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 Learn more about Carlson Moto team members at 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

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


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 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 Learn more about Carlson Moto team members at 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

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 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

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


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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Redemption is Sweet as Carlson Earns Podium in Crandon

Elk River, Minn. June 28, 2016 It’s hard to keep a good man down, and nothing was going to keep Andrew Carlson from capturing his first podium of the season in The Off-Road Championship (TORC) series this past Saturday in Crandon, Wisconsin. Despite starting deep in the final grid and fighting an onslaught of mud and debris, Andrew rallied towards the front, passing as many as three competitors in a single lap to gain a third place finish at the line, just 12-seconds behind the leader Travis Dinsmore.

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Atturo Tires and Twice As Nice Mother & Child “Race to Meet the Need” Tire Manufacturer and Racers to make TORC Series in Chicagoland A Charity Event for Diaper Awareness

This weekend at the TORC: The Off-Road Championships in Chicago, aka “The Chicagoland dSlam”, Atturo Tires will partner with local charity Twice As Nice Mother & Child ( ) to raise money for diaper awareness and providing lifegiving essentials to newborns. Atturo has dedicated resources to its partner charity for the Chicagoland Slam event under the umbrella campaign “Race to Meet The Need”(#Race2MeetTheNeed).

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448 volunteers surpassed goal of 100,000 hand packed, life saving meals


Elk River, Minn. [May 6, 2016] —448 of Elk River and surrounding area community members rallied to be a part of the hunger solution through a partnership between Sportech, Inc. and non-profit Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). Volunteers prepared 108,644 life-saving meals at this FMSC MobilePack™. The goal, established by Sportech, Inc. CEO, Chris Carlson, was 100,000 meals. The event took May 5 at the new Carlson Moto headquarters building on the ERX MotorPark premises (Elk River, Minn.)

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Sportech, Inc and hundreds of community members will work to feed thousands of starving children in the developing world

Our good friends at Sportech, Inc. are excited to partner with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) to put on a MobilePack event Thursday, May 5th in Elk River, Minn. Upwards of 100,000 meals will be packed over an eight-hour period by Elk River community members, area small businesses, churches and students. The community is encouraged to volunteer, with 500 packers needed to reach the 100,000-meal goal. Volunteers can sign up for two-hour time slots.

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Carlson Moto closes a season of challenges, learning and progression

Elk River, MN (March 22, 2015) – The 2015-2016 Amsoil Championship Snocross season has come to a close upon the conclusion of the Nielsen’s Snocross Grand Finale in Lake Geneva, WI.  The 2015-2016 season proved to be one of great challenges for the Carlson Moto riders and crew, but as is the case with most meaningful challenges, the pain of the season was accompanied with some much deserved gains.  The inaugural Pro Open season for Ryan Springer and Andrew Carlson has ultimately equipped both riders with a few bumps and bruises, but also with a much better understanding of what it takes to compete at the highest level in all of snowmobile racing.  And while the talented crew of Carlson Moto mechanics would be the first to admit that the sleds fell short of their expectations on the track this year, they too gained some valuable experience and are committed to charging into next season with an improved understanding of the “ante” and a fierce competitive commitment.

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Technical Chicago track brings challenges, improvements and a top-10 finish for Andrew Carlson

Elk River, Minnesota (March 7, 2016) – Route 66 Raceway (Joliet, Ill.) welcomed the AMSOIL Championship Snocross tour for the second-to-last stop of the season. Rounds 13 and 14 took place on one of the more technical and challenging tracks that racers encountered this season. The large oval course had deep holes and a precarious whoop section, which claimed many riders throughout the weekend and gave the fans in attendance some spectacular crashes to witness. 
Carlson Moto riders Andrew Carlson and Ryan Springer had a solid weekend tearing it up in the ever-diminishing Pro Open field, with Carlson qualifying in the front row of the final both nights due to his repeat win in the LCQ Friday and Saturday. Springer made the final both nights as well, though he battled some tough luck while fighting a nagging back injury. Carlson finished in the top-ten Friday night, coming across the line in ninth. Springer would go on to finish in 12th after getting tangled with another rider early in the race. Bad luck once again hit the team Saturday, with Springer collecting with another rider off the start and Carlson having an unfortunate dismount after making his way up to eighth place. Carlson was showing impressive speed and made some great passes before he hit a hard edge on the track, ending his chances of a top-five finish.

