June 29, 2018 Carlson Moto

Carlson Proves His Mettle Against West Coast Series’ Best

Rule Difference Puts Carlson Down 200-Horsepower but Still Manages Mid-Pack Battles Against the Best PRO 2 Drivers in the Lucas Oil West Coast Series
ELK RIVER, Minn. June 28, 2018 Andrew Carlson enjoyed mid-pack battles as he made his debut in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORS) West Coast League at the world-class Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri this past weekend. Racing with the distinct disadvantage of having 200-horsepower less than his PRO 2 competitors, Carlson relished in the opportunity to race against some of the very best off-road racers in the world, not to mention his idols.

“Long before I started truck racing, I was a huge fan of off-road racing,” said Carlson. “McGrath (Jeremy), MacCachren (Rob) and Deegan (Brian) are guys I’ve admired for years. Now I just spent the weekend competing against them. It was amazing and I’m ready to do it again.”

The power disadvantage was due to a difference in PRO 2 rules between the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League, in which Andrew typically competes in, and LOORS West Coast series. Despite this challenge, Carlson not only rubbed tires with some of his racing heroes, he proved to them and himself he has the racing skillset to compete at the sport’s highest level.

According to Andrew, the seat time alone was invaluable. “The more time I have behind the wheel, especially competing against talent of this caliber, the better prepared I will be for the next Midwest series race,” said Carlson.

It just so happens that race will be at Andrew’s hometown track in Elk River, Minnesota, July 13 and 14. The ERX Off-Road National, presented by Polaris, is the next stop on the Midwest Short Course League calendar, and Carlson is coming off an impressive season-opening race where he found the podium twice.

While the Wheatland race was more of a tune-up for Carlson, it could become more than an anomaly for Andrew and drivers in both series in subsequent years. Talk of a possible merger of the LOORS West and Midwest series could create a field of the sport’s very best in all pro truck categories.

Tickets and camping reservations for the 3rd Annual ERX Off-Road National presented by Polaris are on-sale now and available at https://erxmotorpark.com/off-road/. You can also 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 in Crandon, WI are available now (www.lucasoilracing.tv).
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