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GNCC Racing

Borich Could Take Huge Step Toward GNCC Title this Weekend in North Carolina
Eleventh round of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series visits Yadkinville North Carolina on September 29 & 30.  Top locals invited to compete against the nation’s best.

Yadkinville, NC – For the first time in eight years, Yamaha’s Bill Ballance is on the ropes in the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series. Another solid rider this weekend by East Coast ATV’s Chris Borich could shut the door on Ballance’s record-breaking title run, which makes the Elka Yadkin Valley Stomp GNCC pivotal for the season.

Borich, with six wins on the season including two in a row coming into this race, holds an eight point lead over Ballance. If he wins again and Ballance finishes second, he’ll hold a 13-point lead heading into the final two rounds, meaning he would only need two runner-up finishes to wrap up the title.

“You have to get worried when it’s this close, getting down to championship crunch time,” says Ballance. “I’ve been in some really pressure points before where I had to make things happen, so you just go back and go through the bike one more time, train hard for two weeks and come back and try to win these last races. Hopefully we’ll get the championship, but it’s going to be tough. Chris is riding good and we’re going to battle all the way to the end.”

Borich knows full and well that wins and runner-up finishes are not guaranteed in the rough and tumble world of cross-country racing, so he surely won’t count points until the finish. In addition, a determined pack of spoilers could mix the results of the “Killer B’s.” Each week, LTERacing.com’s Chris Bithell, Baldwin Motorsports’ Adam McGill and GT Thunder’s Duane Johnson are right in the hunt for the win, and this weekend should prove no exception.

“I want to win one of these so bad, it’s hard to even put it into words,” said McGill before the previous round at Unadilla, which he led into the final lap. “It’s like there’s a big birthday cake sitting right in front of me, but I can’t eat it yet. It’s so close I can taste it, but I can’t eat it.”

The Elka Yadkin Valley Stomp GNCC begins with ATV racing on Saturday. Youth riders race at 8 a.m., followed by the showdown with the Utility and 4x4 Classes as well as the Women’s class at 10 a.m. Yamaha’s Traci Cecco is looking to lock up yet another Women’s title this weekend. The XC1 and XC2 pro classes race at 1 p.m., with East Coast ATV’s Chris Borich holding back Yamaha’s Bill Ballance in the chase for the GNCC #1 plate.

Bikes race on Sunday, with Youth racing at 8 a.m., a 10 a.m. morning race, and a three-hour race at 1 p.m. for XC1, XC2, A and B classes. Red Bull KTM’s David Knight holds the series lead, but the rider from the UK is racing an indoor race Saturday night in Denver, Colorado, and then flying in a private plane to North Carolina to race Sunday. That should take a lot out of the Knighter, and open the door for competitors like Barry Hawk, Charlie Mullins and Jimmy Jarrett.

The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series is the largest off-road racing series in the nation. The top pro racers make a lucrative living in the sport, reigning in six-figure salaries and endorsements, as well as a share of a $130,000 prize purse and over $3 million in contingency and bonus money. GNCC events also offer classes for amateur riders of all skill and experience levels. Four-wheeled ATVs will compete throughout the day on Saturday, September 14, and dirt bikes will race on Sunday, September 15. Riders can sign up at the track. The amateur racer entry fee is $40.

Spectator passes run $12 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., and the top amateurs and the pros race at 1 p.m.

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

Directions: I-77 to Exit 73A to Highway 421 South. Go 10 miles to Exit 256, Unifi Industrial Road. Turn left, go 1.2 miles to end of road. Turn right on old Rte. 421. Go 2/10 mile, turn left on Myers Rd. Go 1 mile, race track is on left.

About GNCC Racing:
The AMA/ATVA-sanctioned Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series is America’s premier off-road racing series. The 13-round series is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The nearly three-hour long GNCC races lead as many as 1,800 riders through tracks ranging from eight to twelve miles in length. GNCC Racing airs weekly television shows on Versus (formerly Outdoor Life Network) every Saturday at 3 p.m. and Thursday at 4 p.m. beginning on April 14. With varied terrain including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. GNCC featured sponsors include BRP Can-Am, Parts Unlimited, Moose, Maxxis, Pirelli, Wiseco, Acerbis, Elka, Geico, Klotz, FMF, ITP and Weekend Warrior, and riders compete for over $3 million in series prizes and contingency money. Associate sponsors include Alpinestars, Cometic, EK Chain, HiPer Technology, Laegers, Moose Utility Division, The National Guard, Powersport Grafx, Race Tools, REM, Scott, Thor, Tire Balls, Twin Air, and MotoTee’s. Media Sponsors include Racer X Illustrated, ATV Rider, ATV Sport, ATVRiders.com, Quadzone.com, Dirt Rider and ATV Insider. For more information log on to
www.gnccracing.com.


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