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Yokley Racing

The Powerline Park GNCC UTV Race Report
St. Clairsville, Ohio, October 11, 2008

William Yokley finished 1st Overall today at Ohio’s Powerline Park UTV race. There were 54 total entries with 12 Open Modified teams. William’s wife Tina was the mandatory passenger in the machine today.

Summary

Today was Round 3 of the GNCC UTV Race Series in St. Clairsville OH. This series is a blast to compete in, and the number of competitors is increasing at every event. The 2 mile course makes it interesting for the spectators, but with 54 machines racing, it makes for a lot of traffic. My wife Tina was riding with me today making this her first race event.

The flag dropped and my Polaris RZR got a great start; we were 2nd coming out of turn 1. As we made the first few turns, I heard a machine screaming through the tall grass and T-Boning the leader. He creamed the leader right in the side, turning both machines over several times. Wow, 30 seconds into the race and 2 machines were upside down! Apparently, he misread the turn big time!

We continued on and had a pretty calm race after that. The only tense times were when we were lapping other machines, and some occasional heavy dust. Our Polaris ran and worked really well, and other than me hitting a few trees and stumps, we had a flawless race. At the end of 10 laps, we took the checkered flag just ahead of Jarrett Stephens and Shane Turner, my Tompkinsville, KY buddies. I did notice after the race that our neat National Guard door panels were pretty torn up from some miscellaneous impacts. Tina had fun and a better understanding how much fun passing in the dust can be, and what it feels like to hit a ditch at 60 MPH!

We have one race left to run and I’m leading in the points. I know anything can happen, but I feel confident we will be competitive at the Ironman in two weeks. Thanks to the great folks at Polaris for providing me with a fast, reliable machine.

I’ll see you later.

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, KG Clutch Factory, Moto Pro Training and ATVRiders.com.


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