2017 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA – Stock Honda – April 26

Little changes with French the driver to beat entering SpringNats

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The second edition of the eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings powered by Bell Racing USA for the Stock Honda division is roughly a month after the opening standings for the 2017 were released. Not much racing took place during the month of April, with regional and club programs conducting their opening rounds of the season. The busy summer months area just ahead, with the warm weather events kicking off in style with the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SpringNationals, returning back to the Simraceway facility in Sonoma, California.

Throughout the opening event at the inaugural WinterNationals, Jake French was in the fight for the top position in the S1 Pro class. French (DKC / Sodi Kart) came away with victory and a runner-up finish, leaving NOLA with the championship lead and moving himself into the #1 spot of the EKN Driver Rankings. Of course, the goal is to demote defending champion Daniel Formal. The 2016 SKUSA Pro Tour champ, two-time SuperNationals winner and last year’s EKN #1 is moving from DR Kart and DRT Racing, joining the Intrepid Driver Development program and Champion Racing. The SpringNationals will be the debut for the new combination. Of course, among those fighting at the WinterNats for the top spot was Billy Musgrave. Had it not been for contact in Sunday’s Final, Musgrave (MRC / Aluminos) could have added to his two wins on the SKUSA Pro Tour.

2016 SKUSA Pro Tour S2 champion Austin Wilkins (DKC / Sodi Kart) remains in fourth, ahead of fellow S1 rookie and WinterNationals winner Hunter Pickett (Aluminos). The top-five remained unchanged with the second half of the top-10 moving around a bit. The only SKUSA Pro Tour female champion Sabré Cook (Energy) is up to sixth with Nick Neri (Champion / Intrepid) falling down to seventh. Those two were among the top drivers in the US Open last year, with the NOLA event dropping from the 12-month record of the Driver Rankings.

Kol Bailey (LEM / Praga) is the third best S2 driver inside the top-10, holding eighth ahead of Kyle Wick (RPG / CRG) and Collin Daley (DRT / DR Kart). Daley’s time inside the top-10 may be limited as he is not expected to compete at the SpringNationals despite earning victory at the WinterNationals. Dropping out of the top-10 is Skyler Finley (DKC / Sodi Kart), falling to 12th.

Upcoming EKN Stock Honda Driver Rankings Schedule
4/29,Colorado Sprint Championship #1,Senior Shifter,Grand Junction Motor Speedway,”Grand Junction, CO”,8
4/29,Northwest Gold Cup #1,Super Stock CR125,Sumas International Motorsports Academy,”Sumas, WA”,8
4/29,Utah State Championships #2,Spec 125,Utah Motorsports Campus,”Tooele, UT”,8
4/30,Los Angeles Karting Championship #3,S1/S2,CalSpeed Karting Center,”Fontana, CA”,8
4/30,Northwest Gold Cup #2,Super Stock CR125,Sumas International Motorsports Academy,”Sumas, WA”,8
5/6,SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals,S1,Simraceway Performance Karting Center,”Sonoma, CA”,9.5
5/6,SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals,S2,Simraceway Performance Karting Center,”Sonoma, CA”,9
5/7,SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals,S1,Simraceway Performance Karting Center,”Sonoma, CA”,9.5
5/7,SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals,S2,Simraceway Performance Karting Center,”Sonoma, CA”,9
5/13,Utah State Championships #3,Spec 125,Utah Motorsports Campus,”Tooele, UT”,8
5/20,Can-Am Karting Challenge #1,S2,Horn Rapids Kart Track,”Richland, WA”,8.5
5/20,Los Angeles Karting Championship #4,S1/S2,CalSpeed Karting Center,”Fontana, CA”,8
5/20,Sanzaru Games Karting Championship #3,Pro Stock Honda,Simraceway Performance Karting Center,”Sonoma, CA”,8
5/20,Texas Sprint Racing Series #3,Shifter Light,North Texas Kartway,”Denton, TX”,8
5/21,Can-Am Karting Challenge #2,S2,Horn Rapids Kart Track,”Richland, WA”,8.5
5/21,Texas Sprint Racing Series #4,Shifter Light,North Texas Kartway,”Denton, TX”,8
5/24,Northwest Gold Cup #5,Super Stock CR125,Greg Moore Raceway,”Chilliwack, BC”,8
5/25,Northwest Gold Cup #6,Super Stock CR125,Greg Moore Raceway,”Chilliwack, BC”,8
5/27,Gearup Challenge F-Series #3,Stock Honda,Old Bridge Township Raceway Park,”Englishtown, NJ”,8
5/27,Northwest Gold Cup #3,Super Stock CR125,Glen Morgan Track,”Boise, ID”,8
5/28,Northwest Gold Cup #4,Super Stock CR125,Glen Morgan Track,”Boise, ID”,8

