Logan Christian nearly became a first time winner on the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series tour but his Arctic Cat mentor, Tucker Hibbert, kept him in check at the conclusion of the Sled Head 24/7 Pro Super Stock final at the Hayward Powersports/Polaris National at the LCO Casino and Convention Center in Hayward, Wisc.
Christian made an early impression on the field qualifying second overall, with a first and second place finish in his heat races. The rookie pro from Fertile, Minn. then jumped to a solid lead in the main event. He looked to be in charge as title contenders Ross Martin and Tim Tremblay were detoured on the second lap.
Hibbert, who struggled through qualifying and went into the final trailing Martin in points, did not get the best of starts but managed to steadily work his way through the field. With seven to go and the leaders approaching lappers, Hibbert moved his Monster Energy Arctic Cat into a lead that would never be relinquished. Christian’s teammate Garth Kaufman continued his roll of the last several weeks, finishing third and closing in on Tremblay for third in the points.
Johan Lidman had one of his stronger performances of the season running fourth until stumbling on the last lap, allowing Robbie Malinoski and Emil Ohman to round out the top five.
Pallin Perfect In Semi-Pro
Kyle Pallin scored his second win of the season in the Air Force Semi-Pro class, sweeping both of his heat races and dominating the final wire to wire. The win propelled Pallin from fifth to third in season points, at least for one day.
Steady Mike Bauer was second on his Jack Link’s Polaris ahead of Kaven Benoit who has shown flashes of championship form on his Warnert Racing/NSK/Ski-Doo. Derek Ellis finished fourth ahead of Darrin Mees as the two Ski-Doo riders continue to slug it out for fourth and fifth in the season standings. Points leader Cody Thomsen was off the pace finishing sixth, but maintains a healthy lead in the class.
With all of the shake ups that took place today, anticipation is high for tomorrow’s action. Clear skies and temps in the upper 20’s made for a perfect afternoon for the full house on hand and more of the same is on tap for day two.