Elk River, Minnesota (February 25, 2014) – Perfection was on display in Michigan, as all eyes honed in on national sport rider Ryan Springer as he put together a rare, flawless weekend; sweeping the field both days and positioning himself as a serious threat for the year-end championship. Meanwhile, despite often being the fastest rider on the track in the Pro-Lite ranks, Andrew Carlson experienced a rare bout of tough luck, yet persevered and remains the Pro-Lite points leader with two venues remaining on the ISOC AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series (ACSS) schedule.
The Perfect Weekend
Springer had been working towards a performance like this for much of the season. While often the fastest rider on the track, his punishing riding style sometimes cut his performance short of the podium. Springer had been working on a developing a smoother approach to racing, and those efforts paid off in Michigan as he blasted his way to a perfect weekend, winning both heat races Friday and Saturday; came to the main events as the top qualifier both days; and left the line in the lead and never looked back.
Aside from Springer’s near flawless driving performance, another huge ingredient to Springer’s back-to-back perfect performances was the Carlson Motorsports crew and their continued drive to “dial-in” the team’s Polaris sleds. To say Carlson Motorsports has been dominating the holeshot this season would be a huge understatement. In every race, Springer bolted from the line like he was shot out of a cannon and was quickly catapulted to the front. From there, with clear goggle vision, Ryan stretched out the gap over the rest of the field and collected the win in convincing fashion.
“Everything has come together at the right time,” Springer said following the weekend’s performance. “I’m as confident as I’ve ever been and I’m super pumped to be going into the final two events of the season with this much momentum.”
Still The One
While the podium streak for Andrew Carlson came to a close in Michigan, he remains one of the fastest, if not the fastest Pro-Lite racer in the series and continues to hold a firm grip on the year-end Championship with four races left to go. The weekend started strong with Carlson taking an easy heat win. He was looking to do it again when mid-air contact cut short his front of the pack flight. The tumble sent Carlson to the back of the pack and forced him to qualify via the LCQ.
In the final, Carlson quickly worked his way from the back row to fourth and was looking for more as he methodically worked his way through slower traffic. The push to the front was cut short however, as Carlson caught an ice-lip and was thrown from his sled. He quickly remounted and salvaged an eighth place finish.
Andrew looked to regain his championship composure Saturday with a strong qualifying effort and a front row start. However a rare poor start, followed by a first turn tangle and subsequent slushy blast of snow to the face, handicapped Carlson, as his vision was drastically reduced for the remainder of the race. He crossed the line in 6th, disappointed but thankful to come away with valuable points. Carlson remains atop the leader board, but with four races remaining, it looks like the Pro-Lite Championship will go down to the wire.
The AMSOIL Championship Snocross takes a week off before returning to action March 7-8 in Fargo, North Dakota. You can catch all the action from Michigan on the CBS Sports Network, March 9 and March 16 at 10:30am (eastern). Stay abreast of all the happenings at Carlson Motorsports through their website www.carlsonmotorsportsllc.com or following them on Facebook