Last weekend, Scramblers would run at TORN’s Round 5 in Bulcher, Texas and Round 9, GNCC’s Snowshoe, in Snowshoe, West Virginia.
Team UXC Racing’s Chris Robinson would line up his Scrambler XP 1000 at TORN looking for another win. With a field of ten Utility quads and limited passing spots a good start would be crucial and, when the flagged dropped, Robinson piloted the Scrambler XP 1000 into second place position. Two-miles in, Robinson was able to take the lead and rode home to another win.
TORN will be on summer break until September 5, so Robinson will be taking to the desert for Best in the Desert’s Vegas to Reno, on August 15.
In West Virginia, Rick Cecco would suit up for the last GNCC race before the summer break. Snowshoe combines aspects of every other spot on the circuit: rocks, hill climbs, mud bogs, roots and an elevation so high that it can cause a machine to perform much differently. Cecco saw trouble early on with goggles that failed forcing him to pit on the first lap. After the initial stop, he used every lap and the power of his Scrambler XP 850 to gain on those in front of him. Though he was back in the fifth position for laps one through five, by lap six he was able to move into the third position. Through lap seven, Cecco remained in the third position, but had mere seconds between himself and second place. Having only a handful of miles remaining on the last lap, Cecco managed to overtake the second position and grab yet another podium finish. Cecco goes into the summer break in fourth in the 4x4 Pro Class with Team UXC Racing’s Michael Swift sitting in fifth.
This past weekend, Yokley Racing was hard at it at the Powerline Park GNCC Race in St. Clairsville, Ohio. William Yokley steered his Coastal/Holz RZR 900 to the win to take over the points lead from John Yokley in his Team Big Country Powersports RZR 900. RZRs would take all three podium spots for the race. Yokley’s teammate, Scott Kiger, sits in fourth for the season which sets up a fight to the finish at the final race of the season, The Amsoil Iron Man.
William Yokley and his Coastal / Polaris / CST / Yoshimura /Yokley Racing Holz-built RZR 900 took the GNCC “XC1 Modified” UTV Championship for fifth consecutive year with Yokley’s teammate, Scott Kiger finishing the season in fourth. RZRs proved to be a dominant force in the class taking the top five spots for the season, including Yokley’s nephew, John Yokley, taking second in his Big Country Powersports/Yokley Racing RZR 900.
After taking third last round at Loretta Lynn’s, Team UXC Racing’s Michael Swift took his second podium of the year with a second place finish at GNCC’s Mountaineer Run.
Swift had a great start and by the second lap, had the No. 209 Polaris Scrambler XP 850 had moved into second position. He climbed his way into first and led most of the last two laps but a low fuel level made him lose power a few times costing him the lead by six seconds. Swift’s second-place finish also was the fourth fastest overall time for the race.
“I am very pleased with my Polaris Scrambler 850XP and how it handled on the rough track. I feel we are making great progress with the Polaris and are proving that it is a contender for the top spot in the Pro 4x4 class here at GNCC,” said Swift. “My Maxxis tires performed with perfection in the rocks and the Custom Axis shocks were amazing.”
Polaris Factory Racer, Rick Cecco had a great start as well. Unfortunately, into the first lap, a stick wedged itself under his Polaris Scrambler XP 850 and unplugged a spark plug wire resulting in a loss of power. Cecco had to pit and lost time repairing the issue. Once back on the track, Cecco did his best to make up time to salvage as many points as possible and ended the race in fifth.
RZRs filled the podium this past weekend at the GNCC Big Buck, in Union, SC.
Coastal Racing’s Scott Kiger had a rough start but finished strong ending up in third place in the XC1 Modified Class and fourth overall. Teammate, William Yokley’s day ended early when his front wheel came in contact with another machine’s rear wheel and broke a steering component. Yokley would keep it in the family though with Big Country Powersports/Yokley Racing UTV Team driver John Yokley finishing first Overall and first in the XC1 Modified Class.
Team UXC Racing’s Chris Robinson would, yet again, take the win at TORN Round 4 on his Scrambler XP 1000. Robinson has been tearing it up this year taking first in every round. In GNCC, Polaris/Team UXC Racing’s Racer Michael Swift would get his first podium with a third place at Loretta Lynn’s. Swift has been dialing in his Scrambler 850 and looks for more podium finishes in the future. Also racing for UXC Racing this past weekend was Scott Wheeler who took first in GNCC’s 4x4 Senior Class on a Scrambler 850.
William Yokley is back to defend his No. 1 spot in his Polaris / Coastal / CST / National Guard / Yoshimura / Yokley Racing RZR XP 900 as is Yokley’s teammate, Scott Kiger, who finished second last year, in his RZR XP 900.
The General features a shorter-than-normal track with technical wood sections and open fields. The new dead-engine start hindered Yokley as his car didn’t immediately fire, leaving him last. Kiger, on-the-other-hand, had a great start and ran most of the race up front. Yokley was able to work his way through traffic and made a pass for the lead about a mile from the finish. Kiger finished fourth.
The first round of GNCC, the Mud Mucker, was this past weekend and Polaris Factory Racing had Rick Cecco and UXC Racing’s Michael Swift line up with their Scrambler XP 850s for the Pro 4x4 Class. Swift took the lead by the end of the first lap with Cecco in fourth. With the lead swapping various times and all racers battling for the lead, Swift’s Scrambler would suffer a belt failure. Cecco, after pitting, would fall back to fourth and battle his way back to finish third for his first podium of the season.
For the opening round of side-by-side racing in GNCC’s The General, in Washington, Ga., new Polaris Factory Racer John Yokley took the checkered flag in his Big Country Powersports RZR 900. Scott Kiger of Coastal Racing not only participated in The Mint but flew to Georgia to run The General and finished fifth. On the ATV side, off his third place finish at GNCC Round 1, Rick Cecco would get another third on his Scrambler XP 850.
The Texas Off-Road Nationals (TORN) Round 1 were held in Boyd, Texas the first weekend in March. UXC Rider Chris Robinson piloted his Scrambler XP 1000 to a first-place finish. The course was a 5.5 mile loop consisting of whooped out sand sections, a few tight wooded areas, some dry creek beds and a few rocky hill climb sections.
Big Buck in Union, SC, is the second race of the six-race UTV series for GNCC.
Polaris Factory Racers William Yokley, John Yokley and Scott Kiger along with 30 other XC1 Modified Racers would take the line for top honors. When the dust settled, William Yokley in his Polaris / Coastal / CST / National Guard / Yoshimura / Yokley Racing RZR XP 900 would take the checkered flag with teammate Scott Kiger in a RZR XP 1000 taking third. John Yokley, after finishing first at The Washington in his Big Country Powersports RZR 900, would take fourth. The win catapulted William Yokley into first place in the series standings, with teammates John Yokley and Scott Kiger in second and third.
On the ATV side, Team UXC Racing’s Don Higbee would travel from Wyoming to take second in the 4x4 Senior class on his Scrambler XP 850. Polaris Factory Racers Michael Swift and Rick Cecco took fifth and sixth in the 4x4 Pro class on their Scrambler XP 850s.
Team UXC Racing’s Chris Robinson got his third win of the year at TORN Round 2, in the Utility class, on his Scrambler XP 1000.
In Texas, Team UXC Racing’s Chris Robinson got his third win of the year at TORN Round 3, in the Utility class, on his Scrambler XP 1000. Robinson also finished second in the Expert class night race.