2014 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – Stock Moto – Final Standings

Lennox-Lamb uses perfect Pro Tour record to land on top, besting USA’s Neri and Leesmann

UK driver Jordon Lennox-Lamb finishes the 2014 season on top of the EKN Stock Moto Driver Rankings (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

The Stock Moto division continues its growth throughout North America, reaching Canada and Mexico with multiple regional programs throughout the continent. The expansion shows in the numbers, with a 10% increase in the number of drivers scoring points in the 2014 eKartingNews.com Stock Moto Driver Rankings. Over 200 different pilots competed in the just over 100 main events on the year that counted toward this year’s rankings program. The crowning event of the season was the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XVIII in Las Vegas this November, where UK pilot Jordon Lennox-Lamb recorded his first event win, wrapping up a five-race sweep of the SKUSA Pro Tour, jumping up to the top of the EKN Driver Rankings to end 2014 as the true #1.

EKN Driver Rankings logoLennox (PSL Karting / CRG) traveled from the CRG factory in Italy to the United States at least three times on the year to compete in the S1 Pro Stock Moto division against the best America had to offer. A warm-up event during the Texas ProKart Challenge opener helped to give the UK driver a sixth race on the season, followed up by the five feature races that made up the Pro Tour schedule. It would have been six straight wins for Lennox, however, a penalty for contact during the Texas PKC event dropped him down to seventh. He came back the next weekend, fighting over starting issues to be the quickest driver on the track both days, and earned the first two victories of 2014. He followed that up once again by clawing his way forward through the streets of Modesto for the SummerNationals, leaving the northern California city with wins three and four on the year. Lennox kept the gambler’s face on in Vegas until SuperSunday, not showing his cards until he needed to. From P4 on the grid, Lennox shot to the lead and secured the title with his fifth straight victory, earning $16,000 in cash and prizes in the process.

Ocala Gran Prix / Tony Kart driver Nick Neri stood on top of the standings after the SummerNationals, earning his third and fourth straight podium finish on the Pro Tour in 2014. Without a victory, there was no chance to match the score set by Lennox following the SuperNationals triumph. The Florida driver fought back from troubles in the heat races to climb his way onto the podium for a fifth time, the only one to match Lennox in that category.

Former two-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion Fritz Leesmann was up and down in 2014. Starting the year returning to Aluminos, he was on the edge of the top-five throughout the SpringNationals. The temp circuit of Modesto was the down swing on the season, missing out on the top-10 in both main events. He returned with PSL Karting / Diede Racing for the SuperNationals, and put in a hard training program leading into the Vegas event. The NorCal driver piloted his CRG to fifth, including a heat race win, a much better outing compared to 2013, finishing the year third in the EKN Driver Rankings.

Dutchman Milan Dontje is the second international driver inside the top-five of the EKN Driver Rankings, following the success of his PSL Karting / CRG teammate. A longtime SuperNationals competitor, Dontje also made his SKUSA Pro Tour debut in 2014. His best finish on the year came at the SummerNationals, coming just one spot short of the podium in the Sunday feature. A ninth-place performance in Las Vegas capped off the season, advancing him up to fourth in the EKN standings. Falling two spots to fifth is veteran Ron White. 2014 was a return to the national scene as a driver for the NorCal native and former SuperNationals winner. A podium result at the 2013 SuperNationals sparked his 2014 year, which featured two wins at the California ProKart Challenge, along with a best sixth-place result on the Pro Tour. Eighth at this year’s SuperNats was not enough to keep him inside the top-three. The top S1 Pro rookie of 2014 is undoubtedly Oliver Askew. Making his Stock Moto debut in S2 at last year’s SuperNationals, it was a surprise to see him battling for the wins at the SpringNationals in May, earning a podium in his first S1 main event. Ending the 2013 season in the top spot for the EKN TaG Driver Rankings, the talent of the soon-to-be 18-year-old shined aboard a Tony Kart Stock Moto package from Ocala Gran Prix. The podium in Dallas was his best result of the Pro Tour, finishing one spot short in late Saturday in Modesto and wrecking while fighting for the lead the following night.

