Hibbert, Martin Split Wins In Motown

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Ross Martin jumped to an early lead in the Pro Super Stock main, but it was Tucker Hibbert claiming the top step on the podium at the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series Traxxas Michigan National in Pontiac, Mich. on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011. Martin held a commanding lead until five laps to go, when Hibbert motored by on his Monster Energy Arctic Cat for the win.

Just as with several events this season, Hibbert did not have the best of starts but used his superior ability to create new lines, to race through some heavy hitters and get the win. Martin continues to stay close in the season standings with the second aboard his Jack Link’s/Dupont/AMSOIL Polaris, while Warnert Racing/Foremost Insurance’s Tim Tremblay took a step back when he was black flagged for contact with Zach Pattyn. Pattyn would eventually drop out  opening the door for teammates Garth Kaufman and Logan Christian to get the three and four spots.

The AMSOIL Pro Open went down as one of the highlights of the season, with Tim Tremblay getting a massive lead after a first turn pileup induced restart. Hibbert and Martin then chased Tremblay in a shootout of the current point leaders. When Hibbert went down on the back straight, it looked as if Tremblay may be in line for his first win of the season. With seven laps to go Martin worked by Tremblay and AMSOIL/Air Force/Rockstar rider Robbie Malinoski closed the gap in third. The top three finished in that order with Hibbert racing back through the field to challenge Malinoski at the finish. Garth Kaufman had another great ride to finish fifth.

The Air Force Semi-Pro Super Stock final saw a first time winner in Chase Rosemeyer aboard his Bauerly Racing/Liquid Ice Ski-Doo. Rosemeyer led wire to wire over class heavies Mike Bauer and Colby Crapo. There was plenty of action farther back in the pack, as last week’s winner Kaven Benoit found himself off track early in the race. The same was true for contender Kyle Pallin, while teammate and point leader Cody Thomsen had his troubles, but rallied back for a fourth.

The series now takes a break until March 5, when the Hayward Powersports/Polaris National at the LCO Casino in Hayward, Wisconsin kicks off a three-race run to finish.