EKN Trackside: SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals – Preview

Over 200 drivers schedule to compete in the heat at Grand Junction Motor Speedway

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Ever since April and the wildly-exciting and controversial SpringNats, teams and drivers have been preparing for the second stop of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour – the SummerNationals. The mid-July weekend has finally arrived, and over 200 drivers will converge on Grand Junction Motor Speedway in Western Colorado to compete in the third and fourth rounds of the 2013 championship. This weekend will test the strength and endurance of the drivers in the four Stock Moto and four TaG categories, as they face off against a challenging 9/10-mile course in the high altitude of the Rocky Mountains, all while keeping hydrated under the extreme temperatures that are forecasted for the weekend. The cash purse has been set at $5,000 for the weekend, with the two headline categories – S1 Pro Stock Moto and TaG Senior – competing for $1,750 each, while  S2 Semi-Pro and TaG Cadet will be racing for a nice cool $1,000 to the podium finishes after reaching the 30-entry mark.

EKN will be onsite throughout the weekend, providing the ‘Trackside Live’ coverage for those unable to attend. Rob Howden – publisher of EKN and the official voice of SKUSA – will provide the race call all weekend, streamed to your laptop or mobile devices at www.eknclassic.com/live . Be sure to follow the Official Discussion Thread for updates, including on Facebook and Twitter along with Instagram.

Defending champ Fritz Leesmann will look to extend his point lead in Grand Junction (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Defending champ Fritz Leesmann will look to extend his point lead in Grand Junction
(Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

S1 Pro Stock Moto

The top shifterkart drivers will once again do battle for $1,750 in cash in Grand Junction. The driver to leave the SpringNationals with the $1,000 top prize was defending champion Fritz Leesmann (PSL CRG/Diede Racing), placing runner-up in round one and scoring the victory in round two. He was bested on Saturday in Tucson by last year’s vice-champion Joey Wimsett (CRG-USA). Very similar to last year’s title run, the two exchanged victories in both the SpringNationals and SummerNationals. To see if they will repeat the same results this year is up to those chasing them. The top challenger currently is 2012 S2 Pro Tour champion Sabré Cook (CRG-USA). Her remarkable podium finishes in April during her S1 debut put the rookie in title contention, with a chance of victory looming this weekend as she takes welcomes the series to her home track.

Bill Musgrave (Musgrave Racing Company/Tony Kart) was another top rookie at the SpringNationals, as the 2012 SuperNationals S2 winner was quick, but just unable to break onto the podium. 2011 S1 Pro Tour champion Daniel Bray (Aluminos) returns from New Zealand back to the states, looking to make a solid debut on the new Aluminos chassis manufactured by GP Karts. MSquared Karting’s Mike Beeny (Tony Kart) and Tyler Bennett (Tony Kart) were impressive at the recent Rocky Mountain ProKart Challenge event two weeks ago, and their speed could translate into some podium finishes.

S1 Provisional Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis City State Country
1 Fritz Leesmann PSL CRG / Diede Racing CRG Elk Grove CA USA
2 Joey Wimsett CRG-USA CRG Beavercreek OR USA
3 Daniel Bray Aluminos Aluminos Howick Auckland NZL
15b Alec Gumpfer Pure Karting Tony Kart Kula HI USA
25u Mike Beeny MSquared Karting Tony Kart Sandy UT USA
44j Josh Lane DRT Racing DR Algonquin IL USA
51y Daniel Langon Pickett Karting / Muscle Milk CRG Alamo CA USA
101x Jimmy McNeil CRG-USA CRG Visalia CA USA
105d Cory Milne Aluminos CRG Broomfield CO USA
124u Tyler Bennett MSquared Karting Tony Kart Farmington UT USA
132u Keenan Schmitke Unser Racing Kosmic Riverton UT USA
141b Lloyd Mack Jr. Musgrave Racing Company CRG Beaumont CA JAM
317d Sabre' Cook CRG-USA CRG Grand Junction CO USA
322c Billy Musgrave Musgrave Racing Company Tony Kart Norco CA USA
324d Christian Bird CB Motorsports GP Grand Junction CO FIN
Double SpringNats winner Andrew Zimmer is looking to extend his win streak against a stout TaG Senior field (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Double SpringNats winner Andrew Zimmer is looking to extend his win streak against a stout TaG Senior field
(Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

TaG Senior

Among those classes increasing the driver count is the TaG Senior division, reaching the 40-mark for the Grand Junction event. Despite a double winner at the SpringNationals, the point chase is very close with the top-five within 100 points of each other heading into the weekend. Andrew Zimmer made his ART GP America and Pro Tour debut in Tucson, and left a double winner along with a $1,000 check. The Washington driver is set to continue his win streak in Grand Junction, and add to his 50 point advantage in the standings. Young gun Jonathan May (Ryan Perry Motorsports/FA Kart) is second after his performance at the SpringNationals, placing fourth and third in the main events.

