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Hibbert delivers dominant performance in Deadwood

January 22, 2018 – Tucker Hibbert added another weekend sweep to his record book with dominant back-to-back wins in the pro finals at the ISOC National Snocross tour’s stop in Deadwood, SD. Knowing Hibbert’s history of jaw-dropping rides on the tight, rough track packed into the Days of ’76 Rodeo grounds, fans showed up in droves with the hope of seeing the 10-time champion put on a show.

After a big win Friday night, Hibbert delivered an unforgettable performance Saturday with a rally through the field that had the sold out crowd on their feet the entire race.

A solid jump off the line in Saturday’s final put Hibbert in good position but with a full lineup of riders on his inside, he got pushed off the track in the first turn. He re-entered the race in a matter of seconds but was already shuffled back to 12th position. Tapping into his experience, he passed riders quick, sometimes multiple riders at a time, and by lap 10 of the 24-lap final, moved into second place. The sub-30-second track comprised of a mix of natural and manmade snow deteriorated fast and turned into a minefield of deep holes, roost and lappers. With holeshot winner Kody Kamm in the lead, Hibbert searched for good lines to make the pass. Two laps to go, Hibbert capitalized on Kamm’s repeat attempt to block him on the inside of a corner and rode around the outside of him to take control of the race. Hibbert pulled over a three-second gap and rode the rest of the race unchallenged to complete the weekend sweep.

Hibbert now has a 50-point lead over second place in the yearend points championship. The ISOC National Snocross tour will take a three-week break before heading to Salamanca, NY February 16-17.

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

Friday night recap:

“For the final, I lined-up second from the inside which is a really good spot to be. I wanted to play it a little safe to avoid a potential crash and came out around seventh place. At Deadwood, you can’t wait for the race to settle in. You have to make as much ground up as you can on the lead right away. With the wet, sticky snow and roost, I made a big effort to get to the front as fast as I could. I knew where I was when I got into third and that Logan (Christian) was in the lead. I had a good line on the inside of the first turn and Logan was taking the outside. I made up good ground on him in one lap and was able to make the pass in that corner the next lap.”

Saturday night recap:

“I was all the way on the outside so it wasn’t the best scenario. I focused on nailing the light and getting to the turn first. I got a good start but being so far on the outside, I couldn’t get to the inside of the corner, got pushed wide and eventually off the track. I didn’t get too wound up because it’s pretty common for me to end up off the track in Deadwood. I’ve been in this situation before so I focused on getting back on the track safely and get moving. I really wanted to pass people as fast as I could when everyone was bunched up but it’s tricky because everyone is racing so hard. Fortunately, I made some good decisions and passed people quickly. I was pumped to get up to second pretty quick behind Kamm and tried to take a little breather and regroup then started charging. I had some really good lines and then Kamm caught onto them so I wasn’t able to make up the ground I wanted to. We were going the same speed for a while. It started getting more intense when the race was winding down and then we got into lappers. I was able to put on a charge towards the end and got right behind Kamm and once I did that, he made some mistakes and I was able to capitalize on them and take the lead.”

On racing in front of a sold out crowd in Deadwood:

“It was awesome. I could hear the crowd cheering and getting loud with every pass. It’s always cool to feel that. Racing in Deadwood is crazy because you’re battling so many things – sticky snow, tight track, lappers. It’s a race where you have to race so hard the entire time. It’s not pretty but makes for a great show for the fans.”

Goals for remainder of the season:

“The goals for the rest of the season are the same as always – keep making progress and keep getting better. We’re focused on winning the championship and being in the position to do that means to keep improving every week.”

