2017 Powerline Park GNCC Race Report | Dirt Rider

2017 Powerline Park GNCC Race Report

One of the muddiest races in GNCC history!

Grant Baylor

Grant Baylor grabbed the XC1 Pro holeshot.

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The Powerline Park GNCC may go down as the slickest race ever held at this location as rain pelted the region and continued lightly falling throughout the day on and off keeping the Ohio soil more like grease! The majority of the course had been run in hard during Saturday’s racing only to have that incredibly hard-packed soil allow just enough rain to penetrate to turn the 12-mile course into a nightmare if you happen to like traction and any control. With the XC1 Pro championship on the line, the 1 p.m. Pro race was set to be an intense battle of attrition and overcoming the conditions.

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With bad conditions facing them, everyone wanted to get a good start.

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Grant Baylor ripped to the XC1 holeshot as the class attacked the first few turns and headed off into the woods. Baylor held the lead for the majority of the first lap as the class sorted things out behind him. All eyes were on Kailub Russell as he worked his way through the ranks after a mid-pack start and was soon on the hunt for the lead position. At one of the most popular sections of the track, a jump and mud hole attracted hordes of fans all looking to watch the riders either make short work of the obstacle or wad up after attempting the jump and, more importantly, the muddy rut-filled landing. When Kailub appeared the fans cheered as he and Ricky Russell zipped across the section and were gone in a splash.

Mike Witkowski

Mike Witkowski took the XC2 Holeshot.

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Grant checked in to score lap one and would soon find himself facing brutally slick conditions and would give up the lead as Kailub and Jordan Ashburn raced away as the running order behind them changed virtually nonstop. Back in the woods far from racing updates via RacerTV and even a Facebook Live broadcast, the scene was almost monotone as the riders all looked the same as the coating of mud covered everything, making it difficult to sort who was who. Fans would figure it out and cheers would erupt as their favorite rider raced away.

Jack Edmondson

Jack Edmondson pulled the holeshot in the FMF XC3 class.

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The running order took a major hit when Jordan took a hit at the creek jump and became stuck as another rider soon crashed and things got chaotic as the pair was trying to get rolling with the help of fans. Enter Steward Baylor, who launched the jump, took a bad bounce, and went full superman over not only his own bike but covered the two already stuck. With fans and staff trying to get approaching racers to take other lines, passes were made as a few were able to clear the jump and avoid the downed riders and ride off a position or two ahead of those who took the longer lines around the mayhem. Jordan was hopelessly stuck and for what seemed like several long minutes he remained fender deep as fans did their best to get him going.

Grant Baylor

Grant Baylor let the fans know he hears them cheering him on.

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As the three-hour race came to its final laps, the rider on the move was Russell Bobbitt who was now running in a podium finishing position. Kailub had gone down several times but had at one point almost a two-minute lead on Josh Strang, who was having a great race running behind the champ in second. As the checkered flag came out, championship number five was earned by Kailub after another great performance in very trying condition. Josh followed taking second as all eyes watched for who would be the final rider to take the podium. As a brown blur raced out of the woods and through the last few turns, it was Russell Bobbitt claiming his first GNCC XC1 podium, ending one of the most challenging GNCC races in recent memory.

Kailub Russell

Kailub Russell and Ricky Russell attacked the creek jump.

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The series heads to its final round held in Crawfordsville, Indiana, over the October 28-29 weekend at what has become one of the most-attended rounds of the series. The final round usually brings out all the fun and excitement of GNCC racing, and winning here in front of thousands of fans makes riders charge harder than ever!

Barry Hawk

Barry Hawk joined the fun and raced in the FMF XC3 class to a podium finish, taking second.

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XC1 Open Pro Event Results:

  1. Kailub Russell (HSQ)
  2. Josh Strang (HSQ)
  3. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)
  4. Grant Baylor (HSQ)
  5. Ricky Russell (YAM)
  6. Jonathan Girroir (KTM)
  7. Trevor Bollinger (HON)
  8. Ryan Sipes (HSQ)
  9. Andrew Delong (HSQ)
  10. Jordan Ashburn (BET
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Not everyone made it through this section without a soil sample.

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Kailub Russell

Kailub Russell with the lead as he does his best to keep it on two wheels.

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Ricky Russell

Ricky Russell looked to have things under control until he had trouble at the creek jump.

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Ryan Sipes

Ryan Sipes showed everyone how it is done as he sailed the creek jump.

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Austin Lee

Austin Lee took the option line when the main jump was closed.

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Josh Strang

Josh Strang has not had the season he was wanting, but a second here at Powerline Park was well earned.

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Layne Michael

Layne Michael had the XC2 lead until running into trouble allowing teammate Craig DeLong to get past him.

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Craig DeLong

Craig DeLong has been running strong and had a solid race at Powerline Park.

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Russell Bobbitt

Russell Bobbitt working through some of the slickest conditions ever at a GNCC.

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Josh Toth

Josh Toth on his way to third in XC2 after wrapping up the class championship at round 11.

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Kailub Russell

Kailub Russell taking the win and his fifth XC1 Pro championship.

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Russell Bobbitt

Russell Bobbitt had an impressive ride at Powerline Park, taking his first GNCC podium.

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Craig DeLong

Craig DeLong showed his excitement after taking the XC2 win.

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Steward Baylor

Steward Baylor flew into the chaos at the creek jump that ended any chances of him getting into a podium finishing position.

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