EKN Exclusive: SKUSA SuperNationals XVII – Preview Program – S2

2013 is Ryan Kinnear’s year to shine in Sin City

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eKartingNews.com, the official online media partner of Superkarts! USA, is proud to present the SKUSA SuperNationals XVII Preview Program. Over the coming days leading up to the November 20-24 event, EKN will preview each of the 11 categories that will close out the 2013 SKUSA Pro Tour while competing for a share of the prize package, worth well over $100,000.

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S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto

In many ways, racing is just as much about climbing the ladder as anything else. Once you get into one level of the sport, you’ll start looking at the next plateau. SKUSA has developed its own internal ladder system and the final step before reaching the top in the Stock Moto program is the highly competitive S2 Semi-Pro category. The S2 class is home to all those with the need to bang gears and who have the dreams of one day racing with the SKUSA elite.  Running in S2, dozens of S1 hopefuls will make the best case that they can to bring to SKUSA brass, proving that they belong in the Pro class for the following year. That said, only a select few will make the jump each year, and for 2014, the class is deep and large.

Ryan Kinnear is gunning for victory and championship in S2 this time in Vegas (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Ryan Kinnear is gunning for victory and championship in S2 this time in Vegas (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

The S2 class made history at last year’s SuperNationals when it welcomed the first female Pro Tour champion in SKUSA competition. Colorado’s Sabre Cook led not only the opening laps of the S2 main event last year, but she left with a Pro Tour championship, the nod to go to S1, and seemingly hundreds of new fans. The driver who bested Cook on-track was Southern California’s Billy Musgrave. The two-wheel transplant was impressive throughout 2012 – especially in Las Vegas – and also earned his ticket to the S1 Pro class. Ryan Kinnear made noise last year after driving from middle of the pack to an impressive third place finish. Canadian Scott Hargrove ran near the front throughout the entire weekend before ultimately settling for a fourth place finish. Alec Gumpfer rounded out the S2 top-five when the checkers fell.

Of all the top-five finishers from last year’s S2 class, only one will be returning to the SuperNats as an S2 competitor, as the remainder of them made the jump to S1. Kinnear (Intrepid) enters the final round of the Pro Tour with a very slim point lead in the SKUSA Pro Tour over Christian Schureman (CRG), and will be looking to finish up his S2 career in style. Kinnear recently locked up his first regional title, as he reigned supreme over the S2 class in the Texas ProKart Challenge. Schureman narrowly missed out on standing on the podium both days at the SummerNationals where he posted back-to-back fourth place finishes. Coupled with a top-five in Tucson back in April, Schureman is more than capable of taking the championship from Kinnear in Vegas. Texan Garrett Boone (Birel) came out of the gate swinging at the SpringNationals. Boone drove to a second place finish at round one, and then scored the win in round two. Boone currently sits third in Pro Tour points and is hot on both Kinnear and Schureman’s heels. Sitting fourth and fifth in the S2 championship fight heading for Sin city are the Brothers Diede (CRG). Cody and Troy both had impressive weekends at the SummerNats, which saw Cody victorious on Saturday, while Troy ran second both days. Augie Lerch (Tony Kart) sits sixth in the points tally thanks to a clean sweep of the first round of the Pro Tour in his home state of Arizona.

Podium Predictions: Seeing as how the theme of the host city is focused on gambling, one would be hard pressed to find a “sure bet” to stand on top of this year’s S2 podium. Texas ProKart Challenge champion and current point leader Ryan Kinnear has proved how fast he can get around the parking lot of the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino. Kinnear drove from 15th to the top-five by lap six en route to his third place finish. Schureman will not be beat out this year for lack of testing prior to the fall classic. Schureman has joined up with his CRG-USA teammates at several club races on the other side of the state in Colorado, as well as heading anywhere and everywhere to race. Schureman has prepared tirelessly for the biggest race of his young career. Boone is more than a threat after showing his speed early in Arizona, and the Texan is poised to make a run for the podium. Fellow Texan and current California ProKart Challenge S2 champion Connor Wagner (FA Kart) is another potential threat to the top-five. Augie Lerch is a driver to keep an eye on no matter the series or track the race is taking place at.