Finishing the year in seventh is 2013 top driver Billy Musgrave. The SoCal driver from MRC once again shined at the regional level, earning a second-straight California ProKart Challenge title thanks to three wins in six races. The Pro Tour was a best finish of seventh, ending up in the top-10 for the final point standings but no where near the chase for the championship. The Tony Kart driver, finishing just his second season in S1 in a very young karting career is still learning, and will be one to watch in 2015. Cody Hodgson gives NorCal another driver inside the top-10 for 2014. The privateer Tony Kart driver made a return to the national karting scene, producing some solid results after being out of the seat for some time. Four top-10 finishes, including 10th at the SuperNationals, helped him to remain eighth in the EKN Driver Rankings.

Rounding out this year’s top-10 are the two best S2 Semi-Pro drivers in 2014. Austin Garrison may have won the SKUSA Pro Tour title, but Jonathan Kotyk scored more points in the EKN Driver Rankings. Kotyk did not win a Pro Tour race in 2014, but finished three times on the podium. A stall on SuperSunday almost cost him a spot on the championship podium, but the Florida driver fought back to finish the main event in eighth. His Ocala Gran Prix / Tony Kart teammate Garrison secured the S2 Pro Tour title, just falling three points short of ending up as the top S2 driver in the rankings. Two victories at the SummerNationals along with a runner-up at the SpringNationals and SuperNationals helped him toward the championship. The DNF during the second race of the Dallas Karting Complex weekend in May cost him valuable points in the rankings, falling back on two regional results at the Florida Karting Championship Series.

Other notable drivers including ‘On the Move’ driver Jake French (Champion Racing / Intrepid), advancing to 11th by recording his sixth race of the season. The top driver with only five races on the year is Italian Davide Fore. The five-time world karting champion finished second in the SKUSA Pro Tour standings with CRG-USA. Last year’s champion Joey Wimsett (CRG-USA) ended the year in 57th with only the five Pro Tour races.

Stock Moto #1 – Jordon Lennox-Lamb
Bedford, United Kingdom

Jordon Lennox-Lamb (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Jordon Lennox-Lamb (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

Twenty-two year old Jordon Lennox-Lamb became the second international driver in five years to claim the SKUSA Pro Tour S1 title. Kiwi Daniel Bray did so in 2011 after a hard-fought battle all season, while the CRG factory driver did so by becoming the first driver to sweep all five feature races in the season. A lot of hype is put into being fast in practice and of course qualifying, but if you can’t be fast when it counts, it really doesn’t matter. That is what separated Lennox from the rest of the S1 field, as the UK driver was quickest in four of the five Pro Tour main events while winning all five aboard the PSL Karting CRG. As he told EKN during the interview after the SuperNationals victory, there is no reason to show your cards early. Certainly, his chance to defend the crown and remain the atop the EKN Driver Rankings depends on his travel plans for 2015.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
Texas ProKart Challenge ’14 #1 8 7 918
SKUSA SpringNationals ’14 #1 – S1 9.5 1 1087
SKUSA SpringNationals ’14 #2 – S1 9.5 1 1083
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #1 – S1 9.5 1 1105
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #2 – S1 9.5 1 1084
SKUSA SuperNationals 2014 – S1 10 1 1197

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.0
Average Points: 1079
Total Points: 6474

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Stock Moto #2 – Nick Neri
Palmeto, California

Nick Neri (Photo: Ken Johnson - Studio52.us)

Nick Neri (Photo: Ken Johnson – Studio52.us)

The top American Stock Moto driver throughout the year was Florida’s Nick Neri. Even though a win eluded him, the Ocala Gran Prix / Tony Kart driver stood on the podium at all five SKUSA Pro Tour events in 2014, matching that of champion Lennox. Neri, a four-time Rotax national champion, is not stranger to the big stage and performing well. Over the past decade, he has been THE driver under the OGP stable, and now is set to venture over to the Andersen Racing operation near his home town, and become the first known American scheduled to pilot a BirelART chassis in 2015. His racing schedule is not yet confirmed, so the chance at racing for a SKUSA S1 title may not be in the future for Neri.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
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
SKUSA SuperNationals 2014 – S1 10 4 1161

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.67
Average Points: 1052.2
Total Points: 6313

