eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – Stock Moto – April 1, 2013

Season begins with drivers chasing Leesmann and Wimsett

Today is the first release of the 2013 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings, beginning with the Stock Moto category. It’s been a great start for the 2013 season as 28 new drivers joined the standings after just five events were added. A number of new drivers have jumped on the Stock Moto parade in the California ProKart Challenge, the Florida Karting Championship Series hosting a number of big names making their first shifterkart start, and the Lone Star Grand Prix made its debut on the EKN Driver Rankings.

The year however will be spent chasing down the top two in the standings – Fritz Leesmann and Joey Wimsett. Leesmann (CRG) secured his second S1 Pro Stock Moto title in Las Vegas last November, and got the 2013 season off to a similar start by securing the Rotax Challenge of the Americas title for a second straight trip to the Rotax Grand Finals in the DD2 category. He’s spent more time in the seat this winter then last year, which could be bad news for the Stock Moto drivers. Wimsett (CRG) contested his first full year in a shifterkart in 2012, going toe-to-toe with Leesmann for much of the season – equaling the win total at two apiece and only 59 points out of the top spot in the EKN Driver Rankings. Wimsett spent the winter working as driver coach/mechanic once again, and is now preparing for his first race of the year in the driver’s seat – the SKUSA SpringNationals.

Nicky Freytag (FA Kart) finished out the season third in the EKN Driver Rankings, placing as the highest S2 Semi-Pro graduate from 2012. The former #1 ranked driver performed well enough to end the SKUSA Pro Tour in fourth behind Leesmann, Wimsett and defending champ Daniel Bray. He is not racing this season however, as he plans to focus on school this year. Kyle Hathcox and Jake French ended the 2012 season rounding out the top-five. Hathcox (CRG) will enter his sophomore season in the S1 division, looking to improve on a challenging rookie season. French kicked off the season in style, winning two of the shifterkart races at the Lone Star Grand Prix, while making his debut aboard the DR Racing Kart under the DRT Racing/Pole Position Karting team.

Tyler Bennett (Tony Kart) starts the year out in the sixth position, and will be one of the contenders in the SKUSA Rocky Mountain ProKart Challenge. Daniel Langon (CRG) will not be in Tucson for the opening rounds of the Pro Tour, but plans on finishing out the season while also contesting the Red Line Oil Karting Championship in NorCal. The 2012 California ProKart Challenge champion Jimmy McNeil (CRG) made the jump back to the S1 division from S4 look simple at the regional level, however his struggles at the Pro Tour hampered his Driver Rankings score. Look this year for a change in that.

The top S2 driver from 2012 – Sabré Cook – is ready to make the move up to S1 in 2013. The CRG-USA driver has been busy with her freshman year in college, but is primed to showcase her talents against the best on the SKUSA Pro Tour. Rounding out the top-10 is ‘Wild Thing’ Josh Lane (DR). The Illinois-native had a busy winter, becoming a dad and moved back on the east coast during the winter break.

One driver to watch this year, who is our ‘On the Move’ this month’s is the 2012 S2 SuperNationals winner Billy Musgrave. The Tony Kart driver is jumping into S1 and has already showed the speed to compete against the top dogs.

Stock Moto Driver Rankings Top-10
Pos,Dec. 23,Plus/Minus,Driver,Races,Score
1.,1,NC,Fritz Leesmann,9,6562
2.,2,NC,Joey Wimsett,7,6503
3.,3,NC,Nicky Freytag,8,6161
4.,4,NC,Kyle Hathcox,7,6029
5.,5,NC,Jake French,7,6021
6.,6,NC,Tyler Bennett,13,6011
7.,7,NC,Daniel Langon,6,5982
8.,8,NC,Jimmy McNeil,10,5964
9.,9,NC,Sabre Cook,12,5941
10.,10,NC,Josh Lane,11,5916

Fritz Leesmann (Photo: Sean Burr - Go Racing Magazine)

Fritz Leesmann
(Photo: Sean Burr – Go Racing Magazine)

Stock Moto #1 – Fritz Leesmann
Elk Grove, California

For roughly the past five season, Fritz Leesmann has been the shifterkart bar for North American karting. Behind Gary Carlton, Leesmann was among the best in the ICC division. Now into the Stock Moto era, he has two SKUSA Pro Tour championships in three seasons, not to mention the DD2 titles he’s won in the winter months. Carrying the #1 SKUSA plate once again, Fritz appears to be more focused on success then he was when April 2011 rolled around. The number of challengers however appear to be growing, and after the April 13-14 weekend, we will know if Leesmann will be in position to contend for a third championship.

