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EKN Trackside: 2016 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SummerNationals – IAME Preview

Five IAME categories set to continue championship chases - led by Eves, Wang, Edgar, LaRoque and Denny

(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

SKUSA Pro Tour 2016-logoThe seventh season of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour continues with the running of the SummerNationals at the New Castle Motorsports Park. The New Castle, Indiana facility is welcoming 248 pre-entries in nine categories, just a little bit more than the SpringNationals in May to once again set another record for entries outside the SuperNationals. Along with the number of racers, the number of laps are going up as well with 10-lap heat races and 20-lap main events each day for the headline divisions, 18-lap Finals for Master and Junior categories, with reduced laps for Mini and Micro competitors.

Television cameras will be rolling throughout the weekend with the CBS Sports Network and MotorTrendOnDemand coverage continues for the second straight year for Superkarts! USA, helping to promote the many drivers in attendance and spread the word about the sport of karting in general. This weekend is Round Three and Four of the SKUSA Pro Tour championship program, with well over $150,000 in cash and prizes set to be distributed throughout the year, all leading up to the 20th running of the SKUSA SuperNationals this November in Las Vegas.

New Castle Motorsports Park was constructed in 2003, opening up in 2004, quickly becoming a instant favorite within the industry. The 1-mile course provides a bit of everything, including long straights, tight corners, elevation changes and plenty of passing opportunities. Indiana was the longtime home of Superkarts! USA in its early years, coming back to the ‘Hoosier State’ for the first time with the current form of the Pro Tour last year. Another return signifies the prestige and excellence track owner Mark Dismore and the entire staff provided to the Superkarts! USA racers. Last year also introduced the new finish line, at the end of the long-pond straight, providing multiple photos finishes. 2016 is sure to do the same with the record number of competitors.

eKartingNews.com, the official media partner of Superkarts! USA, is proud to present the seventh straight year of Trackside Live coverage of the SKUSA Pro Tour. This weekend’s coverage is presented by PitKit. PitKit is something new in the sport, offering a pair of kart-specific tool packages, the PitKit Lite and the Elite, with have been designed with the travelling mechanic in mind. The kits feature Beta tools, organized in high-end portable cases. These kits include the tools you actually need to work on karts, instead of a box full of useless equipment that never get touched. PitKits are now being used by top tuners and club racers, all over the country. To learn more, check out their website – www.pitkitkarting.com. Those unable to attend can enjoy live audio and live timing at the EKN Live page – ekartingnews.com/live. Daily race reports can be seen each day, along with updates and results posted to the Official Discussion Thread, in addition to the EKN social media feeds – FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


Nash Motorsportz / CRG Nordam X30 Senior

Braden Eves is riding the momentum into the SummerNationals (Photo: EKN)

Braden Eves is riding the momentum into the SummerNationals (Photo: EKN)

A total of 44 drivers are set to contest the 2016 SKUSA SummerNationals, with the category selling out prior to the entry deadline. Last year, Superkarts! USA opened up the division past the 44-kart limit, welcoming 59 drivers and conducting round-robin heat races. With the time schedule already maxed out, there was no room to keep that same format, otherwise, there would have been as many this year as there was in 2015.

Entering the weekend, all eyes are on the red hot Braden Eves. The Ohio driver for Jay Howard’s Motorsports Driver Development secured his first major victory as a Senior driver at the SpringNationals, helping to boost him to the top position in the championship. Eves followed that up with his first at the USPKS program in May, and last weekend, won a total of four main events in Senior competition at the WKA event. The Kosmic driver leads the standings by 65 points over Florida driver Ryan Norberg. It looked to be an event sweep for the Tony Kart pilot following his dominance Saturday for the victory. Sunday was playing out the same until contact early on in the Final sent him off and out of the race. Eves certainly has the advantage going into New Castle, but 42 other drivers may have a say in who leaves New Castle as winners and the championship leader.

