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Monthly Archives: March 2017

  • C Sims Race Report at Pala Raceway

    March 12, 2017 - Pala, CA - I was super stoked to race round 2 of the DIRT Series at Pala Raceway. I had the opportunity to practice out on the race course the day before the race, so I had a pretty good feel for the track. My class was race 8 in the line-up for the day. I headed down to the start line and picked my positon. Unfortunately, by the time I got to the start, the line was full and I had to park myself in the middle of the pack. As the green flag dropped, I got off the line as quickly as I could, but fell fourth in line. I knew I had some work to do. I was able to pass the third place car quickly. I battled with first and second place on lap two. As we were coming off of a sweeping turn and down a hill, first place broke as was out of the race. I stayed on the first place car, but was unable to get to the checkers first. I finished the first moto in 2nd place.
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    I went down to line-up earlier for the second moto to get a better starting position. I was completely focused and determined. As the green flag dropped, I took off and fell second in line. I was able to pass the first place car in the first lap. I raced hard and fast. I stayed in the first place spot and increased my lead with every lap I drove. As I crossed the finish line, I took the 1st place spot! It felt really awesome to be on top of the box for the first time in the UTV Open 800 class! This first place finish also meant I finished 1st overall for the day!
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    I think we’ve got great momentum going this season! I truly appreciate all of the support I receive from these awesome companies: Got Sand Performance, Mad Racing, Method Race Wheels, RT Pro, Crow Enterprizes, Factory UTV, GBC Motorsports, Yoshimura, Demon Powersports, Baja Designs, Gates G Force, Elka Suspension, Rugged Radios, Maxima Racing Oils, Crown Performance Products, Surface Sun Systems, Butter Supply Co., Pavement Recycling Systems, Perrault Motorsports, and my parents who make this possible for me! Thanks to Steve at the DIRT Series for a great day of racing!
    We’re headed out on Friday for a double header for WORCS rounds 4 & 5 at Lake Havasu, AZ. You can check out the Sims188 Racing team on Instagram @csims188 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/csims188/.

  • William Yokley Leads RT Pro Charge at Wild Boar GNCC

    Holland, MI (3/12/2016) - William Yokley made his return to GNCC competition a celebration as he drove from the back of the field in his RT Pro-equipped Polaris RZR to finish fifth in the XC1 Pro UTV race in Palatka, FL. Michael Swift finished seventh in XC1 Pro and Joe Krcelich was fourth in the XC2 Pro Sport UTV race. Jesi Stracham, driving an RT Pro-built Polaris Ace XC900, snagged the holeshot in the Single Seat race, but contact with a tree ended her day early.
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    Yokley debuted a brand new Polaris RZR XP1000 in the race. Though the multi-time GNCC UTV Champion, didn’t race last season, he showed his veteran chops in the rough and difficult race. After starting on the fourth row, Yokley was off and running and drove his way through the field to record the top five.

    “It feels good to be back,” said Yokley. “The Polaris RZR XP1000 ran really well even though it only had three miles on it before the race. The first time we even tested it was in practice, so we’re happy with fifth.”

    Combining tight woods sections with wide-open fields, the track was rough and difficult. Yokley relied on his RT Pro components to survive the race.

    “It was a rough track, but the RT Pro suspension components and bumpers really helped me get through the track and run with everyone,” said Yokley. “It was hectic for those first few laps, but then we got out there on our own and ran consistent lap times. I’m looking forward to starting on the front row at the next race.”
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    Swift started on the third row in the event. His Polaris XP1000S was on rails during the race due to the RT Pro suspension components. While RT Pro’s superior bumpers and nerf bars get the headlines, Swift also relies on a lot of its other suspension and steering parts.

    “We’re running RT Pro cage, door systems and nerf bars, but they also make a lot of other stuff people may not be familiar with,” said Swift. “We’re running their swaybar systems, frame braces and I really like the way they build it. I like the way they sell their parts. For example, if you bend one part of your bumper, you can just purchase that part and not have to purchase a whole new kit. We like the quality and the way it performs.”
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    Swift has run UTV races in the past basically for the enjoyment. This year, he is more focused, a fact that was shown in his race result.

