CARLSON SHOWS THE MARK OF A CHAMPION AFTER SHOCKING CRASH
After Huge PRO-4 Win, Andrew Carlson Overcomes Adversity in Bark River and Sets His Sights on Capturing Victory at World Championships at Season’s End.
ELK RIVER, Minn. August 15, 2019 –Walking away from a horrific crash is one thing; getting back in the saddle and pushing your way to the front is often the difference between contenders and champions. This past weekend at the Bark River International Raceway, Andrew Carlson did just that, and in the process took another step towards his championship dream in the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League.
Coming fresh off a huge PRO-4 victory at his hometown track in Elk River, Minnesota, Andrew and the Carlson Moto team were eager to get back on the podium against the best short course off-road truck drivers in North America. Yet, in a fraction of a second, the team’s weekend changed as Andrew experienced a violent, twisting, end-over-end crash during Saturday’s PRO-4 practice.
“It was probably the worst crash I’ve ever been involved in,” said Carlson who walked away and suffered only minor injuries from the tumble. “Once I knew I was fine, I was already thinking about getting back into a truck. Our crew busted their tails to get the truck ready and back on the track for the final…they’re nothing short of amazing.”
A strong start in Saturday’s final was interrupted by mechanical gremlins, undoubtedly caused by the crash, forcing Andrew to cut the race short. Unfortunately, the same scenario unfolded during Sunday’s final.
“You can go from incredible highs to all-time lows in seconds…that’s racing,” said Andrew. “We came away from ERX on top of the world and now Bark River (2019) will probably go down as one of the most frustrating race weekends.”
In PRO-2 action Carlson was flying, clocking the fastest lap in practice by more than a second. The momentum appeared to be rolling in his favor with a third-place podium finish Saturday. His speed was even more evident on Sunday as Andrew broke free from the pack and looked to be on his way to a convincing win, until a cut tire in the closing laps wiped it all away.
Not deterred by a weekend of disappointment, the Carlson Moto team returned to the track Monday for a full day of practice in preparation for the season finale at Crandon International Raceway at months end.
“Bad luck comes in waves,” said team owner Chris Carlson. “Andrew is as committed and focused as I’ve ever seen him through all his years of racing. Make no doubt, we will be ready for Crandon.”
This year marks the 50thanniversary of the World Championship Off-Road Races at Crandon with three big days of action on tap, August 30 – September 1.