Labor Day weekend at Crandon not only brings out the best in a racer, it brings out the best racers too. Both PRO 2 and PRO Light saw the biggest fields of the 2017 season, and in the mix were past champions, top racers from the West Coast, and even an NHRA Top Fuel drag racer. But full starting grids and a mud-laden track didn’t slow Andrew Carlson, who burst from the land rush start, held it on through a slick turn one, and never looked back.
Throughout the 9-lap final, only Brad Lovell had anything for Carlson. Lovell attempted to keep Carlson honest and show him a fender early after the competition caution, but that was as close as he ever got. Lovell looked to have second place well in hand, but a last-lap mechanical issue turned over the position to PRO 2 points leader Luke Johnson, who worked his way up from fifth and passed eventual third place finisher Eric Ruppel in the closing laps.The win was Carlson’s third in PRO 2, who made his debut in the class just a few races prior. “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.”