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Tucker Hibbert Second in Points after Duluth Snocross Opener


(11/28/2011)

Tucker Hibbert at Spirit Mountain Snocross Opener, phot by John Hanson

Hibbert Exits Challenging Duluth National Second in Points Chase

November 28, 2011 – Defending AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series Champion, Tucker Hibbert, gained valuable seat time on Arctic Cat’s all-new 2012 Sno Pro 600 chassis and left the opening round of the series in Duluth, Minn. sitting second in the Pro Open Points Championship chase. The Monster Energy/Arctic Cat rider showcased his ability to move through the pack on a difficult track, making him a force to be reckoned with this winter.

With the shift to only Pro Open racing this season on the ACSS Tour, Hibbert and his competitors will race 15 finals spread over eight stops to earn points for the title. The 20th Annual Duluth National featured rounds one and two. 

Hibbert had an impressive run in Saturday night’s final. While battling for third place on lap one, a kicker near the bottom of the massive downhill pitched him off the steep backside of the track. Still on his sled, he re-entered the track in 14th place out of 15 riders. After regaining his composure, he put on a charge that moved him into striking distance of the podium. Twenty laps proved to be not enough, forcing him to settle for fourth.

Sunday afternoon, Hibbert struggled to find a grove in qualifying, making him the eighth pick for the 15-rider, 20-lap final event. He found himself in ninth place off the start with all the top contenders in front of him. He picked off riders each lap eventually moving into third and finishing only one second behind second place. 

Tucker Hibbert - #68 Monster Energy/Arctic Cat

“I’m disappointed in my results but am happy that we (the team) were able to come out of the weekend with consistent racing and in second place. We didn’t throw anything away but as far as our weekend performance, it’s not where I want to be. I want to be at the front battling for the lead rather than fighting through the pack to get on the podium. I know we have the ability to get there. I’m looking forward to a weekend off before the next race to test and tune. Working on my set-up will help me focus on eliminating mistakes. I’m confident we’ll enter Ironwood as a stronger race team.”

The ACSS Tour will take a weekend off before heading to Ironwood, Mich. Dec. 10-11. Catch each stop of the tour on NBC Sports’ one-hour broadcasts Sundays at 5 p.m. EST. For the full schedule, visit www.isocracing.com.



Comments (4):

Snomocrazy says:
11/28/2011 11:24:00 AM

It sounds like Tucker has not lost anything through the summer. The week off will benefit Tucker to the point that I think he will be back in the groove that he left last year. I also think Tucker will be leading the points chase next race. Just my opinion. All I can say is GO TUCKER HIBBERT .
Kevin says:
11/28/2011 5:50:00 PM

It appeared that he really struggled with the new sled and Ross looked real tough to beat. Still, #68 will be in the battle for the points championship.
Sno Pro:) says:
11/28/2011 7:42:00 PM

It's the first race on a new sled he's gonna struggle a bit but remember Ross had been riding the same platform Polaris for what 6 years now? I'd hope he would look good. Tucker will be champ this year again just give it time. Arctic cat all the way baby
Captain says:
11/30/2011 2:10:00 PM

If Tucker had better holeshots we would have been talking about 2 wins for him IMO. He was back in the pack from the beginning due to holeshots, so that to me is the biggest issue with this new setup.
That should be easy to get resolved.
When he was back in 14th and moving up he was like 1 or 2 seconds faster than the leaders. Didnt help he was 20 seconds behind though.

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