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Stock Moto #3 – Fritz Leesmann
Folsom, California

Fritz Leesmann (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Fritz Leesmann (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

The past five years, Fritz Leesmann has been Stock Moto racing in the United States. The two-time Pro Tour champion came up just short last year, in what was possible his worst SuperNationals performance. Returning with Aluminos, Fritz looked to be back on his game at the SpringNationals, running just outside the top-five against three world championship drivers and the Tony Karts of Neri and Askew. The SummerNationals took the title chase out of hand, unable to run inside the top-10 in either feature race. The following months were filled with hours upon hours of training and laps in NorCal, working alongside longtime wrench Ricky Luther and returning under the PSL Karting / Diede Racing banner. The work paid off, earning a heat race win and placing fifth in the main event.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
SKUSA SpringNationals ’14 #1 – S1 9.5 5 1043
SKUSA SpringNationals ’14 #2 – S1 9.5 6 1029
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #1 – S1 9.5 13 973
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #2 – S1 9.5 11 976
Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix 2014 8.5 4 957
SKUSA SuperNationals 2014 – S1 10 5 1149

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 7.33
Average Points: 1021.2
Total Points: 6127


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.


Stock Moto Driver Rankings – 2014 Final Standings

Pos. Sept. 22 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score
1. 45 44 Jordon Lennox Lamb 6 6474
2. 1 -1 Nick Neri 9 6313
3. 4 1 Fritz Leesmann 8 6127
4. 59 55 Milan Dontje 6 6090
5. 3 -2 Ron White 8 6086
6. 10 4 Oliver Askew 10 6080
7. 2 -5 Billy Musgrave 11 6048
8. 8 NC Cody Hodgson 8 6026
9. 12 3 Jonathan Kotyk 9 5982
10. 16 6 Austin Garrison 9 5979
11. 66 55 Jake French 6 5912
12. 5 -7 Connor Wagner 11 5838
13. 11 -2 Ryan Kinnear 8 5827
14. 34 20 Jarred Campbell 13 5787
15. 30 15 Kyle Kirkwood 7 5784
16. 13 -3 Kolton Griffin 13 5766
17. 9 -8 Sabre Cook 8 5731
18. 24 6 Nathan Adds 12 5678
19. 68 49 Matias Podboj 6 5669
20. 18 -2 Ryon Beachner 6 5631
21. 6 -15 Christian Schureman 6 5624
22. 19 -3 Alex Tartaglia 6 5621
23. 23 NC Luke Shanahan 12 5600
24. 20 -4 Miguel Lopez 12 5577
25. 21 -4 Skyler Finley 14 5546
26. 41 15 Jack Freese 7 5545
27. 29 2 Matthew Di Leo 6 5536
28. 15 -13 Lloyd Mack 10 5531
29. 38 9 Jordan Dick 11 5519
30. 36 6 Morgan Healey 9 5513
31. 32 1 Ryan Rudolph 11 5500
32. 39 7 Carter Williams 12 5484
33. 27 -6 Josh Lane 10 5449
34. 35 1 Cory Milne 7 5441
35. 25 -10 Troy Diede 6 5430
36. 78 42 Davide Fore 5 5413
37. 31 -6 Tyler Bennett 7 5399
38. 33 -5 Tase Flores 7 5290
