eKartingNews.com United States Rotax Driver Rankings – 2013 Final Standings – Masters Max

Ripslinger repeats as top driver in Masters

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The 2013 season has closed, and with that, come the annual final standings of the eKartingNews.com United States Rotax Driver Rankings. In cooperation with the MAXSpeed Group, EKN utilizes the USRMC National Point Standings program and combined with the ‘Driver Rankings’ system to formulate the top drivers from the season. Back in May, the program was outlined in a May 1 article with the system structure and the events to be included in the EKN US Rotax Driver Rankings.

The EKN United States Rotax Driver Rankings tabulates the best six results for each USRMC driver in each of the six Rotax categories, using a weighted point system that increases based on event participation. Now that the season is completed, EKN is happy to highlight the top-10 drivers in each category, while also recognizing the #1 driver in each class heading into the 2014 season.

Masters Max
The 2013 season was another successful one for many Masters drivers across the country. Many of the top drivers from USRMC programs contested the Rotax Grand Nationals this year at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina – as they all chased professional driver Max Papis to the checkered flag. Reviewing the US Rotax Driver Rankings, five return as members of the top-10 club, including last year’s top driver Scott Ripslinger. While the number of drivers dropped from a year ago, the gap between first and 10th shrunk by 29 points, showing just how competitive the Masters category is becoming year after year.

Scott Ripslinger1. Scott Ripslinger
Hometown: Sonoma, California
USRMC: Red Line Oil Karting
Points: 5532
Age:
38
Chassis:
Energy
Engine Service Center:
SwedeTech Racing Engines
Sponsors:
VRP, SCR Installers
Years Karting:
4
Favorite Track:
Simraceway Performance Karting Center (Reverse National)
2013 Accomplishments:
Back-to-back champion and Masters Driver of the Year for Sanzaru Games Northern California Rotax Challenge. Thank you to VRP (Diego Valverde) for another great year and SwedeTech for another amazing power plant.
2014 Goals:
Going for a third championship and to have even more fun. If things work out, a trip to the Rotax Summer Shootout.

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Red Line Oil (6/9) 1 925
Red Line Oil (7/14) 2 930
Red Line Oil (8/12) 1 922
Red Line Oil (9/22) 1 911
Red Line Oil (10/13) 1 919
Red Line Oil (11/3) 1 925

Chad Hartzell2. Chad Hartzell
Hometown: Granger, Indiana
USRMC: Jet Karting
Points: 5523
Born:
January 23, 1973
Chassis:
Birel R32
Engine Service Center:
MRP Motorsport / Tim Lobaugh
Sponsors:
Team Crumstown Racing / SLC Automotive
Years Karting:
15
Favorite Track:
Michiana Raceway Park
2013 Accomplishments:
Champion – Jet Karting @ MRP Masters Max (6 wins), driving 16 mistake-free laps with Kurt Fisher nailed to my bumper
2014 Goals:
Originally, I was going to take a break from racing. One week after I sold me karting equipment, I couldn’t resist the urge. I will be racing a non-wing Mini Sprint at Plymouth Speedway (Indiana) in 2014. My goal is to not embarrass myself. Thanks to Josh Koch for turning the wrenches the past 3 years.

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Jet Karting (4/7) 1 919
Jet Karting (4/21) 1 919
Jet Karting (5/19) 1 925
Jet Karting (7/6) 1 919
Jet Karting (8/12) 1 922
Jet Karting (8/25) 1 919

Salvatore Sparacio3. Salvo Sparacio
Hometown: Shamong, New Jersey
USRMC: Northeast
Points: 5515
Age: May 26, 1975
Chassis: CRG Road Rebel
Engine Service Center: Engine Services (Jim Hanson)
Sponsors: Thanks to my wife and kids for supporting me with karting.
Years Karting: 5
Favorite Track: New Jersey Motorsports Park
2013 Accomplishments: 1st – Compressed Air Equipment F1 Karting Championship, Top-10 US Rotax Grand Nationals
2014 Goals: To have fun with a strong group of competitors at my home track (F1NJ)

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
F1 (4/6) 2 916
Northeast (4/28) 1 925
F1 (6/22) 1 919
F1 (7/13) 1 917
F1 (8/25) 1 919
F1 (9/22) 1 919

Larry Hayashigawa4. Larry Hayashigawa
Hometown: Downey, California
USRMC: Tri-C Karters
Points: 5491
Age:
62
Chassis:
Tony Kart EVK
Engine Service Center:
Nash Motorsportz/Precision Engine Works
Sponsors:
None, but a special thanks to Seth Nash for chassis/driving help and Chris Freckleton for his motors
Years Karting:
12
Favorite Track:
Miller Motorsports Park
2013 Accomplishments:
Champion – Tri-C Karters Rotax Max Challenge Masters Max
2014 Goals:
Challenge of the Americas podium

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Tri-C (2/16) 2 924
Tri-C (5/11) 4 911
Tri-C (7/20) 5 893
Tri-C (9/21) 1 922
Tri-C (10/12) 1 922
Tri-C (11/9) 2 919