Joining them in the fight is a group of veterans – including Matt Johnson (Buddy Rice Karting/Energy), current #1 EKN TaG driver Louie Pagano (Dave’s Performance Karting/Birel) and Travis Lowe (Nash Motorsports/Kosmic). Johnson and Pagano both stood on the podium Saturday, with Lowe recordings some fast lap bonus points but unable to translate that into a podium run either day.

The big news to back up added drivers for the SummerNationals is the return of veteran David Jurca and SuperNationals winner Nick Neri. Jurca, a longtime top dog in the shifter and direct drive days of the late 1990s and early 2000s, is making his Pro Tour debut in TaG Senior. The Italian Motors USA/Italkart driver won the 2005 edition of the SuperNationals at Sam Boyd Stadium, and knows exactly how to wheel a kart. Neri won the 2011 S2 SuperNationals event in his event debut, and will now have a hand at TaG Senior on the Pro Tour. The multi-time Rotax Grand Nationals champion will join the Phil Giebler Racing stable, visiting Grand Junction for the first time. With 40 in the field, a number of drivers could find the right set-up and avoid the bad luck to rise up and stand on the podium Saturday or Sunday. And as the weekend goes, those contenders will stand out.

TaG Senior Provisional Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Engine City State Country
2 Remo Ruscitti Italian Motors USA / Italkart USA Italkart Leopard Burnaby BC CAN
00t Mason Chelootz Top Kart USA / Grand Products Top Kart Motori 7 Houston TX USA
10n Jacob Donald KartSport North America Arrow Leopard Jeannette PA USA
15x Andrew Wiener ART GP America ART GP Rotax Spring Valley CA USA
15y Austin Dement Phil Giebler Racing FA Kart Leopard Reno NV USA
16e Mason Daughters Phil Giebler Racing FA Kart Rotax Polo MO USA
17f Nick Neri Phil Giebler Racing FA Kart Leopard Palmetto FL USA
19x Chris Cricca ART GP America ART GP Leopard Simi Valley CA USA
23d Will Owen KartSport North America FA Kart Leopard Castle Rock CO USA
25o Nick Martin Russell Karting Specialties Parolin Leopard Overland Park KS USA
30j Jacob Knueven KartSport North America Arrow Leopard Sunman IN USA
34r Emily Maddison Phil Giebler Racing FA Kart Rotax Calgary AB CAN
40b Tyler Coffman Bakersfield Kart Specialties Tony Kart Leopard Bakersfield CA USA
41o Wyatt Maness FBN Racing Birel Leopard Tulsa OK USA
42j Derek Dignan KartSport North America FA Kart Rotax Rochester Hills MI USA
44x Matt England Top Kart USA / Grand Products Top Kart Leopard Phoenix AZ USA
55a Andres Ceballos ART GP America ART GP Leopard Santa Ana CA COL
60c Jake Craig ART GP America ART GP Leopard Mission Viejo CA USA
63x Travis Lowe Nash Motorsportz Kosmic Leopard Pasadena CA USA
68j TJ Koyen DB Motorsports Exprit Leopard Sun Prairie WI USA
72y Tazio Ottis Buddy Rice Karting Energy Rotax Berkeley CA USA
73z Andrew Zimmer ART GP America ART GP Leopard Tigard OR USA
78y Austin Elliott Top Kart USA / Grand Products Top Kart Rotax Shingle Springs CA USA
82c Carlee Taylor 2Wild Karting Tony Kart Leopard Yucaipa CA USA
88a Juan Manuel Jimenez ART GP America ART GP Leopard Santa Ana CA COL
88d Jason Dempster Unser Racing SodiKart Leopard Highlands Ranch CO USA
91n Trent Walko DB Motorsports Exprit Leopard Trafford PA USA
91o Luke Waller Champion Racing Intrepid Leopard Owasso OK USA
92a Andre Nicastro Italian Motors USA / Italkart USA Italkart Leopard Sumas WA BRA
97r Jamie McAllister Italian Motors USA / Italkart USA Italkart Leopard Vancouver BC CAN
126c Alejo Fernandez Buddy Rice Karting Energy Leopard San Bernardino CA USA
181y Ryan Sisemore Iron Rock Motorsports Kosmic Leopard Rocklin CA USA
192z David Jurca Italian Motors USA / Italkart USA Italkart Leopard Seattle WA AUT
197x Jonathan May Ryan Perry Motorsports FA Kart Leopard San Marcos CA USA
218z Marco Eakins ART GP America ART GP Leopard Beaverton OR USA
255y Jess Peterson Leading Edge Motorsports Praga Rotax Sparks NV USA
305z Parker McKean Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Leopard Gig Harbor WA USA
355c Louie Pagano Dave's Performance Karting Birel Rotax Camarillo CA USA
412y Matt Johnson Buddy Rice Karting Energy Leopard Las Vegas NV USA
777k Gino Alfonso-Macauley Mike Manning Karting CRG Leopard North Hollywood CA USA
Garrett Boone enters the SummerNats leading the S2 standings (Photo: TexasProKartChallenge.com)

