2014 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – Stock Moto – August 15

Neri jumps to number one position following another successful Pro Tour outing

Nick Neri (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

EKN Driver Rankings logoThe core of the 2014 season is upon us, and the many events throughout July and August are now defining the racing year. Regional racing is closing in on its completion, while the national schedule was amped up with the recent running of the Superkarts! USA SummerNationals at the Modesto Grand Prix. At the street race held under the lights, Florida’s Nick Neri put himself on the podium both days to leapfrog him up the eKartingNews.com Stock Moto Driver Rankings to the prestigious number one position.

Neri becomes one of a few drivers to have held the number one position in both the Stock Moto and TaG categories, having held the top spot in TaG in previous editions of the EKN Driver Rankings. The Ocala Gran Prix/Tony Kart driver got his first taste of the Stock Moto division back in 2011, winning the S2 Semi-Pro category at the SuperNationals. Last year was his S1 debut, placing runner-up to series champion Joey Wimsett. Since then, Neri has stood on the podium at every Pro Tour event to make it five straight. This consistency has demoted former number one driver Billy Musgrave (MRC/Tony Kart) to the second spot, trailing by 151 points. Following Neri’s lead of advancement, veteran Ron White (CRG) has put himself into the top-five. White is a recent winner at the California ProKart Challenge, and was among the quick drivers in Modesto to add a second top-10 finish on the season to go along with his fifth at the SuperNationals XVII.

Two-time Pro Tour champion Fritz Leesmann (Aluminos) falls from second to fourth, not quite in the championship form he was in 2010 and 2012. Moving into the top-five is S1 rookie Connor Wagner. The 2013 SuperNationals S2 Semi-Pro winner started out the season with two podium finishes at the California ProKart Challenge, and earned his first top-10 result on the Pro Tour in Modesto, racing in memory of his former mechanic Brad Kindhart. He is closely chased by S2 Pro Tour champion Christian Schureman (PSL Karting/CRG). The Colorado driver also had his better weekend of the 2014 season thus far, earning a best finish of seventh.

Dropping to seventh is another S1 rookie Augie Lerch. The Pure Karting/Tony Kart pilot missed the SummerNationals due to a conflict with his F1600 Formula F Championship Series event in Pittsburgh. Lerch drove to a podium finish in the first race of the weekend, and currently sits third in the championship chase. Another driver returning into the top-10 is ‘Double Nickel’ Cody Hodgson. A former top shifterkart driver and two-time Rotax national champ, Hodgson (Tony Kart) has three straight top-10 results thus far on the Pro Tour. Up one position is the newest driver to the Praga driver lineup, with Leading Edge Motorsports driver Ryan Kinnear having an impressive debut at Modesto. Completing the top-10 is S1 rookie Oliver Askew. The Ocala Gran Prix/Tony Kart driver was the quickest out of the gate, coming back from a back injury that plagued him just a few weeks prior. A poor restart on Saturday and contact Sunday took him out of the running for his first Pro Tour victory, but is sure to be a challenger in Las Vegas. Out of the top-10 include Mike Beeny, Sabré Cook, and Tyler Bennett – who all had difficult weekends in Modesto, along with Christian Bird who was not competing at the SummerNationals.

Nick Neri (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Nick Neri (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

NEW Stock Moto #1 – Nick Neri
Palmeto, Florida

Neri is becoming one of the most decorated racers in the sport of karting. A WKA champion, multi-time Florida Winter Tour title winner, and now a four-time Rotax Grand Nationals winner, the Ocala Gran Prix driver is looking to add another crown to his resume. Already a winner at the SuperNationals in the S2 category (2011), Neri will enter the SuperNationals as a title contender in the S1 division. Four straight podium finishes have him as the lead challenger against four-race winner Jordon Lennox. Nick will also be looking to match or better the second place result set by Joey Wimsett at the Rotax Grand Finals in the DD2 category for Team USA last year in New Orleans.

Point Breakdown
SKUSA SuperNationals 2013 – S1,10,2,1185
SKUSA SpringNationals ’14 #1 – S1,9.5,2,1076
SKUSA SpringNationals ’14 #2 – S1,9.5,3,1062
Florida Karting Championship Series ’14 #3,8,2,858
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #1 – S1,9.5,3,1083
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #2 – S1,9.5,2,1073
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.33
Average Points: 1056.2
Total Points: 6337


Nathan Adds (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Nathan Adds (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

Stock Moto ‘On the Move’ – #24
Nathan Adds
Rowlett, Texas

The proof of the SKUSA Ladder System in Stock Moto working is in the numbers. This year is the highest S1 and S2 fields we have ever seen, with many getting their start in the S5 Junior category. The recently turned 16-year old graduated to the S2 Semi-Pro division this year, and has gotten off to a solid start for a rookie. A key helping point to his good start was the SpringNationals being held at his home track – Dallas Karting Complex. The Sodi Kart USA driver posted two top-eight results to help boost his confidence moving forward. It showed in Modesto, as the young pilot drove smart and avoided much of the carnage, finishing 11th and 12th in his first street race. Racing in the what is the a deep S2 field in the Texas ProKart Challenge, the grooming period shouldn’t last long and Adds will be fighting for podiums on the Pro Tour next year.

