2016 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – Stock Moto – May 27

Musgrave extends lead as Griffin becomes top challenger

Billy Musgrave (Photo: EKN)

EKN Driver Rankings logoThe eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings is beginning to adjust for the new season, removing the beginning races from last year. The transition in the 12-month period in which events are counted toward the best six races for each driver in the Stock Moto category are shuffling up the order toward the top of the standings. As of now, there is no question as to who is the top driver – with Billy Musgrave extending his lead as we close out the month of May.

Musgrave’s victory at the SpringNationals gave him his second SKUSA Pro Tour victory over the past 10 months, keeping him at the top of the Stock Moto Driver Rankings. Musgrave (MRC / Praga) has put himself in contention for the Pro Tour title, in addition to the California ProKart Challenge championship which resumes this weekend in Sonoma. Jumping ahead to the second spot is Arizona driver Kolton Griffin. The top rookie in S1 last year, the Pure Karting / Tony Kart driver is among the top shifterkart pilots in North America.

Dropping to third is Fritz Leesmann, who we saw in Phoenix turning wrenches instead of piloting a six-speed machine. Ron White is another driver that fell one spot, and will continue throughout the season as he focuses on building his race team in NorCal.

This opens the door for new and familiar names to come up to challenge Musgrave as a top driver. Jake French has done his part through the beginning of 2016. The Dallas Karting Complex / SodiKart driver won the Challenge of the Americas title in the winter, and sits third in the SKUSA Pro Tour standings behind race winners Daniel Bray and Musgrave. The SpringNationals was the first podium finish in the S1 category in his five year history in the Pro division, overcoming a wreck in the opening heat race to drive a repaired kart to third Sunday evening.

Jarred Campbell is no stranger to the top-10 of the EKN Driver Rankings, moving up after his S2 debut season and continuing a run at the top following his rookie S1 year in 2015 as California ProKart Challenge title winner. Now back on the Intrepid colors with Champion Racing, Campbell is gearing for the second half of the California PKC championship chase.

The top S2 pilot in the EKN Driver Rankings is now Austin Wilkins. Victory at the SpringNationals has propelled him to the seventh position in the standings, becoming the second Dallas Karting Complex / SodiKart driver inside the top-10. Wilkins came on late in 2015, emerging as one of the quick drivers at the SuperNationals. When conditions became tough for the main event Saturday in Phoenix, Wilkins stood out and drove away to the big victory.

Jacob Neal has moved back into the top-10, racing a full season with VRP and Diego Valverde. Neal (Tony Kart) is fourth in the California PKC standings heading to his new home track of Sonoma. Defending S2 Pro Tour champion Carter Williams (Phil Giebler Racing / Ricciardo) has dropped four positions to ninth. Losing the strong performances from a year ago in that category, the Californian was unable to replace them in his Pro Tour debut in S1. Rounding out the top-10 is the second S2 driver Hunter Pickett (Aluminos). The SpringNationals began rough for the California driver, involved in the morning warm-up incident that injured driver Kyle Smith and assistant race director Scott Clark. Miguel Lopez (GP), Marco Eakins (Formula K) and Luke Shanahan (Tony Kart) dropped out of the top-10.

Upcoming EKN Stock Moto Driver Rankings Events
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
6/4,SKUSA California ProKart Challenge #4,S1,Simraceway Performance Karting Center,”Sonoma, CA”,8.5
6/4,SKUSA California ProKart Challenge #4,S2,Simraceway Performance Karting Center,”Sonoma, CA”,8
6/4,Utah State Championships #4,Spec 125,Utah Motorsports Campus,”Tooele, UT”,8
6/11,Colorado Sprint Championship #3,Senior Shifter,Grand Junction Motor Speedway,”Grand Junction, CO”,8
6/11,SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge #3,S1/S2,Oklahoma Motorsports Complex,”Norman, OK”,8
6/12,Colorado Sprint Championship #4,Senior Shifter,Grand Junction Motor Speedway,”Grand Junction, CO”,8
6/12,Sanzaru Games Karting Championship #4,Pro Stock Honda,Simraceway Performance Karting Center,”Sonoma, CA”,8
6/12,SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge #4,S1/S2,Oklahoma Motorsports Complex,”Norman, OK”,8
6/18,Utah State Championships #5,Spec 125,Utah Motorsports Campus,”Tooele, UT”,8
6/25,Gearup Challenge F-Series #3,Stock Honda,Pittsburgh International Racing Complex,”Wampum, PA”,8
6/26,US Open #2,Stock Honda Elite,Utah Motorsports Campus,”Tooele, UT”,9
6/26,US Open #2,Stock Honda Senior,Utah Motorsports Campus,”Tooele, UT”,8.5

