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ITP Racers Earn Six Wins at Can-Am Unadilla GNCC

| 10 September 2014 8:40 pm

AMSOIL GNCC Grand National Cross Country Series
Round 10: Unadilla Raceway

Courtesy of ITP Tires
NEW BERLIN, NY, SEPT. 6-7, 2014

Team ITP racers earned six class victories and eight podiums at round 10 of the 2014 AMSOIL GNCC Grand National Cross Country Series, held in New Berlin, New York.

Riding her number-723 Honda outfitted with ITP tires, Angel Knox recorded her fifth WXC-class win of the year at Unadilla to expand her class points lead.

Riding her number-723 Honda outfitted with ITP tires, Angel Knox recorded her fifth WXC-class win of the year at Unadilla to expand her class points lead.

“The first round back from the break is really like a whole new season-within-a-season, but riders come in with points in tow, and the pressure to perform is greater because championships are on the line,” said Pat McGuire, in charge of public relations and race support for ITP Tires. “Eight of our racers either made the podium or won their class, which helped many in their 2014 title chase.”

The Can-Am Unadilla event was the first race since the GNCC Series took its summer break, and riders were anxious to get back to racing for the podium and, for some, continuing their pursuit of a 2014 GNCC championship. Six ITP racers earned victories at Unadilla, while two others made the podium.

Dale Batson was the top finisher for Team ITP in the 10 a.m. session at Unadilla. The Ida, Michigan, racer finished seventh overall and won the Over 35 C class aboard his Suzuki outfitted with ITP tires. It was Batson’s fourth win of the season, and it bumped his class points lead to 14 with three rounds remaining. His fellow ITP racer and Over 35 C competitor Shawn Stuck, who has three wins this year, sits in second after a 12th-place run at Unadilla.

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ITP racer Angel Knox put her Honda ATV with ITP treads on top of the WXC podium and finished 11th overall in New York. She has five wins and seven podiums after 10 rounds of racing, which is good for a one-point lead heading into round 11.

Kenny Rich Sr. earned his seventh win of the year with a convincing victory in the Masters (Over 50) division in New York. His win and top-20 overall finish in the 10 a.m. ranks gave him a 55-point lead in his class.

Kenny Rich Sr. currently leads the Masters (Over 50) class in points after another solid win in New York. The veteran racer now has seven victories on the season using ITP Holeshot GNCC tires on his Suzuki ATV.

Kenny Rich Sr. currently leads the Masters (Over 50) class in points after another solid win in New York. The veteran racer now has seven victories on the season using ITP Holeshot GNCC tires on his Suzuki ATV.

Afternoon-session racers Mark Batson, contesting the Vet B (Over 30) class, and Justin Paul, riding the Junior B (Over 22) class, also posted wins in Unadilla using ITP tires. Batson tallied his fifth victory of season with a stellar wire-to-wire win at round 10 to expand his current points lead. Paul leads his class after earning his fourth win and ninth podium finish in 10 rounds of racing. (He missed the opener.)

The final class victory for Team ITP went to Youth racer Jordan Digby. Son of ITP factory support representative Stan Digby, Jordan has been battling for the 125cc Senior (12-15) class title all season. The young Mississippi rider won his class for the third straight race (making it a total of four wins this year) to climb to within 14 points of the class leader with three rounds remaining.

ITP-supported Jordan Digby was in seventh place after the first lap but climbed into the lead by lap two and then never looked back on his way to winning the 125cc Senior (12-15) Youth class at the Can-Am Unadilla GNCC.

ITP-supported Jordan Digby was in seventh place after the first lap but climbed into the lead by lap two and then never looked back on his way to winning the 125cc Senior (12-15) Youth class at the Can-Am Unadilla GNCC.

“Jordan got a huge class victory and took fourth overall in Unadilla,” said Stan. “He has definitely looked very good the last three rounds, but has more work to do the final three rounds. We’d like to thank ITP and all our sponsors for their dedication and support this year.”

ITP racers Kelley Deloach and Marti Lantz each recorded third-place podium finishes in the Women’s Amateur (Over 13) and Girls (8-15) classes, respectively, at Unadilla.

Earning top-five finishes for Team ITP were Dave Simmons, who finished fourth in the Super Senior (Over 45) class; Glen McConnell, who finished fourth in the 4×4 Senior (Over 40) class; Donnie Pruett, who came in fifth in the Silver Masters (Over 55) class; and Viligant Vet Racing’s Sam Lamp, who finished fifth in the Vet B (Over 30) class.

Round 11, the Car-Mate Mountain Ridge GNCC, is slated for September 20 and 21 in Central City, Pennsylvania.

About ITP
In business for more than 30 years, ITP has become the world’s number-one ATV/ UTV aftermarket tire-and-wheel source. ITP utilizes its experienced staff of engineers, designers and technicians at its two American tire facilities in Clinton, Tennessee, and Jackson, Tennessee, to develop award-winning tire-and-wheel designs for virtually all ATVs and side-by-side vehicles. Numerous outlets distribute ITP tires across the United States and in more than 25 countries worldwide. For a full-color ITP catalog, call toll-free 800/889-7367 or go to www.itptires.com.

[For more from these events, please see “Team UXC Race Report from the Unadilla GNCC” and “Can-Am Racers Victorious in GNCC and TORN Series”… Editor]

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