2016 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – Stock Moto – April 21

Musgrave, Leesmann and White remain top drivers to begin 2016 season

Billy Musgrave (Photo: DromoPhotos.com)

EKN Driver Rankings logoThe 2016 season is now underway with nearly a 1/3 of the yearly calendar in the books. The meat of the racing season is on the horizon as the national programs are set to kick off in the coming weeks. This winter was another successful season, this time welcoming new events to be counted toward the eKartingNews.com Stock Moto Driver Rankings thanks to the inclusion of Shifterkart divisions at the Challenge of the Americas. In total, 13 race results were added to the standings tally, with similar standings from where we left the 2015 season.

The top four drivers remain unchanged in the order, including the 2015 #1 Billy Musgrave (MRC / Praga). It was a career-best season on the Pro Tour for the 2012 SuperNationals S2 race winner in his three year stint at the top level of S1. The two-time California PKC champion finished vice-champion behind international star Rick Dreezen, and will carry the SKUSA national #2 plate in 2016. Finishing last year behind him in the standings was Fritz Leesmann. The two-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion was one spot behind in the final championship chase, finishing third in 2015. His racing for 2016 is unknown, as we have yet to see him behind the seat of a kart in 2016 and not listed as a competitor at the SpringNationals. The same is for #3 in the standings Ron White. The veteran is among the top shifterkart drivers of the past two decades, and finished 2015 strong. His focus is more on the other side of the fence, building a reputable race team in NorCal – Ron White Racing.

Still holding fourth in the EKN standings is Kolton Griffin (Pure Karting / Tony Kart). The Arizona driver finished vice-champion in the inaugural Challenge of the Americas Shifter Senior title chase this winter, picking up two victories in six races. Four top-six finishes to open up his rookie S1 season in 2015 landed Griffin sixth in the championship despite missing the SuperNationals. Home track advantage could lead to his second career podium finish in S1 next week at the SpringNationals.

Moving up into fifth is 2015 SKUSA Pro Tour S2 champion Carter Williams. The Phil Giebler Racing / Ricciardo Kart driver is set to make the jump up to S1 this season, carrying the blue #1 SKUSA plate as a graduating champion. The former Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix Scholarship winner is keeping busy, progressing into open wheel cars this season as well. Moving up in the rankings was helped by his S1 debut at the California PKC, finishing seventh. That dropped reigning California PKC champ Jarred Campbell to sixth. The NorCal native is making a return to the Intrepid brand and Champion Racing, the same package he won the 2014 SuperNationals S2 class aboard. His first race back in the familiar orange frame, Campbell won at the California PKC event in Monterey to give him strong momentum heading to the SpringNationals.

The rest of the top-10 moved up over the winter months. Miguel Lopez (GP) is seventh, not adding any results to his total. Lopez finished vice-champion in 2015 to Williams in S2. EKN is currently unsure of Lopez racing plans for the 2016. Hunter Pickett is on the rise, performing well over the winter months. Pickett (Pickett Racing / Aluminos) was a top challenger at the Challenge of the Americas and is currently leading the California PKC S2 standings, earning his first career victory in Round Three. This makes Hunter the top S2 driver in the country with Williams and Lopez graduating up to S1.

Luke Shanahan (MSquared Karting / Tony Kart) is up one spot to ninth without any action this winter, planning on making his S1 debut at the SpringNationals. Breaking into the top-10 is Northwest pilot Marco Eakins. The Black Flag Racing Products / Formula K driver eighth in the Pro Tour standings after a bright start to the season at the SpringNats a year ago. Eakins has now made the transition to the S1 category, already showing well with two top-five finishes at the California PKC program.

