THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN ATV/MC MOUNTAINEER: GNCC ATV RACE REPORT
Brycen Neal Keeps Momentum Rolling at The Mountaineer
Story by Kayla Bolton
BECKLEY, W.Va. (September 17, 2023) – The Progressive Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, (GNCC Racing) kicked off the last three rounds of racing with The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mountaineer GNCC in Beckley, West Virginia at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.
As the green flag flew, the XC1 Pro competitors took off the line and into the woods for the tenth round of racing. As they emerged from the woods, Phoenix Racing Yamaha’s Brycen Neal would hold the lead, but Hunter Hart Racing/Ithaca Recreation Sports/Fly Racing’s Hunter Hart would be hot on his heels as they came through timing and scoring.
Hart would make the pass on Neal on the second lap and continue to hold the lead throughout the course of that 25-minute lap. Neal however would continue to push and make his way back into the lead on the third lap. Neal would continue to place a gap over the field for the remaining laps of the race as he came through with over a two-minute lead to earn his sixth win of the season.
Hart would continue to battle with Richardson Racing/Action Off-Road/Kenda’s Cole Richardson for the remaining laps of the race but would be able to hold him off to come through in the second place position. Richardson, who briefly move into second on the fourth lap, would battle with Hunter until the checkered flag came out as he came through less than a minute behind him.
WFR/GBC/Fly Racing/Yamaha Racing’s Walker Fowler would battle back after coming through eleventh on the opening lap. Fowler made the pass for fourth just before the finish line and coming through .436 seconds ahead Action Off-Road/GBC Tires/Rath Racing/BNR/SSi Decal’s Joshua Merritt. Merritt would come through to finish fifth overall after steadily running in the sixth place position for the first part of the race.
Earning sixth overall in West Virginia was Pierce Performance/Action Off-Road/GBC/Active Waste Solution’s John Glauda Jr., while OBOR Tires/Moose Racing/Parts Unlimited-backed racer Adam McGill would fall back to seventh overall after running in the top five for the first couple of laps at round ten.
Abney Racing/Action Off-Road/Maxxis/Lonestar Racing’s Austin Abney battled back to earn eighth in the XC1 class and ninth overall on the day after two-hours of intense racing. Action Off-Road/AMSOIL/Fly Racing’s Chris Borich would come through to earn ninth in XC1, and tenth overall on the day. JMR/GBC/Elka/Moose Racing’s Jarrod McClure would round out the top 10 in the XC1 class. Special guest, Phoenix Racing Yamaha’s Joel Hetrick would come out to the event to lineup and once again try his hand at GNCC Racing. Hetrick would finish eleventh after completing four laps.
In the XC2 Pro-Am class it would be Steven Harrell Racing/BNR Motorsports/Kenda Tire’s /HMF’s Steven Harrell coming through once again to earn his ninth win of the season and clinch the 2023 GNCC XC2 Pro-Am ATV National Championship. Phoenix Racing Yamaha’s Grayson Eller would work his way up from a third place start to the day and come through second with a one second lead over Walker Racing/Nine2 Technologies/Blud Lubricant’s Tanner Walker who would come through to earn third in the XC2 class.
Top Amateur honors would go to Tavin Cook who finished 13th overall and first in the College A class at The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mountaineer. Second top amateur would go to Alex Thieman who came through to finish 14th overall and second in College A. Jase Cooper would come through 15th overall and third in College A to round out the top amateur podium at round ten.
In the 4×4 Pro class Ryco Racing/Kenda Tires/KMK Off-Road/Elite Graphic’s Cody Collier would make a pass right before the finish line to take the win after battling throughout the duration of the race. Edgewood/TMS/DeRisi Racing’s Brandon Frazier would come through less than one second behind Collier after leading for the majority of the race, while LW Racing/OBOR/Action Off-Road’s Landon Wolfe rounded out the top three finishers in the 4×4 Pro class.
Coming through to take the WXC class win would be Elioff Racing/BNR Motorsports/GBC Tires/Fly Racing’s Jessica Elioff after battling throughout the first couple of laps. Elioff would move into the lead on the third lap of the race and continue to hold that position until she saw the checkered flag flying. Pro Graphx/Penske Racing Shocks/Lonestar Racing’s Chloe Harper would continue to battle up front, coming through to finish second in the WXC class. JMR/Action Off-Road/GBC/Moose Racing’s Katelyn Osburn would work her way up from a sixth place start on the day, to round out the WXC top three finishers.
In the youth ATV class, it was Andrew Smallwood coming through to take the overall win and the YXC1 Super Mini Sr. class win. Jaxson Ostrich and Bodie Buckhannon would come through to finish second and third overall, while earning first and second in the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. class.
Grant Hunter and Barrett Childers would battle back to earn second and third in the YXC1 Super Mini Sr. class. Eli Edgar rounded out the top three in the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. class. Garrett Cox would earn the 250 (13-15) class win, with Ethan Hopkins earning the 250 (13-15) limited class. In the 125 (8-12) class it would be Eli McCrary earning the win, while Kane Cecco came through to earn the 125 (8-12) limited class win. Landon Glauda came through to take the 90 (8-12) class win.
