EKN Exclusive: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 21 – Preview Series – X30 Junior

Near sellout with defending winner Gonzalez looking to make history in Vegas

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eKartingNews.com, the Official Media Partner of Superkarts! USA, is proud to present the Preview Series for the SKUSA SuperNationals 21. Leading up to on-track action of the 21st edition of the marquee SKUSA event, EKN will preview each of the 10 categories that will compete outside the Las Vegas Convention Center and Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino from November 15-19.

Complete coverage of the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 21 can be found at the EKN EVENT PAGE. EKN Live provides play-by-play and live timing from qualifying to the final checkered flag on SuperSunday at ekartingnews.com/live

The 2016 SKUSA SuperNationals came down to a wild finish in the X30 Junior category as a light sprinkle of rain covered the Las Vegas Convention Center parking lot. The changing conditions sent some drivers off into the barriers, while those who found a way to tip-toe around the damp circuit were able to capitalize and secure podium finishes. In the end, Florida’s Tyler Gonzalez came away with the victory in his first Junior start at the SuperNationals. Coming off that victory, the SRC / Tony Kart driver took 2017 by storm, earning a FWT championship to start before scoring the US Rotax Grand Nationals victory, and challenging for the SKUSA Pro Tour championship with one win. In the eight previous attempts, no X30 Junior / TaG Junior driver has been able to repeat as SuperNationals winner. Breaking that streak will be the goal for Gonzalez.

Tyler Gonzalez will attempt to repeat as the X30 Junior victor (Photo: EKN)

In addition to Gonzalez, the next or equal favorite has to be 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour champion Dylan Tavella. Three victories in the first five rounds helped to clinch the title for the IRM / Tony Kart driver. SuperNationals 21 is said to be the final kart race for the New Yorker, who is moving up to the F4 US Championship Powered by Honda in 2018. After receiving the press release making the announcement regarding his move to cars, EKN was able to contact Dylan’s father and learn of their plans to compete at the SuperNationals. A favorite multiple times in the Cadet ranks without a win, it would be a fitting closure to his tenure in karting to end with victory in Vegas, coming one spot short last year to Gonzalez.

Three of last year’s podium finishers will be in contention this year. California driver Oliver Calvo (PKS / Top Kart) finished fifth last year after the wild last lap. Nothing unusual to Calvo, who was one corner away from winning the TaG Cadet main event in 2015. Calvo is coming off a second-straight victory at the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix, and earning some grassroots knowledge with the Junior title at the KPX Karting Championship.

Dylan Tavella is among the favorites heading into Vegas as SKUSA Pro Tour champion (Photo: EKN)

Let us not forget those who showed well throughout the 2017 season at the SKUSA Pro Tour. It was one of the most competitive seasons despite Tavella coming away with the title rather easily. Junior rookie Jak Crawford and veteran Trey Brown finished second and third to Tavella, and will carry the SKUSA plates at the SuperNationals. Crawford went winless during his rookie campaign, however, he stood on the podium four times in the six main events. Heading of the SuperNationals, he joins Team USA in Portugal at the Rotax Grand Finals before travelling to Vegas. Brown ended the 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour with a victory, and claimed his second career California ProKart Challenge title, his first in Junior. You can bet the Nash Motorsportz / FA Kart teammates will be working together with a goal of standing on the podium on SuperSunday. One spot away from that podium last year was Arizona’s Jagger Jones (Tony Kart). The third generation driver has spent time away from karting in 2017 racing stock cars, and will be making a return for the SuperNationals, joined by his brother Jace, who will make his first Junior start in Vegas.