Stock Moto #1 – Jake French
Sachse, Texas

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The most consistent driver throughout the WinterNationals was French. Every session on-track (Qualifying, Prefinal, Final), the Texan finished inside the top-three. Now the goal moving forward is to repeat that performance. Sonoma is not something new to French, having raced there in 2016 with the Challenge of the Americas, winning one round to help clinch the series championship. Like him, the other S1 drivers have been to and found success at Simraceway, even in year’s past when it was just Sonoma Raceway. French can solidify his championship aspirations with another solid weekend in Northern California next weekend.

Point Breakdown
[table width=”350″]Race,Rank,Finish,Points
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #1 – S1,9.5,4,1057
SKUSA SpringNationals ’16 #2 – S1,9.5,2,1068
SKUSA SummerNationals ’16 #1 – S1,9.5,13,954
SKUSA SummerNationals ’16 #2 – S1,9.5,3,1063
SKUSA SuperNationals 2016 – S1,10,3,1142
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,1,1084
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,2,1073
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 4.00
Average Points: 1063.0
Total Points: 7441


Stock Moto #2 – Daniel Formal
San Jose, Costa Rica

(Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

The last four years, Formal called DRT Racing home. Don Guilbeault brought Formal in to help push the DR Kart brand here in the United States, as he knew the talent Danny possesses. It helped to bring two SuperNationals victories and a SKUSA Pro Tour to the team, and further add to Formal’s solid CV. Now a new chapter in Formal’s career, moving back to the Intrepid brand, teaming with Champion Racing. It was SuperNationals in 2011 that Formal stood on the podium in TaG Senior piloting an Intrepid (pictured). A brief stint with the brand that helped to gain PRI All-Star victory and a Florida Winter Tour title. The SpringNats will be the debut of the new partnership, as we look to see if Formal can remain in the title chase needing victories in Sonoma.

Point Breakdown
[table width=”350″]Race,Rank,Finish,Points
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
F-Series Gearup Challenge 2016 #7,8,1,892
SKUSA SuperNationals 2016 – S1,10,1,1165
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,3,1063
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.00
Average Points: 1048.1
Total Points: 7337


Stock Moto #3 – Billy Musgrave
Norco, California

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Had it not been for the hit during the opening lap of the Final in NOLA, Musgrave could have had another SKUSA Pro Tour victory. Two fast times in the two qualifying sessions put his MRC / Aluminos at the front of the grid, leading to a runner-up on Saturday. The three-time California ProKart Challenge champion is just 62 points out of the championship lead behind French, coming off a second straight win in his home state. Musgrave will look to defend the ‘Golden State’ at the SpringNationals.

Point Breakdown
[table width=”350″]Race,Rank,Finish,Points
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
SKUSA SuperNationals 2016 – S1,10,7,1095
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,2,1073
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,9,997
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 5.71
Average Points: 1045.4
Total Points: 7318


Stock Moto ‘On the Move’ – #47
Riley Dickinson
New Braunfels, Texas

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At just six races, Texas driver Riley Dickinson has moved himself into the top-50 of the Stock Honda Driver Rankings – and at only 14-years-old. At the end of 2016, Dickinson traded in his TaG powerplant for the six-speed grunt of the Stock Honda. His first outing was a victory at the Texas Sprint Racing Series, followed up by a trip to the SKUSA SuperNationals. Dickinson was impressive at the WinterNationals, putting himself at the front of the field both days, earning the inaugural victory on Saturday and backed it up with a runner-up the following day in the S2 Semi-Pro division. Just before turning 15, the pressure will be on Dickinson as he enters the SpringNationals as the Pro Tour S2 championship leader.

