GNCC YAMAHA RACING IRONMAN ATV RACE REPORT
Brycen Neal Finishes 2023 With a Win – by Kayla Bolton/Photos by Ken Hill
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Progressive Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Specialized (GNCC Racing), an AMA National Championship, kicked off its season finale on Friday, October 20 with Specialized Turbo eMTB Racing, and yesterday, October 21, with ATV, Micro and Youth Bike Racing throughout the day. The Yamaha Racing Ironman GNCC is held annually at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
As the green flag flew one more time for the XC1 Pro class it would be Hunter Hart Racing/Ithaca Recreation Sports/Fly Racing’s Hunter Hart earning himself the final $100 XC1 Holeshot Award courtesy of All Balls Racing. Hart would hold the early lead for the first three laps of the race before Phoenix Racing Yamaha’s Brycen Neal made the pass into the lead. Neal would continue to place a gap over the rest of the field and hold the lead until the checkered flag flew, sealing his 2023 season with an overall win.
WFR/Yamaha Racing’s Walker Fowler would be lurking the whole race as he continued to make his way closer and closer to Hart who was running second. As the duo was making their way towards the finish line, Fowler would be close enough to strike and make the pass for second overall on the day. Hart would round out the top three overall finishers at the Yamaha Racing Ironman GNCC.
Richardson Racing/Action Off-Road/Kenda’s Cole Richardson would have a consistent day as he battled inside the top three for the first half of the race, and he would catch Fowler and Hart too as they came towards the finish. Richardson would come through just .241 seconds behind Hart to earn fourth overall on the day. OBOR Tires/Moose Racing/Parts Unlimited/Lonestar’s Adam McGill would battle throughout the day to end his season with a top five overall finishing position at Ironman.
After running in seventh for the opening laps of the race Stewart Boys Racing/GBC/Pierce Performance’s Wyatt Wilkin would make the move into sixth overall as he came through to see the checkered flag waving. Abney Racing/Action Off-Road/Maxxis/Lonestar Racing’s Austin Abney was running inside the top five at his hometown race in Indiana. However, Abney would be unable to hold off some of his competitors and would come through to earn seventh overall on the day.
Action Off-Road/GBC Tires/Rath Racing/BNR/SSi Decal’s Josh Merritt would come through to earn eighth overall on the day, while Steven Harrell Racing/BNR Motorsports/Kenda/HMF’s Steven Harrell came through ninth at the season finale and Action Off-Road/AMSOIL/Fly Racing’s Chris Borich would round out the top ten overall in the race and in the XC1 Pro class.
In the XC2 Pro-Am class it would be Alex Thieman and James Glauda battling back and forth throughout the day. Thieman would make the move right before the white flag flew indicating one more lap to go. He would continue to push ahead of Glauda, who was trying to make his way back into the number one position. Thieman would earn the win with Glauda coming through second. Tavin Cook would be in the mix up front early in the race as he held the lead before a mechanical issue would take him out of the race. Kenny Shick would hold on to finish third in the class at the season finale in Indiana.
Taking home the Top Amateur honors from the Yamaha Racing Ironman GNCC would be Daulton Keyes of the Junior A (20+) class as he earned the win and finished 13th overall on the day. Brody Lee would come through second on the Top Amateur podium as he earned the College A (16-19) class win and finished 14th overall. Keaton Henderson rounded out the top three on the Top Amateur podium as he earned second in the College A (16-19) class and 15th overall on Saturday.
As the 4×4 Pro class took off in the morning race, it would be BNR Motorsports/Can-Am/GBC/HMF/Tennessee Towing’s Robbie Pecorari earning the $100 BNR Motorsports Holeshot Award. However, it would not take long for Edgewood/TMS/DeRisi Racing’s Brandon Frazier to make his way into the number one position. Frazier would continue to push throughout the race as he was battling for that number one plate at the season finale today. Frazier would hold the lead until the checkered flag flew but would fall short of the championship.
