Fowler Looks to Secure First 2012 Victory at the
Wiseco John Penton GNCC
XC1 Pro Class, while McGuire tops Pro Am field
Morgantown, W. Va. (July 4, 2012) - After
eight rounds of the 2012 Can-Am Grand National
Cross Country Series, Pennsylvania's Chris
Borich holds a commanding lead in the XC1 Pro
ATV division. However, the championship battle
is anything but over as the top five contenders
are still within striking distance with five
races remaining in the 2012 season. This weekend
the series heads to Sunday Creek Raceway for the
Wiseco John Penton GNCC, and the Ohio natives
might just have something for the 3-Time champ
in their home state.
Yamaha's Walker Fowler is one Ohio native
looking to score his first victory of 2012 this
weekend in the Buckeye state. Fowler has a
handful of podium finishes already and a close
second place in Round 5 has given the Pro Class
rookie a taste for victory that he is determined
to get before the season is over. Sunday Creek
Raceway hosts a variety of terrain that Fowler
has grown up riding and racing and the familiar
motocross track will give him an additional
advantage over the field.
Fowler's Ballance Racing teammate Taylor
Kiser holds the second place position to Borich
with one win under his belt. Kiser has put up a
strong fight in the first eight rounds and sits
with the most podium finishes (5) aside from
Borich's perfect sweep on the box.
Motoworks/Can-Am's Chris Bithell put in a
season-best second place finish last round,
putting him only four points behind Fowler for
third place in the overall standings.
Precision/Moto X Perts/ITP/Lonestar/RG
Motorsports' Adam McGill dropped a couple
positions in the overall standings after last
round due to a previous injury that kept him
from finishing the race. McGill plans to be
fully recovered for this weekend's John Penton
GNCC and currently sits fifth in points.
Other Ohio racers to watch include JG Offroad/FRE/American
Honda's Brian Wolf, BNR's Kevin Yoho, and GBC/Cernics/Yamaha
Racing's Johnny Gallagher-all of which are
capable of mixing it up out front in their home
state this weekend.
Tireballs-backed Patrick McGuire continues to
hold the XC2 Pro Am points lead over DeRising
Racing's Braden Henthorn and Waynesburg Yamaha's
Gabe Phillips. Phillips secured his fourth win
of the season in Round 8, but mechanical issues
in other rounds have kept him back in the third
place spot. Greg's ATV & Cycle's Matt Hanna
isn't far behind Phillips for fourth and DeRisi
Racing's Eric Hoyland rounds out the top five,
only three points behind Hanna.
Four-wheeled ATVs will compete throughout the
day on Saturday, July 7, and dirt bikes will
race on Sunday, July 8. Local riders are invited
to race the event, as GNCC offers classes for
riders of all skill and experience levels. The
amateur racer entry fee is $40 and riders can
sign up at the track.
Spectator passes run $15 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., amateur
riders race at 10 a.m., and the top amateurs and
the pros race at 1 p.m. Special races this
weekend include UTV racing at 4:30 p.m. Saturday
afternoon, following the 1 p.m. ATV race.
To get to the track, take Route 13 North and
continue for 10 miles to Jacksonville. Go right
on Sixth St. for 2 miles, and then turn left.
For more information, check out the official
series website at www.GNCCRacing.com
or call 304-284-0084.
The Can-Am Grand National Cross
Country series is America's premier off-road
racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round
championship is produced exclusively by Racer
Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the
most physically demanding sports in the world.
The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many
as 1,500 riders through tracks ranging in length
from ten to 12 miles. With varied terrain,
including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and
motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of
both survival and speed and draw talent from all
over the U.S., Europe, Australia and New
Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised and airs every
week on NBC Sports Network. For more
information, please visit