Frustrated and determined, Hibbert was untouchable Sunday winning all three qualifiers and the final event of the Pro Open class. With a fifth place start in the 15-rider, 24-lap final, he was patient and calm knowing he couldn’t charge too hard on what he called “the gnarliest track” he has ever raced on. On lap 15, his patience paid off and he passed the leader, No. 837 Ross Martin, in the most challenging section of the track - an uphill rhythm section on the backside of the course. Hibbert quickly pulled away from Martin but wasn’t in the clear, as the track got rougher and congested with lapped riders. Hibbert held on and stayed focused to take his first AMSOIL Duluth National win since 2002. Hibbert’s next stop is the WPSA Snowmobile Tour’s Air Force Canterbury National in Shakopee, Minn. The double-header event runs Jan. 11-13, 2008. Check out www.tucker-hibbert.com for the latest results, photos and videos of Hibbert and team Monster Energy/Arctic Cat.
Tucker Hibbert – #68 Monster Energy/Arctic Cat “I didn’t expect the track to be as good as it was with the warm weather we’ve had and the lack of snow. The track crew did a great job of putting together a challenging course. It was definitey the gnarliest track I have ever raced on. It was hard to find a rhythm and stay consistent. Fitness was a factor this weekend and I was able to stay strong but had to be on my toes the entire time. The team worked really hard throughout qualifying to get the new sleds dialed in. I had awesome qualifying for the [Pro Super] Stock but wasn’t able to put things together in the final. The team and I sat down, talked about our mistakes and what we could do to improve for the Pro Open class. Our hard work paid off and we’re walking away from the first race of the season with a win. ”