(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

(Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

Stock Moto #1 – Billy Musgrave
Norco, California

It has been a busy first five months of the season for Billy Musgrave as the MRC / Praga driver is pulling double duty. The #1 EKN Driver Rankings pilot remains as the driver to beat in the Stock Moto division, while etching his name in the chase for the top spot in the TaG category performing double duty in 2016. Musgrave is the lone driver to have multiple victories in the last five Pro Tour races, dating back to his first ever at the 2015 SummerNationals. In those five main events, Musgrave has two wins and three fourth-place finishes. Those results without a doubt make him the top shifterkart driver in North America today.

Point Breakdown
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
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #1 – S1,9.5,1,1060
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #2 – S1,9.5,4,1028
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.00
Average Points: 1046.5
Total Points: 6279


(Photo: SeanBuur.com)

(Photo: SeanBuur.com)

Stock Moto #2 – Kolton Griffin
Phoenix, Arizona

The first S1 victory is just around the corner for Kolton Griffin. The 2016 Challenge of the Americas vice-champion landed two wins this winter, helping to boost his confidence coming off a solid rookie season in 2015. Three top-five finishes in four starts on the Pro Tour help the stats for the Pure Karting / Tony Kart driver, who also earned his first SKUSA S1 podium finish at last year’s SummerNationals. Griffin’s score would be even higher, had he competed at the SuperNationals 2015 last November. Two more podium finishes this July in New Castle will be needed to help close the gap to Musgrave.

Point Breakdown
SKUSA California PKC ’15 #4 – S1, 8.5,7,931
SKUSA SummerNationals ’15 #1 – S1,9.5,5,1019
SKUSA SummerNationals ’15 #2 – S1,9.5,3,1040
SKUSA California PKC ’15 #5 – S1, 8.5,3,939
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #1 – S1,9.5,7,996
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #2 – S1,9.5,5,1018
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 5.00
Average Points: 990.5
Total Points: 5943


Driver Rankings-Fritz Leesmann-HSStock Moto #3 – Fritz Leesmann
Folsom, California

It is very odd to see one of the best shifterkart pilots the United States has produced on the sideline. Fritz is turning wrenched for the next generation of stars, instead of piloting a six-speed machine. Next to Gary Carlton, Leesmann is among the best in the last decade of karting here in North America. A two-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion, two-time Challenge of the Americas DD2 title winner, multi-time race winner and Team USA member in 2012-2013. I have no doubt we will see him behind the wheel sometime, as the SuperNationals victory is still the only void on his CV.

Point Breakdown
California ProKart Challenge ’15 #4 – S1,8.5,1,990
SKUSA SummerNationals ’15 #1 – S1,9.5,12,944
SKUSA SummerNationals ’15 #2 – S1,9.5,2,1050
California ProKart Challenge ’15 #6 – S1,8.5,2,968
Sanzura Games Karting Champ. ’15 #8,8,1,866
SKUSA SuperNationals 2015 – S1,10,6,1117
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 4.00
Average Points: 989.2
Total Points: 5935


(Photo: EKN)

(Photo: EKN)

Stock Moto ‘On the Move’ – #33
Rory van der Steur
Chesapeake City, Maryland

There is not much talk about karting in the state of Maryland. Rory van der Steur is attempting to change that, as this month’s ‘On the Move’. Rory has been traveling from the east coast to the west coast, competing in the California ProKart Challenge events in the S2 Semi-Pro division. A string of top-10 results led to a victory at the opening event of The F-Series held at GoPro Motorplex, beating out a 27-driver field that included S1 drivers Robert Bujdoso and Josh Lane. The 16-year-old recorded a best finish of seventh at his SKUSA Pro Tour S2 debut.

