Coming out of North Carolina’s Steele Creek and into Union South Carolina’s Big Buck Team UXC Racing is on fire. The heat is on and in each class occupied by a Team UXC racer no podium spot is safe. The rain had set in on Friday but out by Saturday morning to build what would be epic conditions for a day of racing.
The U2 class lined up with Team UXC racings Michael Swift mentally prepared to get out front and keep the momentum up for the duration of the race. Leaving the line in the second spot it would be the motivation to put his head down and plan for a solid consistent race. “We had no issues all day. I walked the entire track Friday morning and knew we had very little places, except for maybe the field sections, to get around other riders as well as my competition.” Says Swift. Following the first place rider for the first two and a half laps Swift made a plan to take over the lead. Michael would not only take the number one spot but he would also post the fastest lap time of his class. Michael told us “I knew I had to pace myself but I kept in mind that there were fast riders right behind me and I needed to stay on my game.”
Swift would go on to win his U2 class and take first overall in the utility ATV segment of the race. Michael would also post the third place position out of the entire field of 222 racers and 20 classes for the morning event. This is a positive step forward and Team UXC’s Michael Swift hopes to build on this to carry through the entire season.
Team UXC racings Don Higbee also made an impressive race in the 4X4 Senior class in South Carolina. “I had a terrible start and it was a task to work through the pack of riders to chase down my class but my UXC race machine worked flawlessly and I was able to get within striking distance” stated Higbee. Don is getting faster each and every race as his body and mind work together for the finish. Using a new Leatt Hydration pack and plenty of fluids is really paying dividends for the Casper Wyoming racer. “Our machine impresses me each time I jump on the seat. The Maxxis Vipr tires provide the positive grip and predictable handling. You combine that with Custom Axis shocks, the very well prepared UXC race machine and its unstoppable” exclaimed Higbee. Don is now second in points and with his third place finish he is set to head into Kentucky looking for a win.
Tayton Swift also had a very good morning in the Youth races. Tayton’s Can-Am DS90X took him to an 8th place finish out of 13 in the 90 limited 8-11 year old class. Tayton and his father Michael have gotten the bugs settled in the young racers machine and look forward to more finishes.
The SXS racing resumed at this round of the GNCC series and with the 108 of Team UXC racing heading to the line there would be a new co-pilot. Kevin Tranthem settled in the co-dawg seat to assist Swift on the wooded trails. “We hope to do better each race as this is a total learning experience for us. The tire pressure may have been a little off but we will work on that as well.” Stated Swift. Team UXC’s Can-Am Maverick had a slow start but picked up the pace in the woods. Following a side by side in the woods is a lot different than following an atv and with limited passing it made for and interesting race. “We followed a team for almost three laps before we could manage a pass. We just floated along and had a good clean race. The Maverick was rolling and with our 6th place finish we feel we were successful”.
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