Grand National Cross Country

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Grand National Cross Country Series
GNCC Racing logo.jpg
Jurisdiction  United States
Abbreviation GNCC
Founded 1975
Headquarters Morgantown, West Virginia
Official website
www.gnccracing.com

The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series is an American motorcycle racing series.[1] The off-road race series was founded by Dave Coombs in 1975 and is sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).[1] The competition is similar to motocross but, instead of using an enclosed race track, it features extended cross-country, off-road courses of 8 to 12 miles in length and competitions lasting up to 3 hours.[2] GNCC races are physically demanding, leading as many as 2,200 riders through tracks ranging from woods, to hills, mud, rocks, roots, motocross track sections and more. The series has classes for off-road motorcycles, ATV and UTV vehicles.[2] GNCC Racing is open to both professional and amateur racers in a variety of skill level and age classes.[2] The current title sponsor is Amsoil, a synthetic oil company.

Current GNCC Events[edit]

Round Event Venue Location
1 Big Buck GNCC Big Buck Farm Union, SC
2 Wild Boar GNCC Rodman Plantation Palatka, FL
3 The General GNCC Aonia Pass MX Washington, GA
4 Steele Creek GNCC Steele Creek Campground Morganton, NC
5 Camp Coker Bullet GNCC Moree's Sportsman's Preserve Society Hill, SC
6 X-Factor GNCC X-Factor Ranch Peru, IN
7 The John Penton GNCC Sunday Creek Raceway Millfield, OH
8 Tomahawk GNCC Seneca Highlands Odessa, NY
9 Snowshoe GNCC Snowshoe Mountain Resort Snowshoe, WV
10 Black Sky GNCC Johnson Family Farm Harpursville, NY
11 Mason-Dixon GNCC Mathews Farm/High Point Raceway Mount Morris, PA
12 Powerline Park GNCC Powerline Park St. Clairsville, OH
13 Ironman GNCC Ironman Raceway Crawfordsville, IN

GNCC History[edit]

In the mid-1970s Dave Coombs was contacted by a preacher from a church in a small West Virginia town.[1] The preacher wanted to help the economy of his struggling town by hosting a motorcycle race. Dave Coombs saw major potential in the land and thought that a grand prix style race through the town and surrounding country side would be special enough to bring visitors to the town.[1]

He named this race The Blackwater 100.[1] The name "Blackwater" originated from nearby Blackwater Falls and the Blackwater River, while 100 for the number of miles in the race. The land was rugged, which would make the race itself one would be difficult for riders and their machines. The race became popular when Dave invited a group of magazine editors from California, who went back and wrote about their experiences with the rugged race. Eventually, Blackwater would become known as "America's Toughest Race".

Dave also promoted the first ever AMA National Hare Scramble, which was held at High Point Raceway in 1979. With the popularity of this event and the Blackwater, the Wiseco 100 Miler Series was born.[1] The series would then evolve into the GNCC series in the early 1980s.[1] The GNCC series began experiencing more growth when three-wheelers were added in 1983, and four-wheelers replaced them a few years later.[1]

The famous Blackwater was shut down after the 1993 event, but by this point the GNCC series had earned the reputation as being the Premier Offroad Racing Series in America. Throughout the 90s the series would still grow more and more. With domination on the bike side by riders such as Scott Summers, Scott Plessinger and Rodney Smith, while Barry Hawk dominated the ATV side, the series gained even more mainstream coverage in various media. The series patriarch, Dave Coombs, died in 1998 but Big Dave's family stepped up to continue the success of the series. His son-in-law, Jeff Russell, who claimed the 1991 National Enduro Championship, is today's GNCC Trail Boss.

In 2000 the series saw its first non-American champion, as Australian Shane Watts took the title. On the ATV front Bill Balance continued to dominate through 2008. Barry Hawk made the switch to bikes in the early 2000s and found success gaining many top 5s and wins. In 2005 Factory KTM brought ten-time World Enduro Champion Juha Salminen over to contest the bike series, and his experience and talent was on another level compared to that of the American competitors. This pushed the other pro class riders to train harder and become faster than ever. Salminen won two championships in the two years he raced the series. In 2007, KTM brought another world champion to dominate in the form of David Knight.

Since then the tracks and the racers have become increasingly faster. This has propelled the riders to becoming even higher-level athletes and has also provided some amazing racing action for the fans. Barry Hawk retired from racing after the 2010 season and went to work on the GNCC track crew laying out the racecourses through 2015. Hawk would transition to a Team Manager role with the Coastal Racing Husqvarna team in 2016, turning the reins of GNCC course layout over to current GNCC course designers Jared Bolton and former XC2 Pro class racer, Ryan Echols.

Past Champions[edit]

Over the years the series has been contested by thousands of different riders across the world. Each year an Overall Champion is crowned for both the bikes and ATVs.