Four other drivers stood on the podium in Phoenix for the SpringNationals, including 2014 champion Jake Craig. The eKartingNews.com TaG Driver Rankings #1 driver was second in Round Two aboard the Praga, however, has since parted ways with the operation. Craig will return back to the OTK chassis group this weekend in New Castle under his own tent, focus on winning. New Birel ART driver Kyle Kirkwood is one spot ahead of Craig in the championship chase, with a highlight of third in the Saturday main event. The PSL Karting pilot is returning back to single-speed action having moved over to shifter for the recent US Open, scoring the race win. The top rookies in the category have already landed on the podium in 2016. Zach Holden (Koene USA / Tony Kart) was runner-up in Round One with 2015 SKUSA Pro Tour Junior champ Brandon Lemke (Franklin Motorsports / Merlin) placing third at Round Two. Each have victories outside SKUSA competition this year, with Lemke just ahead in the championship chase and each needing to cut into the lead held by Eves and Norberg.

Defending champion Louie Pagano (2 Wild Karting / Tony Kart) is currently 13th in the championship chase after difficult SpringNationals. New Castle has not been kind to the Californian, as his worse two performance in the five rounds of 2015. Former EKN Driver Rankings #1 driver Brandon Jarsocrak has not captured the magic has he experienced when the 2016 season began back in Daytona. The KartSport North America / Praga driver is hoping to bounce back this weekend at the SummerNationals to help put him in championship contention as his two podium finishes did last year.

New CompKart driver Austin Garrison is making his 2016 SKUSA Pro Tour debut at the SummerNationals. There is a chance the Florida native could jump in and double up in the win column, similar to what we saw with Jesus Rios Jr. a year ago. Garrison will be among the top contenders this weekend, as he was last weekend at the WKA event. Watch for the Nash Motorsportz / CRG duo of Brenden Baker and Christian Brooks, Italian Matteo Vigano (Top Kart), double duty driver Billy Musgrave (MRC / Praga) and 2010 Rotax Grand Nationals winner Stepanova Nekeel (RPM / Tony Kart) – right here at New Castle.

