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Miller Grinds Out a Muddy Win at the John Penton GNCC

| 14 July 2017 11:40 am

GNCC Grand National Cross Country Series
John Penton GNCCX-Factor Whitetails Farm

Courtesy of BRP/Can-Am
MILLFIELD, OH, JULY 8-9, 2017

Factory Can-Am racers had a great weekend at the annual John Penton Grand National Cross Country race in Millfield, Ohio. Can-Am won both the XC1 Pro UTV and 4×4 Pro classes, maintaining the class points lead in each prestigious off-road racing class.

Hunter Miller won the XC1 Pro UTV class at a muddy round three of the GNCC UTV Series in Millfield, Ohio, in his Can-Am Maverick X ds side-by-side vehicle.

Hunter Miller won the XC1 Pro UTV class at a muddy round three of the GNCC UTV Series in Millfield, Ohio, in his Can-Am Maverick X ds side-by-side vehicle.

Side-by-Sides
Miller Brothers/ Can-Am pilot Hunter Miller has made huge strides since his XC1 Pro UTV-class debut at the final GNCC race last year. Just four races into his budding career, Miller now has three podium finishes (and one near-miss fourth) and a victory under his belt. His most recent success on the track was winning the Pro UTV class at the John Penton GNCC in Ohio, which also marked his first career overall GNCC victory behind the wheel of his Can-Am Maverick X xc side-by-side vehicle.

Miller’s 2017 results have led to a 73-point tally after three GNCC UTV rounds, giving the Texas native the XC1 Pro UTV-class points lead. Hunter Miller beat his younger brother Cody, who won the 2016 title in a Can-Am Maverick vehicle, to the finish line in Ohio. The elder Miller recorded an impressive five-lap time of one hour, two minutes and 45.687 seconds in muddy conditions to post his first win.

Hunter Miller was all smiles after notching his first career GNCC XC1 UTV Pro-class victory and taking over the class points lead.

Hunter Miller was all smiles after notching his first career GNCC XC1 UTV Pro-class victory and taking over the class points lead.

Can-Am also earned another XC1 Pro UTV-class podium finish, as factory Can-Am racer Tim Farr put his JB Racing Can-Am side-by-side vehicle on the box in third, less than 30 seconds behind Hunter Miller.

Can-Am Maverick racers took two of the top three spots at the John Penton GNCC in Ohio: (from left to right) Kevin Cunningham served as co-pilot for Hunter Miller, who took the class win, while third-place finisher Tim Farr chose Angel Knox as his navigator.

Can-Am Maverick racers took two of the top three spots at the John Penton GNCC in Ohio: (from left to right) Kevin Cunningham served as co-pilot for Hunter Miller, who took the class win, while third-place finisher Tim Farr chose Angel Knox as his navigator.

Also, Chaney Racing Can-Am pilot Kyle Chaney, a two-time XC1 Pro UTV-class champion, currently sits third in the class points standings after three rounds.

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ATVs
Multitime GNCC ATV champion Bryan Buckhannon earned his second 4×4 Pro-class victory of the season, winning in the grueling mud in Ohio.

Bryan Buckhannon proved to everyone in Ohio that he has plenty of juice left in his tank. The multitime champion and Can-Am Outlander ATV racer took the morning overall and won the 4x4 Pro class at the John Penton GNCC.

Bryan Buckhannon proved to everyone in Ohio that he has plenty of juice left in his tank. The multitime champion and Can-Am Outlander ATV racer took the morning overall and won the 4×4 Pro class at the John Penton GNCC.

Kevin Cunningham, the defending 4×4 Pro ATV-class champion, joined Buckhannon on the podium, taking second. It was the seventh time in nine ATV rounds this year that Can-Am 4×4 racers have tallied a one-two finish. In fact, this was one of the closest races of the year for the two teammates, as Buckhannon and Cunningham swapped the lead during the race and ultimately were separated by less than a second at the finish line.

Cunningham, who has compiled 239 points thus far, is still in the driver’s seat in terms of the class points standings and in his attempt to repeat as champion. Buckhannon has notched 196 points, which is good for second overall in the standings.

Can-Am Renegade X xc racer Kevin Cunningham posted yet another podium finish, taking second in the 4x4 Pro class. He carries his class points lead into the GNCC summer break.

Can-Am Renegade X xc racer Kevin Cunningham posted yet another podium finish, taking second in the 4×4 Pro class. He carries his class points lead into the GNCC summer break.

Can-Am ATV racers also won four other 4×4 ATV classes at the John Penton GNCC: Dwight Pollard won the 4×4 A class, Joseph Sichelstiel won the 4×4 B class, Jerry Richards won the 4×4 C class, and Ken Robey won the 4×4 Senior Over 40 class.

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GNCC racing is now in the midst of its midsummer break. Four rounds (three for the UTVs) remain on the 2017 schedule.

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