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Carlson Double Podiums at Sport’s Biggest Race of the Year

Another Multiple Podium Effort Earns Carlson Third Place Championship Finish in PRO 2 and PRO 4; Birth of His First Child Punctuates End-of-Season Weekend

ELK RIVER, Minn. September 5, 2018 – A second-place and third-place finish in the sport’s premiere class at the 49th Annual World Championship Off-Road races in Crandon, Wisconsin, once again gave Andrew Carlson a multiple podium weekend in the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League. The pair of top finishes in the PRO 2 ranks gave Carlson enough points to secure third-place in the year end championship standings; he earned the same year-end standing in PRO 4, despite having his weekend cut-short due to mechanical issues.

The end-of-season, east versus west showdown in Crandon, brings added intensity and competition as several top west coast drivers such as Brian Deegan, RJ Anderson, Kyle Leduc and Bryce Menzies from the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series are added to the mix.

The heightened competition however didn’t slow Carlson, earning the double podium in PRO 2 and coming oh-so-close to nabbing the win in the AMSOIL Cup Challenge where the very best of PRO 2 and PRO 4 racers battle for ultimate off-road supremacy. Holding down second, Carlson was charging on the leader only to be taken out by another competitor.

While the year-end results fell short of Carlson’s goal of a PRO 2 championship, he and the entire Carlson family were blessed with an even bigger win just shortly after the Crandon dust settled. Early Monday morning, Andrew’s wife Courtney gave birth to their first child, Dallas Andrew Carlson.

“Racing is a passion, but nothing can compare to the feeling of bringing a new life into this world,” said Andrew. “Our hearts are full…we love this little man so much.”

While the entire family and team will take time to celebrate the birth of the next generation Carlson Moto racer, they’ll also regroup, relax and then begin preparation for next season.

“I know we have all the pieces in place to win it all,” said Andrew. “We have the right personnel, the right equipment, the best sponsors and the right chemistry to make it happen. Obviously, I’m going to take some time to enjoy being a new dad, but there’s also a part of me that can’t wait to get back behind the wheel. Next spring can’t come soon enough.”

Replays of the 49th Annual Crandon World Championship Off-Road races are available at (www.lucasoilracing.tv).
Follow the Carlson Moto Team throughout the season on their website www.carlsonmoto.com or on Facebook @CarlsonMoto or Twitter #CarlsonMoto

Carlson Heats Up Bark River with Another Three Podium Weekend

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.
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Triple Podium Weekend is Punctuated by Carlson Passing Clinic

Oppressive Heat Doesn’t Slow Down Carlson Motorsports as Andrew Collects Three Podiums in Front of Record Hometown Crowd at ERX Motor Park

ELK RIVER, Minn. July 17, 2018 Carlson gave hometown fans plenty of reason to cheer with a triple podium weekend at ERX Off-Road National presented by Polaris in Elk River, Minnesota July 13 and 14. The hot and steamy weather didn’t deter fans from coming out in droves, and Carlson gave them a show, especially during Saturday’s PRO 2 final, where he overcame two flat tires and put on an absolute passing clinic.

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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.

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Carlson Earns Double Podium in Pro 4 Debut

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.

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Atturo Expands Partnership with Carlson Moto


Atturo Tire has expanded its partnership with Carlson Moto and professional short-course off-road driver Andrew Carlson for the 2018 season.

Carlson and his team will compete in a new off-road racing platform sponsored by Lucas Oil this season. In 2017, while driving on Atturo Trail Blade M/T tires, Andrew Carlson won three PRO 2 races and one PRO Light race for The Off-Road Championship (TORC) Series, which announced on March 23 that it has canceled its 2018 season. To fill that void, Lucas Oil announced a partnership with three off-road tracks to form a new short-course racing platform, in which Carlson will compete.

The 2018 Lucas Oil Midwest Series will begin with the 25th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run, from June 15-17 at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in Crandon, Wisconsin.

“We’re proud to continue our racing success with Carlson Moto and Andrew,” says Michael Mathis, Atturo president, said the company is excited to partner with Carlson Moto and Carlson saying that Carlson’s 2017 season shows that when they go to their local independent Atturo tire dealer to get a Trail Blade M/T, “they’re getting a stylish, aggressive tire that’s not only designed well, but also race-proven.”

Carlson attested to how Atturo tires are built to withhold intense, off-road demands.

