Arctic Cat's Tucker Hibbert (Pro Open) won his 75th and 76th career victory at the U.S. 27 Motorsports Snocross National at Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel in Traverse City, Mich.
Pro Open Friday
Kody Kamm pulled the Stud Boy Holeshot.
"I definitely was motivated this week. We had a pretty mediocre weekend last week at Deadwood (S.D.)," said Hibbert, who saw his five race win streak end at Deadwood to rival Ross Martin.
Hibbert, who qualified No. 1 tonight, who would go on to win by nearly a dozen seconds (over Kamm). The Minnesotan would not be challenged by Martin, the No. 2 qualifier, and Emil Ohman (XPS/Ski-Doo/Warnert Racing) as those two tangled early with Ohman's ski spearing Martin's sled's suspension and the two sleds getting locked together in the middle of the track as Hibbert went by three times under the yellow area caution.
For the Pro Open rookie Kamm it appears his rocket ship starts and consistent riding - earning his second 2nd place podium finish in a row - have him placed solidly now in the upper echelon of the premier class racers. "I had an awesome start and Tucker was able to get by me early there," said Kamm. "He (Hibbert) had some smooth lines, but I was pleased to end up taking 2nd.
Rounding out the top five at Traverse City tonight were Darrin Mees (Scheuring Speed Sports/Rockstar/Ski-Doo) and Swedish racer Johan Lidman (Polaris/Sportech/Arctiva) in 4th and 5th, respectively.
Pro Open Results
1 Tucker Hibbert Monster Energy/Arctic Cat 68 Arctic Cat Pelican Rapids, MN
2 Kody Kamm Hentges Racing 53 Polaris Kenosha, WI
3 Tim Tremblay Amsoil/Air Force/Makita 11 Ski-Doo Ste Jeanne D'Arc, Quebec
4 Darrin Mees Scheuring Speedsports 9 Ski-Doo Stanchfield, MN
Pro Open Saturday
Kyle Pallin grabbed the holeshot and it was off to the races as Hibbert would complete the sweep of Traverse City.
"That was definitely an interesting couple of laps with Kyle (Pallin)," said Hibbert, who'd go on to win the contest by 11 seconds.
Defending AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Open champion Tim Tremblay also ran very well on the weekend, recording his second podium on Saturday after qualifying 2nd and finishing a strong 2nd to Hibbert. "Today I had good qualifiers and a good main," said Tremblay.
The best story of the race on night two in Traverse City had to be Ross Martin's effort to make the podium. Martin suffered through some sled issues in his first two qualifiers and had to make the main via the LCQ. Martin would qualify in 14th place (second-to-last) and started on the back row. But they don't call him "Ross the Boss" for nothing as the Wisconsin native came ripping through the pack and all the way up to 3rd place and was all smiles on the podium with Tremblay and Hibbert.
"I'm just thankful I got up here," said Martin, thanking his mechanic Tony Swiontek for a superhuman effort in getting his No. 837 back up and running for the main. "Even through its third I'll take it."
Running well again tonight and avoiding the troubles that tied up him and Martin on Friday night was Ski-Doo's Emil Ohman (XPS/Warnert Racing). Ohman was in podium position for much of the race before finishing a respectable 4th. Friday's No. 2 finisher Kody Kamm (Monster Energy/Hentges Racing/Polaris) overcame a visor-tearing get-off in a qualifier, came through the LCQ and would round out the top five (5th).
Saturday Pro Open Results
1 68 Hibbert Tucker Arctic Cat Pelican Rapids MN
2 11 Tremblay Tim Ski-Doo Ste Jeanne D'Arc Quebec
3 837 Martin Ross Polaris Burlington WI
4 27 Ohman Emil Ski-Doo Pitea Norrbotten
Pro Open Overall Points
1 Tucker Hibbert 10 411 411 Monster Energy/Arctic Cat 68 Arctic Cat Pelican Rapids, MN
2 Tim Tremblay 10 349 349 Amsoil/Air Force/Makita 11 Ski-Doo Ste Jeanne D'Arc, Quebec
3 Ross Martin 10 349 349 Judnick Motorsports 837 Polaris Burlington, WI
4 Robbie Malinoski 10 324 324 Amsoil/Air Force/Makita 4 Ski-Doo Stacy, MN
Pro Lite Friday
Jake Scott made it three wins in a row on Friday at Turtle Creek, pulling the holeshot in Friday's main and leading 'er from green to checkers in one of the more dominant performances by a Pro Lite racer this season.
