Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Hot Challenging Time in Charlotte for Atturo Driver Andrew Carlson
Elk River, Minnesota (July 15, 2015) – The challenge of running with the best racers in professional short track off-road racing reared its ugly head this past weekend as The Off-Road Championship (TORC) series visited Charlotte, North Carolina. Pro-Light rookie Andrew Carlson looked to continue his momentum and rapid learning curve that had already netted him several top-five finishes. Instead a wall of heat, ever-changing track conditions, and hard luck in both finals met him head on.
Racing is a staple in this part of the country that is essentially home to NASCAR, and the TORC race was held at the hallowed grounds of Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Carlson Motorsports team entered the weekend riding a string of strong finishes and growing momentum they looked to continue on the continuous paperclip shaped track.
They looked to be close as Carlson cranked it up in the first final of the weekend, clawing his way up to 6th place by the mid-point of the race. But then fate struck in the form of a flat tire, forcing Andrew to pull off the track and sacrifice his hard earned points.
“The track changed so much from practice to qualifying,” said Stamper. “We had the perfect set-up early on, but once the blue-groove formed it was all hands on deck to get the truck as close as we could throughout the remainder of the day.”
The team regrouped on Saturday, hoping to parlay the lessons learned Friday into a stronger finish. Fueled by optimism, Carlson rallied from his mid-pack starting position and looked to make a big move in the opening laps. He quickly gained the 6th position but then was promptly punted off the track by an over aggressive driver dropping him to the back of the field.
The team returns to action in three weeks as they head to Sturgis South Dakota for the Battle at the Chip, August 4-5. The break will give them some much needed rest, truck preparation and continued practice on their home track.