Upcoming EKN Stock Moto Driver Rankings Events

4/24,US Open #1,Stock Honda Elite,NOLA Motorsports Park,”New Orleans, LA”,9
4/24,US Open #1,Stock Honda Senior,NOLA Motorsports Park,”New Orleans, LA”,8.5
4/30,Northwest Gold Cup #3,Super Stock CR125,Horn Rapids Kart Track,”Richland, WA”,8
4/30,SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals,S1,PKRA Formula K Raceway,”Glendale, AZ”,9.5
4/30,SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals,S2,PKRA Formula K Raceway,”Glendale, AZ”,9
4/30,Utah State Championships #1,Spec 125,Utah Motorsports Campus,”Tooele, UT”,8
5/1,Northwest Gold Cup #4,Super Stock CR125,Horn Rapids Kart Track,”Richland, WA”,8
5/1,SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals,S1,PKRA Formula K Raceway,”Glendale, AZ”,9.5
5/1,SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals,S2,PKRA Formula K Raceway,”Glendale, AZ”,9
5/14,Colorado Sprint Championship #1,Senior Shifter,IMI Motorsports Complex,”Dacono, CO”,8
5/14,Utah State Championships #2,Spec 125,Utah Motorsports Campus,”Tooele, UT”,8
5/15,Colorado Sprint Championship #2,Senior Shifter,IMI Motorsports Complex,”Dacono, CO”,8
5/15,Sanzaru Games Karting Championship #3,Pro Stock Honda,Simraceway Performance Karting Center,”Sonoma, CA”,8
5/21,Can-Am Karting Challenge #1,S2,Horn Rapids Kart Track,”Richland, WA”,8
5/21,SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge #1,S1/S2,Oklahoma Motorsports Complex,”Norman, OK”,8
5/22,Can-Am Karting Challenge #2,S2,Horn Rapids Kart Track,”Richland, WA”,8
5/22,SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge #2,S1/S2,Oklahoma Motorsports Complex,”Norman, OK”,8
5/28,Gearup Challenge F-Series #2,Stock Honda,Old Bridge Township Raceway Park,”Englishtown, NJ”,8
5/28,Northwest Gold Cup #5,Super Stock CR125,Spokane Kart Racing Association,”Airway Heights, WA”,8
5/28,Texas Sprint Racing Series #3,Shifter Light,Heart of Texas Kart Club,”Waco, TX”,8
5/28,Utah State Championships #3,Spec 125,Utah Motorsports Campus,”Tooele, UT”,8
5/29,Northwest Gold Cup #6,Super Stock CR125,Spokane Kart Racing Association,”Airway Heights, WA”,8
5/29,Texas Sprint Racing Series #4,Shifter Light,Heart of Texas Kart Club,”Waco, TX”,8

Driver Rankings-Billy MusgraveStock Moto #1 – Billy Musgrave
Norco, California

The start to the 2016 season has been busy for the former two-time California ProKart Challenge champion and 2015 Pro Tour vice-champion. Musgrave has been running double duty aboard two distinct MRC / Praga machines in California PKC competition and Los Angeles Karting Championship. Musgrave has been running S1 AND X30 Senior at both programs, and will try to accomplish the same feat at the SpringNationals next weekend. Only a few have tried, with mild success by Brandon Jarsocrak a year ago – who is the current EKN Driver Rankings #1 TaG driver.

Point Breakdown
SKUSA SpringNationals ’15 #1 – S1,9.5,3,1032
SKUSA SpringNationals ’15 #2 – S1,9.5,4,1022
SKUSA California PKC ’15 #4 – S1, 8.5,4,960
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #1 – S1,9.5,4,1029
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #2 – S1,9.5,1,1061
SKUSA SuperNationals 2015 – S1,10,4,1141[/table]

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.3
Average Points: 1040.8
Total Points: 6245


Fritz Leesmann (Photo: EKN)

Fritz Leesmann (Photo: EKN)

Stock Moto #2 – Fritz Leesmann
Folsom, California

As a two-time champion on the SKUSA Pro Tour, Fritz Leesmann has stamped his legacy in Superkarts! USA and US karting history. Fritz is still among the most talented drivers in North America, however, it is a rarity that we see him behind the wheel of a kart. The future as a driver is uncertain for Leesmann, however. We know that if he does land on a ride in 2016, he will be among the top contenders in what ever he drives.

Point Breakdown
[table width=”375″]Race,Rank,Finish,Points
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
SKUSA SummerNationals ’15 #2 – S1,9.5,2,1050
California ProKart Challenge ’15 #6 – S1,8.5,2,968
SKUSA SuperNationals 2015 – S1,10,6,1117[/table]

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.5
Average Points: 1035.2
Total Points: 6211


Ron White (Photo: EKN)

Ron White (Photo: EKN)

Stock Moto #3 – Ron White
San Jose, California

There is no driver in the past two decades that match or compare to the skill-set of veteran Ron White. The NorCal legend returned to the seat full time for the past two seasons, and worked his way back toward the top of the national rankings. Heading into 2016, he is focused on growing his race team – Ron White Racing – in his home region, serving to a diverse lineup of drivers from the youngest to the oldest.

