ITP Racers Win Seven Classes at John Penton GNCC, Murray Racing Earns Second Overall at SCORE Baja 500
GNCC Grand National Cross Country Series
Round 8: Wiseco John Penton GNCC at Sunday Creek Raceway
SCORE International Baja 500
ENSENADA, BC, MEXICO
Courtesy of ITP Tires
JUNE 6-7, 2015
Team ITP ATV and SxS racers competed in the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series event in Ohio and the SCORE International Baja 500 in Mexico this past weekend, tallying seven wins and 17 podiums.
“Despite some dry, dusty conditions in Ohio, our GNCC racing team had a great weekend, with seven wins and 16 podiums,” said Pat McGuire, in charge of public relations and race support for ITP Tires. “It was good to have several racers, from youth competitors to our GNCC veterans to UTV Pros, stand on the podium, displaying not only their own high level of skill but also the versatility and performance of ITP tires.”
Wiseco John Penton GNCC
The 26th annual Wiseco John Penton GNCC, held in Millfield, Ohio, hosted round eight of the ATV series and round four of the UTV series. Sixty-eight SxS racers competed at the John Penton, with 31 entering the Pro ranks. Team ITP drivers earned second and third on both the overall and XC1 Pro UTV-class podiums.
Mouse Pratt earned his first trip to the podium with a strong second-place finish in his number-seven Jack’s Racing Can-Am Maverick. However, it was his third straight top-five finish, and he currently sits third in the class points race with two rounds remaining.
JB Racing/ Houser Racing-backed Can-Am pilot Tim Farr also put his ITP-clad Maverick on the box, earning his second consecutive third-place finish. The former multitime ATV racing champion is seventh in the standings. Farr’s teammate and fellow ITP-backed racer Larry Hendershot Jr. took fourth and is in second place in the points chase.
ITP racers tallied seven wins and 14 podiums in ATV action. Media All Stars/ ITP racer Mark Batson had his best performance of the season, winning the Senior A/B (Over 38) class aboard his Yamaha outfitted with ITP Holeshot GNCC fronts and QuadCross XC rears. Batson, who now has four wins (a class high) on the year and six straight podium finishes, has climbed to third in the class standings.
Another afternoon competitor earned a win in Ohio: Junior A (Over 22) class racer Steven Covert put his ITP-shod machine in the winners’ circle. His second win of the year has pushed him into the class points lead heading into round nine.
Three other afternoon racers earned podiums for Team ITP. College A (16-21) racer Kristian Meyer, who is currently second in the class in points, took third in Ohio. Brayden Shick also notched a third-place finish in the College B (16-21) ranks. With a second place finish, Dale Batson garnered his first podium of the season (in four attempts) in the Vet B (Over 30) class.
ITP racers had a good showing in the 10 a.m. session, earning three wins and five podiums in all.
Angel Knox, on the number-728 Honda, kept up her winning ways, earning the WXC class win for the third straight race in her effort to repeat as class champion.
Defending Super Senior (Over 45) champion Dave Simmons posted his eighth consecutive win of 2015 to extend his points lead to 38 points and inch that much closer to a repeat championship.
The third class victory went to Schoolboy Junior (13-15) racer Cameron Abee, who now has a class-high three wins and sits third in the class standings. Tanner Talbott, who leads the class in points, took third in Ohio.
Rich Little III also earned a podium finish for ITP in the 4×4 C class, taking second.
The Youth session also saw success for ITP racers, as Jordan Digby won the 125cc Senior (12-15) class and Damien Hawkins won the 90cc Limited (8-12) class. Digby is second in points in his class, while Hawkins, who has six wins, sits atop his class standings. Parker Henderson took second place in the 90cc (8-12) class and Keaton Henderson was third in the 125cc Junior (8-11) class.
SCORE Baja 500
The prestigious SCORE International Baja 500, viewed as one of the toughest races of the year and a tune-up for the more-demanding and longer Baja 1000, was held this past weekend in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. The number-1917 Can-Am/ ITP/ Murray Racing Maverick MAX SxS piloted by brothers and teammates Derek & Jason Murray finished second overall in Class 19 using 30-inch ITP UltraCross R Spec tires. The Murrays completed the 500-mile course in 14 hours, 38 minutes and 50 second to earn a coveted podium spot.
ITP had three teams in the Class 19 top 10, as the team of Marc Behnke & Derek McCaughy were eighth and the squad of Cody Nygren, Ashton Hemphill & Dan Fisher finished 10th. Twenty-three UTVs competed in the class, and only 11 finished.
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[For more from these events, please see “Can-Am Racers Post Wins in GNCC, TORN and LACC Series and Score at SCORE”… Editor]