AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Open class point leader Tucker Hibbert completes N.Y. sweep; Corin Todd wins Lites

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SALAMANCA, N.Y. (Feb. 8, 2014) – Overcoming what he called a “mediocre start,” Monster Energy/Arctic Cat/Ram’s Tucker Hibbert charged hard through the midway and final portions of tonight’s 28-lap premier Pro Open class contest and completed the 1st/1st sweep of the Seneca Allegany Casino Air Force Snocross, round five of AMSOIL Championship Snocross, powered by Ram.

And in the support Pro Lite class main event local New York racer Corin Todd (Leighton Motorsports/Polaris) would put up a masterful performance for the win, recording his second podium effort of the weekend.

Pro Open

Kyle Pallin (LaVallee/Mystic/Loctite/Polaris) ripped a monster Stud Boy holeshot and was off to the races in the early lead in the 28-lap main event. And hot in pursuit of Pallin were the two Arctic Cat sleds of Hibbert and Cody Thomsen.

For much of the first half of the race Hibbert would mark Pallin in every corner, almost stalking him … looking for a place to strike. Pallin would have an answer for Hibbert and what looked like a cat-and-mouse strategy was actually a great race, according to Hibbert.

“I was trying to get by him and Kyle was riding really well,” admitted Hibbert.

As he’s done nearly every race this season, Hibbert – biding his time versus Pallin – would strike at the opportune time, passing Pallin through the air down a sugary straight and diving inside on the Michigan racer to take the lead. Hibbert quickly put some distance between himself and Pallin, but Pallin would work hard for a number of laps to stay close to Hibbert – and this, in the end, is likely what kept him ahead of a hard-charging Kody Kamm (Hentges Racing/Polaris) for 2nd place.

“This is my third year racing the Pros and I learn more and more each race,” said an excited Pallin from the Seneca Alleghany podium. “It’s really starting to pay off. I’m having an awesome time.”

Kamm would make his second podium of the weekend, coming in just under two seconds back of Pallin for 3rd. Rounding out the top five in the Pro Open class were Johan Lidman (Warnert Racing/Ski-Doo) in 4th and Justin Broberg (Hentges Racing/Polaris) in 5th.

Salamanca Saturday Pro Open results

1 Tucker Hibbert
Monster Energy/Arctic Cat
68 Arctic Cat
Pelican Rapids, MN
2 Kyle Pallin
Team LaVallee
324 Polaris
Ironwood, MI
3 Kody Kamm
Hentges Racing
53 Polaris
Kenosha, WI
4 Johan Lidman
Warnert Racing
52 Ski-Doo
Pitea, Sweden
5 Justin Broberg
Hentges Racing
168 Polaris
Mukwonago, WI
6 David Joanis
Royal Distributing
115 Arctic Cat
Cochrane (Kok rane),
7 Logan Christian
Christian Brothers Racing / Drift
43 Arctic Cat
Fertile, MN
8 Lincoln Lemieux
Lemieux Racing
113 Ski-Doo
St. Johnsbury, VT
9 Mike Bauer
Jess Racing
717 Arctic Cat
medford, WI
10 Cody Thomsen
Arctic Cat
62 Arctic Cat
Nisswa, MN
11 Petter Narsa
Team Jimmy John’s/Ski-doo/BossRacing
271 Ski-Doo
12 Levi LaVallee
Team LaVallee
108 Polaris
Longville, MN
13 Bobby LePage
Cottew Motorsports
244 Polaris
Duluth, MN
14 Mike Pilotte 748 Polaris
Fall River, MA
15 Zach Pattyn
Stud Boy Racing
99 Ski-Doo
Ravenna, MI

Pro Lite

Saturday NY AMSOIL Snocross Pro Lite winner Corin Todd

Hometown hero Corin Todd locked down the win on Saturday at Salamanca, parlaying a great start into a front-of-pack placement in the early going, then pulling a strategic pass on Pro Lite point leader Andrew Carlson (Carlson Motorsports/Polaris) in mid-race and running ‘er home through the checkers.

