Press Release –
Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn., played host to the penultimate WPSA PowerSports Snowmobile Tour event this past weekend and Team Arctic’s snocross racers came ready win.
And win they did, taking victories in Pro Stock and Semi-Pro Open and scattering green across the podiums in pretty much every class all weekend.
The event was billed as a double header, so there were two sets of finals in each Pro and Semi-Pro class.
Coming off a gold medal performance at the Winter X Games, Tucker Hibbert took the win in the Pro Super Stock class and also notched two second place finishes, one in Pro Open and one in Pro Super Stock. Ryan Simons also made the podium, finishing third in Pro Open.
“I feel pretty good about the weekend overall,” said Hibbert. “We had three podiums, but compared to what we’ve done all year and I how I felt on the sled and track, I’m a little disappointed in my performance.”
Riding a wave of success, Hibbert went into the last final of the weekend with high hopes, but an on-track incident ended his streak of podium finishes.
“The track was rough,” said Hibbert. “In the last final, I felt good and was really confident I could run up front. I was in second and was closing in on Levi. With 20 laps, I knew I could hang with him and was looking to make a move for the lead. I took a hard hit on lap four and by the time I got up, I was in dead last. I was pretty shook up and knew there was no chance of getting to the front again so I pulled off to get out of the way and to let racing continue. It’s definitely not the way we wanted to end the weekend but we still had a lot of success so I’m keeping my head up.”
Dan Ebert continues his quest for the Semi-Pro points championships and scored huge in Brainerd, winning one Semi-Pro Open final and finishing fifth in the other.
Swedish rider Christian Salemark backed up Ebert, finishing second in Semi-Pro Open. Ebert also stood on the podium in Semi-Pro Super Stock, taking a third. Ebert sits in third place in both Semi-Pro points standings.
“Brainerd was a great event for Team Arctic and the new Sno Pro 600,” said Assistant Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety. “Tucker’s win by two seconds backed up by Ryan’s third place finish in the Pro classes along with Dan and Christian’s podiums in Semi-Pro showed we ran at the front all weekend. And don’t forget Cody Thomsen’s win in the Sport class. Cody is a great young rider and we’re looking forward to the future with him.”
Other Team Arctic wins included Levi Tipcke in the Junior 16-17 class and Trent Wittwer in the 120 Champ class.