Fowler Charges into AMSOIL Ironman GNCC, While McGill Looks to Stop the Two-Time Champion’s Success
2016 GNCC Season Finale Set to take Place this Weekend at Ironman Raceway
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (October 25, 2016) – The motorsports-crazed town of Crawfordsville, Indiana will host the thirteenth and final round of the 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship. This weekend, October 29 and 30, will play host to the 22nd Annual AMSOIL Ironman GNCC where the entire ATV XC1 Pro field will look to stop N-Fab/Maxxis/AmPro Yamaha/Lonestar/MXP’s Walker Fowler from ending his second National Championship season with another win.
Fowler came out swinging at the beginning of the season, where he took home the first three wins of the season, but it was not long before his biggest competition, CST/LSR/Induction Solutions/DeRisi/SG/Tire Blocks’ Adam McGill came back on the radar. The championship quickly came in sight for McGill, but as the season wore on McGill would experience a few different issues while Fowler maintained his consistency.
With a total of eleven podium finishes thus far, Fowler was able to secure his second National Championship just three weeks ago at the Polaris Ace Powerline Park GNCC in St. Clairsville, Ohio. As the season comes to a close, the racing intensity remains at an all-time high. McGill comes into this round fresh off his overall win in Ohio and will look to carry that momentum to capture the last remaining victory of 2016.
Chris Borich has had a consistent season, but is still hoping to fight for his first overall win of the season this weekend in Indiana. Photo: Ken HillThis weekend will mark exactly two years since six-time GNCC champion and Maxxis/Fly Racing/HMF/Ye Olde Cycle Barn/Suzuki’s Chris Borich has landed on the top spot of the box. In Ohio, race fans were treated to an epic showdown between McGill, Fowler and Borich where the trio crossed the finish line within seconds of each other. With only one race remaining this could serve as the perfect opportunity for Borich to challenge not only his competitors, but also himself, as he strives to change his results and return to his winning ways.
After a disappointing last round, Coastal Racing/MSR/Maxxis-backed Brycen Neal will be looking for redemption this weekend. The Ohio native has shown great promise when it comes to taking his first career professional win, but has been unsuccessful thus far. With only one round remaining Neal will be a man on a mission beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
As the 2016 season comes to a close so does the rookie year for N-Fab/Maxxis/AmPro Yamaha/Lonestar/MXP’s Cole Richardson. Richardson has dealt with an up-and-down season, but hopes to cap off his first year in the XC1 Pro class with his third podium finish, or possibly even his first career professional victory.
JMR/ATVriders.com/DWT’s Jarrod McClure is known for his strong showing at previous Ironman GNCC events where he scored a podium finish in 2015. Now, one year later, McClure is eager to stand in the middle of the box at the conclusion of the two-hour race. McClure’s diligent racing strategies will be something to keep an eye on this Saturday.
Goldspeed/Hygear Suspension/Waynesburg Yamaha/Moto-Xperts/Spider Graphix’s Greg Covert hopes not only to add another win to his resume, but to also claim his first-ever XC2 Pro-Am class championship. Class veteran and Dillinger’s Celtic Pub & Eatery/GBC Motorsports/Moose Racing’s Marty Christofferson has put in equally impressive results and sits in second. ITP/Ye Olde Cycle Barn/Walsh Racecraft’s Westley Wolfe has also played a consistent role in the podium results, and will look to repeat his success at the last round with his fourth win.
Another battle that comes down to the last round is the UTV National Championship. Class rookie and Can-Am/DWT/Houser Racing/Elka Suspension/HMF’s Cody Miller leads the championship chase, but defending champion Kyle Chaney sits within striking distance with his Can-Am/Chaney Racing/CT Race Worx/Maxxis/Fox Shocks-backed machine. Miller has yet to finish off the podium, while Chaney has faced some difficulties earlier this season. Only 26 points separate the top two contenders heading into the final round. Whatever the circumstances may be, the title will be awarded after the conclusion of the one-hour race.
Cunningham Racing/Can-Am/Spider Graphix/Gold Speed’s Kevin Cunningham heads into his hometown race as the 2016 4×4 ATV Pro National Champion. With the national title in hand, Cunningham is sure to be a top competitor for the class win, as he goes up against Can-Am/DWT/Houser Racing/Elka Suspension/HMF’s Cody Miller who comes into this round with a two-race winning streak. Can-Am/QuadBoss-backed Bryan Buckhannon and UXC Racing teammates Michael Swift and Kevin Trantham will also be contesting for the 4×4 Pro win at the season finale this Saturday.