Provisional X30 Senior Entry List
[table]
No.,Driver,Team,Chassis,Engine Builder,State,Country
316t,Brenden Baker,Nash Motorsportz,CRG,Tru Tech Racing Engines,TX,USA
251n,Julia Boos,Kaos Karting,Kosmic,Woltjer Racing Engines,PA,USA
111j,Aaron Bromberek,DRT Racing,DR,,IL,USA
344c,Christian Brooks,Nash Motorsportz,CRG,Precision Works Racing Engines,CA,USA
81j,Joseph Budzinski,Precision Karting Technologies (PKT),Tony Kart,,MI,USA
212n,Dario Cangialosi,Mike Doty Racing,Tony Kart,Woltjer Racing Engines,NJ,USA
06s,Alex Cognac,Mach 1 USA / Roo Motorsports,Mach 1,Woltjer Racing Engines,NC,USA
N2,Jake Craig,Jake Craig Racing,OTK,Tru Tech Racing Engines,CA,USA
10n,Jacob Donald,Kartsport North America,Praga,Comet Racing Engines,PA,USA
115y,Colby DuBato,PKS Kart Supplies,Tony Kart,P1 Racing Engines,CA,USA
310z,Kyle Dupell,Phil Giebler Racing (PGR),Ricciardo,Tru Tech Racing Engines,OR,USA
41j,Braden Eves,Motorsports Driver Development (MDD),Kosmic,Allison Racing Engines,OH,USA
129f,Austin Garrison,J3 Competition,CompKart,,FL,USA
151c,Nicky Hays,Phil Giebler Racing (PGR),Ricciardo Kart,Tru Tech Racing Engines,CA,USA
333t,Max Hewitt,J3 Competition,CompKart,Allison Racing Engines,TX,USA
222j,Zach Holden,Team Koene USA,Tony Kart,Comet Racing Engines,IN,USA
32t,David Ilavia,J3 Competition,CompKart,Woltjer Racing Engines,TX,USA
099x,Charlie Jafari,Nash Motorsportz,CRG,Tru Tech Racing Engines,CA,USA
108n,Brandon Jarsocrak,KartSport North America,Praga,Woltjer Racing Engines,PA,USA
11j,David Kalb Jr.,Comet Kart Sales,Tony Kart,Comet Racing Engines,OH,USA
055h,Alexander Kardashian,Top Kart USA / Grand Products,Top Kart,Allison Racing Engines,MN,USA
09f,Kyle Kirkwood,PSL Karting,BirelART,Woltjer Racing Engines,FL,USA
14y,Worawong Komarakul,CRG-SoCal / Empire Karts,CRG,P1 Racing Engines,CA,THA
68j,TJ Koyen,Innovative Performance,Exprit,Innovative Performance,WI,USA
1,Brandon Lemke,Franklin Motorsports,Merlin,Woltjer Racing Engines,WI,USA
56j,Abby McLaughlin,Top Kart USA / Grand Products,Top Kart,Woltjer Racing Engines,IN,USA
004f,Calvin Ming,Kartsport North America,FA Kart,,FL,GUY
322c,Billy Musgrave,Musgrave Racing Company (MRC),Praga,Tru Tech Racing Engines,CA,USA
22z,Stepanova Nekeel,Ryan Perry Motorsport (RPM),Tony Kart,Tru Tech Racing Engines,WA,USA
348f,Ryan Norberg,Orlando Kart Center (OKC),Tony Kart,Allison Racing Engines,FL,USA
N1,Louie Pagano,2Wild Karting,Tony Kart,Tru Tech Racing Engines,CA,USA
831y,Joey Paonessa,Team iKart,iKart,Tru Tech Racing Engines,NV,USA
15n,Ryan Raffa,,Tony Kart,Woltjer Racing Engines,PA,USA
83c,Nick Ramirez,Top Kart USA / Grand Products,Top Kart,P1 Racing Engines,CA,USA
399r,Kellen Ritter,Rolison Performance Group (RPG),Kosmic,P1 Racing Engines,BC,CAN
152e,James Russell,Russell Karting Specialties,Parolin,Russell Karting Specialties,MO,USA
9s,Scott Saunders,Mach 1 USA / Roo Motorsports,Mach 1,Tru Tech Racing Engines,NC,USA
106c,Anthony Sawyer,Nash Motorsportz,Tony Kart,Precision Works Racing Engines,CA,USA
318a,Kingsley So,Formula Works / J3 Competition,CompKart,Tru Tech Racing Engines,,HKG
55j,Lane Vacala,Trackside Karting Services,CompKart,Woltjer Racing Engines,IL,USA
038a,Luke van Herwaarde,Mach 1 USA / Roo Motorsports,Mach 1,Tru Tech Racing Engines,,AUS
74a,Matteo Vigano,Top Kart USA / Grand Products,Top Kart,P1 Racing Engines,,ITA
198j,Jonathan Yobbagy,Top Kart USA / Grand Products,Top Kart,,OH,USA
273s,Bradley Zilisch,Team Felon,Tony Kart,Allison Racing Engines,NC,USA
[/table]


Parolin Racing Kart X30 Master

Derek Wang holds the championship lead in X30 Master (Photo: EKN)

Derek Wang holds the championship lead in X30 Master (Photo: EKN)

The top five in the championship chase left Phoenix within 110 points of each other, with a diverse lineup of drivers in the hunt that weekend. Eduardo Dieter (Italkart) was fast in the dry and wet, winning the opening round at the SpringNationals. Veteran and Franklin Motorsports owner Jamie Sieracki (Merlin) improved throughout the weekend, leading the way at the end of Round Two for his first Pro Tour victory. Both however trail Derek Wang and John Crow in the championship chase. Wang (FA Kart) is a multi-time Team USA driver, and among the top at the Rotax Grand Finals last year in Portugal. The BBR Karting driver’s two podium finishes in Phoenix have him 30 points ahead of ‘The Crow Show’. Crow (MRC / Praga) was third Saturday, slipping back to fifth in Sunday’s main after showing the way in qualifying and the two heat races. Just outside in fifth is defending champion Nick Tucker (RPG / Tony Kart). His best finish at the SpringNationals, where he won both in 2014, was fourth, looking to improve on that in New Castle.

