Tucker Hibbert recorded his 125th Pro National Snocross career victory Saturday night at Round 10 of the ISOC National Snocross tour in Salamanca, N.Y. Hibbert led the milestone race from start to finish in dominating form.
“It feels awesome being able to get my 125th win this weekend," said Hibbert. "We (the team) have been thinking about 125 since we got 100. It’s crazy to have it actually happen now. That’s a lot of races and a lot of great memories.”
Friday night at the Eastern National, win number 125 eluded Hibbert after he finished a hard-fought second place behind Tim Tremblay in the Pro Open final. It was Tremblay's first win of the year despite being the current points leader in the Pro Open class. After coming close to grabbing that first place finish in previous rounds, he finally wrapped it up when Lincoln Lemieux crashed with two laps left. Kody Kamm finished in third place and is second in the point standings. Hibbert is third, 41 points behind Tremblay and just 10 points behind Kamm.
Confident in his performance, Hibbert entered Saturday determined to get to the top step of the podium. With 4-2 finishes in his qualifying rounds Saturday night, Hibbert had a seventh start line pick for the 15-rider race. Positioned in the middle of the front row, he launched off the line and into the early lead. Immediately pulling a gap on the rest of the field, he rode 22 laps smooth and in control while dodging ice holes, snow dust and lapped riders. When the checkered flag flew, he had lapped up to sixth and held a 10-second lead over second-place finisher Ross Martin.
Martin has been one of the most successful Pro Open riders on the tour this season. He has a string of podium finishes dating back to Round 5 in early January. While he is still searching for consistency in qualifying heat races, Martin has continued to come up big in the main events and now sits just a few points out of the fifth spot in points standings. On Saturday, Martin shot out to the front of the pack and was never challenged for his position throughout the final.
“Each and every time I go out there the goal is to try and win,” said Martin. We’ve had some ups and downs this season, this weekend in particular, but when the main comes that’s when you want to put it all together and that’s kinda what I focused on. I’d like to work on my heat races a little bit, but I have a great team and sponsors with Jack Links, AMSOIL, Axalta and Polaris.”
Lemieux overcame a shoulder injury to finish in third place and round out Saturday's Pro Open podium.
The ISOC National Snocross tour now takes a two-weekend break before hitting the final three events of the season. For more info and results, visit www.snocross.com.
Photos by John Hanson