2014 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – Stock Moto – September 22

Neri remains as top driver entering final two months of karting season

Nick Neri (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

EKN Driver Rankings logoTen events have been added over the last six weeks to the eKartingNews.com Stock Moto Driver Rankings. Regional events in Texas, Colorado, Pittsburgh, Florida, Utah and California were contested since the August 15 release of the standings, along with the annual King of the Streets at the Rock Island Grand Prix. Nothing changed in the top eight positions in Stock Moto, with Florida driver Nick Neri holding the lead for a second straight month.

Neri has established himself as one of the overall top drivers in United States karting. Success in the TaG categories, along with a recent US Rotax Grand Nationals win in the DD2 division, Neri is gaining hardware in Stock Moto. He holds a 151-point advantage over California driver Billy Musgrave. The former #1 driver and the current #1 pilot will meet again at the SKUSA SuperNationals XVIII to decide this year’s top driver. Veteran Ron White (CRG) sits third after an impressive start to the 2014 season, including a win at the California ProKart Challenge. Two-time Pro Tour champion Fritz Leesmann (Aluminos) is fourth, still looking for that elusive SuperNats win. Last year’s S2 Semi-Pro SuperNats winner Connor Wagner (FA Kart) has himself in fifth, the highest among the S1 rookies this year.

SKUSA Pro Tour S2 Semi-Pro champion from 2013 – Christian Schureman (CRG) – is just behind by 11 points. Augie Lerch (Tony Kart) is the third of the four S1 rookies in the standings top-10, holding the seventh spot. Eighth is Cody Hodgson (Tony Kart), among the elders in the shifterkart category at the age of 23. The only change in the top-10 is the return of Sabré Cook (CRG), thanks to a recent runner-up result at the California ProKart Challenge, as Ryan Kinnear (Praga) dropped to 11th. Still holding tenth is S1 rookie Oliver Askew (Tony Kart), currently third in the Pro Tour standings behind Jordon Lennox and Neri.

Upcoming eKartingNews.com Stock Moto Driver Rankings Events

Date Series Class Track Location Rank
9/27 Northeast Shifter Kart Series #8 Stock Moto New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ 8
9/28 Racing the Rockies #8 Spec 125 The Track at Centennial Englewood, CO 8
9/28 Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix S1 SOLGP Lancaster, CA 9
9/28 Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix S2 SOLGP Lancaster, CA 8.5
9/28 Utah State Championship #9 Spec 125 Miller Motorsports Park Tooele, UT 8
10/4 SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge #7 S1 Gulf Coast Kartways Katy, TX 8.5
10/4 SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge #7 S2 Gulf Coast Kartways Katy, TX 8
10/5 Red Line Oil Karting Championship #8 Pro Stock Honda Simraceway Performance Karting Center Sonoma, CA 8
10/5 SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge #8 S1 Gulf Coast Kartways Katy, TX 8.5
10/5 SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge #8 S2 Gulf Coast Kartways Katy, TX 8
10/12 Utah State Championship #10 Spec 125 Miller Motorsports Park Tooele, UT 8
11/2 Red Line Oil Karting Championship #9 Pro Stock Honda Simraceway Performance Karting Center Sonoma, CA 8
11/23 SKUSA SuperNationals XVIII S1 Rio All-Suite Hotel&Casino Las Vegas, NV 10
11/23 SKUSA SuperNationals XVIII S2 Rio All-Suite Hotel&Casino Las Vegas, NV 9.5


Nick Neri (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Nick Neri (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

Stock Moto #1 – Nick Neri
Palmeto, Florida

It has been a solid 12 months for Ocala Gran Prix. Finishing runner-up last year at the SuperNationals, Neri has finished on the podium in all four Pro Tour races in 2014. A championship at the Florida Winter Tour along with a victory at the Cold Stone US Grand Nationals in July has put him on Team USA for the Rotax Grand Finals to compete in the DD2 category at the ‘Olympics of Karting’. Following the SuperNationals, Neri will travel to Spain, looking to become the first American to win the crown in that category.

