Lovell-Off-Road-Dirt-Riot-7-10-13Colorado Springs – The Dirt Riot Mountain Series finale was held this past weekend in the scorched landscape outside of Cortez, CO. The heat and short silty course made for the most challenging racing conditions of the Dirt Riot season. Coming into the final event leading season points, team Lovell and the #1 AMSOIL / Torchmate / BFGoodrich Tires rock racer were not only looking for a win, but a championship.

While Roger Lovell claimed victory in the Colorado Springs event, he had obligations due to the fires in Colorado and was unable to make the race. This left Brad solo in the car fighting visibility on a tight and twisting course. “Qualifying on the pole was really really important in this race,” said Brad, “It was basically a drag race and there are plenty of other teams with more horsepower. I had a solid run but it was only good for a 4th place start.” Limited classes took to the track and dust plumes billowed into the air as the soft silty course got torn up.

Borich-GNCC-Off-Road-6-27-13MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Round 9 of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series heads to Snowshoe Mountain Resort this weekend for the toughest, most spectacular and most unique race on the whole circuit, the AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC. Four-time ATV champion Chris Borich leads the field into the final race before the summer break, but Saturday’s two-hour battle through the grueling woods of Snowshoe Mountain has the potential to shake things up in the XC1 class.

Set in the upscale ski village of West Virginia’s largest ski resort, this weekend’s Snowshoe GNCC promises to resurrect pieces of XC history with its live engine starts across the paved road located in the heart of Snowshoe’s village. The in town starts pay homage to the Blackwater 100-the original GNCC-where groups of five racers take off in five-second increments, making for a spectacular scene.

Because of the unique start and technical racecourse, the Snowshoe GNCC has been known to throw a twist in the race action. In fact, there have been three different overall winners at Snowshoe in the last four years. Maxxis-backed Chris Borich captured a hard-fought win over Reliable Tool Supply/Maxxis rider Chris Bithell in 2012, while Lonestar/Precision/ITP’s Adam McGill watched from the sidelines with a recovering injury. However, McGill took the Snowshoe victory in 2011 and that, coupled with his overall win at the previous round this season, could give McGill the momentum needed to make it two-in-a-row this Saturday.

Douglas-Motorsports-TORC-Bark-River-6-19-13El Cajon, CA – After three rounds of racing on the short tracks of Dodge City and Eldora, Scott Douglas was looking forward to racing the new truck at the big free flowing all-natural terrain layout in Bark River, Michigan. The AMSOIL/Borla Exhaust/BFGoodrich Tire Ford F-150 ran well in practice and qualifying, but on the longer race runs, the team saw unexpected changes in the race truck’s handling.

The weekend began earlier than originally scheduled, the one rained out Eldora round of racing was scheduled Friday evening with practice and qualifying only a couple of hours before the drop of the green flag.

The qualifying session saw the #7 AMSOIL Ford stopped the watches with the third quickest time in the field. Even with the solid qualifying time, the team knew there was room for improvement. A couple of minor changes went into the chassis setup and then it was time for ten laps around the 1.75 mile layout.

mcGill-GNCC-Off-Road-6-17-13MASONTOWN, W. Va. – 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.

Kailub-Russell-GNCC-Off-Road-6-17-13MASONTOWN, W. Va. – Heavy rainfall leading up to Sunday’s Parts Unlimited Mountaineer Run GNCC made for slippery track conditions at Round 8 of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series. However, despite the difficult terrain conditions, the 1 p.m. afternoon race boasted some of the most exciting race action of the 2013 season. Kailub Russell dominated the three-hour competition, capturing his second-straight victory of the season, where he closed the gap to less than ten points behind Charlie Mullins in the National Championship standings. In the XC2 Pro Lites class, defending champion Jason Thomas used his veteran knowledge to best his rookie competition as he secured his first win of the season.

Defending National Champion Paul Whibley battled it out with his AmPro Yamaha teammate Jordan Ashburn right off the start, where the duo went nearly side-by-side through the All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot line, but Whibley once again went home with the $250 prize. Ashburn wasn’t able to brake for the slick corner, causing the Tennessee native to go down,  where he began the race in the back of the pack.

Borich-ATV-Off-Road-6-5-13MILLFIELD, Ohio – Round 7 of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series made a stop in Millfield, Ohio for the 23rd running of the Wiseco John Penton GNCC. Chris Borich returned to his winning ways on Saturday, making a last lap pass on Adam McGill to secure his sixth win of 2013.

Eric Hoyland began his day by grabbing the $250 Team Woodhead/DeRisi Racing XC1 Holeshot Award ahead of a stacked field of riders. It didn’t take long for the veteran front-runners to take the lead, beginning with Lonestar Racing/Precision/ITP’s Adam McGill, who crossed the line in first on the opening lap. Borich put his Maxxis-backed machine right behind McGill, while Reliable Tool Supply/Maxxis’ Chris Bithell, BNR’s Kevin Yoho and JB Racing/Can-Am’s Jarrod McClure followed close behind.

