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DFR’s Team Yokley Takes First, Second in Big Buck GNCC Race

April 13, 2011

DFR sponsored driver William Yokley finished first overall and first in the side-by-side open-modified class at the Big Buck GNCC race in Union, S.C., last weekend, adding more clout to his National Guard Polaris Coastal DragonFire Yokley Racing Team. And it didn’t hurt a bit that team driver Scott Kiger finished second overall, capping a successful day for Yokley Racing.

William Yokley (<em>photo courtesy of</em>)

William Yokley (photo courtesy of

Competition came in the form of 50 total entries, with 29 open-modified teams in the race last Saturday. Yokley’s guest passenger was his wife Tina, and Kiger’s passenger was his mechanic, Joe Waligora.

The Big Buck is a popular stop on the GNCC schedule every year, and sunshine and temps in the 80s greeted the racers. The Polaris Yokley side-by-side team has continued to refine the new RZR XP-900 for GNCC racing. Actually, the team runs many stock parts, including the motor in this top-level cross-country race series.

William Yokley (<em>photo courtesy of</em>)

William Yokley (photo courtesy of

Because he’s the series points leader, William started on Row 1, with Scott starting in Row 4. When the flag dropped, William battled with Daryl Rath for the first few turns, and then slipped in front as they headed into the woods. He had clear sailing for the first couple of laps until he ran into lappers. The RZR was handling well, and he was able to extend his lead to more than four minutes at the finish. It helped that the track was fast with just a few dusty areas.

Scott, on the other hand, had his work cut out for him, starting behind so many other machines. He tried to be patient, but eventually had to push the aggression button. He moved up to fifth place after the first lap, then fourth on Lap 2, and then was in second place on Lap 3 where he remained until the finish. Scott noticed his front bumper flapping up and down on the last lap, discovering after the race that the mounts were broken off and the winch cable was the only thing holding it together. So much for being patient! The race resulted in William still leading the GNCC season in points, and Scott has moved up in the rankings and is now tied for second place.

The next race is April 23 and is a WORCS event at Cahuilla Creek Raceway in Anza, Calif. But before that, the team hauler will provide a display area for the National Guard at the annual Thunder Over Louisville, Ky., event this Saturday, April 16. Thunder Over Louisville is one of more than 70 events of the Kentucky Derby Festival. The 90-foot Yokley team hauler showcases the RZR XP-900 race machines as well as other Polaris ATVs. The display will compliment the other military equipment and helicopters for this one-day aircraft and fireworks show. Last year, more than 700,000 people attended this event.

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