“Having the right tire – a durable tire like the Atturo Trail Blade M/T – can really make or break your race weekend or your entire season,” Carlson said. “The tire is the only contact we have between the truck and track, and we’re racing on all kinds of surfaces -– clay, sand, black dirt, just about anything… We’re excited to grow with Atturo this coming season as we chase the new Lucas Oil series championship.”

The 2018 Lucas Oil Midwest Series schedule is as follows:

June 15-17: 25th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run, at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway, Crandon, Wisconsin

July 13-14: 3rd Annual at ERX Motor Park, Elk River, Minnesota

Aug. 10-12: 43rd Annual at Bark River International Raceway, Bark River, Michigan

Aug. 31 to Sept. 1: 49th World Championship Off-Road Races, Crandon, Wisconsin

Sept. 2-3: 3rd Annual Crandon World Cup/ AMSOIL Cup, Crandon, Wisconsin

Triple Header Weekend Starts With Podium, Ends With Mechanical

Hometown Hero Andrew Carlson Finishes Second in PRO 2; Hopes of Capping 2017 TORC Series with More Podium Celebrations is Cut Short by Mechanical Gremlins

ELK RIVER, Minn. Sept. 26, 2017 – A race season is often filled with incredible highs and disappointing lows, and such was the case for Carlson Moto pro driver Andrew Carlson’s homecoming in TORC: The Off-Road Championship. A triple header weekend at his hometown ERX Motor Park track would give Andrew six shots at a top of the box finish. A strong second-place PRO 2 run during Friday’s makeup race from the storm shortened spring stop of the TORC Series had the team headed in the right direction. But a string of tough-luck racing incidents would end the Carlson season just shy of the box on multiple occasions.

“We had the truck to get the victory,” said team owner and father Chris Carlson. “Andrew was driving the wheels off both his PRO Light and PRO 2 trucks. His Snocross background had him creating lines others didn’t see…he was as aggressive as I’ve seen him drive…and at times that go for it approach cost him.”

Carlson’s grab what you can style was made evident on Friday, when he charged from 13th position all the way up to second. “I think one more lap we would have been there,” said Andrew referring to eventually winner Mike Vanden Heuvel. “I messed around with the guys in third and fourth for too long…I had a fast truck and I just love the PRO 2 out here.”

That blazing speed and aggressive style was on full display throughout the weekend where Carlson would challenge for the lead or be driving away from the pack with the lead. Unfortunately for him, everything that could possibly upset his podium bid did. A flat tire in PRO Light kept Carlson out of a certain podium finish in Friday’s race; a cut tire while making a two-for-one pass for the lead in Saturday’s PRO 2 race ended is bid again; and a pair of mechanical gremlins on Sunday cut short a sizeable lead in PRO 2 and strong run in PRO Light.

“I know that’s racing, but it’s also disappointing,” said Andrew after getting out of his PRO 2 truck on Sunday, which looked to have untouchable speed. “No question our PRO 2 truck is on fire right now…I wish the season could continue because I know we have all the ingredients in place to rattle off some wins.”

For the Carlson Moto crew however, those wins will have to wait until next season, when the 2018 TORC Series returns with more drivers and even more intensity. While the season might be over, the action continues online where you can relive every minute of every race by visiting torcseries.com. Plus, you can check out the new series titled Young Guns featuring the up and coming talent in the TORC Series including Andrew Carlson. The series debuted Wed., Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. CT and will air bi-weekly on Wednesdaynights. In addition to TORC’s online channels (Facebook, YouTube and torcseries.com), fans can also view the series via Four Wheeler magazine’s Facebook, YouTube, and on www.fourwheeler.com.

Carlson Moto would like to thank every sponsor, fan and team member who helped make this off-road season possible.

Carlson Dominates With Triple Podium Weekend At Crandon

Convincing PRO 2 Victory; Second Place Finish in PRO 2 Challenge; and Top PRO 2 Driver in AMSOIL Cup Places Andrew Carlson Amongst the Best in the Sport

ELK RIVER, Minn. September 5, 2017 – In every career, there are those moments which define the character and creed of an individual. For professional short course off-road racer Andrew Carlson, the 48th Annual World Championship Off-Road Races at Crandon International Raceway this past weekend was his moment; and a trio of podium finishes was the defining proof Andrew was, and will be, an off-road racing force for many years to come.

Crandon is recognized as the birthplace of short-course off-road racing, and the annual Labor Day weekend races are regarded as the Super Bowl event for the sport. Attracting the best off-road racers from across North America, the Crandon World Championships is the ultimate litmus test for drivers, and it was a test third year racer Andrew Carlson passed with mulitple podium celebrations.

