2015 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – Stock Moto – July 1

Leesmann improves on lead over Musgrave and White

Fritz Leesmann (Photo: Tony Leone - DromoPhotos.com)

EKN Driver Rankings logoThe 2015 calendar year is at the halfway point, six months down, six months to go. The racing season is very much over mid-point with the regional and national programs already there. For Stock Moto racing, the growth continues with the driver count eclipsing the 250 mark. The lead at the top grew by a few as well, with Fritz Leesmann retaining the top spot in the EKN Stock Moto Driver Rankings.

The two-time SKUSA Fikse Wheels Pro Tour S1 Pro champion is back to title contention form, reunited with the Diede family and the CRG chassis. Leesmann was runner-up in both features at the SpringNationals, and won his only regional outing this season. Locked in the second position is former #1 driver Billy Musgrave. The MRC/Praga driver was top-five at the SpringNationals, earning a podium result, and remains in the title chase at the California ProKart Challenge.

Ron White and Jarred Campbell remain in the third and fourth positions in the Driver Rankings. White (CRG) lost his California PKC win from last year, replacing it with a fifth last month in Sonoma to only lose 10 points thanks to a larger, talented field. Campbell (Praga) added a few more points to his credit with a runner-up to Leesmann at their home track.

Cody Hodgson has found a new home with Aluminos, and is performing well as of late. The Hawaiian native moved up to the fifth spot, demoting 2014 SKUSA Fikse Wheels Pro Tour S2 Semi-Pro champion Jonathan Kotyk (Top Kart) to sixth. Kolton Griffin (Tony Kart), another S2 graduate now in the S1 field, remains in the seventh position. Daniel Formal (DR Kart) moves up to the eighth spot without any new races, with Carter Williams (FA Kart) up to ninth. Austin Garrison and Oliver Askew each have fallen down the order with the removal of some 2014 events. Making his way into the top-10 is Matias Podboj (Mad-Croc). He is currently third in the California ProKart Challenge standings with two events remaining.

Upcoming EKN Stock Moto Driver Rankings Events
7/11,Florida Pro Kart Series Summer #3,Stock Moto,TBA,TBA,8
7/11,SKUSA Can-Am ProKart Challenge #5,S1,Greg Moore Raceway,”Chilliwack, BC”,8.5
7/11,SKUSA Can-Am ProKart Challenge #5,S2,Greg Moore Raceway,”Chilliwack, BC”,8
7/11,SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge #5,S2,Dallas Karting Complex,”Caddo Mills, TX”,8
7/11,Utah State Championship #5,Spec 125,Miller Motorsports Park,”Tooele, UT”,8
7/12,Florida Pro Kart Series Summer #4,Stock Moto,TBA,TBA,8
7/12,Sanzaru Games Karting Championship #5,Pro Stock Honda,Simraceway Performance Karting Center,”Sonoma, CA”,8
7/12,SKUSA Can-Am ProKart Challenge #6,S1,Greg Moore Raceway,”Chilliwack, BC”,8.5
7/12,SKUSA Can-Am ProKart Challenge #6,S2,Greg Moore Raceway,”Chilliwack, BC”,8
7/12,SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge #6,S2,Dallas Karting Complex,”Caddo Mills, TX”,8
7/18,Northeast Shifter Kart Series #5,Stock Moto,Pittsburgh International Racing Complex,”Wampum, PA”,8
7/19,Racing the Rockies #6,Spec 125,The Track at Centennial,”Englewood, CO”,8
7/19,WKA Manufacturers Cup Series #4,Stock Moto,New Castle Motorsports Park,”New Castle, IN”,8.5
7/25,SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals,S1,New Castle Motorsports Park,”New Castle, IN”,9.5
7/25,SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals,S2,New Castle Motorsports Park,”New Castle, IN”,9
7/25,Utah State Championship #6,Spec 125,Miller Motorsports Park,”Tooele, UT”,8
7/26,SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals,S1,New Castle Motorsports Park,”New Castle, IN”,9.5
7/26,SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals,S2,New Castle Motorsports Park,”New Castle, IN”,9

Fritz Leesmann (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Fritz Leesmann (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

Stock Moto #1 – Fritz Leesmann
Folsom, California

For only three races in 2015, Fritz Leesmann is among the best in North America. Two runner-up finishes to Rick Dreezen at the SpringNationals opened up the year, and a California ProKart Challenge victory at his home track in Sonoma are three results added to his SKUSA Fikse Wheels Pro Tour results from 2014. Leesmann score is sure to increase, improving on the Modesto Grand Prix results of last year’s SummerNationals when the program heads to the New Castle Motorsports Park in just three weeks.

