Team Says Goodbye to Snocross Competition with Special Thanks to Friends, Fans, Competitors, and Sponsors; Focus Turns to Off-Road Truck Racing

Elk River, Minn. March 22, 2017 – It has been an incredible ride. For more than 20 years, the Carlson Moto family has spent their winters at snocross tracks across North America. Now Chris Carlson, son and Pro-Open rider Andrew, and the Carlson Moto organization are saying a heartfelt goodbye as they look to focus their future efforts on The Off-Road Championship (TORC) truck racing series.

 


“It’s been a heck of a run,” said Chris Carlson with a reflective tone. “This sport…these tracks…they’ve been a part of our family for nearly as long as I can remember. Our kids grew up racing and being at the track…snocross has been our second home and we’re grateful for everything this sport has given us.”

Family and racing have always been a close partnership for Chris and his wife, Deb. Both their daughter Taylor and son Andrew grew up racing with their father at regional snocross tracks from the time they were barely old enough to walk. Both progressed to eventually race at the national level. As they did, so too did Carlson Moto, mirroring a belief Chris has followed in all his endeavors - full commitment, maximum effort, and professionalism at every turn.

So many weekends filled with so many memories made this past weekend’s announcement of Andrew Carlson’s retirement from professional snocross, and subsequently the Carlson Moto team's decision to part ways with the national snocross tour, a difficult one.

“Everyone here is part of one big family,” said Chris as he looked across the Lake Geneva track on the final day of competition. “We all support each other…these are really good people. We can’t thank everyone enough…our sponsors, our fans, the great team at ISOC, our competitors... they all mean so much to us.”

Andrew Carlson echoed his father’s thoughts saying, “I’m so thankful for everyone in the snocross community, including my sponsors and fans that supported me along the way. It’s been an amazing ride and I’m just really grateful.”

Turns out the snocross community felt the same way about Chris Carlson, as the International Series of Champions (ISOC) honored him during the year-end banquet as the recipient of the CJ Ramstad Ambassador award. The award recognizes Chris for his unrelenting passion and involvement in the sport and his efforts to support and grow the sport through his team and ERX Motor Park.

While Andrew is walking away from professional snocross racing, he’s not finished with snowmobile racing. Next season he plans to race in select cross-country terrain events sanctioned by the sport’s premiere national tour, the United States X-Country (USXC) Series. Not surprisingly, Chris Carlson and ERX co-owner Todd Plaisted are in discussions with USXC President Brian Nelson about bringing a cross-country event to ERX next winter.

Not to be forgotten is the other Pro-Open rider in the Carlson Moto hauler, Ryan Springer, who will look to continue his promising professional snocross career with another Polaris team next winter. Ryan capped off his season with a pair of top-five finishes at Lake Geneva, positioning himself amongst the fastest in the sport.

As for the future of Carlson Moto, the team is already shifting gears and preparing for their third season of racing in The Off-Road Championship (TORC) truck racing series. Last summer, Andrew earned his first Pro-Lite win while competing at his hometown ERX track in Elk River, Minnesota. Now with an even more determined focus and commitment, Andrew and the Carlson Moto team are looking for more TORC podiums this summer.

The opening rounds of the TORC series are slated for May 13-14 at the Route 66 Raceway in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow the Carlson Moto Team throughout the season on their website www.carlsonmoto.com or on Facebook @CarlsonMoto or Twitter #CarlsonMoto

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Carlson Moto Finds Luck In Dubuque

Elk River, Minn. March 8, 2017— A new venue at Sundown Mountain in Dubuque, Iowa welcomed the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series for rounds 13 and 14. The steep terrain on the picturesque ski hill made it immediately clear that it was going to be a challenging racetrack for all. 

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Challenging Conditions Greet Riders In Mt. Pleasant

Elk River, Minn. Feb. 28, 2017— The AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series returned to Soaring Eagle Resort & Casino in Mt. Pleasant, MI. for another weekend of racing in challenging conditions. Many questioned if the race would still be held due to unseasonably warm weather throughout the Midwest. The show did go on despite thunderstorms with heavy rain and ankle-deep mud in the pits.


