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2016 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – Stock Moto – August 5

Formal takes over top position over Musgrave with French joining the top-three

SKUSA Pro Tour S1 championship leader Daniel Formal is now the #1 in the EKN Driver Rankings (Photo: EKN)

EKN Driver Rankings logoWe are now two-thirds of the way complete in the 2016 season for the eKartingNews.com Stock Moto Driver Rankings. Roughly 30 events remain on the calendar, contributing to driver’s results for the 12-month ranking program, featuring the best six results. Two of the three major events on the year are complete, with the SKUSA SpringNationals and SummerNationals into the books. Regional events are all that remain, gearing up for the big finish with the 20th SKUSA SuperNationals.

The driver set to defend his triumphant victory last November in Las Vegas is the new #1 holder. DRT Racing / DR Kart pilot Daniel Formal has taken over the top spot, now completing six events over the past 12 months. The current SKUSA Pro Tour championship leader now has more reasons to defend his SuperNats crown, with a chance at over $16,000 in cash and prizes should he cross the line first on SuperSunday. Formal has moved Billy Musgrave (MRC / Praga) off the top position. The two-time California ProKart Challenge champion was unable to duplicate his first Pro Tour victory from 2015 at New Castle, losing a few points in his total and dropping to P2. The SummerNationals was up and down for Texas driver Jake French (DKC / SodiKart), placing on the podium Sunday after a DNF hurt his chances at improving his Driver Rankings score even more.

The top S2 driver continues to be Austin Wilkins. The current SKUSA Pro Tour point leader added his second victory on the year in New Castle, helping to move the DKC / SodiKart pilot up to fourth in the Driver Rankings. Wilkins has not let down since his runner-up performance at the SuperNationals last year, and is in line to contend for the race victory and 2016 championship. Down to fifth is S1 driver Kolton Griffin (Pure Karting / Tony Kart). The Arizona driver did not return to the podium in New Castle as he had a year before, losing valuable points in the Driver Rankings and not helping his championship cause. Griffin was not at the SuperNationals last year, so should he compete this November will be all positive points in his favor.

Jumping into the top-10 is last month’s ‘On the Move’ Nick Neri. The Champion Racing / Intrepid driver came just one spot short of the podium Saturday and slipped down the order Sunday. Both results were enough to elevate his position in the Driver Rankings, now sitting sixth. The same for Checkered Motorsports / PCR pilot Robert Bujdoso. After flirting with the podium in Phoenix, the former multi-time WKA champ reached the top-10 just on Saturday.

Dropping to eighth is VRP Racing / Tony Kart driver Jacob Neal, who was absent at the SummerNationals. Down to ninth is Champion Racing / Intrepid pilot Jarred Campbell. The NorCal native scored his best finish on the Pro Tour this year, finishing sixth on Saturday. Campbell remains in contention to defend his 2015 title in the California ProKart Challenge with two events remaining. Tenth is the second S2 driver inside the top-10, and this month’s ‘On the Move’ driver Kyle Wick (RPG / Kosmic).

Ron White, Carter Williams and Hunter Pickett have fallen outside the top-10. White and Williams were not at New Castle for the SummerNationals, as we believe both will be back in the driver’s seat for the SuperNationals. Pickett (Muscle Milk Racing / Aluminos) recorded his first S2 victory on the Pro Tour Sunday after contact ended his podium run Saturday. He lost two top-five finishes from last year, including his first Pro Tour podium in Sunday’s main event.

Upcoming EKN Stock Moto Driver Rankings Events
8/6,Utah State Championships #8,Spec 125,Utah Motorsports Campus,”Tooele, UT”,8
8/19,SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge #7,S1/S2,Dallas Karting Complex,”Caddo Mills, TX”,8
8/20,Northwest Gold Cup #9,Super Stock CR125,McMinnville Kart Track,”McMinnville, OR”,8
8/20,SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge #8,S1/S2,Dallas Karting Complex,”Caddo Mills, TX”,8
8/20,Utah State Championships #9,Spec 125,Utah Motorsports Campus,”Tooele, UT”,8
8/21,Northwest Gold Cup #10,Super Stock CR125,McMinnville Kart Track,”McMinnville, OR”,8
8/21,Sanzaru Games Karting Championship #6,Pro Stock Honda,Simraceway Performance Karting Center,”Sonoma, CA”,8
8/27,Gearup Challenge F-Series #5,Stock Honda,F1 Boston,”East Bridgewater, MA”,8
8/27,SKUSA California ProKart Challenge #5,S1,Santa Maria Kart Track,”Santa Maria, CA”,8.5
8/27,SKUSA California ProKart Challenge #5,S2,Santa Maria Kart Track,”Santa Maria, CA”,8
9/4,Sanzaru Games Karting Championship #7,Pro Stock Honda,Simraceway Performance Karting Center,”Sonoma, CA”,8

