It was Hibbert’s sixth showing at Duluth and his career-first sweep of the event, making him only the second rider in history to do so. The weekend marked the beginning of a new series, the ACSS Tour, and featured a new format with the longest pro finals in history on the longest and most challenging track the event has ever seen. The Pro Super Stock and Pro Open classes took on a new format with one qualifier and 30-lap final events. Saturday, Hibbert won his Pro Super Stock qualifier, took the hole-shot in the final and led all 30 laps. By the end of the race, he had lapped over half of the 15-rider field. Sunday’s Pro Open class was much the same. He won his qualifier, took the holeshot in the final and led all 30 laps, once again lapping over half the field.
Hibbert dedicated his victories to Blair Morgan and C.J. Ramstad, who he called “pioneers and ambassadors of the sport.” Morgan, who is a good friend, mentor and always his toughest competition on the track, suffered a career ending injury in September. Ramstad was a renowned snowmobile magazine publisher and photographer. He and his son lost their lives in a 2007 auto accident. In Ramstad’s honor, this year’s event was dubbed the C.J. Ramstad Memorial Cup.
Hibbert’s next event is the ACSS Bad River Lodge and Casino National in Ironwood, Mich. December 12-13.
Tucker Hibbert - #68 Monster Energy/Arctic Cat
“It doesn’t get any better than this. It was my goal to win both finals this weekend but I had no idea it would go so well. My Monster Energy/Arctic Cat was unbelievable. The engine and suspension package was dialed in. The entire crew has been working so hard the past few months. We did our homework, put in the long hours and it shows. My dad, Rob, Paul, Steve, Jeff, Fred and many others dedicated a lot of time to my program and I’m so thankful for them. I’ve been training really hard the past few years and feel stronger than ever.
I’m so pumped about the new race format. Finally, we’re having long races that really showcase our fitness and the durability of our snowmobiles. The track was challenging, different and exciting. Every lap it changed so I constantly had to be watching lines. I had a blast. This is what racing is about and I can’t wait until the next race.”