THE PARTS UNLIMITED MASON-DIXON: ATV RACE REPORT

 

The Parts Unlimited Mason-Dixon: ATV Race Report
Neal and Fowler Battle in Pennsylvania

By Kayla Bolton – Photos by Ken Hill & Mack Faint

MT. MORRIS, PA. (June 2, 2024) – The Progressive Grand National Cross Country (GNCC Racing) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, hosted its eighth round of racing in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania with the Parts Unlimited Mason-Dixon GNCC. As the weekend rolled around, the sunshine and warmer temperatures greeted the series.

Brycen Neal would make a last lap pass to take the lead and earn the overall win at the Parts Unlimited Mason-Dixon GNCC.
Brycen Neal would make a last lap pass to take the lead and earn the overall win at the Parts Unlimited Mason-Dixon GNCC. – Ken Hill

As the green flag waved it was WFR/GBC/Fly Racing/BNR Yamaha’s Walker Fowler earning himself the $250 Kanati Tires XC1 Pro Holeshot Award. As Fowler and the rest of the field headed into the woods it would be BNR Motorsports/Fearless/Kenda Tires’ Steven Harrell emerging first to come through timing and scoring on the opening lap of the race. Soon Fowler and Phoenix Racing Yamaha’s Brycen Neal would make their way into the first and second place positions, where they would battle back-and-forth for the remaining laps of the race.

Neal would make a last lap pass on Fowler, pushing towards the finish line and crossing to earn his sixth win of the season. Fowler would come through just 1.1 seconds behind Neal to finish second overall on the day.

Action Off-Road/GBC/BNR Motorsports’ Josh Merritt would have his work cut out for him as he started his day back in the ninth place position. Merritt would put his head down and continue to push towards the front, making the necessary passes to put himself in podium contention. Merritt would find himself fourth as the white flag flew, but he would not give up as he continued to push on. Merritt would make the pass for third and hold that position until he crossed the finish line.

Coming out of his “retirement” for the Mason-Dixon GNCC was Richardson Racing’s Cole Richardson. As the race got underway, Richardson found himself up in fourth for the start of the race but would battle between fourth and fifth for the majority of the day. Richardson would come through to cross the finish fourth overall on the day.

Walker Fowler would finish 1.1 seconds behind Neal to earn second overall on the day.
Walker Fowler would finish 1.1 seconds behind Neal to earn second overall on the day. – Ken Hill

Hunter Hart Racing/Fly Racing/Ithaca Recreation Sports’ Hunter Hart would come through to round out the top five overall finishers on the day after running in third at the halfway point of the race. Action Off-Road/GBC/Houser Racing’s Wyatt Wilkin would finish sixth overall on the day, after battling through the pack throughout the race.

Coming through to finish seventh overall on the day was BNR Motorsports/Fearless/Kenda Tires’ Steven Harrell. After leading the opening lap of the race, Harrell found himself fall back to fourth and then seventh as the checkered flag came out. McGill Mafia/OBOR Tires/Moose Racing’s Adam McGill found himself finishing eighth overall on the day after starting in the back of the pack.

Making his way through to finish ninth overall was Sturdivant Racing’s Branden Owens after he would come through tenth and then eleventh at one point in the race. Bullet Proof Doorz/Kenda Tires/Senge Graphic’s Ronnie Rusch would round out the top ten overall and in the XC1 class on the day as he battled his way throughout the race.

Alex Thieman came through to earn the XC2 Pro-Am class win in Pennsylvania.
Alex Thieman came through to earn the XC2 Pro-Am class win in Pennsylvania. – Mack Faint

In the XC2 Pro-Am class BNR Motorsports/Pierce Performance/GBC Tire’s Alex Thieman jumped off the line first to grab the $100 BNR Motorsports Holeshot Award and the early lead. Thieman would hold the lead for the duration of the race placing a gap over the rest of the XC2 field. Phoenix Racing Yamaha’s Grayson Eller would come through to finish second in the class after battling with CST Tires/LMR Motors/Elka/Fly Racing’s Braxton Grosse at the halfway point. Grosse would hold on to finish third in the class.

Earning the Top Amateur honors at the Parts Unlimited Mason-Dixon was Talon Stout who finished 23rd Overall and first in the College A (16-18) class. Jeremiah Wolf came through 25th Overall to finish second in College A (16-18) and earn second place on the Top Amateur podium. Logan Steele would round out the Top Amateur podium as he came through to finish 27th Overall and third in the College A (16-18) class.