NEW Stock Moto #1 – Daniel Formal
San Jose, Costa Rica

(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

(Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

There is no question the top Stock Moto driver from the past 12 months is Daniel Formal. A four-time Rotax Grand Nationals champion, former podium finisher at the SuperNationals, Formal was unstoppable in his DRT Racing / DR Kart at the SuperNationals in 2015 to sweep the entire event. It was a performance unlike any other. Add in now three-straight runner-up finishes on the Pro Tour and he is your current championship leader going into November. Thanks to a victory at the F-Series last September, Formal has six events counting toward the Driver Rankings. Should he not return back to the United States until the SuperNats, he will lose that sixth race and fall down the order to somewhere outside the top-20. More important things will be on the mind of Formal from now until November, mainly the chance at the over $16,000 in cash and prizes for defending his SuperNats crown and becoming the 2016 SKUSA Pro Tour S1 champion.

Point Breakdown
[table width=”350″]Race,Rank,Finish,Points
NESKS 2015 #7,8,1,880
SKUSA SuperNationals 2015 – S1,10,1,1176
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #1 – S1,9.5,10,992
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #2 – S1,9.5,2,1079
SKUSA SummerNationals ’16 #1 – S1,9.5,2,1073
SKUSA SummerNationals ’16 #2 – S1,9.5,2,1073
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.0
Average Points: 1045.5
Total Points: 6273


Stock Moto #2 – Billy Musgrave
Norco, California

(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

(Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

Since the end of last year, Billy Musgrave has held onto the top position in the EKN Driver Rankings. Since he bolted onto the national scene with his dominating performance in the S2 victory at the 2012 SuperNationals, Musgrave has been a S1 contender. A two-time California ProKart Challenge champion, he landed his first Pro Tour victory last year at the SummerNationals. It was expected to see him battle for the podium positions once again after scoring victory in Phoenix, however, the best result was an eighth place finish. Two more races at the California PKC to secure a third title in four years is on the horizon with the hopes of performing at the SuperNationals like he did just four years ago.

Point Breakdown
[table width=”350″]Race,Rank,Finish,Points
SKUSA SuperNationals 2015 – S1,10,4,1141
SKUSA California PKC ’16 #1 – S1, 8.5,1,950
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #1 – S1,9.5,1,1090
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #2 – S1,9.5,4,1057
SKUSA SummerNationals ’16 #1 – S1,9.5,8,1008
SKUSA SummerNationals ’16 #2 – S1,9.5,9,998
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 4.5
Average Points: 1040.7
Total Points: 6244


Stock Moto #3 – Jake French
Sachse, Texas

(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

(Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

Like we have seen with Formal, it has been a progression from the youngest age group to the pinnacle of North American karting for Jake French. A Mini Max Grand National champion in 2007, French has continued to grow as a driver. French was among the original drivers to begin the SKUSA Stock Moto ladder system, competing in the S5 Junior division. Now finding a home at the Dallas Karting Complex, French has been a vital piece of the puzzle for the success of the SodiKart brand here in North America. The SpringNationals was his first podium since moving to S1 in 2012, matching the third-place result in New Castle to make him a championship contender heading into Las Vegas.