Point Breakdown
SKUSA California PKC ’16 #1 – S2,8,7,824
SKUSA California PKC ’16 #2 – S2,8,9,822
SKUSA California PKC ’16 #3 – S2,8,7,822
F-Series 2016 #1,8,1,905
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #1 – S2,9,25,776
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #2 – S2,9,7,967
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 9.33
Average Points: 852.7
Total Points: 5116

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 May 27, 2016

[table]Pos.,Apr. 21,Plus/Minus,Driver,Races,Score
1.,1,NC,Billy Musgrave,11,6279
2.,4,2,Kolton Griffin,13,5943
3.,2,-1,Fritz Leesmann,6,5935
4.,3,-1,Ron White,6,5845
5.,13,8,Jake French,16,5822
6.,6,NC,Jarred Campbell,11,5789
7.,16,9,Austin Wilkins,14,5736
8.,11,3,Jacob Neal,13,5735
9.,5,-4,Carter Williams,9,5733
10.,8,-2,Hunter Pickett,14,5665
11.,7,-4,Miguel Lopez,6,5663
12.,14,2,Harry Gottsacker,13,5637
13.,10,-3,Marco Eakins,10,5634
14.,9,-5,Luke Shanahan,7,5592
15.,17,2,Kol Bailey,12,5545
16.,22,6,Skyler Finley,9,5520
17.,15,-2,Alan Michel,6,5362
18.,19,1,Will Preston,7,5362
19.,18,-1,Don Whittington,11,5353
20.,21,1,Bonnier Moulton,9,5321
21.,27,6,Tyler Bennett,7,5321
22.,23,1,Nathan Adds,7,5303
23.,20,-3,Josh Lane,7,5266
24.,25,1,Brian Keck,6,5264
25.,26,1,Mike Beeny,7,5261
26.,28,2,Colby Yardley,15,5237
27.,29,2,Alex Yates,11,5233
28.,31,3,Jordon Musser,8,5213
29.,30,1,Lincoln Steel,10,5164
30.,33,3,Robert Bujdoso,6,5158
31.,37,6,Robert Heck Jr.,7,5125
32.,34,2,Ryan Pool,8,5121
33.,93,60,Rory van der Steur,6,5116
34.,46,12,Lawson Nagel,10,5100
35.,43,8,Ben Schermerhorn,7,5083
36.,24,-12,Graig Alvarez,8,5082
37.,36,-1,David Salazar,11,5064
38.,75,37,Daniel Bray,5,5056
39.,49,10,Kyle Kalish,5,5056
40.,63,23,Tyler Guilbeault,6,5022
41.,38,-3,Andrew Bujdoso,6,5008
42.,42,NC,Andretta Young,12,4990
43.,45,2,Matt Koerner,7,4940
44.,41,-3,Kyle Smith,6,4922
45.,74,29,Josh Early,6,4726
46.,83,37,Matias Podboj,5,4625
47.,12,-35,Troy Diede,5,4505
48.,50,2,Peter Abba,5,4498
49.,91,42,Hunter Kelly,5,4464
50.,56,6,Sabre Cook,5,4369
51.,32,-19,Christian Bouhuys,5,4246
52.,90,38,Callum Smith,5,4241
53.,96,43,Jason Pettit,5,4234
54.,98,44,Colin Long,5,4096
55.,108,53,Daniel Formal,4,4070
56.,79,23,Nic LeDuc,4,4034
57.,72,15,Aaron Schmitt,5,4017
58.,58,NC,Kyle Wick,4,3843
59.,86,27,Casey Ross,4,3511
60.,119,59,Garrett Boone,4,3478
61.,35,-26,John Gaydos,4,3439
62.,59,-3,Chris Jennings,4,3378
63.,99,36,Darin Marcus,4,3378
64.,97,33,KC Cook,4,3378
65.,60,-5,Jason Campbell,4,3370
66.,51,-15,Paul Makarucha,4,3317
67.,61,-6,CJ Cramm,4,3305
68.,95,27,Chris Neria,4,3294
