Can-Am Race Report: Mountaineer Run GNCC
Can-Am racers earned a podium sweep with the Maverick 1000R in the XC1 Modified SxS class and won all four ATV 4×4 classes at round seven of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country series in Masontown, WV. Can-Am DS 450 racers also won both the Pro and Pro-Am classes at the third round of the New England ATV Motocross series in Pennsylvania.
“We had an outstanding weekend at the Mountaineer Run GNCC in West Virginia and in the New England series. Earning a historic sweep in the XC1 Modified SxS class, winning the 4×4 Pro class and also both Pro-level NEATV-MX classes was perfect,” says Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “During their push toward winning a GNCC championship, our Maverick pilots continue to showcase their merits and those of their Can-Am vehicles.”
GNCC – Round 7
The Rocky Mountain ATV / MC Mountaineer Run GNCC was held at a rocky, dusty Marvin’s Mountain Top in Masontown, WV. This stop, considered the halfway point for the season, hosted round seven of the 13-round GNCC ATV series and round three of the six-leg GNCC SxS National Championship. Can-Am competed in the 10 a.m. ATV racing session Saturday, May 24, as well as the side-by-side portion of the series later in the afternoon.
Maverick 1000R side-by-side racers made Can-Am GNCC history, as they earned the first sweep in the XC1 Modified class podium. Chaney Racing / Turnkey / Can-Am pilot and Ohio native Kyle Chaney won the round and was joined on the podium by fellow Can-Am Maverick pilots and Ohio-based racers Tim Farr and Larry Hendershot Jr., both of JB Racing / Can-Am. Chaney, who started in row two, soon caught the first row and, with the time adjustment in his favor, was battling for the win. Once he took over the physical lead, Chaney drove smart and took his first victory of 2014. He now owns the class points lead after three rounds of racing. Farr is currently third in the standings. Hendershot earned a third-place finish and his first podium of 2014. Maverick pilot Zac Zakowski finished ninth.
“The fields were super dusty. The rocks were pretty treacherous, you really had to drive smart to keep everything intact,” says Chaney. “Three Can-Am Maverick vehicles on the podium speaks for itself; it’s a great day for my team and for Can-Am.”
Can-Am Maverick 1000R side-by-side pilot Marcus Pratt (Jack’s Excavating II / Can-Am) scored a strong second-place finish in the XC2 Limited ranks and ninth overall in the side-by-side session at the Mountaineer Run. He’s currently third in the class in points, just three points out of first. Travalena Racing took fourth in its Can-Am. Novice Limited class racer Blake McDaniel (Crash Addict / Can-Am) earned second place.
Can-Am 4×4 racers secured four class wins and eight total podiums at the Mountaineer Run. Kevin Trantham led the way on his Can-Am X-Team Renegade 800R X xc, winning the 4×4 Pro class for the third time this year. Trantham, who also earned third on the 10 a.m. overall podium, ran in the top three the entire race before finally taking the lead on the final lap. ATV Parts Plus / Can-Am racer Bryan Buckhannon, who took third in the class, joined Trantham on the podium. Trantham leads Buckhannon by 12 points heading into round eight. Rob Smith (BNR / Can-Am), who grabbed the holeshot and led lap one, took fourth and is third in the standings. Can-Am 4×4 pilots Tanner Bowles (4×4 A/B), Nick Eichelberger (4×4 C) and Nick Mase (4×4 Novice) also won their classes.
NEATV-MX – Round 3
Can-Am DS 450 racer Joel Hetrick (JB Racing / Can-Am) won three of four Pro-level motos at round three of the NEATV-MX series at Hurricane Hills MX in Clifford, Pa. He won the Pro class with a 1-1 sweep and was third in the Pro-Am ranks with a 6-1 scorecard. BCS Performance / Can-Am Pro Josh Creamer took second in the Pro class and won the Pro-Am class. Defending NEATV-MX Pro class champion Travis Moore was third in Pro-Am.
“My Can-Am DS 450 ran great today, handled well and pulled up the big hills; it propelled me to the win,” said Hetrick. “The win last week at High Point gave me a lot more confidence heading into this (local) race, but also for the rest of the ATV MX season.”