Point Breakdown
[table width=”350″]Race,Rank,Finish,Points
SKUSA SuperNationals 2015 – S1,10,16,1000
Challenge of the Americas ’16 #4,8,1,927
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #1 – S1,9.5,4,1057
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #2 – S1,9.5,3,1068
SKUSA SummerNationals ’16 #1 – S1,9.5,13,954
SKUSA SummerNationals ’16 #2 – S1,9.5,3,1063
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 5.67
Average Points: 1011.5
Total Points: 6069


Stock Moto ‘On the Move’ – #10
Kyle Wick
Aubrun, Washington

(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

(Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

Among those moving up the EKN Driver Rankings order is Rolison Performance Group driver Kyle Wick. The 16-year-old began the transition from TaG Junior to Stock Moto last year, competing at the Can-Am ProKart Challenge. Wick made his S2 national debut at the SuperNationals, recording a top-20 finish. The Kosmic driver began the 2016 season with victory at the second stop of the California ProKart Challenge, following it up with his first podium on the SKUSA Pro Tour at the SpringNationals with a runner-up on Sunday. Wick traveled to New Castle as the S2 championship leader. While the weekend did not go as planned, he continued to show determination and speed. He came back from an incident in Heat #1 to record a 10th place finish and getting shuffled back outside the top-20 Sunday. Wick now sits third in the title chase, looking to end the year on the championship podium.

Point Breakdown
[table width=”350″]Race,Rank,Finish,Points
SKUSA SuperNationals 2015 – S2,9.5,18,939
California ProKart Challenge ’16 #2 – S2,8,1,894
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #1 – S2,9,4,991
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #2 – S2,9,2,1019
SKUSA SummerNationals ’16 #1 – S2,9,10,964
SKUSA SummerNationals ’16 #2 – S2,9,21,848
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 9.33
Average Points: 942.5
Total Points: 5655

