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.

Morgantown, W. Va (May 10, 2011) – After nearly a month off, the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series returns to racing this weekend, May 15 and 16, to the newly added Indy 100 location in Gosport, Ind. This inaugural event will be co-sanctioned with the Mid America Cross Country Series, allowing riders to receive points in both series. New for 2011, the Indy 100 course gives all riders an equal opportunity to master the freshly designed course this weekend.

GNCC points leader Chris Borich is beginning to settle into a groove out front this season but Warnert Racing Can-Am riders Adam McGill and Chris Bithell have been chomping at the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider every weekend so far. Deemed “The Borich” method of racing, CB1 typically hangs back for the first hour or so and then turns it on full throttle in the final laps to secure the win almost every time. However, heading to a freshly designed course in Indy may give McGill, Bithell and Kiser the tools they need to hold Borich off in the end.

Greg’s ATV and Cycles’ Gabe Phillips has found that consistency is key in the XC2 class this year with mostly seconds across the board, but DeRisi Racing’s Eric Hoyland sits only four points back heading into the brand new Indy 100 this weekend. Ballance Racing’s Walker Fowler continues to dominate the XC2 field, even breaking into the top five overall last round. Fowler is going to be tough to beat if he keeps the pace he’s been running this far.

This nationally televised event on the VERSUS network will also feature round three of UTV racing on Saturday. The Polaris National Guard team has swept the first two rounds of the Open Modified class and currently holds the points lead heading into round three. Team Hendershot and Coastal National Guard are tied at 11 points behind the leader, while Can-Am’s Nightkrawler Kustoms sit one point back in fourth. UTV racing action begins at 4:30 p.m., following the ATV afternoon race so be sure to check out the fastest side-by-side vehicles as they blaze through the woods

Race fans, friends, families and sponsors are invited to head over to Vendor’s Row Saturday night from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. to celebrate XC2 ATV points leader Walker Fowler’s High School Graduation. The Fowler family will be serving food and drinks under the big tent upon completion of Saturday’s races, so come join the 4.0 student in celebrating an accomplishment even bigger than winning a GNCC Championship!

Spectator passes are $15 for the full weekend, including pro pit access and pro autograph session. On 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. Saturday’s UTV racing will take place at 4:30 p.m. Local racers are encouraged to participate and may sign up at the event.

To get to the track, take 465 to 67 South. Go 28 miles. Turn right (North) on Drunkards pike. Go 2.5 miles. Location is on the left.

For more information, visit the official series website at www.GNCCRacing.com or call 304-284-0084.

Morgantown, W.Va (April 27, 2011) – Round five of the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series returns to the historical Loretta Lynn Ranch this weekend, April 30 to May 1, for the annual Part’s Unlimited Loretta Lynn’s GNCC. After two weeks off of racing, the series resumes in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. with more emphasis than ever on competition.

The Loretta Lynn’s course provides a mixture of rolling hills and valleys with the added elements of slippery rock and mud holes along the way. Being an Amateur National Motocross Championship track as well, Loretta Lynn’s incorporates a tamed-down moto section into the woodsy course.

Defending champion Chris Borich currently sits on top of the point standings, housing three of the four wins this year. With one win under his belt, Warnert Racing’s Adam McGill doesn’t plan on going away any time soon. McGill has put in a tough fight all year long, leading several laps and consistently finishing in the top five every round. Can-Am teammate Chris Bithell has posted almost identical finishes to McGill – with the exception of a win – putting Bithell only six points back from the second spot heading into round five.

Ballance Racing’s Taylor Kiser has been a silent sleeper in the mix, hanging back in fourth place in the points chase; but don’t count him out for an overall podium spot by the end of the season. Kiser has finished well inside the top five each weekend but has yet to make the podium a consistent occurrence. Kiser sits a mere seven points back from the third place of Bithell heading into the historic Loretta Lynn’s GNCC.

Walker Fowler has a substantial lead over the rest of the field in the XC2 division, sweeping the series so far. Fowler seems to have his Ballance Racing Yamaha on another level in the Lites class, consistently finishing inside the top ten overall and even breaking into the top five at the last round.

The real action has been taking place behind the leader, though, as Greg’s ATV & Cycle’s Gabe Phillips, DeRisi Racing’s Eric Hoyland, Parker Jones and Aarol Bright are all within a fifteen-point stretch from second to fifth place. A mere four points separate the second and third positions of Phillips (80) and Hoyland (76), with Jones and Bright tied at 66 close behind. These guys have been mixing it up back and fourth all season long, each of them holding at least one podium position so far this year.

In addition to the regularly scheduled races, this event will feature the first round of the three round 50cc series on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Part’s Unlimited Dinner upon completion of the races.

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., beginner riders race at 10 a.m., the top amateurs and the pros race at 1 p.m.

To get to the track, take I-40 to Exit 143, then to Route 13 North to Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.

For more information, check out the official series website at www.GNCCRacing.com or call 304-284-0084.