The Big Buck GNCC Race Report Union, South
Carolina, April 12, 2008
William Yokley finished 10th Overall and 8th
in the XC1 Pro Class today in wet conditions.
There were 224 total entries with 24 XC1 Pro
Riders. Team Rider Mark Notman finished
30th Overall and 15th in the 32 rider XC2 Pro Am
Class. William also placed 1st Overall in
the UTV (Utility side by side 2 man) Race run
right after the Pro main event.
It’s been a very busy two weeks since the
last race getting everything ready for this
weekend. Not only did we prep and test my
Honda, but we had to get my Polaris RZR ready
for the first UTV race of the season. The
RZR is a great machine right off the showroom
floor, and all we did was install Elka long
travel suspension, Douglas wheels, Tire Balls,
ITP Tires and a set of HMF pipes on it. My
mechanic Ronnie fabricated front and rear
bumpers, and some side panels which made a great
sponsor billboard. 317 Graphics made some
really cool graphics to finish it off.
The Big Buck race track features a lot of
hills with rutted out trails, and a pretty big
jump that launches you over a creek. We
arrived Friday evening after traveling through
rainstorms and high winds all the way. The
rain continued through Sat. morning, and eased
off just before the main event. I got a
decent start and was in 11th as we headed into
the woods, where I immediately came upon a
narrow one line trail. As riders jockeyed
for position, all heck broke loose and I got
hammered from behind, knocking me sideways and
into another bike. Our front wheels got
locked together and we were hung up big time.
When I finally got unlocked and under way, I was
back in about 22nd place after losing a minute
or so. I passed my way to 11th at the end
of lap 1. I had to change goggles and
gloves at my fuel stop due to the muddy
conditions. Bill Ballance and I worked our
way up together for the next 2 laps, with Bill
finally getting away from me on the last lap.
I finished 8th in the Pro Class; not exactly
what I wanted but a good points day none the
My teammate Mark Notman had a pretty
difficult day. After a mid pack start, he
worked his way up to 9th going into lap 3.
About halfway through the 3rd lap, he felt a
sharp pain up his side, making it extremely
difficult to breathe. He was forced to
drop back and just try to finish; he ended up in
15th for the day. Mark was hurting after the
race; it’s a good thing he’s young and recovers
After the race, I put some fluids back in me,
and got ready for the first UTV race of the
season. This is a new venue for the GNCC
Series this year with 4 races scheduled. I
had very little time to practice the Polaris RZR
at home, and was not sure what to expect.
Sixty machines started the 1 hour race on this
shortened 3 mile course with lap times about 5
minutes. These machines are wider and
heavier than my regular race bike, and passing
was going to be interesting. We have to
carry a passenger and my mechanic, Ronnie Wade
was pressed into service to ride with me.
We got the hole shot and led going into the
woods; so far so good. We got into some
tight spots trying to pass lappers, and had to
be patient while trying to stay out front.
We had a blast racing the RZR; the machine ran
flawlessly and was plenty fast with the stock
800 cc engine. I did test out the bumpers
several times, and shattered a cedar fence post
after bouncing through a ditch; did I mention
that these things are tough?! We finished
1st Overall with big smiles on our faces, and
the crowd all seemed to enjoy the action.
I think the GNCC folks have hit on another
We head to Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in TN in 2
weeks. Loretta’s is the closest track to
home for me, and I always like racing there.
See you there!
Yokley Racing Team
Sponsors are: The Army National Guard,
Rocky Mountain ATV, Polaris Industries, ITP
Tires, Elka Suspension, Roll Design, HMF Exhaust
Systems, IMS/Roll, Tire Balls, Andrews Cycle,
Douglas Wheel Technology, Baldwin Motorsports,
CGR, O’Neal Clothing, Panolin Lubricants, IMS,
Hinson, 317 Graphics, Intense Fabrication &
Design, Tsubaki Chains, Hardkor, Shoei Helmets,
Axcaliber Axles, Streamline, Powermadd and Moto