Adam McGill Takes The Victory At Parts Unlimited Mountaineer Run GNCC
Landon Wolfe Secures First-Career XC2 Win In West Virginia
Round 8 of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series made a stop in Masontown, W. Va. on Saturday, where thousands of fans witnessed a spectacular day of ATV racing. West Virginia’s very own Adam McGill bested the current points leader Chris Borich in an exciting battle that came down to the final turns of the Parts Unlimited Mountaineer Run GNCC.
McGill began his day on the right foot, taking the $250 Team Woodhead/DeRisi Racing XC1 Holeshot Award in front of his hometown crowd of friends and family. Four-Time GNCC Champion Chris Borich jumped into the second place position right away, while JB Racing/Can-Am’s Jarrod McClure began the afternoon in third. Reliable Tool Supply/Maxxis’ Chris Bithell and AmPro Yamaha’s Walker Fowler also put themselves into the top five battle right way and the lead pack rode wheel-to-wheel on the opening lap.
Lonestar Racing/Precision/ITP’s McGill put a sizeable gap on the rest of the field by Lap 3, but the Maxxis-backed Suzuki duo of Bithell and Borich closed the gap right away and the three front-runners diced it out for the lead position.
Fowler experienced a crash around the halfway point that caused him to lose sight of the leaders. A second crash set him back a few more positions before eventually making his way into the top five, where he maintained his position throughout the afternoon.
Meanwhile, the three-way battle between McGill, Borich and Bithell began to heat up on the final lap as the trio continued to fight for the lead position. McGill and Borich traded places out front on the last lap but Borich experienced a setback when he got hung up in lapped traffic near the end, losing valuable time to McGill. However, Borich was able to catch the rear wheel of McGill as the duo came into the final turns of the two-hour race side-by-side. In the end, it was McGill who bested Borich in only his second loss of the season.
Bithell came through the finish only five seconds behind to secure a third place finish at the Mountaineer Run GNCC. McClure put in a season-best finish of fourth place just behind Bithell, and Fowler was able to salvage fifth place overall.
XC1 class rookie Braden Henthorn matched his season-best finish of sixth overall, while BNR’s Kevin Yoho came in seventh for the day. Waynesburg Yamaha/GT Thunder’s Jeff Pickens secured eighth place for the day, while HMF/GBC/Yamaha’s Johnny Gallagher took ninth and Ohio’s Eric Hoyland rounded out the top ten.
Borich continues to lead the overall standings after eight rounds of racing and McGill has taken over the second place position. Fowler sits in a close third place, with Bithell and Yoho rounding out the top five in the overall standings.
In the XC2 division, rookie Landon Wolfe secured his first career win in the XC2 class following a consistent string of podium finishes this season. It was Indiana’s Fred Marley who took the early lead, grabbing the $100 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award in the XC2 class, but Wolfe was right there from the start.
Marley maintained a podium contending position, while Michael Lancaster and Josh Merritt charged to the front of the pack. Merritt was able to make his way into the top three, eventually securing his first podium finish of the season.
Lancaster put in a solid performance to capture fourth place in the XC2 class, while Randy Hamilton rounded out the top five.
Pennsylvania’s Cole Richardson was the highest placing amateur of the day, finishing 12th overall to capture the Top Amateur Award. Richardson beat out usual front-runner Marshal Goings and a talented field of young riders in the College A division.
In the 10 a.m. race, it was young gun Cody Collier who took his first-ever overall win from the Schoolboy 13-15 class. Super Senior (45+) winner Dave Simmons grabbed second overall, while Team UXC Racing’s Michael Swift rounded out the overall podium. In addition to topping the ultra-competitive U2 division, Swift also grabbed the highest placing 4x4 honor, beating out Can-Am teammate Robert Smith.
Round 4 of the UTV series took place at the Mountaineer Run GNCC, where the defending National Champion Polaris National Guard team took the overall win. Pennsylvania’s Team Jacks grabbed second overall, while the Coastal National Guard team rounded out the overall podium, as well as the top three XC1 Modified.
The 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series continues June 29 and 30 for the AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia. For more information on the series, visit www.gnccracing.com.
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About GNCC Racing
The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country series 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 1,500 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.
Source: GNCC Racing
Maxxis ATV Report - Mountaineer Run
After a hard-fought contest, Chris Borich and Chris Bithell claimed spots on the XC1 Pro podium at Round 8 of the GNCC. Maxxis riders also swept the XC2 Pro Lites podium at the race, held June 15 in Masontown, West Virginia.
Both Borich and Bithell started in the top five of what quickly became a three-man race, with the two Maxxis-sponsored riders battling through to the finish line with another racer. Borich was second across the finish line, with Bithell third. “It was real rocky and muddy,” said Borich. “All in all, the tires worked great. Everywhere that it was rocky and slick, I was able to get great traction.”
Walker Fowler’s fifth-place finish was a remarkable achievement, coming despite two crashes in the second half of the race. Borich continues to lead XC1 Pro standings, with Bithell in third place and Fowler in fourth.
In XC2, Landon Wolfe, Josh Merritt and Fred Marley took the top three places on the podium, after Marley grabbed the holeshot for the class. The victory was the second GNCC XC2 win of Wolfe’s career. “West Virginia has some of the toughest terrain to get through, and my Maxxis Razr's hooked up perfect all day to keep me out front,” said Wolfe. “There were also a lot of sharp rocks that could have very easily torn a tire to shreds.” Points leader Brycen Neal took tenth place for the class. Wolfe and Marley are second and third in SC2 points, while Merritt is seventh.
A Maxxis rider snared a victory in the morning race when Michael Swift won the U2 race for third overall on the a.m. podium. With five class victories this season, Swift is just three points away from first place overall for U2.