Point Breakdown
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #1 – S1,9.5,13,973
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #2 – S1,9.5,11,976
SKUSA SuperNationals 2014 – S1,10,5,1149
SKUSA SpringNationals ’15 #1 – S1,9.5,2,1043
SKUSA SpringNationals ’15 #2 – S1,9.5,2,1043
California ProKart Challenge ’15 #4 – S1,8.5,1,990
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 5.67
Average Points: 1029
Total Points: 6174


Billy Musgrave (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Billy Musgrave (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

Stock Moto #2 – Billy Musgrave
Norco, California

The last two seasons in California, Billy Musgrave has owned S1 category at the regional level. It was a struggle to keep up the torrid pace at the Pro Tour level, earning just one podium in 10 races. Musgrave stepped up at the recent SpringNationals, landing on the steps in the opening round, and nearly missed out on another top-three finish the following day. The MRC/Praga pilot remains in the championship chase at the California PKC program, chasing the younger Jarred Campbell with Adams and Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix remaining. Musgrave is looking to add another podium at the Pro Tour, as he along with a number of competitors make their first visit to the New Castle facility in Indiana.

Point Breakdown
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #1 – S1,9.5,7,1039
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #2 – S1,9.5,10,987
SKUSA California PKC ’14 #5 – S1, 8.5,1,978
SKUSA SuperNationals 2014 – S1,10,13,1053
SKUSA SpringNationals ’15 #1 – S1,9.5,3,1032
SKUSA SpringNationals ’15 #2 – S1,9.5,4,1022
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 6.33
Average Points: 1018.5
Total Points: 6111


Ron White (Photo: EKN)

Ron White (Photo: EKN)

Stock Moto #3 – Ron White
San Jose, California

If you had to pick one driver to fill out an All-Star team, Ron White is among the drivers listed on everyone’s squad. Into his second decade at the elite level of shifterkart racing, the NorCal native remains a podium contender to this day. His last win came at the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix in 2014, and another one could be just around the corner. The SpringNationals was not his best performance to date, however, a familiar New Castle circuit could be the location White returns to the podium steps.

Point Breakdown
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #2 – S1,9.5,6,1030
SKUSA California PKC ’14 #6 – S1, 8.5,1,987
SKUSA SuperNationals 2014 – S1,10,8,1113
SKUSA SpringNationals ’15 #1 – S1,9.5,6,1001
SKUSA SpringNationals ’15 #2 – S1,9.5,8,980
SKUSA California PKC ’15 #4 – S1, 8.5,5,950
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 5.67
Average Points: 1010.2
Total Points: 6061


Jake French (Photo: Dreams Captured Photography)

Jake French (Photo: Dreams Captured Photography)

Stock Moto ‘On the Move’ – #11
Jake French
Sachse, Texas

The SKUSA Stock Moto Ladder System has produced a number of drivers, beginning at the S5 Junior level while elevating toward the S1 Pro divisions and beyond. French’s journey in Stock Moto began in 2008, working into the S2 Semi-Pro and then the S1 division. Away for nearly a year, he came back in 2014 to finish just outside the top-10 in points in what was the most competitive season for S1 in the five year history of the Pro Tour. Now working with the Sodi brand, French is focused 100% on his karting efforts. Competing at the Texas ProKart Challenge, French has two wins and two runner-ups, battling with former Rock Island GP King of the Streets winner and Pro Tour S4 champion Jordon Musser.

Point Breakdown
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #1 – S1,9.5,6,1050
SKUSA SuperNationals 2014 – S1,10,12,1065
Texas ProKart Challenge ’15 #1,8,2,870
Texas ProKart Challenge ’15 #2,8,1,877
Texas ProKart Challenge ’15 #3,8,2,855
Texas ProKart Challenge ’15 #4,8,1,885
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 4.0
Average Points: 933.7
Total Points: 5602

