With those pesky holidays and huge family meals out of the way, it’s time to get back to snowmobile racing, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen starting today.
The January 3-5 weekend certainly isn’t as packed with action as next weekend, when the vast majority of circuits get rolling in 2014, there’s still plenty of competition this weekend across the snowbelt.
There’s even live racing right here on snowgoer.com, with the live webcast of the ISOC Amsoil Championship Series event from Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota. So, if it’s too cold to go outside in your neck of the woods, curl up with a warm laptop or tablet and enjoy some hot action. Click here to watch live racing.
Hibbert Goes For History
The ISOC circuit is back in action after a three week layoff, and all eyes are on Tucker Hibbert. Whether you’re cheering for or against the snocross dominator, his No. 68 Arctic Cat is the one to watch. He’s currently tied with Blair “Superman” Morgan for the most professional snocross victories (84), and based on his performance so far this year (he’s undefeated and unchallenged in four finals) odds are good he’ll win at least one of the two finals this weekend and move into the lead.
“I can’t think of a better place to have a shot to break Blair’s record than Canterbury Park, with the massive crowds we always enjoy there,” Hibbert said in an ISOC press release. “Last year I was able to sweep the podium at Canterbury, so I’m definitely looking forward to getting back there to defend our title and start the year off with some excellent results.”
If you’re going to watch the race, you might as well play the snowgoer.com Fantasy Snowmobile Racing Challenge game by clicking here. Predict the finishing order of the top six racers by using pull-down windows, and get points based upon how those racers actually finish. It’s easy, free and fun. Picks are due tomorrow morning.
Want some hints on who to pick? Here are the top 10 in points:
1) Tucker Hibbert (Arctic Cat); 2. Kyle Pallin (Polaris); 3. Kody Kamm (Polaris); 4. Ross Martin (Polaris); 5. Cody Thomsen (Arctic Cat); 6. Tim Tremblay (Ski-Doo); 7. Justin Broberg (Polaris); 8. David Joanis (Arctic Cat); 9. Logan Christian (Arctic Cat); 10. Iain Hayden (Polaris).
In any of the races listed below, you can click on the race circuit name to get more information.
Cross-Country, Round 2
The United States X-Country (USXC) racing circuit will host its second laketop cross-country event of the season, this one in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The J&K Marine Beach Bar 200 will feature a 10-mile ice lemans style course in front of the Holiday Inn, as per usual for the historic Detroit Lakes event. The one-day event will features racing in a variety of classes – the big Pro Stock final starts at 2:30 p.m.
At its first race this season, the two-day race near Gonvick, Minnesota, Zach Herfindahl was the overall winner on his Arctic Cat, followed by teammate Wes Selby. Polaris’ Gabe Bunke sits third in points after third- and second-place finishes.
Other Notable Events
The Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers (MASTERS) circuit is holding its first race of the season this weekend – the U.P. Championship Snow Drags Saturday, January 4, in Ontonagon, Michigan. The MASTERS circuit runs a wide variety of forms of racing over the course of the season, but the snow drags plus some vintage racing will get things kicked off.
The Snowmobile Hill Climb Racing Association is hosting an event at the Ski Big Val ski area in Utica, New York, the next in a packed schedule of planned events for the SHCRA.
The newly renamed, multifaceted Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Racing (RMSR) circuit based out of Grand Lake, Colorado, will hold its season opener this weekend. The Jolstad Motorsports Opener will be January 4-5. This circuit hosts a little bit of everything all in one weekend – snocross, snow ovals, snow drags and hillcross.
The ProVintage Racing circuit will host its first weekend of racing, January 4-5, with a test and tune day on Friday the third. The Northern New York Vintage Snowsled Racers (NNYVSR) was schedule to open its season in Booneville, New York, this weekend, but weather forced a cancellation.
In the northeast, Wicked Snocross Series Racing has a raced planned for Sunday, January 5 at their facility in Rumney, New Hampshire.