 

 

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
SKUSA SuperNationals 2013 – S1 10 2 1185
SKUSA SpringNationals ’14 #1 – S1 9.5 2 1076
SKUSA SpringNationals ’14 #2 – S1 9.5 3 1062
Florida Karting Championship Series ’14 #3 8 2 858
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #1 – S1 9.5 3 1083
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #2 – S1 9.5 2 1073

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.33
Average Points: 1056.2
Total Points: 6337

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Kyle Kirkwood (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Kyle Kirkwood (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

Stock Moto ‘On the Move’ – #30
Kyle Kirkwood
Jupiter, Florida

One of the newest drivers to join the SKUSA Stock Moto ladder system is Ocala Gran Prix driver Kyle Kirkwood. The S2 rookie was the quickest S5 Junior driver at the SuperNationals, sweeping all on-track sessions to secure victory in his Superkarts! USA debut. Testing in Florida all season, driving alongside Nick Neri and Oliver Askew helped develop the young driver for the six-speed kart, and that drive to be the best has continued into 2014. Kirkwood won the Sunday main event at the SpringNationals, and stood on the podium in Modesto for the SummerNationals.

 

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
Florida Karting Championship Series ’14 #1 8 4 814
SKUSA SpringNationals ’14 #1 – S2 9 17 878
SKUSA SpringNationals ’14 #2 – S2 9 1 1042
Florida Karting Championship Series ’14 #3 8 3 849
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #1 – S2 9 3 1037
Florida Karting Championship Series ’14 #6 8 2 868

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 5.0
Average Points: 914.7
Total Points: 5488


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, the Lone Star 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 2014, 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 SuperNationals is the lone event in the Stock Moto division. The SKUSA Pro Tour series events draw a base ranking of nine (9), as does the United States Pro Kart Series, Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge, Rotax Challenge of the Americas, Rotax Pan American Challenge. Other 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.


eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – Stock Moto – as of September 22, 2014

