Looks for Home State Win at John Penton GNCC
Leads XC1 Pro Class & Patrick McGuire Leads
XC2 Pro-Am Class
Morgantown, WV (7/4/2012) - After
eight rounds of the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross
Country Series, Pennsylvania's Chris Borich holds
a commanding lead in the XC1 Pro ATV division. However,
the championship battle is anything but over as
the top five contenders are still within striking
distance with five races remaining in the 2012 season.
This weekend the series heads to Sunday Creek Raceway
for the Wiseco John Penton GNCC, and the Ohio natives
might just have something for the 3-Time champ in
their home state.
Racing / Yamaha's Walker Fowler looks to
grab his first 2012 GNCC win in his home
state of Ohio
Ballance Racing Yamaha's Walker Fowler is one Ohio
native looking to score his first victory of 2012
this weekend in the Buckeye state. Fowler has a
handful of podium finishes already and a close second
place in Round 5 has given the Pro Class rookie
a taste for victory that he is determined to get
before the season is over. Sunday Creek Raceway
hosts a variety of terrain that Fowler has grown
up riding and racing and the familiar motocross
track will give him an additional advantage over
Fowler's Ballance Racing teammate Taylor Kiser holds
the second place position to Borich with one win
under his belt. Kiser has put up a strong fight
in the first eight rounds and sits with the most
podium finishes (5) aside from Borich's perfect
sweep on the box.
Motoworks/Can-Am's Chris Bithell put in a season-best
second place finish last round, putting him only
four points behind Fowler for third place in the
Precision/Moto X Perts/ITP/Lonestar/RG Motorsports'
Adam McGill dropped a couple positions in the overall
standings after last round due to a previous injury
that kept him from finishing the race. McGill plans
to be fully recovered for this weekend's John Penton
GNCC and currently sits fifth in points.
Other Ohio racers to watch include JG Offroad/FRE/American
Honda's Brian Wolf, BNR's Kevin Yoho, and GBC/Cernics/Yamaha
Racing's Johnny Gallagher-all of which are capable
of mixing it up out front in their home state this
Tireballs-backed Patrick McGuire continues to hold
the XC2 Pro Am points lead over DeRising Racing's
Braden Henthorn and Waynesburg Yamaha's Gabe Phillips.
Phillips secured his fourth win of the season in
Round 8, but mechanical issues in other rounds have
kept him back in the third place spot. Greg's ATV
& Cycle's Matt Hanna isn't far behind Phillips
for fourth and DeRisi Racing's Eric Hoyland rounds
out the top five, only three points behind Hanna.
Four-wheeled ATVs will compete throughout the day
on Saturday, July 7, and dirt bikes will race on
Sunday, July 8. Local riders are invited to race
the event, as GNCC offers classes for riders of
all skill and experience levels. The amateur racer
entry fee is $40 and riders can sign up at the track.
Spectator passes run $15 for the full weekend, with
pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional
charge. On both Saturday and Sunday, youth riders
race at 8 a.m., amateur riders race at 10 a.m.,
and the top amateurs and the pros race at 1 p.m.
Special races this weekend include UTV racing at
4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, following the 1 p.m.
To get to the track, take Route 13 North and continue
for 10 miles to Jacksonville. Go right on Sixth
St. for 2 miles, and then turn left. For more information,
check out the official series website at www.GNCCRacing.com
or call 304-284-0084.
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series
is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded
in 1979, the 13-round championship is produced
exclusively by Racer Productions. Each event is
nationally televised on the Versus Network, and
consists of two race days: ATVs and side-by-side
machines on Saturday, and motorcycles on Sunday.
The grueling three-hour races draw as many as
1,800 riders, making it the largest off-road racing
series in the world. For more information, please
122 Vista Del Rio Drive
Morgantown, WV 26508