Tucker Hibbert swept ISOC's Seneca Allegany Air Force Snocross race in Salamanca, N.Y. on February 23.
Thousands racing fans packed grandstands and lined the sides of the wide oval track and climbed up into the nearby mountainside to watch snocross racers compete at round 12 of the 16-round series.
Pro Open Day 2
Kyle Pallin grabbed the Stud Boy Holeshot for the second night in a row. And nearly getting bounced out of the first turn – from his No. 1 qualifying spot and gate pick – was Hibbert, who managed to hold things together and got out of the first turn in 4th place.
Pallin’s lead would again be short-lived as Ross Martin blasted up front as the green flag flew on lap two of the 24-lap contest. But what looked to be a race that was shaping up between Hibbert and Martin soon turned into another clinic as Hibbert cracked the throttle and, in one fell swoop, launched past both Pallin and Martin on an outside line through the rhythm section and into the lead – a lead he’d never relinquish.
“That was another wild ride. The track’s demanding and the pace was unreal,” said Hibbert.
With Hibbert checking out the battle for the final Pro Open podium spots got interesting quick. Defending Pro Open champ Tim Tremblay had been flying all day, and by lap seven he was up to 4th place and pressuring Pallin. At the race’s midway point (lap 12) Hibbert was up by eight seconds on Martin and Kody Kamm had moved up to 5th.
By lap 17 Tremblay had since got by Pallin and was closing on Martin – who he passed with seeming ease as it appeared Martin began to slow in the later stages of the race. Pallin would then pressure Martin for 3rd, but went down in his effort between turns three and four. Martin slowed even further – running a 40-second lap late in the race when 25 to 26-second laps had been the norm. Kamm would also pass Martin as well and made the final podium spot, with Tremblay in 2nd for his second podium finish of the weekend.
With the win Hibbert increased his Pro Open championship points lead to 73 points over Tremblay, 489-425.
Robbie Malinoski was forced to sit out in Salamanca, New York as he attempted to recover from a lingering knee injury suffered several weeks ago at the Eagle River World Championships.
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 53 Kamm Kody Polaris Kenosha WI
4 27 Ohman Emil Ski-Doo Pitea Norrbotten
Pro Open Overall Points
1 Tucker Hibbert
2 Tim Tremblay
3 Ross Martin
4 Kody Kamm
Jake Scott swept the Pro Lite in front of his hometown fans.
Scott, in his pursuit of his first overall Pro Lite championship, would also get another boost in the points as David Joanis, who was tied in points with Scott heading into this weekend’s racing, was black flagged for what ISOC officials deemed “overly aggressive riding” in the Pro Lite main when Joanis collided with New York racer Corin Todd and knocked Todd off his sled. This would prove to be a huge blow to Joanis’ championship hopes.
“He (Joanis) was riding too aggressively and clearly took Todd out,” said ISOC’s Carl Schubitzke, President of Racing and Operations, on the black flag on Joanis.
With the potential 2nd (Todd) and 3rd (Joanis) place finishers now out of the running for the podium spots behind Scott, Andrew Carlson (Polaris/Carlson Motorsports) and Renaud Alexandre (BOSS Racing/Jimmy John’s/Ski-Doo) would each move up a couple notches and round out the podium in the crazy Saturday Pro Lite main event at Seneca Allegany Casino.
With the victory and Joanis’ subsequent black flag Scott takes a 19-point lead in the Pro Lite overall championship points chase to the penultimate round of AMSOIL Championship Snocross – the Ram Pro National – at Buffalo River Race Park outside Fargo, N.D.
Saturday Snocross Pro Lite Results
1 42 Scott Jake Polaris Port Jefferson Statio NY
2 151 Carlson Andrew Polaris Elk River MN
3 793 Alexandre Renaud Ski-Doo Val-D’or Quebec
4 436 Muller Travis Ski-Doo Windom MN
Pro Lite Overall Points (through 11 of 16 rounds)
1 Jake Scott
2 David Joanis
3 Travis Muller
4 Andrew Lieders