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2016 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – Stock Moto – July

Musgrave’s lead remains intact over Griffin

Billy Musgrave is the target for all Stock Moto drivers in the EKN Driver Rankings (Photo: DromoPhotos.com)

EKN Driver Rankings logoThe season is at the halfway point as the month of July hits. The next five months will decide who is the best drivers of the 2016 season. To this point, some drivers are still banking on their results from 2015 while others are utilizing the opportunities thus far in 2016 to help their championship chase cause, and of course move up the standings of the EKN Driver Rankings. In Stock Moto, Billy Musgrave remains the top driver with a solid lead over Koltin Griffin.

Musgrave (MRC / Praga) is the top American Stock Moto driver, as the current point leader in California ProKart Challenge and sitting second in the SKUSA Pro Tour standings behind Kiwi Daniel Bray. The SoCal driver returns to the site of his first Pro Tour victory last year for the SummerNationals at New Castle, with the ability to maintain his lead with a solid weekend in Indy. Koltin Griffin (Pure Karting / Tony Kart) landed his first S1 podium in New Castle last year, and has steadily improved since. The Arizona pilot needs to do better than a best P5 that he recorded at the SpringNationals to close up on Musgrave.

Jumping back into the top-three is veteran Ron White. The longtime CRG driver added a sixth race at the recent California ProKart Challenge event at his home track in Sonoma. White triumphed to help elevate his EKN Driver Rankings position after Fritz Leesmann dropped out of the top-10. That also promoted Jake French (Dallas Karting Complex / Sodi Kart) to the fourth position. French has elevated his talents in the last 12 months, and is among the contenders heading to the SummerNationals. The same can be said for his fellow S2 teammate Austin Wilkins, who now holds the fifth position. A victory at the SpringNationals is his highlight of 2016, including four straight podium finishes at the Texas ProKart Challenge this summer.

Defending California ProKart Challenge champion Jarred Campbell remains in the sixth position. The Champion Racing / Intrepid driver closed up the gap on Musgrave in the regional title chase with a runner-up to White in Sonoma last month. Campbell is always quick at the horsepower circuits, including New Castle.

The rest of the top-10 all moved up one position. Jacob Neal (VRP / Tony Kart) is seventh – sitting fourth at the California PKC standings. 2015 SKUSA Pro Tour S2 champion Carter Williams (Phil Giebler Racing / Ricciardo) is just two points back in eighth and current S2 standout Hunter Pickett (Muscle Milk Racing / Aluminos) is ninth. Miguel Lopez (GP) has moved back into the top-10, but the former S2 contender will see his two wins at the 2015 SummerNationals removed in the next release of the EKN Driver Rankings. Among those looking to move up into the top-10 include Harry Gottsacker (Champion Racing / Intrepid) and Marco Eakins (Black Flag Racing / Formula K).

Upcoming EKN Stock Moto Driver Rankings Events
7/9,Can-Am Karting Challenge #3,S2,Greg Moore Raceway,”Chilliwack, BC”,8
7/9,Colorado Sprint Championship #5,Senior Shifter,SBR Motorsports Park,”Calhan, CO”,8
7/9,SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge #5,S1/S2,Gulf Coast Kartways,”Katy, TX”,8
7/9,Utah State Championships #6,Spec 125,Utah Motorsports Campus,”Tooele, UT”,8
7/10,Can-Am Karting Challenge #4,S2,Greg Moore Raceway,”Chilliwack, BC”,8
7/10,Colorado Sprint Championship #6,Senior Shifter,SBR Motorsports Park,”Calhan, CO”,8
7/10,SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge #6,S1/S2,Gulf Coast Kartways,”Katy, TX”,8
7/16,Northwest Gold Cup #7,Super Stock CR125,Sumas International Motorsports Academy,”Sumas, WA”,8
7/17,Northwest Gold Cup #8,Super Stock CR125,Sumas International Motorsports Academy,”Sumas, WA”,8
7/23,SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals,S1,New Castle Motorsports Park,”New Castle, IN”,9.5
7/23,SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals,S2,New Castle Motorsports Park,”New Castle, IN”,9
7/23,Utah State Championships #7,Spec 125,Utah Motorsports Campus,”Tooele, UT”,8
7/24,Sanzaru Games Karting Championship #5,Pro Stock Honda,Simraceway Performance Karting Center,”Sonoma, CA”,8
7/24,SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals,S1,New Castle Motorsports Park,”New Castle, IN”,9.5
7/24,SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals,S2,New Castle Motorsports Park,”New Castle, IN”,9
7/30,Gearup Challenge F-Series #4,Stock Honda,St. Lawrence Motorsports Park,”Morristown, NY”,8
8/6,Utah State Championships #8,Spec 125,Utah Motorsports Campus,”Tooele, UT”,8