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 August 5, 2016
1.,60,59,Daniel Formal,6,6273
2.,1,-1,Billy Musgrave,11,6244
3.,4,1,Jake French,18,6069
4.,5,1,Austin Wilkins,17,6056
5.,2,-3,Kolton Griffin,12,5932
6.,16,10,Nick Neri,8,5845
7.,27,20,Robert Bujdoso,7,5802
8.,7,-1,Jacob Neal,13,5790
9.,6,-3,Jarred Campbell,11,5767
10.,63,53,Kyle Wick,6,5655
11.,15,4,Kol Bailey,12,5653
12.,24,12,Sabre Cook,10,5652
13.,12,-1,Marco Eakins,7,5644
14.,14,NC,Skyler Finley,8,5644
15.,11,-4,Harry Gottsacker,14,5613
16.,22,6,Hunter Kelly,8,5562
17.,9,-8,Hunter Pickett,15,5556
18.,8,-10,Carter Williams,6,5534
19.,17,-2,Josh Lane,9,5527
20.,65,45,Garrett Boone,7,5510
21.,28,7,Rory van der Steur,11,5477
22.,34,12,Andrew Bujdoso,7,5442
23.,20,-3,Will Preston,7,5364
24.,18,-6,Tyler Bennett,6,5361
25.,125,100,Vincent Cossard,6,5340
26.,42,16,Jason Pettit,8,5336
27.,36,9,Graig Alvarez,13,5314
28.,26,-2,Alex Yates,10,5291
29.,86,57,Joey Wimsett,5,5280
30.,29,-1,Jordon Musser,8,5280
31.,40,9,Lawson Nagel,16,5242
32.,30,-2,Colby Yardley,12,5236
33.,19,-14,Brian Keck,6,5216
34.,31,-3,David Salazar,11,5204
35.,33,-2,Ryan Pool,7,5189
36.,41,5,Tyler Guilbeault,7,5167
37.,44,7,Daniel Bray,5,5157
38.,37,-1,Robert Heck Jr.,8,5135
39.,38,-1,Callum Smith,8,5134
40.,39,-1,Ben Schermerhorn,8,5133
41.,23,-18,Don Whittington,8,5116
42.,43,1,Andretta Young,12,5111
43.,32,-11,Casey Ross,6,5064
44.,45,1,Kyle Kalish,5,5060
45.,56,11,Billy Drury,7,5048
46.,49,3,Aaron Schmitt,8,5034
47.,74,27,Taylor Ross,6,5002
48.,58,10,Ayrton Little,7,4985
49.,48,-1,Matt Koerner,7,4932
50.,79,29,Lauren Stark,6,4918
51.,50,-1,Josh Early,9,4844
52.,13,-39,Luke Shanahan,5,4672
53.,51,-2,Matias Podboj,5,4665
54.,54,NC,Nathan Adds,5,4653
55.,52,-3,Frank Rapisarda,6,4591
56.,53,-3,Peter Abba,5,4498
57.,98,41,Derek Dignan,5,4472
58.,25,-33,Bonnier Moulton,5,4469
59.,35,-24,Lincoln Steel,5,4333
60.,66,6,Bryon Rothenhoefer,5,4228
61.,46,-15,Christian Bouhuys,5,4214
62.,67,5,Darin Marcus,5,4208
63.,70,7,Chris Neria,5,4181
64.,57,-7,Paul Makarucha,5,4156
65.,115,50,Oliver Askew,4,4132
66.,61,-5,Nic LeDuc,4,4057
67.,81,14,Patrick Cecilian,5,3950
68.,62,-6,AJ Juergens,5,3947
69.,87,18,Keith Buffo,5,3867
70.,3,-67,Ron White,4,3824
71.,118,47,Arturo Hernandez Jr.,4,3591
72.,174,102,Collin Daley,4,3587
73.,21,-52,Alan Michel,4,3572
74.,55,-19,Mike Beeny,4,3560
75.,68,-7,KC Cook,4,3378
76.,69,-7,Jason Campbell,4,3370
77.,101,24,Larry Moulton,4,3340
78.,73,-5,Chris Farrell,4,3316
79.,75,-4,Hannah Williams,4,3290
80.,77,-3,Nathan Mauel,4,3274
81.,172,91,AJ Myers,3,3273
82.,78,-4,Carson Mueller,4,3261
83.,106,23,Sebastian Bertoia,4,3244
84.,80,-4,Joe di Vito,4,3226
85.,82,-3,Randall Burnett,4,3189
86.,83,-3,Tyler Campbell,4,3187
87.,84,-3,Jessica Sollberger,4,3157
88.,85,-3,Joshua Young,4,3155
89.,88,-1,Michael Korody,4,3087
90.,90,NC,Dekota Fripp,4,3070
91.,47,-44,Fritz Leesmann,3,2951
92.,96,4,Salvador de Alba,3,2820
93.,95,2,Jimmy McNeil,3,2810
94.,10,-84,Miguel Lopez,3,2693
95.,208,113,Ryan Rudolph,3,2629
96.,99,3,Brett Buckwalter,3,2587
97.,188,91,Robby Seward,3,2561
98.,100,2,Brady Ross,3,2545
99.,103,4,Cody Elliott,3,2510
100.,102,2,Colin Long,3,2496
101.,71,-30,John Gaydos,3,2490
102.,104,2,Connor Thomas,3,2471
103.,142,39,Chris Matthew,3,2458
104.,147,43,Lee Waddell,3,2435
105.,105,NC,Pablo Carballedo,3,2421
106.,155,49,Pascual Torres,3,2391
107.,161,54,Eric Van Der Steur,3,2377
108.,107,-1,Matthew O’Donnell,3,2336
109.,108,-1,Dave Edwards,3,2331
110.,109,-1,Anthony Freese,3,2319
111.,110,-1,Mike Hines,3,2317
112.,111,-1,Justin Taylor,3,2237
113.,112,-1,Matt Hamilton,2,2107
