ELKO, MINN – Tucker Hibbert showed fans at the inaugural ACSS Air Force National at Elko Speedway why he is the current series point leader and reigning World Champion. Each of the top three riders in the SledHead 24/7 Pro Super Stock championship point chase held the lead at one time, but it was Hibbert who recovered from an off-track excursion and made his way to the front when the checkered flag fell on the main event.
Ross Martin was making ground on HIbbert’s point lead throughout the day, winning both of his qualifying races. The Jack Link’s/Dupont/Polaris rider grabbed an early lead in the final, followed by Hibbert, Tim Tremblay and Robbie Malinoski. Hibbert stayed in tow before going off-track on the front straight, nearly coming all the way off the sled. He rejoined the chase in fifth, well back from the leaders.
Johan Lidman continued his improved performance of late moving to third, while Tremblay began pressuring Martin with 14 to go. The Warnert Racing/Foremost Insurance/Ski-Doo racer dove under Martin in the first turn, with Martin swiftly retaking the position. On lap 12 Tremblay made the same move stick with a block pass that edged Martin off the first turn, also allowing Hibbert to advance to second.
Hibbert, now fully back in the game, used the same block pass maneuver in the same turn to move his Monster Energy Arctic Cat passed Tremblay with five to go. T-Train would hold on for the win ahead of Tremblay, Martin and Lidman in one of the most exciting contests of the season.
Thomsen Returns To Form In Semi-Pro
Cody Thomsen made his way back to the top of the box in the Air Force Semi-Pro Super Stock class to retain his solid lead in the standings. Thomsen and Judnick Motorsports standout Mike Bauer each swept their qualifying rounds, trading point for point in the process.
Thomsen, Ebert Arctic Cat teammate Kyle Pallin and Bauer lead the way from start to finish, mirroring their position in the class standings. AMSOIL/Air Force rider Darrin Mees finished fourth after battling with Polaris racer Kody Kamm. Kamm would drop back late in the race, allowing Renaud Alexandre to get the fifth spot.
Semi-Pro points remain up in the air heading into Sunday’s action with several positions undecided.
Despite high winds and cooler temps, the action at the ultra-modern Elko Speedway has been a huge success. Friday night featured a well-received Pit Party complete with pro autograph signing, freestyle show and concert. Sunshine and warming temps are expected for Sunday’s afternoon show and promises more great racing as point battles go down to the wire.