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BACK IN THE DAY
GNCC WRAP UP DRAWS 2440 ENTRIES
The 22nd annual running of the Ironman GNCC drew in an astonishing 2,440 unique ATV and motorcycle race entries, making this event the largest rider attended event in GNCC history. “We are elated at the number of racers that participated in the Ironman GNCC,” said Director Tim Cotter. “Nearly 2,500 competitors headed into the Indiana woods and raced under perfect conditions at our final round of the 2016 season. These statistics are a testament of the resiliency and dedication of the GNCC Racing Nation.”
894 bikes prepare to start the Amateur race on Sunday morning.
Photo: Nick Koester
The community support that the GNCC family receives from the motorsports-crazed town of Crawfordsville is incredible. The 10-mile racecourse was decorated with local fans on both Saturday and Sunday, making this a lasting memory between AMA members of both motorcycle and ATV disciplines.
“Grassroots racing is the lifeblood of the AMA, and at the Ironman GNCC, the final round of the AMA National Championship series, we saw our largest crowd of amateur racers yet,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “The 2,440 AMA members who participated this past weekend are a testament to the vitality of the sport, the effectiveness of the series promoter Racer Productions, and their own dedication. Congratulations to everyone for a job well done.”
The Amateur bike race on Sunday morning attracted nearly 900 rider entries, making it the single biggest race of the weekend, as well as in the history of GNCC Racing. Prior to the race start, Tim Cotter of Racer Productions recognized the life and passing of Ironman Raceway founder, Joy Adele “Duck” Shaver, who lost her battle with cancer on Tuesday, just days before the event. Proclaiming the event to be renamed the ‘Ironwoman’ GNCC for one day in celebration of Joy and her years of dedication and love of the event, all of the women riders were asked to step to the front of the start line for recognition, along with any cancer survivors in attendance.
Ironman GNCC has long been tied to breast cancer awareness with its pink theme and fundraising surrounding the annual October event dates. Fittingly, the top three overall winners from the 894 entries in the Amateur race were all WXC competitors, namely Becca Sheets, Kacy Martinez and Mackenzie Tricker. Racer Productions is also proud to announce $7,793 raised at the event will be donated to the Montgomery County Free Clinic, continuing years of partnership with the non-profit organization dedicated to providing free mammogram examinations across the Crawfordsville and Montgomery County region.
TWO RACES LEFT IN ENDUROCROSS
FMF KTM’s Cody Webb took the win in Everett Washington to tighten up his fierce AMA EnduroCross Championship battle with Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker. It was his second win of the season and much needed as Haaker has already recorded four wins and still holds a ten point lead heading into the Boise, Idaho event this weekend.
With only two events remaining and Haaker riding amazing this season to take four wins and two second place finishes, Webb is going to need to keep the pressure on in Boise. These two riders have dominated the series so far in 2016 taking all of the wins available despite a strong field of competitors.
The battle for third is also very interesting as Husqvarna’s Mike Brown currently holds a narrow four point lead over RPM KTM’s Ty Tremaine. Brown is now in his 40’s while Tremaine is just twenty years old and took his first ever AMA EnduroCross podium finish at the Everett event. Brown wants to prove he still belongs while Tremaine wants to prove it is now his time.
Add in the Factory Beta team of Max Gerston and Kyle Redmond, SRT Racing’s Cory Graffunder along with up and coming Noah Kepple and Trystan Hart and you have an exciting field of riders to follow. And longtime EnduroCross stars Geoff Aaron and Taddy Blazusiak are also looking to make their way back to the front of the field again.
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