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Mid-School Awesomeness: Kirk Hibbert at the 1999 West Yellowston Snocross


(3/12/2013)

Check out this awesome video of the terrain master, Kirk Hibbert, showing his magic in the Pro Open class at the 1999 West Yellowstone Snocross.



Comments (26):

Greg B. says:
3/12/2013 6:38:00 PM

I remember watching those races on tv and thinking about how high they are jumping. Compared to now, they are barely getting the sleds off the ground.
MN Cat says:
3/12/2013 7:30:00 PM

It is amazing how the tracks have changed. It looks to me like the sno cross track in the video was smoother than last weekends cross country track in Warroad. Jon I know you and Cal could probably speak to that.
Mike F says:
3/12/2013 8:18:00 PM

John,
I really enjoyed that! MN Cat, I think you are pretty much spot on, it's just that the laps were 9 miles longer! Great stuff, and good fun!
Mike F says:
3/12/2013 8:18:00 PM

John,
I really enjoyed that! MN Cat, I think you are pretty much spot on, it's just that the laps were 9 miles longer! Great stuff, and good fun!
Greg says:
3/12/2013 9:53:00 PM

when was the last time Kirk raced?? That video had to have been one of the last ones?
John Sandberg says:
3/12/2013 9:59:00 PM

Yes, the cross-country course in Warroad was rougher than most of that snocross course. At least it felt that way to me!

In a lot of ways, I like watching that old kind of snocross better than many of the tracks they've built in recent years. True, they didn't jump high/far back then. But tracks like West Yellowstone had WAY more lines (complete opposite of the one-line stuff that too many of today's tracks) which made the racing more dramatic.

And watching Kirk work his way through traffic was an absolute thrill.
John Sandberg says:
3/12/2013 10:01:00 PM

I know that Kirk was still racing in 2007, I just looked at a pic of him at Brainerd that year. I'll ask him and find out when his last race was.
kevin sebastian says:
3/13/2013 8:18:00 AM

That sure brings back some memories!! About the same era I last saw Blair race,and then see the names come up,Just saw Nathan Titus a couple weeks back up in cable wis. at the Cor powersports cc event!
Alley Cat says:
3/13/2013 8:50:00 AM

Snowcross you could see your sled race. The old I-500 you could never see your sled run, if you worked on them. Show some old I-500 John.
Todd Ulschmid says:
3/13/2013 10:05:00 AM

That video is great! It's going viral on FB... : ) Trivia question: Was this 1999 West Yellowstone race Kirk's last Pro Open win?
jimu@sledracer.com says:
3/13/2013 10:20:00 AM

Kirk raced well into the 2000s but he bumped himself down to Semi-Pro. He "raced" basically so he could try stuff first-hand. Had to be 2006 or 2007 he rode a prototype race sled at Canterbury that had the pipes coming out under the seat. A couple weeks later Shaun Crapo raced that sled at the X Games. I'm sure Sandberg and his Arctic Insiders have photos of that sled somewhere.
jeff says:
3/13/2013 5:20:00 PM

the year is questionable. Kirk and Blair are running 2000 models and Kuster and scheele are running 99's.
Todd Ulschmid says:
3/13/2013 5:30:00 PM

It's 1999. Blair races the 2000 bodywork at Geneva and Kirk had a open mod built with the new design, too.
Ryan Weidemann says:
3/15/2013 11:10:00 AM

Awesome video John, and it was great racing with you last weekend! That West Yellowstone track definately brings back memories (some painfull, some not) of the D1 tracks from the early 2000's. Watching this years Deadwood SnoX online I thought the same thing. Apparently the fans (at least the ones commenting) didn't seem to think it was too cool, but to me it was old-school SnoX, something the series could use once a season.
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11/8/2013 6:30:00 PM

jim - Do you have photos of bib no. 12 from dec 2005 Gin Gin 120 dog race? She is my dguahter and I would like to buy them if they are available. Thanks, Jim
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