The story Sunday in Phoenix was the drive by Jim Russell Jr. The 2013 SuperNationals winner took over the Russell Karting Specialties / Parolin ride for Scott Falcone after wrecking Saturday. Coming from the tail of the field in the heat races, Russell ended up runner-up. Russell is back for the whole weekend in New Castle, with a shot at putting himself into championship contention with a good outing. Two-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion Ethan Wilson (PGR / FA Kart) is back, making his 2016 series debut. Wilson finished third in both main events last year at the SummerNationals. Also making his series debut is Dallas Karting Complex co-owner Mike Jones. Another big roster of SodiKart drivers making the trek with the team to Indiana, the 2016 Challenge of the Americas champion is putting the helmet back on to battle the stout field at New Castle.

Provisional X30 Master Entry List
[table]
No.,Driver,Team,Chassis,Engine Builder,State,Country
011f,Mario Barrios,BBR Karting,Gillard,Black Racing Engines,FL,PER
79g,Stephen Boyer,Trinity Karting Group,Tony Kart,,KY,USA
37k,Kurtis Breeding,VemmeKart / Extreme Karting,Vemme,Tru Tech Racing Engines,CA,USA
5n,Kim Carapellatti,Checkered Motorsports,PCR,Adkins Speed Center,NY,USA
43n,Scot Carapellatti,Carapellatti Racing,Formula K,Adkins Speed Center,NY,USA
31c,John Crow,Musgrave Racing Company (MRC),Praga,Tru Tech Racing Engines,CA,USA
86c,Erik Jackson,Mike Manning Karting (MMK),MMK,Mike Manning Karting (MMK),CA,USA
64t,Mike Jones,Dallas Karting Complex (DKC) / SodiKart USA,SodiKart,Dallas Karting Complex,TX,USA
38n,Pete Maletto,Chris Rock Motorsports,Swiss Hutless,Comet Racing Engines,NJ,USA
23k,Kevin Manning,Mike Manning Karting (MMK),MMK,Mike Manning Karting (MMK),CA,USA
82j,Laurentiu Mardan,Kartcraft,Tony Kart,Woltjer Racing Engines,IL,ROM
497j,Paul Meise,Trinity Karting Group,Tony Kart,Comet Racing Engines,OH,USA
121f,Rodrigo Ospina,Team Montoya,BirelART,,FL,COL
6j,Roman Padans,Franklin Motorsports,Merlin,Franklin Motorsports,WI,LVA
05n,Phil Pignataro,Mike Manning Karting (MMK),MMK,Mike Manning Karting (MMK),NY,USA
21e,Jim Russell Jr.,Russell Karting Specialties,Parolin,Russell Karting Specialties,MO,USA
3a,Cristian Saa,AM Racing,Exprit,AM Racing Engines,,ARG
16j,Jamie Sieracki,Franklin Motorsports,Merlin,Franklin Motorsports,WI,USA
55k,Jonathan Silva,VemmeKart / Extreme Karting,Vemme,Tru Tech Racing Engines,CA,USA
N1,Nick Tucker,Rolison Performance Group (RPG),Tony Kart,Woltjer Racing Engines,NC,USA
328j,Cristian Vomir,M Power Racing,FA Kart,P1 Racing Engines,IL,ROM
888z,Derek Wang,BBR Karting,FA Kart,Tru Tech Racing Engines,WA,USA
49y,Ethan Wilson,Phil Giebler Racing (PGR),FA Kart,Tru Tech Racing Engines,CA,USA
[/table]


Pure Karting X30 Junior

British driver Jonny Edgar is the driver to beat in X30 Junior (Photo: EKN)

