The Loretta Lynn’s GNCC Race Report
Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, April 26, 2008
On the starting line with my Dad Mike
and my mechanic Ronnie.
William Yokley finished 4th Overall at
Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. There were 257 total
entries with 23 XC1 Pro Riders. Team Rider
Mark Notman finished 23rd Overall and 10th in
the 31 rider XC2 Pro Am Class.
We raced today at historic Loretta Lynn’s Ranch
in scenic Tennessee. This is the oldest
race on the GNCC circuit, and draws a huge crowd
every year. The soil is sandy with
sections of small shale rock which makes for a
very physically demanding whooped out course.
The weather was perfect for the race with cool
temperatures and a few rain showers the night
I was looking forward to a good start, but that
wasn’t the case when my bike failed to crank
when the official threw the flag. I was
next to last off the line, and I knew I had to
ride smart and fast to make something happen.
I was able to pass a few riders as we made our
way around the famed National level motocross
track, and was able to pick my way by some
others once we got into the woods. When I
came through the scoring barrels on the first
lap, I was in 5th place, and things were
starting to look up. On the 2nd lap, I was
passed by Adam McGill and Brian Cook; Adam
stretched out some distance from Brian and me,
but we held a nice strong pace throughout the
On the 3rd lap, we had gotten a little closer to
one another to begin a pretty decent battle.
At one point, I looked up to see a bunch of
riders in front of us moving pretty good, and I
thought we had our work cut out for us to get
around these lapped riders. I was
surprised to find out that it was the leaders
instead of the lappers! It’s always a plus
to look up and see the lead pack that you’ve
been chasing all day. Going into the 4th
and final lap, the top 7 riders were nose to
I stopped to get some fresh goggles as mine were
out of tear offs heading into the final lap.
I caught up to Cook again, and we battled it
out. I was right on his bumper going up a
steep hill when I saw a lapper in front of us,
thinking to myself to take another line in case
the rider stalled or got stuck. I didn’t,
and wouldn’t you know, he stalled and there sat
all three of us stuck on this hill. I beat
myself up a little for not taking the other line
because that would have put me in 3rd place.
The KTM guys had a bad run of luck on the last
lap with motor trouble of some sort, and dropped
out of the top 10. That didn’t hurt my
feelings though because I came into the finish
barrels in 4th place for the day!
My teammate Mark Notman got off to a slow start
also as his bike did not fire on the first kick,
leaving him last going into the woods.
Mark passed a lot of riders and was 12th going
into the 2nd lap. He had a nice rhythm
going and made his way up to 8th place going
into the last lap. About 2 miles from the
finish, while trying to pass for another
position, he hit a tree pretty hard with the
rear wheel. The impact knocked him and his
seat off, as well as injuring his leg. He
put the seat back on and remounted to finish the
lap out in 10th place. Even though Mark
was disappointed, he had a good points day and
sits in 6th place in the Pro Am Class.
This was a tough day as the track became
extremely rough and whooped out, but I was
pleased how Mark and I rode. I want to
thank all my sponsors for helping make things
possible as usual. Our team also received
great support from the National Guard Recruiters
and members, we really appreciate their
involvement. We move on to Millfield Ohio
in 2 weeks, 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,
Axcalibar Axles, Streamline, Powermadd, Moto Pro
Training and KG Clutch Factory.