Wildcards:  The only thing certain in the S2 class is that the race will be action packed. Other than that, all bets are off the table. Texas ProKart Challenge fourth place finisher Luke Shanahan will look to shake things up in Vegas. Shanahan drove to a season high second place finish at round five of the TPKC.  A number of drivers will make their SuperNationals debut this year as well, having just jumped into the shifter kart arena.  Tony Kart pilots AJ Myers and Oliver Askew run with Ocala Grand Prix, and the Florida track team has embraced recently the Stock Moto program and is putting their top drivers on gearbox.  This could blow things wide open. Meyers made noise over the summer in Rotax events as an independent driver, and has taken well to his S2 kart. Askew is another Rotax racer making his S2 debut in Vegas next week. Askew will contest the SuperNationals just days after competing as part of Team USA in the first ever U.S hosted Rotax Grand Finals. Don Whittington (Tony Kart) and Josh DeLosier (Kosmic) will also be on hand to keep everyone honest, as they look to crack the top-10.

Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis State Country
2m Andres Orozco GP Texas USA GP TX MEX
3 Cody Diede PSL CRG / Diede Racing CRG CA USA
3t Ryan Kinnear Champion Racing Intrepid TX GBR
4m Fernando Casillas Jr. Casillas Racing Tony Kart CA MEX
07n Jakub Karwowski Tony Kart POL
7m Axel Matus GP Texas USA GP Jalisco MEX
9m Mariana Ramirez Leading Edge Motorsports OK1 DF MEX
10c Alan Michel Pure Karting Tony Kart AZ MEX
12k Augie Lerch Pure Karting Tony Kart AZ USA
13t Miguel Lopez GP Texas USA GP TX USA
15t Connor Wagner Phil Giebler Racing FA Kart TX USA
15y Will Preston Aluminos Aluminos CA USA
16 Loris Ronzano GP Texas USA GP PC ITA
17b Vivek Tandon Kimball Williams Racing CRG CA USA
17d Christian Schureman CRG-USA CRG CO USA
19nz Jordan Morris Aluminos Aluminos NZL
20t Luke Shanahan MJDrive Arrow TX USA
21y Luis Tyrrell Snow Racing Energy CA USA
23c Gilberto Munoz Tony Kart USA
25t Jerry Rhodes CRG-USA / RPM Motorsports CRG TX USA
26u Alex Yates MSquared Karting Tony Kart UT USA
28 AJ Myers Tony Kart FL USA
32 Robert Bujdoso Checkered Motorsports PCR OH USA
36y Hunter Pickett Muscle Milk / Pickett Karting GP CA USA
38d Jack Bradley FA Kart CO USA
47d Tase Flores CRG-USA CRG CO USA
51h Jenna Grillo DB Motorsports / Riverlake Racing Exprit MN USA
54 Nick Boulle Screaming Talent Comeback FA Kart TX USA
54m David Reyes CRG MEX
55d Ben Schermerhorn Kartsport North America FA Kart CO USA
65o Bryce Cornet Champion Racing Intrepid OK USA
66f Don Whittington Pure Karting Tony Kart FL USA
71a Bryan Hassell Kosmic FL ABW
73c Micah Hendricks Innovative Karting Intrepid AZ USA
79c Chandler Campbell Musgrave Racing Company (MRC) Tony Kart CA USA
81 Justin Walsh Intrepid USA
82z Kory Estell Rolison Performance Group (RPG) CRG WA USA
88x Kolton Griffin Pure Karting Tony Kart AZ USA
95s Zach Herrin CRG-USA CRG GA USA
117 Nerses Isaakyan Parolin RUS
316 Morgan Healey Ocala Gran Prix Tony Kart FL USA
338 Oliver Askew Ocala Gran Prix Tony Kart FL USA
511 Fauzi Dib Saad Tony Kart MEX
100t Garrett Boone 3G Kart Racing / Team Burger King Birel TX USA
111y Josh De Losier Acceleration Karting CRG NV USA
122q Cabot Bigham Keck Racing CRG MA USA
131y Paul Whiting CRG NV USA
171y Sean McDonald Infinity Kart Services Energy CA USA
175t Chris Jennings DRT Racing / Pole Position Raceway DR TX USA
177y Curtis Paul Jr. Aluminos Tony Kart CA USA
199d Austin Schimmel Aluminos GP CO USA
221d Lindsay Brewer CRG-USA CRG CO USA
313m Allan Cesarman Aluminos GP Guerrero MEX
400d Myles Marolt CRG-USA CRG CO USA
441y Troy Diede PSL CRG / Diede Racing CRG CA USA
526o Tyler Fling Champion Racing Intrepid OK USA
727t Sky Finley DRT Racing / Pole Position Raceway DR TX USA
727y Jack Freese Leading Edge Motorsports Intrepid CA USA

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