69.,62,-7,Parker Chase,4,3283
70.,67,-3,Kyle Knecht,4,3257
71.,47,-24,Travis Henson,4,3245
72.,65,-7,Joe di Vito,4,3226
73.,69,-4,Dave Shepard,4,3172
74.,155,81,AJ Juergens,4,3152
75.,110,35,Joey Wimsett,3,3139
76.,73,-3,Keith Buffo,4,3124
77.,70,-7,Frank Rapisarda,4,3081
78.,44,-34,Brandon Frank,3,3073
79.,40,-39,Jonathan Kotyk,3,3062
80.,76,-4,Max Di Bella,3,3006
81.,39,-42,Rick Dreezen,3,2917
82.,78,-4,Cole Mathewson,3,2878
83.,175,92,Nick Neri,3,2822
84.,80,-4,Jimmy McNeil,3,2810
85.,81,-4,Salvador de Alba,3,2809
86.,82,-4,Ryon Beachner,3,2779
87.,48,-39,Fernando Casillas Jr.,3,2732
88.,-,-,Derek Dignan,3,2724
89.,88,-1,Brett Buckwalter,3,2587
90.,123,33,Brady Ross,3,2545
91.,94,3,Bryon Rothenhoefer,3,2534
92.,89,-3,Cody Jolly,3,2524
93.,92,-1,Cody Elliott,3,2479
94.,64,-30,Chris Matthew,3,2426
95.,100,5,Tyler Shepard,3,2424
96.,101,5,Joshua Young,3,2414
97.,54,-43,Kevin Janders,3,2409
98.,207,109,Randall Burnett,3,2402
99.,102,3,Jessica Sollberger,3,2389
100.,68,-32,Dan Laporta,3,2328
101.,104,3,Anthony Freese,3,2319
102.,105,3,Justin Taylor,3,2317
103.,106,3,Michael Korody,3,2301
104.,107,3,Dekota Fripp,3,2212
105.,53,-52,Matt Hamilton,2,2107
106.,52,-54,Patrik Hajek,2,2069
107.,77,-30,Davide Fore,2,2040
108.,-,-,Oliver Askew,2,1982
109.,109,NC,Connor Wagner,2,1978
110.,111,1,Augie Lerch,2,1930
111.,-,-,Arturo Hernandez Jr.,2,1917
112.,-,-,Luca Tilloca,2,1887
113.,-,-,Riccardo Negro,2,1866
114.,112,-2,Cabot Bigham,2,1835
115.,113,-2,Jesus Rios,2,1815
116.,114,-2,Trenton Estep,2,1815
117.,87,-30,Cody Hodgson,2,1795
118.,55,-63,Bryce Cornet,2,1789
119.,-,-,Vincent Cossard,2,1784
120.,-,-,Sting Ray Robb,2,1783
121.,85,-36,Jordon Lennox,2,1775
122.,116,-6,Lloyd Mack,2,1764
123.,117,-6,Cody Diede,2,1761
124.,118,-6,Ryan Kinnear,2,1758
125.,115,-10,Jim McKinney,2,1713
126.,120,-6,Luke Waller,2,1706
127.,-,-,Morgan Loganathan,2,1702
128.,121,-7,Eric Batt,2,1694
129.,122,-7,Joshua de Losier,2,1692
130.,-,-,Hannah Williams,2,1685
131.,-,-,Erin Sims,2,1668
132.,124,-8,Chris Beck,2,1666
133.,125,-8,Kindra Hurlbert,2,1663
134.,188,54,Taylor Ross,2,1663
135.,126,-9,Jack Freese,2,1661
136.,57,-79,Austin Schimmel,2,1653
137.,210,73,Tim Armstrong,2,1649
138.,176,38,Ayrton Little,2,1645
139.,135,-4,Brian Frank,2,1629
140.,201,61,Carson Mueller,2,1628
141.,137,-4,Kyle Kennedy,2,1621
142.,66,-76,Pablo Carballedo,2,1617
143.,-,-,Nathan Mauel,2,1615
144.,139,-5,Garrett Ramirez,2,1612
145.,140,-5,Tim Hollowell,2,1611
146.,141,-5,Evan White,2,1608
147.,142,-5,Jenna Grillo,2,1600
148.,145,-3,Steve Perdue,2,1595
