National Guard Polaris Coastal Yokley Racing Team driver Scott Kiger finished 5th Overall, and National Guard Polaris Coastal DragonFire Yokley Racing Team driver William Yokley finished 10th Overall and 9th in the Side by Side Open Modified Class. There were 38 total entries with 16 Open Modified teams in the race today. William’s guest passenger was Joe Waligora, and Scott’s passenger was Phillip Weser, West Virginia’s largest general building contractor.
The race at Rock Run got its name from the vast amount of rocks throughout the facility. The course is challenging with very technical rock sections and fast open areas, and if you get off track, there are even more rocks! Unlike the last GNCC, the weather was great with sunny skies and temps in the 70s.
The race began with William Yokley getting the hole shot, and holding the lead for awhile. As they completed lap 1, he was in 3rd. His machine began experiencing problems and would not run more than half throttle. He could maintain speed through the tighter, technical sections, but was at a noticeable disadvantage in the faster open areas. On the 5th of 7 laps, the team felt an unusual vibration and thought something may be dragging or wrong underneath. They stopped and checked it over, saw nothing, and then continued on. They lost 6 positions during the stop, and finished out the last 2 laps in 9th position.
Scott Kiger had a decent start and came through lap 1 in 7th position. He drove a steady pace, trying to take care of the Ranger RZR XP 900 in the rocky terrain. If you tried to pass someone by getting off line, the rocks were even worse! Scott worked his way up to 5th by end of the 45 minute race.
Both teams felt they should have finished closer to the front, but there is a lot of parity in the Open Modified class with many good teams, so finishing in the top 10 is not a bad result. The National Guard Polaris Side by Side Teams must now prepare for next weekend’s WORCS race in Clay Peaks Idaho. We will keep everyone posted, and thanks again for all the support from our sponsors and fans!
Yokley Racing Team Sponsors
The Army National Guard, Polaris Industries, Coastal Racing, DragonFire Racing, Kenda Tires, Monavie, EXIT Suspension, Roll Design, XC Bobs.com, Douglas Wheel Technology, HMF Exhaust Systems, Moto Pro Training, SHIFT Riding Gear, Tsubaki Chains, IMS/Roll, CV4 Hoses, ATVRiders.com, Tireballs, Precision Racing Products, G-4 Graphics, SCOTT USA Goggles, IMS, Hygh Octane Designs, Bowers Motorsports, TanTerra Wines, Tusk Off-Road, Baldwin Motorsports, K&N Filters, RPM Axles, KG Clutches and PowerMadd.