Garrett Boone enters the SummerNats leading the S2 standings
(Photo: TexasProKartChallenge.com)

S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto

SpringNationals weekend was thrilling to watch when the S2 Semi-Pro division hit the track. Now with 36 drivers, the excitement level could be raised even higher. The top two leaving Tucson at the top of the point chase was Texas drivers Garrett Boone and Ryan Kinnear. Both have raced each other for a number of years now, each with their own path to this point in their career. Boone (3G Kart Racing/Birel) ran second and first in Tucson to hold the point lead entering the SummerNationals. Kinnear (Champion Racing/Intrepid) ran third and second in April, and earned a victory just a few weeks ago at the Rocky Mountain PKC event at Grand Junction.

Pure Karting’s Augie Lerch (Tony Kart) was quick both days at his home track back in April. The Tony Kart driver won Saturday and crossed the line first Sunday but had the win taken away following an on-track altercation. He’s motivated to put it behind him and power to more victories. Like Kinnear, Lerch was among the quickest on the RMPKC weekend. On the reverse, Christian Schureman will own home field advantage this weekend. The CRG-USA driver is third in the standings, and was among the contenders at the SpringNationals. A winner at the 2012 SummerNationals in Utah, he could repeat and place himself as a title contender heading to the SuperNationals. S2 rookie Axel Matus (GP Texas USA) was quick back in April, placing fourth in round one but recorded a DNF on Sunday.

S2 Provisional Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis City State Country
3 Cody Diede PSL CRG / Diede Racing CRG Lodi CA USA
2m Andres Orozco GP Texas USA GP Tyler TX MEX
3t Ryan Kinnear Champion Racing Intrepid Richmond TX GBR
7m Axel Matus GP Texas USA GP Zapopan Jalisco MEX
9m Mariana Ramirez Leading Edge Motorsports OK1 Coyacán DF MEX
10c Alan Michel Pure Karting Tony Kart Gilbert AZ USA
11d Ryan Rudolph Billet Performance Karting CRG Denver CO USA
11t Ryan Belanger 3G Kart Racing / Team Burger King Birel Spring TX USA
12k Augie Lerch Pure Karting Tony Kart Tucson AZ USA
13t Miguel Lopez GP Texas USA GP Tyler TX USA
15t Connor Wagner Phil Giebler Racing FA Kart Flower Mound TX USA
17d Christian Schureman CRG-USA CRG Golden CO USA
18j Ryan Lankenau CRG-USA CRG Warrenville IL USA
20t Luke Shanahan MJDrive Arrow Dallas TX USA
21y Luis Tyrrell Snow Racing Energy Brisbane CA USA
25t Jerry Rhodes CRG-USA / RPM Motorsports CRG Bellville TX USA
36y Hunter Pickett Pickett Karting / Muscle Milk GP Alamo CA USA
47d Tase Flores CRG-USA CRG Denver CO USA
51h Jenna Grillo DB Motorsports / Riverlake Racing Exprit Lakeville MN USA
55d Ben Schermerhorn Kartsport North America FA Kart Highlands Ranch CO USA
66f Don Whittington Pure Karting Tony Kart Fort Lauderdale FL USA
73c Micah Hendricks Innovative Karting Intrepid Glendale AZ USA
82z Kory Estell Rolison Performance Group CRG Kirkland WA USA
88x Kolton Griffin Pure Karting Tony Kart Anthem AZ USA
95s Zach Herrin CRG-USA CRG Dublin GA USA
96z Dalton Egger Pat's Acres Tony Kart Canby OR USA
99r Kyoichi Tsutsui Team VemmeKart / Extreme Karting Vemme Calgary AB CAN
100t Garrett Boone 3G Kart Racing / Team Burger King Birel Houston TX USA
111y Joshua De Losier Acceleration Karting CRG Las Vegas NV USA
177y Curtis Paul Jr. Aluminos Tony Kart Stockton CA USA
199d Austin Schimmel Aluminos GP Colorado Springs CO USA
221d Lindsay Brewer CRG-USA CRG Arvada CO USA
246d Mianna Wick DRT Racing DR Delta CO USA
441y Troy Diede PSL CRG / Diede Racing CRG Lodi CA USA
526o Tyler Fling Champion Racing Intrepid Edmond OK USA
727t Sky Finley DRT Racing / Pole Position Raceway DR Frisco TX USA
Jordon Musser lead the S4 field the entire SpringNats (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Jordon Musser lead the S4 field the entire SpringNats
(Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