The track took a beating from the rain and proved to be brutal for riders. Despite the conditions, Carlson Moto riders Andrew Carlson and Ryan Springer both had solid heat runs throughout the weekend. Springer was in a solid top-five spot during the final on Friday night, only to be completely run-over by an over-zealous competitor. Carlson avoided conflicts and recorded a solid seventh place finish on Friday night – his best finish in the Pro Open ranks.

On Saturday, Springer battled with the class front-runners through the entirety of the main and ended up with a respectable sixth place finish. Carlson was right on Springer’s tail for the first half of the race before enduring a tough off. He emerged unhurt, but his chances for a solid finish were eliminated.

Overall, a solid effort was shown from both riders, with some tough luck sprinkled in just to make things a tad more challenging – as if it’s not tough enough in Pro Open Snocross.

“This season has been challenging and I feel blessed to be healthy at this point in the year,” said Carlson. “I’m looking forward to competing at a new venue in Iowa and will do all I can to finish the season strong.”

Carlson Moto’s development rider, Taylor Cole, had another solid weekend in the Sport Lite class, taking home a huge win on Saturday – his first victory in the class.

The team will race closer to home next weekend at a new stop on the series in Dubuque, Iowa (at Sundown Mountain Resort). You can find details on the entire snocross season including schedule, live streaming information, and rebroadcasts of each round on the CBS Sports network at snocross.com. Learn more about Carlson Moto team members at CarlsonMoto.com and follow them on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram.

About Carlson Moto:
Carlson Moto is a family of racers, mechanics and sponsors who are proud of our accomplishments on the track and off. We are drive to excellence in everything we do. Our racing operation is driven by a deep-rooted passion for the spot and an operational philosophy grounded in integrity. To learn more about Carlson Moto and how you can share in our success, visit CarlsonMoto.com

Rocket Holeshots and Top-Five Results From New York

Carlson Moto Looks to Take Another Step in Building a Championship Formula with Consistent Performances from the Empire State

Elk River, Minn. February 8, 2017 Consistency is perhaps the most elusive component facing competitors on the International Series of Champions (ISOC) AMSOIL Championship Snocross tour. Yet the Carlson Moto Pro-Open tandem of Andrew Carlson and Ryan Springer proved to have the right combination of skill, set-up and stamina for consistent performances in Salamanca, New York this past weekend.

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Springer Earns His First Pro Open Podium in Deadwood

Elk River, Minn. Jan. 25, 2017– Carlson Moto returned to the wild west of Deadwood, SD for rounds seven and eight of theAMSOIL Championship Snocross Series for another weekend of exciting racing in front of a sold-out crowd at Deadwood’s Days of 76 Stadium. Race fans were treated to some of the best bar-to-bar racing action of the season at a venue that has quickly become a favorite for fans and racers alike.

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A Weekend Of Ups And Downs For Carlson Moto At Canterbury Park

Elk River, Minn. Jan. 10, 2017– Racing returned to the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series at Canterbury Park this past weekend, close to home for the Carlson Moto team in Shakopee, Minn. Both Carlson Moto riders, Andrew Carlson and Ryan Springer, showed improvement throughout the weekend. Springer pulled a huge holeshot Friday night and led the Pro Open main event for eight laps before an onslaught of nerves and rookie mistakes led to a paralyzing case of arm-pump.  Springer was able to hold on to earn a sixth place finish, his best effort of the season so far.  In his eight-lap sprint, Springer set the fastest lap time of the weekend, which served as a firm reminder that he’s got the speed to run up front.

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Carlson Moto Encounters Tough Luck At New Snocross Venue

Extreme weather a big factor for rounds 3 & 4.

Elk River, Minn. Dec. 19, 2016 – Heavy snow, bitter cold temps and strong winds welcomed the AMSOIL Championship Snocross tour to a new venue in Winter Park, CO for rounds three and four of the series. The weather played a big factor throughout the weekend with Friday’s races being temporary delayed due to the blizzard conditions. With some of the gnarliest snow dust Carlson Moto riders Andrew Carlson and Ryan Springer had ever encountered, visibility became a major challenge.  Couple that with numb fingers, assorted patches of frostbite, some sled challenges, two banged-up riders and a partridge in a pear tree—and you’ve got just a glimpse into the weekend Team CM had in Colorado last weekend.