Point Breakdown
[table width=”350″]Race,Rank,Finish,Points
Texas Sprint Racing Series ’16 #4,8,1,839
SKUSA SuperNationals 2016 – S2,9.5,22,899
Texas ProKart Challenge ’17 #1 – S2,8,2,855
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #1 – S2,9,1,1025
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #2 – S2,9,2,1015
Texas ProKart Challenge ’17 #2 – S2,8,1,852
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 5.29
Average Points: 993.6
Total Points: 6955

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 Honda Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA – as of April 26, 2017
[table]Pos.,Mar. 28,Plus/Minus,Driver,Races,Score
1.,1,NC,Jake French,14,7441
2.,2,NC,Daniel Formal,7,7337
3.,3,NC,Billy Musgrave,14,7318
4.,4,NC,Austin Wilkins,16,7176
5.,5,NC,Hunter Pickett,14,7001
6.,7,1,Sabre Cook,10,6913
7.,6,-1,Nick Neri,9,6891
8.,9,1,Kol Bailey,11,6820
9.,10,1,Kyle Wick,10,6795
10.,11,1,Collin Daley,11,6787
11.,13,2,Hunter Kelly,12,6774
12.,8,-4,Skyler Finley,8,6773
13.,14,1,Matias Podboj,12,6713
14.,17,3,Callum Smith,13,6667
15.,15,NC,Rory van der Steur,14,6625
16.,18,2,Jason Pettit,12,6616
17.,19,2,Harry Gottsacker,11,6591
18.,16,-2,Jarred Campbell,7,6591
19.,20,1,Graig Alvarez,10,6460
20.,21,1,Josh Lane,10,6366
21.,22,1,Robert Bujdoso,7,6325
22.,23,1,Andretta Young,13,6228
23.,24,1,Ryan Pool,9,6187
24.,25,1,Jordon Musser,8,6162
25.,26,1,Vincent Cossard,7,6136
26.,27,1,David Salazar,12,6133
27.,28,1,Joey Wimsett,6,6127
28.,29,1,Lawson Nagel,12,6120
29.,30,1,Alex Yates,10,6115
30.,31,1,Tyler Guilbeault,11,6028
31.,32,1,Billy Drury,13,6016
32.,33,1,Lauren Stark,10,6009
33.,12,-21,Kolton Griffin,6,5983
34.,35,1,Robert Heck Jr.,9,5944
35.,36,1,Larry Moulton,8,5943
36.,37,1,Ayrton Little,11,5937
37.,53,16,Garrett McKelvie,7,5897
38.,40,2,Josh Early,14,5874
39.,54,15,Blair Hosie,7,5872
40.,34,-6,Darin Marcus,7,5787
41.,41,NC,Sebastian Bertoia,7,5779
42.,38,-4,Casey Ross,7,5750
43.,42,-1,Carson Mueller,7,5689
44.,58,14,Paul Makarucha,7,5652
45.,43,-2,Bryon Rothenhoefer,7,5608
46.,44,-2,Garrett Boone,6,5583
47.,63,16,Riley Dickinson,6,5485
48.,45,-3,Frank Rapisarda,8,5459
49.,46,-3,AJ Myers,5,5425
50.,48,-2,Tyler Bennett,6,5356
51.,50,-1,Daniel Bray,5,5229
52.,51,-1,Kyle Kalish,5,5099
53.,52,-1,Chris Neria,6,5086
54.,39,-15,Taylor Ross,6,5029
55.,67,12,Gianfranco Casadei,6,5027
56.,56,NC,Nathan Mauel,6,4972
57.,55,-2,Christian Bouhuys,6,4894
58.,59,1,Carter Williams,5,4807
59.,60,1,Tyler Campbell,6,4778
60.,61,1,Patrick Cecilian,6,4710
61.,77,16,Ryan P. Lewis,6,4702
62.,62,NC,Ron White,5,4687
63.,47,-16,Keith Buffo,6,4611
64.,49,-15,Andrew Bujdoso,5,4427
65.,81,16,Nathan Adds,5,4369
66.,68,2,Chris Farrell,5,4135
