At the AMSOIL Championship Snocross track at Seneca Allegany Casino, the stage was set for a couple powerful Pro class main events at the inaugural running of the Seneca Allegany Air Force Snocross.
In the premier Pro Open main event Tucker Hibbert dominated the night’s final race, taking the lead from rival Ross Martin early and cruising unchallenged to victory. And in the support Pro Lite class main event Jake Scott almost pulled the holeshot from a second row start, grabbing the lead early and running away with the win much like Hibbert did.
Kyle Pallin pulled the Stud Boy Holeshot, but was quickly caught by the No. 1 qualifier Martin. With the fifth gate pick Hibbert ran the risk of getting caught up at the start and forced back to mid-pack. But a 4th place start would dash the hopes of those wanting to see Hibbert make one of his classic runs through the pack as, before you could say “Lap Two,” Hibbert was already past Polaris’ Justin Broberg and Pallin and into 2nd place – roughly 4.3 second back of Martin.
With a clear track and no lappers in site Martin clicked off a 25.852 to Hibbert’s 26.857 lap time on lap four. And for a brief moment it looked like we might have a race. But on lap six Hibbert would take advantage of Martin checking up just briefly off a jump landing, dove to the inside and was gone – just like that.
“We’ve got to catch that son-of-a-gun,” Martin would say from his spot on the 2nd rung of the podium after the race.
Hibbert rode another perfect race. By the last lap, where Hibbert finally slowed his pace just enough to look over his shoulder and see who was around, he still had over a ten-second lead on 2nd place Martin.
Battling through the pack and coming away with another solid podium performance was defending AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Open champion Tim Tremblay.
“I didn’t have such a great start, then wasn’t paying attention later in the race and was running wide,” said Tremblay, who qualified 8th for tonight’s Pro Open main. “Then I saw Kamm coming on hard and thought to myself ‘I’ve just got to make the podium.’”
Friday Pro Open Results
1 68 Hibbert Tucker Arctic Cat Pelican Rapids MN
2 837 Martin Ross Polaris Burlington WI
3 11 Tremblay Tim Ski-Doo Ste Jeanne D’Arc Quebec
4 53 Kamm Kody Polaris Kenosha WI
Jake Scott would be the highlight of tonight’s Pro Lite main event at Seneca Allegany Casino. Scott railed to a 2nd place position after the third turn, then soon parlayed that amazing start to the race lead over Andrew Carlson and brought ‘er home to the checkers.
“I can’t believe it!” said Scott of his start. “I would have been pumped with a top seven start. I honestly can’t tell you how I ended up winning from the back row. With all my family and friends here from New York I just had to show them something!”
Scott ran fast and flawless, opening up a 6.5 second lead through lap 11. Running into some lapped traffic would be the only hiccup in his effort when he changed up his line through the rhythm section, got bucked sideways and was nearly pitched off his sled. But Scott reeled it back in and ran clean through the last five laps of the 16-lap main for the win.
Tied with Scott in the overall points chase heading into tonight’s Pro Lite final was David Joanis (Royal Distributing/Ski-Doo). Qualifying fifth (to Scott’s 11th), Joanis got a solid start but was soon clipped by another rider and nearly left his sled. But he would rally back to 6th by the midway point of the race, then began picking off the top Pro Lite guys until finally passing Carlson for 3rd and some highly important series points.
Muller (NSK/Foremost Insurance/Ski-Doo), who qualified in 3rd, got out of the start in 3rd place and moved into 2nd past Carlson on lap seven. Trailing Scott by 5.5 seconds at that point of the race, Muller wasn’t able to make up the distance to challenge Scott – but he didn’t give up any time to the hard-charging Joanis either.
Friday Pro Lite Results
1 42 Scott Jake Polaris Port Jefferson NY
2 436 Muller Travis Ski-Doo Windom MN
3 115 Joanis David Ski-Doo Cochrane Ontario
4 151 Carlson Andrew Polaris Elk River MN