EKN Trackside: SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals – Preview

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

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

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
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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

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

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
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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

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

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

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

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
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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

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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