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Published December 10, 2010, 03:52 PM

Sno-Cross World Champ from Pelican Rapids prepares for race at Newman Outdoor Stadium

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It is a little too cold to catch a Redhawks game at Newman Outdoor field tonight, but thousands are expected there this weekend as the nation's top Sno-Cross racers compete here in Fargo as part of the national racing series. And one rider can expect a lot of hometown support. That rider is number 68, Tucker Hibbert.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Tucker Hibbert of Pelican Rapids not only leads the national pack in points for Sno-Cross. He is currently the Sno-Cross World Champ and did we mention he is a repeat Gold Medal Winner at the ESPN Winter X games.

In his heated, cozy trailer, Tucker Hibbert prepares himself and his sled for another weekend of racing. The 26-year old Thief River Falls native has been on snowmobiles since he was two. His father, still at Arctic Cat, the only sled Tucker has ever raced.

Tucker has been at the top of Sno-Cross for an entire decade. One of the most decorated racers there is.

“He is on the road a lot, racing across the country and around the world.”

Late this morning, Tucker tried out the track at Newman Outdoor Field, the first time a Sno Cross National Series race has landed here in Fargo. And right in Tucker's own backyard.

Did we mention Tucker likes to change up his racing? In the summer he travels the country as a champion Moto-Cross racer.

As you saw, it is hard to even pick-out the third-base line at Newman Outdoor Field.

Groomers have been working for days getting the track ready. Riders tell us it is a "tight" layout, meaning fans can expect a lot of surprises at the races.

Opening ceremonies will get underway in just an hour, racing will begin after that and a full day of racing is on tap for Saturday. Look for professional, amateur, and freestyle riders.

VIVIAN CLARK ISOC Racing: “These are the world's best Sno Cross racers bar none, very athletic, they train all year long best shape of their lives.”

Those races start immediately following opening ceremonies at 7 tonight. And tomorrow racing begins at noon, all at Newman Outdoor.