Point Breakdown
[table width=”375″]Race,Rank,Finish,Points
SKUSA SpringNationals ’15 #1 – S1,9.5,6,1001
SKUSA SpringNationals ’15 #2 – S1,9.5,8,980
SKUSA SummerNationals ’15 #1 – S1,9.5,6,1008
SKUSA SummerNationals ’15 #2 – S1,9.5,5,1019
SKUSA California PKC ’15 #6 – S1, 8.5,3,958
SKUSA SuperNationals 2015 – S1,10,12,1047[/table]

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 6.67
Average Points: 1002.17
Total Points: 6013


Jacob Neal (Photo: EKN)

Jacob Neal (Photo: EKN)

Stock Moto ‘On the Move’ – #11
Jacob Neal
Riverside, California

Over a decade ago, we got to watch Jacob Neal battle for victories and a shot at the title in Stars of Karting competition. He steadily worked his way up, learning from the best, including Gary Carlton. After time at school, Neal was a spectator at nearby major events and looking to get back behind the wheel full time. Diego Valverde, a former wrench with Carlton, gave him the opportunity. Neal works with him under the VRP Racing banner, and is the lead shifter driver on the team. Neal returned to full-time action at the Streets of Lancaster, and has been busy since. Top-five finishes at the California ProKart Challenge put him among the title contenders, and helped him to climb the standings of the EKN Driver Rankings.

Point Breakdown
SKUSA California PKC ’15 #6 – S1, 8.5,5,939
SKUSA SuperNationals 2015 – S1,10,15,1011
SKUSA California PKC ’16 #1 – S1, 8.5,4,922
Challenge of the Americas ’16 #4,8,3,908
SKUSA California PKC ’16 #2 – S1, 8.5,3,923
SKUSA California PKC ’16 #3 – S1, 8.5,4,918[/table]

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 5.67
Average Points: 936.8
Total Points: 5621

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 2016, the SKUSA Pro Tour 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. A base ranking of nine (9) goes to the United States Pro Kart Series, Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge, Challenge of the Americas, Rock Island Grand Prix and California ProKart Challenge. 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.