GNCC Overall Bike Champions[edit]

Year Rider Hometown Brand
2017 Kailub Russell Kingston, OH KTM
2016 Kailub Russell Kingston, OH KTM
2015 Kailub Russell Kingston, OH KTM
2014 Kailub Russell Kingston, OH KTM
2013 Kailub Russell Kingston, OH KTM
2012 Paul Whibley Dannevirke, New Zealand Yamaha
2011 Charlie Mullins Hamilton, OH KTM
2010 Josh Strang Inverell, Australia Suzuki
2009 Paul Whibley Dannevirke, New Zealand Kawasaki
2008 David Knight Isle of Man, UK KTM
2007 David Knight Isle of Man, UK KTM
2006 Juha Salminen Vantaa, Finland KTM
2005 Juha Salminen Vantaa, Finland KTM
2004 Rodney Smith Antioch, CA Suzuki
2003 Barry Hawk Smithfield, PA Yamaha
2002 Rodney Smith Antioch, CA Suzuki
2001 Rodney Smith Antioch, CA Suzuki
2000 Shane Watts Maffra, Australia KTM
1999 Rodney Smith Antioch, CA Suzuki
1998 Rodney Smith Antioch, CA Suzuki
1997 Scott Summers Petersburg, KY Honda
1996 Scott Summers Petersburg, KY Honda
1995 Scott Plessinger Hamilton, OH KTM
1994 Scott Plessinger Hamilton, OH KTM
1993 Fred Andrews Salem, OH Yamaha
1992 Scott Summers Petersburg, KY Honda
1991 Scott Summers Petersburg, KY Honda
1990 Scott Summers Petersburg, KY Honda
1989 Ed Lojak Tarentum, PA Yamaha
1988 Ed Lojak Tarentum, PA Husqvarna
1987 Ed Lojak Tarentum, PA Husqvarna
1986 Ed Lojak Tarentum, PA Husqvarna
1985 Jim Maltba Mount Clare, WV KTM
1984 Ed Lojak Tarentum, PA Husqvarna
1983 Ed Lojak Tarentum, PA Husqvarna
1982 Ed Lojak Tarentum, PA Husqvarna
1981 Ed Lojak Tarentum, PA Husqvarna
1980 Ed Lojak Tarentum, PA Husqvarna

GNCC XC2 Bike Champions[edit]

Year Rider Hometown Brand
2017 Josh Toth Winstead, CT Yamaha
2016 Trevor Bollinger Morganton, NC Honda
2015 Jason Thomas Machynlleth, Wales KTM
2014 Grant Baylor Belton, SC KTM
2013 Grant Baylor Belton, SC KTM
2012 Jason Thomas Machynlleth, Wales KTM
2011 Steward Baylor Belton, SC KTM
2010 Kailub Russell Kingston, OH KTM
2009 Kailub Russell Kingston, OH KTM
2008 Thad Duvall Williamstown, WV Yamaha
2007 Justin Williamson Sanford, FL KTM

GNCC Overall ATV Champions[edit]

Year Rider Hometown Brand
2017 Walker Fowler Rogers, OH Yamaha
2016 Walker Fowler Rogers, OH Yamaha
2015 Walker Fowler Rogers, OH Yamaha
2014 Chris Borich Sunbury, PA Suzuki
2013 Chris Borich Sunbury, PA Suzuki
2012 Chris Borich Sunbury, PA Suzuki
2011 Chris Borich Sunbury, PA Suzuki
2010 Chris Borich Sunbury, PA Suzuki
2009 Chris Borich Sunbury, PA Suzuki
2008 Bill Ballance Oakland, KY Yamaha
2007 Bill Ballance Oakland, KY Yamaha
2006 Bill Ballance Oakland, KY Yamaha
2005 Bill Ballance Oakland, KY Yamaha
2004 Bill Ballance Oakland, KY Yamaha
2003 Bill Ballance Oakland, KY LRD
2002 Bill Ballance Oakland, KY LRD
2001 Bill Ballance Oakland, KY Roll Design
2000 Bill Ballance Oakland, KY Roll Design
1999 Barry Hawk Smithfield, PA Laegers
1998 Barry Hawk Smithfield, PA Laegers
1997 Barry Hawk Smithfield, PA Laegers
1996 Barry Hawk Smithfield, PA Laegers
1995 Barry Hawk Smithfield, PA Laegers
1994 Barry Hawk Smithfield, PA Laegers
1993 Barry Hawk Smithfield, PA Laegers
1992 Bob Sloan Martinsville, IN Honda
1991 Chuck Delullo St. Marys, PA Honda
1990 Chuck Delullo St. Marys, PA Honda
1989 Bob Sloan Martinsville, IN Honda
1988 Chuck Delullo St. Marys, PA Honda
1987 Tom Tokay Webster, PA Honda
1986 Tom Tokay Webster, PA Honda
1985 Tom Tokay Webster, PA Honda
1984 Ted Trey Frederick, MD Honda

GNCC XC2 ProAm ATV Champions[edit]

Year Rider Hometown Brand
2017 Devon Feehan Windsor, NY Honda
2016 Greg Covert Ithaca, NY Yamaha
2015 Cole Richardson Edinburg, PA Yamaha
2014 Cole Richardson Edinburg, PA Yamaha
2013 Brycen Neal Bidwell, OH Honda
2012 Patrick McQuire Valencia, PA Yamaha
2011 Walker Fowler Rogers, OH Yamaha
2010 Brian Wolf Medina, OH Honda
2009 Josh Kirkland Proctor, WV KTM
2008 Donald Ockerman Marshall, IL Yamaha
2007 Brandon Sommers Millersburg, OH Yamaha

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Grand National Cross Country series profile". gnccracing.com. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Grand National Cross Country FAQs". gnccracing.com. Retrieved 21 February 2016.

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