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  • RT Pro’s John Henry Takes Big Buck GNCC XC2 SXS Win

    RT Pro SxS Racer Shine at Big Buck GNCC

    RT Pro’s John Henry brought home the win in the XC2 Pro Sport UTV class at the Big Buck GNCC for the second year in the row. John Yokley drove his RT Pro equipped Can-Am Maverick to a fifth-place finish in the GNCC XC1 SXS just ahead of fellow RT Pro drivers, Bill Patterson, in sixth.

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    In XC2, John Henry’s son, Colton, joined his father in his RZR at the Big Buck. The duo backed up their success last year here to record another win together. They took the lead on the third lap and won by more than two minutes.

    “He as on leave from the Army Rangers and snuck back up to co-pilot for me,” said Henry. “The car was great. The RT Pro equipment held up great and kept us in the game. The track was fast and rough and the RT Pro components definitely made a difference today.”

    In the XC1 class, John Yokley, with co-pilot Jarrod McClure, ran hard through the dust and the track’s many stumps to record the top five.

    “I came off row three and just charged hard through the dust,” said Yokley. “The Can-Am Maverick was great. I couldn’t ask for a better machine. The suspension was on point. Andy at RT Pro; his control arms held up awesome in the stumps and the dust.

    After a season of bad luck last year, Yokley is happy with a fresh start for 2016 with his Jack’s Can-Am Maverick. “This has been a long time coming,” added Yokley. “Getting back up front made me smile.”

    Bill Patterson, in his first year with Coastal Racing, said moving to the new Polaris RZR has been a challenge. He overcame power steering issues to finish sixth.

    “Team Manager Barry Hawk has won championships on both four wheels and two wheels, so the combined experience helps us through the whole process,” said Patterson. “The new car has been a work in progress, but Coastal has some guys that are just awesome on suspension. The RT Pro parts have been solid. They are super strong. We’ve hit a lot of things in testing and they take it. At this race there were stumps everywhere. There were a few bottlenecks, so I hit numerous stumps and never had a problem.”

    Coastal Racing’s Sean Bogdan fought through dust and the rutted out track to finish ninth. “It was a tough race because it was tight, fast and dusty,” said Bogdan. “I slowly started picked some guys off. On the fourth lap, the track got really rutted up. I had drive smart and fast. The whole team did well and we had a good weekend.”

    RT Pro SXS racers will again be back in action in just two short weeks when the GNCC Series heads to Moree’s Sportsman Preserve in Society Hill, SC for the third round of SxS racing.

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  • RT Pro's Jerry Boling Drives Through Adversity at Big Buck GNCC

    Jerry Boling drove through a tough and fast course to earn a finish at the Big Buck GNCC in the Pro XC1 SXS class, but he didn’t score the finish he wanted with his Addict Racing / RT Pro / 360 Fly Polaris RZR after several setbacks that slowed his charge to the finish.

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    In the first lap, Boling hit one of the course’s many stumps and snapped the bolts attaching the front A-arm to his RZR. While charging through the field, he broke a drive belt on the fourth lap.

    “When I hit the stump, I dialed it way back, but I was still able to steer and drive it,” explained Boling. “That RT Pro stuff is just amazing. It broke the bolt out of the frame. Everything failed the way it was supposed to. It didn’t bend the frame. It didn’t rip the tabs. It just broke the A-Arm bolts. It makes it easier to fix. If we hadn’t used their gusset kit and washers, it would have trashed the frame. I walked out with minor damage, considering.

    “Giving everything that happened, a finish was nice,” added Boling. “That stump tore up a bunch of cars. It was six inches tall. They marked a lot of them, but they didn’t get that one.”

    Boling gave his online audience a spectacular streaming look of his first lap using his Fly 360 camera. He aired the footage on the Live it App.

    While he definitely had issues, Boling enjoyed his first visit to Big Buck. He couldn’t say enough good things about RT Pro. “I definitely liked the terrain,” said Boling. “Other than the stumps and the dust, the course was awesome. I liked the clay a lot better than the sand. A big thank you to RT Pro for building the best components for the RZR. I broke an A-arm on lap one and was still able to finish the race. Their components are top notch.”

    He owes a lot the added horsepower on his ride handed to him by engine builder Addict Racing for his drive to the finish. “That thing pulls hard,” said Boling. “If I do make a mistake, I can catch right up. I couldn’t ask for any more power. It is, by far, the fastest side by side out there. It’s taken me some time to learn how to drive it with that much power.”

    Boling, who finished fifth in his GNCC debut, is in the process of prepping his car for the next GNCC race in two weeks. “We’ll be ready,” said Boling. “We’ll try to get back up front again.”

    Boling will be back in action with his professional pit set up from Matrix Concepts when GNCC SXS Racing hits Moree’s Sportsman’s Preserve in Society Hill, SC April 30-May 1. Be sure to follow him on Instagram: JerryBoling321gnccpro

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  • GNCC Race Report

    RT Pro’s Jesi Stracham Makes GNCC History at Big Buck
    RT Pro’s Sam Yokley Takes GNCC Single Seat Win

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    RT Pro’s Sam Yokley won the GNCC Single Seat Race at Big Buck in Union, SC, and Jesi Stracham made GNCC racing history by becoming the first woman to claim a podium finish in the Single Seat class with her Polaris ACE, which isn’t the first time she has made GNCC racing history.

    Stracham has history on her side, having become the first woman to podium in a youth class 10 years ago riding an ATV, but last year, she was paralyzed from the waist down in a crash, and now races a Polaris ACE specially built by RT Pro with hand controls to get her back on the track racing again. By overcoming the odds, Stracham overcame adversity at the Big Buck GNCC to once again claim a spot on the podium, but this time it was another first for her in the Single Seat class

    “I’m am so excited about it. I made history back in my shifting days when I was the first girl on the youth podium, and now I am the first girl on the ACE podium. Hopefully I can keep it there,” said Stracham. “RT Pro is absolutely amazing, and I was happy to be up on the podium with my teammate, Sam Yokley, and it is great for both of us to have RT Pro and Polaris factory support behind us to get on the box.”

    While Stracham made history with her podium finish, she didn’t run a flawless race against some stiff competition is a quickly growing class of competitors. “I’m really glad to see how the class is growing. I made a lot of mistakes this round by hitting a few tress and rolling over, but I know what I did wrong, and I am going to learn from these mistakes and be ready to go for another podium finish at the next round in two weeks.”

    RT Pro’s Sam Yokley backed up his fourth-place finish in the first round with his first win of the season. Yokley is now second in points just two points out of the lead.

    “It was a great race on a great track,” said Yokley. “The RT Pro components always do so well along with the Walker Evans shocks. Those RT Pro High Clearance arms really did the job with all of the stumps out there. It’s great to be back on the box this weekend, and I hope to do it again in two weeks.”

    Stracham and Yokley will be back in action as GNCC heads to Camp Coker in Society Hill, SC on April 30th.

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