The Wiseco John Penton GNCC: ATV Race Report

2020-06-29 03:33
The 31st Annual Wiseco John Penton kicked off round eight of the 2020 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, Ohio plays host to The John Penton GNCC each year, which continues to be the longest running event on the circuit.

Earning his first overall win of 2020 in his home state of Ohio was CST/Houser Racing/Waynesburg Yamaha’s Brycen Neal. As the lead pack came through timing and scoring on the opening lap Neal would find himself running second overall. As the race wore on the heat, dust and lappers would come into play, and Neal would move into the lead position of the final lap of racing. When they emerged from the woods, heading towards the checkered flag, it was Neal with a sizeable lead coming through to take the overall win with a 16 second gap back to second.

WFR/GBC/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Walker Fowler held the overall lead for majority of the race in Ohio, but would feel the pressure coming from behind as they headed into the second half of racing. Fowler was pushing hard throughout the race to earn that sixth win of the season; however, Neal would make a last lap pass on him to take the overall win. Fowler remains in first in the points standings with a 56 gap between himself and Neal.

Earning the final podium position of the day was JMR/GBC/Elka/Moose Racing’s Jarrod McClure. McClure was caught up in a heated battle for the majority of the race, swapping the third and fourth position multiple times. However, as the white flag flew McClure knew he needed to hang onto that third overall position. McClure put his head down and pushed to clinch his second podium finishing position of the season.

After earning the overall win at the previous round, Action Off-Road/Tely Energy Racing/Kenda’s Cole Richardson was engaged in a heated battle for the last podium finishing position with McClure. However, Richardson would be unable to make the pass stick and would come through to take fourth overall on the day. Richardson currently sits third in the points standings after eight rounds of racing.

Grabbing the XC1 All Balls Racing holeshot award was Phoenix Honda Racing’s Chris Borich. As the riders came through timing and scoring on the first lap, Borich found himself back in the fifth place position. After battling his way throughout the race Borich would remain in the fifth place position as the checkered flag came out.
Austin Abney (Action Off-Road/Maxxis/Blud Lubricants) earned his second-straight XC2 Pro-Am class win at The John Penton. PC: Ken Hill

McGill Mafia/OBOR Tires/LSR/Moose Racing’s Adam McGill had his work cut out for him after coming through in 11th place on the opening lap. McGill made his way up to seventh by the halfway point, and then a last lap battled moved him into sixth overall for the day.

Finishing seventh overall and in the XC1 Pro class was HHR/Maxxis/Fly Racing/Ithaca Recreation Sports’ Hunter Hart. Hart found himself running sixth throughout the first four laps of the race, but with a battle heating up on the last lap Hart would lose out on that sixth place spot in Ohio.

Wolfe Racing/Nine2/FTR Graphics/Ye Olde Cycle Barn’s Westley Wolfe battled back-and-forth for a top 10 position, coming through eighth overall. Wolfe moved back into the 10th place position in the points standings. BNR Motorsports/GBC/HMF Engineering’s Joshua Merritt came through to take ninth in the XC1 Pro class while Devon Feehan Racing/GBC/Fly Racing’s Devon Feehan rounded out the top 10 in the class.

In the XC2 Pro-Am class it was Action Off-Road/Maxxis/Blud Lubricants’ Austin Abney jumping out to grab the holeshot and early lead. Abney would battle throughout the first couple of laps, moving into the lead once again as they came through on the third lap of racing. After regaining the lead, Abney didn’t look back taking the win by over two minutes.

Pirate MX Powersports/OBOR Tire’s Brandon Owens battled at the front of the XC2 pack, running in the lead for the first two laps of racing. Owens and Abney would engage in a battle, with Owens falling back to second. However, Owens would hold onto the second place for the remaining laps of racing. FocusX Gear/Atlas Brace/Kenda’s Wyatt Wilkin made his way to third in the XC2 class after starting back in the seventh place position. Wilkin steadily worked his way up through the class, picking off multiple positions each lap. This is Wilkin’s third consecutive third place finish.
Landon Wolfe (OBOR/Can-Am/Derisi Racing/Action Sports) clinched his seventh consecutive 4x4 Pro class win. PC: Ken Hill

As the 11 a.m. race got underway it was OBOR/Can-Am/Derisi Racing/Action Sports’ Landon Wolfe coming through the finish line first to take his seventh-straight 4x4 Pro and sixth 11 a.m. overall race win. Wolfe continues his winning season with a 73 point lead over second place. Phoenix Honda Racing’s Haedyn Mickelson came through to take second in the 4x4 Pro class, followed by Can-Am/Kenda/Lucas Oil/BNR’s Jordan rounding out the top three in class.