Point Breakdown
SKUSA SpringNationals ’12 #1 – S1,9.5,2,1094
SKUSA SpringNationals ’12 #2 – S1,9.5,1,1105
SKUSA SummerNationals ’12 #1 – S1,9.5,2,1107
SKUSA SummerNationals ’12 #2 – S1,9.5,1,1118
SKUSA California PKC ’12 #6 – S1,8.5,1,980
SKUSA SuperNationals 2012 – S1,10,2,1158
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 1.5
Average Points: 1093.7
Total Points: 6562



Billy Musgrave (Photo: dromophotos.com)

Billy Musgrave
(Photo: dromophotos.com)

Stock Moto ‘On the Move’ – Billy Musgrave
Norco, California

Among the many challengers this year will be So-Cal driver Billy Musgrave. The 2012 S2 Semi-Pro SuperNationals winner is making the jump to the S1 division for 2013, with the eye on the big prize. The season has been strong already for Musgrave, as the Tony Kart driver has two wins in two starts at the California ProKart Challenge – with wins over McNeil, Lane and even Leesmann. Looking at his average in just the four events he has contested in the past 12 months, he will most likely end up inside the top-10 and possibly into the top-five depending on his results at the SpringNationals.

Point Breakdown
SKUSA SpringNationals ’12 #2 – S2,9,1,1012
SKUSA SuperNationals 2012 – S2,9.5,1,1147
SKUSA California PKC ’13 – S1 #1,8.5,1,962
SKUSA California PKC ’13 – S1 #2,8.5,1,965
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 1
Average Points: 1021.5
Total Points: 4086

EKN Driver Rankings Calculation Process
The EKN Driver Rankings are calculated using a driver’s best finishes in major North American races. Assembled using events from the previous 12 months from the current date, we use a driver’s best seven finishes in TaG and six in Stock Moto to determine their overall current point total. With each new release, results posted from more than one year ago are discarded. To deliver our ranking list, we tabulate the results of all the national programs and selected regional programs. We have included the results for the major one-off events such as the SKUSA SuperNationals, the US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals, the Rock Island Grand Prix and the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix.

Each race is initially weighted based on the prestige and history of the event or series with a score of ten (10) being the highest attainable base ranking. For 2013, the SKUSA SuperNationals and US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals receive a score of 10 in their initial weighting in the TaG category while the SuperNationals is the lone event in the Stock Moto division. The SKUSA Pro Tour series events draw a base ranking of nine (9), while the WKA Manufacturers Cup, Florida Winter Tour, Rotax Challenge of the Americas, IKF 2-Cycle Sprint Grand Nationals, Rotax Pan American Challenge, United States Pro Kart Series and other regional program races were given a base ranking of either eight (8) or nine (9).

The EKN staff reserves the right to adjust the rankings of each event throughout the year. A minimum entry total for any events considered for the Driver Rankings program is five (5). If an event does not have at least five (5) drivers starting the race, those results will not be tabulated toward the Driver Rankings.

Added to these initial rankings are two variables that help confirm the true importance of an event to the ranking process – field size and field strength. A percentage of one weighting point is added for the size of the field, while the number of existing top 50 drivers entered offers another full point or fraction of a point. The sum of these numbers becomes the overall ranking for any race. Following a race, drivers receive points based on their finishing positions with 100 points earned for a win. Each subsequent position drops by one point with 99 points given to the second place driver and so on throughout the field. These points are then multiplied by the overall ranking to produce a driver’s final point total from each event. Using a driver’s best seven races in TaG, six for Stock Moto, we calculate each driver’s overall score and subsequent ranking.