Stock Moto #1 – Billy Musgrave
Norco, California

(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

(Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

The driver to beat in the second half of the season is Billy Musgrave. Now a two-time winner on the SKUSA Pro Tour, Musgrave is filling out his resume nicely. The MRC / Praga driver added the inaugural win of the Los Angeles Karting Championship Pro Show victory, and now has his sites on reaching the top of the SKUSA Pro Tour standings heading to New Castle. He trails former champion Daniel Bray, who was the second winner at the SpringNationals, earning more points throughout the weekend to retain the championship lead.

Point Breakdown
[table width=”375″]Race,Rank,Finish,Points
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 California PKC ’16 #1 – S1, 8.5,1,950
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #1 – S1,9.5,1,1060
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #2 – S1,9.5,4,1028
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.5
Average Points: 1044.8
Total Points: 6269


Stock Moto #2 – Kolton Griffin
Phoenix, Arizona

(Photo: SeanBuur.com)

(Photo: SeanBuur.com)

Among the top rookies in 2015, Griffin is now working to elevate his talents to become a regular contender in the S1 division. Griffin drove to his first SKUSA Pro Tour podium finish last year at the SummerNationals, only recording a best finish of fifth at this year’s SpringNationals. Should Griffin competed at the SuperNationals in November, his total would be much closer to Musgrave, as his total includes just four Pro Tour results, one regional and a victory from the Challenge of the Americas. Griffin will need to find the magic of Indy once again in order to close up on Musgrave and maintain his position inside the top-three.

Point Breakdown
[table width=”375″]Race,Rank,Finish,Points
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
Challenge of the Americas ‘16 #3, 8,1,927
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #1 – S1,9.5,7,996
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #2 – S1,9.5,5,1018
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 4.0
Average Points: 989.8
Total Points: 5939


Stock Moto #3 – Ron White
San Jose, California

Ron White

Ron White

Just when you thought he was gone, Ron White comes screaming back in. Just about to fall off the EKN Driver Rankings map, White returns to the seat after a six month absence dating back to the SKUSA SuperNationals. The California ProKart Challenge traveled to Sonoma, White’s home facility. Among the quickest all weekend, the CRG driver had to come from the tail of the S1/S2 field after getting collected in a wreck in Heat #2. White came from 21st to 1st, beating the young guns of the S1 field for his first series victory since Street of Lancaster Grand Prix in 2014.

Point Breakdown
[table width=”375″]Race,Rank,Finish,Points
SKUSA SummerNationals ’15 #1 – S1,9.5,6,1008
SKUSA SummerNationals ’15 #2 – S1,9.5,5,1019
California ProKart Challenge ’15 #6 – S1,8.5,3,958
Sanzura Games Karting Champ. ’15 #9,8,1,863
SKUSA SuperNationals 2015 – S1,10,12,1047
SKUSA California PKC ’16 #4 – S1, 8.5,1,956
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 4.67
Average Points: 975.2
Total Points: 5851


Stock Moto ‘On the Move’ – #16
Nick Neri
Palmetto, Florida

(Photo: ChampionKart.com)

(Photo: ChampionKart.com)

Among the most talented drivers in North America is Nick Neri. The Florida driver is one of two drivers to earn four Rotax Grand Nationals titles in four different categories. Neri was among the top TaG drivers before moving over to the Stock Moto ranks. Nick scored the 2011 S2 SuperNationals victory and was a championship podium finisher in 2014 in S1. Champion Racing has picked up Neri, who spent much of 2015 out of the seat, to pilot one of their Intrepid machines. Neri won in his debut at the US Open, and is sure to be among the challengers at the upcoming SummerNationals at one of his favorite tracks – New Castle.

