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Ready to Roc. Little did driver John Yokley and navigator Ellen Yokley realize at the starting line how eventful their day at the Big Buck would be.

Hunting season opened early this year in Union, South Carolina. In only the second UTV event on the 2013 Grand National Cross Country schedule, STI Roctane XD tires bagged a Big Buck. It was brought down by John Yokley and co-driver Ellen Yokley. The weapon used was a Polaris RZR, locked and loaded by Big Country Powersports.



Equipped with 26x9R-14 STI Roctane XD tires, the Big Country Powersports RZR sliced through the XC1 Modified field in a phenomenal last-to-first performance.

This Big Buck did not surrender easily. The Big Country entry was accidentally spun out by another competitor in the first turn in the early moments of this hour-long race, leaving it in last place heading into the woods for the first time. Big Country was persistent in its pursuit, however, and stalked its first-place prey lap after lap, never losing track with its 26x9R-14 STI Roctane XDs.



This car may look familiar, since it was featured in STI’s Indy Dealer Expo display less than two months ago.

By the end of the pursuit, the Yokleys had caught and dropped a herd of 20 XC1 Modified cars to not only put a bullseye in the target but pull away by over two minutes at the checkered flag. Big Country snared first overall out of 48 side-by-sides — a big game trophy in anyone’s book.


The team is now tied for second place in the XC1 Modified point standings and setting its sights on the next UTV GNCC event in Millfield, Ohio, the first weekend of June. Four rounds remain for UTVs.


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Photos by Ken Hill.

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