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Monthly Archives: March 2015



    Well now that the dust has settled and the wounds are healed I figured I would give you all a look back at the mint 400 from my eyes. It all started 2 weeks ago after finishing the UTVWC in Laughlin, my team and I quickly tore the car down to the frame checked everything and prepped the car for the GREATEST off-road in America the mint 400. This would be the first year that the limited class car would be allowed to do all 3 laps if they could do the first 2 with in the time limit, so back to my story the 2 weeks of non-stop prep and testing and now its Thursday time to leave for the race we arrived in Primm around 9:30am to set up our main pit, after spending a few hours there we began the trip into downtown LV for Rugged Radios meet and greet for all their drivers, my hat is off to Greg and his team of great guys for putting on such a cool event it gives drivers and their sponsors great exposure on such a huge stage, Thursday comes and go's and now its Friday time for contingency it takes us almost 8 1/2 hrs. to get through registration and tech, but what would you expect with 330 entries and thousands of spectators there to take it all in, well now that all the fun stuffs in the books its time to tend to the business side of things the race, after the drivers meeting at 7pm the team and I head back up to Primm for a good night sleep for our 4am wake up time. Well here it comes race day is here and all those long nights and hard work is going to be put to the test, the first car left the line at 6am we started 40th so around 6:15 through the short course and off into the dark desert, we start picking cars off in the dusty dark desert. The car felt good, through pit A for a quick visual and then back to racing around mile 62 was the first check point and the 1969 can am maverick had moved all the way up from 40 to 23 on our way to pit B we took a rock to the brake line which broke it off at the caliper, no big deal not the first time I've had to race with no brakes. Now here's where the excitement starts at mile 115 1 mile before main pit on a left hand turn BOOM car hit the ground we exit the car to find we broke off all 4 wheel stud on the rear, my co driver and I get the car repaired and back on our way into main pit for fuel and back. The second lap wasn't so fun with no brakes and pushing so hard we ended up with 4 flats on the 2nd lap and 2 on the 3rd but at the end of the day with all the issues we had (no brake, broken wheel studs and 6 flats) my team and I finished 20th out 65+UTV's and all 3 laps or 366 miles of the mint 400 and only 2hrs behind the winner(Congrats to my can am teammates Dustin Jones & Shane Dowden) . We felt really good going into the mint but in off-road racing the winner is usually the guys who have the least amount of problems and we had our fair share. The team and I are already back in the shop hard at it getting the car ready for the SS300 in May and look to bounce back from the Mint and show our true potential. I want to personally thank every single one of you reading this at one point and time you have played a huge part in our team, and without your support my dream of racing would be just that a dream.

    Logan Gastel
    driver/owner 1969 Can Am Maverick

  • 2015 GNCC Season Opener means RT Pro GNCC Wins


    Several RT Pro Drivers kicked off the 2015 GNCC Racing season with class wins at the General GNCC in Washington, Georgia. RT Pro’s Sam Yokley was the first one to finish on top in the new Single Seat class. In the UTV race, RT Pro’s Joe Krcelich clinched the win in the UTV XC2 class, while John Yokley finished second in the XC1 Pro UTV class for a successful start to the 2015 GNCC racing season for RT Pro Drivers.

    It was a tough race for the first round of the UTV racing at the General GNCC with heavy rain moving in on Friday, which lasted into the morning racing action on Saturday. By the evening, the track was littered with deep ruts and plenty of Georgia clay flying, which challenged the best of racers, but the majority of the RT Pro Drivers prevailed in the rough racing conditions at Aonia Pass.

    In the single seat class, it was Sam Yokley’s first time GNCC racing behind the wheel of the RT Pro Polaris ACE, but you would have never known by his performance out on the tough course. Yokley had a good start and battled back and forth for the lead, and Yokley gained control of the lead when it counted most at the checkered flag to secure the his first GNCC win. “That was my first race, and I had a lot of fun, especially to get the win. It was pretty rough out there, and I hit a couple of trees, but my RT Pro bumper saved me from doing any damage,” said Yokley.

    Immediately following the Single Seat race, it was time for some SxS racing action, and in the Pro XC1 UTV class, RT Pro’s John Yokley was making his racing debut in the new Polaris RZR 900 S for 2015. “We made a switch this year and we are running the Polaris 900S instead of the XP, but our RT Pro suspension really made the difference for us with that machine,” said Yokley.

    John Yokley knew he had to pick good lines and drive smart to secure a top finish, which was exactly what he did. “On the last lap, I knew I was in fifth, and I had to pick good lines because it was so rough. I saw a couple of guys broke down off on the side of the track, and that put me up to second, which I am really happy about,” said John Yokley.

    RT Pro’s Marcus Pratt made the jump to the XC1 class this year in his Can-Am Maverick and despite the muddy conditions; he was able to come away with a fourth place finish. “We had a really good race. Our RT Pro rear relocation radiator kit really helped keep the mud out and our high clearance A-arms gave us that extra clearance, so we didn’t get hung up and stuck like a lot of people out there, which was a huge advantage for us,” said Pratt.

    In the SxS XC2 Pro Sport class, RacerTech’s Joe Krcelich beat the mud to take home the win. Krcelich grabbed the holeshot and took an early lead, and he drove smart, which allowed him to stay out front and win the race. Not only did Krcelich win, he was also the only racer in XC2 Pro Sport class to complete four laps. “I got the holeshot and caught up to the class ahead of me. I just tried to drive smart and finish the race. There were cars everywhere on the side of the track, so I didn’t go out there and go as fast as I could because it was more of a survival race than anything. There was a lot of carnage out there, but our RT Pro parts held up great,” said Krcelich.

    While some of the Race Tech Drivers ran into some unexpected issues, the majority of the team finished up front, and others will be looking for redemption at the next round of GNCC racing.
    Round two of the six round SxS GNCC season is just under a month away at the Big Buck GNCC in Union, South Carolina on April 11th, and the RT Pro Team is looking to secure several more wins as they chase after championship in each of their respective classes.

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