EKN Trackside: Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SpringNationals – Preview – Part 2

Large S2 and S4 fields, regular contenders in TaG Master set for Dallas Karting Complex

2014 SKUSA SpringNationals logoThe 2014 edition of the Superkarts! USA is primed for another record breaking event to begin the fifth season. The SKUSA SpringNationals will take place at the Dallas Karting Complex in Caddo Mills, Texas on May 2-4, with 237 entries already scheduled to take part this historic event, 10 more than last year’s number from Tucson, Arizona. The circuit hosting the opening two rounds of the Pro Tour is a newer 8/10-mile circuit, hosting its first major national event and brining a number of drivers from across North America and around the world to the LoneStarState.

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EKN, the official media partner of Superkarts! USA, is providing a three-day preview program leading up to the SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals highlighting each of the eight classes. Yesterday was a preview of the TaG Junior, S5 Junior, and TaG Cadet divisions. Today is S2 Semi-Pro, S4 Stock Moto and TaG Master.

Billet Performance Karting S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto
Over the past few seasons, the S2 Semi-Pro division has brought out some of the best racing on the Pro Tour. Racers and mechanics line the fences to see the bright young talent emerging from the Superkarts! USA Stock Moto ladder system. The past two class champions are among the contenders in S1 now including a good handful of the top drivers from last year, and the young S5 drivers from the past few years are now into the mix for S2 supremacy. The average age of the 41 driver field racing in Dallas is 19 years of age, showing the growth to come within the Pro Tour for the future.

Jarred Campbell is one of the many rookies in S2 this, and a favorite in Texas (Photo: dromophotos.com)

Jarred Campbell is one of the many rookies in S2 this, and a favorite in Texas (Photo: dromophotos.com)

Having the hot hand is important in motorsports, including karting. The most recent winners are Miguel Lopez and Kolton Griffin. Lopez (GP Texas USA) finished last year third in the S2 Texas ProKart Challenge behind S1 graduates Ryan Kinnear and Garrett Boone. He swept the opening round of the Texas ProKart Challenge event last weekend. That was his third win in two events at the DKC facility in the last year. Griffin (Pure Karting/Tony Kart) did not get off to a good start in 2013, but has done a 180 with the opening months of 2014. He’s recorded three straight top-five finishes at the California ProKart Challenge, including a victory, and backed it up with a win Sunday at the Texas PKC event. Another hot hand belongs to S2 rookie Jarred Campbell. The 2013 S5 Pro Tour champion never finished outside the top two last year, including three wins. He opened up the season winning two of the three features at the California PKC program, and leads the championship. The Champion Racing/Intrepid driver is among eight rookies making their S2 Pro Tour debut.

The top drivers from the championship last year returning including Acceleration Karting driver Josh De Losier and Curtis Paul Jr. The two finished seventh and eighth last year, with De Losier making progress throughout the season and Paul (Tony Kart) standing on the podium at last year’s SpringNationals. They lead a number of drivers looking to improve their standing within the S2 division.

Many of the teams at the SpringNationals have a solid group of drivers under their stables in the S2 division. Among them is the Ocala Gran Prix operation, making the journey from Florida to take on its first SpringNationals. Five drivers will represent the team with a good chance of competing for the victory. Last year’s SuperNationals S5 winner Kyle Kirkwood (Tony Kart) leads the group, hungry for more success.

In addition to Kirkwood and Campbell, six other rookies are making their S2 Pro Tour debut. Carter Williams (Phil Giebler Racing/FA Kart) has two S5 championships at the California PKC program, and is racing this year thanks to the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix Scholarship Program. One rookie looking to stand on the podium is Dallas Karting Complex’s own Nathan Adds. Son of co-owner Kevin Adds, the SodiKart USA driver performed well last weekend in his S2 debut and is searching for success this weekend.

