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Published on November 13th, 2012 | by Joe


Team GT Thunder I Wins the Parts Unlimited GNCC Dealer Challenge

Morgantown, W. Va. (November 8, 2012) – After 13 rounds of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, Racer Productions is pleased to announce Team GT Thunder I as the winner of the 2012 Parts Unlimited GNCC Dealer Challenge.

The GNCC Dealer Challenge is an incentive program designed to enhance the involvement of dealership support to racers in the GNCC series. Throughout the season, teams earned points every round based on each team member’s respective class-finish.

“GNCC’s Dealer Challenge is a great way for dealers to interact with amateur racers,” said Lazarus Sommers, CEO GT Thunder. “It’s always a pleasure to work with amateurs where you can really help their program in many ways – including parts selection, training, professionalism and the mind set for competitive racing.”

GT Thunder Team I: Glen McConnell, Tom Wright, Laz Sommers, Dave Simmons, Brayden Shick photo: Amy McConnell / XCountry Photos

Painesville, Ohio’s Dave Simmons led the way for Team GT Thunder I, earning a perfect season in the ATV Super Senior (45+) class. Sherrodsville, Ohio’s Glenn McConnell helped the team to victory as well, topping the Masters (50+) division. Senior A (38+) class-winner Tom Wright of Tabernacle, New Jersey also claimed a class title. Brayden Shick of Cranberry, Pa., put in a solid season for the team, finishing second in the Schoolboy (13-15) A/B division.

GT Thunder also fielded an additional team, which included ATV riders Blake Chirdon (College B), Blaine Martin (Schoolboy A/B), Thomas Ulrich (Schoolboy Novice) and Matt Pierce (XC2 Pro Am).

“It was great that both teams worked very well together, pitted together and helped each other out. Both GT Thunder teams did very well this year and I’m very fortunate to work with riders of this caliber and commitment. I am very proud of what they accomplished, but even more proud of the teamwork and professionalism that went into this effort from their end,” Sommers added.

GT Thunder Team I: Glen McConnell, Tom Wright, Dave Simmons, (front) Brayden Shick photo: Amy McConnell / XCountry Photos

Upon winning the Dealer Challenge, GT Thunder will be awarded a paid trip for (2) to Las Vegas for the 2013 Parts Unlimited Dealer Show and VIP Access to the Vegas Supercross.

The 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series concluded last weekend at the Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. For more information on the series, visit

2012 Dealer Challenge Top 10 Results:

  1. GT Thunder Team I, Millersburg, OH (948)
  2. Obermeyer Yamaha Team II, Jasper, IN (860)
  3. Performance Team I, Cookeville, TN (859)
  4. Appalachian Offroad I, Cross Lanes, WV (855)
  5. Team X, Coshocton, OH (832)
  6. DeRisi Racing Woodhead, Caser, NC (789)
  7. SICC Racing, Versailles, IN (780)
  8. DeRisi Racing Excel, Caser, NC (767)
  9. BNR A Team, North Lima, OH (743)
  10. Sport Cycle Racing I, Athens, OH (695)

About GNCC Racing

The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series is America’s premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 1,500 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised and airs every week on NBC Sports. For more information, please visit

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