Hibbert Holds Points Lead After Challenging Run in Hayward WisconsinMonday, March 7, 2011 | 4:05 PM
Fans rode and drove to the heart of Wisconsin’s snowmobiling country over the weekend to watch Tucker Hibbert fight his way to two podium finishes. The Monster Energy/Arctic Cat rider entered the sixth round of the national snocross series in Hayward as the leader in both Pro Points Championships and despite a rough weekend, he left right where he needed - the top of the points chase.
With only three points separating Hibbert and no. 837 Ross Martin in the Pro Super Stock class, Hibbert knew he needed to ride smart to gain valuable points for the championship. After less than ideal qualifying Saturday morning, he lined up for the final that afternoon with a fire to win. He was buried off the start of the 15-rider, 20-lap event but quickly moved through traffic to catch the lead riders. With four to go, he made the pass on rookie no. 443 Logan Christian for the win. It was an electric celebration in victory circle for Hibbert with his riding partner Christian finishing second and cousin no. 48 Garth Kaufman in third, making it an all-Arctic Cat podium sweep.
Sunday featured Pro Open racing. Hibbert had a commanding win in the first qualifier but finished fourth in the second round after tangling with another rider on the final lap. With the sun setting, he lined up eighth for the 15-rider, 20-lap final. Dim light combined with snow dust brought visibility to an all-time low. He managed a mid-pack start and picked off riders one-by-one. On lap 18, he moved into third and held that position to salvage precious points for the championship.
Hibbert now enters a marathon of high stake events - the final two national races followed by the FIM World Championship in Finland. Follow his chase to the championships on www.tucker-hibbert.com.
Hayward Powersports National Results
PRO SUPER STOCK
Round 1: 2nd
Round 2: 4th
Championship: 250 (16-point lead)
Round 1: 1st
Round 2: 4th
Championship: 247 (20-point lead)
Tucker Hibbert - #68 Monster Energy/Arctic Cat
“Winning the Super Stock final and having Logan and Garth on the podium with me was definitely a highlight of my season. It was awesome to see Logan get his first Pro podium and to have an Arctic Cat sweep.
It was an up and down weekend but I’m still leading the points in both classes so it was a success. Championships can’t be won in a weekend but certainly can be lost. I gained points in Super Stock with a solid main event win but gave up some in Open. It looks like it’ll be a fight to the finish but I’m confident we (the team) have what it takes to stay on-top.”
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