Fans of the Amsoil ISOC Championship Snocross Series will flock to Brainerd International Raceway this weekend for three days of snowmobile snocross racing.
Two of the classes that fans will have their eye on is the Sport Super Stock No. 1 and No. 2 classes as two lakes area drivers are battling in the points race.
Cody Thomsen of Nisswa, on an Arctic Cat, is the Sport Super Stock No. 1 points leader with 125. Second is Ben Lindbom of Staples, on a Polaris, with 103.
In addition, Thomsen is second in Sport Super Stock No. 2 season points with 118. Lindbom is sixth with 91.
"It's been going well," Thomsen said. "I've been staying consistent, a few crashes here and there, but other than that it has been going well with some top three finishes."
Thomsen has raced in five events this year. He captured two heat victories and a final round win at the opening event of the season in Duluth. He raced past Jacob Muller and Brennan Berardo in the final.
Thomsen added another first-place finish at Bad River Lodge and Casino National in Ironwood, Mich. In his last race at Elk River in January, Thomsen finished in sixth place in the final round.
With the event at BIR this weekend, Thomsen has heard a little bit about the track and is excited the conditions match his style of racing.
"ISOC, traditionally, has been building pretty big tracks this year," he said.
"I like the longer tracks," Thomsen added. "I train a lot for those types of tracks. I do really well once I get my speed up and I'm able to do that on the longer tracks. I also like the wider tracks because you have more options."
Thomsen has also been racing in the Sport Super Stock No. 2 class where he stands second in the points race, in addition to running in the Semi-Pro Open.
BIR National Snocross
Friday: Gates open at 4 p.m., Pro autographs, Monster Energy Slednecks Invasion Tour and Pro Practice, 6 p.m.
Saturday: Gates open at 8 a.m., racing at 9:30 a.m., main event at 4 p.m.
Sunday: Gates open at 8 a.m., racing starts 9:30 a.m., main event at noon
Tickets: Weekend $35, Saturday $20, Sunday $25, pit pass $10
Web site: isocracing.com
Thomsen has been racing for a short time but has a set of goals to keep him motivated.
"I have been racing snocross for three full seasons," he said "I got my start in junior 14-15, and junior 15-16. I moved up to the novice class and then moved on to regionals."
"My main goal for this season would be to win a championship. I really want to focus and get at least one championship under my belt before moving up to Semi-Pro."
Lindbom came away with a heat victory and a sixth-place finish at Quadna Mountain Park in Hill City, which gave him 39 points, his best performance of the season.
In the season opener at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Lindbom won a heat race and finished 11th. In addition to the Sport Super Stock No. 1, Lindbom also raced in the Sport Super Stock No. 2 class and the Semi Pro Super Stock series.
"This year Ben has made all of the final race events in the Sport Super Stock series," Ben Lindbom's father, David, said. "He has two podium finishes under his belt and is certainly hoping to get the podium finish at Brainerd. Ben is currently racing out of a trailer so it is pretty phenomenal that he has been able to keep up with Cody. Ben has a great relationship with Cody and his team.
"Ben started out at age 17. He has been racing for four years, getting his start in the novice class. He jumped up to the Junior Class 14-15 and then to the open class. Last year he went through the sport class at the regional level and earned a sixth-place state finish from around 60-80 competitors. He's racing in the semi-pro series on the state level, and racing in the sport series at the national level."
BIR will be Hibbert's final race of season
Monster Energy/Arctic Cat's Tucker Hibbert will race his fifth and final snocross race of the season this weekend at Brainerd International Raceway.
Round four of the Amsoil Championship Snocross Series will take place on the NHRA drag strip at BIR for the first time. Hibbert is undefeated on the ACSS tour this season.
Hibbert is fresh off a dominating performance at ESPN's Winter X Games 13 where he won his fourth gold medal, and eighth medal overall, by more than 30 seconds.
No racer has been able to catch Hibbert this season. He's undefeated in the finals and qualifiers. If he wins both pro finals this weekend, he'll record his 45th and 46th career national wins.
After this weekend Hibbert will turn his focus to motocross. Shortly, he'll be traveling south to ride and prepare for the 2009 AMA National Motocross Series.
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