S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto Provisional Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis City State Country Age
00t Nathan Adds Dallas Karting Complex / SodiKart USA SodiKart Rowlett TX USA 15
59d JP Alonso Billet Performance Karting CRG Englewood CO USA 28
624t Graig Alvarez Jr. 3G Kart Racing / Team Burger King Birel Houston TX USA 14
118n Christiaan Bouhuys DRT Racing DR Radnor PA NED 38
777t Jayson Braffett Intrepid Willow Park TX USA 20
221d Lindsay Brewer CRG-USA CRG Arvada CO USA 17
103y Jarred Campbell Champion Racing Intrepid West Sacramento CA USA 16
4m Fernando Casillas Jr. Casillas Racing Vemme Corona CA MEX 17
313m Allan Cesarman Aluminos GP Acapulco Guerrero MEX 17
44t CJ Cramm IV PSL Karting CRG Spring TX USA 17
28t Grant Dawlett Texas Karts CRG Austin TX USA 16
111y Josh De Losier Acceleration Karting CRG Las Vegas NV USA 19
218z Marco Eakins Black Flag Racing ART GP Beaverton OR USA 15
5t Sky Finley DRT Racing / Pole Position Raceway DR Frisco TX USA 17
526o Tyler Fling Champion Racing Intrepid Edmond OK USA 23
47d Tase Flores CRG-USA CRG Denver CO USA 24
87f Brandon Frank Leading Edge Motorsports Intrepid Smiths Parish BM USA 27
727y Jack Freese Leading Edge Motorsports Intrepid Salinas CA USA 16
29f Austin Garrison Ocala Gran Prix Tony Kart Ocala FL USA 15
88x Kolton Griffin Pure Karting Tony Kart Phoenix AZ USA 19
16f Morgan Healey Ocala Gran Prix Tony Kart Ocala FL USA 17
07n Jake Karwowski Pure Karting Tony Kart New York NY POL 26
41f Kyle Kirkwood Ocala Gran Prix Tony Kart Ocala FL USA 15
57f Jonathan Kotyk Ocala Gran Prix Tony Kart Ocala FL USA 20
18j Ryan Lankenau CRG-USA CRG Warrenville IL USA 21
13t Miguel Lopez GP Texas USA GP Tyler TX USA 16
400d Myles Marolt Billet Performance Karting CRG Centennial CO USA 23
33t Mitch McKie CRG Highland Village TX USA 16
10c Alan Michel Musgrave Racing Company Tony Kart Gilbert AZ MEX 27
17m Luis Morales GP Texas USA GP Mexico DF MEX 17
177y Curtis Paul Jr. Tony Kart America Tony Kart Stockton CA USA 14
15y Will Preston Aluminos Aluminos Danville CA USA 16
888m Joaquin Rodriguez Casillas Racing Tony Kart Zapopan Jalisco MEX 16
161a Loris Ronzano GP Texas USA GP Asti ITA 29
11d Ryan Rudolph Billet Performance Karting CRG Denver CO USA 17
55d Ben Schermerhorn BRS Racing FA Kart Highlands Ranch CO USA 27
199d Austin Schimmel Aluminos Aluminos Colorado Springs CO USA 17
4t Luke Shanahan MJDrive Tony Kart Dallas TX USA 16
10t Alex Tartaglia Dallas Karting Complex / SodiKart USA SodiKart Colleyville TX USA 18
181c Jonathan Vitolo Ocala Gran Prix Tony Kart Los Angeles CA USA 32
55c Carter Williams Phil Giebler Racing FA Kart Clovis CA USA 15

PSL Karting TaG Master
Since the inception of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour, the TaG Master division has seen four different champions in four years. The competition has been fierce each and every weekend, year after year. The same contenders return, searching for the next victory, podium and possible run at a title. Three of the four former champions are taking on the Dallas Karting Complex, with hopes of becoming the first two-time title winner.

Scott Falcone (r) will carry the SKUSA #1 plate for TaG Master in 2014 (Photo: Scott Falcone Racing)

Scott Falcone (r) will carry the SKUSA #1 plate for TaG Master in 2014 (Photo: Scott Falcone Racing)

The first ever Pro Tour champion was Californian Ethan Wilson. The Phil Giebler Racing/FA Kart driver came up short in his title defense in 2011, saw his SpringNationals cut short in 2012 with a broken wrist, and experienced multiple gremlins last season. With the bad luck behind him, Wilson is focused on challenging for this year’s title. 2011 champion Brian McHattie (DB Motorsports/Kosmic) bounced back to his winning ways last year after getting shut out in 2012. The Ohio driver won at the SummerNationals, and is looking for his first SpringNats win since his championship season. They all hold court to current champion – Scott Falcone. The KartSport North America/Arrow pilot stood on the podium in the first four Pro Tour races, including a win at each of the two events. Carrying the SKUSA #1 plate puts the pressure on the Colorado driver to become the first repeat champion in the category. He opened up TaG racing on the season, winning both the TaG Senior and TaG Master features at the Lone Star Grand Prix street race in March.