5. Dave Gildersleeve
Hometown: N/A
USRMC: Jet Karting
Points: 5489
Age: N/A
Chassis: N/A
Engine Service Center: N/A
Sponsors: N/A
Years Karting: N/A
Favorite Track: N/A
2013 Accomplishments: N/A
2014 Goals: N/A

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Jet Karting (4/7) 2 910
Jet Karting (5/19) 3 906
Jet Karting (6/9) 1 928
Jet Karting (7/7) 1 925
Jet Karting (8/11) 2 913
Jet Karting (9/15) 2 907

Chris McGinley6. Chris McGinley
Hometown: Sewell, New Jersey
USRMC: Compressed Air Equipment F1 Karting
Points: 5487
Age:
38
Chassis:
Kosmic
Engine Service Center
: Engine Services
Sponsors:
BTB Security, SKLTN Apparel
Years Karting:
5
Favorite Track:
F1 New Jersey
2013 Accomplishments:
2nd – Compressed Air Equipment F1 Karting Championship
2014 Goals:
Keep the shiny side up and obey the Pauli exclusion principle. I want to thank “Pop” Bonanno, JB, Jim Hanson, Kristian, all of my fellow racers that help keep this sport fun, Compressed Air Equipment, J3 Competition, and the 2013 F1NJ staff.

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
F1 (3/23) 1 917
Northeast (4/27) 1 919
F1 (6/22) 2 910
F1 (9/22) 2 910
F1 (10/26) 1 917
F1 (11/16) 1 914

Scott Roberts7. Scott Roberts
Hometown: Winter Park, Florida
USRMC:
North Florida
Points: 5485
Born:
September 18, 1971
Chassis:
Tony Kart
Engine Service Center:
Ocala Gran Prix
Sponsors:
ME
Years Karting:
4
Favorite Track:
GoPro Motorplex
2013 Accomplishments:
1st – Florida Karting Championship Series Rotax Masters, 1st – Florida Karting Championship Series TaG Master
2014 Goals:
Win Rotax Grand Nationals and have fun

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
North Florida (3/9) 1 919
North Florida (5/11) 1 922
North Florida (5/25) 1 917
North Florida (6/22) 1 917
North Florida (7/13) 2 905
North Florida (9/7) 2 905

Adam Pettit8. Adam Pettit
Hometown: Mullica Hill, New Jersey
USRMC:
Compressed Air Equipment F1 Karting
Points:
5481
Age:
33
Chassis:
DR Kart
Engine Service Center:
Legree Motorsports
Sponsors:
DRT Racing, Legree Motorsports, Compressed Air Equipment
Years Karting:
5
Favorite Track:
New Jersey Motorsports Park
2013 Accomplishments:
3rd – Compressed Air Equipment F1 Karting Championship Masters Max, Thank you to my wife and two beautiful kids for supporting and allowing me to do what I love doing.
2014 Goals:
Consistency

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
F1 (3/23) 2 908
F1 (4/6) 1 925
Northeast (4/28) 2 916
F1 (5/25) 1 922
F1 (6/22) 3 900
F1 (8/25) 2 910

Dayna Ward9. Dayna Ward
Hometown: Damascus, Oregon
USRMC: Can-Am Karting Challenge
Points: 5465
Age: 41
Chassis: Tony Kart
Engine Service Center: Don Holmboe at CMC
Sponsors: NW Commercial Heating
Years Karting: 7
Favorite Track: Any track where you can race safe, Greg Moore Raceway
2013 Accomplishments: Raced all Can-Am Karting Challenge races and finished every race. My best accomplishment was to be able to stand on the podium with my dad as he ended up in first place and I in second after some on track altercations at the third Can-am race of our series.
2014 Goals: Unfortunately, my wife passed away in a tragic motorcycle accident in August, leaving myself my stepson Artie Carpenter and all of our family and friends behind. We all however made it to the last can-am in September to celebrate her life and karting with friends and family. She will forever be loved by us all. We no longer have the funds to race a full season, but I wish all the racer a safe a fun year in all forms racing.

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Can-Am (5/19) 2 910
Can-Am (6/15) 1 914
Can-Am (6/16) 1 911
Can-Am (7/6) 1 908
Can-Am (9/21) 1 911
Can-Am (9/22) 1 911

Rob Maier10. Rob Maier
Hometown: Oakland, Florida
USRMC:
North Florida
Points: 5465
Age:
35
Chassis:
Tony Kart
Engine Service Center
: Ocala Gran Prix
Sponsors:
My beautiful wife
Years Karting:
5
Favorite Track:
Ocala Gran Prix
2013 Accomplishments:
2nd – North Florida Rotax Challenge Championship
2014 Goals:
1st place at US Rotax Grand Nationals

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
North Florida (3/9) 2 910
North Florida (5/11) 2 913
North Florida (5/25) 2 907
North Florida (6/22) 2 907
North Florida (7/13) 1 914
North Florida (9/7) 1 914

