Tucker Hibbert made a clean sweep of the Traxxas National at Canterbury Park Raceway in Shakopee, Minn. And in the support Pro Lite class action it was Ski-Doo's David Joanis (Canada) taking top honors and extending his overall class points lead as well.
Pro Open Day 2
Canterbury's race weekend culminated with a WILD one on Saturday night in the Pro Open main event with Hibbert winning his fourth straight while defending AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Open champion Tim Tremblay was black flagged (and eventually DQ'ed) for an aggressive driving move on Ross Martin.
The three aforementioned racers led the contest early, separating themselves from the rest of the pack and looking as if they'd finish up the 22-lap contest in that order. However, Martin would go down on his own on lap 17 - then was dragged by Tremblay's sled as Tremblay tried to get by. ISOC officials would quickly point the black flag at Tremblay while Martin eventually got back to his sled and kept running.
In the midst of all this Hibbert rode as dominant a race as he had all season, the best part of it for the Canterbury fans being that Hibbert had to rush to the front of the pack - cleanly past Tremblay and Martin - following a 4th place start. "It was a little bit tougher to get up here today, but it was really fun early on running with Ross and Tim," said Hibbert. "Just an exciting race. I hope everyone had fun tonight and make sure you stop by our booth later on for a poster!"
With Tremblay and Martin out of the picture, Kody Kamm put himself in a position to podium for the second-straight night. "I saw Ross fall off and I was like 'Oooo ... podium!' I'm lucky to be up here I guess."
And scoring his first-ever Pro Open class podium was rookie racer Petter Narsa. "The track was really rough and tight but I liked it," Narsa said.
Pro Open Day 2 Results
1 Hibbert Tucker Arctic Cat Pelican Rapids MN
2 Kamm Kody Polaris Kenosha WI
3 Narsa Petter Ski-Doo Moskosel
4 Broberg Justin Polaris Waukesha WI
Pro Open Day 1
Hibbert put up a 16-second victory in the 22-lap contest on Friday against 2nd place Ross Martin, with rookie Pro Open racer Kody Kamm scoring his first podium of the year with a 3rd.
The fans were looking for a Hibbert/Martin showdown – and they got just that - in the first 300 feet of the race. The two railed their sleds out front, banging shoulder-to-shoulder with Hibbert holding onto the throttle of his Arctic Cat just a bit longer as the track bent into the start straight. Hibbert then put the hammer down and clicked off mistake-free lap after lap, eventually building a 16-second lead over 2nd place Martin.
“Tucker rode a great race. I did everything I could to stay with him, but he just had a little more tonight,” Martin said.
Robbie Malinoski (AMSOIL/Scheuring Speed Sports/Ski-Doo) was looking to salvage as many points as he could running in 4th place. But something let go on Malinoski sled and he was forced to leave the race – and handing the red series points leader plate to the #68 Hibbert.
Kamm would hold on in through the battle with the two heavyweights, racing to a strong 3rd place finish.
Pro Open Day 1 Results
1 Hibbert Tucker Arctic Cat Pelican Rapids MN
2 Martin Ross Polaris Burlington WI
3 Kamm Kody Polaris Kenosha WI
4 Ohman Emil Ski-Doo Pitea Sweden
Pro Lite Day 2
Overall AMSOIL Championship Pro Lite class points leader David led the Pro Lite main event wire-to-wire and extended his point lead over the next closest racer to 15.
Blasting down the Canterbury straight bar-to-bar to open the Pro Lite main, Joanis and rival Jake Scott (Polaris) held their sleds wide open - with Joanis winning the battle of nerves at the end and looking over to Scott - at high speed - as if to say "Yeah!" As Joanis set a torrid pace up front, the three riders that fell into place behind him - Scott, Polaris' Corin Todd and Andrew Lieders (Polaris) - had the foursome breaking away from the rest of the pack.
On lap two Todd would get past Scott, as would Lieders midway through the 15-lap contest. Lieders would then get past Todd on lap nine - and that's how the podium would play out: Joanis (1st), Lieders (2nd) and Todd (3rd).
"We ran a lot better than last night," said Lieders. "The whole Leighton Motorsports Team did an awesome job and have done so over the last eight races."
Rounding out the top five in Saturday's Pro Lite main event at Canterbury were Scott (4th) and Friday winner Travis Muller (Ski-Doo) in 5th.
Pro Lite Results
1 Joanis David Ski-Doo Cochrane Ontario
2 Lieders Andrew Polaris Colby WI
3 Todd Corin Polaris Otego NY
4 Scott Jake Polaris Port Jefferson Statio NY
Pro Lite Day 1
Local Minnesota racer Travis Muller (Ski-Doo) won a battle of attrition in the Canterbury Pro Lite main event as race leader Andrew Lieders (Polaris) went down with one lap to go, allowing Muller to take the top spot after he inherited 2nd place earlier in the race from Jake Scott (Polaris).
Pulling the holeshot in the Pro Lite main was Lieders, with Scott in hot pursuit. And for a portion of the race it appeared as if the two would make it a two sled race – but mistakes would bring both the leaders back to earth quick. Scott’s came when he leaned into Lieders on a pass attempt and tipped over. “(I) ended up having to chase my sled down through all that deep snow. Can’t even remember when I got back on,” added Scott on his crash.
With Scott down Lieders was running away with the win, only to wad up at the end of the rhythm section. Pouncing on the opportunity was Muller, along with Pro Lite point leader David Joanis (Ski-Doo), who raced up towards the front after a back row start.
“I was feeling good. Didn’t get the greatest start from the back row, but rode my own race and things just unfolded – so I’m pumped,” said Joanis.
Pro Lite Day 1 Results
1 Muller Travis Ski-Doo Windom MN
2 Joanis David Ski-Doo Cochrane Ontario
3 Scott Jake Polaris Port Jefferson Statio NY
4 Hall Dylan Ski-Doo Ayr Ontario