 

Carlson and Springer struggled with bad starting line picks and some tough luck on the track on Friday, which sent them both to the LCQ.  Carlson took a nasty hit to the ribs in the first round of qualifying which left him less than 100% for the remainder of the weekend.  Both Carlson and Springer earned spots in the main through the LCQ, which placed them in the back row for the final.  Heavy snow dust throughout the main made it nearly impossible to advance positions, and both riders had to settle for spots outside of the top-10.    

 

Saturday started with Carlson and Springer each laying down some quick lap times in practice, but as the qualifying rounds commenced, their luck quickly changed.  Springer pulled a monster holeshot on his sneaky-fast Polaris 600 in round one, only to experience a freak mechanical issue on the uphill while leading the pack. As he attempted to exit the track he was hit from behind by another driver.  Springer suffered a a leg injury in the accident which kept him on the sidelines for the remainder of the day.  Springer and Carlson are recovering and will both be ready for action for rounds five and six.   

 

The team is looking forward to some time to recover as well as continued testing and tuning at ERX Motor Park over the next couple of weeks as they celebrate the Christmas holiday. They will regroup for the first race of the new year close to home at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN, January 6-7. You can find details on the entire Snocross season including schedule, live streaming information, and rebroadcasts of each round on the CBS Sports network at snocross.com

 

From all of us at Carlson Moto, we’d like to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 
 

About Carlson Moto:

Carlson Moto is a family of racers, mechanics and sponsors who are proud of our accomplishments on the track and off, and are driven to excellence in everything we do. Our racing organization is driven by a deep-rooted passion for the sport and an operational philosophy grounded in integrity. To learn more about Carlson Moto and how you can partner in their success, visit  us at www.carlsonmoto.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Springer Knocks Out Competition in Dominator Event

Elk River, Minn. Nov. 30, 2016As it has for the past 24 years, the eyes of the entire snowmobile industry focused on Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Minnesota as the International Series of Champions (ISOC) AMSOIL Championship Snocross and the fastest 24 riders in the world kicked-down the door on another season. Carlson Moto riders were part of this elite mix and they showed the speed and moxie required to compete and win what is undoubtedly the most competitive class in snowmobile racing.
Facing the best riders from the United States, Canada and Scandinavian countries, Andrew Carlson and Ryan Springer brought their A-game, qualifying for Friday night’s head-to-head AMSOIL Dominator event. Carlson pulled the early holeshot against three-time Dominator champ Tim Tremblay, but Tim banged his way past Andrew in a close race that went down to the wire.
Ryan Springer used his bull-rush style to advance all the way to the main event where he squared off against eventual winner Elias Isohel and runner-up Kyle Pallin. As the third seed in the final, Springer left the start line with back row disadvantage that proved too much to overcome in the short 1.5 lap sprint.
With winter’s arrival coming late to the Midwest, conditions at Duluth were surprisingly very good early on, thanks to a monumental effort by ISOC and Spirit Mountain staff to produce one of the biggest tracks in recent Duluth National memory. However exceptionally warm temperatures on Saturday made for treacherous conditions and poor visibility for anyone who wasn’t out front.
Both Carlson and Springer showed blazing speed during qualifying efforts, with Ryan posting a strong third in round one. But when you battle the best the smallest mistake can spell the difference between main event glory or an early trip back to the hauler. Unfortunately for Springer, his Saturday race efforts ended early. Carlson however worked his way into the final through a hard-fought race in the last chance qualifier.
In the main, Carlson battled a wall of slush and mud from front row riders on a quickly deteriorating track to nab a 12th place finish. Conditions continued to worsen throughout the overnight hours, and race officials cancelled Sunday’s round two action due to fog and safety concerns.
With the opening race under their belt and both riders and crew shaking out the off-season cob webs, Carlson Moto will set their podium sites on Winter Park, Colorado, where rounds 3 and 4 of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross tour will return to action December 16-17, 2016. You can find details on the entire snocross season including schedule, live streaming information, and rebroadcasts of each round on the CBS Sports network at snocross.com. Learn more about Carlson Moto team members at CarlsonMoto.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 
About Carlson Moto:
Carlson Moto is a family of racers, mechanics and sponsors who are proud of our accomplishments on the track and off. We are drive to excellence in everything we do. Our racing operation is driven by a deep-rooted passion for the spot and an operational philosophy grounded in integrity. To learn more about Carlson Moto and how you can share in our success, visit CarlsonMoto.com