One driver not yet to claim a SKUSA Pro Tour title is two-time SuperNationals winner Billy Cleavelin. The veteran driver is among the quickest drivers each and every race he takes part in, but yet to stand on top of the podium at the any Pro Tour, earning his last national stage victory at the 2009 SuperNats. He moves over to the CRG-USA operation for the Pro Tour, jumping aboard a CRG chassis. Oklahoma driver Anthony Honeywell is opting to become the fifth different champion this season. The DB Motorsports/Tony Kart driver won both main events during the Texas ProKart Challenge event last weekend, and primed to make a stand at the SpringNationals.

TaG Master Provisional Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Engine City State Country Age
155p Hector Alvarez Champion Racing Intrepid Vortex ROK TT San Juan PR PRI 42
19c Billy Cleavelin CRG-USA CRG Motori 7 Covina CA USA 56
1 Scott Falcone Falcone Racing Arrow Motori 7 Lone Tree CO USA 45
141z Kurt Fisher Snow Racing CRG Motori 7 Richland WA USA 48
76o Anthony Honeywell DB Motorsports Tony Kart Vortex ROK TT Tulsa OK USA 32
45r Ron Hyde Italian Motors USA / Italkart USA Italkart Leopard Victoria BC CAN 48
69r Dave Kunicki Team VemmeKart / Extreme Karting Vemme Leopard Surrey BC CAN 55
79j Brian McEvoy Franklin Motorsports Merlin Loepard Milwaukee WI USA 39
93j Brian McHattie DB Motorsports Kosmic Vortex ROK TT Youngstown OH USA 37
15m Jesus Robles Tony Kart Vortex ROK TT San Antonio TX MEX 35
33t Matt Souza
77x Vatche Tatikian Phil Giebler Racing FA Kart Vortex ROK TT Altadena CA CAN 32
49y Ethan Wilson Phil Giebler Racing FA Kart Vortex ROK TT Santa Clara CA USA 44

CRG-USA S4 Master Stock Moto
Nearly 40 drivers will take to the Dallas Karting Complex facility in the S4 Master division. Like TaG Master, S4 has seen four different champions in four years. A fifth different driver could be crowned in Las Vegas, as only one former title winner is scheduled to compete for the championship. This year’s SpringNationals field is stacked with talent, many ‘young’ Master drivers and a number of experienced pilots set to do battle.

Jordon Musser looks to become the first S4 driver to repeat in the championship chase (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Jordon Musser looks to become the first S4 driver to repeat in the championship chase (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

There is no better way to defend your Pro Tour title, then in your home state. Texan Jordon Musser carries the SKUSA #1 plate in 2014 after his championship performance last year. A double win at the 2013 SpringNationals catapulted his run at the title. He opened up the new season last weekend with a sweep in Round One at the Texas ProKart Challenge, ready to defend his crown aboard the 3G Kart Racing/Birel. Brian Fisher matched Musser’s performance by scoring double wins at the SummerNationals. The DRT Racing/DR Kart pilot finished second in the standings, marked with a third place performance at the SuperNationals. The Fisher Racing Engines guru has been busy over the winter months, preparing at a full effort toward the title in 2014.

One spoiler in the efforts for last year’s top drivers to return back at the front of the field is Kiwi Matthew Hamilton. The New Zealand driver stole the show in Vegas, earning the S4 victory to give Aluminos chassis its first SuperNationals victory after its market debut in July. Back with the NorCal operation, Hamilton makes his first SpringNats start. Another international star will be among the contenders in Texas is Italian Gian Cavaciuti. The GP Racing Kart factory driver was among those in the hunt at last year’s SuperNationals and now he makes his SpringNats S4 debut this weekend.