British driver Jonny Edgar is the driver to beat in X30 Junior (Photo: EKN)

British driver Jonny Edgar (Kosmic) did not find himself on top of the podium at the SpringNationals, but walked away from Phoenix as the championship leader. Two heat race wins on Sunday was his highlight of the weekend, placing third the same day in his Junior debut. His championship lead grew just prior to the event with the withdraw of Round One winner Lance Fenderson, moving his focus away for karting at the moment. That has positioned Round Two winner Dante Yu (CompKart) as the top challenger to Edgar. The gap is now 43 points between the two, with Edgar a winner at New Castle last year in Cadet and Yu landing on the podium this past weekend for the WKA event.

With the program returning to the New Castle, featuring 40 pre-entered drivers, many of the east coast drivers are among the favorites going into the event. The Merlin chassis will be those toward the front, including Franklin Motorsports drivers Alex Bertagnoli and Sam Mayer who have wins at the New Castle facility already this season at USPKS competition. Nicholas d’Orlando drove to two victories at the WKA event this past weekend, quickly putting the CompKart driver among the challengers for the SummerNats. Six different drivers stood on the podium in Phoenix for the SpringNationals, including Jagger Jones, Oliver Calvo and Tomas Mejia. Jones (RPM / Tony Kart) is coming back from another trip to Europe, competing in the CIK-FIA Academy Trophy with a 20th place finish in Portugal. PKS drivers Calvo (Top Kart) and Mejia (Tony Kart) stood on the podium in Round One, sitting sixth and seventh in the championship chase entering New Castle.

Provisional X30 Junior Entry List
[table]
No.,Driver,Team,Chassis,Engine Builder,State,Country
202g,Jacob Abel,Motorsports Driver Development (MDD),Kosmic,Allison Racing Engines,KY,USA
04j,Alex Bertagnoli,Franklin Motorsports,Merlin,Woltjer Racing Engines,IL,USA
30nz,Josh Bethune,Kartsport North America,FA Kart,,,NZL
28b,Trey Brown,Nash Motorsportz,CRG,Tru Tech Racing Engines,CA,USA
91j,Elliott Budzinski,Precision Karting Technologies (PKT),Tony Kart,,MI,USA
136x,Logan Calderwood,Calderwood Racing,Tony Kart,Woltjer Racing Engines,AZ,USA
12y,Oliver Calvo,PKS Kart Supplies,Top Kart,P1 Racing Engines,CA,USA
231j,Michael Cruz,,FA Kart,Allison Racing Engines,IN,USA
25c,Joseph Daniele,Ryan Perry Motorsport (RPM),Tony Kart,Tru Tech Racing Engines,CA,USA
77j,Stephen Dial,Franklin Motorsports,Merlin,Woltjer Racing Engines,IL,USA
015n,Nicholas d’Orlando,J3 Competition,CompKart,J3 Competition,NY,USA
082j,Jack Dorsey,Kartcraft,Tony Kart,Allison Racing Engines,IN,USA
81u,Payton Durrant,Team Koene USA,Tony Kart,Allison Racing Engines,UT,USA
221x,Zoey Edenholm,Team Koene USA,Tony Kart,Woltjer Racing Engines,AZ,USA
142a,Jonny Edgar,Team Benik Kart,Benik,Woltjer Racing Engines,,GBR
228n,Tyler Ferris,Top Kart USA / Grand Products,Top Kart,Adkins Speed Center,NJ,USA
157f,Tyler Gonzalez,Team Koene USA,Tony Kart,,FL,USA
2o,Cooper Heffley,Champion Racing,Intrepid,Woltjer Racing Engines,OK,USA
777f,Colt Hensley,2Wild Karting,Tony Kart,Tru Tech Racing Engines,FL,USA
18t,Alejandro Jaramillo,Team Koene USA,Tony Kart,P1 Racing Engines,TX,USA
98x,Jagger Jones,Ryan Perry Motorsport (RPM),Tony Kart,Woltjer Racing Engines,AZ,USA
027y,Jared Korth,PKS Kart Supplies,Tony Kart,P1 Racing Engines,CA,USA
02j,Maks Kowalski,Franklin Motorsports,Merlin,Woltjer Racing Engines,IL,USA
278a,Arthur Leist,Rolison Performance Group (RPG),Kosmic,Woltjer Racing Engines,,BRA
8s,Pauly Massimino,Top Kart USA / Grand Products,Top Kart,Woltjer Racing Engines,NC,USA
122j,Sam Mayer,Franklin Motorsports,Merlin,Franklin Motorsports,WI,USA
50y,Tomas Mejia,PKS Kart Supplies,Tony Kart,P1 Racing Engines,CA,USA
830s,Brooke Nachtmann,CNCPE Motorsports,Tony Kart,Allison Racing Engines,NC,USA
262j,Sam Paley,Team Tecno Kart,Tecno Kart,,OH,USA
7h,Max Peichel,Top Kart USA / Grand Products,Top Kart,Woltjer Racing Engines,MN,USA
42t,Preston Perlmutter,2Wild Karting,Tony Kart,Tru Tech Racing Engines,TX,USA
211z,Edward Portz,Rolison Performance Group (RPG),Kosmic,P1 Racing Engines,OR,USA
017c,Ryan Schartau,Nash Motorsportz,CRG,Tru Tech Racing Engines,CA,USA
016x,Tanner Smith,Ryan Perry Motorsport (RPM),Tony Kart,,CA,USA
54a,Lester So,Formula Works / J3 Competition,CompKart,Tru Tech Racing Engines,,HKG
214n,Dylan Tavella,Iron Rock Motorsports,Tony Kart,Woltjer Racing Engines,NY,USA
188z,Austin Torgerson,Ruthless Karting,Kosmic,P1 Racing Engines,OR,USA
44x,Dante Yu,J3 Competition,Compkart,P1 Racing Engines,CA,USA
82a,Dick Yu,Formula Works / J3 Competition,Compkart,Tru Tech Racing Engines,,HKG
88a,Matias Zagazeta,BBR Karting,Gillard,BBR Race Engine Development,,PER
[/table]


