Hog Waller GNCC Photos | Amsoil GNCC Round 2
By Billy Rainford
Presented by 100% Gloves
Each year, round 2 of the Amsoil GNCC takes place at Hog Waller in Palatka, Florida. The track is only about an hour from Daytona, so it’s always a good time to head over and check out some enduro racing while down for the Daytona Supercross.
It started pouring rain as soon as I got there. That may be horrible for the riders, but I was actually looking forward to seeing one of these gruelling 3-hour events in some of the toughest conditions. Here’s a look at some of the action from a wet, humid afternoon in Florida.
Full results can be found: http://www.racer-results.net/results/gncc/2017/class.asp?e=17&c=9999999&r=2
Outside the town of Palatka, Florida, lies a mud-wallower’s paradise by the name of Hog Waller, and it is the site of the 2nd round of the Amsoil GNCC series.
There were several Canadians racing, including #403 Ryder Heacock.
These things are a battle of strength and endurance. Sometimes a pat on the back is the push you need to set out on another lap.
Wide open down the mechanics’ area.
I got to the track and the sky opened up. It poured as hard as you can imagine for 30 minutes while I hid in the van.
I headed straight for the water section, of course.
#335 is Jamie Baskerville.
As the day progressed, alternate lines were formed naturally, and with the help of some track workers.
Jamie Baskerville axle deep.
I must have stood in this area for 2 of the 3 hours.
If you missed the good line, you were in trouble.
Just close your eyes and hope for the best.
The XC1 Open Pro top 2, #1 Kailub Russel and #989 Thaddeus Duvall, were this close for most of the 3-hour event.
Russel gets some direction through the deep stuff.
Some mobile fluids.
#903 Tyler Medaglia said he hadn’t been on a bike as much as he’d need to be to challenge for the top spots, but made the best of it.
A dirt bike racer with the last name “Boggs.” That’s pretty funny.
This tree section looked really cool.
Tyler heads straight for the camera.
Tyler was took a pretty hard fall but kept pushing.
He still had his front plate at this point.
This section just kept getting worse and worse.
The top guys did 6 laps.
Twist the throttle and hang on!
Ryder at the end of the long straight.
He smashed his foot at some point and had to fight through the pain for the afternoon.
I’m giving this lady MVP of the track workers I saw.
Their commitment was impressive and very much appreciated by all the riders.
As much as you want to keep your goggles on, at some point they had to come off.
Don’t hit the helper, Tyler.
Even the top riders get out of shape.
They stood in the water and checked for the shallowest lines and pointed them out.
Getting in the groove.
Take your time, I’ll wait…
After the downpour, the humidity went through the roof for a while.
Waiting for their next customer.
I was told there were alligators seen in one section of the track!
These guys were loving it.
Ryder heading in through the tree right before the mechanics’ area.
That was NOT the hot line.
Her angel wings must have been tough to clean at the end of the day!
Guy B from Vital MX sighting.
Tree roots appeared in the deeper ruts, so everyone tried to go just beside them.
Some may argue this guy was one of the lucky ones.
Russell in the trees.
Kailub Russell takes a blurry win.
That’s what it feels like when you WIN! Can you imagine how the rest feel?
They raced for 3 hours and finished 2 seconds apart. That’s a tough day at the office!
Tyler Medaglia comes across the line in 8th.
Jamie Baskerville took 5th in 200 A.
Ryder Heacock took 23rd in the XC2 250 Pro class after some rough luck.
That pretty much sums it up, I’d say.
Jamie was ready to go again!
I heard Mitch Cooke was there with Jeremy Medaglia and Nick May. I figured I’d find Mitch close by.
Kibby raced earlier in the day and then helped Tyler in the afternoon. Did you sleep well, Kibby?
Without a ton of seat time, Tyler was worried his hands would be his weakest link. They weren’t bad.
I found them! Hey Mitch, over here!
And that was it for another year of Hog Waller GNCC racing. See you at the races…