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, 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 2015, 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. Other national and 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 July 1, 2015
Pos.,May 15,Plus/Minus,Driver,Races,Score
1.,1,NC,Fritz Leesmann,8,6174
2.,2,NC,Billy Musgrave,13,6111
3.,3,NC,Ron White,8,6061
4.,4,NC,Jarred Campbell,11,6056
5.,6,1,Cody Hodgson,7,5924
6.,5,-1,Jonathan Kotyk,7,5896
7.,7,NC,Kolton Griffin,11,5813
8.,9,1,Daniel Formal,6,5737
9.,11,2,Carter Williams,11,5705
10.,12,2,Matias Podboj,7,5655
11.,67,56,Jake French,6,5602
12.,14,2,Ryon Beachner,6,5578
13.,15,2,Luke Shanahan,7,5503
14.,17,3,Troy Diede,6,5489
15.,19,4,Daniel De La Calle,8,5476
16.,18,2,Miguel Lopez,8,5460
17.,16,-1,Jordan Dick,7,5455
18.,20,2,Nathan Adds,11,5437
19.,22,3,Will Preston,7,5412
20.,23,3,Josh Lane,9,5311
21.,21,NC,Tyler Bennett,7,5276
22.,25,3,Graig Alvarez,10,5255
23.,28,5,Robert Bujdoso,7,5243
24.,32,8,Marco Eakins,7,5236
25.,24,-1,Skyler Finley,8,5236
26.,29,3,Jack Freese,6,5216
27.,33,6,Alan Michel,7,5172
28.,31,3,Hunter Pickett,7,5155
29.,27,-2,Bonnier Moulton,7,5133
30.,36,6,Harry Gottsacker,11,5116
31.,77,46,Cody Jolly,6,5036
32.,35,3,CJ Cramm,10,5030
33.,34,1,Alex Yates,7,4989
34.,38,4,Tyler Guilbeault,7,4988
35.,40,5,John Gaydos,7,4975
36.,44,8,Austin Wilkins,8,4963
37.,102,65,Ryan Pool,6,4946
38.,41,3,Kyle Wick,6,4926
39.,80,41,Andretta Young,6,4883
40.,84,44,Travis Henson,6,4862
41.,13,-28,Connor Wagner,5,4754
42.,47,5,Andrew Bujdoso,5,4599
43.,50,7,Peter Abba,5,4590
44.,52,8,Brandon Frank,5,4553
45.,95,50,Chris Jennings,5,4435
46.,53,7,Lloyd Mack,5,4404
47.,30,-17,Ryan Rudolph,5,4366
48.,26,-22,Cabot Bigham,5,4355
49.,54,5,Jonathan Vitolo,5,4349
50.,72,22,Kol Bailey,5,4285
51.,73,22,Don Whittington,5,4279
52.,57,5,Christian Bouhuys,5,4272
53.,75,22,Jordon Lennox Lamb,4,4264
54.,58,4,Austin Schimmel,5,4222
55.,79,24,Davide Fore,4,4195
56.,37,-19,Nick Neri,4,4177
57.,74,17,Mike Beeny,5,4174
58.,59,1,Chris Neria,5,4126
59.,8,-51,Austin Garrison,4,4083
60.,82,22,Kevin Janders,5,4057
61.,45,-16,Norbert Laczho,5,4034
62.,111,49,Joe Morton,5,4022
63.,39,-24,Blake Murdock,5,4006
64.,10,-54,Oliver Askew,4,3975
65.,43,-22,Billy Auffenberg,5,3968
66.,68,2,Dan Laporta,5,3946
67.,91,24,Joey Wimsett,4,3857
68.,51,-17,Morgan Healey,4,3746
69.,94,25,Sabre Cook,4,3683
70.,129,59,Jordon Musser,4,3468
71.,101,30,Nic LeDuc,4,3402
72.,71,-1,Colby Yardley,4,3324
73.,107,34,Bryon Rothenhoefer,4,3321
74.,62,-12,Ellie Nash,4,3298
75.,115,40,Kyle Smith,4,3282
76.,81,5,Forrest Denham,4,3262
77.,42,-35,Ryan Grieve,4,3248
78.,83,5,Farshad Bagheri,4,3232
79.,138,59,Colin Long,4,3215
80.,85,5,David Levy,4,3208
81.,64,-17,Slade Putman,4,3179
82.,46,-36,Brady Ross,4,3146
83.,89,6,Milan Dontje,3,3137
84.,49,-35,Randall Their,4,3111
85.,48,-37,Casey Ross,4,3095
86.,169,83,Keith Buffo,4,3038
