STI-GNCC-Race-Report-4-24-13Hunting season opened early this year in Union, South Carolina. In only the second UTV event on the 2013 Grand National Cross Country schedule, STI Roctane XD tires bagged a Big Buck. It was brought down by John Yokley and co-driver Ellen Yokley. The weapon used was a Polaris RZR, locked and loaded by Big Country Powersports.

This Big Buck did not surrender easily. The Big Country entry was accidentally spun out by another competitor in the first turn in the early moments of this hour-long race, leaving it in last place heading into the woods for the first time. Big Country was persistent in its pursuit, however, and stalked its first-place prey lap after lap, never losing track with its 26x9R-14 STI Roctane XDs.

By the end of the pursuit, the Yokleys had caught and dropped a herd of 20 XC1 Modified cars to not only put a bullseye in the target but pull away by over two minutes at the checkered flag. Big Country snared first overall out of 48 side-by-sides — a big game trophy in anyone’s book.

Borich-GNCC-Off-Road-4-22-13UNION, S.C. – After two plus hours of intense racing action at the VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC, defending champion Chris Borich put his signature last-lap pass on teammate Chris Bithell to claim his fourth consecutive victory in 2013. Bithell came through only six seconds behind the leader and Walker Fowler put a valiant charge to claim the final XC1 podium position.

Things were aligned just right for Maxxis-backed rider Chris Borich on Saturday as he kicked off Round 4 of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series in a big way, claiming the $250 Team Woodhead/DeRisi Racing Holeshot Award. However, Borich has made it apparent that he doesn’t like to lead the race early on and that’s when the 4-Time champ went into reserve mode.

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.

GNCC-Racing-Logo-4-17-13MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – RacerTV returns in 2013 with coverage of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series and the Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship. This year’s platform features a 15-week television package on NBC Sports Network, as well as a full-schedule of racing on RacerTV.com – all brought to viewers by this year’s television sponsors AMSOIL, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC and Can-Am.

This year’s 15-week television package on NBC Sports Network begins this weekend, April 14 and runs through November. NBC Sports Network will air 13 episodes of GNCC Racing, as well as an additional two episodes of ATV Motocross Nationals.

GNCC-ATV-Off-Road-4-16-13MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (April 16, 2013) – Four-Time GNCC champion Chris Borich heads into Round 4 of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series with a perfect score atop the championship point standings. And perhaps his flawless record makes the target on his back even bigger as the fastest cross-country ATV racers in the country prepare to dethrone the champ this weekend at the VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC in Union, South Carolina.

The most consistent runner-up to Borich thus far is AmPro Yamaha’s Walker Fowler, who currently holds second place in the overall standings. Fowler finished just shy of the podium at Round 3 and will be looking for redemption this weekend in South Carolina.

Borich-GNCC-Off-Road-3-18-13WASHINGTON, Ga. – Four-Time champion Chris Borich returned to his old ways Saturday at the Maxxis General GNCC, making an almost patented last-lap pass on Walker Fowler to take the win at Round 2 of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series. The front-runners were in a race of their own, finishing about five minutes ahead of the third place rider Johnny Gallagher, who appeared on the podium for the first time this season.

In fact, it’s been exactly one decade since Yamaha/GBC/HMF’s Gallagher made a podium speech, but the 35-year-old commented, “The General GNCC in 2003 was my last podium finish and I was up here with Bill Ballance and William Yokely. It’s been a long time and the faces have changed a little bit but man it still feels just as good!”

Russell-GNCC-Off-Road-3-18-13WASHINGTON, Ga. – Only five days after going to battle in the sandy woods of Southern Florida, Factory FMF/KTM teammates Kailub Russell and Charlie Mullins put in yet another three-hour duel at Sunday’s Maxxis General GNCC. This time, it was Russell who grabbed the win over Mullins by less than two seconds at Round 2 of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series.

AmPro Yamaha’s Paul Whibley got off to a great start, grabbing the All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot Award. Meanwhile, Russell got caught in a first corner crash and began the race in the back of the pack. Whibley led Mullins, Russell and the rest of the field into the woods but the remainder of the day didn’t go quite as planned for the 2012 champ.