Oliver Calvo is a returning podium finisher (Photo: EKN)

A number of quality drivers are set to make their first Junior start at the SuperNationals. Last year’s Mini Swift winner Thomas Nepveu (PSL / Birel ART) is among the top rookies. The Canadian had a tough rookie campaign on the SKUSA Pro Tour, and will be looking to bounce back in Vegas. Standing with him on the Mini podium a year ago was Luca Mars and Tyler Maxson. Mars (Energy) began the season in Mini, sweeping the WinterNationals before stepping away to focus on the move to Junior, racing at the local and regional level. Maxson – the 2016 SKUSA Pro Tour Mini Swift champion – has had a great rookie season, winning at the USPKS, standing on the podium at the SummerNationals, and improving with each race. In late breaking news, Maxson has joined CRG Nordam for Las Vegas with plans to compete with the factory team in Europe for 2018, making his debut aboard the CRG at the SuperNationals.

It is great to see Barbados driver Zane Maloney (SCR / Tony Kart) return to the United States and the SuperNationals. The Junior rookie competed all season long in Europe, finishing fifth at the CIK-FIA OK Junior world championship. A true Junior rookie in the field will be Florida’s Reece Gold. The 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour Mini Swift vice champion is making the move at the SuperNationals, so we will be watching his transition from the Cadet kart to the bigger Junior ride. Others to watch include back-to-back WKA champion Pauly Massimino (Top Kart) and USPKS title winner Maks Kowalski (Franklin / Merlin).

