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Tucker Hibbert untouchable at Route 66 Raceway Snocross National

Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck’s Tucker Hibbert was untouchable at rounds 11 and 12 of the ISOC National Snocross tour in Joliet, Ill. Hibbert put on an impressive show at Route 66 Raceway’s drag strip, turned snocross course, by winning all four of his qualifying rounds and both final events.

Despite battling fierce winds and low visibility, Hibbert convincingly won both his qualifying races and the final Friday night. Saturday brought warmer weather, and with that, a big, high-energy crowd.

Hibbert had his most intense race of the weekend in the first round of qualifying Saturday night. He jumped the start of the nine-rider race, was sent to the back row and came out of turn one in last place. With only eight laps on the 40-second track, he immediately charged forward and by the end of lap three, he was on the rear bumper of race leader no. 324 Kyle Pallin. The two riders raced side-by-side through the split lane, dogleg section of the course. With Hibbert on the inside and Pallin on the outside, Hibbert blocked Pallin as the lanes merged, took the lead and runaway for the win.

After winning his second qualifying round, Hibbert had first start line pick for the 15-rider, 14-lap final event. Selecting the far inside, Hibbert got a solid jump off the line but was shut down by no. 837 Ross Martin. Hibbert followed Martin for a lap and a half, then, made the pass for the lead in exact same spot he passed Pallin in the first round of qualifying. With a clear track in front of him, Hibbert had full control of the course to take his 104th pro national victory.

Next up for Hibbert is the Ram Truck National at Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. With a 97-point lead, the defending Pro Open National Champion will enter the final two stops of the ISOC tour in prime position to win the 2014/2015 championship.

Tucker Hibbert – #68 Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck

“It’s an awesome feeling to win all my qualifying rounds and both finals. The only other time I’ve done that this season was at Duluth. I was really impressed by the length of the course at Route 66. It was much longer than I imagined and by Saturday night, it got really rough which makes for great racing.”

“I’m really excited heading into the race this weekend. Last year, the track at the Ram Truck National was huge. Hopefully they’re putting together another awesome track.”
“I know I’m in a really good position in the points standing but try not to think about it too much. I’m taking it race-by-race. If we (the team) keep focusing on being our best every time we hit the track, we should be able to take the championship.”

Fast Facts

  • Hometown: Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
  • 13-Time X Games Medalist
  • Eight-Time National Snocross Champion, 104 Pro National Snocross Wins
  • 2012 and 2010 FIM Snowcross World Champion

Tucker Hibbert’s Remaining 14/15 Snocross Events

February 27-28, 2015: Soaring Eagle Casino // Mt. Pleasant, MI

March 13-15, 2015: Grand Geneva Resort // Lake Geneva, WI

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Tucker Hibbert Sweeps New York’s Eastern National Snocross

Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck’s Tucker Hibbert won both Pro Open finals in Salamanca, NY to sweep the ISOC National Snocross tour’s Eastern National. For the third consecutive year, Seneca Allegany Casino and Resort pulled in a massive crowd for the tour’s only stop east of Michigan.

After racing on a short, tight course in Deadwood, SD, Hibbert was excited to get on the Eastern National’s high-speed, technical track. By riding smart and smooth, Hibbert recorded one of his best race weekends of the 2014-2015 season.

Friday night, Hibbert went 2-2 in qualifying to lock down the number one start line pick for the main event. He was quick off the line, took the lead exiting the first turn and never looked back to win the 15-rider, 14-lap final.

Hibbert continued his successful start streak and won both qualifying rounds Saturday night. Despite a solid start in the final, he slotted into fifth place after riding cautiously through the first corner and into the front straightaway’s long rhythm section. He spent the next five laps focusing on riding mistake free and making clean passes to get behind holeshot winner and leader, no. 837 Ross Martin. After two laps of closing the gap on Martin, Hibbert made his move in the ‘S’ turn and pulled away to take his 102nd Pro National Snocross victory.

Hibbert now holds an 86-point lead in the ISOC Pro Open Championship. After a weekend break, the tour will make its debut stop at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. February 20-22. Visit tucker-hibbert.com to follow him as he continues to chase his ninth national championship.

Tucker Hibbert – #68 Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck

“It’s nice to have a weekend like this after having a couple rounds of intense racing. It felt good to get a longer, technical track.”