    “During the last few years, we really did the UTV racing because we were there and it looked like a lot of fun,” said Swift. “We’re focused more on the RZR stuff this year so we can be more competitive. We’re training and testing much more this year.”

    In the XC2 Pro Sport UTV class, RT Pro’s Joe Krcelich started off the season with a solid fourth place finish. Krcelich just missed the class championship last year by nine points, so he is looking to make it happen this year, and he is off to a great start.
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    Stracham is running her single seat effort out of Swift’s UXC tent. Her RT Pro Polaris ACE is specially built with hand controls because she doesn’t have the use of her legs. Unfortunately, the track was a little too narrow for Polaris’ new wider XC900 single seat machines and she had trouble navigating between the trees.
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    “Jesi Stracham got the holeshot, came into a corner too hot, sideswiped a tire and it damaged something in the steering rack,” said Swift. “So she stopped and there wasn’t anything we could do. She went out, turned another lap and got some points.”

    These RT Pro drivers will be back in action as the series heads to Moree’s Sportsman’s Preserve in Society Hill, SC April 22-23.

  • Wormhole Racing at 2017 AZOP Junkyard GP Race Report

    Race Report from Eric Harrison of Wormhole Racing

    This was the first race for AZOP in Vicksburg. With a name like the Junkyard GP we were not sure what to expect. We loaded up Saturday morning and headed out. When we arrived at the track it was indeed staged at a Junkyard. Most of the course was out in the desert but they used the edge of the junkyard was used for an spectator viewing, start and timing chute. They drug some vehicles out in to the desert course for aesthetics and marking. It was a well laid out course and was easy to find your way around. The random toilet with arrow marker was humorous and well placed for letting the crew know we were close to the pits.

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    Day 1

    The #130 lined up second to last row and the #139 on the last row. There was another 900xp from the Lucas series lined up with us. Straight off the line there was a large hill that had to be rolled and was barely enough for two cars on it at a time. Unsure of our fellow drivers skill the #130 let off just a little before. Was probably for the best. Following her for about 1/4 of the lap we were all over her bumper just looking for a spot to pass. She hung out wide two turns in a row and we knew we could shoot under her the next one. Solid pass until she came in on us. Pretty rough hit but we pushed on. We never saw her again. Then next few laps we passed a couple of the big machines including a YZX, and a couple 1000xp's. Just after the toilet there was a long sweeping left that gradually opened up. After 3 laps we were able to slide the entire turn wide open. Only problem was later we would broke a bead. Need to get some bead locks. We were setting ourselves up fro a pretty good overall finish with an average lap time of 6:14. That would of put us about 7th overall beating out a turbo and 8 1000's but alas it was not meant to be. The #139 was doing well until a fellow driver pushed him over a berm. Driving very consistent and smooth. We wouldn't know until the following morning that a tree branch had taken the life of his right rear tire. 3/8" think branch right through the sidewall.

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    Day 2

    Unable to get a new tire for the #139 he was unable to start the day. The field was much smaller on Sunday but Wormhole was set to pound the dirt. The #130 only had 3 lug nuts on the right rear we were going to have to take it a little easier. No direct competition as the other 900 fell out with electrical problems meant we just needed to survive for points and that we did. Our fastest lap was a 6:15 but we had a great time. Working on picking out braking points and being smoother in every turn we pushed harder and harder, letting up over jumps and whoops trying to spare the car some abuse. We were doing great hitting each corner hard until we almost rolled it. As we came past the toilet we were asking the crew to check the tires again. The car was having trouble turning and couldn't hold a line in the turns. No tires down, everything looked great, still we could not get it to turn. Then we get "the call." Race control spotted our sway bar dangling. Shoot, another piece to replace but we had a great time breaking it.

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