GBC Heartland Challenge
Blue Ridge Run
Courtesy of Team UXC Racing
Photo by Harlen Foley
CARLISLE, IA, AUG. 21-22, 2015
Team UXC arrived in Des Moines, Iowa, to take on the 10-hour GBC Motorsports Heartland Challenge. The team had high hopes for strong podium finishes, and they sure delivered on their goal!
In the Pro 4×4 class, Michael Swift, Kevin Trantham and Michael Burrows took on a strong field but dominated their class from the outset. The team did not drop the lead for the whole race, not even during pit stops. Despite the race being cut short due to severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall, they won with more than a lap in hand and put the Polaris Scrambler in the center of the box. The machine performed exceptionally and ate up the Challenge route each lap, even when night fell, thanks to the awesome Rigid Industries lights turning the daylight back on! Those Custom Axis Shocks working with the Teixeira Tech A arms and Fasst Co. bars are definitely a winning combination. As if a class win wasn’t enough, the Team UXC boys took third overall, too.
It was a good day for the Polaris Ace as well, as the new machine took on the Heartland Challenge for the first time in a special hour-and-a-half race. Team UXC dominated the podium, with Torey Rush taking first and Josh Copeland taking second place, ahead of the talented Jesi Stracham in third.
The boys set the bar for the UTV race, in which drivers Trantham and Swift and passenger Becky Widdicombe took on the course for the four-hour race.
After making a good start, Trantham piloted the Polaris RZR 900S into fifth place by the time night fell. Once again, the Rigid Industries lights brought the daylight back. It was the strength of the Ricochet Off Road armor that shone through, as it protected the RZR 900S from the time-saving toughness of the Challenge route.
Trantham and Swift continued to pull back places each lap with an awesome drive that put the Team UXC Polaris RZR 900S on the podium with second in class.
As if that wasn’t enough, Team UXC continued to collect the podium places by taking the Over 40-class win with a dominant performance, finishing more than four laps ahead of second place. This gave Don Higbee another win for 2015 and Team UXC’s British rider, Graham Widdicombe, his first win of the season.
Team UXC’s last team, Nic Snyckers & Josh Copeland, took on the largest class of the event. Although they did not finish on the podium, their Polaris Scrambler took on the whole race and performed faultlessly. The riders had a rest, but the machine didn’t – it sure didn’t need it, either!
So that wraps up the 2015 Heartland Challenge. Team UXC Racing would like to thank Andy and the team for putting on an awesome event. The Team UXC Polaris Scrambler package combined with a faultless pit crew continues to deliver first-class results, and we owe this to the sponsors who kindly support us.
Next stop is back to GNCC Racing at Unadilla – so come see us in New York!
Team UXC Racing thanks it 2015 sponsors: Polaris Factory Racing, Driven Powersports, Maxxis Tires, Fly Racing, Axis, SSI Decals, Evans Coolant, ROX Speed FX, Dirt Works, Cool-It Thermo Tech, Leatt, Ricochet Off Road, DP Brakes, Spider, Moto Pro Training, Scott Goggles, Fasst Co., K&N Filters, America’s Motorsports, Tire Balls, Rigid Industries, Holz Racing Products, Night Krawlers Kustoms, Teixeira Tech, Alco Cleaners, Polaris Power Generators, OMF Wheels, STM Clutching, All Balls Racing, Muzzy Performance Exhaust, Polaris Engineered Lubricants, RCV Performance, Airdam Clutching, Santor Design Company, Summer Brothers Racing, and Quad Tech.
[For more from this event, please see “Pratt Brothers Win at Heartland Challenge, Chaney Scores WEXCR Victory” and “ITP Teams Earn Two Class Wins at Heartland Challenge” … Editor]