The east coast has received its fair share of rain over the last few weeks and for the fifth round of the GNCC racing series in Park City Kentucky it would be no different. The Team UXC racing crew rolled into the track with a precise plan just in case the weather did not cooperate. On Friday after scouting the entire track Michael Swift knew it could get messy if the predicted rain came through. By Saturday morning it had rained most all night and was still coming down for the day of racing.
“Over the years I have put together a few key things to keep me on the machine and moving forward in really nasty riding conditions,” stated Swift. Getting a good grip on the bars and keeping your vision clear is vital and this is just a piece of the plan Swift had put together to take on his U2 class competition. Lining up on the second row behind the Open 4X4 class the U2 challengers had just a few riders to compete with on the first lap. Swift was able to fall into the line in second off the start and worked his way into the number on spot in his class before the second lap. “I had actually taken over the lead in my class before the second mile mark on the first lap but slid into a tree and two riders were able to pass me. My Rox Speed FX hand guards kept the mud off of my hands so I could drive the UXC racing Can-Am Renegade Xxc,” noted Swift. Team UXC also attributes their finishes to the use of the Outerwears radiator covers. These covers keep the mud off of the radiator so it can stay cool during the harsh conditions. This three-lap race took everything it could from many racers as thirty-nine of the 247 entries in the morning race had dropped out.
Michael Swifts Team UXC racing number 207 would not only take the number one spot in the U2 class but also the morning overall position. “We have learned a lot from the first few races and we plan to keep building on our success throughout the year.” says Swift.
Tayton Swift worked his Can-Am DS90X Limited up into contention and managed a 8th place finish in the tougher than normal race conditions.
Don Higbee also ran a great race at the Mammoth GNCC with a fifth place finish. “I had a good start and entered the woods in 3rd. I held that position until right before the end of the first lap when I had to remove my goggles for the rest of the race due to mud. It was a mud-fest and it was good just to get through it, stay on the lead lap and be in one piece at the end of it.” Says Higbee. The Casper Wyoming racer has been in tough conditions but this mud race was close to the worst of his experience. “Preparing for these types of racing conditions can be tough on the body but especially on the engine. Our Evans coolant and Outerwears radiator covers helped to keep the engine from overheating due the massive amounts of mud.” stated Higbee. This finish keeps Don Higbee in the second place position for points in the 4X4 Senior class.
Carl Vella would race his Team UXC Can-Am Renegade through the first lap before succumbing to goggle issues that would take him out of the fight for good. “In a race like this you have to be careful with your vision and if you do happen to find mud in your eyes you really have no way of getting it out as everything else on your body is covered as well,” stated Vella.
Team UXC Racing rocks into the next round of the GNCC racing series, the Dunlap Limestone 100 in Springfield Indiana, with momentum and attributes their success to their many supporters who build the best products for every situation these racers face on the track.
Team UXC Racing would like to thank their sponsors for the 2013 season:
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