|eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – September 26, 2011 – Stock Moto
The 2011 is drawing to a close with three months left on the calendar and about one and a half months left for the racing season. Come mid-November, this year’s eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings will come to a close. The month of October will produce the penultimate release with the final edition to come in December to crown this year’s top drivers. For this month, the Stock Moto category will be released before the TaG rankings come out.
Not much changed at the top of the driver rankings with little action taking place during the month of September, except maybe a little street race called the Rock Island Grand Prix. This year’s field was an upgrade from last year as the King of the Streets provided another dramatic finish and the tightest margin of victory in the history of the class with Derek Crockett scoring the crown over Colton Aldridge - both outside the top 50 without enough races to be higher in the standings.
The one driver they are all chasing is S2 driver Nicky Freytag (Intrepid). Moving up to the #1 position last month, things remain as they were. The ProKart Challenge season has wrapped up with the upcoming Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix the only chance for points to change for many of the West Coast drivers, including the top-four, before the SKUSA SuperNationals in November. Ryon Beachner (Tony Kart), Brad Dunford (GP) and Clinton Schoombee (CRG) are expected to be at next weekend’s event and sure to be among the favorites in a combined Pro Shifter category with S1 and S2 drivers.
Up to fifth in the standings is Texan Jake French (Birel). With another podium finish at the King of the Streets (third place) in just his first two years at the event, French puts two S2 drivers in the top-five. With the much-anticipated Grand Opening of the Dallas Karting Complex for the Southwest Regional Cup, French may add some victories to his resume against what is expected to be a solid field. SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals S2 double winner Cory Milne (GP) remains sixth. Minnesota’s Lukas Johnson (GP) falls to seventh in the order but remains a contender in the S1 Pro Tour title chase while S2 Pro Tour point leader Kyle Hathcox (GP) keeps hold of the eighth spot.
Jumping into the top-10 is Texan Connor Wagner (Intrepid) following a solid July-August-September. After placing inside the top-10 at the SummerNationals, he was top-five at the SWRC event in Katy and backed that up with a seventh at the Rock Island GP. That pushed Ryan Kinnear (Intrepid) down to 10th and Josh Lane (DR Kart) outside the top-10.
Coming tomorrow will be the release of the TaG Driver Rankings.
Stock Moto Driver Rankings Top-10
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| Nicky Freytag|
(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
Stock Moto #1 - Nicky Freytag
Paradise Valley, Arizona
Last month, twenty-year old Nicky Freytag took over the #1 position in the EKN Driver Rankings for Stock Moto. The S2-Semi Pro driver has put together a solid 12-month record, averaging a top-five finish in his six best events aboard the Innovative Karting Intrepid. In August, Freytag clinched the ProKart Challenge South title with four-straight runner-up finishes with a victory added on top. His top-four finishes on the SKUSA Pro Tour have him sitting 85 points out of first place in the championship hunt. Another podium trip at the SuperNats could bring Freytag S2 gold.
|SKUSA SuperNationals 2010 - S2||9.5||2||1077|
|SKUSA SpringNationals ’11 #1 - S2||9||1||1033|
|SKUSA SpringNationals ’11 #2 - S2||9||3||1012|
|ProKart Challenge South #5 - S2||8||1||877|
|SKUSA SummerNationals ’11 #1 - S2||9||4||1007|
|SKUSA SummerNationals ’11 #2 - S2||9||3||1017|
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 4.17
Average Points: 1003.8
Total Points: 6023
| Joe Ruch|
(Photo: Joe Ruch Racing)
Stock Moto ‘ON THE MOVE’ - Joe Ruch - #23
This month’s EKN Driver Rankings ‘On the Move’ for Stock Moto is Joe Ruch. With much of the standings filled with drivers on the west coast, Ruch is among those jumping on board to the Stock Moto following. The FA Kart driver recently scored the SKUSA Central States Challenge S2 championship and earned the series ticket to compete at the Mazda Road to Indy Scouting Combine in November. On the national level, Ruch pulled off a top-10 at the SummerNationals and his first King of the Streets start. More from Joe is expected in the future.
|SKUSA Central States Chall. ’11 #1 - S2||8||1||857|
|SKUSA SummerNationals ’11 #1 - S2||9||8||965|
|SKUSA Central States Chall. ’11 #3 - S2||8||4||823|
|SKUSA Central States Chall. ’11 #4 - S2||8||4||816|
|Rock Island GP King of the Streets ’11||9.5||9||1001|
|SKUSA Central States Chall. ’11 #6 - S2||8||1||857|
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 4.5
Average Points: 886.5
Total Points: 5319
Upcoming Stock Moto Driver Rankings Events
|10/1||Southwest Regional Cup #9||S2||Dallas Karting Complex||Caddo Mills, TX||8|
|10/1||Utah Kart Championships #12||Spec Light||Miller Motorsports Park||Tooele, UT||8|
|10/2||Southwest Regional Cup #10||S2||Dallas Karting Complex||Caddo Mills, TX||8|
|10/9||Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix||Pro Shifter||Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix||Lancaster, CA||8.5|
|10/15||Utah Kart Championships #13||Spec Light||Miller Motorsports Park||Tooele, UT||8|
|10/16||SKUSA Mountain Region #4||S2||Grand Junction Motor Speedway||Grand Junction, CO||8|
|10/29||Utah Kart Championships #14||Spec Light||Miller Motorsports Park||Tooele, UT||8|
|11/20||SKUSA SuperNationals XV||S1||Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino||Las Vegas, NV||10|
|11/20||SKUSA SuperNationals XV||S2||Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino||Las Vegas, NV||9.5|
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 2011, the SKUSA SuperNationals and US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals receive a score of 10 in their initial weighting in the TaG category while the SuperNats is the lone event in the Stock Moto division. The SKUSA Pro Tour and Rotax Pan American Challenge national series events draw a base ranking of nine (9), while the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup, Florida Winter Tour, Challenge of the Americas, IKF 2-Cycle Sprint Grand Nationals and other regional program races were given a base ranking of either eight (8) or nine (9).
The EKN staff reserves the right to adjust the rankings of each event throughout the year. Continuing for 2011 is a minimum entry total for any events considered for the Driver Rankings program. 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.