William Yokley fought off 47 other UTVs to take the checkers in the XC1 class at the Mountaineer GNCC this past weekend. Team driver Scott Kiger joined Yokley on the podium with a third place finish. Yokley’s guest passenger was his wife Tina, and Kiger’s passenger was Tyler King.
The Mountaineer GNCC course features rocks, rocks and more rocks! To do well here, you must be cautious and choose your lines carefully. The area received rain on Thursday and Friday, and by race day, the track was almost perfect. There was no mud, no dust, low humidity and temperature in the 70s.
The Polaris Coastal National Guard team of William Yokley and Scott Kiger got decent starts and entered the woods in third and fourth places. At the end of lap 1, they were 10th and 13th respectively, mainly due to the later rows making up corrected time as the machines got bunched up trying to navigate the new course.
As things started to spread out, both Yokley and Kiger got in a good rhythm, and put in some fast, consistent laps. Lapped traffic today was mostly cooperative, and did a good job allowing the faster cars by. As always though, there were instances of bumping and banging just to make things interesting. On lap seven of the eight-lap race, Yokley had the lead and Kiger was in third place on this four-mile course. They held the positions to the finish, with both cars finishing on the podium.
“Having Tire Balls today was a necessity, we would not have made one lap without them, and they helped the suspension by soaking up the big hits on all the rocks,” says Yokley. “Both Polaris RZR XP 900s ran strong to the finish, as usual!”
The GNCC Side by Side Series will take a summer break until the Powerline Park event in St. Clairsville, Ohio on October 12. William Yokley is first in series points and Scott Kiger is third, only 10 points back. They will be ready to go when the series resumes.
Yokley Side by Side Racing Team Sponsors: Polaris Industries, Coastal Racing, CST, Army National Guard, Yoshimura, Holz Racing Products, OMF, Walker Evans, Fluidyne, Beard Seats, Tireballs, SustainU, and Big Country Powersports.