By: GNCC Racing
MORGANTOWN, W.Va (May 24, 2016) – The fastest ATV off-road racers will descend upon Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, Ohio this Saturday, May 28, for the 27th Annual Wiseco John Penton GNCC. This weekend serves as the seventh round of the 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship. CST/LSR/Induction Solutions/DeRisi/SG/Tire Blocks’ Adam McGill comes into this weekend fresh off his overall victory at the Limestone 100 GNCC just two weeks ago, looking to add another win to his resume.
“It feels good to have three wins behind me,” said McGill. “I’d love to get another win and especially this weekend for my birthday. Everything has been working well together and there’s no doubt in my mind that we can make it four in a row at The John Penton.”
Although McGill has a three-race winning streak behind him, his latest win did not come easy to him as he had to continually fight the entire two-hour race and make the pass for the win in the last turn. It became apparent that Maxxis/Fly Racing/HMF/Ye Olde Cycle Barn/Suzuki’s Chris Borich is hungry for his first win as he led the way on the last lap at the previous round. Since switching bike brands Borich has gathered a handful of podium finishes, but is still lacking an overall win in 2016. The six-time champion will look to do just that this Saturday.
Another racer who is eager for his first overall win is Coastal Racing/MSR/Maxxis-backed Brycen Neal. The Ohio native resides just one hour south of The John Penton GNCC and trains in similar conditions that will be present this weekend. Neal’s past results show that he is a strong contender for the overall win and his new ride might just be what he needs to emerge victorious in front of his friends and family.
The defending champion, N-Fab/Maxxis/AmPro Yamaha/Lonestar/MXP’s Walker Fowler, will also be looking to return to his winning ways and end McGill’s success. The Ohio native favors the woods at Sunday Creek Raceway and has won the overall at his hometown race the past two years. Fowler will look to use that as momentum heading into this weekend as he competes aboard an all-new machine.
“I love the track at John Penton,” said Fowler. “I’d like to think that straight up I can still beat the other guys, but in GNCC racing you have to be able to race in all conditions and that will play a role this weekend.”
JMR/ATVriders.com/DWT’s Jarrod McClure currently sits fifth heading into this weekend and will look for a solid performance to earn his second podium of the year. Just four points behind McClure is N-Fab/Maxxis/AmPro Yamaha/Lonestar/MXP’s Cole Richardson. Richardson landed a spot on the overall podium off the second row at the 2015 John Penton and will prove to be tough competition this Saturday as he strives for his first XC1 podium of the year.
Saturday’s race schedule is as follows: Youth ATV racing begins at 8 a.m., followed by amateurs, 4×4 Pro and Women at 10 a.m., and the pros and top amateurs race at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon will also include UTV racing taking place at 4:00 p.m.
Adult (12+) gate admission is $20 for the full weekend and $10 for kids (6-11), with kids five and under free. Gate admission includes pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge.
This weekend is co-sanctioned with WEXCR, a series that produces local racing events in Ohio and West Virginia, and will ultimately bring out a full slate of local racers. All local racers are invited to compete at this event, as GNCC Racing offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. The amateur race entry fee is $40 and riders can sign up at the track.
For a complete schedule of the weekend’s activities, please visit the Wiseco John Penton GNCC event page on the series website by clicking here.
Tune in to RacerTV.com on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET to catch live streaming of the Pro ATV race and again at 4:30 for UTV coverage. For more information on GNCC LIVE visit www.racertv.com.