March 18, 2014 | 03:08 PMSnow sprayed and engines roared at the Grand Geneva this weekend. Fireworks blasted and X-games medalists, airborne over tracks of churned and shredded snow, raced before 8,000 spectators and — for the first time — a national TV audience, broadcast by CBS Sports Network.
ISOC Racing's AMSOIL championship snocross series thundered its way through Lake Geneva from Friday to Sunday.
Eight-time X-Games gold medalist Tucker Hibbert won all three Pro Open finals held on Friday night, but some local talent also graced the podium.
Kenosha's Kody Kamm had one second-place and two third-place finishes, Ross Martin from Burlington, took second in the round 16 final and Kamm's teammate, Justin Broberg from Muskego, took second in the round 17 final.
Hibbert's sweep secured his national championship in the season standings. He finished with 727 points this season.
"Had a good time battling No. 837 (Martin) tonight. Always fun to race on this track in front of a packed, rowdy crowd! #Team68," Hibbert tweeted after the race.
Kamm had 584 season points and took second. Broberg finished fifth with 506 and Martin finished ninth with 387.
The AMSOIL races have been held at the Grand Geneva for more than 18 years, snow Sports director Hans Hauschild said.
"It was very similar to last year's event in terms of attendance," Hauschild said. "It always helps when the weather cooperates and we had really great weather this weekend for an event like this."
In past years, Hauschild said that warm weather has been a challenge to overcome — snow is difficult to make and maintain.
But this March has been cold.
"This year it was not a challenge for us, the weather was actually pretty decent," Hauschild said. "It was a really great event. The ISOC organization does a great job … keeping the races moving and being prepared for the conditions that they have in front of them. They've been through so many different conditions as far as being too warm or being too cold. They know how to handle those."