Point Breakdown
[table width=”375″]Race,Rank,Finish,Points
US Open of NOLA 2016,8.5,1,925
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #1 – S1,9.5,17,890
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #2 – S1,9.5,6,1007
Texas ProKart Challenge ’16 #3,8,2,888
Texas ProKart Challenge ’16 #4,8,2,888
US Open of Utah 2016,8.5,3,929
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 5.17
Average Points: 921.2
Total Points: 5527

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.

2016 EKN Stock Moto Driver Rankings – as of July 1, 2016
[table]Pos.,May 27,Plus/Minus,Driver,Races,Score
1.,1,NC,Billy Musgrave,11,6269
2.,2,NC,Kolton Griffin,12,5939
3.,4,1,Ron White,6,5851
4.,5,1,Jake French,16,5822
5.,7,2,Austin Wilkins,15,5758
6.,6,NC,Jarred Campbell,11,5756
7.,8,1,Jacob Neal,13,5735
8.,9,1,Carter Williams,8,5733
9.,10,1,Hunter Pickett,15,5665
10.,11,1,Miguel Lopez,6,5663
11.,12,1,Harry Gottsacker,14,5637
12.,13,1,Marco Eakins,9,5634
13.,14,1,Luke Shanahan,7,5592
14.,16,2,Skyler Finley,9,5584
15.,15,NC,Kol Bailey,12,5545
16.,83,67,Nick Neri,6,5527
17.,23,6,Josh Lane,8,5411
18.,21,3,Tyler Bennett,7,5397
19.,24,5,Brian Keck,7,5380
20.,18,-2,Will Preston,7,5364
21.,17,-4,Alan Michel,6,5362
22.,49,27,Hunter Kelly,6,5348
23.,19,-4,Don Whittington,10,5337
24.,50,26,Sabre Cook,8,5322
25.,20,-5,Bonnier Moulton,6,5309
26.,27,1,Alex Yates,12,5291
27.,30,3,Robert Bujdoso,7,5259
28.,33,5,Rory van der Steur,8,5251
29.,28,-1,Jordon Musser,8,5241
30.,26,-4,Colby Yardley,14,5237
31.,37,6,David Salazar,11,5189
32.,59,27,Casey Ross,6,5188
33.,32,-1,Ryan Pool,7,5185
34.,41,7,Andrew Bujdoso,7,5184
35.,29,-6,Lincoln Steel,7,5164
36.,36,NC,Graig Alvarez,11,5154
37.,31,-6,Robert Heck Jr.,8,5135
38.,52,14,Callum Smith,6,5134
39.,35,-4,Ben Schermerhorn,8,5133
40.,34,-6,Lawson Nagel,12,5116
41.,40,-1,Tyler Guilbeault,6,5069
42.,53,11,Jason Pettit,6,5065
43.,42,-1,Andretta Young,12,5057
44.,38,-6,Daniel Bray,5,5056
45.,39,-6,Kyle Kalish,5,5056
46.,51,5,Christian Bouhuys,6,5044
47.,3,-44,Fritz Leesmann,5,4945
48.,43,-5,Matt Koerner,7,4932
49.,57,8,Aaron Schmitt,6,4857
50.,45,-5,Josh Early,7,4751
51.,46,-5,Matias Podboj,5,4613
52.,77,25,Frank Rapisarda,6,4612
53.,48,-5,Peter Abba,5,4498
54.,22,-32,Nathan Adds,5,4436
55.,25,-30,Mike Beeny,5,4426
56.,194,138,Billy Drury,5,4171
57.,66,9,Paul Makarucha,5,4141
58.,138,80,Ayrton Little,5,4116
59.,44,-15,Kyle Smith,5,4075
60.,55,-5,Daniel Formal,4,4070
61.,56,-5,Nic LeDuc,4,4001
62.,74,12,AJ Juergens,5,3947
63.,58,-5,Kyle Wick,4,3843
64.,47,-17,Troy Diede,4,3594
65.,60,-5,Garrett Boone,4,3478
66.,91,25,Bryon Rothenhoefer,4,3393
67.,63,-4,Darin Marcus,4,3378
68.,64,-4,KC Cook,4,3378