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. – RacerTV, a motorsports television production company and online broadcast network, announces today the expansion of its programming platform and event features. Kicking off next month with the opening round of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series in River Ranch, Fla., RacerTV will stream the GNCC pro ATV and motorcycle races live on its all-new online network channel – RacerTV.com (formerly RacerTVOnline.com).

RacerTV will stream live GNCC ATV Pro racing starting at 1 p.m. EST, on Sunday, March 10, and GNCC Motorcycle Pro racing starting at 1 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 12. For the remainder of the season, RacerTV will stream live all 13 rounds of the AMSOIL GNCC Racing pro events, for a total of 26 live shows. The new platform will enable mobile and on demand live streaming, and feature social networking integration (live viewer chat!).

In addition, RacerTV will broadcast all 26 episodes of AMSOIL GNCC Racing action in 30-minute feature highlight shows within two weeks of each race on RacerTV.com. These shows will provide a more in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at GNCC Racing action and its stars.

RacerTV.com will also feature highlighted shows of all 10 rounds of the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship. The format for these highlighted shows will follow the post-live GNCC shows, consisting of 30-minute feature programs to be broadcast within two weeks of the live event.

In addition to the RacerTV.com coverage, select episodes of AMSOIL GNCC Racing and Mtn. Dew ATVMX will continue to be televised on the NBC Sports Network, for a total of 15 shows. RacerTV is brought to you by sponsors – AMSOIL, Can-Am and Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. Stay tuned for the announcement on the 2013 NBC Sports broadcast dates and times.

Other events to be featured on RacerTV.com this year will include the newly announced American Motocross Championships, which include the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s, the Monster Energy Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, the Monster Energy Mammoth Motocross, the James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship, and the Thor Winter Olympics. Additionally, RacerTV.com will feature premier off road championships such as the WORCS Series and the OMA Nationals. Currently, the 5-round CMC Golden State MX Nationals are being broadcast on RacerTV.com.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to bring these premiere events to our RacerTV online audience,” said Tim Cotter, spokesperson for RacerTV. “We are open to broadcasting all off-road and motocross events on the network and have reached out to other premiere race series in hopes that we can bring their great racing action to RacerTV.com.”

Over the next few weeks, the RacerTV.com website will undergo a major overhaul as the new platform and features are upgraded. “We’re really excited about this new project for the Racer Media House,” continued Cotter. “We want RacerTV.com to be the ‘go to site’ for television-quality produced ATV and motorcycle race action, and we want to bring this quality to all race fans for all series, not only the events we produce,” said Cotter.

Veteran motorsports broadcast specialist, Carey Bohn of Mainstream Media Group, has been commissioned to develop the live streaming production infrastructure, show programming format and on-line viewer platform. The live race coverage will utilize technology and technical support from TodoCastTV of San Juan Capistrano, Calif. and UK-based BoxxTV

“RacerTV will be using state-of-the-art satellite and television components to stream each GNCC event,” Bohn said. “Including testing a remote camera system that will allow the on-site team to do live coverage from several wooded locations along the race course.”

For more information on RacerTV, the events featured and broadcast or commercial opportunities, please contact info@racertv.com or call Nick Koester at 304-284-0084. A complete line-up of race events featured will be released on www.RacerTV.com.

About RacerTV
RacerTV is a motorsports television production company and online broadcast network that features high quality racing broadcasts, original content shows and live streaming racing events. RacerTV features both off-road and motocross racing events in the motorcycle, ATV and UTV divisions. RacerTV is proudly supported by AMSOIL, Can-Am and Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. More info on RacerTV can be found by visiting www.RacerTV.com.

Morgantown, W. Va. (January 9, 2013) – Racer Productions announces today a change in the 2013 Grand National Cross Country Series schedule. After 29 remarkable years at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., the oldest race on the GNCC circuit will not return to the schedule in 2013.

“Due to a scheduling conflict, the Loretta Lynn’s venue will not be on the GNCC schedule for 2013,” said GNCC Event Director, Dean VanLeeuwen. “Loretta’s has given us nearly 30 years of good racing and we’re looking forward to possibly returning to the ranch in the future.”