Schoolboy Sr. riders Layne McCormick and Keaton Henderson earned the second and third overall finishing positions in the 11 a.m. race after finishing on adjusted time.

Malaska Motorsports/HMF/Cecco Racing’s Hannah Hunter earned her sixth WXC class win of the season. Hunter would hold the lead from start to finish, coming across the finish line three minutes ahead of her competition. Fly Racing/GBC Motorsports/Yamaha Racing’s Traci Pickens worked her way up from a fifth place starting position to finish second in the WXC class. Coming back from seventh on the opening lap was Ye Olde Cycle Barn/Maxxis/Yamaha’s Alicia McCormick rounding out the top three finishers in the WXC class.
Charlie Mullins (Gear Racewear/Specialized) took home his fourth-straight Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC win. PC: Ken Hill

In the 8 a.m. youth race it was Nicholas Dearing coming through to take the youth overall win and the YXC1 Super Mini Sr. class win. Rounding out the top three overall were Tyler Cox and Morgan Johnson, who also earned the top three spots in the YXC1 class. Tavin Cook was right behind them earning the YXC2 Super Mini Sr. class win along with fourth overall in the youth results. Brody Pullen and Levi Burkemper rounded out the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. class top three finishers.

In the afternoon Specialized Turbo eMTB race it was Gear Racewear/Specialized’s Charlie Mullins taking his fourth-straight win of the season. Mullins would lead from start to finish, virtually unchallenged on the day. Live It Extreme’s Kyle Smith earned second in the XC1 Pro class after running second for the duration of the race. Specialized’s Seth Stevens found himself back in fifth to start the day, but would steadily make his way up to third by the time the checkered flag flew.

The 2020 John Penton AMSOIL Moto Hero was awarded to Ohio native, Wesley Smith, who races in the Vet B (30+) class. Smith has served two tours in Afghanistan, and was gone for 28 months. He was part of the CIED team, responding to calls and running missions with multiple SF teams. Smith continues to lend a helping hand to Veterans in need, and is team captain of the Honor Flight Network racing team. Smith was awarded a free set of Kanati Lite truck tires from GBC Tires, a $250 AMSOIL shopping spree and a commemorative American Flag courtesy of Columbia Flag and Sign company and a $200 Gift Certificate for their store.
Wesley Smith was awarded The John Penton AMSOIL Moto Hero plaque, along with gifts from GBC Tires, AMSOIL and Columbia Flag and Sign. PC: Ken Hill
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The Wiseco John Penton Results and Points Standings
Millfield, Ohio
Round 7 of 13
Saturday, June 27, 2020

XC1 Pro Event Results:

Brycen Neal (YAM)
Walker Fowler (YAM)
Jarrod McClure (HON)
Cole Richardson (YAM)
Chris Borich (HON)
Adam McGill (HON)
Hunter Hart (YAM)
Westley Wolfe (SUZ)
Joshua Merritt (YAM)
Devon Feehan (HON)

*Overall National Championship Standings:

Walker Fowler (200)
Brycen Neal (144)
Cole Richardson (132)
Jarrod McClure (125)
Chris Borich (116)
Hunter Hart (111)
Adam McGill (96)
Josh Merritt (85)
John Glauda Jr. (71)
Drew Landers (63)
Austin Abney (63)

*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2020 National Champion.

XC2 Pro-Am Event Results:

Austin Abney (HON)
Branden Owens (YAM)
Wyatt Wilkin (HON)
Drew Landers (YAM)
Tanner Walker (YAM)
Kenny Shick (YAM)
Ronnie Rusch (YAM)
Levi Coen (HON)
Noah Mickelson (HON)
Taylor Arnold (HON)

XC2 Pro-Am Series Standings:

Drew Landers (184)
Austin Abney (180)
Branden Owens (119)
Ronnie Rusch (108)
Wyatt Wilkin (106)
Dylan Walraven (94)
Kenny Shick (85)
Levi Coen (80)
Tanner Walker (78)
Noah Mickelson (77)

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The Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship brings off-road racing and pedal-assist or electric bicycles together for an eight-round championship produced by Racer Productions. Much like a typical cross-country racing event, these races feature varied terrain featuring hills, rocks, roots, and more but are limited to electric, or pedal assist model mountain bikes only. For more information, please visit

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