Feb. 2, 2015 – Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck’s Tucker Hibbert captured his 100th Pro National Snocross victory in a heroic come-from-behind win in Deadwood, SD Saturday night. With an electric crowd packed into the Days of ‘76 Rodeo Grounds, Hibbert rallied through the field with blazing speed and determination to record this historic career milestone.
Taking his 99th victory in December, Hibbert fell short of number 100 three straight rounds. He finished 4-2 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. and came within a sled length of winning Friday night at Deadwood after an aggressive ride.
Hibbert entered Saturday with a fresh focus and drive. He turned the fastest lap in practice, won both qualifying rounds and grabbed the Stud Boy holeshot in the 15-rider, 22-lap main event. Out front early, it momentarily looked as though Hibbert could run away with his 100th win. In turn two, he hit a wall of snow left by a groomer and was rolled on his side – collecting Tim Tremblay in the process. After struggling to get his sled unlocked from Tremblay’s sled, Hibbert reentered the race nearly a lap down and 20 seconds behind the leader.
What happened next, was a downright impressive display of determination and talent. Hibbert charged forward as if no one else was on the short, bullring-style track with him. Lap after lap, he made clean passes – crushing the gap between him and the race leader. Without a clear idea where he was in the running order, he kept pushing and didn’t give-up until he saw the checkers and flames go off on the finish-line jump.
“I didn’t have a game plan after I crashed (in the opening lap Saturday night) and once I got up, I didn’t consciously think ‘I’m going to win this race.’ I just put my head down and charged as hard as I could until I got the checkers. I didn’t even take time to look at the pit board so I didn’t know where I was the entire race,” said Hibbert.
Hibbert now holds a 64-point lead in the ISOC Pro Open Championship. Next up is the Eastern National in Salamanca, NY Feb. 6-7. Visit tucker-hibbert.com to follow him as he continues to chase his ninth national championship.