Bill Ballance Resumes the Chase for History as Can-Am GNCC Series Heads to Pennsylvania
Ninth round of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series visits
There’s no doubt that Yamaha’s Bill Ballance has been putting in the time. With seven GNCC titles in the bank already and the points lead this year, Ballance has a shot at history as he works on the all-time record of eight GNCC titles. Word from his
But Ballance has never been under this type of pressure, with
The rest of the field is just trying to build any momentum at all. Sophomore pros Chris Bithell (LTERacing.com) and Adam McGill (Baldwin/JB/PEP) have shown flashes of the speed needed to topple the Killer B’s in front of them, and veterans like Matt Smiley (East Coast ATV), Chris Jenks (GT Thunder/HMF) and William Yokley (Monster Kawasaki) would like to get back on the podium as well. Rookie Taylor Kiser still sits fourth in points and has been practicing at Balance’s house to adjust to the tight, rugged conditions expected at Mountain Ridge.
ATVs race on Saturday at GNCC events, with the XC1 pro class starting at 1 p.m. There are plenty of other races of interest, though, including youth ATV racing at 8 a.m., and the popular 10 a.m. race, featuring the Women’s class and the 4×4 classes. Yamaha’s Traci Cecco is closing on another Women’s class title against rivals Angel Atwell and Steph Parton, all while battling a host of 4×4 riders for the overall win every week. Can-Am’s Scott Kilby and Rick Cecco are battling for the Open 4×4 crown, with Cliff Beasley and Michael Swift controlling the other 4×4 divisions on their Can-Ams. Four-Stroke Tech’s Michael Benson is leading the Utility Unlimited class.
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series is the largest off-road racing series in the nation. 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 prize purse and over $3 million in contingency and bonus money. GNCC events also offer classes for amateur riders of all skill and experience levels. Four-wheeled ATVs will compete throughout the day on Saturday, September 1, and dirt bikes will race on Sunday, September 2. Riders can sign up at the track. The amateur racer entry fee is $40.
Spectator passes run $12 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., beginner riders race at 10 a.m., and the top amateurs and the pros race at 1 p.m.
For more information, check out the official series website at www.GNCCRacing.com or call 304-284-0084.
The Mountain Ridge ATV Resort is located in Reels Corner, PA, on Route 160 just south of the intersection of Route 160 and Route 30, located only 20 minutes from both the Somerset Exit 110 and the Bedford Exit 145 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. >From
About GNCC Racing:
The AMA/ATVA-sanctioned Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series is
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What: Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, Round 9, Mountain Ridge GNCC in
Where: Mountain Ridge ATV Trails Resort. Located in Reels Corner, PA, on Route 160 just South of the intersection of Route 160 and Route 30.
When: Racing on Saturday, September 1, for four-wheeled ATVs. Youth riders age 6-15 race from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Beginner adults race from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Pros race from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Bikes race on Sunday, following the same schedule as the ATVs.
Tickets: $12 per person for a weekend pass, children five and under are free. Primitive camping is available on site for no extra charge. Pro pit access and autograph sessions are included in the admission charge.
More information: www.gnccracing.com or call Racer Productions at 304-284-0084.