Russell-GNCC-Off-Road-7-1-13SNOWSHOE, W. Va. – It was a picture perfect day for racing in eastern West Virginia as Round 9 of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series took place at Snowshoe Mountain Resort on Sunday. In a grueling three-hour battle to the finish, Kailub Russell came from behind to secure his third consecutive win of the season at the AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC, closing the points gap on his teammate Charlie Mullins in the National Championship chase. In the XC2 Class, Grant Baylor claimed his third win of the season where he maintains the points lead heading into summer break.

Russell started on the front row alongside Charlie Mullins, Chris Bach, Paul Whibley and Josh Strang, but a crash on the opening lap set the Factory FMF/KTM rider a ways back from the lead pack. Mullins put himself out front right away, where he led the first two laps of the race.

Swift-Action-GNCC-Off-Road-6-20-13Team UXC racing added one more race to the history books this past weekend at the Parts Unlimited Mountaineer Run in Masontown West Virginia. The heat and dry conditions made for a very interesting race but for the Shelbyville Tennessee race team victory was in the air! Walking the track on Friday has become a intricate part of the teams routine and mentally noting the rocky sections in particular.

Getting the day started off of the second row Team UXC racings Michael Swift was able to grab the holeshot off the start and led his class into the woods at the Masontown WV event. “We were rolling on the first lap and even caught the open class and were able to get around them before our first pass through the scoring tents.” Swift has found some amazing speed in the last few years and the determination to improve his performance every race has really began to show. Passing the lead back and forth with a fellow racer Swift would find a rock that stopped his Team UXC Can-Am Renegade right in its tracks on the third lap that sent him over the bars.

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.

Russell-GNCC-Off-Road-6-3-13MILLFIELD, Ohio – The 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series took to Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, Ohio on Sunday for the 23rd running of the Wiseco John Penton GNCC. The National Championship title chase became much more exciting as Kailub Russell inched his way toward points leader Charlie Mullins by securing his second victory of the season in his home state of Ohio. Rookie Grant Baylor outlasted his veteran competition, taking his second win of the season in the XC2 class.

AmPro Yamaha’s Paul Whibley grabbed yet another $250 All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot Award but the Factory FMF/KTM duo of Mullins and Russell put themselves out front on the opening lap. Shenandoah Honda/USWE-Sports.com’s Thad DuVall made his way past the defending champ Whibley, where he began his battle with Russell and Mullins in the lead pack.

Whibley battled early on with Rocky Mountain ATV/MC’s Josh Strang and AmPro Yamaha teammate Jordan Ashburn before inserting himself into the lead position just before the halfway point. There were several lead changes throughout the seven-lap race and it didn’t take long for Russell to reclaim the lead around Lap 4. From there, Russell and Mullins took command of the race, where the KTM duo eventually rode to a 1-2 finish for the day.

GNCC-Mullins-4-22-13UNION, S.C. – The battle for the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series Championship heated up once again as Charlie Mullins and Kailub Russell went head-to-head for a little more than just bragging rights in their Factory FMF/KTM team pit. After three demanding hours of competition at the VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC, it was Mullins who came away with the Round 4 victory, thus extending his early points lead over Russell.

The GNCC Series made its 17th Annual stop at the Big Buck Farms where the incredible race action paralleled a festive atmosphere surrounding the Union, S.C. area. With over 1200 riders in attendance throughout the weekend, the already rough and tumble Big Buck GNCC course became even more grueling by Sunday afternoon’s race.

Borich-GNCC-Off-Road-4-8-13Morganton, N.C. – Four-Time champion Chris Borich proved his merit once again at Saturday’s FMF Steele Creek GNCC, where he swept his third consecutive win of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country season. Although Borich only lead two of the six laps, he surely made them count when besting his teammate Chris Bithell in the final moments of the two-hour race.

Thousands of spectators were in attendance for Round 3 of the 13-race series and there wasn’t a shortage of racing action at the picturesque Steele Creek Campground in Morganton, North Carolina.

GNCC-Borich-3-12-13River Ranch, Fla. (March 11, 2013) – Four-time GNCC champion Chris Borich picked up where he left off in his championship winning season in 2012, capturing the win at Round 1 of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series in River Ranch, Florida. In a hard fought two-hour battle to the finish, West Virginia’s Adam McGill and Ohio’s Walker Fowler rounded out Sunday’s podium behind Borich at the 4th Annual Moose Racing Westgate River Ranch GNCC.

XC1 Pro class rookie Braden Henthorn grabbed the first holeshot of the 2013 season aboard his Team Woodhead/DeRisi Racing Honda machine, battling with teammate Eric Hoyland early on. However, it wasn’t long before the GNCC veterans of Lonestar Racing/Precision/ITP’s Adam McGill and reigning champion Chris Borich took over the lead battle, followed closely by fellow Maxxis-backed rider Chris Bithell. The trio flip-flopped for the lead throughout a majority of the two-hour race before Borich eventually set a pace that was hard to match up front.

Borich’s new Suzuki counterpart, Chris Bithell, made the switch to yellow in 2013 and the Pennsylvania boy held the pressure on Borich in the beginning of the race and the two began to gap the field around the halfway point. McGill eventually put himself between the Suzuki duo, where they remained until the checkered flag.

