AMSOIL shopping spree and a commemorative American Flag courtesy of Columbia Flag and Sign company and a $200 Gift Certificate for their store.

Troy Stanley
Troy Stanley

Round 11 - Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mason-Dixon

The AMSOIL Moto Hero was awarded to Junior A/B (25+) competitor, Austin Franklin. Austin hails from Gainesville, Georgia and served in the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Austin served overseas in Afghanistan for 243 days and continued to serve our country as an infantryman on the frontline. Austin currently sits fourth in the Junior A/B points standings. Austin was awarded a free set of Kanati Lite truck tires from GBC Tires, a $250 AMSOIL shopping spree and a commemorative American Flag courtesy of Columbia Flag.

Austin Franklin
Austin Franklin

Round 12 - Yamaha Racing Ironman

Devon Manciocchi (left photo) from Avoca, New York, served in the Army for four years as a Specialist E-4. Devon completed a tour in Afghanistan during his service. Devon was recognized as an AMSOIL Moto Hero on Friday evening.

James Williams (right photo) retired special operations veteran, who served in over 40 missions around the world, started Wiregrass Warrior, a facility that allows veterans to ride motorcycles, camp, archery and much more. James was recognized as a Moto Hero during opening ceremonies of the 10 a.m. race on Sunday.

Both riders were awarded a free set of Kanati Lite truck tires from GBC Tires, a $250 AMSOIL shopping spree and a commemorative American Flag courtesy of Columbia Flag. James was also given autographed gear from Sunday's overall winner, Babbitt's Online/Monster Energy/Kawasaki's Josh Strang.

Round 13 - AMSOIL Buckwheat 100

The 2020 AMSOIL Moto Hero was awarded to Matthew Noe during the 11 a.m. races opening ceremonies. Noe served in the United States Army and did three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Noe is part of the 75th Ranger Regiment, an elite special operations force that is a combat deployable unit in the Army. Noe was awarded a free set of Kanati Lite truck tires from GBC Tires, a $250 AMSOIL shopping spree, a $200 gift card and commemorative American Flag courtesy of Columbia Flag and Sign Company.

Matthew Noe
Matthew Noe

2019 Moto Heroes

EventName
WILD BOARZachary Rohr
THE GENERALErin Hendershot
STEELE CREEKKristin Power
CAMP COKER BULLETWilliam O'Brien
X-FACTORShawn Remington
THE JOHN PENTONSteve Pallo
TOMAHAWKTodd Squire
SNOWSHOEJoe Gower
HIGH VOLTAGEBrian Swead
BLACK SKYTom Levesque
MASON-DIXONHerschel Mathews
MOUNTAINEERKeith Fidura
IRONMANGarry Hall