|eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings - July 17, 2009
The July edition of the eKartingNews.com Driver rankings has been released, matching the best drivers in the Intercontinental C (ICC), Touch and Go (TaG) and Stock Moto categories. Half of the 2009 season is now behind us with many around the country focusing on the final push towards their club, regional and national championships. With that, more drivers are adding more races to their total and slowly moving up the standings order as the rankings take into account results from mid-July 2008 up to this past weekend.
The shifter divisions remain unchanged at the top spot as two-time national champion Gary Carlton still holds the number one spot in the ICC category after reassuming the position last month. In the Stock Moto rankings, Jacob Neal increases his lead and total this month to stamp his authority in the division. After moving up to the number one position last month, Chris Wehrheim continues to sit at the top in the TaG category with consistent top results.
ICC Driver Rankings Top-10
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| Gary Carlton|
(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
ICC Rankings Report
Two-time national champion Gary Carlton (SSC East/CRG) retains the number one spot in the ICC standings. The Californian lost about 122 points however no one was able to gain any points on him in the last month. A number of drivers are continuing to drop out of the top-10 with new drivers advancing up. Alex Speed (Wunder-Bar Racing/Tony Kart) moves up to second with the same point total as last month as former number two Michael Vincec (Pserra/Birel) falls to eighth. Vincec has switched teams in Canada and has not raced in the United States since the Stars of Karting Ocala event. Winner of the Stars of Karting Sonoma round, Ron White (SSC East/CRG) moves up to third from the fifth spot. CKI Grand Prix of New Jersey runner-up Fritz Leesmann (PSL Karting) returned behind the wheel since the Florida Winter Tour and recorded a runner-up finish behind Carlton to move up four spots to fourth. Cody Jolly (Cameron Motorsports/CRG) advances up two spots to complete the top-five despite losing points from last month.
The second half of the top-10 sees new drivers enter the fray with Jacob Neal (PCH Motorsports/CRG) running strong in the regional ProKart Challenge programs. ICC rookie Gregory Liefooghe (Leading Edge Motorsports) has earned enough results to move up to seventh from the 13th spot. Defending ProKart Challenge North S1 champion Cody Hodgson (Tony Kart USA) and CKI Grand Prix of New Jersey podium finisher Alex Manglass both move up to spots to round out the top-10. David Jurca, Jordy Vorrath, and Curtis Fox fall outside the top-10 and should continue to fall during the year.
ICC #1 - Gary Carlton
|Stars of Karting ’08 - East #5 - Seattle||9||1||1027|
|Stars of Karting ’08 - East #6 - Seattle||9||1||1027|
|Stars National Finals 2008 #1||10||1||1130|
|Stars National Finals 2008 #2||10||1||1130|
|SKUSA SuperNationals 2008||10||3||1109|
|CKI GP of New Castle 2009||9||1||1008|
|CKI GP of New Jersey 2009||9||1||980|
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 1.29
Average Points: 1058.7
Total Points: 7411
TaG Driver Rankings Top-10
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| Chris Wehrheim|
(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
TaG Rankings Report
The top rung of the TaG Driver Rankings remains nearly unchanged with the shuffle of only a couple spots. Chris Wehrheim retains the top position for the second straight month with the same score. The Team Top Kart USA driver did score a victory this past weekend at the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup Series event however the point total was not high enough to remove one of his top-seven results. His teammate Kyle Wiegand loses some ground with the removal of results and is now 77 points back. Joey Wimsett (Champion Racing/Interpid) and Neil Alberico (Kartel Motorsports/Top Kart) also lost some ground to Wehrheim however continue to sit third and fourth. Marco DiLeo (Goodwood Karting/Intrepid) gained roughly 60 points from his two podium finishes this past weekend at Road America to move up to fifth position.
Will Martindale (Wunder-Bar Racing/Tony Kart) and Aussie David Sera (BTK Motorsports/Arrow) hold strong in sixth and seventh with their point totals in tack from last month. Returning back to the seat after some time, Caleb Loniewski (DB Motorsports/Kosmic) recorded two top-10 results at Road America to gain seven spots to move into the top-10. Pat Iannucci and Wes Phillips (Andersen Racing/Birel) also hold strong in ninth and tenth. Chris Scribner was the only casualty from the top-10 as he relinquished his fifth spot to fall to 15th.
TaG #1 - Chris Wehrheim
|WKA Man. Cup Series ’08 - New Castle #1||9||2||1024|
|Rock Island Grand Prix ’08 - TaG SuperPro||10||3||1069|
|Stars National Finals 2008 #1||10||4||1125|
|Stars National Finals 2008 #2||10||6||1102|
|SKUSA SuperNationals 2008||10||8||1073|
|WKA Man. Cup Series ’09 - South Bend #1||9||2||1014|
|WKA Man. Cup Series ’09 - South Bend #2||9||3||1006|
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 4
Average Points: 1059
Total Points: 7413
Stock Moto Driver Rankings Top-10
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| Jacob Neal|
(Photo: Tony Leone - Superkarts! USA)
Stock Moto Rankings Report
The only thing that remains the same in the Stock Moto Driver Rankings is the number one position with Jacob Neal holding the spot for the second month. The Californian improved his near perfect score with another victory over the 1000 point mark. Now second is former number one Patrick Cushenberry as he added 51 points to his score. Tommy Thompson also moved up one position with an additional 40 points to drop former number one Bobby Legate down to fourth. Clinton Schoombee jumped up two spots as well to make it an all ProKart Challenge top-five in the rankings.
Looking to change that was the advancement of Andrew Perkins as the current Southwest Regional Cup point leader moved up 37 spots to sixth after recording his fifth and sixth results toward the rankings. Florida Winter Tour champion Victor Carbone falls one spot to seventh with PKC regular Brad Dunford and Central States Challenge point leader Matt Zeis moving up two spots each to eighth and ninth. Great Lakes Pro Series competitor Matt Paderta drops one position but stays within the top-10 for this month as a number of competitors are on the move up. Jordon Musser was the only driver to fall outside the top-10 as he drops to 26th with only five races counting toward his total.
Stock Moto #1 - Jacob Neal
|ProKart Challenge South ’09 #2||9||1||998|
|ProKart Challenge South ’09 #3||9||1||998|
|ProKart Challenge North ’09 #2||9||1||997|
|ProKart Challenge South ’09 #4||9||1||1003|
|ProKart Challenge Shootout 2009||9||1||1022|
|ProKart Challenge South ’09 #6||9||1||1014|
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 1
Average Points: 1005.3
Total Points: 6032
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 ICC, Stock Moto (S3), and TaG to determine their overall current point total. With each new release, results posted from more than one year ago are discarded. To deliver this current ranking list, we tabulated the results of all the Snap-on Stars of Karting and Championship Karting International (CKI) national events, as well as other regional programs. We have also included the results for the major one-off events such as the Rock Island Grand Prix, SKUSA King of the Streets, and the SKUSA SuperNationals.
Each race was 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 2009, the SKUSA SuperNationals and the Rock Island Grand Prix are the only events to receive a score of 10 in their initial weighting. The Stars of Karting and CKI national series events draw a base ranking of nine (9), while the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup, Florida Winter Tour, and other regional program races were given a base ranking of nine (9) or eight (8). The EKN staff reserves the right to adjust the rankings of each event throughout the year.
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 (six for Stock Moto), we calculate each driver’s overall score and subsequent ranking.