SNOWSHOE - West Virginia native Adam McGill captured his first win of the season Saturday at Snowshoe Mountain Resort during the ninth stop of the 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship.
"It's such an amazing feeling to do this in front of the fans here in West Virginia," McGill said. "Snowshoe has always been good to me."
Brian Wolf led a majority of the race, taking home second overall for the day, finishing just under a minute behind McGill.
"You know, we don't do this [racing] for the points or even the money, it's all about being with the family and the great friends and people that support us in what we do," Wolf said.
Wolf was a heavy favorite heading into this year's race and the Ohio native proved exactly why as he jumped into the early lead on the adjusted time clock.
However, it didn't take long for N-Fab AmPro Yamaha's Walker Fowler to regain the lead by lap two. Reigning champion and current XC1 points leader Chris Borich held the second place position behind Fowler, and rookie Jay Shadron sat close behind in third.
As the group checked in for lap three of six, Fowler did not surface. Reports later confirmed that Fowler snapped his chain and had to be towed into his pits. From there, McGill and Wolf continued to trade the lead back and forth all afternoon.
Heading into the final lap, the duo was neck-and-neck on the adjusted time clock and it all came down to the final moments of the two-hour race. Since they weren't physically battling, Wolf admittedly stopped pushing as hard near the end and that's when McGill put his head down and finished out strong, capturing his first win of the season and his third career win at Snowshoe.
DWT Racing's Jarrod McClure made his second straight appearance atop the podium with a hard charging performance.
McClure began the day just outside of the top 10, but the Pennsylvania native made his way into podium contention just after the halfway mark, where he turned it up in the final moments to secure third place overall.
Precision/Maxxis Tires Chris Bithell ran into some issues at the beginning of the race where he fell just outside of the top 10 early on. However, Bithell pushed his way back through the pack to finish fourth overall for the day.