Top Kart USA Mini Swift

Diego LaRoque left the SpringNationals as the point leader in Mini Swift (Photo: EKN)

Diego LaRoque left the SpringNationals as the point leader in Mini Swift (Photo: EKN)

The Mini Swift was really anyone’s for the taking and once again with over 30 drivers, there is no clear cut favorite entering the New Castle weekend. At the top of the championship is Arizona driver Diego LaRoque. His Round One sweep and third place finish Sunday at his home track for the SpringNationals put the Benik driver to the P1 position of the standings. The gap is 65 points over Merlin driver Kyle Thome. The Wisconsin native stood on the podium both days in Arizona, but has struggled to return to the steps in recent events. Tyler Maxson led the Benik crew in Phoenix with his first major victory Sunday at the SpringNationals, placing him third in the championship chase. Jace Jones switched over to the Benik frame and the RPM driver came away from his home track fourth in the championship thanks to a runner-up result in Round One.

Benik has a stranglehold on the field, with 38% of the field entered to compete on the frame. Among the Benik contingent is one of the hottest drivers – Reece Gold. Four victories in six races at the USPKS, and earning both wins at the recent WKA event at New Castle, the Florida driver could be the one to beat in his 2016 SKUSA Pro Tour debut. Kaden Wharff carries the flag for local drivers with the Top Kart driver the only Indiana resident competing in the category. The category has doubled at the Texas ProKart Challenge program, reaching the 20-driver mark at its recent event in Katy. Championship leaders Branyon Tiner (Tony Kart) and Caiden Mitchell (SodiKart) make their 2016 SKUSA Pro Tour debut this weekend.