2013 United States Rotax Driver Rankings – Masters Max

Pos. Driver Races Score USRMC
1. Scott Ripslinger 8 5532 Red Line Oil Karting
2. Chad Hartzell 10 5523 Jet Karting
3. Salvo Sparacio 11 5515 Northeast
4. Larry Hayashigawa 8 5491 Tri-C Karters
5. Dave Gildersleeve 8 5489 Jet Karting
6. Chris McGinley 11 5487 Compressed Air Equipment F1 Karting
7. Scott Roberts 7 5485 North Florida
8. Adam Pettit 11 5481 Compressed Air Equipment F1 Karting
9. Dayna Ward 8 5465 Can-Am
10. Rob Maier 9 5465 North Florida
11. Todd Meyer 15 5453 NOLA
12. Tyler Brooks 7 5453 Tri-C Karters
13. James Dix 9 5449 Red Line Oil Karting
14. Mike Daniel 8 5446 Can-Am
15. David Killian 14 5440 NOLA
16. Jim Haubenschild 6 5440 Rotax of the Rockies
17. Dan Pingston 8 5433 North Florida
18. Mike Wilhelm 7 5432 Jet Karting
19. Antinio Sparcio 11 5429 Compressed Air Equipment F1 Karting
20. Jason Leslie 7 5429 GoPro Motorplex
21. Richard Fine 6 5415 Msquared Racing
22. Kurt Fisher 7 5410 Jet Karting
23. Jean-Paul Lanaux 9 5409 NOLA
24. John Breidinger 10 5400 Red Line Oil Karting
25. Steven Clark 8 5399 North Texas Karters
26. Jeffrey Clyde 11 5386 Compressed Air Equipment F1 Karting
27. David Pergande 6 5383 Burger King
28. Jace Crosby 8 5380 NOLA
29. Geoff Wise 6 5365 Red Line Oil Karting
30. Bob Olson 8 5352 Red Line Oil Karting
31. Henry Zajac 10 5349 Jet Karting
32. Russ Johnson 6 5349 Rotax of the Rockies
33. Dennis Ward 8 5345 Can-Am
34. Kelly Heil 7 5343 Red Line Oil Karting
35. Marshall Martin 8 5343 Jet Karting
36. Rene Tournillon 8 5343 NOLA
37. Scott Falcone 6 5340 Rotax of the Rockies
38. Dave Ahrens 6 5330 Jet Karting
39. Les Nanson 6 5297 Tri-C Karters
40. Michael Neopolitan 10 5296 Compressed Air Equipment F1 Karting
41. Dave Innes 6 5284 Rotax of the Rockies
42. Andy Seesemann 6 5270 Tri-C Karters
43. Jacob Zamora 6 5187 Tri-C Karters
44. Wright Hungus II 5 4528 Rotax of the Rockies
45. Jeff Smith 5 4518 Red Line Oil Karting
46. Stuart Lanza 5 4508 Powerade
47. Matt Busby 5 4477 NOLA
48. Scott Haase 5 4435 North Florida
49. Mike Manov 5 4399 Rotax of the Rockies
50. Billy Scott 5 4370 Red Line Oil Karting
51. Jim Sabiwas 5 4370 Jet Karting
52. Scott Downing 5 4351 Compressed Air Equipment F1 Karting
53. Zachary Rouse 4 3660 NOLA
54. Dean Boyd 4 3617 North Texas Karters
55. Rob Salthouse 4 3605 Bondurant
56. Chad Wallace 4 3575 Can-Am
57. Kevin Woods 4 3504 Red Line Oil Karting
58. Richard Hensley 4 3481 Rotax of the Rockies
59. Jonathan Brown 3 2719 Portland Karting Association
60. Paul Kandris 3 2709 Pudget Sound
61. Corey Mitchell 3 2707 Can-Am
62. Jay Hess 3 2676 Msquared Racing
63. Kevin Coy 3 2648 North Florida
64. Paul Bonilla 3 2624 Tri-C Karters
65. Ramsey Potts 3 2618 North Florida
66. John Southerland 3 2597 Red Line Oil Karting
67. Peter Toft 3 2546 Red Line Oil Karting
68. Chris Bogart 2 1826 Northeast
69. Charlie Warrell 2 1813 Msquared Racing
70. Phil Holmes 2 1807 Msquared Racing
71. Rob Soares 2 1797 Red Line Oil Karting
72. Jim Cataldo 2 1786 Northeast
73. Bobby Greene 2 1782 North Florida
74. Michael Camarra 2 1743 Northeast
75. Troy Cowart 1 917 Dallas Karting Complex
76. Bob Hurst 1 916 Red Line Oil Karting
77. Justin Peck 1 906 Msquared Racing
78. John Robicheaux 1 905 Burger King
79. Ted Thorp 1 903 Burger King
80. John Crow 1 884 Tri-C Karters
81. Austin Smith 1 873 North Florida
82. George Patton 1 838 Can-Am

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