39. 46 7 Daniel De La Calle 10 5266
40. 43 3 Cabot Bigham 10 5251
41. 58 17 Will Preston 7 5251
42. 44 2 Bonnier Moulton 6 5250
43. 42 -1 Curtis Paul Jr. 6 5249
44. 48 4 Lindsay Brewer 9 5217
45. 50 5 CJ Cramm 12 5157
46. 80 34 Jonathan Vitolo 6 5143
47. 54 7 Myles Marolt 7 5123
48. 49 1 Alan Michel 9 5116
49. 47 -2 Alex Yates 6 5109
50. 52 2 Graig Alvarez 12 5093
51. 56 5 Austin Schimmel 7 5077
52. 51 -1 Tyler Fling 10 5041
53. 40 -13 Ben Schermerhorn 6 5024
54. 57 3 Hunter Pickett 9 5012
55. 60 5 Blake Murdock 12 5004
56. 61 5 Tyler Guilbeault 8 4981
57. 53 -4 Joey Wimsett 5 4959
58. 63 5 Harry Gottsacker 8 4922
59. 82 23 Billy Auffenberg 6 4908
60. 67 7 John Gaydos 7 4906
61. 65 4 Casey Ross 7 4895
62. 64 2 JP Alonso 7 4872
63. 103 40 Daniel Formal 5 4866
64. 73 9 Austin Wilkins 8 4831
65. 84 19 Phillip Davis 6 4791
66. 88 22 Brady Ross 7 4717
67. 69 2 Grayson Browne 6 4715
68. 70 2 Jarrett Lile 6 4704
69. 71 2 Mitch McKie 6 4700
70. 72 2 Randall Their 7 4634
71. 86 15 Michael Taska 6 4615
72. 26 -46 Peter Abba 5 4602
73. 90 17 Loris Ronzano 5 4564
74. 22 -52 Garrett Boone 5 4506
75. 17 -58 Alec Gumpfer 5 4445
76. 37 -39 Brian Keck 5 4357
77. 109 32 Robert Bujdoso 5 4343
78. 28 -50 Daniel Langon 5 4329
79. 77 -2 Chris Neria 5 4211
80. 79 -1 Marco Eakins 5 4178
81. 94 13 Ellie Nash 5 4106
82. 81 -1 Cody Freeman 5 4102
83. 83 NC Ryan Grieve 5 4059
84. 97 13 Norbert Laczho 5 4038
85. 98 13 Slade Putman 5 3971
86. 85 -1 Jayson Braffett 5 3917
87. 7 -80 Augie Lerch 4 3834
88. 14 -74 Jimmy McNeil 4 3770
89. 75 -14 Colby Yardley 4 3513
90. 112 22 Luis Morales 4 3465
91. 76 -15 Joshua de Losier 4 3453
92. 74 -18 Mike Beeny 4 3425
93. 93 NC Jake Craig 4 3341
94. 55 -39 Vivek Tandon 4 3332
95. 62 -33 Alex Keyes 4 3326
96. 110 14 John Sullivan 4 3242
97. 95 -2 Paul Makarucha 4 3239
98. 96 -2 Taylor Monnig 4 3233
99. 108 9 Kyle Smith 4 3216
100. 99 -1 Clayton Putman 4 3161
101. 101 NC Dan Laporta 4 3086
102. 102 NC Andy Noyes 4 3083
103. 87 -16 Allan Cesarman 4 3066
104. 123 19 Brandon Frank 3 2670
105. 89 -16 Christian Bird 3 2662
106. 92 -14 Cody Diede 3 2555
107. 104 -3 Nic LeDuc 3 2555
108. 128 20 Christian Bouhuys 3 2552
109. 106 -3 Ryan Pool 3 2544
110. 138 28 Joe Morton 3 2427
111. 135 24 Forrest Denham 3 2424
112. 111 -1 Jake Karwowski 3 2409
113. 113 NC Johnny Gottsacker 3 2401
114. 140 26 Chris Beck 3 2396
115. 145 30 Eric Van Der Steur 3 2378
116. 114 -2 Krisztian Molnar 3 2377
117. 141 24 Gino Giglotti 3 2366
118. 115 -3 Mark Gaydos 3 2251
119. 118 -1 Steven Reasoner 2 1924
120. 119 -1 Anthony Abbasse 2 1920
121. 127 6 Tom Dyer 2 1894
122. 180 58 Andrew Bujdoso 2 1879
123. 121 -2 Andrew Zimmer 2 1866
124. 122 -2 Scott Barnes 2 1803
125. - - Cody Jolly 2 1770
126. 126 NC Don McGregor 2 1747
127. 91 -36 Brett Buckwalter 2 1723
128. 107 -21 Lauren Stark 2 1670
129. 133 4 Chris Tyrell 2 1619