Provisional Mini Swift Entry List
[table]
No.,Driver,Team,Chassis,Engine Builder,State,Country
81g,Caleb Bacon,Russell Karting Specialties,Parolin,Allison Racing Engines,TN,USA
5d,Joey Brienza,Nash Motorsportz,Benik,P1 Racing Engines,CO,USA
011n,Madison Campeau,Top Kart USA / Grand Products,Top Kart,P1 Racing Engines,PA,USA
108c,Jace Denmark-Gessel,Pure Karting,Tony Kart,P1 Racing Engines,AZ,USA
48f,James Egozi,Team Koene USA,Benik,,FL,USA
18j,Riley Erickson,Motorsports Driver Development (MDD),Top Kart,Allison Racing Engines,OH,USA
02n,Connor Ferris,Top Kart USA / Grand Products,Top Kart,Woltjer Racing Engines,NJ,USA
122f,Jeremy Fletcher,Ocala Gran Prix (OGP),Benik,Allison Racing Engines,FL,USA
3t,Chase Gardner,Motorsports Driver Development (MDD),Praga,Woltjer Racing Engines,TX,USA
05a,Patrick Gillett,Top Kart USA / Grand Products,Top Kart,Woltjer Racing Engines,,PAN
112f,Elio Giovane,Team Benik Kart,Benik,,FL,ITA
455f,Reece Gold,Team Benik Kart,Benik,AM Racing Engines,FL,USA
44s,Devin Gomez,Team Benik Kart,Benik,Woltjer Racing Engines,NC,USA
12t,Ayrton Hernandez,Team Koene USA,Tony Kart,P1 Racing Engines,TX,USA
198x,Jace Jones,Ryan Perry Motorsport (RPM),Benik,Woltjer Racing Engines,AZ,USA
56x,Diego LaRoque,Team Benik Kart,Benik,KDS Racing Engines,AZ,USA
28s,Gray Leadbetter,Top Kart USA / Grand Products,Top Kart,Woltjer Racing Engines,NC,USA
044a,Zane Maloney,Kartsport North America,Praga,Woltjer Racing Engines,FL,BRB
888n,Luca Mars,Team Benik Kart,Benik,Allison Racing Engines,PA,USA
74s,Tyler Maxson,Team Benik Kart,Benik,Woltjer Racing Engines,GA,USA
441f,Jordan Menge,Team Benik Kart,Benik,,FL,USA
17t,Caiden Mitchell,Dallas Karting Complex (DKC) / SodiKart USA,SodiKart,Woltjer Racing Engines,TX,USA
158f,Sebastian Montoya,Team Montoya,BirelART,,FL,USA
124r,Thomas Nepveu,PSL Karting,BirelART,Allison Racing Engines,QC,CAN
41z,Josh Pierson,Rolison Performance Group (RPG),Energy,P1 Racing Engines,OR,USA
10z,Jonathon Portz,Rolison Performance Group (RPG),Energy,Woltjer Racing Engines,OR,USA
007n,Annie Rhule,Checkered Motorsports,PCR,Woltjer Racing Engines,PA,USA
66f,Kyffin Simpson,Kartsport North America,OK1,Woltjer Racing Engines,FL,BRB
08j,Nicholas Terlecki,,BirelART,Woltjer Racing Engines,IL,USA
36j,Kyle Thome,Franklin Motorsports,Merlin,Woltjer Racing Engines,WI,USA
69t,Branyon Tiner,Brash Racing,Tony Kart,,TX,USA
123f,Santiago Trisini,Team Benik Kart,Benik,,FL,VEN
141j,Kaden Wharff,Top Kart USA / Grand Products,Top Kart,Allison Racing Engines,IN,USA
73c,Anthony Willis,Team Benik Kart,Benik,Phil Carlson Racing Engines,AZ,USA
[/table]


Benik Kart Micro Swift

Oliver Denny is one of two British drivers pacing the Micro Swift category (Photo: EKN)

Oliver Denny is one of two British drivers pacing the Micro Swift category (Photo: EKN)

