Tucker Hibbert went three-for-three on Friday at the Nielsen Enterprises Grand Finale at Lake Geneva Resort.Hibbert's three first performances of the weekend, through two heat races and a main event, gave him enough points (622) to clinch the title with one race remaining on the schedule. And in the support AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Lite class it was again Jake Scott (Mystic Lubricants/Loctite/Polaris) who took command of yet another main event, winning going away to increase his lead in the overall Pro Lite championship point chase. Pro OpenWith the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Open title already in hand (clinched during his second heat race), the only thing left for Tucker Hibbert was to win the opening leg of the final two rounds at Lake Geneva. And win it Hibbert did, putting a statement-type pass on defending ACS Pro Open champion Tim Tremblay (Scheuring Speed Sports/AMSOIL/Ski-Doo) and walking away with the victory by some 15 seconds over Tremblay and 3rd place Kody Kamm (Monster Energy/Hentges Racing/Polaris).
"Feels awesome. This championship means a lot for sure," said Hibbert. "I got injured here last year, so to be able to come back and win was fun. Thanks so much to all the Monster Energy/Arctic Cat team." With Kamm pulling the Stud Boy Holeshot, the race lead was quickly relinquished to a charging Tremblay. But avoiding the carnage that collected Zach Pattyn (Stud Boy/Ski-Doo) and (Scheuring Speed Sports/AMSOIL/Ski-Doo) on the first turn was Hibbert, who was up onto Tremblay within a half lap. "Feels awesome. This championship means a lot for sure," said Hibbert. "I got injured here last year, so to be able to come back and win was fun. Thanks so much to all the Monster Energy/Arctic Cat team."Friday Lake Geneva Pro Open Results1 Tucker Hibbert Monster Energy/Arctic Cat 68 Arctic Cat Pelican Rapids, MN 2 Tim Tremblay Amsoil/Air Force/Makita 11 Ski-Doo Ste Jeanne D'Arc, Quebec 3 Kody Kamm Hentges Racing 53 Polaris Kenosha, WI 4 Johan Lidman Carlson Motorsports 52 Polaris Pitea, Sweden Pro LiteGrabbing the holeshot was Polaris racer Andrew Carlson, followed closely by Andrew Lieders (Leighton Motorsports/Polaris) and Pro Lite points leader Jake Scott. Carlson would lead the first couple laps, while Scott and Lieders would battle - with Scott moving up to 2nd on lap two.Biding his time during the six-lap main on the largest (lap time) track the AMSOIL Championship Snocross series has competed on this year, Scott would track, catch and pass Carlson - with little resistance - at the last corner of lap three following the steep downhill section on the ski hill-turned-snocross track. During the battle up front David Joanis (Royal Distributing/Ski-Doo) rallied back from a lackluster start to move up to the third podium position. As Scott began to check out the Carlson vs. Joanis battle heated up. Joanis would end up getting by Carlson at the end of the front straight, making the pass stick on the first uphill climb. The race would end with Scott in 1st, Joanis in 2nd and Carlson in 3rd, along with Andrew Lieders (Leighton Motorsports/Polaris) in 4th and Daniel Dolecki (Dee's Marina/Ski-Doo) in 5th. "I'm so pumped right now," said Scott from atop the podium. "Our team worked so hard for this all year ... this is just excellent. Thanks to my team and my family and friends for coming out to watch."Friday Lake Geneva Snocross Pro Lite Results1 Jake Scott Team LaVallee 42 Polaris Port Jefferson Station, NY 2 David Joanis Royal Distributing 115 Ski-Doo Cochrane, 3 Andrew Carlson Carlson Motorsports 151 Polaris Elk River, MN 4 Andrew Lieders Lieders Racing/Leighton Motorsports 857 Polaris Colby, WI
Photos courtesy of Lissa Marsolek/Wayne Davis Photography