87.,66,-21,Kyle Kirkwood,3,3015
88.,92,4,Loris Ronzano,3,2968
89.,93,4,Ryan Kinnear,3,2901
90.,96,6,Luis Morales,3,2723
91.,97,6,Alec Gumpfer,3,2666
92.,55,-37,Daniel Langon,3,2611
93.,99,6,Jim McKinney,3,2598
94.,100,6,Cody Diede,3,2555
95.,78,-17,Alex Keyes,3,2532
96.,103,7,Kory Estell,3,2522
97.,104,7,Darin Marcus,3,2515
98.,106,8,Kyle Kalish,3,2491
99.,132,33,Matt Koerner,3,2469
100.,60,-40,Myles Marolt,3,2465
101.,86,-15,Paul Makarucha,3,2461
102.,108,6,Henry Morse,3,2442
103.,110,7,Cory Milne,3,2433
104.,61,-43,Tyler Fling,3,2420
105.,63,-42,Phillip Davis,3,2415
106.,113,7,Scott Granger,3,2412
107.,-,-,Lincoln Steel,3,2403
108.,151,43,Justin Taylor,3,2398
109.,65,-44,Eric Van Der Steur,3,2394
110.,88,-22,Clayton Putman,3,2377
111.,-,-,David Salazar,3,2377
112.,154,42,Tyler Shepard,3,2368
113.,114,1,Gino Giglotti,3,2366
114.,136,22,Mike Rivera,3,2359
115.,160,45,Dave Edwards,3,2352
116.,168,52,Frank Rapisarda,3,2283
117.,117,NC,Rick Dreezen,2,2106
118.,118,NC,Patrik Hajek,2,2043
119.,119,NC,Christian Schureman,2,2014
120.,120,NC,Fernando Casillas Jr.,2,1995
121.,121,NC,Matt Hamilton,2,1991
122.,122,NC,Steven Reasoner,2,1924
123.,123,NC,Tom Dyer,2,1894
124.,124,NC,Bryce Cornet,2,1893
125.,125,NC,Matthew Di Leo,2,1884
126.,70,-56,Brian Keck,2,1842
127.,127,NC,Alex Tartaglia,2,1839
128.,128,NC,Joshua de Losier,2,1793
129.,98,-31,Curtis Paul Jr.,2,1765
130.,130,NC,Brett Buckwalter,2,1723
131.,191,60,Pablo Sanchez,2,1704
132.,76,-56,Lindsay Brewer,2,1680
133.,-,-,Myles Pederson,2,1642
134.,145,11,Chris Beck,2,1641
135.,134,-1,Ryan Smith,2,1634
136.,-,-,Wes Pogue,2,1634
137.,135,-2,Bayley Mickler,2,1627
138.,137,-1,Derek Scott Jr.,2,1619
139.,-,-,Chris Matthew,2,1615
140.,139,-1,Allan Cesarman,2,1608
141.,140,-1,Joe Taylor,2,1605
142.,141,-1,Steve Perdue,2,1605
143.,209,66,Pablo Carballedo,2,1604
144.,143,-1,Joe Criscione,2,1600
145.,144,-1,Mike McGowan,2,1598
146.,-,-,Ray Cochand,2,1592
147.,87,-60,Grayson Browne,2,1586
148.,146,-2,Justin Walsh,2,1584
149.,147,-2,Phil Haddad,2,1582
150.,163,13,Ryan Belanger,2,1582
151.,148,-3,Brian Frank,2,1581
152.,112,-40,John Sullivan,2,1580
153.,231,78,Rusty Lingle,2,1579
154.,-,-,Dave Shepard,2,1576
155.,-,-,James O’Brien,2,1576
156.,149,-7,Jim Lewis,2,1576
157.,150,-7,Mateo DeLeon,2,1572
158.,-,-,Matthew Mateo,2,1568
159.,-,-,Brian Nixon,2,1567
160.,-,-,Jaques Rickards,2,1567
161.,152,-9,Gilberto Munoz,2,1566
162.,153,-9,Jason Hall,2,1564
163.,155,-8,Garrett Ramirez,2,1563
164.,157,-7,Pascual Torres,2,1559
165.,90,-75,Jarrett Lile,2,1557
166.,158,-8,Jeff Janders,2,1556
167.,-,-,Kyle Knecht,2,1554
168.,161,-7,Kassy Loving,2,1530
169.,69,-100,Michael Taska,2,1529
170.,165,-5,Tim Armstrong,2,1493
171.,166,-5,Joshua Smith,2,1484
172.,167,-5,Garret Bailey,2,1483
173.,251,78,Patrick Cecilian,2,1482
174.,170,-4,Jason Faint,1,1099
175.,171,-4,Phillip Orcic,1,1094
176.,172,-4,Jordan Ford,1,1029