130. - - Derek Scott Jr. 2 1619
131. 137 6 Joe Taylor 2 1605
132. 193 61 Scott Granger 2 1600
133. 139 6 Gianfranco Casadei 2 1588
134. 142 8 Ryan Smith 2 1578
135. 144 9 Grant Dawlett 2 1565
136. 186 50 Johny Boken 2 1547
137. 100 -37 Ori Della Panna 2 1544
138. 146 8 Kassy Loving 2 1530
139. 147 8 Ryan Belanger 2 1516
140. 211 71 Dave Edwards 2 1505
141. 196 55 Tim Armstrong 2 1493
142. 148 6 Ryan Lankenau 2 1492
143. 149 6 Joaquin Rodriguez 2 1460
144. 204 60 Keith Buffo 2 1458
145. 150 5 Brendon Bailey 2 1443
146. 116 -30 Jenna Grillo 2 1415
147. - - Jason Faint 1 1099
148. 156 8 Phillip Orcic 1 1094
149. 161 12 Chris Jennings 1 1088
150. - - Jordan Ford 1 1029
151. 157 6 AJ Allmendinger 1 1005
152. - - Ricardo Gonzalez 1 997
153. 153 NC Matt Jaskol 1 993
154. 117 -37 Bryce Cornet 1 973
155. - - Dominic LeGrand 1 963
156. 163 7 Jesse Woodyard 1 948
157. 165 8 Connor Iseli 1 938
158. - - Marco Andretti 1 933
159. 166 7 Colton Aldridge 1 928
160. - - Gary Carlton 1 921
161. 168 7 Derek Crockett 1 919
162. 169 7 Brad Dunford 1 918
163. 170 7 Lance Lane 1 909
164. 184 20 Kory Estell 1 906
165. 154 -11 Scott Hargrove 1 898
166. 171 5 Oscar Aguilera 1 891
167. 173 6 Kyle Kennedy 1 881
168. - - Fauzi Dib Saad 1 874
169. - - Pablo Sanchez 1 862
170. 176 6 Brian Fisher 1 851
171. 177 6 Austin Versteeg 1 847
172. - - Bryon Rothenhoefer 1 846
173. 178 5 Race Liberante 1 845
174. 179 5 Alex Speed 1 842
175. 181 6 Kol Bailey 1 837
176. 182 6 Richard Heistand 1 835
177. 183 6 Cole Mathewson 1 831
178. - - Evan Roshak 1 829
179. 185 6 Chandler Campbell 1 828
180. - - Lorenzo van Riet 1 827
181. - - Eddie Olpin 1 826
182. 187 5 Mike Nakumura 1 822
183. 189 6 David Harding 1 817
184. 191 7 Colby Novak 1 809
185. - - Rene Martinelli 1 808
186. 192 6 Michael Haynes 1 806
187. 195 8 Chance Kelly 1 799
188. - - Jim Inglebright 1 799
189. 132 -57 Gilberto Munoz 1 795
190. - - Fabrizio Famularo 1 793
191. - - Sam Bocchino 1 793
192. 198 6 Michael Raimes 1 792
193. - - Jim Kidd 1 790
194. 199 5 Joshua Smith 1 789
195. 129 -66 Robert Marks 1 786
196. 200 4 Garrett Dixon 1 785
197. - - Pascual Torres 1 784
198. 201 3 Virgil Gross 1 782
199. 202 3 Calvin Hankins 1 780
200. 203 3 Alejandro Fernandez 1 777
201. 143 -58 Andrew Vargus 1 773
202. 205 3 Bear Rothenhoefer 1 770
203. 136 -67 Jerry Rhodes 1 767
204. 206 2 Eric Humphries 1 766
205. 207 2 Alex Reynosa 1 764
206. 131 -75 Pete Yerkovich Jr. 1 762
207. 208 1 Carlos Crespo 1 761
208. 160 -48 Nick Boulle 1 759
209. 209 0 Allyn Hewitt 1 758
210. - - Lee Waddell 1 758
211. - - Justin Bennett 1 755
212. - - Brad Shaffer 1 747
213. 210 -3 George Moss 1 745
214. 212 -2 Quinton Dawn 1 737
215. - - Mike Kavanaugh 1 731
216. - - Frank Rapisarda 1 714
217. 213 -4 Garret Bailey 1 700
218. 151 -67 Fernando Casillas Jr. 1 669

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