Over the weekend, more than 1200 racers, family members and fans from all over the country came together in Morgantown, W. Va. to celebrate the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country season. The Waterfront Place Hotel and Convention Center once again provided a stellar setting for this year’s GNCC Awards Banquet, as the top ATV racers were honored in front of over 650 people on Friday evening, while over 600 more attended Saturday evening’s ceremony to honor bike racers.
Each evening kicked off at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and opening ceremonies. The top 10 racers in each championship class were then honored on stage, in addition to a handful of specialty awards and recognition of series sponsors and supporters. Several thousand dollars worth of contingency awards were distributed to the top 5 finishers in each class and additional door prizes were raffled off to racers throughout the evening. Door prizes included (6) certificates for an FMF PowerCore 4 Slip-on muffler, one free suspension re-valve from Factory Connection, a Leatt chest protector, Leatt GPX neck brace, Leatt Hydration system, and a Moose Racing gear bag.
2012 Specialty Award Winners
ATV Winners Bike Winners
Rider of the Year: Chris Borich Rider of the Year: Paul Whibley
4×4 Rider of the Year: Bryan Buckhannon Youth Rider of the Year: Cody Ruckle
Youth Rider of the Year: Zack Jones Most Improved Rider: Rory Mead
Most Improved Rider: Emily Wise Bad Ass Award: Steward Baylor Jr.
Bad Ass Award: Dave Simmons Rough & Ready Pit Crew: Ranieri Racing
Rough & Ready Pit Crew: Big Nutz Racing Wiseco Sport Ambassador: KR4 Performance
Wiseco Sport Ambassador: Johnny Gallagher Award of Media Excellence: Brandon Bolling
Award of Media Excellence: Kenny Hill Manufacturer’s Cup: KTM North America
Sponsor of the Year: Can-Am BRP State Championship: North Carolina
Manufacturer’s Cup: Yamaha Motor Corp. In Memoriam: Joseph “Buddy” Norton, Kyle Rohan
State Championship: Pennsylvania
In Memoriam: Glen “Jody” Pritchard, Jeff Phillips, Robert “Smitty” Smith
Immediately following the awards portion of the ceremony, musical entertainment was provided by DJ ELO, as GNCC Racers and their families continued the celebration on the dance floor. GNCC also provided a free photo booth from 8-11 p.m. to capture the evening’s accolade and video game stations were on site all evening to provide additional entertainment for the kids.
For those racers unable to attend the GNCC Banquet, awards can be obtained by calling Jessica at the Racer Productions office (304) 284-0084. Racers will be responsible for the cost of shipping and handling prior to shipping the award. The 2013 Grand National Cross Country Series kicks off March 10 and 12 in River Ranch, Florida, with the 4th Annual Moose Racing River Ranch GNCC. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com