EKN Stock Moto Driver Rankings – as of April 21, 2016

Pos.,Dec. 16,Plus/Minus,Driver,Races,Score
1.,1,NC,Billy Musgrave,11,6245
2.,2,NC,Fritz Leesmann,8,6211
3.,3,NC,Ron White,8,6013
4.,4,NC,Kolton Griffin,13,5952
5.,7,2,Carter Williams,9,5881
6.,5,-1,Jarred Campbell,11,5870
7.,8,1,Miguel Lopez,8,5823
8.,9,1,Hunter Pickett,15,5746
9.,10,1,Luke Shanahan,7,5694
10.,14,4,Marco Eakins,10,5656
11.,63,52,Jacob Neal,11,5621
12.,11,-1,Troy Diede,7,5600
13.,17,4,Jake French,14,5577
14.,19,5,Harry Gottsacker,12,5526
15.,18,3,Alan Michel,8,5518
16.,16,NC,Austin Wilkins,9,5505
17.,22,5,Kol Bailey,12,5496
18.,23,5,Don Whittington,11,5478
19.,21,2,Will Preston,9,5414
20.,20,NC,Josh Lane,8,5353
21.,24,3,Bonnier Moulton,9,5321
22.,25,3,Skyler Finley,7,5321
23.,26,3,Nathan Adds,7,5303
24.,27,3,Graig Alvarez,10,5302
25.,109,84,Brian Keck,6,5264
26.,28,2,Mike Beeny,7,5261
27.,29,2,Tyler Bennett,6,5247
28.,30,2,Colby Yardley,15,5237
29.,31,2,Alex Yates,10,5233
30.,34,4,Lincoln Steel,10,5164
31.,32,1,Jordon Musser,6,5158
32.,35,3,Christian Bouhuys,6,5122
33.,36,3,Robert Bujdoso,6,5107
34.,39,5,Ryan Pool,7,5079
35.,38,3,John Gaydos,6,5067
36.,40,4,David Salazar,10,5064
37.,164,127,Robert Heck Jr.,6,5055
38.,33,-5,Andrew Bujdoso,6,5054
39.,42,3,Rick Dreezen,5,5023
40.,6,-34,Jonathan Kotyk,5,5021
41.,43,2,Kyle Smith,7,5017
42.,45,3,Andretta Young,12,5007
43.,-,-,Ben Schermerhorn,6,5006
44.,48,4,Brandon Frank,5,4956
45.,47,2,Matt Koerner,7,4940
46.,-,-,Lawson Nagel,6,4887
47.,50,3,Travis Henson,6,4859
48.,51,3,Fernando Casillas Jr.,5,4727
49.,13,-36,Kyle Kalish,5,4704
50.,52,2,Peter Abba,5,4498
51.,46,-5,Paul Makarucha,5,4164
52.,55,3,Patrik Hajek,4,4112
53.,57,4,Matt Hamilton,4,4098
54.,49,-5,Kevin Janders,5,4039
55.,62,7,Bryce Cornet,4,3682
56.,113,57,Sabre Cook,4,3499
57.,66,9,Austin Schimmel,4,3484
58.,41,-17,Kyle Wick,4,3479
59.,37,-22,Chris Jennings,4,3378
60.,-,-,Jason Campbell,4,3370
61.,44,-17,CJ Cramm,4,3305
62.,70,8,Parker Chase,4,3283
63.,56,-7,Tyler Guilbeault,4,3267
64.,71,7,Chris Matthew,4,3264
65.,-,-,Joe di Vito,4,3226
66.,75,9,Pablo Carballedo,4,3221
67.,78,11,Kyle Knecht,4,3202
68.,61,-7,Dan Laporta,4,3189
69.,81,12,Dave Shepard,4,3172
70.,60,-10,Frank Rapisarda,4,3168
71.,82,11,Mateo DeLeon,4,3151
72.,182,110,Aaron Schmitt,4,3132
73.,83,10,Keith Buffo,4,3132
74.,213,139,Josh Early,4,3096
75.,84,9,Daniel Bray,3,3010
76.,85,9,Max Di Bella,3,3006
77.,87,10,Davide Fore,3,2927
78.,88,10,Cole Mathewson,3,2878
79.,89,10,Nic LeDuc,3,2869
80.,-,-,Jimmy McNeil,3,2810
81.,90,9,Salvador de Alba,3,2809
82.,15,-67,Ryon Beachner,3,2779
83.,12,-71,Matias Podboj,3,2770
84.,65,-19,Daniel De La Calle,3,2703
85.,91,6,Jordon Lennox,3,2653
86.,69,-17,Casey Ross,3,2651
87.,64,-23,Cody Hodgson,3,2632
88.,171,83,Brett Buckwalter,3,2587
89.,54,-35,Cody Jolly,3,2524
90.,-,-,Callum Smith,3,2520
91.,-,-,Hunter Kelly,3,2495
92.,94,2,Cody Elliott,3,2479
93.,-,-,Rory van der Steur,3,2468
94.,67,-27,Bryon Rothenhoefer,3,2466
95.,96,1,Chris Neria,3,2457
96.,-,-,Jason Pettit,3,2450
97.,-,-,KC Cook,3,2442
98.,58,-40,Colin Long,3,2428
99.,72,-27,Darin Marcus,3,2427
100.,59,-41,Tyler Shepard,3,2424
101.,175,74,Joshua Young,3,2414
102.,-,-,Jessica Sollberger,3,2389
103.,99,-4,Dave Edwards,3,2378
104.,-,-,Anthony Freese,3,2319
105.,98,-7,Justin Taylor,3,2317
106.,-,-,Michael Korody,3,2301
107.,-,-,Dekota Fripp,3,2212
108.,86,-22,Daniel Formal,2,2056
109.,103,-6,Connor Wagner,2,1978
110.,105,-5,Joey Wimsett,2,1945