Stock Moto – as of April 1, 2013
Pos,Dec. 23,Plus/Minus,Driver,Races,Score
1.,1,NC,Fritz Leesmann,9,6562
2.,2,NC,Joey Wimsett,7,6503
3.,3,NC,Nicky Freytag,8,6161
4.,4,NC,Kyle Hathcox,7,6029
5.,5,NC,Jake French,7,6021
6.,6,NC,Tyler Bennett,13,6011
7.,7,NC,Daniel Langon,6,5982
8.,8,NC,Jimmy McNeil,10,5964
9.,9,NC,Sabre Cook,12,5941
10.,10,NC,Josh Lane,11,5916
11.,11,NC,Cody Tracy,7,5912
12.,17,5,Alec Gumpfer,8,5896
13.,13,NC,Keenan Schmitke,10,5867
14.,12,-2,Cory Milne,10,5842
15.,14,-1,Troy Diede,10,5839
16.,15,-1,Ryan Kinnear,12,5833
17.,16,-1,Bonnier Moulton,11,5813
18.,18,NC,Cody Diede,11,5773
19.,19,NC,Christian Schureman,10,5757
20.,21,1,Peter Abba,6,5604
21.,22,1,Christian Bird,9,5576
22.,23,1,Connor Wagner,13,5552
23.,24,1,Mariana Ramirez Savage,8,5483
24.,25,1,Jordon Musser,8,5461
25.,26,1,Alex Yates,12,5448
26.,27,1,Augie Lerch,9,5444
27.,28,1,Jack Bradley,10,5439
28.,33,5,Matias Podboj,9,5423
29.,29,NC,Mike Beeny,10,5415
30.,30,NC,Ben Schermerhorn,7,5370
31.,32,1,Alex Tartaglia,12,5364
32.,31,-1,Miguel Lopez,11,5338
33.,34,1,Colby Yardley,9,5279
34.,35,1,Garrett Boone,7,5267
35.,37,2,Chris Neria,9,5242
36.,38,2,Connor Iseli,8,5203
37.,39,2,Daniel Bray,5,5193
38.,44,6,Vivek Tandon,7,5112
39.,40,1,Lukas Johnson,5,5111
40.,41,1,Ryan Pool,6,5091
41.,42,1,Jessica Sollberger,8,5084
42.,43,1,Colby Straub,6,4976
43.,45,2,Don Whittington,11,4960
44.,52,8,Ryan Belanger,6,4947
45.,53,8,Tyler Fling,6,4943
46.,47,1,Jerry Rhodes,7,4796
47.,20,-27,Clinton Schoombee,5,4747
48.,48,NC,Ryon Beachner,5,4736
49.,36,-13,Michael Leib,5,4415
50.,49,-1,Zac Clark,5,4408
51.,50,-1,Austin Schimmel,5,4392
52.,51,-1,Justin Miller,5,4182
53.,83,30,Billy Musgrave,4,4086
54.,56,2,Ivan Osorio,5,3940
55.,57,2,Don McGregor,4,3923
56.,58,2,Fernando Casillas Jr.,4,3586
57.,75,18,Cordell Secrest,4,3441
58.,59,1,Tase Flores,4,3365
59.,60,1,Chance Stephens,4,3354
60.,61,1,Roy Montgomery,4,3344
61.,62,1,Kyle Coles,4,3333
62.,64,2,Nick Neri,4,3324
63.,63,NC,Lauren Stark,4,3294
64.,65,1,Eric Van Der Steur,4,3254
65.,66,1,Dave Edwards,4,3236
66.,67,1,Kyle Books,4,3228
67.,70,3,Dan Laporta,4,3136
68.,69,1,Vicki Brian Hager,4,3132
69.,46,-23,Brad Dunford,3,2976
70.,72,2,Parker McKean,3,2695
71.,74,3,Eric Batt,3,2650
72.,76,4,Joshua de Losier,3,2542
73.,77,4,Nick Lougee,3,2498
74.,78,4,Tyler Hinton,3,2471
75.,90,15,Brendon Bailey,3,2457
76.,91,15,Garret Bailey,3,2438
77.,54,-23,Chris Bany,3,2432
78.,55,-23,Richard Cormier,3,2424
79.,79,NC,Ryan Lankenau,3,2424
80.,80,NC,Zachary Yates,3,2399
81.,81,NC,Joda Pacheco,3,2382
82.,151,69,Jack Freese,3,2379
83.,82,-1,Tim Armstrong,3,2363
84.,68,-16,Matthew Sanford,3,2340
85.,94,9,Connor Wogrin,3,2331
86.,84,-2,Tom Dyer,2,2050
87.,85,-2,Nic LeDuc,2,2004
88.,-,-,Cody Hodgson,2,1869
89.,-,-,Robert Marks,2,1786
90.,-,-,Jason Chott,2,1722
91.,118,27,Hunter Ceto,2,1708
92.,86,-6,Joe Ruch,2,1698