67.,69,2,Oliver Askew,4,4132
68.,57,-11,AJ Juergens,5,4107
69.,86,17,Royal McKee,5,4037
70.,73,3,Matthew O’Donnell,5,4021
71.,71,NC,Jessica Sollberger,5,4013
72.,72,NC,Hannah Williams,5,4007
73.,90,17,Mark Snyder,5,3959
74.,92,18,Chris Matthew,5,3958
75.,75,NC,Randall Burnett,5,3951
76.,91,15,Liam Snyder,5,3940
77.,76,-1,Nic LeDuc,4,3885
78.,64,-14,Brian Keck,4,3791
79.,65,-14,Derek Dignan,4,3594
80.,78,-2,Arturo Hernandez Jr.,4,3591
81.,100,19,Alex Manglass,4,3579
82.,80,-2,Ryan Rudolph,4,3539
83.,70,-13,Aaron Schmitt,4,3346
84.,82,-2,Brian Davies,4,3337
85.,83,-2,Tony Malito,4,3333
86.,84,-2,Erin Sims,4,3313
87.,87,NC,Mathias Ramirez,3,3242
88.,89,1,Colin Long,4,3202
89.,74,-15,Lee Waddell,4,3147
90.,93,3,Travis Waddell,4,3088
91.,94,3,Garrett Kramer,4,3082
92.,95,3,Jake Craig,3,2929
93.,97,4,Luca Tilloca,3,2849
94.,79,-15,Brady Ross,3,2667
95.,101,6,Jimmy McNeil,3,2655
96.,102,6,Joe Ruch,3,2651
97.,103,6,Robby Seward,3,2561
98.,104,6,Cody Elliott,3,2526
99.,106,7,Pablo Daniel Cortez,3,2483
100.,107,7,Connor Thomas,3,2471
101.,137,36,Kevin Janders,3,2467
102.,105,3,Kyle Knecht,3,2457
103.,139,36,Alexis Costa,3,2444
104.,109,5,Devon Smith-Harden,3,2441
105.,110,5,Carlee Taylor,3,2411
106.,88,-18,Eric Van Der Steur,3,2398
107.,148,41,Garrett Knutson,3,2392
108.,151,43,Antonio de Lis,3,2389
109.,155,46,Evan Polisky,3,2356
110.,114,4,John Gaydos,3,2346
111.,117,6,Matt Hamilton,2,2096
112.,118,6,Gianfranco Mazzaferro,2,2009
113.,119,6,Fritz Leesmann,2,2006
114.,96,-18,Jacob Neal,2,1995
115.,99,-16,KC Cook,2,1926
116.,98,-18,Marco Eakins,2,1918
117.,120,3,Riccardo Negro,2,1918
118.,121,3,Jeff Kingsley,2,1886
119.,122,3,Kyle Kirkwood,2,1868
120.,123,3,Harrison Mills,2,1846
121.,124,3,Luke Shanahan,2,1831
122.,125,3,CJ Cramm,2,1794
123.,127,4,Sting Ray Robb,2,1783
124.,128,4,Salvador de Alba,2,1780
125.,129,4,Colton Aldridge,2,1776
126.,126,NC,Peter Abba,2,1765
127.,130,3,Mike Beeny,2,1764
128.,132,4,Jim McKinney,2,1713
129.,133,4,Morgan Loganathan,2,1702
130.,183,53,Aaron Aguirre,2,1700
131.,134,3,Julian Van der Steur,2,1699
132.,66,-66,Ben Schermerhorn,2,1693
133.,189,56,Brandon Tomko,2,1691
134.,193,59,Brad Dunford,2,1679
135.,135,NC,Christian Bird,2,1677
136.,136,NC,Randy Mitchell,2,1672
137.,138,1,Jesus Rios,2,1653
138.,112,-26,Michael Korody,2,1653
139.,140,1,Tyler Fling,2,1651
140.,111,-29,Christopher Hines,2,1633
141.,209,68,Mike Schneider,2,1629
142.,85,-57,Don Whittington,2,1609
143.,143,NC,Don McGregor,2,1608
144.,195,51,Jacob Boubel,2,1604
145.,146,1,Calvin Hankins,2,1593
146.,149,3,Kyle Kennedy,2,1579
147.,113,-34,Pascual Torres,2,1577
148.,116,-32,Mike Hines,2,1573
149.,150,1,Austin Kaszuba,2,1572
150.,218,68,Mike Rivera,2,1547