Point Breakdown
Texas ProKart Challenge ’14 #1 – S2,8,7,854
SKUSA SpringNationals ’14 #1 – S2,9,5,1003
SKUSA SpringNationals ’14 #2 – S2,9.8,969
Texas ProKart Challenge ’14 #4 – S2,8,5,856
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #1 – S2,9,11,953
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #2 – S2,9,12,929
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 8.0
Average Points: 927.3
Total Points: 5564

EKN Driver Rankings Calculation Process
The EKN Driver Rankings are calculated using a driver’s best finishes in major North American races. Assembled using events from the previous 12 months from the current date, we use a driver’s best seven finishes in TaG and six in Stock Moto to determine their overall current point total. With each new release, results posted from more than one year ago are discarded. To deliver our ranking list, we tabulate the results of all the national programs and selected regional programs. We have included the results for the major one-off events such as the SKUSA SuperNationals, the US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals, the Rock Island Grand Prix, the Lone Star Grand Prix and the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix.

Each race is initially weighted based on the prestige and history of the event or series with a score of ten (10) being the highest attainable base ranking. For 2014, the SKUSA SuperNationals and US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals receive a score of 10 in their initial weighting in the TaG category while the SuperNationals is the lone event in the Stock Moto division. The SKUSA Pro Tour series events draw a base ranking of nine (9), as does the United States Pro Kart Series, Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge, Rotax Challenge of the Americas, Rotax Pan American Challenge. Other regional program races were given a base ranking of either 8.5 or 8.

The EKN staff reserves the right to adjust the rankings of each event throughout the year. A minimum entry total for any events considered for the Driver Rankings program is five (5). If an event does not have at least five (5) drivers starting the race, those results will not be tabulated toward the Driver Rankings.

Added to these initial rankings are two variables that help confirm the true importance of an event to the ranking process – field size and field strength. A percentage of one weighting point is added for the size of the field, while the number of existing top 50 drivers entered offers another full point or fraction of a point. The sum of these numbers becomes the overall ranking for any race. Following a race, drivers receive points based on their finishing positions with 100 points earned for a win. Each subsequent position drops by one point with 99 points given to the second place driver and so on throughout the field. These points are then multiplied by the overall ranking to produce a driver’s final point total from each event. Using a driver’s best seven races in TaG, six for Stock Moto, we calculate each driver’s overall score and subsequent ranking.