S4 Master Stock Moto

Just short of the 30-driver mark, the S4 Master Stock Moto category still holds a solid driver roster for the SummerNationals. It was nothing but dominance for Jordon Musser in Tucson as he swept the event to secure two victories and the championship lead. The 3G Kart Racing/Birel driver has multiple national titles in Rotax competition, but never a title in Superkarts! USA competition. With a near 200-point advantage, wins are not needed, but top-five finishes are a must.

Behind him, four drivers are in a near deadlock for the lead role as top challenger to cut into Musser’s lead. Willy Musgrave (Musgrave Racing Company/Tony Kart) currently holds that role, coming off a runner-up in round two. DRT Racing’s Brian Fisher (DR Kart) began the weekend off the pace with issues, but rebounded to stand on the podium Sunday. He swept the weekend for the Rocky Mountain PKC event, and is primed to contend against the Pro Tour field once again. SoCal driver Robert Marks (CRG-USA) drove to top-five finishes. Curtis Cooksey (Acceleration Karting/CRG) on Saturday was runner-up, but contact in the main event on Sunday hurt his standings in the point chase. Defending champion Eddie Olpin (Powers World Racing/Kosmic) was top-10 in the SpringNationals, but just did not show the speed he had in 2012.

S4 Provisional Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis City State Country
1 Eddie Olpin Powers World Racing Kosmic Pleasant Grove UT USA
3 Jordon Musser 3G Kart Racing / Team Burger King Birel Coppell TX USA
00f Tim Ulmen CRG-USA / Homestead Karting CRG Miami FL USA
2c PP Mastro Italcorse America Italcorse Bakersfield CA USA
2t Steve McCaffery CRG-USA / RPM Motorsports CRG Katy TX GBR
10u Scott Allen CRG-USA CRG Mills WY USA
22d Jet Davis CRG-USA CRG Glenwood Springs CO USA
33d David Conyers Ruthless Karting KGB Golden CO USA
37d Rob Van Deren CRG-USA CRG Steamboat Springs CO USA
41t Mike Smith Texas Karts CRG San Antonio TX USA
41y Curtis Cooksey Acceleration Karting CRG Las Vegas NV USA
42u Ryan Pool MSquared Karting Tony Kart South Jordan UT USA
61x Chris Fosso Pure Karting / Scottsdale Ferrari Tony Kart Glendale AZ USA
65j Lance Lane DRT Racing DR Algonquin IL USA
66c Nick Firestone Pure Karting Tony Kart Paradise Valley AZ USA
71r Don McGregor Italian Motors USA / Italkart USA Italkart Langley BC CAN
88y Kassy Loving Aluminos Italkart Campbell CA USA
90g Brian Fisher DRT Racing DR Gray TN USA
98y Jim Kidd Cameron Karting CRG Campbell CA JAM
102x Darrell Tunnell CRG-USA CRG Visalia CA USA
103x Robert Marks CRG-USA CRG Visalia CA USA
121y Mike Sullivan Acceleration Karting CRG Las Vegas NV USA
175t Chris Jennings DRT Racing / Pole Position Raceway DR Sachse TX USA
249u Justin Peck MSquared Karting Tony Kart Riverton UT USA
422c Willy Musgrave Musgrave Racing Company Tony Kart Norco CA USA
823m Victor Jimenez CRG-USA CRG San Diego CA MEX
TaG Master has Scott Falcone as the championship leader, coming off a victory in Tucson (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

