Warnert Racing - GNCC Round 6
Cliff Beasley Continues Series Sweep and Michael
takes 4th Straight Win at The “John Penton”
Millfield, OH –
Suspension limits were maxxed out and racer’s
endurance was put to the test this weekend due
to the added weight of thick, heavy mud that
stuck to everything, and everyone, like glue.
Despite the less than desirable track
conditions, Can-Am/Warnert Racing’s Cliff
Beasley and Michael Swift continued to dominate
the 4x4 Lites and 4x4 Limited classes at round
number 6 of the GNCC.
Cliff Beasley came off the line in 4th place
of the 4x4 Lites class. Cliff had a battle on
his hands for the entire as he and Jerime
Dudding swapped places repeatedly throughout the
grueling 5-lap race. “It was a rough race!”
exclaimed Beasley. “I was getting caught in
bottlenecks all day long.”
Beasley’s Outlander 500 performed well
despite all the added weight of the mud and
allowed his to cross the finish line with an
overall time of 1:53:44, which was more than a
minute faster than his nearest competition.
Beasley went on to take 12th overall and hopes
to take his 7th consecutive win at round 7 in
Michael Swift continued with his winning
streak as well in the 4x4 Limited class. Swift
took the holeshot and never looked back, which
was a huge advantage for him as he avoided
getting blasted with mud on take off. Swift ran
a smooth clean race on his Outlander 800. Swift
finished with a time of 1:53:29, finishing over
9 minutes ahead of 2nd place in his class. When
asked what he would like to see happen in the
future, Swift’s answer was quite simple, “I’m
really hoping to win a championship this year,”
he said. “And I’m also hoping it doesn’t rain in
Kentucky!” he said with a laugh. Many racers
would concur with Swift in regards to the rain,
including Scott Kilby.
“There was so much mud on me! I think my
helmet must have weighed about 15 pounds. It was
so heavy it was hard to keep your head up after
a while,” said Kilby. Kilby had a good go of
things in spite of the mud as he took the
holeshot in the 4x4 Open class and led for
almost 3 laps until he got caught behind another
racer. It took Scott over a minute to get
unstuck and back on track, which cost him the
lead. Scott still ran an impressive race
finishing with a time of 1:52:33, only 6 seconds
off the class leader. Kilby ended his day with
an impressive 8th overall.
Rick Cecco ran a solid race in the U2 class.
Rick was in 4th place at the end of the first
lap, but was caught in traffic and had dropped
back to 9th by lap #3. Cecco gave it his all and
came back to take 4th in his class. Cecco
finished with a time of 1:58:20.
Meanwhile, Chris Bithell and Chris Jenks did
not fair as well as their teammates. Chris Jenks
broke down in the 1st lap, and was forced to
take a DNF for this round. Chris Bithell
completed 4 laps in 1:28:11. Bithell was doing
quite well as he had worked his way from 7th in
the first lap to 5th in lap 2 where he claimed
the fastest lap time in the Pro class, with a
time of 00:19:50, but his luck would not hold.
Bithell’s bike fell victim to the mud and
stopped running in lap 5.
The Spartan round of the GNCC will be held
May 31st in Sparta, KY where Beasley and Swift
hope to continue their winning streaks, and also
hope for the cooperation of Mother Nature.