AmPro Yamaha’s Walker Fowler experienced carnage in the first corner, setting the young Ohio native to the back of the pack right off the start. It didn’t take long for Fowler to push his way inside the top five, eventually contesting the podium battle by the end of the two-hour competition.

Pennsylvania’s Jarrod McClure debuted his all-new JB Offroad/Can-Am ride this weekend; staying inside the top five all day. McClure battled with Fowler early on before experiencing a small machine issue that caused his Can-Am team to fall back a few positions, maintaining fifth for the day.

Waynesburg Yamaha’s Jeff Pickens kicked off the season with a sixth place finish, edging out BNR’s Kevin Yoho, who is fresh off a pre-season injury that kept him off the machine for the weeks leading up to Round 1. Rookies Braden Henthorn and Greg’s ATV & Cycles rider Gabe Phillips made the jump to XC1 this season, finishing eighth and ninth respectively in their pro class debut at River Ranch. Yamaha/GBC/HMF’s Johnny Gallagher rounded out the top ten.

The XC2 Pro Am division was all about the rookies on Sunday as Ohio’s Brycen Neal grabbed the win in only his second-ever Pro Am competition. Similarly, Florida’s Landon Wolfe finished on top of the podium in his second appearance in the Pro Am division, taking second place for the day. However, it was Ohio’s Josh Merritt who got off to an early lead in the five-lap race but Merritt began to drop back midway through the race, eventually finishing ninth in the class.

Pennsylvania’s Thomas Koontz Jr. seized the opportunity and grabbed the third and final position on the podium. Defending Pro Am champ Patrick McGuire struggled throughout the two-hour opener, ultimately finishing fifth behind Indiana’s Fred Marley.

The 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series continues March 12 in River Ranch, Fla., with the 4th Annual Moose Racing River Ranch GNCC with bike racing. For more information on the series, visit www.gnccracing.com.

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XC1 Pro Results:
Chris Borich (SUZ)
Adam McGill (HON)
Walker Fowler (YAM)
Chris Bithell (SUZ)
Jarrod McClure (CAN)
Jeff Pickens (YAM)
Kevin Yoho (YAM)
Braden Henthorn (HON)
Gabe Phillips (YAM)
Johnny Gallagher (YAM)

XC2 Pro Am Results:
Brycen Neal (HON)
Landon Wolfe (SUZ)
Thomas Koontz Jr. (HON)
Fred Marley (HON)
Patrick McGuire (YAM)
Chad Jones (HON)
Michael Lancaster (HON)
Blake Kramer (YAM)
Joshua Merritt (YAM)
Randy Hamilton (HON)

XC1 Pro Standings:
Chris Borich (30)
Adam McGill (25)
Walker Fowler (21)
Chris Bithell (18)
Jarrod McClure (16)
Jeff Pickens (15)
Kevin Yoho (14)
Braden Henthorn (13)
Gabe Phillips (12)
Johnny Gallagher (11)

XC2 Pro Am Standings:
Brycen Neal (30)
Landon Wolfe (25)
Thomas Koontz Jr. (21)
Fred Marley (18)
Patrick McGuire (16)
Chad Jones (15)
Michael Lancaster (14)
Blake Kramer (13)
Joshua Merritt (12)
Randy Hamilton (11)

Morgantown, W. Va. (November 6, 2012) – This season marked an incredible year of racing in the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series. The 13-round series wrapped up last weekend at the Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., where AmPro Yamaha’s Paul Whibley secured his second XC1 Pro class title, while KR4 Performance’s Jason Thomas clinched his first XC2 Pro Lites title on the motorcycle side. While XC1 Pro ATV champion Chris Borich wrapped up his fourth consecutive title earlier in the season, Tireballs-backed Patrick McGuire secured his first XC2 Pro Am championship at the season finale.

But the XC1 and XC2 class champions are just part of the 2012 GNCC Championship roll call. In GNCC, the afternoon race consists of not only Pro and Pro Am classes, but also the “A” and “B” classes – making for a fast-paced afternoon of racing from the first row to the last. On ATV’s, Brycen Neal claimed the competitive College A (16-21) class title by only six points over Landon Wolfe, finishing as the Top Amateur of the afternoon race. Other “A” class champions include Fred Marley in Junior A (22+), Todd Demaree in Vet A (28+) and Senior A (38+) champion Tom Wright.

Hurricane Mills, Tenn – It was a head-to-head battle at Saturday’s Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series finale between AmPro Yamaha’s Paul Whibley and FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell in the XC1 Pro class. After a nearly flawless race at the Parts Unlimited Loretta Lynn’s GNCC, Whibley went on to win the season finale and secure his second-career title.

Whibley kicked off the afternoon by grabbing his thirteenth straight $250 MotoSport.com Holeshot Award, getting out front early on. Meanwhile, Whibley’s championship rival, Russell, was held up in the first corner after getting tangled with another rider off the start. Although Russell began the opening lap in nearly last place, he managed to work his way into fourth place by the start of Lap 2.