Brandon Frazier (center) clinched the 4x4 Pro class win at round eight with Cody Collier (left) and Kaden Wharff (right) rounding out the top three 4x4 Pro class finishers.
Brandon Frazier (center) clinched the 4×4 Pro class win at round eight with Cody Collier (left) and Kaden Wharff (right) rounding out the top three 4×4 Pro class finishers. – Ken Hill

As the morning racers took off it was Pro Row 784/TMS/Edgwood/DeRisi Racing’s Brandon Frazier getting the jump off the 4×4 Pro line to earn himself the $100 4×4 Pro Holeshot Award courtesy of BNR Motorsports. Frazier would continue to push forward as Kenda/KMK/Ryco Electric’s Cody Collier would manage to close the gap to just 1.1 seconds between the two for the last couple of laps. Frazier would be able to hold off Collier to earn the 4×4 Pro class win at round eight in Pennsylvania, maintaining his points lead as they head into the ninth round of racing. Collier would hold on and come through to earn second in the class, and third overall on the day. Making his way up to third in the 4×4 Pro class was KMK Off-Road/OBOR/FXR’s Kaden Wharff after starting back in seventh on the opening lap. Wharff would continue to push for the duration of the race making the necessary passes to put himself up on the podium once again.

Cole Lykins (center) earned the morning race win, followed by Brandon Frazier (right) and Cody Collier (left).
Cole Lykins (center) earned the morning race win, followed by Brandon Frazier (right) and Cody Collier (left). – Ken Hill

However, the overall win would not go to a 4×4 Pro or WXC competitor this round, the overall winner would once again be Cole Lykins out of the 250 All-Star (14-17) class as he came through to take the overall win on adjusted time. This is the second time Lykins has earned the morning overall win this season as he did before at the Camp Coker Bullet round. Brandon Frazier and Cody Collier would round out the top overall finishers.

Even though Sportsman A is taken out of the overall running due to it being a non-points paying class, competitor, Layne McCormick would cross the finish line first in the morning race.

Jessica Elioff (center) earned the WXC class win followed by Chloe Harper (left) and Katelyn Osburn (right).
Jessica Elioff (center) earned the WXC class win followed by Chloe Harper (left) and Katelyn Osburn (right). – Ken Hill

As the WXC made their way into the woods, it was Elioff Racing/BNR Motorsports/GBC Tire’s Jessica Elioff out front leading the way. Elioff would continue to lead the way for majority of the race, but as the white flag came out indicating one more lap Osburn Off-Road/Pierce Performance/Moose Racing’s Chloe Harper put the pressure on and made the pass for the lead. Harper and Elioff would battle for the entirety of the last lap with Elioff being able to make her way back around Harper and into the lead to take the checkered flag, while Harper would finish second on the day. JMR/Action Off-Road/GBC/Moose Racing’s Katelyn Osburn had a consistent race as she started off second and would round out the top three WXC class finishers.

Noah Lykins (center), Stetson Owens (left) and Jacob Smallwood (right) rounded out the top three youth overall finishers.
Noah Lykins (center), Stetson Owens (left) and Jacob Smallwood (right) rounded out the top three youth overall finishers. – Ken Hill

In the Youth ATV race it would be Noah Lykins coming through to take the overall win, as well as his fifth YXC1 Super Mini Sr. (13-15) class win of the season. Stetson Owens would battle his way up to second overall and in the YXC1 class after starting back in the fourth place position on lap one. Jacob Smallwood would come through to finish third overall in Pennsylvania, while earning his third YXC2 Super Mini Jr. (12-13) class win of the season.

Garret Cox would round out the top three YXC1 class finishers at round eight, as he came through fourth overall on the day. Jackson Hancock and Landon Glauda would round out the top three in the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. class this weekend. Keelyn Eichelberger battled back to earn the 250 (13-15) class win, Eli McCrary would take home the 250 (13-15) Limited class win, Camden Phillips earned the 125 (8-12) class win and Jayce Bateman would earn the 125 (8-12) Limited class. In the 90 (8-12) class it was Eli Tate taking the win, while Jenna Berg earned her first win in the Schoolgirl (12-15) class. Alexis Collins earned the Girls Sr. (12-15) class win and Ava Lucas would take home the Girls Jr. (8-11) class win. JP Pickens Jr. would earn the 70 CVT (6-11) class at the Parts Unlimited Mason-Dixon GNCC.

Joshua Swantek would come through to earn the Micro ATV overall win.
Joshua Swantek would come through to earn the Micro ATV overall win. – Ken Hill

As the Micro ATV race came to an end it would be Joshua Swantek taking the checkered flag first to earn the overall win and the MXC1 (8-9) class win. Chad McCormick and Hunter Lazzell would come through to take second and third in the MXC1 class and overall, on the day. Casen Jennings would come through fourth overall and earn his fifth MXC2 (6-8) class win of the season. Justin Collins Jr. and Kruz Libecco would round out the MXC2 top three finishers.

In the 50 Sr. (6-7) class it was Cash Knecht coming through to take the win in Pennsylvania, while Ryder Lewis battled back to earn the 50 Jr. (4-5) class. Nathan Cline would come through to take home the 90 Stock (8-9) class win, and Angel Magana earned the 110 CVT Stock (8-9) class win.

Tripp Lewis would come through in the Bike Micro race to take the overall win and the MXC1 (8-9) class win. Daxton Mullins would battle back to finish second overall on the day and in the MXC1 class followed by Ellis Austin rounding out the top three overall Bike Micro finishers and MXC1 class finishers on the day. Kane Morrison came through to earn the MXC2 (6-8) class, while Ryder Bower and Weston Ford rounded out the top three MXC2 class finishers on the day.

