Team KTM/Powersport Grafx Race Report

June 26, 2008 11:25am

GNCC Round 8 - Yadkinville, NC

North Wilkesboro, NC - The KTM/Powersport Grafx Race Team didn't have to travel far from its home base for round 8 for the 2008 GNCC Series. The race took place on the Wellborn Family Farm only 30 miles East of the PG race shop. A lack of rain in the area for nearly a month meant extremely dusty conditions for all racers.

Kailub Russell grabbed a 3rd place start in the XC2 Pro Lites Class and quickly moved into the lead on lap one. Unfortunately on lap two Kailub began to experience a clutch issue that resulted in him having to pull off the track in the middle of his 3rd lap and head for the pits. After as quick a pit as possible to resolve the issue, Kailub re-entered the track where he left it, and began to charge towards the front of the pack. In the last 3 laps Kailub made 8 passes, clawing his way back to a respectable, and hard-earned 6th place finish. Kailub still sits in 3rd place in the overall points.

Cory Buttrick grabbed yet another of his signature holeshots and quickly began working his way through XC2 and XC1 Pro class riders on his way to a 12th place overall finish as the top amateur. Cory's 7th win in a row keeps him atop the 4 Stroke A Lites overall points.

In the 250 A class, Jordan Ashburn led wire-to-wire for his 5th win of the season. For the second time this year, Jordan cracked the top-20 overall with a 19th place finish. The win extended Jordan's lead in the overall class points to 22 over second place.

Lee Rowland rode a solid race in the 200 B class for 3rd place. Lee's 61st overall finish was his best of the season.

By going undefeated in the first 8 rounds, Steward Baylor clinched the overall Youth Championship with his 8th straight win of the season. Look for Steward in the afternoon race at round 9 in Somerset, PA.

Grant Baylor's race started off great as he led the first lap of the 85cc 7-11 class. Unfortunately Grant suffered a race-ending engine problem on lap two which ended his day prematurely. Grant still sits in the top spot in overall class points.

We would like to thank our sponsor partners: KTM, PowersportGrafx, KTM Hard Equipment, KTM Genuine Spare Parts, Pirelli, SCOTT goggles, Alpinestars, FMF, IMS products, Motorex, NGK, Synergy Seals, and CV4 products.

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