“I had a tough first round (of qualifying) and was able to pull it back together,” said Todd, who qualified in 10th position. “I said coming into this weekend I wanted to ride consistent and limit the errors. So I just put my head down and here we are on the box again.”

Carlson actually pulled the holeshot, but was quickly caught at the second turn by Friday winner, James Johnstad (Judnick Motorsports/Polaris). Todd came rocketing in out of seemingly nowhere and got past both Carlson and Johnstad and into the lead heading into lap three. The following lap Carlson would pass Todd back for the lead, and took off – putting a bit of space between himself, Johnstad and Andrew Lieders (LaVallee/Mystic/Loctite/Polaris).

Choosing the outside line heading into the midway point of the 20-lap race, Todd was able to make up some time on Carlson before setting the point leader up and passing him on lap 12. Lieders would soon pass Carlson as well on the ensuing lap.

Despite the carnage on the track there was nothing stopping Todd as the sizable crowd got behind their fellow New Yorker and cheered him on through the checkers. Lieders would hold tight onto 2nd place and Carlson survived a late-race rush from Trevor Leighton (Leighton Motorsports/Polaris) to take 3rd.

“We recovered from a bad outing yesterday and I’m happy to be up here on the box,” said Carlson, who retained his overall Pro Lite point lead. “It was gnarly. Lot of yellow flags out there, things going on everywhere.”

Rounding out the top five in Saturday’s Pro Lite final were Corey Watkinson (Watkinson Racing/Arctic Cat) in 4th and Johnstad in 5th.

1 Corin Todd
Leighton Motorsports
136 Polaris
Otego, NY
2 Andrew Lieders
Team LaVallee
857 Polaris
Colby, WI
3 Andrew Carlson
151 Polaris
Big Lake, MN
4 Corey Watkinson
Watkinson Motorsports, Arctic Cat
173 Arctic Cat
Port Carling, Ontario
5 James Johnstad
Judnick Motorsports
154 Polaris
Beltrami, MN
6 Chase Rosemeyer
Team Bauerly Racing
675 Ski-Doo
Chippewa Falls, WI
7 Travis Muller
Warnert Racing
436 Ski-Doo
Windom, MN
8 Jordan Kraus
Relentless Racing
105 Polaris
Osage, MN
9 Trevor Leighton
Leighton Motorsports
931 Polaris
Eagle, ID
10 Justin Parnell
factory recreation/huber motorsports
186 Ski-Doo
Ennismore, Ontario
11 Michael George
MFG Racing
307 Arctic Cat
Pine Plains, NY
12 Kevin Wallenstein
Ingles Performance
122 Ski-Doo
Cadillac, MI
13 John Stenberg
Team Bauerly Racing
259 Ski-Doo
Lofsdalen, Sweden
14 Zak Mason
863 Polaris
Gaylord, MI
15 Casey Boylan
Team Boylan
630 Ski-Doo
Anchorage, AK

AMSOIL Championship Snocross, powered by Ram, makes its next stop of the 2013-’14 tour at Michigan’s Soaring Eagle Casino, Feb. 22-23.

2013-’14 AMSOIL Championship Snocross, powered by Ram

Round/Date City/State

1 – Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Duluth, Minnesota
2 – Dec. 6-7 Bessemer, Michigan
3 – Jan. 3-5 Shakopee, Minnesota
4 – Jan. 31-Feb.1 Deadwood, South Dakota
5 – Feb. 7-8 Salamanca, New York
6 – Feb. 21-22 Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
7 – March 7-8 Fargo, N.D.
8 – March 14-16 Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Beginning with AMSOIL Championship Snocross’ season-opening round in Duluth, Minn. and running through the season finale in Lake Geneva, Wis. CBS Sports Network will air 16 half-hour programs of the ACS races.

Photos courtesy of Lissa Marsolek/ISOC

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