GNCC Racing Series
Rd #11 - Mountaineer Run
September 23, 2017
Mountaineer Run GNCC ATV &
UTV Race Report
Masontown, WV (9/28/2017) - Race
conditions were near perfect with a hot and humid
day at the sixth annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mountaineer
Run GNCC in Masontown, West Virginia. The lack of
race meant dust was a huge factor at the eleventh
round of the 2017 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country
(GNCC), presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship,
but WFR/Yamaha/Maxxis/Fly Racing’s Walker Fowler
didn’t let it faze him where he once again made
his way to the middle of the box to take home the
coveted overall win.
Walker Fowler Takes 10th
Win, Kevin Trantham Wins XC1 UTV
Pro XC1 ATV Podium (left to right)
Brycen Neal (2nd), Walker Fowler (1st),
Jarrod McClure (3rd)
Westley Wolfe rocketed off the start on his ATV
Innovations/Solo Pilot-backed Suzuki to earn his
first ever $250 Wiseco Holeshot Award. Wolfe was
accompanied by Brent Sturdivant and Fowler through
the first turn. While the three found success,
CST / Induction Solutions / LSR / HiPer / Spider
Graphix’s Adam McGill struggled through the first
turn where he got hung up and fell off his quad.
Westley Wolfe got
a favorable jump off the line to earn
the $250 Wiseco Holeshot Award
Once the riders emerged at the field section
at the five-mile marker, Sturdivant had a clear
track in the lead with Fowler and Wolfe wheel-to-wheel
in second and third.
Fowler secured the lead position by the time
the leaders reached the FMF PowerPoint rock garden.
Sturdivant maintained second place with Coastal
Racing’s Brycen Neal settling into third. Fourth
through eighth place remained in close proximity
through the technical rock garden.
Walker Fowler earned
his tenth win of the season at the Mountaineer
Neal got off to an unfavorable start, but made
quick work through the pack and sat in second
showing promise to catch Fowler as the opening
lap came to a close. Sturdivant held onto third,
but ended up having to cut his race short and
on the second lap. Sturdivant’s misfortune allowed
for JMR/ATVriders.com-backed Jarrod McClure to
move into third.
Throughout the rest of the race, not much changed
in terms of the podium positions, but once the
white flag came out Neal had made up substantial
amount of ground on Fowler as they worked their
way through the lapped riders.
#6 Brycen Neal's
impressive ride demonstrated it won't
be long until he's standing in the middle
of the box.
Neal was on the rear wheel of Fowler through
the FMF Powerpoint, but made a small mistake and
had to dismount his quad and get it back on track.
Neal’s mistake didn’t cost him too much time and
he was able to get going again before McClure
could catch up.
With only a few miles from the finish, Fowler
was able to cruise to his tenth overall win of
the season. Neal followed in second, with McClure
rounding out the overall podium.
#4 Jarrod McClure
secured his second straight podium finish
Along with their impressive finishes, both Neal
and McClure moved up to second in third in the
championship standings. Six-time GNCC champion,
Chris Borich finished just off the podium in fourth
after starting the race in seventh.
After grabbing the holeshot, Wolfe placed fifth
with BNR Motorsports/Maxxis/Pro Graph-X/Precision’s
Josh Merritt and Pierce Performance’s Cody Collier
in sixth and seventh overall.