Pos. Aug. 15 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score
1. 1 NC Nick Neri 9 6337
2. 2 NC Billy Musgrave 11 6186
3. 3 NC Ron White 8 6073
4. 4 NC Fritz Leesmann 7 6045
5. 5 NC Connor Wagner 12 6016
6. 6 NC Christian Schureman 8 6005
7. 7 NC Augie Lerch 6 5896
8. 8 NC Cody Hodgson 8 5884
9. 14 5 Sabre Cook 9 5839
10. 10 NC Oliver Askew 10 5813
11. 9 -2 Ryan Kinnear 10 5797
12. 11 -1 Jonathan Kotyk 8 5778
13. 12 -1 Kolton Griffin 11 5760
14. 13 -1 Jimmy McNeil 6 5723
15. 15 NC Lloyd Mack 10 5691
16. 19 3 Austin Garrison 8 5680
17. 16 -1 Alec Gumpfer 6 5646
18. 18 NC Ryon Beachner 6 5643
19. 20 1 Alex Tartaglia 6 5621
20. 21 1 Miguel Lopez 13 5615
21. 22 1 Skyler Finley 14 5603
22. 17 -5 Garrett Boone 8 5595
23. 23 NC Luke Shanahan 13 5593
24. 24 NC Nathan Adds 9 5574
25. 27 2 Troy Diede 7 5551
26. 32 6 Peter Abba 6 5521
27. 25 -2 Josh Lane 10 5511
28. 28 NC Daniel Langon 7 5492
29. 31 2 Matthew Di Leo 6 5489
30. 76 46 Kyle Kirkwood 6 5488
31. 29 -2 Tyler Bennett 7 5479
32. 33 1 Ryan Rudolph 9 5475
33. 34 1 Tase Flores 7 5453
34. 35 1 Jarred Campbell 11 5446
35. 37 2 Cory Milne 6 5441
36. 40 4 Morgan Healey 9 5432
37. 38 1 Brian Keck 6 5420
38. 41 3 Jordan Dick 8 5400
39. 42 3 Carter Williams 10 5394
40. 26 -14 Ben Schermerhorn 7 5392
41. 44 3 Jack Freese 7 5362
42. 46 4 Curtis Paul Jr. 7 5353
43. 45 2 Cabot Bigham 11 5296
44. 39 -5 Bonnier Moulton 6 5285
45. 47 2 Jordon Lennox Lamb 5 5277
46. 48 2 Daniel De La Calle 9 5263
47. 43 -4 Alex Yates 6 5204
48. 50 2 Lindsay Brewer 9 5175
49. 52 3 Alan Michel 9 5118
50. 54 4 CJ Cramm 10 5114
51. 51 NC Tyler Fling 10 5065
52. 60 8 Graig Alvarez 10 5045
53. 56 3 Joey Wimsett 5 5031
54. 82 28 Myles Marolt 6 5031
55. 58 3 Vivek Tandon 6 5026
56. 49 -7 Austin Schimmel 6 5023
57. 57 NC Hunter Pickett 11 5014
58. 53 -5 Will Preston 8 4998
59. 59 NC Milan Dontje 5 4989
60. 61 1 Blake Murdock 14 4951
61. 63 2 Tyler Guilbeault 7 4951
62. 55 -7 Alex Keyes 6 4939
63. 68 5 Harry Gottsacker 8 4922
64. 65 1 JP Alonso 7 4872
65. 66 1 Casey Ross 7 4863
66. 69 3 Jake French 5 4847
67. 70 3 John Gaydos 6 4844
68. 71 3 Matias Podboj 5 4723
69. 72 3 Grayson Browne 6 4715
70. 73 3 Jarrett Lile 6 4704
71. 64 -7 Mitch McKie 6 4700
72. 75 3 Randall Their 7 4621
73. 107 34 Austin Wilkins 6 4616
74. 30 -44 Mike Beeny 5 4546
75. 36 -39 Colby Yardley 5 4471
76. 80 4 Joshua de Losier 5 4306
77. 79 2 Chris Neria 5 4259
78. 81 3 Davide Fore 4 4228
79. 83 4 Marco Eakins 5 4178
80. 97 17 Jonathan Vitolo 5 4157
81. 67 -14 Cody Freeman 5 4102
82. 113 31 Billy Auffenberg 5 4090
83. 84 1 Ryan Grieve 5 4059
84. 85 1 Phillip Davis 5 3989
85. 62 -23 Jayson Braffett 5 3917
86. 74 -12 Michael Taska 5 3866
87. 87 NC Allan Cesarman 5 3861
88. 88 NC Brady Ross 5 3840
89. 89 NC Christian Bird 4 3792
90. 90 NC Loris Ronzano 4 3646
91. 94 3 Brett Buckwalter 4 3472
92. 95 3 Cody Diede 4 3463
93. 98 5 Jake Craig 4 3341
94. 139 45 Ellie Nash 4 3268
95. 101 6 Paul Makarucha 4 3239
96. 102 6 Taylor Monnig 4 3233
97. 142 45 Norbert Laczho 4 3217
98. 149 51 Slade Putman 4 3168
99. 155 56 Clayton Putman 4 3161
100. 86 -14 Ori Della Panna 4 3098
101. 120 19 Dan Laporta 4 3086
102. 105 3 Andy Noyes 4 3083
103. 122 19 Daniel Formal 3 2812
104. 77 -27 Nic LeDuc 3 2802
105. 78 -27 Jason Toft 3 2797
106. 93 -13 Ryan Pool 3 2585
107. 96 -11 Lauren Stark 3 2529
108. 111 3 Kyle Smith 3 2511
109. 138 29 Robert Bujdoso 3 2472