The SpringNationals was the SKUSA Pro Tour debut for the Micro Swift category, and its popularity continues to grow with the division reaching 30 drivers for the SummerNationals with nearly a 1/3 from outside the United States. Phoenix was dominated by two Benik drivers – Oliver Denny and Brandon Carr. Each British driver took a victory with Denny securing the most points over the weekend to lead the championship chase by 45 points. West coast drivers Kai Sorensen (Praga) and Frankie Mossman (Benik) each stood on the podium alongside the Brits, sitting third and fourth in the championship chase. Among the east coast talent that have success at the New Castle facility include Brent Crews (Energy) and Elliot Cox (Benik). Crews has five of the six wins at the USPKS, including two in Indiana while Cox calls the facility home, winning there last weekend at WKA.

Provisional Micro Swift Entry List
[table]
No.,Driver,Team,Chassis,Engine Builder,State,Country
7m,Ian Aguilera,GP VCI Mexico,GP,Fisher Racing Engines,,MEX
217y,Piers Aspiras,PKS Kart Supplies,Ricciardo,P1 Racing Engines,CA,USA
97f,Paul Bocuse,Team Felon,Tony Kart,Allison Racing Engines,FL,USA
63x,Tuesday Calderwood,Calderwood Racing,Benik,Woltjer Racing Engines,AZ,USA
16a,Brandon Carr,Team Benik Kart,Benik,Woltjer Racing Engines,,GBR
33m,Jesse Carrasquedo Jr.,GP VCI Mexico,GP,Fisher Racing Engines,,MEX
22c,Mathias Coito,Mad Old Nut Racing,Mad – Croc,P1 Racing Engines,CA,USA
5f,Miguel Costa,MC Racing,BirelART,Allison Racing Engines,FL,USA
151j,Elliot Cox,Team Benik Kart,Benik,Allison Racing Engines,IN,USA
37n,Paige Crawford,Iron Rock Motorsports,Tony Kart,Allison Racing Engines,NY,USA
11s,Brent Crews,Team Felon,Energy,Woltjer Racing Engines,NC,USA
3n,Sofia D’Arrigo,Checkered Motorsports,PCR,Allison Racing Engines,PA,USA
43a,Oliver Denny,Team Benik Kart,Benik,Woltjer Racing Engines,,GBR
8s,Danny Dyszelski,Motorsports Driver Development (MDD),Energy,Ogden Motorsport,SC,USA
07f,Emmo Fittipaldi,GP VCI Mexico,GP,Fisher Racing Engines,FL,BRA
44s,Caleb Gafrarar,Russell Karting Specialties,Parolin,Woltjer Racing Engines,NC,USA
021j,Aryton Grim,Team CRP,Top Kart,Allison Racing Engines,OH,USA
124a,Sebastian Guerra,Top Kart USA / Grand Products,Top Kart,Woltjer Racing Engines,,PAN
717t,Miles Hewitt,J3 Competition,CompKart,Allison Racing Engines,TX,USA
18y,Cooper Hunt,Team iKart,iKart,Pinzini Racing Engines,CA,USA
67n,Ben Maier,Fast Kart Supply,Top Kart,Allison Racing Engines,MD,USA
70a,Calem Maloney,Kartsport North America,OK1,Woltjer Racing Engines,FL,BRB
98j,Ryker Mattes,Team Koene USA,Tony Kart,Team Koene USA,IL,USA
722j,Christian Miles,Praga North America,Praga,,IL,USA
777c,Frankie Mossman,Nash Motorsportz,Benik,Precision Works Racing Engines,CA,USA
09a,Sebastian Ng,Top Kart USA / Grand Products,Top Kart,Woltjer Racing Engines,,PAN
80f,Alex Powell,Kartsport North America,BirelART,Legree Motorsports,FL,USA
18a,Rodrigo Sanchez,BBR Karting,Kosmic,Black Racing Engines,,PER
15y,Kai Sorensen,Leading Edge Motorsports (LEM),Praga,Woltjer Racing Engines,CA,USA
48s,Eli Trull,Karting Coach,Fullerton,Allison Racing Engines,NC,USA
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