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The high-flying Tucker Hibbert and Levi LaVallee, winners of three gold medals during the ESPN Winter X Games 12 in January, will highlight a packed field of the world’s top snocross racers this weekend during the World PowerSport Association’s BIR National snocross race.

This is a rare opportunity for race fans to see the sensational Hibbert – arguably the top snocross racer in the world – compete in snocross. At the X Games, he won his second gold medal in as many games in SnoCross, giving him three gold medals, three silvers and a bronze in the last nine X Games.

The BIR National will feature the top snocross racers in the United States and Canada. It will be the season’s last WPSA National series event before the Nielsen Enterprises Grand Finale at Lake Geneva, Wis., March 14-16. Racers are especially looking forward to the BIR National because it’s a doubleheader race, meaning they have two chances to gain valuable series points instead of one. Each day – Saturday and Sunday – will include qualifying and a final.

At age 23 and racing for Monster Energy/Arctic Cat, Hibbert has the second-most WPSA wins as a pro, with 34 wins in 80 starts. He has 56 Top 3 finishes, 63 Top 5 finishes and 69 Top 10s. A native of Goodridge, Minn., he’s also a three-time WPSA points champion as a pro.

LaVallee, of Longville, Minn., won two gold medals at the X Games, one each in Freestyle and the inaugural Snowmobile Speed & Style competition. He was also named Male Athlete of the Games. The 25-year-old rides for Polaris.

Racers will be competing on BIR’s half-mile track, which features tight turns, banked corners and a variety of bumps that allow racers to catch big air for spectators. The spectator-friendly event will feature heated tents, bleacher seating, concessions, manufacturer displays and sales, and more.

Jimmy Blaze to perform a backflip on his snowmobile
One of the world’s top freestyle snowmobile riders will perform backflips on his sled during the World PowerSport Association’s BIR National snocross race this weekend.

Jimmy Blaze, who set a world record with his high-flying backflip, will perform for the crowd between races. Blaze set a world record last year in Utah for a long-distance backflip. He flew 102 feet on his Yamaha, from the ramp to the dirt, laying claim to the first world record for that stunt. The Discovery Channel’s Stunt Junkies series will feature Blaze’s record-setting flight on Tuesday night. The show will include the practice and preparation that goes into attempting such a feat.

His backflip can be viewed by clicking here [www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwmV2_BCyNw]

Autograph available Thursday night during 3 local open houses
Although the World PowerSports Association’s BIR National starts Friday, the action actually begins Thursday night at three area snowmobile dealerships, which are hosting open houses. This is a great chance to meet your favorite snocross racer and get his or her autograph. Here’s where you can find all the action:

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Open House 5-8 p.m. Thursday
Team Arctic Cat: Dan Ebert, Ryan Simons, Carl Schubitzke, Cody Thomson
Boss Racing – Ski-Doo: Robbie Malinowski, Jeff Snow
AMSOIL/Red Bull/US Air Force: Shaun Crapo, DJ Ekre
Avalanche Racing: Mike Schultz, Kylie Abrahamson, Andrew Johnstad

Brainerd Sports and Marine
Open House 5-7 p.m. Thursday
Tucker Hibbert
Christian Brothers Racing Team

Brothers Motorsports
Open House 3-6 p.m. Thursday
Yamaha factory riders will be available for autographs. The Yamaha Girls will also be there, along with an interactive Yamaha display.

Open House 5-7 p.m. Friday
Robbie Malinowski