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ITP ATV and SxS Racers Earn 11 GNCC Championships

| 30 October 2014 4:18 pm

AMSOIL GNCC Grand National Cross Country Series
Round 13: Ironman GNCC

Courtesy of ITP Tires
CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN, OCT. 25-26, 2014

Team ITP racers earned 11 total Grand National Cross Country class championships at the conclusion of round 13, held in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Following up its 17-podium performance at the previous round, the team earned eight class wins and 11 podiums at the AMSOIL Ironman, the series’ finale.

Kyle Chaney and co-pilot Chris Bithell, winners of three rounds this year, took eighth place at the AMSOIL Ironman GNCC, but they scored enough season points to win the GNCC XC1 Modified SxS-class championship in their ITP Terracross tire-equipped Can-Am Maverick 1000R, which was dressed in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Kyle Chaney and co-pilot Chris Bithell, winners of three rounds this year, took eighth place at the AMSOIL Ironman GNCC, but they scored enough season points to win the GNCC XC1 Modified SxS-class championship in their ITP Terracross tire-equipped Can-Am Maverick 1000R, which was dressed in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“To come away with almost a dozen GNCC championships is a testament to the determination of our racers and the overall makeup of ITP tires,” said Pat McGuire, in charge of public relations and race support for ITP. “It’s one thing to be competitive, but it’s another step when you’re the victor. But winning a championship is so much more rewarding, because it’s the end game and what all racers hope to do. No matter the age group, gender, vehicle of choice – ATV, SxS, 2WD or 4WD – our entire team of racers was extremely competitive, and at least 11 of them accomplished their objective and ours.”

The Ironman finale featured round 13 of the GNCC ATV Championship Series, as well as the sixth and final stop in the SxS Championship Series. The Ironman, a fan favorite, features many hills, creeks, mud, high-speed fields, and even a motocross section. This year’s course was highly appreciated by fans and racers alike. The fact that many championships were to be decided at the Ironman might also have had a little to do with the spectator and racer turnout.

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The side-by-side racing on Saturday was huge for Team ITP, as two supported racers secured championships with solid finishes and two others finished on both the overall SxS podium and XC1 Modified class box. Chaney Racing/ Can-Am/ Turnkey UTV/ ITP-backed Kyle Chaney carried a 28-point lead heading into the Ironman and ended up winning the class title by 24 points. He took eighth in the class, overcoming a small mishap that took out his vehicle’s sway bar in the first turn, to earn his first GNCC title.

In the same class, ITP-supported racers and JB Racing/ Can-Am teammates Tim Farr and Larry Hendershot Jr. each made the XC1 Modified podium using Terracross R/T XD tires. Farr, who offered his co-pilot seat to Angel Knox, earned his first victory of the year to push him to third place in the final season standings. Hendershot finished third out of a field of almost 40 UTVs to secure sixth overall on the year.

Tim Farr won the XC1 Modified class and SxS overall at the AMSOIL Ironman GNCC in Indiana, pushing himself to third place in the final class standings.

Tim Farr won the XC1 Modified class and SxS overall at the AMSOIL Ironman GNCC in Indiana, pushing himself to third place in the final class standings.

In the XC2 Limited class, Jack’s Excavating II-backed Can-Am Maverick racer Marcus Pratt came into the race owning the points lead and simply needed to score enough points to grab the title. And although the ITP driver ended up fifth out of 28 drivers, he scored enough points to remain out front and gain another SxS title for the team.

Marcus Pratt piloted the number-four Can-Am Maverick, wearing ITP Terracross R/T XD tires, to fifth place in his class at Ironman to win the GNCC XC2 Limited SxS class championship.

Marcus Pratt piloted the number-four Can-Am Maverick, wearing ITP Terracross R/T XD tires, to fifth place in his class at Ironman to win the GNCC XC2 Limited SxS class championship.

Although Angel Knox had already secured the WXC (premier) class championship after round 12, she still suited up – twice – in Indiana. Rather than cruise around the course, the Honda racer instead capped off her title-winning season with her seventh victory of the year!

ITP-supported Honda racer Angel Knox had won the 2014 GNCC WXC-class championship at round 12, but she wrapped up her season with two wins (one as co-pilot with Tim Farr) at the Ironman.

ITP-supported Honda racer Angel Knox had won the 2014 GNCC WXC-class championship at round 12, but she wrapped up her season with two wins (one as co-pilot with Tim Farr) at the Ironman.

Mark Batson put an exclamation point on his 2014 season by winning the Vet B (Over 30) class for the sixth time. His older brother Dale, who had captured the Over 35 C morning class title, also competed at round 13 and also earned a victory.

Multiple-time GNCC champion Dave Simmons notched another win (his ninth of 2014) in the Super Senior (Over 45) division.

Dave Simmons (center) took home the ATV Amateur Overall Award at the Ironman GNCC. He also won the Super Senior (Over 45) championship, using ITP tires on his Yamaha ATV.

Dave Simmons (center) took home the ATV Amateur Overall Award at the Ironman GNCC. He also won the Super Senior (Over 45) championship, using ITP tires on his Yamaha ATV.

Junior B (Over 22) champion Justin Paul tried his hand in the Junior A (Over 22) class and was sixth.

ITP team riders also scored a few more class wins at the Ironman.

Kevin Cunningham won the Sportsman A/B class on his ITP-clad Honda in Indiana. Jordan Digby won the 125cc Senior (12-15) contest to end up third in the class standings. In the Girls (8-15) class, Marti Lantz posted her first win of the year.

A few other racers were in the running for a class championship all season but came up a bit short. Schoolboy A/B (12-15) racer Westley Wolfe ended up third overall and had four wins. Dylan Walraven, in the 90cc Open (12-15) class; Greg Covert, in the College A (16-21) class; and Brandon Icard, in the College B (16-21) class all ended up third overall in their respective classes.

Women’s Amateur (Over 13) racer Kelley Deloach had a nice weekend at the Ironman, earning second overall and tying for the class points lead. However, the KTM/ ITP racer had to settle for second overall due to losing the tie breaker, having had three victories to the winner’s four.

Shawn Stuck, in the Over 35 C class, and Rich Little II, in the 4×4 C class, each finished second in their class.

Kenny Rich Sr. won the GNCC Masters Over 50 championship this season, riding his Suzuki outfitted with ITP Holeshot GNCC tires.

Kenny Rich Sr. won the GNCC Masters Over 50 championship this season, riding his Suzuki outfitted with ITP Holeshot GNCC tires.

 

ITP Champions

70 CVT (6-11): Parker Henderson.

XC1 MODIFIED SxS: Kyle Chaney.

XC2 LIMITED SxS: Marcus Pratt.

WXC: Angel Knox.

JR B (22+): Justin Paul.

VET B (30+): Marc Batson.

30+ C: Kenneth Rich Jr.

35+ C: Dale Batson.

SUPER SR (45+): Dave Simmons.

MASTERS (50+): Kenny Rich Sr.

SILVER MASTERS (55+): Donnie Pruett.

The 2014 GNCC season will officially conclude with its postseason banquet on Friday, November 21, in Morgantown, West Virginia.

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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 this event, please see “Can-Am Off-Road Racers Win Six GNCC Titles!” … Editor]

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