Ballance Eyes Ninth Consecutive Title at Power
Likely to Make History in Ohio
ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (October 8, 2008) -- No
other word comes close to describing the career
of Kentucky-based ATV racer Bill Ballance than
"Legend." Ballance will continue that legacy
this Saturday if he clinches his ninth
consecutive Can-Am Grand National Cross Country
Series title as he takes on North America's top
off-road racers at Power Line Park.
Bill Ballance eyes his ninth consecutive
GNCC title this weekend at Power Line
Park. (Jason Hooper Photo)
With three victories and four additional
podium appearances this season, Ballance (No. 1
Yamaha) needs to finish in front of rival Adam
McGill this weekend to further cement himself as
the top ATV racer in GNCC's 35-year history.
West Union, West Virginia's McGill would love
nothing more than to derail Ballanceâ€™s
championship run here. Riding the No. 5 KTM.
McGill has notched four wins this season, the
most of anyone on the tour. Another victory this
weekend will take the championship fight with
Ballance down to the Seriesâ€™ finale in two
weeks in Indiana.
Bryan Cook sits third in points on the merit
of a win and three addition top-three finishes,
including a third at the previous race two weeks
ago. The North Carolina Honda racer will have to
contend with a pair of Western Pennsylvania
talents, Chris Borich and Chris Bithell.
Borich, from Sunbury, Pa., has ridden the No.
2 Rockstar/Yoshimura Suzuki to two victories
this season, as well as a single runner-up
finish. Bithell, of Irwin, Pa., won the previous
GNCC round in Upstate New York on his Warnert
Rookie Brandon Sommers (Millersburg, Ohio) is
fifth in the standings and is seeking his first
victory this season. Riding a GT Thunder Yamaha,
earning that victory just 150 miles from home
would definitely be special for Sommers.
Completing the top 10 in points are Taylor
Kiser (No. 7 KTM), Matthew Smiley (No. 4 Honda),
William Yokley (No. 11 National Guard Honda),
Jarrod McClure (No. 14 ATVRiders.com Honda) and
Ryan Lane (No. 18 Honda).
A variety of special races and classes will
surround the 1 p.m. Pro race. At 8 a.m., Youth
racers ages six through 15 will compete on a
special youth race course. The 10 a.m. Amateur
race features Women, Super Senior, 4X4 and
Novice Classes. The Women's class features a
fierce contest between a pair of Pennsylvanians:
Uniontown's Angel Atwell and Shamokin's Traci
At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, the GNCC UTV Series
hits the track, featuring side-by-side race
machines such as the Yamaha Rhino and Polaris
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country
Series is the largest off-road racing series in
the United States. 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 in prize purse and more
than $3 million in contingency and bonus monies.
GNCC events also offer classes for amateur
riders of all skill and experience levels.
Four-wheeled ATVs will compete throughout the
day on Saturday, October 11, and dirt bikes will
race on Sunday, October 12. Riders can sign up
at the track. The amateur racer entry fee is
Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series
(GNCC), America's Largest Off Road Racing
Series. Cross-country racing is one of the most
physically demanding sports in the world. The
nearly three-hour long GNCC races lead more than
1,500 riders through tracks ranging from eight
to 14 miles in length. With varied terrain
including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and
motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of
both survival and speed.
Saturday, October 11, 2008 - ATV Racing
Sunday, October 12, 2008 - Motorcycle Racing
Line Park, St. Clairsville, Ohio
$15 Per Person Weekend Pass (7 years and older)
Can-Am GNCC Series pits the best of the best in
off-road racing against each other. More than
1,500 amateur racers are expected to compete on
custom-built dirt bikes and four-wheeled ATVs.
Top pro motorcycle riders include New Zealand's
Paul Whibley and Australia's Josh Strang, as
well as Nathan Kanney, Barry Hawk, Jr., Charles
Mullins, Thad DuVall, Jimmy Jarrett, Jason
Raines and Glenn Kearney. ATV pro riders include
Bill Ballance, Chris Borich, Adam McGill, Bryan
Cook, Taylor Kiser, Chris Bithell, Matt Smiley
and William Yokley.
Media members wishing to cover the event should
contact Justin Anderson at 704-589-2100.
About GNCC Racing:
The Can-Am Grand National Cross
Country series is America’s premier off-road
racing series. The 13-round championship series
is produced exclusively by Racer Productions and
has run since 1973. 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.
With varied terrain including hills, woods, mud,
dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events
are tests of both survival and speed. GNCC
Racing will air weekly television shows on the
Versus network starting August 2. GNCC featured
sponsors include Can-Am, Parts Unlimited, Moose
Racing, 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, HiPer Technology,
Laegers, Moose Utility Division, The National
Guard, Powersport Grafx, REM, Scott, Thor, Tire
Balls, Twin Air, Ogio, Rekluse, and MotoTee’s.
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