Truett Racing 2017 GNCC Mountaineer Run Race Report

We at OTR Wheel Engineering are proud to be sponsoring Truett Racing. Truett Racing is a racing family competing with a 2016 Polaris RZR XP 1000 running the number 117 and a 2017 Polaris Ace 900 XC running the same number in the Ace class at GNCC. Collin, Mitch, and Alex Truett make up the family PRO Class UTV racing team. They are sponsored by Polaris, Corbeau Seats, SuperATV, Turtle Labs, Truett Insulation, and OTR Wheel Engineering.

Collin Truett on the Winners Podium

Collin Truett on the Winners Podium

This is the sixth in a series of ‘Race Reports’ that will give our readers some insight into the highly competitive sport that is UTV racing! The sixth Race Report we have is written by our very own Todd Sledge and covers the GNCC Mountaineer Run, which took place in Masontown, West Virginia on September 23rd, 2017:

I arrived in Masontown, West Virginia Friday evening to hear the Truett team talk about rocks they encountered while walking the race course during the day, normally I hear of trees and muddy areas so this is all new talk to me about track conditions. They are making a plan of attack and seem to have even done a third walk during the day and have this plan ready. Fast forward to early morning Saturday, the braaaping of race engines and a smell of race fumes brings back memories of my ATV racing back in the mid 80s. I decide to wander to a few areas of this newly named “rock the soup out of you” track and sure enough, I see boulder fields the size of UTVs and I think to myself ‘I wouldn’t try to navigate a bicycle through this, let alone an at race speed UTV.

4pm brought the line up of the Side by Sides, also called ‘The Big Cars.’ 59 total cars were entered in this planned race. The breakdown, by class, is as follows:

  • XC1- 14
  • XC2- 14
  • XC3- 11 which is Collins class
  • Lites- 3
  • AmModified- 8
  • And then 9 other race UTV’s in other classes.

The race starts with announcer yelling 10 seconds; at 10, the green flag drops for row 1 and you start with your engine turned off (a cold start).  Then 20 seconds elapse, then you hear 10 seconds again, so between each row there is 30 seconds of lapse before you start your race against the clock-track-mindset-dust-boulders-trees and possibly the kitchen sink!

Well, Collin absolutely blasted the hole shot by his first check-in at the timing station. He was in 1st in XC3 and leading by 30 seconds at lap 3! Collin had the OTR Wheel Racing/Truett Racing Polaris 1000 in a 2:24 lead of XC3 class! I watched this race on GNCC Live before writing this and the announcers even say Collin is checking-in well ahead of the 14 racers in XC2 which is the rows that started before him. So to the final lap check-in, which is something spectacular, Collin checks-in with a final time overall at 4th place; only 40 seconds behind the 3rd place car in the overall classes and winning 1st in XC3 by 4:01!

Collin ran the OTR HP-009 tread 27×9-14 premium on front and the Wizzard® tread 27×9-14 radial premium on rear, as the Truetts’ felt this would be a perfect tread pattern for the packed corners with rock embedded areas and for the loose powdered areas. I must say, I was highly impressed by the Truett Racing plan of attack and even more so their execution of the plan and the abilities of Collin. This had to be the toughest physical and mental track he has ever raced!

To put all this in prospective, Collin raced the OTR Wheel Racing/Truett Racing Polaris 1000 holding off 30 cars behind him and advancing 25 cars in front of him!

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