149.,147,-2,Ryan Belanger,2,1582
150.,-,-,Tyler Campbell,2,1581
151.,71,-80,Mateo DeLeon,2,1579
152.,160,8,Patrick Cecilian,2,1574
153.,-,-,Austin Kaszuba,2,1572
154.,150,-4,Matthew Mateo,2,1568
155.,151,-4,Brian Nixon,2,1567
156.,152,-4,Jaques Rickards,2,1567
157.,154,-3,Rusty Lingle,2,1566
158.,-,-,Garrett Kramer,2,1563
159.,157,-2,Matthew O’Donnell,2,1559
160.,161,1,Joe Ruch,2,1516
161.,130,-31,Mike Hines,2,1510
162.,162,NC,Allan Cesarman,2,1453
163.,163,NC,Gary Carlton,1,1164
164.,164,NC,Dario Capitano,1,1131
165.,165,NC,Jorge Pescador,1,1108
166.,166,NC,AJ Myers,1,1105
167.,167,NC,Francesco Celenta,1,1070
168.,-,-,Collin Daley,1,1008
169.,168,-1,Alec Gumpfer,1,988
170.,169,-1,Kristijan Habulin,1,964
171.,170,-1,Noah Grey,1,927
172.,171,-1,Christian Brooks,1,912
173.,172,-1,Dominic LeGrand,1,893
174.,173,-1,David Malukas,1,874
175.,174,-1,Gianfranco Mazzaferro,1,871
176.,-,-,Brian Davies,1,860
177.,177,NC,Joe Criscione,1,859
178.,178,NC,Race Liberante,1,858
179.,179,NC,Henry Morse,1,848
180.,180,NC,Manuel Vazquez Camarasa,1,848
181.,182,1,Santiago Creel,1,842
182.,-,-,Stephen Lamana,1,842
183.,-,-,Lee Waddell,1,841
184.,129,-55,Jason Toft,1,840
185.,-,-,Larry Moulton,1,829
186.,-,-,Blaine Cavin,1,823
187.,84,-103,Daniel De La Calle,1,820
188.,127,-61,Forrest Denham,1,820
189.,-,-,Sebastian Bertoia,1,820
190.,-,-,Connor Thomas,1,815
191.,-,-,Jeremy Lee,1,814
192.,-,-,Pascual Torres,1,814
193.,187,-6,Cole Franchini,1,813
194.,-,-,Billy Drury,1,812
195.,134,-61,Philip Craycraft,1,812
196.,190,-6,Todd Edgington,1,811
197.,-,-,Ryan Rudolph,1,807
198.,191,-7,Eric Van Der Steur,1,805
199.,-,-,Ryan Lankenau,1,805
200.,193,-7,Broch Evans,1,804
201.,138,-63,Scott Granger,1,804
202.,-,-,Chris Farrell,1,803
203.,144,-59,Joe Morton,1,803
204.,196,-8,Scott Clark,1,802
205.,197,-8,Darren Newport,1,801
206.,-,-,Austin Ray Chalman,1,799
207.,200,-7,Ben Haney,1,795
208.,202,-6,Lauren Stark,1,794
209.,204,-5,Matt Colledge,1,793
210.,103,-107,Dave Edwards,1,792
211.,-,-,Calvin Hankins,1,790
212.,149,-63,Steve Jenks,1,787
213.,208,-5,Tom Dyer,1,786
214.,209,-5,Kenneth Simcox,1,785
215.,132,-83,Mark Nagy,1,783
216.,194,-22,Max Cortes,1,782
217.,183,-34,Christopher Hines,1,778
218.,199,-19,Norbert Laczho,1,774
219.,-,-,Aamir Hyder,1,769
220.,213,-7,Kirk Potter,1,769
221.,215,-6,Mike Kavanaugh,1,766
222.,-,-,John Sullivan,1,760
223.,198,-25,Virgil Gross,1,742
224.,-,-,Lance Lane,1,724
225.,-,-,Jason Bane,1,706
226.,-,-,Jeffrey Neubert,1,688
227.,-,-,Brad Sutika,1,670

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