93.,87,-6,Eddie Olpin,2,1694
94.,-,-,Trevor McAlister,2,1658
95.,89,-6,Cole Mathewson,2,1654
96.,92,-4,Cole Powelson,2,1637
97.,93,-4,Chris Beck,2,1631
98.,95,-3,Tim Hollowell,2,1621
99.,96,-3,Kyle Ludwick,2,1620
100.,-,-,Curtis Paul,2,1604
101.,124,23,Cameron Worgin,2,1597
102.,97,-5,Michael Jones,2,1596
103.,98,-5,Jimmy Simpson,2,1595
104.,99,-5,Mike Smith,2,1595
105.,100,-5,Kristian Molnar,2,1583
106.,-,-,Chalee Siengthai,2,1578
107.,101,-6,Carson Miller,2,1569
108.,-,-,Troy Butts,2,1559
109.,150,41,Paul Whiting,2,1551
110.,71,-39,Ed Ortiz,2,1549
111.,102,-9,Phillip Davis,2,1546
112.,103,-9,Simas Juodvirsis,1,1170
113.,104,-9,Alessandro Manetti,1,1147
114.,105,-9,Jason Toft,1,1123
115.,106,-9,Brett Buckwalter,1,1112
116.,107,-9,Scott Hargrove,1,1112
117.,108,-9,Remo Ruscitti,1,1078
118.,109,-9,AJ Allmendinger,1,1053
119.,110,-9,Jason Faint,1,1032
120.,111,-9,Matt Jaskol,1,1030
121.,112,-9,Lloyd Mack,1,1018
122.,73,-49,Jamie Wilson,1,1009
123.,113,-10,Rodrigo Fonseca,1,983
124.,114,-10,Antonio Renna,1,971
125.,115,-10,Colton Aldridge,1,955
126.,116,-10,Nicholas Johnson,1,916
127.,117,-10,Alejandro Gonzales,1,894
128.,-,-,Cameron Egger,1,885
129.,-,-,Skyler Finley,1,873
130.,88,-42,Jason Attwood,1,871
131.,-,-,Scott Barnes,1,864
132.,119,-13,Austin King,1,860
133.,120,-13,Christian Bouhuys,1,853
134.,121,-13,Allan Cesarman,1,849
135.,-,-,Kolton Griffin,1,847
136.,-,-,Jayson Braffett,1,846
137.,122,-15,Cliff Kujala,1,845
138.,-,-,Oliver Askew,1,843
139.,-,-,Jonathan Kotyk,1,834
140.,126,-14,Jake Karwowski,1,828
141.,128,-13,Ty Tibbitts,1,825
142.,129,-13,Luis Martinez Jr.,1,823
143.,145,2,Sean McDonald,1,821
144.,131,-13,Chris Tyrell,1,820
145.,132,-13,Evan Batt,1,820
146.,-,-,Sam Laidler,1,819
147.,133,-14,Eric Wheeler,1,813
148.,134,-14,Arthur Garretson,1,808
149.,-,-,Sam Beasley,1,808
150.,136,-14,Adam Dowler,1,803
151.,-,-,Alan Michel,1,803
152.,137,-15,John Sulliban,1,802
153.,-,-,Cody Freeman,1,801
154.,138,-16,Kurt Mathewson,1,800
155.,-,-,Tim Ulmen,1,800
156.,139,-17,George Moss,1,794
157.,-,-,Zach Herrin,1,792
158.,140,-18,Felix Medina,1,787
159.,141,-18,John Gaydos,1,785
160.,-,-,PP Mastro,1,785
161.,142,-19,Brandon Slayer,1,783
162.,-,-,Morgan Healey,1,783
163.,-,-,Paul Jourdain,1,782
164.,143,-21,Adam Booker,1,780
165.,144,-21,Steven Savino II,1,779
166.,-,-,Brian Hassell,1,774
167.,-,-,Bernardo Quintanilla,1,773
168.,146,-22,Joey Kolby,1,769
169.,147,-22,Emran Baksh,1,768
170.,148,-22,Michael Taska,1,759
171.,-,-,Chris Gannon,1,757
172.,-,-,Trace Bartley,1,755
173.,-,-,Ryan Grieve,1,749
174.,-,-,Chance Kelly,1,746
175.,149,-26,Charles Skowron,1,742
176.,-,-,Oscar Aguilera,1,737
177.,-,-,Colby Novak,1,719
178.,-,-,Matt Stephenson,1,710
179.,-,-,Allyn Hewitt,1,682
180.,152,-28,Dalton Egger,1,665
181.,153,-28,Milan Dontje,1,654

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