Coming through to make a last lap pass, right before the finish line, was Stewart Boys Racing/Action Off-Road/DeRisi/HMF’s Hayden Mickelson as he moved into second when he saw the checkered flag waving. Mickelson would sit back in third for majority of the day, but he would be able to strike right at the right time. Ryco Racing/Kenda Tires/KMK Off-Road/Elite Graphic’s Cody Collier would find himself in second as he as the race got underway and continued on but would be unable to hold off Mickelson as they came towards the finish on the last lap. Collier would cross the line in third, but he would earn enough to clinch his second-straight 4×4 Pro GNCC National Championship.
In the WXC class it was Pro Graphx/Penske Racing Shocks/Lonestar’s Chloe Harper making her up to the front of the pack as the race entered the XX point. Harper would continue to hold the lead until the checkered flag flew, earning her third race win of the season. Hurricane Hannah/Fly Racing/OBOR Tires/HMF’s Hannah Hunter and Elioff Racing/BNR Motorsports/GBC Tires/Fly Racing’s Jessica Elioff would continue to battle for the number one plate in 2023, but as they came through timing and scoring on the last lap of the race Hunter would be in second and Elioff right behind her in third. This would be enough for Elioff to clinch the 2023 WXC ATV National Championship.
Andrew Smallwood would clinch the Youth ATV Overall National Championship and would come through to earn the win at the season finale in Indiana. Noah Lykins would come through to earn second overall and in the YXC1 Super Mini Sr. class, while Ryan Wilhelm rounded out the top three overall and finishers in the YXC1 class. Jacob Smallwood would come through to earn the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. class win, with Bodie Buckhannon and Avery Collins rounding out the top three in the YXC1 class.
Garrett Cox earned the (13-15) class win, while Holten Nicholson earned the 250 (13-15) Limited class win. In the 125 (8-12) class it was Michael Stringfellow earning the class win, and Ethan Fruits coming through to take the win in the 125 (8-12) Limited class. Jonny Vertz took home the 90 (8-12) class win, while Madison Luckadoo earned the Schoolgirl Sr (13-15) class win. Jenna Berg earned the Schoolgirl Jr. (12-15) class win, while Kelci Stringfellow took the Girls Sr. (12-15) win and Falyn Holcomb would earn the Girls Jr. (8-11) win. JP Pickens Jr. earned himself the 70 CVT (6-11) class win.
Bryson Dickerson battled back to earn the Micro Overall win, which helped him clinch the Micro ATV Overall National Championship. Cason Knecht would come through to earn second in the Micro ATV race and in the MXC1 (8-9) class, while Torque Tong would finish third overall and in MXC1. Joshua Swantek earned the MXC2 (6-8) class win, followed by Chad McCormick and Kolston Wilson rounding out the top three finishers. Cash Knecht earned the 50 Sr. (6-7) class win, while Justin Collins Jr. came through to take the 50 Jr. (4-5) class win. Brantley Slack earned the 90 Stock (8-9) class win and Tori Barrett came through to take the 110 CVT Stock (8-9) class win.
In the Micro Bike race, it was Maverick Boyer coming through to earn the overall race win, followed by clinching the Micro Bike Overall National Championship. Gage Lane would come through to earn second overall and in the MXC1 class. Davey Fairfield would earn third overall and first in the MXC2 (6-8) class. Tripp Lewis rounded out the MXC1 class top three finishers. Todd Toland and Logan Goodwin would round out the top three in the MXC2 class.
Daxton Mullins earned the 50 Sr. 1 (7) class win, while Cash Knecht earned the 50 Sr. 2 (6) class. In the Micro-E class, it was Logan Schroeder earning himself the class win, and it would be Kingston Maynard taking home the 50 Jr. 1 (6-7) class win. Rhys Ramsey earned the 50 Jr. 2 (4-5) class win, and it would be Carson Propst taking the Micro (4-6) Shaft Drive class win. In the Trail Rider class, it was Brock Rico earning the class win to round out the Micro Bike race.