Lillian Frye would battle throughout the day to earn the Schoolgirl Sr. (13-15) class win, while Tatum Coriell would earn the Schoolgirl Jr. (12-15) class win. In the Girls Sr. (12-15) it was Gracie Wolfe coming through first to take the win, and Raelynn Dickerson would come through to earn the Girls Jr. (8-11) class win. Jase Strouse battled for five laps to earn the 70 CVT (6-11) class win.
Torque Tong would clinch the MXC1 class win with less than a second over JP Pickens Jr. who would come through second overall and in the MXC1 class. Michael Stringfellow would come through to earn third overall and in the MXC1 class to round out the Micro ATV race in West Virginia.
Chad McCormick would bring home the MXC2 class win, while Casen Jennings and Tryent Faircloth rounded out the top three finishers in the MXC2 class. Kolston Wilson would earn the 50 Sr. (6-7) class win, while Justin Collins Jr. earned the 50 Jr. (4-5) class win. Brantley Slack came through to earn the 90 Stock (8-9) class win, and Grayson Burkhart earned the 110 CVT Stock (8-9) class win.
Maverick Boyer earned himself the MXC1 and Micro Bike overall win on Saturday morning, while Gage Lane came through to earn second overall and second in the MXC1 class. Tripp Lewis rounded out the top three overall finishers and took home the MXC2 class win.
Ellis Austin came through to finish third in the MXC1 class, while Todd Toland and Logan Goodwin rounded out the top three finishers in the MXC2 class. Daxton Mullins would come through to take home the 50 Sr. 1 (7) class win, while Cash Knecht earned the 50 Sr. 2 (6) class win. Henry Cecco would battle back to earn the Micro-E (4-7) class win, and Hudson Utz would earn the Micro (4-6) Shaft Drive class win. Ryder Bower took home the 50 Jr. 1 (6-7) class win, and Carson Zink earned the 50 Jr. 2 (4-5) class win in West Virginia. Grayson Winans would come to try his hand at GNCC Racing and would earn the win in the Trail Rider (7-9) class win.
Friday’s Mountaineer Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC Race saw Ride Kanuga/Specialized/Rouleur Coaching’s Cypress Gorry take home the overall win while Gear Bicycles/Specialized’s Charlie Mullins and Specialized/ShimanoMTB’s Gus Michaels rounded out the top three in the XC1 Pro class.
Coming through to earn the XC2 class win was Coastal Racing’s Talon Hawk after breaking a chain and pushing his eMTB through the finish line, while Rogerio Filho would earn the XC3 class win. Specialized/Gear Bicycle’s Ginny McFall would take the win on Friday ahead of Ashland Bike Co./Specialized’s Ashley Hendershot in the WXC class.
Saturday’s rescheduled eMTB race as part of the Specialized Turbo eMTB Double-Header weekend, saw a battle ensure for majority of the race was Ride Kanuga/Specialized/Rouleur Coaching’s Cypress Gorry came back through to make the pass for the lead and take both wins in West Virginia. Specialized/ShimanoMTB’s Gus Michaels battled back after leading to finish second, while Gear Bicycles/Specialized’s Charlie Mullins rounded out the top three.
Coastal Racing’s Talon Hawk would once again earn the XC2 class win on Saturday, while Gunnar Shogren would come through to earn the XC3 class win. In the WXC class it would be Specialized/Gear Bicycle’s Ginny McFall coming through to earn her second win of the weekend.
The penultimate round of racing will take place in Newburg, West Virginia in two weeks on October 7-8, with the Kanati Tires Buckwheat 100 GNCC. Friday will feature the Specialized Turbo eMTB at 4 pm, while ATVs and Micros race on Saturday and Motorcycles take to the course on Sunday. For more information on the Kanati Tires Buckwheat 100, click HERE.
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Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mountaineer Results and Points Standings
Beckley, West Virginia
Round 10 of 12
Saturday, September 16, 2023
XC1 Pro Event Results:
- Brycen Neal (YAM)
- Hunter Hart (YAM)
- Cole Richardson (YAM)
- Walker Fowler (YAM)
- Joshua Merritt (YAM)
- John Glauda Jr. (YAM)
- Adam McGill (HON)
- Austin Abney (YAM)
- Chris Borich (YAM)
- Jarrod McClure (HON)
*Overall National Championship Standings:
- Brycen Neal (257)
- Hunter Hart (205)
- Cole Richardson (197)
- Adam McGill (167)
- John Glauda Jr. (156)
- Joshua Merritt (137)
- Jarrod McClure (122)
- Wyatt Wilkin (119)
- Jay Shadron (118)
- Steve Harrell (113)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2023 National Champion.
XC2 Pro-Am Event Results:
- Steven Harrell (YAM)
- Grayson Eller (YAM)
- Tanner Walker (YAM)
- Kenny Shick (YAM)
- James Glauda (YAM)
- Charles Dunn III (HON)
- Branden Owens (YAM)
- Chase Allison (YAM)
XC2 Pro-Am Series Standings:
- Steve Harrell (295)
- Grayson Eller (209)
- Branden Owens (183)
- James Glauda (163)
- Tanner Walker (162)
- Dylan Walraven (152)
- Layne McCormick (151)
- Kenny Shick (126)
- Chase Allison (100)
- Charles Dunn III (93)
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