Fowler Earns Win at Yamaha Racing X-Factor Whitetails GNCC
Muddy conditions greeted the 2019 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship in Peru, Indiana. WFR/GBC/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Walker Fowler was crowned as the 3rd Annual Yamaha Racing X-Factor Whitetails GNCC overall ATV winner.
Fowler jumped out to the early lead grabbing the $250 Wiseco XC1 holeshot to start off his day. As the pack made their way to the finish, it would be Fowler leading the way during the opening lap with three riders hot on his heels. As the race wore on, Fowler would find himself in the second place position as the white flag came out on lap three. Fowler put his head down and pushed, making a last lap pass to claim the overall victory. This is Fowler’s first win at the X-Factor Whitetails hunting ranch and his 49th overall career ATV win, tying Barry Hawk Jr. in third on the ATV overall wins list.
LanMills XC/CST Tires/Houser’s Brycen Neal his second podium finish of the season after battling at the front of the pack the entire race. Neal would make the pass for the lead on the second lap, and find himself out front for majority of the race. However, Fowler was on the prowl and would take over the lead on the final lap. Neal would hold on for second overall, coming through the finish 4.58 seconds behind Fowler.
After leading part of the race, Brycen Neal earned second overall in Indiana. (Photo by Ken Hill)
Rounding out the overall podium in third was Maxxis/Fly Racing/Ye Olde Cycle Barn’s Chris Borich. Throughout the two-hour race, Borich would find himself engaging in some heated battles. From battling for second on the opening lap, to pushing himself back into third after falling back to fourth, Borich continued to push for the duration of the race.
Walker Fowler (center) earned the Yamaha Racing X-Factor Whitetails GNCC win. (Photo by Ken Hill)
JMR/Maxxis/Elka/Moose Racing’s Jarrod McClure made a last lap pass for fourth overall after running in the fifth place position for majority of the day in Indiana. McClure managed to hold off fifth overall as they came around on the final lap with just seconds separating them. McClure currently sits sixth in the points standings as the series heads to Ohio for The Wiseco John Penton on May 18.
Finishing fifth overall was Yamaha/AmPro/Action Offroad/GBC’s Cole Richardson. After running fourth overall, Richardson would find himself in a battle with McClure on the last lap. However, McClure would make his move and the duo would continue to battle as they headed towards the finish line. McClure would make the pass stick as Richardson came through timing and scoring 1.14 seconds behind him.
Chris Borich battled throughout the race, coming away with third overall. (Photo by Ken Hill)
Ryland Johnson Racing/GBC Motorsports/Ye Olde Cycle Barn’s Westley Wolfe put in another good ride this weekend, finishing sixth overall. Wolfe steadily worked his way through the pack during the duration of the race, as he started out in the eighth place position. By the time the white flag flew Wolfe had worked his way to seventh, and was pushing to make a move for one more position before the finish. Wolfe would make the pass, and continue to hold onto sixth just 2.29 seconds ahead of seventh.
This weekend BNR Motorsports/GBC Motorsports/HMF Racing’s Josh Merritt had his best finish thus far in the season. Merritt came through seventh overall after working his way up from ninth at the beginning of the race. M.R. Unlimited/GBC Tires/RJR’s Devon Feehan returned to racing after suffering an injury that kept it out of the competition during the past two rounds. Feehan would hold on for an eighth overall.
OBOR/Moose Racing/Parts Unlimited/McGill Mafia’s Adam McGill did not have the day he was hoping for, but he held on for a top 10 overall finish as he came around on the final lap in ninth. GBC/Fly Racing/HMF/Yamaha’s Johnny Gallagher rounded out the top 10 overall after a consistent day of racing.
John Glauda Jr. (center) earned his fifth-straight XC2 Pro-Am win, followed by Matt Blankenship (left) and Tanner Walker (right). (Photo by Ken Hill)
In the XC2 Pro-Am class it was once again, Pierce Performance/Maxxis/Waynesburg Yamaha’s John Glauda Jr. taking the win and earning 11th overall. Glauda would have his work cut out for him as he came through timing and scoring in the sixth position on lap one. However, it would take too long for Glauda to make the necessary passes and move himself into the lead. BNR Motorsports’ Matthew Blankenship worked his way through the pack to earn second in XC2, his first podium of the season. Another new face on the podium was Cumberland Cycles/Nine2 Technologies Tanner Walker who rounded out the podium in third.