Saturday’s Round 11 action of the TORC: The Off-Road Championship Series, started with a poor start and a 7th place finish in PRO Light for Carlson, but it was in PRO 2 where he once again made his mark. Competing in just his fifth PRO 2 race of his career, Andrew dominated the 9-lap race with a monster holeshot and a lead he never relinquished for his third win of the season.

“I’ve struggled at Crandon in the past,” said Carlson after the race. “I’ve never had the holeshot here, but coming through turn one and not seeing anybody…I was ecstatic.”

But Andrew wasn’t done with the podium celebrations. Sunday’s action was highlighted by races featuring the best drivers in short-course off-road racing from across the country. Despite having less power than the PRO 2 trucks which typically compete in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS), Andrew secured his second podium of the weekend, finishing just behind overall winner Bryce Menzies in the PRO 2 East vs West Challenge.

With an event of this magnitude, the biggest race of the weekend is held till the end. The AMSOIL Cup pits the best PRO 2 and PRO 4 drivers in North America in a race for the sport’s biggest purse. With a stacked field including former TORC champions, LOORRS champions, and Baja winners, the PRO 2 trucks are given a predetermined timed advantage over the more powerful and faster PRO 4 trucks. Once again, Andrew mashed the pedal and never backed off, leading the field for 8 laps in the 10-lap final. Eventually the faster PRO 4 trucks of Menzies and Kyle LeDuc overtook Carlson, but he fended off the remainder of the field to claim third and become the top placing TORC Series driver in the final.

“I’m just blown away,” said an emotional Carlson after the podium celebration. “It’s always a compliment for someone to tell you that you’re fast…but when it comes from the guys you’ve looked up to, it really means a lot. I’ve only been short-course racing for three years and to be standing on the podium with some of the sport’s best racers is pretty amazing.”


The Carlson Moto crew will now head home and make preparation for the final TORC Series races of the season at ERX Motor Park. The Final Rounds slated for September 22-24 in Elk River, Minnesota will feature three days of racing and will culminate with the crowning of year-end champions.

Tickets are available now at erxmotorpark.com. You can also tune in for live streaming by visiting torcseries.com.

Follow the Carlson Moto Team throughout the season on their website www.carlsonmoto.com or on Facebook @CarlsonMoto or Twitter #CarlsonMoto

Photo Credit – RaceOne, Brian Nevis and Twenty2photo

 

Double Victory Fuels Best Weekend Ever For Carlson Moto

Andrew Carlson Dominates TORC Round 9 with PRO Light and PRO 2 Wins

ELK RIVER, Minn. August 15, 2017 – Flag-to-flag victories in PRO Light and PRO 2 punctuated an emotional and memorable week for Andrew Carlson as he stormed the all-new technical Red Bud, Michigan track with precision, speed, and guts.

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Bark River Brings Double Podium Weekend for Carlson Moto

ELK RIVER, Minn. July 17, 2017 – Team Carlson Moto’s emotions were soaring in Bark River, Michigan with Andrew Carlson winning his PRO 2 debut and backing it up with a come from behind second place finish on Sunday. Saturday’s win was unexpected to say the least, but Andrew proved to the field his flag-to-flag win was no fluke, as he charged through the 15-truck field on Sunday to climb atop the box again.

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Carlson To Make Pro 2 Debut In Bark River

Team is Fully Committed to TORC Series and Looks to Make Gains in PRO Light Ranks with Added Seat Time and Information Gleaned from PRO 2  

ELK RIVER, Minn. July 13, 2017  Fully committed, those are the words used to best describe Carlson Moto (CM) and their racing endeavors in TORC: The Off-Road Championship series. Proof of this commitment will come this weekend as the TORC Series visits Bark River International Raceway in Bark River, Michigan; and Andrew Carlson will make his racing debut in the PRO 2 class.

While still considered a relative newcomer to the professional racing ranks of the TORC Series, Andrew has quickly established himself as a top contender in the PRO Light class with multiple podium finishes. Just five races into the 2017 season, Andrew is tied for second in the year-end championship chase.

“Our focus remains in the PRO Light class,” said Andrew. “Adding a PRO 2 truck to our program is going to give me more seat time and help me grow as a driver. I want that PRO Light championship, and this (racing in PRO 2) is going to accelerate our entire program to get me there.”