Provisional X30 Junior Entry List
298a,Taylah Agius,,Parolin,,AUS
226d,Alexis Apodaca,Rolison Performance Group,Kosmic,CO,USA
94t,Ethan Arndt,Trackside Karting Services,CompKart,TX,USA
233j,Bryce Aron,,Kosmic,IL,USA
418s,Caleb Bacon,CB Motorsports,Tony Kart,NC,USA
018b,Cash Baxley,Robert Heck Racing,CRG,CA,USA
974j,Gavin Bayliff,Trinity Karting Group,Tony Kart,OH,USA
191z,Cooper Becklin,,FA Kart,OR,USA
093a,Luka Berazategui,SLA Karting Racing,Tony Kart,,CHL
114a,Lucas Bohdanowicz,AM Racing Team,Parolin,,ARG
01a,Gabriel Bortoleto,CRG Nordam,CRG,,BRA
05d,Joey Brienza,Nash Motorsportz,FA Kart,CO,USA
N3,Trey Brown,Nash Motorsportz,FA Kart,CA,USA
12y,Oliver Calvo,PKS Kart Supplies,Top Kart,CA,USA
555a,Rafael Chaves Camara,NF Piquet Sports,Kosmic,,BRA
66a,David Cardenas,AM Racing Team,Parolin,,COL
026r,Mackenzie Clark,Prime Powerteam,Birel ART,ON,CAN
79a,Franco Colapinto,CRG Nordam,CRG,,ARG
N2,Jak Crawford,Nash Motorsportz,Tony Kart,TX,USA
16t,Adrian Cruz,Dallas Karting Complex / SodiKart USA,Sodi Kart,TX,USA
25c,Joseph Daniele,Ryan Perry Motorpsort,Tony Kart,CA,USA
22m,Pablo Perez De Lara,RPL Racing,Tony Kart,,MEX
153a,Enrico de Lucca,NF Piquet Sports,Kosmic,,BRA
108c,Jace Denmark-Gessel,Ryan Perry Motorpsort,Tony Kart,AZ,USA
048f,Vinicius Dias,NF Piquet Sports,Kosmic,FL,BRA
06r,Griffin Dowler,,Tony Kart,AB,CAN
221x,Zoey Edenholm,Team Koene USA,Tony Kart,AZ,USA
287f,Jeremy Fairbairn,Team Koene USA,Tony Kart,FL,USA
93a,Broc Feeney,Rolison Performance Group,Kosmic,,AUS
312a,Gabriel Fonseca,NF Piquet Sports,Kosmic,,BRA
201y,Bijoy Garg,Speedsense Motorsports,Exprit,CA,USA
259f,Dylan Gennaro,Ocala Gran Prix,Tony Kart,FL,USA
455f,Reece Gold,Team Benik,FA Kart,FL,USA
157f,Tyler Gonzalez,Speed Concepts Racing,Tony Kart,FL,USA
268c,Ethan Ho,APM Racing,Tony Kart,CA,USA
097a,Harrison Hoey,J3 Competition,CompKart,,AUS
056f,Zachary Hollingshead,Ocala Gran Prix,Tony Kart,FL,USA
213f,Jade Hubert,Ocala Gran Prix,Tony Kart,FL,CAN
015a,Lochie Hughes,PSL Karting,Ricciardo,,AUS
18t,Alejandro Jaramillo,Team Koene USA,Tony Kart,TX,USA
198x,Jace Jones,,Tony Kart,AZ,USA
98x,Jagger Jones,,Tony Kart,AZ,USA
255f,Aidan Keel,Andersen Racing,Birel ART,FL,USA
02j,Maks Kowalski,Franklin Motorsports,Merlin,IL,USA
009m,Noel Leon,PSL Karting,Birel ART,,MEX
15a,Zak Lobko,PSL Karting,Ricciardo,,AUS
318a,Pedro Lopes,,Kosmic,,BRA
044a,Zane Maloney,Speed Concepts Racing,Tony Kart,,BRB
888n,Luca Mars,,Energy,PA,USA
00y,Christopher Martin,Infinity Sonoma / Nash,Sodi Kart,CA,USA
08s,Pauly Massimino,Top Kart USA,Top Kart,NC,USA
007a,Joao Matos,,Kosmic,,BRA
74s,Tyler Maxson,Speed Concepts Racing,Tony Kart,GA,USA
46a,Gabriele Mini,Russell Karting Specialties,Parolin,,ITA
158f,Sebastian Montoya,Team Montoya,Birel ART,FL,USA
62a,Matheus Morgatto,Russell Karting Specialties,Parolin,,BRA
038a,Jose Muggiati,NF Piquet Sports,Kosmic,,BRA
124r,Thomas Nepveu,PSL Karting,Birel ART,QC,USA
210d,Filip Niemkiewicz,Performance Kartsport,Kart Republic,CO,USA
55c,Kameron Perry,PKS Kart Supplies,Top Kart,CA,USA
143a,Jac Preston,Rolison Performance Group,Kosmic,,AUS
113a,Diego Ramos,NF Piquet Sports,Kosmic,,BRA
117y,Oliver Reed,Formula Works,CompKart,CA,USA
68m,Emiliano Richards,RPL Racing,Tony Kart,,MEX
96a,Jake Sawyer,KartSport North America,Sera Kart,,AUS
021a,Luke Sawyer,KartSport North America,Sera Kart,,AUS
118j,Austin Schaff,Franklin Motorsports,Merlin,WI,USA
34c,Alex Siragusa,Formula Works,CompKart,CA,USA
001j,Lucas Smalec,Franklin Motorsports,Merlin,IL,USA
911a,Lucas Staico,NF Piquet Sports,Kosmic,,BRA
69a,Roman Stanek,Rolison Performance Group,Kosmic,,CZE
112c,Alan Tang,Doran Motorsport Group,Top Kart,CA,USA
N1,Dylan Tavella,Iron Rock Motorsports,Tony Kart,NY,USA
78f,Nick Trumbull,Ocala Gran Prix,Tony Kart,FL,USA
13a,Reece Ushijima,Phil Giebler Racing,Ricciardo,,USA
04a,Kasparas Vaskelis,NF Piquet Sports,Kosmic,,LTU
07h,Arie Venberg,Franklin Motorsports,Merlin,MN,USA
141j,Kaden Wharff,Top Kart USA,Top Kart,IN,USA
150c,Jacob Yesnick,Yesnick Racing,Merlin,CA,USA
82a,Dick Yu,Ryan Perry Motorpsort,Tony Kart,,HKG
88a,Matias Zagazeta,BBR Karting,,,PER

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