Monday, February 28, 2011

The Four Horsemen of Snocross

If you ever get the chance to attend a 2010-11 AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series race in person, you will walk away with one thing: these guys are fast. Especially those guys up front. You know, the guys with AMSOIL across their chests.

Snocross is an extreme racing sport. Heavy machines with lots of horsepower on tracks that change from lap-to-lap. Leading the way in this year's version of the ACSS are the Champion, the Young Gun the Thrasher and the G.O.A.T. All four guys are showing off speeds maybe never witnessed before on a snocross track.

Tucker Hibbert is considered the best to ever ride a snowmobile, and he's proving it week-in and week-out. But the other three guys, Ross Martin, Tim Trembley and Robbie Malinoski are going bar-to-bar with Hibbert this season and all three are starting to see cracks in his armor.

Martin and Malinoski, (along with Ski Doo's Tim Trembley) are the two to focus on with just three rounds remaining. Martin has already taken down the G.O.A.T. twice this year. Once in Fargo (Pro Super Stock) and again in Detroit in Pro Open. The AMSOIL rider, (Judnick Motorsports), is just three points out of the Pro Super Stock lead.

Malinoski, the veteran rider for the AMSOIL/Scheuring Speed Sports team, is back to his old was was and reinvigorating the "Thrasher" mentality that won him two championships a few years ago. In Detroit, Hibbert pressured Malinoski hard for the final five laps, but Malinoski didn't budge and took home the final podium spot in Pro Open.

It's been a long time since Hibbert missed a podium, and he won't miss many more over the final three weekends of racing that start in Hayward, Wis. this Saturday-Sunday. But the pack is gaining ground, and these four riders are putting on one heck of a show. One you might want to see in person.

Until then, we'll see you at the track,