TIRE BALLS SPARTAN GNCC
Juha Salminen, the 10-time World Enduro Champion started nearly dead last and had to fight his way to the front on a nasty, mud infested track and then battled with Team Am-Pro?s Hot Rod Mullins and Barry Hawk all the way to the finish. All three came charging toward the finish line at the same time, but Juha held his ground and took the win in the closest race of the year.
Mullins, the 20-year-old pro rookie nearly pulled off the first GNCC win of his career, as Salminen was right in front of him as the checkered flag came out. Mirroring Mullins came Barry Hawk, who had won the previous GNCC in Ohio.
While just seconds separated the front three, another big battle loomed for fourth, and it was ultimately won by Paul Whilbley, the New Zealander who is living in Kentucky to train with five-time GNCC Champion Scott Summers. Whibley took his Parts Unlimited/Moose Honda to fourth while Summers himself came out and raced, finishing 12th overall and winning the Vet A class.