69.,65,-4,Jason Campbell,4,3370
70.,68,-2,Chris Neria,4,3345
71.,61,-10,John Gaydos,4,3328
72.,70,-2,Kyle Knecht,4,3318
73.,202,129,Chris Farrell,4,3316
74.,134,60,Taylor Ross,4,3295
75.,130,55,Hannah Williams,4,3290
76.,69,-7,Parker Chase,4,3283
77.,143,66,Nathan Mauel,4,3274
78.,140,62,Carson Mueller,4,3261
79.,208,129,Lauren Stark,4,3246
80.,72,-8,Joe di Vito,4,3226
81.,152,71,Patrick Cecilian,4,3201
82.,98,16,Randall Burnett,4,3189
83.,150,67,Tyler Campbell,4,3187
84.,99,15,Jessica Sollberger,4,3157
85.,96,11,Joshua Young,4,3155
86.,75,-11,Joey Wimsett,3,3139
87.,76,-11,Keith Buffo,4,3101
88.,103,15,Michael Korody,4,3087
89.,78,-11,Brandon Frank,3,3073
90.,104,14,Dekota Fripp,4,3070
91.,79,-12,Jonathan Kotyk,3,3062
92.,80,-12,Max Di Bella,3,3006
93.,81,-12,Rick Dreezen,3,2917
94.,82,-12,Cole Mathewson,3,2878
95.,84,-11,Jimmy McNeil,3,2810
96.,85,-11,Salvador de Alba,3,2809
97.,87,-10,Fernando Casillas Jr.,3,2732
98.,88,-10,Derek Dignan,3,2724
99.,89,-10,Brett Buckwalter,3,2587
100.,90,-10,Brady Ross,3,2545
101.,185,84,Larry Moulton,3,2514
102.,54,-48,Colin Long,3,2496
103.,93,-10,Cody Elliott,3,2479
104.,190,86,Connor Thomas,3,2471
105.,142,37,Pablo Carballedo,3,2421
106.,189,83,Sebastian Bertoia,3,2409
107.,159,52,Matthew O’Donnell,3,2336
108.,210,102,Dave Edwards,3,2331
109.,101,-8,Anthony Freese,3,2319
110.,161,51,Mike Hines,3,2317
111.,102,-9,Justin Taylor,3,2237
112.,105,-7,Matt Hamilton,2,2107
113.,106,-7,Patrik Hajek,2,2069
114.,107,-7,Davide Fore,2,2040
115.,108,-7,Oliver Askew,2,1982
116.,109,-7,Connor Wagner,2,1978
117.,110,-7,Augie Lerch,2,1930
118.,111,-7,Arturo Hernandez Jr.,2,1917
119.,112,-7,Luca Tilloca,2,1887
120.,113,-7,Riccardo Negro,2,1866
121.,86,-35,Ryon Beachner,2,1839
122.,114,-8,Cabot Bigham,2,1835
123.,116,-7,Trenton Estep,2,1815
124.,118,-6,Bryce Cornet,2,1789
125.,119,-6,Vincent Cossard,2,1784
126.,120,-6,Sting Ray Robb,2,1783
127.,121,-6,Jordon Lennox,2,1775
128.,122,-6,Lloyd Mack,2,1764
129.,123,-6,Cody Diede,2,1761
130.,124,-6,Ryan Kinnear,2,1758
131.,62,-69,Chris Jennings,2,1752
132.,125,-7,Jim McKinney,2,1713
133.,126,-7,Luke Waller,2,1706
134.,127,-7,Morgan Loganathan,2,1702
135.,128,-7,Eric Batt,2,1694
136.,129,-7,Joshua de Losier,2,1692
137.,176,39,Brian Davies,2,1680
138.,67,-71,CJ Cramm,2,1680
139.,131,-8,Erin Sims,2,1668
140.,133,-7,Kindra Hurlbert,2,1663
141.,136,-5,Austin Schimmel,2,1653
142.,94,-48,Chris Matthew,2,1649
143.,137,-6,Tim Armstrong,2,1649
144.,139,-5,Brian Frank,2,1629
145.,141,-4,Kyle Kennedy,2,1621
146.,95,-51,Tyler Shepard,2,1620
147.,183,36,Lee Waddell,2,1617
148.,144,-4,Garrett Ramirez,2,1612
149.,145,-4,Tim Hollowell,2,1611
150.,146,-4,Evan White,2,1608
