Day 2: AMSOIL Duluth National Snocross Championship 2012

By KBJR News 1

November 24, 2012 Updated Nov 25, 2012 at 5:08 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Saturday is day two of the AMSOIL Duluth National Snocross Championship.

According to event organizers, the number of competitors in the event at Spirit Mountain is the highest in a decade.

If you have the need for speed...

And the passion for snow...

The 21st annual AMSOIL Duluth National Snocross event is the place to be.

The ages of racers vary, however, they start as young as eight years old.

Those competing for the winning titles include several celebrities in the sport of snowmobiling.

One of those is Tucker Hibbert.

"We're at Duluth for the first race of the season for us and we raced last night. So today—we kind of got our feet wet last night—so today, we are looking forward to a better day and got all the bugs worked out of the snowmobile," Tucker Hibbert, a AMSOIL Duluth National Snocross racer, said.

Organizers expect between 30 to 35–thousand racers and fans from around the world this weekend.

The three–day event brings in more than five million dollars for the city of Duluth.

"It's exciting, you know. You get the butterflies and the jitters and you just kind of got to go with the flow and see where you end up at the end of the weekend. It's always exciting to come out and race for the first time of the season," Hibbert said.

The big winner of the weekend so far is Ross Martin.

Martin won the Amsoil Dominator race for the second year in a row.

He will be taking home the ten thousand dollar prize.

"Last night was an extremely hard race, being that there was only two–and–a–half laps to finish the race from start to finish," Ross Martin, a AMSOIL Duluth National Snocross racer, said.

Martin says lap times are as quick as 30 seconds.

Competitors train for the event months in advance, usually with dirt bikes.

"These next two days are very important also. It's the race for our year end championship. So, you also want to win today and tomorrow too, but last night was very important," Martin said.

Saturday night includes one of the most popular events, which is the Pro Open.

"It's the last race of the night and it's most exciting one," Martin said.

"My goal is to win tonight. You know, we got second place last night and I felt really strong...I keep trying to get faster every time we get out there, so that's the goal," Hibbert said.

Justin Reis, NNC.