Stock Moto Driver Rankings – as of August 15, 2014
Pos.,July. 1,+/-,Driver,Races,Score
1.,17,16,Nick Neri,10,6337
2.,1,-1,Billy Musgrave,11,6186
3.,14,11,Ron White,8,6073
4.,2,-2,Fritz Leesmann,8,6045
5.,11,6,Connor Wagner,14,6016
6.,4,-2,Christian Schureman,10,6005
7.,6,-1,Augie Lerch,6,5896
8.,26,18,Cody Hodgson,8,5858
9.,10,1,Ryan Kinnear,12,5815
10.,32,22,Oliver Askew,10,5802
11.,40,29,Jonathan Kotyk,8,5767
12.,18,6,Kolton Griffin,10,5727
13.,8,-5,Jimmy McNeil,6,5717
14.,7,-7,Sabre Cook,8,5716
15.,15,NC,Lloyd Mack,10,5691
16.,12,-4,Alec Gumpfer,7,5680
17.,20,3,Garrett Boone,10,5629
18.,25,7,Ryon Beachner,6,5628
19.,77,58,Austin Garrison,7,5627
20.,90,70,Alex Tartaglia,6,5621
21.,31,10,Miguel Lopez,13,5615
22.,33,11,Skyler Finley,14,5603
23.,27,4,Luke Shanahan,13,5593
24.,75,51,Nathan Adds,7,5564
25.,16,-9,Josh Lane,10,5563
26.,21,-5,Ben Schermerhorn,9,5552
27.,13,-14,Troy Diede,7,5551
28.,19,-9,Daniel Langon,9,5549
29.,9,-20,Tyler Bennett,7,5527
30.,3,-27,Mike Beeny,6,5492
31.,74,43,Matthew Di Leo,6,5489
32.,34,2,Peter Abba,6,5487
33.,28,-5,Ryan Rudolph,10,5480
34.,29,-5,Tase Flores,9,5479
35.,45,10,Jarred Campbell,10,5446
36.,37,1,Colby Yardley,6,5443
37.,24,-13,Cory Milne,6,5441
38.,36,-2,Brian Keck,7,5430
39.,39,NC,Bonnier Moulton,7,5425
40.,60,20,Morgan Healey,9,5405
41.,92,51,Jordan Dick,6,5387
42.,53,11,Carter Williams,9,5359
43.,41,-2,Alex Yates,7,5334
44.,43,-1,Jack Freese,7,5312
45.,51,6,Cabot Bigham,12,5309
46.,30,-16,Curtis Paul Jr.,7,5307
47.,106,59,Jordon Lennox Lamb,5,5277
48.,79,31,Daniel De La Calle,9,5263
49.,23,-26,Austin Schimmel,8,5261
50.,46,-4,Lindsay Brewer,10,5199
51.,50,-1,Tyler Fling,10,5158
52.,52,NC,Alan Michel,8,5118
53.,57,4,Will Preston,10,5073
54.,64,10,CJ Cramm,8,5066
55.,59,4,Alex Keyes,8,5031
56.,47,-9,Joey Wimsett,5,5031
57.,55,-2,Hunter Pickett,11,5014
58.,56,-2,Vivek Tandon,6,4999
59.,110,51,Milan Dontje,5,4989
60.,72,12,Graig Alvarez,8,4979
61.,62,1,Blake Murdock,16,4924
62.,61,-1,Jayson Braffett,7,4923
63.,98,35,Tyler Guilbeault,6,4885
64.,63,-1,Mitch McKie,8,4883
65.,65,NC,JP Alonso,7,4872
66.,66,NC,Casey Ross,7,4863
67.,67,NC,Cody Freeman,6,4861
68.,102,34,Harry Gottsacker,6,4860
69.,89,20,Jake French,5,4847
70.,82,12,John Gaydos,6,4779
71.,71,NC,Matias Podboj,5,4727
72.,105,33,Grayson Browne,6,4715
73.,104,31,Jarrett Lile,6,4704
74.,86,12,Michael Taska,6,4634
75.,73,-2,Randall Their,7,4621
76.,91,15,Kyle Kirkwood,5,4620
77.,44,-33,Nic LeDuc,5,4507
78.,42,-36,Jason Toft,5,4485
79.,76,-3,Chris Neria,5,4315
80.,22,-58,Joshua de Losier,5,4306
81.,132,51,Davide Fore,4,4228
82.,58,-24,Myles Marolt,5,4202
83.,116,33,Marco Eakins,5,4178
84.,70,-14,Ryan Grieve,5,4013
85.,103,18,Phillip Davis,5,4010
86.,83,-3,Ori Della Panna,5,3910
87.,130,43,Allan Cesarman,5,3861
88.,87,-1,Brady Ross,5,3840
89.,5,-84,Christian Bird,4,3792
90.,152,62,Loris Ronzano,4,3646
91.,48,-43,Zac Clark,4,3520
92.,38,-54,Jack Bradley,4,3511
93.,49,-44,Ryan Pool,4,3482
94.,114,20,Brett Buckwalter,4,3472
95.,111,16,Cody Diede,4,3463
96.,54,-42,Lauren Stark,4,3379
97.,198,101,Jonathan Vitolo,4,3365
98.,94,-4,Jake Craig,4,3341
99.,120,21,John Sullivan,4,3295
100.,80,-20,Jake Karwowski,4,3289
101.,99,-2,Paul Makarucha,4,3239
102.,121,19,Taylor Monnig,4,3233
103.,81,-22,Krisztian Molnar,4,3180
104.,85,-19,Kassy Loving,4,3129
105.,128,23,Andy Noyes,4,3083
106.,88,-18,Jenna Grillo,4,3082
107.,108,1,Austin Wilkins,4,2994
108.,129,21,Mark Gaydos,4,2994
109.,35,-74,Don Whittington,3,2706
110.,95,-15,Christian Bouhuys,3,2542
111.,148,37,Kyle Smith,3,2511
112.,118,6,Robert Marks,3,2499
