The Ironman GNCC UTV Race Report
Indiana, October 25, 2008
William Yokley finished 1st Overall today at
The Ironman UTV race. There were 71 total
entries with 19 Open Modified teams.
National Guard COL Ron Turner was the mandatory
passenger in the machine today.
Today was Round 4 of the GNCC UTV Race Series
in St. Crawfordsville, IN. The final GNCC
UTV race drew the largest field of the year and
this series seems to really be catching on in
popularity. I was leading in the points
coming into this event, and if I could have a
strong finish, I could wrap up the National
Title. The four mile course was a little
longer than normal which made for a little less
traffic and fewer jams. The course
consisted of some high speed open field
sections, some tight woods, some creek crossings
and hills. I was honored to have COL Ron
Turner as my passenger today. COL Turner
is the Chief of Staff in KY and has been
instrumental in building the Yokley Racing –
National Guard relationship; this would be his
first ride in the Polaris RZR.
Our first task was getting his 6’ 5” frame to
fit into the cockpit comfortably. We let
the safety belts out and got him in OK, but his
head was right up against the top of the roll
cage. I could see that it was going to be
a battle between his helmet and the cage during
the race! We headed to the starting line
in a large, recently harvested corn field.
I had gotten the hole shot in every UTV race
this year, so I had confidence that we could do
it again. Whoops! Our machine did
not fire immediately, and we were at the back of
the field as we headed through the first several
corners. We banged around and worked our
way up to 7th at the end of the first lap.
On lap 2, we were third, but about 40 second
behind the leader. We hammered away and
were able to catch up and to take the lead with
3 laps remaining. Our day was not without
some mayhem as we did get hung up a few times
with some fellow racers. When we finished,
the passenger side panel was completely ripped
off; neither of us knew when that happened!
It was a great day and COL Turner had fun in
his first experience in the RZR. On the
podium, he commented how he was now hooked on
this type of racing, and referred to me as a
“Maniac” and “Wildman”; I’m not quite sure what
he meant by that! If yelling was any
indication of how much he enjoyed the ride, he
had a ball!
I want to congratulate Jarrett Stephens and
Shane Turner for finishing second and running
real strong; they led the race for quite a
while. I also want to thank Polaris for
providing me with the best machine out there and
the Army National Guard for supporting me this
year. All my sponsors listed below
contributed to the success of our team this
year, and for that I am deeply grateful.
We now take a little break and start getting
ready for next season. 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, KG Clutch Factory, Moto
Pro Training and ATVRiders.com.