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By: Carlson Motorsports
Elk River, Minn. Feb. 28, 2017— The AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series returned to Soaring Eagle Resort & Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. 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 a 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).
Source: Amsoil Racing