The PRO 2 class features rear-wheel drive trucks similar to PRO Light, but have more power and more suspension in a slightly bigger chassis. In addition, rule changes this year require DOT tires in the PRO 2 class just as they are in PRO Light. This equates to more similarities between the two vehicles and will allow the Carlson Moto team to glean more information every race weekend.

“We’re all in,” said CM owner and manager Chris Carlson referring to the TORC Series. “It’s all about seat time…the more time Andrew has behind the wheel in race conditions the better he will get. Plus, learning to manage the added power of a PRO 2 truck with DOT Atturo tires will be a big benefit when he gets behind the wheel of his PRO Light truck.”

You can watch all the action from Bark River via on-demand streaming-video found at the official TORC Series website www.torcseries.com this Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16. Follow the Carlson Moto Team throughout the season on their website www.carlsonmoto.com or on Facebook @CarlsonMoto or Twitter #CarlsonMoto

About Carlson Moto:
Carlson Moto is a family of racers, mechanics and sponsors who are proud of our accomplishments on and off the track. We are driven to excellence in everything we do. Our racing operation 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 share in our success, visit CarlsonMoto.com

Carlson Has Speed To Match The Big House Track In Crandon

Top of the Pack Qualifying Puts Carlson Just Off the TORC Series Podium at Famed Crandon International Off-Road Raceway

ELK RIVER, Minn. June 27, 2017 – The Big House lived up to its namesake as PRO Light young gun Andrew Carlson and the Carlson Moto crew tackled the biggest and fastest track on tour as TORC: The Off-Road Championship visited the Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in Crandon, Wisconsin. With the venue’s signature land rush start and all-out turn one chaos, the opening lap spelled the difference between podium glory and clouds of dust.

Both days, Andrew exhibited the speed necessary to tame the big track as he recorded the third fastest qualifying time Saturday morning with a truck that was handling on point. But as Crandon can so often do, a tough start on Saturday and an unexpected rock lodged in his front brake rotor on Sunday, forced Andrew to claw his way back through the pack.

In both instances Carlson showed driving savvy beyond his TORC Series experience, disposing of other trucks quickly and joining the top pack which together, pulled away from the rest of the field. A large and unstable cushion made for a delicate balance of traction during both days of racing resulting in challenging line choices. While Andrew stayed glued to the third-place truck, he was unable to find the drive to work his way past, settling for a respectable, albeit somewhat disappointing fourth-place finish both Saturday and Sunday.

“Crandon has been a tough track for me to adapt to,” said Andrew. “I’m racing against guys who have pounded a lot of laps here…we’re improving and I know from my lap times I can run with the top guys. We just need to keep working on set-ups. And I need to continue to work towards making less mistakes and driving with greater urgency.”

With two finishes just shy of the podium, Andrew continued to collect valuable points in the chase for the championship. He is now in a second-place log jam in the standings with Cam Reimers and Shawn Morris as they all chase Kyle Kleiman.

“Overall, it was a successful weekend,” said team owner Chris Carlson. “The crew continues to work their butts off and Andrew is pedaling the car with the best of them…it’s the starts where we need to get stronger, especially at Crandon.”

You can watch all the action from Crandon via on-demand streaming-video found at the official TORC Series website www.torcseries.com. The team will now regroup and make preparations for one of their favorite tracks, Bark River International Raceway in Bark River, Michigan July 15-16.

Follow the Carlson Moto Team throughout the season on their website www.carlsonmoto.com or on Facebook @CarlsonMoto or Twitter #CarlsonMoto

Pass For Lead Ends In Dramatic Flip For Carlson In Pro Light Final

 

Andrew Carlson Has Speed for Repeat Win at Hometown Track; But Aggressive Line Ends His Bid in Saturday PRO Light Final; Sunday Races Postponed Until September

Elk River, Minn. June 15, 2017 There are two paths to the top box in TORC: The Off-Road Championship - calculated precision tempered by patience; or throttle-down run and gun exuberance. When it came to Saturday’s Round 3 PRO Light main event at ERX Motor Park, front runners Andrew Carlson and Kyle Kleiman displayed plenty of both as the two likely foreshadowed a head-to-head battle that will be replayed throughout the season.

