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12Sports Track Pass: GNCC Calls West Virginia Home

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In the 1970's the origins of GNCC racing were born in a small town many of us know, Davis, West Virginia.

Known for it's skiing and the Canaan Valley, the Tucker County town turned dirt bike racing in the nationwide hit.

The Blackwater 100 Started in all. The 100 mile long race quickly grew into America's premier off-road racing series

"That 100-mile, they called it America's toughest race, that's where it all started and it evolved into the Grand Nation Cross-Country Series that we have today," said Jennifer Kenyon, of Racer Productions. "That's been around since 1975, so it's got to be one of the longest running race series we have in America."

Blackwater hasn't been raced since the 90's but the series still holds true to the Mountain State.

GNCC stops in West Virginia twice a year, and the only other state that hosts more than one event is Ohio, and one of those stops is in St. Clairsville, a town just minutes outside of Wheeling.

"With all the rocks and the soils, it's a lot different than most places. I don't think there is another track like these two West Virginia races," said Fairmont native and GNCC racer Layne Michael.

"For these guys out here, it's got to be some of the toughest courses they'll see all season long," said Kenyon.

If the tracks aren't enough to excite racers, drivers say the fans are even better.

"If you think about it the fan base in West Virginia is awesome because everyone owns a quad, utility or something. So everyone's always riding," said Parkersburg native and GNCC rider Thad Duvall. "You know there is a lot of good riding in Morgantown too, so I think the spectator point is around here is awesome because there is so many people that ride."

"West Virginia gets a lot of people in because it's the more gnarly races, and people want to run them. That attacks a lot of it, I think because it's the toughest racing around," said Michael.