The 2018 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series took over Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, Ohio for round seven, The Wiseco John Penton GNCC this past weekend.
Thad Duvall found himself at the front of the pack early, and never looked back. Duvall earned his second win of the season, and now sits 15 points behind FMF/KTM Factory Racing's Kailub Russell in the National Championship points standings.
Australian Josh Strang grabbed the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award, but was closely followed by teammate Duvall as they headed into the woods. Duvall made the pass early, and lead the way through the rugged racecourse. Coming through timing and scoring on lap one, Duvall had a 39 minute and 12 second lap time but maintained a 2.6 second lead over Tely Energy Racing/KTM's Grant Baylor.
Duvall and G. Baylor held the first and second spots for the first three laps, however G. Baylor found himself stuck in one of the toughest portions throughout the course, the Penton section, on lap four. G. Baylor was ultimately unable to finish the race, allowing Strang to move into the second overall position for the remaining two laps. Strang came through the finish in second overall, earning his first podium finish of the season.
Russell found himself having an up-and-down kind of race. After having trouble firing his bike on the start, K. Russell would charge through the pack to come around in third on lap one. Then on the second lap he was forced to pit early for a new set of gloves after plunging into a water section. K. Russell would swap third and fourth place positions majority of the race, before holding onto the third place position. However, a hard-charge would put K. Russell only two seconds behind second place finisher when the checkered flag came out.