TaG Master has Scott Falcone as the championship leader, coming off a victory in Tucson
(Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

TaG Master

The fight at the SpringNationals was a battle between two drivers – Scott Falcone and Paul Bonilla – the same two who finished 1-2 in 2012. Round one was stellar day for Falcone (KartSport North America/Arrow), as he led from the opening heat race to the end of the main event. Bonilla challenge Falcone the following day, and came away with the victory to even up in the win column. Falcone however has the advantage in the title chase, leading by 55 points. Bonilla enters the event, piloting a different chassis working with the Velocity Karting outfit aboard a Italkart.

Italian native Mirko Mizzoni (Italcorse America) enters the SummerNationals third in the title chase after a best finish of third in round one. He doubled up in the win column at the Rocky Mountain PKC event two weeks ago, putting him on level ground with those who are already familiar with the Grand Junction circuit. 2011 champion Brian McHattie (DB Motorsports/Exprit) had an up-and-down weekend in Tucson, coming away with a great drive to a podium on Sunday. A winner in Colorado during his championship run, McHattie is among the contenders this weekend. Anthony Honeywell (DB Motorsports/Tony Kart) was solid in his Pro Tour debut in Tucson, looking for more in his first visit to Colorado. Russell Karting Specialties/Parolin teammates Chuck Gafrarar and Jim Russell Jr. are looking to bounce back from a challenge SpringNats.

TaG Master Provisional Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Engine City State Country
1 Paul Bonilla Velocity Karting Italkart Vortex ROK TT Cypress CA USA
2 Scott Falcone KartSport North America Arrow Rotax Lone Tree CO USA
3 Chuck Gafrarar Russell Karting Specialties Parolin Leopard Midland NC USA
00d Hugh Templeman CRG-USA CRG Rotax Basalt CO AUS
4f Brent Lyman Russell Karting Specialties Parolin Leopard Ocala FL USA
16y Federico Aquini Italcorse America Italcorse Motori 7 Henderson NV ITA
21e Jim Russell Jr. Russell Karting Specialties Parolin Leopard Raymore MO USA
27q Don Guilbeault DRT Racing DR Leopard Hudson NH USA
45r Ron Hyde Italian Motors USA / Italkart USA Italkart Leopard Victoria BC CAN
49y Ethan Wilson Phil Giebler Racing FA Kart Vortex ROK TT Campbell CA USA
54c Steve Wiener ART GP America ART GP Vortex ROK TT Spring Valley CA USA
69r Dave Kunicki Team VemmeKart / Extreme Karting Vemme Rotax Surrey BC CAN
76o Anthony Honeywell DB Motorsports Tony Kart Vortex ROK TT Tulsa OK USA
93j Brian McHattie DB Motorsports Exprit Vortex ROK TT Youngstown OH USA
96b Harin de Silva Buddy Rice Karting Energy Rotax Palos Verdes Estates CA LKA
127y Mirko Mizzoni Italcorse America Italcorse Motori 7 Henderson NV ITA
492o Gary Butler Champion Racing Intrepid Vortex ROK TT Oklahoma City OK USA
696d Scott Berryman Billet Performance Karting Arrow Rotax Boulder CO USA
Round one winner  Carter Williams enters Colorado as the S5 championship leader (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Round one winner Carter Williams enters Colorado as the S5 championship leader
(Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

S5 Junior Stock Moto

The S5 Junior Stock Moto has certainly gained support throughout the west coast and is continuing to grow nation wide. Another 16-driver field will do battle at the SummerNationals, with everyone chasing Carter Williams and Jarred Campbell. The two drivers split the victories at the SpringNationals, with Williams (Phil Giebler Racing/FA Kart) earning the most points combining both rounds. Campbell (Leading Edge Motorsports/Intrepid) appeared to find a blistering set-up to close out the weekend in Tucson with a win, but trails by 55 points.

Defending champion Jim McKinney (Ruthless Karting/KGB) could not match the pace of the top two in April, but showed speed at the Rocky Mountain PKC event earlier this month, scoring two wins. Mexican driver Raul Guzman (GP Texas USA) fought his way up the order to place inside the top-four both days, including a podium finish. He along with others may have a shot to contend for victories.