 

Tucker Hibbert – Deadwood National Results

Friday, January 19– Pro Round 7

Round 1 Qualifying: 1st

Round 2 Qualifying: 7th

FINAL: 1st

Saturday, January 20 – Pro Round 8

Round 1 Qualifying: 2nd

Round 2 Qualifying: 1st

FINAL: 1st

 

CBS Sports Network Broadcast 

Deadwood Snocross National Day 1: Sunday, January 28 – 11:00 am ET

Deadwood Snocross National Day 2: Sunday, February 4 – 11:00 am ET

 

Remaining 2017/2018 ISOC National Snocross Events

Salamanca, NY // February 16-17, 2018

Mt. Pleasant, MI // February 23-24, 2018

Dubuque, IA // March 9-10, 2018

Lake Geneva, WI // March 16-17, 2018

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Hibbert extends points lead at Canterbury Park Snocross National

January 8, 2018 – Tucker Hibbert extended his points lead in the ISOC National Snocross Pro points championship at rounds five and six in Shakopee, Minn. Hibbert had a strong weekend of racing at the Canterbury Park National winning all four of his qualifying rounds and the final event on night two.

Going 1-1 in qualifying Friday night, Hibbert had last pick on the start line for the 15-rider, 20-lap final due to the inverted start procedure. He got pinched off the start but slotted into a position he felt comfortable with going into the first corner. Moments later, a rider from the inside clipped him, sending him off the track and into the guardrail. Unharmed physically, he returned to his sled to find the handlebars broke in half. Knowing every point counts for the year-end championship, he re-entered the race and completed as many laps as he safely was able to finish a respectable 12th place.

Hibbert stormed into Saturday confident and focused on winning every time he hit the track. After winning both his qualifying rounds again, he took a cautious approach to the start of the 15-rider, 14-lap final. He grabbed a fifth place start and within a half of a lap moved into third. Searching for fast lines, he found a solid spot for passing and used the same move to get past the two riders in front of him on laps four and six. Once out front, he rode unchallenged to take the win.

Hibbert now has a 34-point lead over second place in the points championship. The ISOC National Snocross tour will take a weekend break before heading to Deadwood, SD January 19-20.

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

“I’m really happy about the weekend. Extending my points lead is the main goal and we were able to do that. I didn’t have a great race on Friday in the main but other than that, I’m stoked on my performance and how I felt.”

Friday night recap:

“I won both my qualifiers so I had last pick on the front row. I was stuck on the outside. I didn’t get out front off the line but felt good about where I was going into the first turn. Then, all of a sudden, I got bumped by someone from the inside. It pushed me to the outside of the track and I crashed into the guardrail. I ran to my sled to try and get going right away and realized my handlebars were broken. It was a big disappointment and I didn’t know what to do. After thinking about it and talking to my dad quick, I decided to get on the track and see what I could do. I wasn’t able to race at full speed but still got around the track. It wasn’t the race I was looking for but I did what I had to do to salvage points.”

Saturday night recap:

“I had some extra motivation after what happened Friday night. I was really focused on my starts so I wouldn’t put myself in a bad position. I felt really good all night and charged hard to win the qualifiers and the final.”

Overall thoughts on the season:

“I feel really good. Extending my points lead each weekend is the main goal. We have a lot of racing left. I feel really confident in my sled, my team and my performances. We’re in a good position for the rest of the season and will be working hard to make sure we keep having success.”

 

Tucker Hibbert – Canterbury Park National Results

Friday, January 5– Pro Round 5

Round 1 Qualifying: 1st

Round 2 Qualifying: 1st

FINAL: 12th

Saturday, January 6 – Pro Round 6

Round 1 Qualifying: 1st

Round 2 Qualifying: 1st

FINAL: 1st

CBS Sports Network Broadcast 

Canterbury Park National Day 1: Saturday, January 13 – 11:00 am ET

Canterbury Park National Day 2: Saturday, January 20 – 10:00 am ET

2017/2018 ISOC National Snocross Tour Schedule

Duluth, MN // November 24-27, 2017

Jackson Hole, WY // December 8-9, 2017

Shakopee, MN // January 5-6, 2018

Deadwood, SD // January 19-20, 2018

Salamanca, NY // February 16-17, 2018

Mt. Pleasant, MI // February 23-24, 2018

Dubuque, IA // March 9-10, 2018

Lake Geneva, WI // March 16-17, 2018

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