Third place finish in rain hampered PRO 4 final; top PRO 2 podium finish in Brush Run showdown has Carlson Motorsports running in high gear to start season.
ELK RIVER, Minn. May 19, 2018 – Andrew Carlson started the 2018 season right where he left his 2017 campaign, on the podium. Making his PRO 4 truck debut during the inaugural Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League (LOMSCL) series in Crandon, Wisconsin, Carlson captured a pair of podium finishes, including PRO 2 dominance in the 25th Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup Race.
The launch of the Midwest Short Course League marked a new chapter in short course off-road truck racing. One that has already resulted in increased competition and is poised to unify Midwest and West Coast racing series.
None of that, however, was on Carlson’s mind as he looked to make his PRO 4 debut at the famed Crandon track. With heavy rain forcing the cancelation of much of Saturday’s pro racing action, Andrew’s debut would have to wait till Sunday. To make matters even more challenging, a wet track and a condensed schedule eliminated practice and qualifying; if Andrew wanted to prove his PRO 4 capabilities, he would have to do it in the main event.
Starting in fourth, Andrew worked his way around veteran racer Ross Hoek, and from there quickly adapted to his 900-horsepower FXR, Polaris truck. Ahead of him, the Greaves father and son duo of CJ and Johnny finished one, two respectively.
“If I have to follow anyone around this track during my PRO 4 debut it would be the Greaves boys,” said Carlson after the race, eluding to the driving skills and success CJ and Johnny have enjoyed at Crandon. “We’ve worked our butts off to get ready for the season, and to come away with a third in our first PRO 4 race feels amazing.”
In his return to PRO 2, Carlson’s racing fortunes were quickly depleted when Andrew got caught up in an unavoidable pile-up when a driver in front of him lost control and spun out. Andrew would have to settle for 8th at the line.
The final race of the weekend was the famed Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup Race, a showdown between PRO 2 and PRO 4 drivers. Despite tough luck earlier in the day, Carlson choose to run his PRO 2 truck in hopes of grabbing the holeshot and opening up enough of a gap to hold off the faster PRO 4 trucks.
The strategy was working early, with Carlson out front and fending-off a hard-charging PRO 2 Keegan Kincaid. However, a caution flag late in the race closed up the field, and in the subsequent restart, CJ and Johnny Greaves worked their way around Carlson. Andrew hung on for third, making him the only PRO 2 driver on the podium behind eventual six-time winner Johnny and runner-up CJ.
The Carlson Moto team will now travel to Wheatland, Missouri to make their PRO 2 debut in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series (LOORS). The Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League will resume July 13-14, for the 3rd Annual ERX Off-Road National at ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota (for tickets visit www.erxmotorpark.com/off-road/).
You can catch all the action on LucasOilRacing.tv via livestream starting at 1:20pm CST (subscription required). Replays of the 25th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run are available now (www.lucasoilracing.tv).
Follow the Carlson Moto Team throughout the season on their website www.carlsonmoto.com or on Facebook @CarlsonMoto or Twitter #CarlsonMoto