"There was a big triple in the back there, which scared me a bit at the beginning, then all the rhythm sections and things - this track was made for me," beamed Scott from the podium.
Running 2nd early to Scott was Polaris' Trevor Leighton and the No. 1 qualifier Renaud Alexandre. The two would keep Scott honest in the early going as Alexandre moved up to challenge Leighton. But at the midway point of the race (lap six) Alexandre would get tangled with another racer and went down, ending his chance of a third-straight Pro Lite podium finish.
The actual 2nd position (after a clarification from ISOC Scoring) would be Dylan Hall, with Leighton in 3rd. Scott would increase his lead to 11 seconds by the checkers with Matt Pichner in 4th and Travis Muller in 5th.
Pro Lite Results
1 Jake Scott Team LaVallee 42 Polaris Port Jefferson Station, NY
2 Dylan Hall Royal Distributing 421 Ski-Doo Ayr,
3 Trevor Leighton Leighton Motorsports 931 Polaris Eagle, ID
4 Matt Pichner Jolstad Motorsports 193 Arctic Cat Owatonna, MN
Pro Lite Saturday
Thought the holeshot of the Pro Lite main looked to go to Jake Scott, Ski-Doo's David Joanis was having nothing of Scott winning a fourth-straight AMSOIL Championship Snocross race and aggressively moved in front of Scott on the start, closing off the track and sending the series points leader off the side of the first turn. A clean move according to Scott's team manager, Levi LaVallee (who was injured at Winter X, not racing, and helping out the ACS announcers in the booth), Joanis took the lead and never gave it up - topping 2nd place Polaris racer Andrew Lieders (Lieders Racing/Leighton Motorsports) by a couple seconds at the checkers.
"I've had some bad luck lately, but to be up here with my two really good friends is awesome," said Joanis, winning on the eve of his birthday, and tying the overall points chase with Scott at 356-356.
Added 2nd place Lieders, laughing: "I gave that to David Joanis as a birthday present!"
With Joanis railing past Scott at the start and into the lead, Lieders moved into 2nd place - but was quickly passed by Justin Parnell (Parnell Motorsports). Lieders would play it cool and followed Parnell, studying his lines in bit of cat & mouse action. "When #186 (Parnell) passed me I took his line and passed him back," said Lieders, who place 6th in Friday's Pro Lite main.
Charging up front quickly from 6th place was Friday's Pro Lite runner-up Dylan Hall (Royal Distributing/Ski-Doo/FXR). Hall would get past Parnell, then held off Travis Muller (NSK/Foremost Insurance/Ski-Doo) to nail the third and final podium spot.
"I felt pretty good," said Hall. "I didn't get tired at all and was able to put on a charge for the whole race."
Rounding out a very fast top five in the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Lite main at Traverse City were Muller in 4th and Parnell in 5th.
Saturday Pro Lite Results
1 115 Joanis David Ski-Doo Cochrane Ontario
2 857 Lieders Andrew Polaris Colby WI
3 421 Hall Dylan Ski-Doo Ayr Ontario
4 436 Muller Travis Ski-Doo Windom MN
Pro Lite Overall Points
1 David Joanis 10 356 356 Royal Distributing 115 Ski-Doo Cochrane,
2 Jake Scott 10 356 356 Team LaVallee 42 Polaris Port Jefferson Station, NY
3 Andrew Lieders 10 332 332 Lieders Racing/Leighton Motorsports 857 Polaris Colby, WI
4 Travis Muller 10 322 322 Warnert Racing 436 Ski-Doo Windom, MN