114.,114,NC,Davide Fore,2,2040
115.,119,4,Luca Tilloca,2,1940
116.,120,4,Riccardo Negro,2,1918
117.,-,-,Alex Manglass,2,1908
118.,121,3,Ryon Beachner,2,1839
119.,122,3,Cabot Bigham,2,1835
120.,126,6,Sting Ray Robb,2,1783
121.,127,6,Jordon Lennox,2,1775
122.,128,6,Lloyd Mack,2,1764
123.,129,6,Cody Diede,2,1761
124.,130,6,Ryan Kinnear,2,1758
125.,132,7,Jim McKinney,2,1713
126.,64,-62,Troy Diede,2,1705
127.,134,7,Morgan Loganathan,2,1702
128.,136,8,Joshua de Losier,2,1692
129.,137,8,Brian Davies,2,1680
130.,72,-58,Kyle Knecht,2,1670
131.,139,8,Erin Sims,2,1668
132.,177,45,Jesus Rios,2,1653
133.,143,10,Tim Armstrong,2,1649
134.,-,-,Tony Malito,2,1642
135.,76,-59,Parker Chase,2,1630
136.,144,8,Brian Frank,2,1629
137.,146,9,Tyler Shepard,2,1620
138.,148,10,Garrett Ramirez,2,1612
139.,150,11,Evan White,2,1608
140.,151,11,Kevin Janders,2,1604
141.,152,11,Travis Henson,2,1603
142.,154,12,Broch Evans,2,1599
143.,156,13,Dave Shepard,2,1596
144.,157,13,Steve Perdue,2,1595
145.,158,13,Calvin Hankins,2,1593
146.,159,13,Christopher Hines,2,1593
147.,59,-88,Kyle Smith,2,1587
148.,145,-3,Kyle Kennedy,2,1579
149.,160,11,Mateo DeLeon,2,1579
150.,162,12,Austin Kaszuba,2,1572
151.,163,12,Garrett Kramer,2,1563
152.,-,-,Ryan P. Lewis,2,1536
153.,229,76,Travis Waddell,2,1534
154.,-,-,Tommy Andersen,2,1526
155.,165,10,Aamir Hyder,2,1510
156.,166,10,Dan Laporta,2,1472
157.,168,11,Jeffrey Neubert,2,1420
158.,169,11,Gary Carlton,1,1164
159.,170,11,Dario Capitano,1,1131
160.,171,11,Jorge Pescador,1,1108
161.,173,12,Francesco Celenta,1,1070
162.,89,-73,Brandon Frank,1,1052
163.,91,-72,Jonathan Kotyk,1,1035
164.,116,-48,Connor Wagner,1,1023
165.,92,-73,Max Di Bella,1,995
166.,175,9,Alec Gumpfer,1,988
167.,176,9,Kristijan Habulin,1,964
168.,178,10,Kyle Kirkwood,1,948
169.,94,-75,Cole Mathewson,1,941
170.,179,9,Noah Grey,1,927
171.,180,9,Darren Elliott,1,918
172.,181,9,Christian Brooks,1,912
173.,-,-,Colton Aldridge,1,911
174.,182,8,Cody Hodgson,1,894
175.,183,8,Dominic LeGrand,1,893
176.,184,8,David Malukas,1,874
177.,185,8,Gianfranco Mazzaferro,1,871
178.,93,-85,Rick Dreezen,1,870
179.,186,7,Joe Criscione,1,859
180.,187,7,Race Liberante,1,858
181.,190,9,Jack Freese,1,849
182.,191,9,Henry Morse,1,848
183.,192,9,Manuel Vazquez Camarasa,1,848
184.,193,9,Santiago Creel,1,842
185.,194,9,Stephen Lamana,1,842
186.,195,9,Jason Toft,1,840
187.,97,-90,Fernando Casillas Jr.,1,837
188.,164,-24,Joe Ruch,1,837
189.,196,7,Chris Beck,1,836
190.,197,7,Christian Bird,1,828
191.,198,7,Blaine Cavin,1,823
192.,-,-,Oscar Aguilera,1,822
193.,199,6,Randy Mitchell,1,821
194.,200,6,Cory Milne,1,820
195.,201,6,Daniel De La Calle,1,820
196.,202,6,Forrest Denham,1,820
197.,203,6,Mark Snyder,1,820
198.,204,6,Jeremy Lee,1,814
199.,205,6,Liam Snyder,1,812
200.,206,6,Philip Craycraft,1,812
201.,207,6,Todd Edgington,1,811
202.,209,7,Ryan Lankenau,1,805
203.,210,7,Ryan Rush,1,804
204.,211,7,Scott Granger,1,804
205.,212,7,Don McGregor,1,803
206.,213,7,Scott Clark,1,802
207.,214,7,Darren Newport,1,801
208.,215,7,Austin Ray Chalman,1,799
209.,216,7,Ben Haney,1,795
210.,217,7,Brian Voigt,1,795
211.,218,7,Thomas Connor,1,795
212.,219,7,Steve Jenks,1,787
213.,220,7,Tom Dyer,1,786
214.,221,7,Kenneth Simcox,1,785
215.,222,7,Mark Nagy,1,783
216.,223,7,Max Cortes,1,782
217.,224,7,Norbert Laczho,1,774
218.,225,7,Kirk Potter,1,769
219.,226,7,Rusty Lingle,1,769
220.,227,7,Mike Kavanaugh,1,766
221.,228,7,John Sullivan,1,760
222.,-,-,David Harding,1,758
223.,230,7,Virgil Gross,1,742
224.,231,7,Lance Lane,1,724
225.,232,7,Jason Bane,1,706
226.,233,7,Brad Sutika,1,670

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