S5 Provisional Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis City State Country
1 Jim McKinney Ruthless Karting KGB Chandler AZ USA
3 Carter Williams Phil Giebler Racing FA Kart Clovis CA USA
7m Raul Guzman GP Texas USA GP Guadalajara Jalisco MEX
17o Jesse Woodyard Champion Racing Intrepid McLoud OK USA
24t Graig Alvarez Jr. 3G Kart Racing / Team Burger King Birel Bellaire TX USA
27e Max Nufer Team Sydwaz Racing Tony Kart Wildwood MO USA
28t Grant Dawlett GP Texas USA GP Austin TX USA
29t Pierce Dawlett GP Texas USA GP Austin TX USA
42m Salvador de Alba MVR CRG Guadalajara Jalisco MEX
58d Evan Roshak CRG-USA CRG Arvada CO USA
63y Saundra Kirby Musgrave Racing Company Intrepid Las Vegas NV USA
74m Manuel Vazquez APEK CRG Guadalajara Jalisco MEX
91h Erik Nelson DB Motorsports / Riverlake Racing Kosmic Stillwater MN USA
103y Jarred Campbell Leading Edge Motorsports Intrepid West Sacramento CA USA
168t Jacob Loomis CRG-USA CRG Corinth TX USA
186y Roy Fulmer IV Energy Corse America Energy Placerville CA USA
Austin Versteeg is the current point leader in TaG Junior (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Austin Versteeg is the current point leader in TaG Junior
(Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

TaG Junior

Victory is sweet, but consistency can bring you a championship. Utah driver Austin Versteeg is the current point leader, and steady results put him in that position. He currently holds a 29 point advantage heading into the SummerNationals. His weekend will be much different, as it is rumored that he is moving away from the CRG-USA stable and joining the Rolison Performance Group outfit. The added twist, the second and third place drivers in the chase are under the RPG tent. Defending champion Luke Selliken (Kosmic) and Blaine Rocha (Kosmic) scored victories at the SpringNationals, but each had their own hiccup that cost them points in the title chase.

Another former teammate – Davey Manthei Jr. – clawed his way up to runner-up and fourth in the two feature races and is set to perform even better in his KartSport North America/Arrow entry. SKUSA #2 plate holder Carter Williams (Phil Giebler Racing/FA Kart) will continue his double-duty role, entering the event fifth in the standings for TaG Junior. One driver of note was Canadian Kale Kunicki, who won both feature races at the Rocky Mountain PKC event two weeks ago aboard his Team Vemme Kart/Extreme Karting entry. This weekend will also mark the return of Colton Herta, a two-time Pro Tour TaG Cadet champion. He will be competing with the ART GP America operation that continues to expand their driver roster. Another debut will be that of 2012 TaG Cadet SuperNationals winner Anthony Gangi Jr., making his inaugural TaG Junior start aboard his GT7 Motorsports/Tony Kart.

TaG Junior Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis City State Country
1 Luke Selliken Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Portland OR USA
2 Carter Williams Phil Giebler Racing FA Kart Clovis CA USA
07n Anthony Gangi Jr. GT7 Motorsports Tony Kart Brookville NY USA
14t Colin Russell Iron Rock Motorsports Kosmic New Braunfels TX USA
18u Walker Hess MSquared Karting Tony Kart Park City UT USA
26c Colton Herta ART GP America ART GP Valencia CA USA
34c Christian Brooks Nash Motorsportz ART GP Santa Clarita CA USA
42z Davey Manthei Jr. KartSport North America Arrow Pasco WA USA
51z Jake Preston Phil Giebler Racing FA Kart Renton WA USA
63u McKay Snow Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Pleasant Grove UT USA
67r Kale Kunicki Team VemmeKart / Extreme Karting Vemme Surrey BC CAN
77u Austin Versteeg CRG-USA CRG Sandy UT USA
81c Justice Lepe Nash Motorsportz Tony Kart Bonita CA USA
83c Nick Ramirez Top Kart USA / Grand Products Top Kart Riverside CA USA
88j Emerson Reed Top Kart USA / Grand Products Top Kart Mason OH USA
95a Yurik Carvalho Italian Motors USA / Italkart USA Italkart Sumas WA BRA
98y Phillippe Denes ART GP America ART GP Carmel CA USA
106c Anthony Sawyer Top Kart Los Angeles CA USA
111x Thomas Boost Tony Kart Arcadia CA USA
124y Cole Davis Snow Racing Energy Folsom CA USA
209y Blaine Rocha Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Oakdale CA USA
324x Noah Grey Phil Giebler Racing FA Kart Dana Point CA USA
Chase Farley was a double winner in TaG Cadet at the SpringNats (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Chase Farley was a double winner in TaG Cadet at the SpringNats
(Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

