Round five of the 2018 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series, an AMA National Championship, continued today, April 22, with the third annual CST Tires Camp Coker Bullet GNCC. When the checkered flag flew at Moree’s Sportsman’s Preserve it was FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Kailub Russell taking his fourth win of the season.

Kailub Russell was back on top  of this week's GNCC. Photo by Ken Hill.
Kailub Russell took the win, just seconds ahead of Thad Duvall at the CST Tires Camp Coker Bullet GNCC. – Ken Hill

Kailub Russell took the win, just seconds ahead of Thad Duvall at the CST Tires Camp Coker Bullet GNCC.

– Ken Hill

Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Thad Duvall grabbed the early lead as he earned the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award. K. Russell and AmPro Yamaha’s Ricky Russell were hot on his heels heading into the first turn.

Russell would pass Duvall and push ahead for a six second gap as they came through timing and scoring on lap one. K. Russell and Duvall continued to break away from the rest of the XC1 Open Pro field just as R. Russell and Beta USA’s Jordan Ashburn were fighting forward.

On lap three, Duvall would make a pass for the lead around the three mile marker, but by the time the riders came through the finish K. Russell was back in the lead by a mere seconds. R. Russell continued to hold the number three spot followed by the hard-charging JCR Honda rider, Trevor Bollinger.

As the two-lap card came out today, it was K. Russell leading by 2.2 seconds over Duvall. Tely Energy Racing/KTM’s Steward Baylor Jr. had to make an early pit on lap three, but had worked his way back up to a top five finishing position.

Ricky Russell fought hard for his first third place finish of the season.
– Ken Hill

When the checkered flag flew, it was K. Russell just .620 seconds ahead of Duvall. After three-hours of wheel-to-wheel racing the two shared a pat on the back from one another after crossing the finish line.

Russell continued to hold onto his third place finish, followed by Bollinger in fourth. S. Baylor continued to push and finished in fifth, followed by Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Josh Strang in sixth.

Ashburn came away with the seventh place position, while KR4/Husqvarna’s Cory Buttrick held down eighth. Solid Performance KTM/Fly Racing’s Jesse Groemm ended the day in ninth while GasGas/FAR’s Andrew Delong earned his first top 10 finish of the season.

Josh Toth returned to the center of the podium in the XC2 250 Pro class. - Ken Hill
Josh Toth returned to the center of the podium in the XC2 250 Pro class. – Ken Hill

The XC2 250 Pro class saw Coastal Racing/Husqvarna’s Craig Delong take the Hot Cams $100 Holeshot Award as the green flag waved. However, it was Raines Riding University/Atlas Sales/Yamaha’s Cole Mattison leading as they came around on the first lap. FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Toth was right behind him with Beta USA’s Mike Witkowski running in the third place position.

As the racing continued, Trail Jesters/KTM Racing’s Ben Kelley made the move into the second place position followed by M&E Honda/Fly Racing/Maxxis’ Austin Lee charging to third place. KR4/Husqvarna’s Liam Draper was having his best race of 2018 running in the fourth place position.

At the conclusion of the three-hour race, it was Toth taking the win followed by Kelley, who was 11 seconds behind. Lee remained in the third spot followed by Draper and Husqvarna-rider Evan Smith rounding out the top five.

Alex Teagarden (#309) grabbed the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am holeshot, but Jesse Ansley (#37) was hot on his heels. – Ken Hill

As the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class took off it was Coastal Racing/Husqvarna’s Alex Teagarden grabbing the Wiseco FMF XC3 $100 Holeshot Award. However, it was FMF/Maxxis/RPM KTM’s Jesse Ansley taking home the win in South Carolina. Raines Riding University/Atlas Sales/Yamaha’s Jason Raines came through in second followed by MCS Racing’s Cody Barnes rounding out the top three. Holeshot award winner, Teagarden would come away with a fourth place position and KR4/Husqvarna’s Colin Keegan took the fifth place position.

The WXC class swept the 10 a.m. overall podium. KR4/Husqvarna’s Tayla Jones was back on top in South Carolina, earning her fourth win of the season. Fly Racing/Maxxis/Seat Concepts/KTM’s Becca Sheets and Trail Jesters/Bonaza Plumbing/KTM’s Mackenzie Tricker rounded out the top three.

The first race of the day was the 8 a.m. youth division where Peyton Whipkey earned his fourth win of the season, remaining first in the YXC1 Super Mini Sr. (14-15) class. Max Fernandez and Tyler Palmer finished second and third overall, while Joseph Cunningham took home the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. (12-13) class win.

Austin Lee rounded out the top three in the XC2 250 Pro class at the Camp Coker Bullet GNCC.  - Ken Hill
Austin Lee rounded out the top three in the XC2 250 Pro class at the Camp Coker Bullet GNCC. – Ken Hill

The 2018 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series will continue on May 12 and 13 with the second annual X-Factor GNCC in Peru, Indiana.

The 1 p.m. race was broadcast LIVE in its entirety on and can be viewed as an archived video now online by visiting the GNCC LIVE page online. A highlight show featuring the event will air Sunday, June 3, at 3 p.m.

For more information on the GNCC series, visit the official website at or call (304) 284-0084. Join the conversation on the series Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to always hashtag #GNCC.

Peyton Whipkey returned to the podium at round five taking home his fourth youth overall of the season.
– Ken Hill

CST Tires Camp Coker Bullet
Society Hill, South Carolina
Round 5 of 13
Sunday, April 22

XC1 Open Pro Event Results:

  1. Kailub Russell (KTM)
  2. Thad Duvall (HQV)
  3. Ricky Russell (YAM)
  4. Trevor Bollinger (HON)
  5. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)
  6. Josh Strang (HQV)
  7. Jordan Ashburn (BET)
  8. Cory Buttrick (HQV)
  9. Jesse Groemm (KTM)
  10. Andrew Delong (GAS)

*Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Kailub Russell (145)
  2. Thad Duvall (126)
  3. Steward Baylor Jr. (99)
  4. Trevor Bollinger (90)
  5. Ben Kelley (79)
  6. Josh Strang (71)
  7. Josh Toth (61)
  8. Layne Michael (52)
  9. Ricky Russell (51)
  10. Pascal Rauchenecker (50)

*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2018 National Champion.

XC2 250 Pro Event Results:

  1. Josh Toth (KTM)
  2. Ben Kelley (KTM)
  3. Austin Lee (HON)
  4. Liam Draper (HQV)
  5. Evan Smith (HQV)
  6. Trevor Barrett (YAM)
  7. Braxton McGee (HQV)
  8. Jonathan Johnson (YAM)
  9. Pascal Rauchenecker (HQV)
  10. Nick Davis (GAS)

XC2 250 Pro Series Standings:

  1. Ben Kelley (140)
  2. Josh Toth (110)
  3. Pascal Rauchenecker (100)
  4. Craig Delong (75)
  5. Liam Draper (69)
  6. Austin Lee (65)
  7. Evan Smith (59)
  8. Trevor Barrett (52)
  9. Nick Davis (51)
  10. Jonathan Johnson (51)

About GNCC Racing
The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series is America’s premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Central America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised weekly on NBC Sports and For more information, please visit

How to Watch
Racer TV and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) are the official homes for coverage of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) events. All 13 rounds, from the season opening Big Buck GNCC in South Carolina to the finale at Ironman Raceway in Indiana, will air in 30-minue; taped-delayed telecasts on NBCSN, while Racer TV provides live streaming coverage of the 1 p.m. ATV and motorcycle races from each event, in addition to the six UTV rounds. Catch all the action at and

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