AmPro Yamaha’s Walker Fowler and HMF/GBC/Yamaha’s Johnny Gallagher didn’t get a start out front but the Yamaha-backed duo quickly made their way through the pack. Fowler caught up to the leaders, where he engaged in a battle for a podium position with Bithell, Borich and McGill. A podium finish was in the cards for Fowler until he ran out of gas on the final lap, where he ended up finishing fourth overall for the day.

GNCC-Fowler-Off-Road-5-22-13SPRINGVILLE, Ind. – Round 6 of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series descended upon the Lawrence County Recreational Facility on Saturday for the second running of the Dunlop Limestone GNCC. AmPro Yamaha’s Walker Fowler broke defending champ Chris Borich’s five-race win streak this season by claiming his first victory of 2013, marking his second career win in the XC1 class. Additionally, Ohio’s Brycen Neal secured his fourth XC2 class win of the season in Indiana.

It was an exciting battle from start to finish in the two-hour Limestone GNCC as Fowler, Reliable Tool Supply/Maxxis’ Chris Bithell, Maxxis-backed Borich and Lonestar Racing/Precision/ITP’s Adam McGill challenged the race-win all afternoon. But it was Waynesburg Yamaha/GT Thunder’s Pickens who took the early lead, grabbing his second straight $250 Team Woodhead/DeRisi Racing XC1 Holeshot Award. It wasn’t long before Fowler jumped out front, with the trio of front-runners close behind.

GNCC-Racing-Logo-4-17-13SPRINGVILLE, Ind. (May 20, 2013) – Following some of the muddiest race conditions the series has seen in recent history, the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series experienced picture perfect weather and track conditions on Sunday for the Dunlop Limestone 100 GNCC. After three hours of intense battle, Charlie Mullins extended his points lead over the field by capturing his fourth win of the season at Round 6 of the 13-race series.

The AmPro Yamaha team got off to another great start, first with Paul Whibley securing the $250 All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot Award and then it was Jordan Ashburn who grabbed the early lead. Ashburn held the lead through Lap 1 but it didn’t take long for the Factory FMF/KTM duo of Mullins and Kailub Russell to put themselves out front. Just when it appeared to be a two-way battle for the win, Shenandoah Honda/USWE-Sports.com’s Thad DuVall entered himself into the chase. Around the halfway mark, DuVall broke up the KTM teammates, riding in the second place position behind Russell until Mullins made the move past both riders to reclaim the lead with two laps to go.

GNCC-Mullins-Preview-5-16-13MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Following an unpredictable weekend of weather and track conditions at Round 5 of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series, the chase for the 2013 championship has become a little bit tighter. While Charlie Mullins continues to lead the way in the overall standings, a tough weekend for the Factory FMF/KTM team last round allowed the rest of the field to garner much needed points in the championship chase. As the series makes its way into Round 6 this weekend, several riders will carry the momentum needed to inch another step closer towards the number one spot.

Shenandoah Honda/USWE-Sports.com’s Thad DuVall is the first non-KTM rider to claim an overall victory in 2013, giving the West Virginia native confidence heading into this weekend’s Dunlop Limestone 100 GNCC. DuVall currently sits one point below Carolina KTM/RidePG.com’s Chris Bach in the overall standings after experiencing a crash and failing to score championship points at Round 3. With the exception of the points leader Mullins, Bach is the only other XC1 rider to have successfully scored championship points at all five rounds thus far. Consistency has paid off for the Indiana native as he looks to score his third podium finish in his home state this weekend.

Buckhannon-4x4-Can-Am-5-8-13Valcourt, Québec, May 8, 2013 – Can-Am ATV and side-by-side racers won numerous classes and earned several podium finishes at various off-road events in the U.S. and Canada. Highlighted by Team UXC Racing / Can-Am X-Team racer Michael Swift’s morning overall and U2 class win, Can-Am 4×4 ATV racers won five morning classes at a soggy round five of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country held in Kentucky. Team Hendershot Performance won the Pro SxS race at round three of the American Woods Racing Championship Series in Pennsylvania. Maverick™ 1000R side-by-side team Murray Motorsports finished third in the SxS Pro class at the Best In The Desert Silver State 300 in Nevada. In the Courses VTT series in Canada, a Maverick pilot earned a podium position while three Can-Am DS 450 racers swept the ATV Pro class.

“Can-Am 4×4 racers dominated the murky Mammoth GNCC event, winning five classes. I was pleased to see Can-Am Renegade racer Michael Swift win his class, the morning overall and prove that sportsmanship is alive and well in our sport,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “Our Can-Am Maverick 1000R racers continue to make strides in the new side-by-side vehicle, winning two events and earning podium finishes in others.”