TaG Cadet

With school out and the summertime here, the kids are coming to play in Grand Junction. Thirty-five drivers pre-registered, nearly reaching the 40-kart cap set in for the Pro Tour SummerNationals and making it eligible for the $1,000 weekend purse. Taking home the $500 check from the SpringNationals was Chase Farley (Energy Corse America). He took home the victory both days and leads the championship chase by just over 200 points. The work is cut out for the rest of the field to end his momentum if they want a chance at the title come SuperNationals time. Jackson Logsdon (Pure Karting/Tony Kart) is second in the standings, with Trenton Sparks (Phil Giebler Racing/FA Kart), Myles Farhan (Team Motul/DR Kart) and Jagger Jones (Pure Karting/Tony Kart) making up the leaders in the challenger role. Should any of them have a weekend like Farley did, it could set up a great run toward the championship. With the large field, there will be a number of contenders, including some names from the east coast, such as Dylan Tavella (GT7 Motorsports/Tony Kart), Sam Paley (PCR) and Max Kaeser (PCR).

TaG Cadet Provisional Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis City State Country
1 Hunter Kelly Kelly Racing Tecno Kart Elk Grove CA USA
0d Noah Walter Unser Racing SodiKart Brighton CO USA
1e Nick Nufer Team Sydwaz Racing Tony Kart Wildwood MO USA
12y Oliver Calvo Snow Racing Tony Kart Stockton CA USA
14n Dylan Tavella GT7 Motorsports Tony Kart Massapequa NY USA
16c Gary Lyles Buddy Rice Karting Tony Kart Bakersfield CA USA
17c Ryan Schartau Fleming Racing Engines Top Kart Montclair CA USA
21y Dezel West Buddy Rice Karting Nevoso BA-1 Henderson NV USA
26g Sam Paley North Star Karting PCR Hebron KY USA
28b Trey Brown Tony Kart Lemon Grove CA USA
2d Derek Deslauriers Karting Coach Energy Littleton CO USA
32b Trenton Sparks Phil Giebler Racing FA Kart Bakersfield CA USA
33x Sebastian Davis Ruthless Karting KGB Phoenix AZ USA
3d Tristin MacLeod CRG-USA CRG Grand Junction CO USA
44x Dante Yu Buddy Rice Karting Tony Kart El Monte CA USA
49c Jonathan Shone PKS Kart Supplies Top Kart Fontana CA USA
50y Tomas Mejia PKS Kart Supplies Top Kart Danville CA USA
52z Jonathon Portz Pure Karting Exprit Corvallis OR USA
55j Max Kaeser North Star Karting PCR Cincinnati OH USA
65t Ryan P. Lewis GP Texas USA Tony Kart Lufkin TX USA
73c Anthony Willis Nash Motorsportz DR Peoria AZ USA
81u Payton Durrant MRP Motorsports Birel Lehi UT USA
82x Ka Po Yu Buddy Rice Karting Tony Kart El Monte CA CHN
98x Jagger Jones Pure Karting Tony Kart Scottsdale AZ USA
99c Jackson Logsdon Pure Karting Tony Kart Scottsdale AZ USA
100y Chase Farley Energy Corse America Energy Walnut Creek CA USA
108c Jace Denmark-Gessel Pure Karting Tony Kart Phoenix AZ USA
110z Edward Portz Pure Karting Exprit Corvallis OR USA
122d Cody Dempster Unser Racing Kosmic Parker CO USA
129t Pierce Dawlett GP Texas USA GP Austin TX USA
177d Liam Letzsch GP Arizona GP Golden CO USA
198x Jace Jones Pure Karting Tony Kart Scottsdale AZ USA
316z Sting Ray Robb Rolison Performance Group Tony Kart Ontario OR USA
525t Jak Crawford 3G Kart Racing / Team Burger King Birel The Woodlands TX USA
981x Myles Farhan Team Motul DR Upland CA USA

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