Second Place in PRO 2 Highlights a Repeat Triple Podium Effort for Carlson Motorsports During a Hot and Steamy 43rd Annual Bark River Off-Road Rumble
ELK RIVER, Minn. August 15, 2018 – Andrew Carlson brought the heat and Mother Nature did the same as he drove to another podium trifecta in Bark River, Michigan. Despite sweltering humidity bathing the iconic 1.5-mile Bark River International Raceway short course, Andrew straightened out the technical and twisting track, earning a second-place finish in the highly-competitive PRO 2 ranks and back-to-back third place results in the top-dog PRO 4 ranks.
The weekend results could have been even better for Carlson, who currently sits just 20-points out of the PRO 2 championship lead, and holds down third in PRO 4 only 17-points behind the leader. With a PRO 2 pole starting position Saturday, Andrew was leading the stacked field until an untimely and unexpected spin shuffled the deck. He managed to claw his way back to a fourth-place finish, capturing valuable points in the process.
“I really wanted that win,” said Andrew at the close of Saturday’s racing. “This class (PRO 2) is so competitive, every detail matters. Keith (Stamper) and the crew have this truck dialed. It’s up to me to get it on the box.”
Carlson found the “box” two more times over the weekend, finishing third in both PRO 4 finals. Despite his “rookie” status in the top-caliber class in short course off-road racing, Andrew has shown he has the tools to not only compete but run with the father son duo of Johnny and CJ Greaves, arguably the two best short course racers in North America.
“Driving this truck (PRO 4) is the ultimate thrill ride,” Carlson said. “And watching those two (Johnny and CJ) battle is like having a front row seat to the best short-course school anywhere. I learn so much while racing against them. Every lap I pick up something and I’m faster because of it.”
Carlson will have one final weekend to show off that speed when the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League heads to Crandon, Wisconsin for the 49th World Champions Off-Road Races August 31 and September 1; followed by the east versus west showdown with the 3rd Annual Crandon World Cup September 2. Andrew has had strong results in Crandon as of late, and he’ll look to finish the season strong and move up the championship standings.
You can catch all the action on LucasOilRacing.tv via livestream starting at 1:20pm CST (subscription required). Replays of the 43rd Annual Bark River Off-Road Rumble are available at (www.lucasoilracing.tv).
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