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Springer Nabs Top-5 Finish at Michigan Snocross National

Elk River, Minnesota (March 1, 2016) – Front row qualifying and continued holeshot progression propelled Carlson Moto to its strongest finish of the season as Ryan Springer nabbed a fourth-place finish at the Ram Trucks Snocross National in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. The AMSOIL Championship Snocross tour set up shop at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort for rounds 11 and 12, where unseasonably warm temperatures created challenging track conditions that deteriorated throughout the weekend.

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Carlson podiums at first ever Red Bull Snow Boundaries

Elk River, Minnesota (February 23, 2016) – Months of preparation and planning by the ERX MotorPark and Red Bull staff came to fruition on Saturday at the inaugural Red Bull Snow Boundaries race at Carlson Moto’s home track. Over 12 million gallons of water were used to make enough snow for the 8-mile track, designed to push the limits of athletes and machines, and deliver a challenge and experience unlike any other snowmobile race. Despite the unseasonably warm weather, the course remained intact with the conditions only adding to the challenging track. The first of its kind event brought together both cross-country and snocross competitors as they raced all-out for more than one-hour on a course that combined high speeds, slushy ponds, big jumps and an unrelenting onslaught of whoops.  Nearly 230 riders competed in two classes, giving the nearly 5,000 spectators in attendance a show they’ll never forget.

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High Temps, Large Crowds and a Carlson Moto Season-Best Finish in New York

Elk River, Minnesota (February 9, 2016) – Green grass, temps in the 50s and large crowds greeted Carlson Moto to the East Coast for rounds nine and ten of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross series in Salamanca, N.Y. Things looked a little different this year with mud puddles replacing the spectator parking lots full of snowmobiles as in years past.

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Dealt a tough hand at tiny Deadwood track; Carlson Moto racers make progress

Elk River, Minnesota (January 26, 2016) –  It’s been more than 100-years since historic Deadwood, S.D. was home to gunslingers, gamblers and gold miners, yet as you walk the streets you can still feel their presence. This past weekend, the smell of gun smoke was replaced by the distinctive scent of race fuel as the world’s best snocross racers faced off in front of a sold-out crowd at the Days of ‘76 Rodeo Grounds.

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Huge Crowds Endure Bitter Cold and Witness a Drop-In Start as Carlson Motorsports Looks to Improve

Elk River, Minnesota (January 12, 2016) – No one said it was going to be easy as both Carlson Motorsports drivers made the jump to the elite Pro Open class for the 2015-16 International Series of Champions (ISOC) AMSOIL Snocross tour. Both riders have shown the speed and skill necessary to affirm they belong amongst the best snocross racers in the world. With riders and crew making gains through testing and practice, a new elevated starting line was unveiled at this past weekend’s Canterbury Park national tour stop in Shakopee, Minnesota; placing a new hurdle to overcome at the iconic racing venue.

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Carlson and Springer Run at the Front During Slushy Fargo National Snocross

Elk River, Minnesota (December 15, 2015) – With season opener jitters behind them, Carlson Motorsports attacked the Buffalo River Race Park track with greater confidence and intensity as the AMSOIL Championship Snocross series visited Fargo, N.D. for rounds 3 and 4 of the national tour. Both Pro-Open rookie drivers flashed front of the pack with speed and ability as they battled the best snocross racers in the world.

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Carlson Motorsports Encounters Steep Learning Curve in Snocross Season Opener

Elk River, Minnesota (December 3, 2015) – As Plato once said, “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” The AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series season opener in Duluth, MN this past weekend marked the start of Ryan Springer and Andrew Carlson’s Pro Open snocross careers. While their results may appear to be less than spectacular on paper, they both walked away with a better understanding of what it takes to run with the best racers in the world in the sport’s premier class.

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