111.,106,-5,Augie Lerch,2,1930
112.,107,-5,Cabot Bigham,2,1835
113.,108,-5,Jesus Rios,2,1815
114.,93,-21,Trenton Estep,2,1815
115.,92,-23,Jim McKinney,2,1812
116.,165,49,Lloyd Mack,2,1764
117.,110,-7,Cody Diede,2,1761
118.,111,-7,Ryan Kinnear,2,1758
119.,112,-7,Garrett Boone,2,1757
120.,114,-6,Luke Waller,2,1706
121.,115,-6,Eric Batt,2,1694
122.,116,-6,Joshua de Losier,2,1692
123.,74,-49,Brady Ross,2,1666
124.,117,-7,Chris Beck,2,1666
125.,118,-7,Kindra Hurlbert,2,1663
126.,53,-73,Jack Freese,2,1661
127.,119,-8,Forrest Denham,2,1658
128.,120,-8,Tim Armstrong,2,1649
129.,121,-8,Jason Toft,2,1648
130.,122,-8,Mike Hines,2,1642
131.,123,-8,Myles Pederson,2,1642
132.,124,-8,Mark Nagy,2,1634
133.,126,-7,Wes Pogue,2,1634
134.,127,-7,Philip Craycraft,2,1633
135.,76,-59,Brian Frank,2,1629
136.,128,-8,Bayley Mickler,2,1627
137.,129,-8,Kyle Kennedy,2,1621
138.,131,-7,Scott Granger,2,1616
139.,80,-59,Garrett Ramirez,2,1612
140.,132,-8,Tim Hollowell,2,1611
141.,-,-,Evan White,2,1608
142.,133,-9,Jenna Grillo,2,1600
143.,134,-9,Mike McGowan,2,1598
144.,135,-9,Joe Morton,2,1595
145.,79,-66,Steve Perdue,2,1595
146.,136,-10,Ray Cochand,2,1592
147.,139,-8,Ryan Belanger,2,1582
148.,140,-8,James O’Brien,2,1576
149.,143,-6,Steve Jenks,2,1574
150.,144,-6,Matthew Mateo,2,1568
151.,145,-6,Brian Nixon,2,1567
152.,146,-6,Jaques Rickards,2,1567
153.,147,-6,Gilberto Munoz,2,1566
154.,-,-,Rusty Lingle,2,1566
155.,-,-,AJ Juergens,2,1564
156.,148,-8,Jason Hall,2,1564
157.,-,-,Matthew O’Donnell,2,1559
158.,149,-9,Jeff Janders,2,1556
159.,100,-59,Mike Rivera,2,1549
160.,102,-58,Patrick Cecilian,2,1528
161.,151,-10,Joe Ruch,2,1516
162.,155,-7,Allan Cesarman,2,1453
163.,156,-7,Gary Carlton,1,1164
164.,157,-7,Dario Capitano,1,1131
165.,158,-7,Jorge Pescador,1,1108
166.,104,-62,AJ Myers,1,1105
167.,159,-8,Francesco Celenta,1,1070
168.,160,-8,Alec Gumpfer,1,988
169.,161,-8,Kristijan Habulin,1,964
170.,162,-8,Noah Grey,1,927
171.,-,-,Christian Brooks,1,912
172.,166,-6,Dominic LeGrand,1,893
173.,167,-6,David Malukas,1,874
174.,168,-6,Gianfranco Mazzaferro,1,871
175.,169,-6,Nick Neri,1,860
176.,170,-6,Ayrton Little,1,859
177.,95,-82,Joe Criscione,1,859
178.,-,-,Race Liberante,1,858
179.,68,-111,Henry Morse,1,848
180.,172,-8,Manuel Vazquez Camarasa,1,848
181.,173,-8,Pablo Sanchez,1,842
182.,174,-8,Santiago Creel,1,842
183.,177,-6,Christopher Hines,1,834
184.,179,-5,Cory Milne,1,829
185.,180,-5,Alex Keyes,1,828
186.,183,-3,Brent Galvan,1,813
187.,184,-3,Cole Franchini,1,813
188.,-,-,Taylor Ross,1,812
189.,187,-2,Will Hudson,1,812
190.,188,-2,Todd Edgington,1,811
191.,142,-49,Eric Van Der Steur,1,808
192.,189,-3,Rich Jerrett,1,805
193.,-,-,Broch Evans,1,804
194.,190,-4,Max Cortes,1,804
195.,192,-3,Bryan Morgan,1,803
196.,194,-2,Scott Clark,1,802
197.,195,-2,Darren Newport,1,801
198.,196,-2,Virgil Gross,1,800
199.,197,-2,Norbert Laczho,1,796
200.,198,-2,Ben Haney,1,795
201.,-,-,Carson Mueller,1,795
202.,199,-3,Lauren Stark,1,794
203.,200,-3,Nick Rango,1,794
204.,201,-3,Matt Colledge,1,793
205.,203,-2,Brian Henson,1,789
206.,204,-2,Michael Lundeen,1,787
207.,-,-,Randall Burnett,1,787
208.,205,-3,Tom Dyer,1,786
209.,206,-3,Kenneth Simcox,1,785
210.,209,-1,Tera Estes,1,780
211.,210,-1,Jake Lothrop,1,779
212.,212,NC,Jen Anderson,1,772
213.,214,1,Kirk Potter,1,769
214.,215,1,Dan Dragio,1,766
215.,216,1,Mike Kavanaugh,1,766
216.,218,2,Bill Pyles,1,757[/table]

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