113.,119,6,Billy Auffenberg,3,2494
114.,212,98,Luis Morales,3,2445
115.,122,7,Gilberto Munoz,3,2443
116.,123,7,Johnny Gottsacker,3,2401
117.,100,-17,Chris Tyrell,3,2396
118.,125,7,Mike Smith,3,2381
119.,126,7,Eric Van Der Steur,3,2370
120.,107,-13,Dan Laporta,3,2295
121.,133,12,Bryce Cornet,2,2040
122.,-,-,Daniel Formal,2,1971
123.,-,-,Steven Reasoner,2,1924
124.,134,10,Anthony Abbasse,2,1920
125.,135,10,AJ Myers,2,1910
126.,136,10,Chris Jennings,2,1881
127.,137,10,Andrew Zimmer,2,1866
128.,138,10,Scott Barnes,2,1836
129.,-,-,Brandon Frank,2,1798
130.,140,10,Don McGregor,2,1747
131.,97,-34,Kyoicki Tsutsui,2,1709
132.,141,9,Miles Marolt,2,1704
133.,142,9,Tom Dyer,2,1698
134.,69,-65,Mianna Wick,2,1686
135.,143,8,Gil Lipton,2,1677
136.,145,9,Stephen Lamana,2,1667
137.,177,40,Pete Yerkovich Jr.,2,1663
138.,147,9,Robert Bujdoso,2,1648
139.,192,53,Ellie Nash,2,1630
140.,149,9,Gerardo Rejon,2,1623
141.,150,9,Brian Whitmire,2,1614
142.,196,54,Norbert Laczho,2,1613
143.,101,-42,Michael Raimes,2,1608
144.,68,-76,Jerry Rhodes,2,1605
145.,151,6,Julio Rejon,2,1605
146.,-,-,Joe Morton,2,1601
147.,153,6,Garrett Dixon,2,1592
148.,124,-24,Sean McDonald,2,1589
149.,199,50,Slade Putman,2,1589
150.,154,4,Gianfranco Casadei,2,1588
151.,127,-24,Brian Hassell,2,1587
152.,156,4,Chris Beck,2,1585
153.,-,-,Gino Giglotti,2,1584
154.,157,3,Ryan Smith,2,1578
155.,203,48,Clayton Putman,2,1573
156.,155,-1,Andrew Vargus,2,1566
157.,159,2,Grant Dawlett,2,1565
158.,209,51,Tim Armstrong,2,1557
159.,96,-63,Ryan Belanger,2,1516
160.,109,-51,Ryan Lankenau,2,1492
161.,163,2,Joaquin Rodriguez,2,1460
162.,164,2,Brendon Bailey,2,1443
163.,165,2,Fernando Casillas Jr.,2,1418
164.,93,-71,Daniel Bray,1,1173
165.,166,1,Matt Jaskol,1,1161
166.,167,1,Scott Hargrove,1,1113
167.,168,1,Nerses Isaakyan,1,1101
168.,-,-,Phillip Orcic,1,1094
169.,169,NC,Rodrigo Fonseca,1,1065
170.,131,-39,Luis Tyrrell,1,1044
171.,170,-1,Nick Boulle,1,1022
172.,171,-1,Juan Carlos Blum,1,958
173.,172,-1,Jordon Musser,1,952
174.,173,-1,Jesse Woodyard,1,948
175.,115,-60,Axel Matus,1,942
176.,174,-2,Phil Giebler,1,942
177.,113,-64,Mariana Ramirez,1,920
178.,175,-3,Brad Dunford,1,918
179.,176,-3,Connor Iseli,1,914
180.,178,-2,Oscar Aguilera,1,891
181.,179,-2,Brian Davies,1,886
182.,180,-2,Jordan Morris,1,885
183.,181,-2,Michael Sullivan,1,876
184.,144,-40,Justin Peck,1,859
185.,182,-3,Brian Fisher,1,851
186.,183,-3,Race Liberante,1,845
187.,184,-3,Andrew Bujdoso,1,837
188.,185,-3,Richard Heistand,1,835
189.,-,-,Cole Mathewson,1,831
190.,112,-78,Kory Estell,1,829
191.,186,-5,Johny Boken,1,825
192.,-,-,Mike Nakumura,1,822
193.,187,-6,Nick Major,1,820
194.,188,-6,David Harding,1,817
195.,190,-5,Chandler Campbell,1,811
196.,191,-5,Colby Novak,1,809
197.,193,-4,Michael Haynes,1,806
198.,-,-,Scott Granger,1,805
199.,194,-5,Kurt Mathewson,1,803
200.,78,-122,Zach Herrin,1,802
201.,197,-4,Chance Kelly,1,799
202.,158,-44,Emran Baksh,1,794
203.,200,-3,Joshua Smith,1,789
204.,201,-3,Charles Skowron,1,786
205.,160,-45,Chris Gannon,1,786
206.,204,-2,Virgil Gross,1,782
207.,-,-,Calvin Hankins,1,780
208.,205,-3,Alejandro Fernandez,1,777
209.,-,-,Keith Buffo,1,771
210.,206,-4,Bear Rothenhoefer,1,770
211.,-,-,Eric Humphries,1,766
212.,-,-,Alex Reynosa,1,764
213.,207,-6,Carlos Crespo,1,761
214.,161,-53,Matthew Sanford,1,761
215.,210,-5,Allyn Hewitt,1,758
216.,211,-5,David Levy,1,753
217.,-,-,George Moss,1,745
218.,213,-5,Dave Edwards,1,739
219.,214,-5,Quinton Dawn,1,737
220.,215,-5,Garret Bailey,1,700

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