Yokley Racing Report: John Penton GNCC

Lucas Cooney
by Lucas Cooney
William Yokley and Scott Kiger

Polaris / Coastal / CST / National Guard / Yoshimura / Yokley Racing Team driver William Yokley finished fourth Overall and fourth in the XC1 Modified Class at this past weekend’s John Penton GNCC. Team driver Scott Kiger finished fifth Overall and fifth in the same class. Fifty-one UTVs were entered in the race, including 23 XC1 Modified teams. William’s guest passenger was his wife Tina, and Scott’s passenger was Tyler King.


The John Penton GNCC course is always challenging with technical woods sections, open fields and parts of a pro motocross track. The area got some much needed rain on Friday night, which made the track just about perfect for Saturday’s Side by Side race. With the temperature in the 90s and high humidity, the racers headed to the starting area.

At the start, the Coastal Polaris National Guard teams of Yokley and Kiger headed into the woods in third and fourth positions. The teams liked the five-mile course because it offered adequate passing zones for this six-lap race. The teammates stayed glued together for most all of the race, and it came down to the last few turns to decide who would be on the podium.

Unfortunately, in the last 100 yards, there was a competitor’s machine sitting still in a one line rut before the finish. By the time Yokley ran into the back of the machine and shoved him all the way through the scoring barrels, they both missed the podium by a couple of seconds, finishing fourth and fifth!

All in all, it was a good day for the team; the RZR XP 900s ran flawlessly with no problems or damage. The next event is in Masontown, WV in two weeks for the Mountaineer Run GNCC.

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.

Lucas Cooney
Lucas Cooney

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