Morgantown, W. Va. – After 8 rounds of racing, the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series Championship is beginning to take shape as the points margin has closed to a mere seven point difference between the leaders, the tightest margin yet this season.

The Wiseco John Penton is historically known for its unpredictable weather conditions and inevitably variable course conditions. Offering up a little bit of everything, the Millfield course presents racers with a motocross section, plenty of trails through the woods and of course, mud and hill climbs.

Warnert Racing Can-Am’s Adam McGill prevailed in tough conditions just two weeks ago at Snowshoe, capturing his second win of the season and closing the points gap on current points leader Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Chris Borich. Borich, also last year’s Wiseco John Penton winner, experienced tough luck at Snowshoe, finishing a disappointing twelfth place after bike issues set him back.

Don’t forget Yamaha Racing’s youngest rider Walker Fowler, who has had a perfect season so far in the XC2 class on top of capturing an overall win already this year. Ballance Racing’s Fowler is never far from the front and the Ohio native is looking to contest the win this weekend in his home state.

This weekend’s Wiseco John Penton will host round one of a three-race 50cc bike series, co-sanctioned with our friends at the AMA Northeast Hare Scrambles (NEHS). The 50cc bike race will take place at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, following the afternoon ATV race. Transponders are required and racers may sign up at the event.

Spectator passes run $15 for the full weekend, with pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge. On Saturday, ATV youth riders race at 8 a.m., beginner riders race at 10 a.m., and the top amateurs and the pros race at 1 p.m.

To get to the track, take 33 West 1.5 miles to 13 North (Chauncey exit). Go 3 miles into Chauncey. Turn right staying on Route 13 North. 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.

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