Elk River, Minnesota (February 5th, 2013) – Rookie sensation Ryan Springer sweeps his way to victory and Carlson Motorsports athletes perform in all six finals in historic Deadwood, South Dakota ISOC National.
After racing at two of the biggest snocross venues in the sport (Eagle River and Winter X-Games), the diminutive track sandwiched into the Days of 76 Rodeo Grounds on the outskirts of Deadwood posed a new set of challenges for the Carlson Motorsports Team. Holeshots were more valuable than the gold that once was panned from the region, and avoiding the frequent pile-ups on the dirty paper-clip shaped track proved to be more challenging than the competitors themselves.
Despite these hurdles, it did little the phase the trio of Carlson Motorsports riders, especially the rising Sport rookie sensation Ryan Springer, who continues to elevate his game. Going undefeated in qualifying on Friday night, Springer used his perfectly tuned Polaris to dominate the start and pull away from the field in a flag-to-flag victory, his first in national competition. He nearly repeated the feat on Saturday, once again winning both his heat races and lining up for the main event as the number one qualifier. Unfortunately, a first lap tangle combined with an untimely dismount forced Springer to battle through the pack for 5th place finish.
In the pro ranks, both CM athletes showed steady improvement and it was led by Pro-Lite rider Andrew Carlson who made both finals and scored a pair of top-ten finishes including a near podium miss. Carlson was making a bid for third on Friday night when a lapper disrupted his momentum less than 100-yards from the finish. The narrow track chaos shuffled Carlson back to 7th at the line. Andrew completed another top-ten finish on Saturday with a 9th place finish.
Johan Lidman brought the final count six for six for the Carlson Motorsports crew with a pair of top-ten finishes. To get there, Lidman won the LCQ on Saturday, giving him choice on the second row. Unfortunately, as was so often the case throughout the weekend, the small track and frequent pile-ups collected Lidman in the opening laps of both finals, making it difficult for him to advance through the pack. Johan scored a 9th and 10th place finish respectively.
“It was a challenging weekend,” said team owner Chris Carlson after the two-day event. “The small track really had all the teams relying on luck as much as skill to come out on top. Fortunately we didn’t let those uncontrollable factors get to us. Springer was unstoppable and we finished in the top-ten in all six finals.”
The team will now return home to Elk River, Minnesota for some much needed rest after a three week road trip, and make quick preparations for the second half of the national tour, which kicks off this weekend, February 8-9, in Traverse City, Michigan. For more information on the national tour visit www.isocracing.com.