Hibbert breaks record for most snocross wins
Seven-time X Games gold medalist Tucker Hibbert claimed the all-time record for most amount of Snocross race victories Friday at Canterbury Park's Traxxas Snocross in Shakopee, Minn. The win, Hibbert's 85th, broke the record previously held by former X Games and Snocross champion racer Blair Morgan.
"[This win] is a little more special for sure," Hibbert said. "I had a lot of great battles with Blair Morgan back in the day, and I've got to thank him for pushing me to get me where I am today. Just like when we used to race, I wanted to pass him so bad and tonight it was the same thing: I wanted to pass him up and we did it. I'm thankful for the opportunity."
Hibbert won his qualifying heat earlier in the day, despite running off the track at one point. He then took a commanding lead right out of the gate in the finals, ultimately lapping half the field and winning by nearly 19 seconds. Hibbert, who has previously won seven national titles and two FIM World Snowcross titles, has been a dominant force in the sport since he won gold as a rookie at X Games Aspen 2000 at the age of 15. He and Morgan battled it out head-to-head until 2008, when a spinal cord injury ended Morgan's racing career. Hibbert has ruled the sport ever since.
This season he's been unstoppable. Hibbert is the current leader in the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Open series after winning all of the main events. He lapped the entire field at the season opener in Duluth, Minn., in November.
"It was challenging all day today," Hibbert said in a podium interview Friday. "The weather was changing and making it difficult for us to figure out our setup and get everything comfortable, but you know, it's Snocross racing: you never know what to expect. You just plan for everything and hope for the best."
Hibbert sent a salute to his former competitor as he crossed the finish line, following up on a promise he'd made to Morgan by attempting to copy his signature Superman air.
"I tried to do a Superman for Blair over the finish line," Hibbert said. "I remembered after I was in the air already. Not that I could have done it any better, but it was a horrible attempt."
Hibbert beat out Kody Kamm and Johan Lidman for the top spot in the Pro Open class Friday. Saturday, Hibbert will go for another round of racing at Canterbury Park and a chance to extend his record.
Later this month, Hibbert will go after another big record: his seventh consecutive X Games win. He's currently tied with snowboarder Shaun White for the most consecutive Winter X Games golds.