Three rounds of Pro Open snocross racing made it into the books at the Pirtek Snocross National this past weekend, and when all was said and done, there were three different winners crowned as well. The action took place on the Canterbury Park track in Shakopee, Minn., over a three-day weekend. Rounds 5 and 6 were raced on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Round 2, originally scheduled for November in Duluth, Minn., but postponed due to poor conditions, was made up on Sunday.
In Round 5, Elias Ishoel (Warnert Racing) overcame a mediocre showing in the qualifying rounds to secure his first-ever Pro Open victory in the final. Despite starting the final in fifth place, the aggressive Ishoel was out in front by the race's halfway point. The Norwegian phenom beat out Ross Martin (Judnick Motorsports) and Tim Tremblay (AMSOIL/Air Force/ Ford).
On Saturday, Kody Kamm (Hentges Racing) won his heat in the first qualifying round and finished fourth in the second before coming out on top in the final. The Round 6 podium also included Logan Christian (Christian Brothers Racing) and Adam Renheim (BOSS Racing).
Despite being a non-factor in Rounds 5 and 6, Tucker Hibbert (Team Monster Energy/Arctic Cat/Ram Trucks) had more of his familiar talents on display in the make-up round. After finishing 10th on Friday and 12th on Saturday, Hibbert took the checkered flag in the Round 2 final, finishing ahead of Martin (second) and Kamm (third).
“Getting the win on Sunday was awesome, for sure," said Hibbert. "We (the team) had a difficult weekend. My results were not great, to say the least. We struggled all weekend to do what we needed to do. Getting the win was a good way to end the weekend and gets us headed in the right direction for the rest of the season.”
Tremblay may have emerged as the biggest winner of the weekend, winning all six of his heat races and finishing 3rd, 6th and 4th in the finals. He left Canterbury as the series points leader with a 35-point gap over Kamm. Hibbert is currently third in the national Pro Open points standings, 41 points behind Tremblay.
Friday night's Pro Open podium: Elias Ishoel (1st), Ross Martin (2nd) and Tim Tremblay (3rd).
Although single-digit temperatures prevailed for much of the three-day weekend, the largest crowds of the season came out to take advantage of Canterbury Park’s spacious indoor seating.
You can catch TV coverage of the racing action at Canterbury Park on CBS Sports Network; tune in Jan. 14, 21 and 28 at 10:00 a.m. EST.
The fourth stop of ISOC National Snocross tour will take place in Deadwood, S.D., Jan. 20-21. For more info, visit www.snocross.com.