The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series has one-of-a-kind weekend planned for this weekend’s season finale at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. The event hosts the first-ever GNCC double header, with bikes racing on Friday and Sunday and ATVs race on Saturday. In addition, following the tradition of the popular special events that line the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at the Ranch, GNCC Racing will host a variety of special events off the track, with GNCC TV Announcer Jason Weigandt serving as host.
Events include the return of GNCC Idol, inviting any and all talents to the Loretta Lynn’s Pavilion on Friday night at 7 p.m. for a chance to win some great prizes from the GNCC Series sponsors. It’s a fun way to cap off the first-ever Friday race in GNCC history.
Saturday packs a spectacle as well, including 50cc racing for kids, the Seat Time Awesomeness competition of rowing machine and tire changing prowess, and a Parts Unlimited dinner.
Jason Weigandt, the host of GNCC Racing’s Racer TV on Versus and the AMA Motocross Championship on NBC, SPEED, and Fuel TV will return to his roots of GNCC Racing this weekend at the race, hosting the special events at night and rejoining his long time announcing partner Rodney Tomblin during the races all weekend long.
“As the riders would say, I’m super pumped about getting back to the GNCCs this weekend,” says Weigandt, who first joined the tour as an announcer and reporter in 2001. “I cover a lot of supercross, motocross races nowadays, but I’ve always said that the GNCC Series has the best people you’ll ever meet, and the racing is second-to-none. Now I get to catch three-straight days of racing–this is the perfect weekend to come back!”
On Saturday, the co-sanctioned AMA East National Harescramble (NEHS) 50cc race will take place at 4 p.m., following the afternoon ATV race. Sign-up for the 50cc race will take place at GNCC registration and more information can be found on the series website.
After the 50cc race is underway, head over to the pavilion where the Seat Time Awesomeness Competition will take place around 4 p.m. The Tire Changing station challenges competitors to remove one side of the tire, replace the tube, place the tire back on the rim and then fill the tire to over 20psi in the fastest time possible. For the Concept2 Rowing Competition, a competitor will knock out their fastest 250m sprint on a Concept2 Rower. For both stations, the fastest time wins. The Seat Time crew will be signing teams up throughout the day on Friday and Saturday and you can also sign up at the Seat Time display on Vendor Row. Look for cool prizes provided by Moose Racing and other series sponsors.
After taking part in the Seat Time Awesomeness Competition on Saturday evening, everyone is invited to head over to the highly popular Parts Unlimited Dinner at 6 p.m. for food, friends and fun after enjoying a day of racing and other special events.
Sunday is the ultimate day of racing for the dirt bikes and probably will produce many National class champions throughout the day. As a tribute to GNCC Racing’s committed partners, the Vendor Challenge 5 (VC5) will take place during Sunday’s morning bike race. To qualify for the VC5, participants must be signed up through and work for a GNCC vendor or sponsor and must also be approved by GNCC. To sign up for the VC5, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. May the best vendor win!
Dirt bikes will compete throughout the day on Friday, November 4 and again on Sunday, November 6, while ATVs will compete on Saturday, November 5. Local riders are invited to race the event as well, as GNCC racing offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. The amateur racer entry fee is $40 and riders can sign up at the track.
Spectator passes run $15 for the full weekend, with pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, youth riders race at 8 a.m., beginner riders race at 10 a.m., and the top amateurs and the pros race at 1 p.m.
For more information and directions to the event, visit the series website at www.gnccracing.com.