Loretta Lynns GNCC ATV Race Report
Mills, Tennessee, April 24, 2010
National Guard Polaris Yokley Racing ATV Team
rider Jarrod McClure completed only one lap and
finished 123rd overall and 15th in the XC1 Pro
ATV Class today in Round 5 of the 2010 GNCC
Series after submerging his machine in high
water. There were 162 total entries with
15 XC1 Pro Riders.
The GNCC at Loretta Lynns is the oldest and
longest running event on the schedule.
This historic race course offers lots of hills,
water crossings and rough terrain.
Unfortunately, heavy rain all through Friday
night and Saturday morning made for miserable
conditions. There was mud and standing
water everywhere. The bike was prepped the
best it could be for running in lots of water
Jarrod got a good start and was running in
5th position through the first few turns.
The first few bikes jammed up in a rut, and
Jarrod tried to take a different rut around the
outside of them. He clipped Adam McGill’s
tire, and flipped over in a deep water hole.
The ATV was upside down with just the wheels
sticking out of the water. He quickly
righted the machine, and fortunately it fired
up! His goggles were covered in mud and
water, and basically useless; and his gloves
were covered in mud. Not the way you want
to start a 2-hour race!
The Polaris Outlaw was running, but the
throttle was sticking, and the engine was
misfiring. He continued on, and did manage
to pass 5 riders, completing lap 1 in 10th
position. He stopped in the pit area, the
crew tried to correct the sticking throttle
problem and the engine misfire. They found
that the carburetor had mud and water inside,
causing the slide to stick. The airbox was
also full of muddy water and the engine had been
damaged. There was really no way to keep
things dry when the machine was submerged like
it was. Jarrod was lucky to make it back
to the pits. Unfortunately, that was all
she wrote, and he had to retire from the event.
This was a real bummer, as the machine was
handling well and the Kenda tires were hooking
up great in the slick, muddy conditions.
The team remains very optimistic for the next
event in Yadkinville, NC. Hopefully, it
will not have so much water! See you