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May 22, 2008 - updated May 22nd, 2008 1:24pm
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2008

UARA-STARS Division

Andrew Carlsen, No. 98

131 MAIN, Hangers Cleaners, Old West Gunsmith Ford Fusion

Andrew Carlsen took to the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 17th in the UARA-STARS Late Model series and busted out as the 11th fastest of 45 cars trying to make the 32-car field during the two hour practice session.

For Carlsen, the practice session at one of the most prestigious short tracks in the country had him pumped up and ready to do battle on the 1/2 mile super speedway. Carlsen then backed up his practice times by qualifying 11th and putting himself solidly in the field. Carlsen's confidence was riding high as he readied himself for the Thompson Metal 150.

"We've got a great car. I've heard here it's all about survival, so that's what we need to do and we'll be ok," said Carlsen during pre-race ceremonies.

Survival would be the key for Carlsen, but it wouldn't be mistakes and crashes he had to worry about. The green flag fell on the 32-car field and Carlsen looked strong in his 131-MAIN, Hangers Cleaners, OldWestGunSmith.com Ford Fusion, but trouble was just around the corner.

On lap 17, while the young racer was biding his time, the left rear wheel came loose. As Carlsen reported to the team the wheel was loose, they drove around under caution waiting for UARA officials to open pit road. Then the situation got worse. The tire flew off, causing the team to spend 12 laps in the pits while the field was racing at full speed.

The car seemed to be OK after the repairs were made, but on lap 60 - while racing competitive times despite being twelve laps down - the engine began to go sour. On lap 71, the team, led by crew chief Chase Pistone, decided to park the car in an effort to avoid ruining the engine that had been refreshed just before making the trip to Bristol, TN.

Back at the shop, the team found a loose alternator belt which drained the battery and took power from the engine. Although believed to be the culprit of their engine problems Saturday night, they also found an oil pressure problem on Wednesday, so the alternator belt may not have been the only setback.

The team had hoped to test the car at Hickory Motor Speedway this week, home track for Carlsen Motorsports, but in light of the oil pressure issues, the team has been forced to cancel a planned trip to Hickory this weekend to compete in their first non-UARA sanctioned race. The team will now focus on getting the car ready to wage war once again on Saturday, May 31st at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, SC for round five of the UARA-STARS tour.

"We've had a tough couple of races on the UARA tour, but hopefully found the end of that bad luck streak at Bristol and we can go and have a good run our next time out."

For more information on Andrew Carlsen and Carlsen Motorsports you can visit our brand new website at www.AndrewCarlsenRacing.com or contact Carlsen Motorsports at (704) 651-3651.



2008 Season Stats:



Track ---- Start --- Finish

Concord - NC 20th 15th

Motor Mile - VA 15th 8th

Orange County - NC 11th 20th

Bristol – TN 11th 25th


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