Ryder Baricska took home the 50 Sr. 1 (7) class win, while Carson Zink earned the 50 Sr. 2 (6) class win at round eight. Earning the 50 Jr. 1 (6-7) class win was Briary Treadway as Jacobi Duvall earned the 50 Jr. 2 (4-5) class win. Grace Renwick would come through to take the Micro-E (4-7) class win, while Carson Propst earned the Micro (4-6) Shaft Drive class win. Jamison Dodson from Pennsylvania would give GNCC Racing a shot as they earned the win in the Trail Rider (7-9) class.

Cypress Gorry earned both Specialized eMTB GNCC wins at the Mason-Dixon doubleheader weekend.
Cypress Gorry earned both Specialized eMTB GNCC wins at the Mason-Dixon doubleheader weekend. – Ken Hill

The Specialized eMTB National Championship doubleheader took place on Friday and Saturday at the Parts Unlimited Mason-Dixon GNCC. Coming through to earn the overall win on Friday afternoon was Ride Kanuga/Specialized/Rouleur Coaching’s Cypress Gorry. Cody Pivirotto and Ben Ortt would battle back to round out the top three overall on the day.

Garrett Stout would come through to take the XC2 class win on Friday, while Ed Brewer took home the XC3 (40+) class win, and Ginny McFall would earn herself the WXC class win. Skyler McPherson would earn the Women class win on Friday evening, while John Pellan took home the Senior (40+) class win and Nicole Hiles would earn the Women (35+) class win. Kenny Hawkins came through to win the Masters (55+) class, and Marty Aloisio would take home the Big Bore (200lb+) class win. Trevor Harris earned the win in the Amateur class, while Karder Demidovich won the Youth (8-13) class.

Then on Saturday afternoon for their second round of racing this weekend the Specialized eMTB GNCC National Championship would see Cypress Gorry go 2-for-2 on the weekend and earn the overall win once again. Cody Pivirotto would finish second overall again, and Hayden Dillon would round out the top three finishers on the day.

Broc Hepler would come out to battle in the eMTB race as he finished second on Friday but would come back to take the XC2 class win on Saturday. Ed Brewer earned the XC3 (40+) class win again on Saturday, while Ginny McFall took home another WXC class win. Charly Bates came through to earn the Women’s class win on Saturday while Dave Brenneman earned the Senior (40+) class win. Nicole Hiles earned her second win of the weekend as she took home the Women (35+) class win, as well as Kenny Hawkins who earned another Masters (55+) class win. William Petsko took home the Big Bore (200lb+) class win on Saturday, while Trevor Harris earned another Amateur class win and Phillip Sollon would earn the Youth (8-13) class win.

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Parts Unlimited Mason-Dixon GNCC Top Three Overall: Brycen Neal (center), Walker Fowler (right) and Josh Merritt (left).
Parts Unlimited Mason-Dixon GNCC Top Three Overall: Brycen Neal (center), Walker Fowler (right) and Josh Merritt (left). – Ken Hill

Parts Unlimited Mason-Dixon GNCC Results and Points Standings
Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania
Round 8 of 13
Saturday, June 1, 2024

XC1 Pro Event Results:

  1. Brycen Neal (YAM)
  2. Walker Fowler (YAM)
  3. Joshua Merritt (YAM)
  4. Cole Richardson (YAM)
  5. Hunter Hart (YAM)
  6. Wyatt Wilkin (YAM)
  7. Steven Harrell (YAM)
  8. Adam McGill (HON)
  9. Branden Owens (YAM)
  10. John Glauda Jr. (YAM)

*Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Brycen Neal (222)
  2. Walker Fowler (186)
  3. Joshua Merritt (165)
  4. Wyatt Wilkin (145)
  5. Adam McGill (120)
  6. Steven Harrell (101)
  7. Hunter Hart (100)
  8. Austin Abney (91)
  9. Chris Borich (85)
  10. Jarrod McClure (74)

*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2024 National Champion.

XC2 Pro-Am Event Results:

  1. Alex Thieman (YAM)
  2. Grayson Eller (YAM)
  3. Braxton Grosse (HON)
  4. Daulton Keyes (HON)
  5. Tanner Walker (YAM)
  6. James Glauda (YAM)
  7. Greg Covert (YAM)
  8. Dylan Walraven (YAM)
  9. Keaton Henderson (YAM)
  10. Christopher Howard (YAM)

XC2 Pro-Am Series Standings:

  1. Grayson Eller (190)
  2. Alex Thieman (180)
  3. Braxton Grosse (134)
  4. James Glauda (133)
  5. Daulton Keyes (115)
  6. Christopher Howard (114)
  7. Dylan Walraven (108)
  8. Alex Elioff (99)
  9. Keaton Henderson (90)
  10. Kenny Shick (84)

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About GNCC Racing
The Progressive Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, is the world premier cross country racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round motorcycle and ATV championship and 10-round eMTB championship, is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling two and three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,800 riders through racetracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks, and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Central America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised live on RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.

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