In the Youth Bike race, which was held on Saturday afternoon at 4 pm to accommodate Sunday’s Amateur Races, it would be Ryan Amancio coming through to earn the overall race win and the YXC1 Super Mini Sr. class win. It would be Brody Amos and Caleb Wood battling back to round out the top three overall finishers and YXC1 class finishers of the day. Caleb Wood would come through to clinch the Youth Overall GNCC National Championship, as he would win is from racing the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. class throughout the season before moving up to YXC1 just two rounds ago.
Doc Smith would take home the YXC2 class win with Travis Lentz and Kade Heilman rounding out the top three in the class. Colton McQuarrie earned the 85 Big Wheel (11-15) class, while Ryder Reick earned the 85 (12-13) class win. Hayden Dupuis would come through to take the 85 (7-11) class win, followed by Beau Garetson earning the 65 (10-11) class win, Trason Landrum would win the 65 (9) class and Tripp Lewis won the 65 (7-8) class win. In the Girls Super Mini (12-16) class it was Zoey Kimble earning the class win, and Cassie Fairfield coming through to take the Girls 85 (7-13) class win. Aubrey Tsakanikas would earn her second win in the Girls 65 (7-11) class, and Traven Brummett earned the Trail Rider (7-15) class win.
Ride Kanuga/Specialized/Rouleur Coaching’s Cypress Gorry would battle back to earn the race win, which helped solidify his first-ever Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship on Friday afternoon. Cody Pivirotto and Gus Michaels rounded out the top three XC1 Pro finishers in the eMTB race. Cooper Kuneff earned the XC2 class win, while Gunnar Shogren earned the XC3 class win. Ashley Hendershot took home the WXC class win while Megan Lipscomb earned the Women’s class win. James Simpson earned the Amateur class win, and Jon Agin would earn the Senior (40+) class win. Don Bohn took home the Masters (55+) class win, and in the Big Bore class it would be Dave Brenneman earning the Big Bore (200lb+) class win. Levin Ringer would take home the Youth (9-13) eMTB class win.
The AMSOIL Moto Hero was awarded to Kyle Shouse from Lake Villa, Illinois. Kyle is a firefighter and paramedic. He works with Reach Out Worldwide, a nonprofit founded by the late actor, Paul Walker. Kyle deploys to Natural Disasters worldwide, ranging from earthquakes to hurricanes and he helps out whenever it is needed. Kyle had to miss last year’s Buckwheat 100 race due to being deployed to help after the deadly and destructive Category 5 Hurricane Ian. Kyle received a set of Kanati Truck Tires courtesy of Kanati and GBC, a set of 100% goggles and a commemorative American Flag and gift card courtesy of Columbia Sign and Co.
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Yamaha Racing Ironman Results and Points Standings
Round 12 of 12
Saturday, October 21, 2023
XC1 Pro Event Results:
- Brycen Neal (YAM)
- Walker Fowler (YAM)
- Hunter Hart (YAM)
- Cole Richardson (YAM)
- Adam McGill (HON)
- Wyatt Wilkin (YAM)
- Austin Abney (YAM)
- Joshua Merritt (YAM)
- Steven Harrell (YAM)
- Chris Borich (YAM)
*Overall National Championship Standings:
- Brycen Neal (295)
- Hunter Hart (251)
- Cole Richardson (236)
- Adam McGill (199)
- Joshua Merritt (168)
- John Glauda Jr. (156)
- Wyatt Wilkin (149)
- Steven Harrell (125)
- Jarrod McClure (122)
- Jay Shadron (118)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2023 National Champion.
XC2 Pro-Am Event Results:
- Alex Thieman (YAM)
- James Glauda (YAM)
- Kenny Shick (YAM)
- Grayson Eller (YAM)
- Chase Allison (YAM)
- Tanner Walker (YAM)
- Danick Paquin (YAM)
- Dylan Walraven (YAM)
- Chance Hickey (HON)
- Cory Vandelinder (YAM)
XC2 Pro-Am Series Standings:
- Steve Harrell (295)
- Grayson Eller (239)
- Branden Owens (199)
- James Glauda (194)
- Tanner Walker (191)
- Dylan Walraven (180)
- Kenny Shick (162)
- Layne McCormick (151)
- Chase Allison (127)
- Charles Dunn III (106)
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