“It’s always a good time racing in New York. There are some serious snocross fans in the Northeast. One of my favorite parts about this race is that so many people ride their trail sleds to the event. It doesn’t get much cooler than that!”

“We (the team) are in a really good position. We have one of the biggest points leads we’ve ever had at this point in the season. I know we can continue to make gains but it’s good have a buffer in points in case something goes wrong.”

Fast Facts

  • Hometown: Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
  • 13-Time X Games Medalist
  • Eight-Time National Snocross Champion, 102 Pro National Snocross Wins
  • 2012 and 2010 FIM Snowcross World Champion
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Tucker Hibbert rides to heroic 100th Pro National Snocross victory

Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck’s Tucker Hibbert captured his 100th Pro National Snocross victory in a heroic come-from-behind win in Deadwood, SD Saturday night. With an electric crowd packed into the Days of ‘76 Rodeo Grounds, Hibbert rallied through the field with blazing speed and determination to record this historic career milestone.

Taking his 99th victory in December, Hibbert fell short of number 100 three straight rounds. He finished 4-2 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. and came within a sled length of winning Friday night at Deadwood after an aggressive ride.

Hibbert entered Saturday with a fresh focus and drive. He turned the fastest lap in practice, won both qualifying rounds and grabbed the Stud Boy holeshot in the 15-rider, 22-lap main event. Out front early, it momentarily looked as though Hibbert could run away with his 100th win. In turn two, he hit a wall of snow left by a groomer and was rolled on his side – collecting Tim Tremblay in the process. After struggling to get his sled unlocked from Tremblay’s sled, Hibbert reentered the race nearly a lap down and 20 seconds behind the leader.

What happened next, was a downright impressive display of determination and talent. Hibbert charged forward as if no one else was on the short, bullring-style track with him. Lap after lap, he made clean passes – crushing the gap between him and the race leader. Without a clear idea where he was in the running order, he kept pushing and didn’t give-up until he saw the checkers and flames go off on the finish-line jump.

Hibbert now holds a 64-point lead in the ISOC Pro Open Championship. Next up is the Eastern National in Salamanca, NY Feb. 6-7. Visit tucker-hibbert.com to follow him as he continues to chase his ninth national championship.

Tucker Hibbert – #68 Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck

“I didn’t have a game plan after I crashed (in the opening lap Saturday night) and once I got up, I didn’t consciously think ‘I’m going to win this race.’ I just put my head down and charged as hard as I could until I got the checkers. I didn’t even take time to look at the pit board so I didn’t know where I was the entire race.”

“I know the crowd was going crazy but I couldn’t hear them because I zoned everything out while I was racing. I was totally focused on hitting my lines and on what was right in front of me. It was a different feeling than Friday night’s final. I was riding my own race and going where I wanted to go. You don’t feel that good every time you’re on the track so it was nice to have that kind of race.”

“The season started awesome by winning the first four then I lost three in a row. The pressure and anticipation for 100 was really building up. Looking back, I’m glad 100 happened the way it did. I’m glad it wasn’t a runaway victory. It definitely was frustrating losing those races but I know this is the way it was supposed to happen.”

“It’s really awesome to have that many wins – to be able to look back…so many memories, stories. For me, it’s never about getting a certain amount of wins or a record. It’s about being the best I can be. Getting 100 wasn’t the motivation to win. The motivation was to not lose.”

“Every single race, I’ve learned something – from each first, second and DNF. I’m thankful for the wins and the times I didn’t win. It’s what brought me to where I am now.”

Tucker Hibbert – Snocross Pro National History

1st Pro National Win: Duluth, MN – November 2000, 16 years old

50th Pro National Win: Milwaukee, WI – December 2009, 25 years old

  • 100th Pro National start • 75 top-three finishes • 88 top-10 finishes

100th Pro National Win: Deadwood, SD – January 2015, 30 years old

  • 175th Pro National start • 133 top-three finishes • 159 top-10 finishes

Note: These statistics do not include X Games, the FIM World Championship or other one-off snocross events.

Fast Facts

  • Hometown: Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
  • 13-Time X Games Medalist
  • Eight-Time National Snocross Champion
  • 2012 and 2010 FIM Snowcross World Champion
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