Lots of eyes however are on the return of former SKUSA ProMoto Tour top driver Darren Elliott. A two-time G1 SuperNationals winner (2006, 2007), the former SKI Driver of the Year spent time away from the sport. The fire was rekindled as he worked the SpringNationals as an assistant race director, and he spent the winter months preparing for the season. The Musgrave Racing Company/CRG driver began the year going three for three at the California ProKart Challenge. The chance to stay perfect in 2014 will be a challenge with the stacked field. Among those who Elliott raced back in the late 90s, early 2000s is Trevor McAlister. The Texas native, now residing in California, is itching for a happy homecoming this weekend. Since his return two years ago, ‘T-Mac’ has been a contender each weekend aboard his Leading Edge Motorsports/Praga machine, including two straight podium finishes at the SuperNationals and victory at the 2012 SummerNationals.

Chris Jennings was another driver to stop Musser on occasion in 2013, as the Texas ProKart Challenge S4 champion. The fight went to the wire, with Jennings (DR Kart) coming away with the title. The DRT Racing/Pole Position Raceway driver opened up the year, splitting the Texas PKC wins with Musser on the weekend. Another champion among the entry list is Aluminos driver Fernando Diaz. The G1 Pro Tour title winner in 2010 has been quick since moving to the S4 division, however, with no Pro Tour victories to his credit.

S4 Master Stock Moto Provisional Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis City State Country Age
555m Sergio Aguilera GP Zapopan Jalisco MEX 40
11m Adrian Aguilera CRG Zapopan Jalisco MEX 35
13d Leo Ahearn Musgrave Racing Company CRG Littleton CO USA 50
100m Adolfo Anguiano Race Time Energy Guadalajara Jalisco MEX 44
118n Christiaan Bouhuys DRT Racing DR Radnor PA NED 38
333m Jesse Carrasquedo GP Zapopan Jalisco MEX 39
15a Gian Cavaciuti GP Texas USA GP Piacenza ITA 33
16m Jorge de la Huerta GP Texas USA GP Guadalajara Jalisco MEX 29
76c Fernando Diaz Aluminos Aluminos Torrance CA USA 41
71c Darren Elliott Musgrave Racing Company CRG Newhall CA USA 48
8m Carlos Ferdez Race Time Energy Guadalajara Jalisco MEX 34
66c Nick Firestone Pure Karting DR Paradise Valley AZ USA 48
2 Brian Fisher DRT Racing DR Gray TN USA 34
92s Steve Flatt DRT Racing DR Woodstock GA USA 43
4x Chris Fosso Pure Karting Tony Kart Glendale AZ USA 51
78m Juan Garcia CRG-USA CRG Huixquilucan Mexico MEX 42
9nz Matthew Hamilton Aluminos Aluminos Christchurch SI NZL 31
81f Richard Heistand Leading Edge Motorsports Intrepid Orlando FL USA 30
27m Jose Hernandez GP Texas USA GP Mexico City Mexico MEX 37
175t Chris Jennings DRT Racing / Pole Position Raceway DR Sachse TX USA 33
823m Victor Jimenez CRG-USA CRG San Diego CA MEX 42
65j Lance Lane DRT Racing DR Algonquin IL USA 48
63f David Levy CRG-USA CRG Jupiter FL USA 50
33x Rob Logan Musgrave Racing Company CRG Newport Beach CA USA 34
58c PP Mastro Aluminos Aluminos Bakersfield CA USA 50
46x Trevor McAlister Leading Edge Motorsports Praga Pasadena CA USA 40
28t Steve McCaffery CRG-USA / RPM Motorsports CRG Katy TX GBR 36
777m Carlos Medina GP Mexico GP Leon Guanajuato MEX 30
55x Roy Montgomery CRG-USA / RPM Motorsports CRG Humble TX USA 47
422c Willy Musgrave Musgrave Racing Company CRG Norco CA USA 50
1 Jordon Musser 3G Kart Racing / Team Burger King Birel Coppell TX USA 32
72u Chris Neria MSquared Karting Tony Kart Salt Lake City UT USA 31
216a Petr Ptacek Praga North America Praga Hollywood FL CZE 42
68t Venkat Reddy Musgrave Racing Company Tony Kart Flower Mound TX IND 46
48m Miguel Angel Rojas Aluminos Aluminos Guadalajara Jalisco MEX 51
41t Mike Smith Texas Karts Intrepid San Antonio TX USA 50
00f Tim Ulmen CRG-USA / Homestead Karting CRG Miami FL USA 47

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