Maxxis congratulates and thanks all of its riders for their outstanding performances.
Source: GNCC Racing
Mountaineer Run GNCC ATV Overview And Point Standings
2013 GNCC ATV Series Mountaineer Run Image Gallery (Click for full size images)
Overall ATV Results
|1||Adam McGill||XC1 Pro||521||HON||5||02:09:58.200|
|2||Chris Borich||XC1 Pro||001||SUZ||5||02:09:59.218|
|3||Chris Bithell||XC1 Pro||004||SUZ||5||02:10:05.046|
|4||Jarrod McClure||XC1 Pro||005||CAN||5||02:11:44.359|
|5||Walker Fowler||XC1 Pro||002||YAM||5||02:12:24.734|
|6||Braden Henthorn||XC1 Pro||010||HON||5||02:12:34.703|
|7||Kevin Yoho||XC1 Pro||007||YAM||5||02:16:10.359|
|8||Jeffrey Pickens||XC1 Pro||012||YAM||5||02:16:46.203|
|9||Landon Wolfe||XC2 Pro Am||018||SUZ||5||02:17:44.937|
|10||Johnny Gallagher||XC1 Pro||008||YAM||5||02:17:58.343|
|11||Eric Hoyland||XC1 Pro||013||HON||5||02:17:59.500|
|12||Cole Richardson||College A (16-21)||733||YAM||5||02:18:33.125|
|13||Fred Marley||XC2 Pro Am||025||HON||5||02:18:40.406|
|14||Marshal Goings||College A (16-21)||997||HON||5||02:19:02.031|
|15||Jay Shadron||College A (16-21)||032||YAM||5||02:19:02.500|
|16||Joshua Merritt||XC2 Pro Am||019||YAM||5||02:19:13.734|
|17||Michael Lancaster||XC2 Pro Am||807||HON||5||02:21:07.812|
|18||Randy Hamilton||XC2 Pro Am||033||HON||5||02:22:19.703|
|19||Blake Kramer||XC2 Pro Am||021||YAM||5||02:22:20.100|
|20||Thomas Koontz||XC2 Pro Am||039||HON||5||02:22:20.734|
Rider Point Standings - XC1 Pro Class ( Race 8 of 13 )
- Chris Borich – 226
- Adam McGill – 162
- Chris Bithell – 160
- Walker Fowler – 157
- Kevin Yoho – 115
- Jarrod McClure – 114
- Jeff Pickens – 112
- Braden Henthorn – 110
- Johnny Gallagher – 108
- Gabe Phillips – 91
Rider Point Standings - XC2 Pro Am Class ( Race 8 of 13 )
- Brycen Neal – 190
- Landon Wolfe – 153
- Fred Marley – 141
- Patrick McGuire – 136
- Randy Hamilton – 115
- Michael Lancaster – 110
- Josh Merritt – 109
- Blake Kramer – 103
- Nathan Wallpe – 94
- Chad Jones – 93
Overall UTV Results
|1||Polaris National Guard||XC1 Modified||001||POL||8||01:00:46.578|
|2||Team Jacks||XC1 Modified||003||POL||8||01:01:01.453|
|3||Coastal National Guard||XC1 Modified||808||POL||8||01:01:18.937|
|4||Team 3 Seas Recreation||XC3 Lites||847||POL||8||01:04:47.484|
|5||Team ATV Parts Plus Stafford Racing||XC1 Modified||202||CAN||8||01:05:05.765|
|6||Team Jacks II||XC2 Limited||009||POL||8||01:06:11.046|
|7||Team NC Powersports/Can-Am||XC1 Modified||410||CAN||8||01:06:54.562|
|8||Team Can-Am/Hendershot Performance||XC1 Modified||044||CAN||7||00:53:46.937|
|9||Team Travalena||XC3 Lites||011||CAN||7||00:59:17.593|
|10||Team atvscene.com||UTV Novice Limited||260||POL||7||01:01:11.578|
|11||Team Held||XC2 Limited||092||POL||7||01:01:36.000|
|12||Team Thanks Dad||XC1 Modified||106||POL||7||01:01:39.015|
|13||Team Trials||XC1 Modified||705||POL||7||01:01:49.046|
|14||Team ATR Performance||XC1 Modified||016||POL||7||01:02:10.328|
|15||Team Yeti||XC1 Modified||023||POL||7||01:04:02.000|
|16||H&H Racing||XC3 Lites||420||POL||7||01:05:30.437|
|17||Team Married With Kiddos||XC3 Lites||777||POL||7||01:05:35.234|
|18||Team 1 Fourty 4||XC1 Modified||144||CAN||7||01:05:44.578|
|19||Team UXC Racing||XC2 Limited||108||CAN||6||00:50:18.375|
|20||Team Burkey||UTV Novice Limited||026||CAN||6||00:57:14.046|
UTV Team Point Standings - XC1 Modified Class ( Race 4 of 6 )
- Polaris National Guard – 86
- Team Big Countr Powersorts/Polaris – 79
- Coastal National Guard – 76
- Team Jacks – 71
- Team ATV Parts Plus Stafford Racing – 56
- Team Can-Am/JB Racing – 56
- Team Trials – 49
- Team Can-Am/Hendershot Performance – 48
- Team NC Powersports/Can-Am – 46
- Team March-Westin Company – 44
Overall National Championship Standings
Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2013 National Champion.
- Chris Borich – 226
- Adam McGill – 151
- Walker Fowler – 149
- Chris Bithell – 147
- Kevin Yoho – 109
- Jeff Pickens – 102
- Braden Henthorn – 96
- Johnny Gallagher – 94
- Jarrod McClure – 92
- Brycen Neal – 73