Jarrod McClure Podiums at GNCC Opener
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Jarrod McClure Racing’s (JMR) rider Jarrod McClure
raced his way to a second place finish in the XC1
Pro ATV class at the Grand National Cross Country
(GNCC) opener in Union, South Carolina. A week later
McClure just missed the overall podium by ten seconds
at Round 2 of the GNCC series at the Wild Boar track
in Palatka, Florida. McClure holds down third in
points after the back-to-back racing action to get
the season rolling. JMR teammate Randy Hamilton
made the move to the XC1 Pro class in 2017 and had
a tough time adjusting to the pace at the first
two rounds securing 14th in the class at both events.
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Racing / ATVriders.com Jarrod McClure raced
his way to a second place finish in the
XC1 Pro ATV class at Big Buck GNCC Opener
The opening round of GNCC racing would be somewhat
different this year heading to South Carolina
to get the season on its way. It would not be
unfamiliar however as they would head the Big
Buck facility, in Union South Carolina. The track
conditions were somewhat dry, which is normal
for this track, but slightly cooler than normal
temperatures made for ideal race conditions.
DWT’s Jarrod McClure started the Big Buck GNCC
in ninth position and made quick work on the first
lap to move into second place, but Walker Fowler
had already pulled a 38 second lead. Jarrod was
able to gain some time on Fowler during the race,
but not enough to get him in sight.
“I really needed a better start today, it was
just super dusty in a few sections, and Folwer
was able to sprint away from us with the clear
track. I charged hard and put some time on him
but with a lead like that he would have had to
make some type of mistake for me to run him down
”, said McClure.
Teixeira-Tech’s McClure maintained his pace for
the entire two hour race and crossed the finish
42 seconds behind Fowler. This marks the best
opening round finish for McClure ever and has
him heading to Florida second in the points.
“I felt awesome out there today and I can really
tell hard work over the offseason paid off. I
am not playing catch-up this year and I am here
to win races, I would have loved to get the win
but I am ok with second. This Elka/ Teixeira Tech
Honda is working amazing and with the Baldwin
motor we have a dangerous program this year”,
JMR’s Randy Hamilton’s pro class debut was a
big step for the former XC2 Pro am racer, he has
seen the pace now and is hoping to learn some
tricks from the top guys to earn some top ten
finishes this season.
Randy Hamilton’s has made the move to the
Pro XC1 class for the 2017 GNCC Racing Season
“The pace is super fast right from the start,
so I need to learn how to get going right away.
I definitely have some work to do but I believe
getting to race with faster riders will teach
me a faster pace,” said Hamilton.
The JMR team only had a short week off then headed
to Florida for Round two of the GNCC series in
The Wild Boar GNCC was held at the Hog Waller
mud bog just west of Palatka, Florida. This is
the third running of the Wild Boar, so racer knew
what they were in for, huge dusty sand whoops,
palmetto roots, and temperatures in the mid 80’s.
Racing / ATVriders.com Jarrod McClure just
missed the podium in fourth place at the
Wild Boar GNCC
ATVriders.com McClure had another less then favorable
start after catching tires with Brycen Neal leaving
the line. Jarrod entered the woods in ninth position
and knew he had to get to the front as quick as
“ My Baldwin motor fired immediately but I connected
with Neal a little bit and that slowed me down.
I learned Fowler had the hole shot again and knew
he would sprint away with a big lead. Starts seem
to be a deciding factor this year and we need
to focus on them and be there with Walker in the
beginning,” said McClure.
Jarrod McClure entered the woods in ninth
position and knew he had to get to the front
as quick as possible, resulting in a fourth
McClure hooked up with Brycen Neal much of the
race and the two worked there way through the
pack. On the last lap Jarrod found himself in
a three-way battle for second with only three
miles to go between Neal, Adam Mcgill and himself.
Jarrod had moved into third, but lappers getting
in the mix allowed Mcgill to get by him and leave
Jarrod to earn fourth for the day.
“Not the finish we wanted by any means. If we
can’t win we at least want to be on the podium.
The sand was demanding, but overall I felt good
all day. Looking at the bigger picture though
we are third in points leaving here so that is
good, we will take it to the dirt next round and
aim to end Fowlers winning streak,” said McClure.
JMR teammate Randy Hamilton had a rough day in
his second XC1 Pro class race after be buried
his JMR Honda in one of the Hog Waller mud holes.
He was forced to pit and pump the water from his
machine. He was able to get going again but was
a lap down and earned 14th in the class for the
After the first two rounds of GNCC racing Jarrod
McClure is sitting third in the XC1 points standings.
JMR teammate Randy Hamilton is sitting 16th in
the XC1 class. The team will be ready to go in
two weeks at the Cannonball GNCC in Sparta, GA.
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