151.,97,-54,Kevin Janders,2,1604
152.,71,-81,Travis Henson,2,1603
153.,147,-6,Jenna Grillo,2,1600
154.,200,46,Broch Evans,2,1599
155.,192,37,Pascual Torres,2,1599
156.,73,-83,Dave Shepard,2,1596
157.,148,-9,Steve Perdue,2,1595
158.,211,53,Calvin Hankins,2,1593
159.,217,58,Christopher Hines,2,1593
160.,151,-9,Mateo DeLeon,2,1579
161.,198,37,Eric Van Der Steur,2,1576
162.,153,-9,Austin Kaszuba,2,1572
163.,158,-5,Garrett Kramer,2,1563
164.,160,-4,Joe Ruch,2,1516
165.,219,54,Aamir Hyder,2,1510
166.,100,-66,Dan Laporta,2,1472
167.,162,-5,Allan Cesarman,2,1453
168.,226,58,Jeffrey Neubert,2,1420
169.,163,-6,Gary Carlton,1,1164
170.,164,-6,Dario Capitano,1,1131
171.,165,-6,Jorge Pescador,1,1108
172.,166,-6,AJ Myers,1,1105
173.,167,-6,Francesco Celenta,1,1070
174.,168,-6,Collin Daley,1,1008
175.,169,-6,Alec Gumpfer,1,988
176.,170,-6,Kristijan Habulin,1,964
177.,115,-62,Jesus Rios,1,959
178.,-,-,Kyle Kirkwood,1,948
179.,171,-8,Noah Grey,1,927
180.,-,-,Darren Elliott,1,918
181.,172,-9,Christian Brooks,1,912
182.,117,-65,Cody Hodgson,1,894
183.,173,-10,Dominic LeGrand,1,893
184.,174,-10,David Malukas,1,874
185.,175,-10,Gianfranco Mazzaferro,1,871
186.,177,-9,Joe Criscione,1,859
187.,178,-9,Race Liberante,1,858
188.,-,-,Robby Seward,1,856
189.,92,-97,Cody Jolly,1,855
190.,135,-55,Jack Freese,1,849
191.,179,-12,Henry Morse,1,848
192.,180,-12,Manuel Vazquez Camarasa,1,848
193.,181,-12,Santiago Creel,1,842
194.,182,-12,Stephen Lamana,1,842
195.,184,-11,Jason Toft,1,840
196.,132,-64,Chris Beck,1,836
197.,-,-,Christian Bird,1,828
198.,186,-12,Blaine Cavin,1,823
199.,-,-,Randy Mitchell,1,821
200.,-,-,Cory Milne,1,820
201.,187,-14,Daniel De La Calle,1,820
202.,188,-14,Forrest Denham,1,820
203.,-,-,Mark Snyder,1,820
204.,191,-13,Jeremy Lee,1,814
205.,-,-,Liam Snyder,1,812
206.,195,-11,Philip Craycraft,1,812
207.,196,-11,Todd Edgington,1,811
208.,197,-11,Ryan Rudolph,1,807
209.,199,-10,Ryan Lankenau,1,805
210.,-,-,Ryan Rush,1,804
211.,201,-10,Scott Granger,1,804
212.,-,-,Don McGregor,1,803
213.,204,-9,Scott Clark,1,802
214.,205,-9,Darren Newport,1,801
215.,206,-9,Austin Ray Chalman,1,799
216.,207,-9,Ben Haney,1,795
217.,-,-,Brian Voigt,1,795
218.,-,-,Thomas Connor,1,795
219.,212,-7,Steve Jenks,1,787
220.,213,-7,Tom Dyer,1,786
221.,214,-7,Kenneth Simcox,1,785
222.,215,-7,Mark Nagy,1,783
223.,216,-7,Max Cortes,1,782
224.,218,-6,Norbert Laczho,1,774
225.,220,-5,Kirk Potter,1,769
226.,157,-69,Rusty Lingle,1,769
227.,221,-6,Mike Kavanaugh,1,766
228.,222,-6,John Sullivan,1,760
229.,-,-,Travis Waddell,1,759
230.,223,-7,Virgil Gross,1,742
231.,224,-7,Lance Lane,1,724
232.,225,-7,Jason Bane,1,706
233.,227,-6,Brad Sutika,1,670