The WXC class remains anything but predictable where Honda-mounted Angel Knox was able to claim her first victory of the season at the last round, but Knox’s quest to earn two-in-a-row may prove difficult where Alicia McCormick will be looking to cap off her 2016 National Championship season with another victory.
Saturday’s race schedule is as follows: Youth ATV racing begins at 8 a.m., Single-Seat UTV racing at 9 a.m., followed by 4×4 Pro, amateurs and women at 10 a.m., and the pros and top amateurs race at 1 p.m. Following Saturday’s afternoon race will be Side-by-Side UTV racing taking place at 4:00 p.m.
Adult (12+) gate admission is $20 for the full weekend and $10 for kids (6-11), with kids five and under free. Gate admission includes pro pit access, autographs and evening activities at no additional charge. Trick-or-treating will kick off the Saturday night festivities at 5 p.m., with a costume contest and Parts Unlimited hospitality dinner at 6 p.m. Stone Senate will take the stage at 7 p.m. with the popular Davisson Brothers following.
GNCC Racing encourages spectators to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness by dressing in pink all weekend long. The race facility will be adorned in pink, including a pink-themed podium backdrop, t-shirts and much more. Stuk MX will also sell exclusive GNCC breast cancer awareness themed stickers at their display for a minimum $1 donation, with contributions going to the Montgomery County Free Clinic (MCFC), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free mammogram examinations to the Crawfordsville and Montgomery County region.
This weekend is co-sanctioned with IXCR, a series that produces local racing events in Indiana, and will ultimately bring out a full slate of local racers. All local racers are invited to compete at the Ironman GNCC, as GNCC Racing offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. The amateur race entry fee is $40 and riders can sign up at the track. To learn more about GNCC Racing please visit the GNCC101 webpage.
Local racers expected to compete this Saturday on ATVs will be: Austin Bratcher (90 Limited 8-12), Cody Edwards (Super Mini 12-15), Corey Silverthorn (College A 16-21), Willam Witty (70 CVT 6-11), Tanner Greene (Super Mini 12-15), Rodney Parks (4×4 C), Michael Myers (Super Mini 12-15), John Mumaw (Super Senior 45+), Matthew Blankenship (Schoolboy Sr. 14-17), husband Austin (4×4 A/B) and wife Stephanie Parks (Women Amateur), Michael Anderson (College B 16-21), Kevin Cunningham (4×4 Pro), Andrew Hering (College A 16-21) and Tyler Swindle (College B 16-21).
Tune into RacerTV.com this Saturday at 1 p.m. EST to catch LIVE streaming coverage of the Pro ATV race. For more information on GNCC LIVE coverage, visit www.racertv.com. A highlight show featuring the event will air on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, December 17, at 4:00 p.m.
The 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series heads to Crawfordsville, Indiana this weekend, October 29 and 30, for the AMSOIL Ironman GNCC. For a complete schedule of the weekend’s activities, please visit the Ironman GNCC event page on the series website by clicking HERE.
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.
Previous Round Results and Points Standings
Polaris Ace Powerline Park GNCC
St. Clairsville, Ohio
Round 12 of 13
Saturday, October 1
XC1 Pro Event Results:
Adam McGill (HON)
Walker Fowler (YAM)
Chris Borich (SUZ)
Cole Richardson (YAM)
Jarrod McClure (HON)
Landon Wolfe (HON)
Kevin Yoho (YAM)
Josh Merritt (YAM)
Jay Shadron (YAM)
James Green (HON)
*Overall National Championship Standings:
Walker Fowler (326)
Adam McGill (280)
Chris Borich (244)
Brycen Neal (199)
Cole Richardson (187)
Jarrod McClure (182)
Landon Wolfe (145)
Greg Covert (120)
Josh Merritt (116)
Marty Christofferson (114)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2016 National Champion.
XC2 Pro-Am Event Results:
Westley Wolfe (SUZ)
Marty Christofferson (HON)
Cody Collier (YAM)
Greg Covert (YAM)
Randy Hamilton (HON)
Matthew Lindle (HON)
Kenny Shick (YAM)
Danny Rogers (YAM)
Levi Coen (HON)
Braden Nichols (HON)
XC2 Pro-Am Series Points Standings:
Greg Covert (267)
Marty Christofferson (253)
Westley Wolfe (247)
Randy Hamilton (205)
Cody Collier (203)
Matthew Lindle (162)
Bryson Hoppes (143)
Kevin Yoho (124)
James Green (123)
Levi Coen (114)
About GNCC Racing
The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis is America’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 three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,000 riders through tracks 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., Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised weekly on NBC Sports and RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.