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Family Trumps Winning for Pro Light Racer Andrew Carlson

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FAMILY TRUMPS WINNING FOR PRO LIGHT RACER ANDREW CARLSON

A Graduation Present was the Spark that Led to Championship Dreams and the Creation of the Newest TORC Series Racing Facility in Elk River, Minnesota 

Elk River, Minn. (June 8, 2017) – For Andrew Carlson, the path to TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL is one grounded in family traditions. Passion for racing runs deep in the Carlson family, but it was the value of family itself that started Andrew Carlson on his TORC Series journey and dreams of one day winning a championship in North America’s most prestigious off-road, short-course racing series.

An accomplished professional snocross racer in North America’s biggest national snowmobile racing association, Andrew was familiar with competition and winning, having won countless races since he first started racing at age 4. But it was a high school graduation present from his parents Chris and Deb that ultimately set Andrew on his path towards off-road truck racing.

“My parents allowed me to pick one place I wanted go on a family vacation when I graduated from high school,” Andrew recalls. “It could be anywhere; and I wanted to go see a big-time race. I eventually picked a TORC Series race in Bark River, Michigan. We rented a motorhome and everyone thought it was the coolest thing we’d ever seen.”

The Carlson family was so enamored with TORC Series racing they attended the Crandon, Wisconsin race soon after. Not long after, Andrew began following and watching off-road truck racing at every opportunity.

“At the time, I didn’t really consider racing trucks, but I started to follow it more and more,” said Andrew. “It was my favorite thing to do…I’d watch every video and race I could online, and soon I knew all the drivers, all the tracks, and it became a passion for me.”

That passion and the introduction of a side-by-side UTV class to the TORC Series led Andrew to his first TORC Series race as a participant. Later that same season, through a series of mutual friendships and the chance opportunity to race a back-up truck, Andrew found himself behind the wheel of a PRO Light truck at Crandon, the TORC Series most famed track.

“I had never turned a lap before that race,” Andrew remembered, “but I had a blast and my Dad was becoming as hooked on TORC as I was.”

Fast forward to 2017, and the Carlson family, along with business partner Todd Plaisted, have become integral players in the TORC Series. Their Elk River, Minnesota based racing facility, ERX Motor Park, will be home to two of the seven stops of the 2017 TORC Series tour. And Andrew, who announced his retirement from snocross racing this spring, has set his sights on a PRO Light championship, after earning several podium finishes and his first win last season.

“I think it (off-road truck racing) has come a lot more naturally than we expected,” said Andrew. “In snocross I was more of a calculated racer…I liked the set-up and the technical attributes of the track. In TORC that plays a big role. But I also think I’m more aggressive than other guys because of my snocross background.”

For now, Carlson has found a home in the dirt, and if he has it his way, he won’t be leaving any time soon.

“I don’t have aspirations of racing NASCAR or anything like that. I like to jump. I like it when a track is always changing and things are getting rough…I want to win in TORC and I want to do it for a long time.”

Perhaps more importantly, the Carlson family continues to enjoy time together. And for Andrew, that togetherness is better than winning. “How many 24-year-olds do you know that spend nearly all their summer weekends hanging out with their family? I’m so fortunate and I know if I didn’t have that connection with my family and friends I don’t think I’d be racing…to me that’s the part I enjoy most.”

TORC Series Twin Cities Takedown – June 10-11

The TORC Series Twin Cities Takedown at ERX will feature two-full days of professional off-road racing action; Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11 at ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota. The sprawling 400-acre facility features on-site camping, premium viewing areas of the natural terrain, one-mile track, and family-friendly pricing with single day passes just $25 and children 11 and under free. For tickets, camping reservations, schedule of events, and more information visit erxmotorpark.com/off-road.

 TORC: The Off-Road Championship is the nation’s homegrown short-course racing series. Built by drivers—TORC roots run deep, hosting world champions and descendants from all off-road disciplines. What started nearly a decade ago with a crew of dedicated drivers has evolved into a multigenerational sport of two-wheel and four-wheel drive trophy trucks, and UTV racing. TORC seeks to preserve the spirit of short-course racing by working with the finest tracks throughout America’s heartland and hosting some of the sport’s most competitive teams. Buckle up, because when you hear the engines rumble and witness a pack of trucks flying through the air, fighting for the inside line and taking the TORC National Championship, you’ll be hooked for life. Learn more at torcseries.com.

Best of Class Speed Propels Carlson to Early Season Podium

Elk River, Minn. May 16, 2017 – Nimble and quick… those words define the weekend performance of Andrew Carlson in the opening rounds of TORC: The Off-Road Championship series at the Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. Armed with a truck on point and confident skills, Carlson streaked to a podium finish and exited the weekend just four points out of the Pro Light Championship lead.