110. 99 -11 John Sullivan 3 2467
111. 100 -11 Jake Karwowski 3 2452
112. 114 2 Luis Morales 3 2445
113. 116 3 Johnny Gottsacker 3 2401
114. 103 -11 Krisztian Molnar 3 2377
115. 108 -7 Mark Gaydos 3 2251
116. 106 -10 Jenna Grillo 3 2187
117. 121 4 Bryce Cornet 2 2040
118. 123 5 Steven Reasoner 2 1924
119. 124 5 Anthony Abbasse 2 1920
120. 109 -11 Don Whittington 2 1878
121. 127 6 Andrew Zimmer 2 1866
122. 128 6 Scott Barnes 2 1803
123. 129 6 Brandon Frank 2 1798
124. 92 -32 Jack Bradley 2 1789
125. 91 -34 Zac Clark 2 1756
126. 130 4 Don McGregor 2 1747
127. 133 6 Tom Dyer 2 1698
128. 110 -18 Christian Bouhuys 2 1697
129. 112 -17 Robert Marks 2 1697
130. 136 6 Stephen Lamana 2 1667
131. 137 6 Pete Yerkovich Jr. 2 1663
132. 115 -17 Gilberto Munoz 2 1658
133. 117 -16 Chris Tyrell 2 1619
134. 141 7 Brian Whitmire 2 1614
135. -135 Forrest Denham 2 1612
136. 144 8 Jerry Rhodes 2 1605
137. -137 Joe Taylor 2 1605
138. 146 8 Joe Morton 2 1601
139. 150 11 Gianfranco Casadei 2 1588
140. 152 12 Chris Beck 2 1585
141. 153 12 Gino Giglotti 2 1584
142. 154 12 Ryan Smith 2 1578
143. 156 13 Andrew Vargus 2 1566
144. 157 13 Grant Dawlett 2 1565
145. 119 -26 Eric Van Der Steur 2 1559
146. 104 -42 Kassy Loving 2 1527
147. 159 12 Ryan Belanger 2 1516
148. 160 12 Ryan Lankenau 2 1492
149. 161 12 Joaquin Rodriguez 2 1460
150. 162 12 Brendon Bailey 2 1443
151. 163 12 Fernando Casillas Jr. 2 1418
152. 164 12 Daniel Bray 1 1173
153. 165 12 Matt Jaskol 1 1161
154. 166 12 Scott Hargrove 1 1113
155. 167 12 Nerses Isaakyan 1 1101
156. 168 12 Phillip Orcic 1 1094
157. 125 -32 AJ Myers 1 1090
158. 169 11 Rodrigo Fonseca 1 1065
159. 170 11 Luis Tyrrell 1 1044
160. 171 11 Nick Boulle 1 1022
161. 126 -35 Chris Jennings 1 976
162. 172 10 Juan Carlos Blum 1 958
163. 174 11 Jesse Woodyard 1 948
164. 175 11 Axel Matus 1 942
165. 179 14 Connor Iseli 1 938
166. -166 Colton Aldridge 1 928
167. 177 10 Mariana Ramirez 1 920
168. -168 Derek Crockett 1 919
169. 178 9 Brad Dunford 1 918
170. -170 Lance Lane 1 909
171. 180 9 Oscar Aguilera 1 891
172. 182 10 Jordan Morris 1 885
173. 199 26 Kyle Kennedy 1 881
174. 131 -43 Kyoicki Tsutsui 1 873
175. 184 9 Justin Peck 1 859
176. 185 9 Brian Fisher 1 851
177. -177 Austin Versteeg 1 847
178. 186 8 Race Liberante 1 845
179. -179 Alex Speed 1 842
180. 187 7 Andrew Bujdoso 1 837
181. -181 Kol Bailey 1 837
182. 188 6 Richard Heistand 1 835
183. 189 6 Cole Mathewson 1 831
184. 190 6 Kory Estell 1 829
185. 195 10 Chandler Campbell 1 828
186. 191 5 Johny Boken 1 825
187. 192 5 Mike Nakumura 1 822
188. 151 -37 Brian Hassell 1 817
189. 194 5 David Harding 1 817
190. 118 -72 Mike Smith 1 812
191. 196 5 Colby Novak 1 809
192. 197 5 Michael Haynes 1 806
193. 198 5 Scott Granger 1 805
194. 200 6 Zach Herrin 1 802
195. 201 6 Chance Kelly 1 799
196. 158 -38 Tim Armstrong 1 797
197. 148 -49 Sean McDonald 1 795
198. 143 -55 Michael Raimes 1 792
199. 203 4 Joshua Smith 1 789
200. 147 -53 Garrett Dixon 1 785
201. 206 5 Virgil Gross 1 782
202. 207 5 Calvin Hankins 1 780
203. 208 5 Alejandro Fernandez 1 777
204. 209 5 Keith Buffo 1 771
205. 210 5 Bear Rothenhoefer 1 770
206. 211 5 Eric Humphries 1 766
207. 212 5 Alex Reynosa 1 764
208. 213 5 Carlos Crespo 1 761
209. 215 6 Allyn Hewitt 1 758
210. 217 7 George Moss 1 745
211. 218 7 Dave Edwards 1 739
212. 219 7 Quinton Dawn 1 737
213. 220 7 Garret Bailey 1 700

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