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Snowshoe to host large race Saturday

June 20, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series will return to Snowshoe Mountain this weekend for one of the toughest and most unique races on the 13-round circuit.

In addition to two full days of off-road all-terrain vehicle and motorcycle racing, Saturday evening will host an exclusive performance by country music star Craig Morgan for the enjoyment of all GNCC spectators and racers in attendance.

The 20-mile course winds through the mountains and valleys of West Virginia's largest ski resort, beginning with a unique GP-style start alongside Snowshoe Resort's concrete village. The Snowshoe GNCC will bring the world's top talent in off-road motorcycle and ATV racing to eastern West Virginia. Professional racers will include top international talent, such as U.S. National Champions and World Champions from Europe, Australia and New Zealand, while youth and amateur racers have a full slate of classes all weekend long.

Youth racer Cody Pingley, of Coalton, will be racing in front of his hometown crowd this weekend at Snowshoe. Pingley currently sits in second place overall in the Super Mini (14-15) class, only 10 points from the leader. Pingley has a good chance of taking over the lead in his class this weekend on his home turf.

The Snowshoe GNCC is expected to draw approximately 1,200 racers and several thousand spectators to the mountain. Additionally, the event will ultimately bring an estimated $3 million in revenue to Snowshoe Mountain and the surrounding areas through lodging, restaurants and fuel needs. GNCC families are dedicated to the sport of off-road racing and they strive to spend local dollars in order to continue attending premiere racing events in the communities that host GNCC events.

Four-wheeled ATVs will compete throughout the day on Saturday, and dirt bikes will race on Sunday. Local riders are invited to race the event, as GNCC 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.

More information is available at or 304-284-0084.



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