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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

Carlson Moto Inks Partnership with K&N Engineering

Performance K&N Filters will help power snocross and off-road truck racing endeavors for Carlson Moto for the 2016-2017 ISOC and TORC series.

ELK RIVER, Minn. Nov. 1, 2016 – The winning combination of any professional race team is comprised of a collection of the best mechanics, drivers, equipment, and sponsors. Today, Carlson Moto added to their winning formula as they finalized partnership details with K&N Engineering.
Recognized as the world’s leading manufacturer of washable performance air-filters and air intake systems, K&N will help Carlson Moto racers achieve maximum power both on snow and dirt throughout the upcoming International of Series of Champions (ISOC) national snocross series and The Off-Road Championship (TORC) off-road truck racing series next summer.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with K&N Filters,” said Carlson Moto team owner and manager Chris Carlson. “They have an impressive history as a market leader in filtration and we’ve been using their products for many years with great results.”
K&N has built an incredible reputation within the performance industry since they first invented the high-flow cotton air filter in 1969, and they’ve been perfecting the technology ever since. Racing has and continues to be an integral component of their success.
“They are driven, highly competitive, and they simply don’t settle for anything but excellence,” Carlson continued. “We couldn’t ask for better alignment with a partner, and we’re looking forward to working with them this season and beyond.”
K&N’s commitment to racing is evident by their extensive and diverse relationships with some of the world’s biggest racing organizations including NASCAR, the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), the United Sprint Car Series (USCS), as well as leading off-road truck and motorcycle racing organizations.
“Racing is the ultimate proving ground for our products,” said Ryan Fellman, (position at K&N). “We were impressed by the professionalism, integrity, and commitment to winning by Chris and the entire Carlson Moto organization. We’re excited to partner with them and we can hardly wait for the snocross season to start.”
That start is less than a month away, when the ISOC national tour kicks-off in Duluth Minnesota, November 25-27 for the 25th annual AMSOIL Duluth National Snocross. You can find details on the snocross season including schedule and Carlson Moto team members at CarlsonMoto.com. You can also follow Carlson Moto 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

Carlson Finishes Sophomore Season Top-10 in Pro Light Points

ELK RIVER, MINN. SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 -Carlson Moto wrapped up the 2016 TORC: The Off-Road Championship season with some exciting racing Labor Day Weekend at The Big House, Crandon International Raceway in Crandon, Wis. The weekend drew record crowds, exceeding 25,000, and the racing action did not disappoint as the world’s best off-road racers converged for a season finale, Battle Royale.

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AMSOIL Introduces New Lubrication & Cleaner Products for Firearms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 1, 2016– AMSOIL has launched two new products that provide outstanding protection for firearms.  AMSOIL Firearm Cleaner and Protectant and AMSOIL Synthetic Firearm Lubricant and Protectant offers hunters, target/sport shooters and firearm professionals two exceptional products purpose-built for firearms so they remain reliable for generations.

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Carlson Earns Third Podium of the Season in Charlotte

Elk River, Minn. August 22, 2016 – Much has been said in the thrilling world of motorsports racing about the emotional rollercoaster all teams inevitably experience, commonly referred to as the highs and lows of racing.  To put it mildly, it's not for the faint of heart.  The 2016 TORC: The Off Road Championship Series season for Andrew Carlson and the passionate Carlson Moto Crew has included visits to both ends of the emotional continuum, and this weekend's race in Charlotte was perhaps the quintessential example of this challenging dynamic.

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Tough Luck Returns for Carlson Moto in Bark River

Elk River, Minn. August 3, 2016 – TORC: The Off Road Championship Series traveled to the U.P. of Michigan for rounds 9 and 10 of the series, the very place where the Carlson family was introduced to the sport of short course off-road truck racing just four years ago. Unfortunately, the string of tough luck that Carlson Moto encountered at the beginning of the 2016 season returned once again despite strong efforts from Pro Light driver Andrew Carlson.

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Carlson Earns First Victory in Front of Hometown Fans

Home Sweet Home

Elk River, Minn. July 18, 2016 How sweet it is, and for Andrew Carlson’s first win in The Off-Road Championship (TORC) series at ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota, it couldn’t get much sweeter. Racing on his home track in front of his hometown fans, friends, and family, Carlson broke through to the top of the box with a commanding Pro-Light win Saturday afternoon.

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