Coldwater, MI (11/2/2017)
- Kevin Trantham and William Yokley finished
fourth and fifth, respectively, in the GNCC
championship after the season finale at Ironman
Raceway in Crawfordsville, IN. Both were running
in the top three for most of the race before
Trantham finished fifth. Yokley finished 13th
after tangling with another car on the final
lap. Michael Swift was eighth.
With snow and cold temperatures at the track,
Trantham and Yokely battled each other for
most of the race. Trantham’s top-five capped
an exceptional second half of the season that
included a win at the Mountaineer Run and
a runner-up finish in the last race.
Pro's Kevin Trantham claimed a 6th overall
finish at the Ironman GNCC & finished
4th in the Pro XC1 UTV Championship
“We had a few issues at the end, but still
ended up in the top five,” said Trantham.
“I’m happy with that considering how the season
started and we ended it on a good note. The
last three rounds were really good. We had
a win, a second and a fifth, so we’re much
better than we were in the first three races.
This will give us momentum going into next
The Ironman course, with its deep ruts, tight
woods sections and motocross section, took
its toll on the competition. Trantham appreciated
his RT Pro components that allowed him to
run competitively all the way to the finish.
“I saw a lot of people out there with bent
A-arms and battered up cars,” said Trantham.
“The RT Pro stuff holds up so well. We run
their nerf bars, bumpers, and cages and everything
survived. That’s a good testament to the parts.”
Yokley battled for third with Trantham until
the final lap. After tangling with another
competitor, Yokley got his ride stuck in a
mud hole. After that he cruised in for the
Pro's William Yokley rounded out the
top five in the GNCC Pro XC1 UTV Points
“This wasn’t the ending I wanted, but the
car worked well all day,” said Yokley. “It
has been great all year, but the cards unfolded
badly for me today. The RT Pro components
worked great as always. The tree kickers did
great in the woods sections.”
Michael Swift also appreciated the tree kickers.
After losing four-wheel drive early in the
event, Swift ran a spirited pace in two-wheel
drive to finish eighth.
Pro's Michael Swift
“The ruts were deep and the RT Pro components
did really well,” said Swift. “We brushed
off a lot of trees. Since we were in two-wheel
drive, we were hitting the trees a lot harder
than we usually would, and the tree kickers
Jesi Stracham recorded a sixth-place finish
in the Single Seat class. Stracham, who doesn’t
have the use of her legs, raced a Polaris
ACE specially modified with hand controls
Pro’s Jesi Stracham
GNCC recently announced that turbocharging
will be allowed in the XC1 Pro UTV class next
year. Trantham is looking forward to running
an XP1000 Turbo in 2018.
“We’re running the turbo cars next season
so we’ll have a lot of work over the winter
getting them dialed in,” said Trantham. “We’re
planning on running the XP1000 turbo next
year. They made the rule change so if we don’t
we’ll be behind.”
These drivers will outfit new cars with RT
Pro components next year as they move up to
run Polaris RZR turbos in the GNCC series.