151.,152,1,Dave Edwards,2,1539
152.,153,1,Jano Eiler,2,1532
153.,154,1,Tommy Andersen,2,1526
154.,115,-39,Anthony Freese,2,1522
155.,229,74,Marco Hernandez,2,1448
156.,231,75,Anthony Concialdi,2,1431
157.,162,5,Trenton Estep,1,1081
158.,163,5,Christian Schureman,1,1072
159.,164,5,Wesley Boswell,1,1025
160.,165,5,Matt Jaskol,1,1014
161.,166,5,Fernando Casillas Jr.,1,979
162.,167,5,Ricardo Gonzalez,1,967
163.,168,5,Gary Carlton,1,954
164.,169,5,Alec Gumpfer,1,944
165.,170,5,Austin Schimmel,1,944
166.,171,5,Alan Michel,1,932
167.,172,5,Axel Matus,1,932
168.,173,5,Tase Flores,1,921
169.,174,5,Darren Elliott,1,918
170.,175,5,Joshua de Losier,1,913
171.,-,-,Clinton Schoombee,1,912
172.,176,4,Dakota Fripp,1,904
173.,177,4,Bonnier Moulton,1,900
174.,178,4,Alexander Rossi,1,897
175.,179,4,Emiliano Salazar,1,887
176.,180,4,Zach Schiff,1,882
177.,181,4,Jason Campbell,1,878
178.,182,4,Zach Herrin,1,876
179.,142,-37,Will Preston,1,875
180.,184,4,Remo Ruscitti,1,867
181.,141,-40,Dekota Fripp,1,858
182.,-,-,Kyle Loh,1,853
183.,185,2,Scott Clark,1,850
184.,187,3,Jimmy Simpson,1,841
185.,188,3,Nathan Putnam,1,835
186.,-,-,Zach Pettinicchi,1,835
187.,-,-,William Auffenberg,1,827
188.,-,-,Richard Stock,1,826
189.,191,2,Evan Batt,1,823
190.,192,2,Oscar Aguilera,1,822
191.,194,3,Cory Milne,1,820
192.,147,-45,Matt Koerner,1,813
193.,197,4,Vivek Tandon,1,812
194.,-,-,Marcellus Dukes,1,810
195.,199,4,Pablo Carballedo,1,804
196.,200,4,Robert Alon,1,804
197.,201,4,Ryan Rush,1,804
198.,202,4,Alejandro Fernandez,1,802
199.,-,-,Billy Smith,1,802
200.,203,3,Bernard Muminovic,1,800
201.,204,3,Austin Ray Chalman,1,799
202.,156,-46,Lance Lane,1,796
203.,205,2,Brian Voigt,1,795
204.,145,-59,Broch Evans,1,795
205.,206,1,Thomas Connor,1,795
206.,207,1,Chandler Campbell,1,794
207.,108,-99,Colby Yardley,1,794
208.,-,-,Garrett Ramirez,1,794
209.,208,-1,Michael McCarthy,1,789
210.,210,NC,Jacob Pope,1,785
211.,211,NC,Luis Pablo Garcia,1,785
212.,212,NC,Prescott Campbell,1,785
213.,213,NC,Max Cortes,1,782
214.,214,NC,Angus Hunt,1,778
215.,215,NC,Cody Hodgson,1,777
216.,216,NC,Travis Nicklas,1,776
217.,217,NC,Norbert Laczho,1,774
218.,159,-59,Virgil Gross,1,767
219.,219,NC,David Harding,1,758
220.,220,NC,David Edwards,1,755
221.,221,NC,Dean Heldt,1,753
222.,222,NC,Justin Taylor,1,750
223.,158,-65,John Sullivan,1,749
224.,157,-67,Aamir Hyder,1,741
225.,223,-2,Joshua Young,1,741
226.,224,-2,Genaro Castillo Barba,1,739
227.,160,-67,Jeffrey Neubert,1,732
228.,225,-3,Mark Eller,1,731
229.,226,-3,Victor Jimenez,1,728
230.,228,-2,Joe di Vito,1,715
231.,161,-70,Jason Bane,1,697
232.,230,-2,Javier Gonzalez,1,671

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