The inside of a snowmobile oval race track has never been as exciting as when it’s the annual World Championship Snocross snowmobile race at Eagle River, Wisconsin. With a full compliment of moguls, whoop-de-doos, switch-backs and an 80 foot long tabletop, Eagle River was a snocross track where drivers could really show their snocross racing skills.
Tucker Hibbert, the wonder-boy of snocross, completed the weekend of competition finishing every regular snocross race but one with a checkered flag. Dad, Kirk Hibbert, finished the World Championship weekend completely undefeated in the snocross Masters and Pro Vets classes, making it a Hibbert sweep through the snocross pro racing classes. Saber Traction Products supported the World Championship snocross racing by adding five thousand dollars to be paid out to the top finishers in Pro 440, and a whopping fifteen thousand to the Pro Open snowmobile racing class. While it was different to see the field without any of the Blair Morgan Racing Team competing at this special WSA race, other drivers, especially Michael Island, did give Hibbert a run for his money.
2003 World Championship Snocross Racing Pictures
With heavy lake-effect snow falling off and on all day Friday and Sunday, it was hard to say whether it was spinning snow dust behind Tucker, or the heavy downfall in front, that was harder on the other drivers.
Mike Island, on his Bud Light Ski-Doo, ran strong in the pro snocross classes behind Tucker most of the weekend, until he experienced mechanical problems. The tabletop, which he cleared easily, ran for 80 feet in front of the cheering spectators. Island finished second by half a sled length behind Hibbert in the Pro Open.
Semi-Pro and Sport snocross drivers had lots of opportunities to get the feel of Eagle River’s World class snowmobile race track.
The 120 Class [the Minis] had quite a few chances to show their stuff too! Even in the 4 to 6 year-olds there was some real snowmopbile racing, while the 7 to 9 year olds got some air over the jumps with their snow machines. And checkered flags — well, nobody ever said they meant you quit going in the 120 class did they?
Lissa Toncray, 2003 Pro Woman World Champion, for the third consecutive year!!! She’s shown here accepting her trophy in her snocross class.
Lissa was one of many young women on hand for the weekend of snocross, showing it’s a male and female sport. In some of the junior classes there appeared to be more girls than boys leaping the moguls and whoop-de-dos.