177.,173,-4,AJ Allmendinger,1,1005
178.,174,-4,Ricardo Gonzalez,1,997
179.,175,-4,Matt Jaskol,1,993
180.,176,-4,Dominic LeGrand,1,963
181.,126,-55,Jimmy McNeil,1,958
182.,177,-5,Connor Iseli,1,938
183.,178,-5,Christian Bird,1,937
184.,179,-5,Marco Andretti,1,933
185.,180,-5,Colton Aldridge,1,928
186.,181,-5,Gary Carlton,1,921
187.,182,-5,Derek Crockett,1,919
188.,183,-5,Roberto Manduchi,1,918
189.,184,-5,Lance Lane,1,909
190.,185,-5,Scott Hargrove,1,898
191.,186,-5,Scott Barnes,1,891
192.,187,-5,Kyle Kennedy,1,881
193.,188,-5,Fauzi Dib Saad,1,874
194.,189,-5,Vivek Tandon,1,872
195.,190,-5,AJ Myers,1,870
196.,-,-,Jesus Rios,1,856
197.,109,-88,Cody Freeman,1,855
198.,193,-5,Mark Nagy,1,851
199.,194,-5,Austin Versteeg,1,847
200.,56,-144,Tase Flores,1,847
201.,195,-6,Alex Speed,1,842
202.,196,-6,Garrett Boone,1,840
203.,197,-6,Matteo Vigano,1,835
204.,199,-5,Christopher Hines,1,834
205.,200,-5,Cole Mathewson,1,831
206.,201,-5,Chris Gannon,1,829
207.,202,-5,Evan Roshak,1,829
208.,-,-,Mike Hines,1,829
209.,203,-6,Brian Davies,1,828
210.,204,-6,Chandler Campbell,1,828
211.,205,-6,Lorenzo van Riet,1,827
212.,206,-6,Eddie Olpin,1,826
213.,207,-6,Mike Nakumura,1,822
214.,208,-6,Philip Craycraft,1,821
215.,-,-,Brent Galvan,1,813
216.,-,-,Cole Franchini,1,813
217.,211,-6,Brad Dunford,1,812
218.,212,-6,Tyler Coffman,1,812
219.,213,-6,Will Hudson,1,812
220.,-,-,Jason Toft,1,808
221.,215,-6,Rene Martinelli,1,808
222.,-,-,Rich Jerrett,1,805
223.,216,-7,Max Cortes,1,804
224.,217,-7,Alejandro Fernandez,1,803
225.,218,-7,Bryan Morgan,1,803
226.,219,-7,Kolby Araki,1,803
227.,220,-7,Virgil Gross,1,800
228.,221,-7,Jim Inglebright,1,799
229.,-,-,Nick Rango,1,794
230.,223,-7,Fabrizio Famularo,1,793
231.,-,-,Matt Colledge,1,793
232.,224,-8,Sam Bocchino,1,793
233.,225,-8,Stephan Flatt,1,793
234.,226,-8,Jim Kidd,1,790
235.,-,-,Brian Henson,1,789
236.,-,-,Michael Lundeen,1,787
237.,227,-10,Steve Jenks,1,787
238.,228,-10,Ben Schermerhorn,1,786
239.,229,-10,Caleb Smock,1,784
240.,230,-10,Steven Waddell,1,784
241.,232,-9,Calvin Hankins,1,780
242.,-,-,Tera Estes,1,780
243.,-,-,Jake Lothrop,1,779
244.,233,-11,Trenton Estep,1,774
245.,234,-11,Andrew Vargus,1,773
246.,133,-113,Taylor Monnig,1,773
247.,-,-,Jen Anderson,1,772
248.,237,-11,Dan Dragio,1,766
249.,238,-11,Eric Humphries,1,766
250.,239,-11,Alex Reynosa,1,764
251.,240,-11,Pete Yerkovich Jr.,1,762
252.,242,-10,Nick Boulle,1,759
253.,243,-10,Aamir Hyder,1,758
254.,244,-10,Lee Waddell,1,758
255.,245,-10,Bill Pyles,1,757
256.,246,-10,Justin Bennett,1,755
257.,116,-141,Andy Noyes,1,754
258.,247,-11,Brad Shaffer,1,747
259.,248,-11,George Moss,1,745
260.,249,-11,Gregory Weate,1,741
261.,250,-11,Jake Karwowski,1,740
262.,162,-100,Mark Gaydos,1,737
263.,252,-11,Mike Kavanaugh,1,731
264.,159,-105,Johny Boken,1,722
265.,254,-11,Ricky Davis,1,714
266.,255,-11,Preston Peltier,1,706

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