UXC Tops Podium at Indy 100
UXC Racing’s Michael Swift and Cliff Beasley Top the Podium at Indy 100 GNCC
Lewisburg, TN (05/14/2011) - It was another winning weekend for the UXC Racing team as Michael Swift and Cliff Beasley charged hard to take wins in both the 4×4 Open and U2 classes and claim first and second place on the morning class podium at the new Indy 100 GNCC
This was the first time Gosport, Indiana hosted the series, so the UXC team played it smart and studied the track carefully as they walked it on Friday. “I could see where there would likely be bottle necks forming and I just tried to figure out where I would be able to get around them,” explained Michael Swift of his winning strategy that definitely paid off for him.
The 4×4 Open class was the third class to leave the starting line and Michael Swift was in a close second to Zac Zakowski going into the woods. It wasn’t long before Swift took over the lead and began to check out. Swift made his way through two other classes and several bottle necks and in the final lap, caught up to teammate Cliff Beasley, who was the overall leader. “It’s always fun when Cliff and I get to race together like that. We always push each other and I think that’s part of what helps us to be fast,” said Swift.
Swift and Beasley swapped positions several times before Swift was able to take the lead and pull away a bit. Swift’s hard charge landed him his class win and the overall win in the morning classes. “I am so happy to take the win for our team and our sponsors. We had a really good day; and for Cliff and me to be one and two on the podium is something I am really proud of. I really have to give a big thanks to our sponsors for all of their support, and especially to David Jesse for all of the help he has given us so far this season,” said Swift, who is the current points leader in his class.
In the U2 class, Cliff Beasley continued to show everyone why he is the champion. Beasley shot off the line, grabbing the holeshot and checking out. Beasley led his class from start to finish and won with over a 13 minutes lead and joined his teammate on the morning podium in second place. This marks Beasley’s 24th consecutive class win, which could quite possibly be a GNCC record. “Twenty four straight wins is a lot and I am proud of that, but I am still going to take it one race at a time and just keep trying to win,” said Beasley, who remains humble in light of his incredible performance.
In the Youth classes, Tayton Swift, son of Michael Swift, has recently taken a liking to GNCC racing and has raced two rounds in the 70 CVT class so far this season. Tayton has improved with each round and with a little practice could someday follow in his father’s champion footsteps. “He really likes racing and he has been doing well,” said proud dad, Michael Swift.