At the conclusion of the 10 a.m. race it was Can-Am/OBOR Tires/Derisi Racing’s Landon Wolfe taking his fifth-straight victory. Wolfe would have to work his way up from a fifth place start, making the pass for the lead just before the white flag was drawn. Coming up behind Wolfe was BNR Motorsports/Can-Am/GBC Tires’ Robert Smith making the crucial passes he needed to get onto the podium. Smith would come through second overall. Derisi Racing/Cometic Gasket/Savage Designs’ Robbie Pecorari rounded out the top three overall and in the 4×4 Pro class. Earning his first Schoolboy Sr. class win and finishing 16th overall in the morning ATV race was Pierce Performance/Moose Racing/Greg’s ATV & Cycle’s Colton Buck.
Angel Knox (center), Megan Shepherd (left) and Jaida Phillips (right) rounded out the WXC top three. (Photo by Ken Hill)
In the WXC class it was Honda-backed rider Angel Knox taking the win at her first race of the season. Stewart Boys Racing’s Megan Shepherd made her way through the pack after a mid-pack start to earn second in the class. Yamaha-backed rider Jaida Phillips made her way onto the WXC podium with a third in the class. Points leader, GBC Motorsports/Yamaha/Fly Racing’s Traci Pickens was leading the class until the third lap where she came through timing and scoring seventh overall, and ultimately was unable to finish the race.
Damien Hawkins led the way once again the 8 a.m. youth race, earning his fourth-straight youth overall and YXC1 Super Mini Sr. (13-15) class win. Hawkins is also leading the points standings for his class, just 5 ahead of second place. Indiana native, Paxton Dickerson came through second overall and in the YXC1 class followed by Parker Henderson rounding out the top three. Charlie Stewart earned his fifth consecutive YXC2 Super Mini Jr. (12-13) class win, and continues to lead the points standings by 24 over second. Nicholas Dearing and Kaden Lambruno rounded out the top three.
Damien Hawkins (center), Paxton Dickerson (left) and Parker Henderson (right) made up the youth overall podium at the conclusion of the 8 a.m. youth ATV race. (Photo by Ken Hill)
Another Indiana native, Caden Spires took home the 125 Sr. (12-15) class win, with Andrea Rodgers earning another Girls (8-15) class win. Indiana riders were ready to battle this weekend, as the 125 Jr. (8-11) class saw a new winner this weekend with Brody Pullen, who hails from Morgantown, Indiana, taking the victory. Followed by two more Indiana riders, Levi Burkemper (90cc 8-12) and Bryce Pullen (90 Limited 8-12).
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The 2 p.m. ATV Pro race was broadcast LIVE in its entirety on RacerTV.com and can be viewed as archived video online by visiting the GNCC LIVE page online. A highlight show featuring the event will air on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, July 14 at 1:00 p.m.
The 2019 GNCC Series returns on May 18 and 19, with The Wiseco John Penton GNCC in Millfield, Ohio.
For more information on the GNCC series, visit the official website at gnccracing.com.
XC1 Pro Event Results
- Walker Fowler (YAM)
- Brycen Neal (HON)
- Chris Borich (SUZ)
- Jarrod McClure (HON)
- Cole Richardson (YAM)
- Westley Wolfe (SUZ)
- Joshua Merritt (YAM)
- Devon Feehan (HON)
- Adam McGill (HON)
- Johnny Gallagher (YAM)
Overall National Championship Standings
- Walker Fowler (145)
- Chris Borich (109)
- Adam McGill (88)
- Brycen Neal (87)
- Cole Richardson (77)
- Jarrod McClure (75)
- Westley Wolfe (62)
- Hunter Hart (59)
- Johnny Gallagher (59)
- John Glauda Jr. (58)
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