2015 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – Stock Moto – Final Standings

Musgrave finishes season with top score over veterans Leesmann and White

Billy Musgrave finishes 2015 as top driver in Stock Moto Driver Rankings (Photo: EKN)

EKN Driver Rankings logo2015 is coming to a close, and it is time to review the best moments, events, and drivers from the previous season. The EKN Stock Moto Driver Rankings helps to determine who was the most successful driver on the season, to finish the year as the #1 driver. Southern California driver Billy Musgrave propelled himself onto the podium at the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XIX, moving him up to the top position for the final standings in 2015.

You may be thinking, why wasn’t Superkarts! USA Fikse Wheels Pro Tour champion Rick Dreezen at the top of the Stock Moto Driver Rankings. While he is certainly among the best in the world in shifterkart racing, the answer is simple. Our program is based on recording six races towards the program to help encompass the entire season of work, and not just what happens on the Pro Tour. In 2015, Dreezen competed in just the SKUSA events, which adds up to just five races. With no sixth event, his point total can not match those who have at least six events to the record. The Belgian finished the season 42nd with just his five races.

This is the second time Musgrave has finished as the top driver in the Stock Moto Driver Rankings. In 2013, Billy climbed to the top of the standings as an S1 rookie, finishing the SKUSA Pro Tour championship chase in fourth behind Wimsett, Bray and Leesmann. That year, Musgrave went winless in his rookie season, and remained shut out of the win column until this year’s SummerNationals. A fourth place podium performance at the SuperNationals by the MRC/Praga driver put him as the top Fikse Wheels Pro Tour regular and secured the vice-champion position behind title winner Rick Dreezen.

The promotion of Musgrave demoted former Pro Tour champion Fritz Leesmann (Diede Racing/CRG) to the second spot in the standings, out of first by 34 points. The 2010 and 2012 series champion got off to a poor start at the SuperNationals, classified 29th after issues with one of his MG Tires. It was recovery mode the remainder of the week, finishing up with a respectable sixth after starting 14th against a stout 31-driver field. Veteran Ron White (CRG) was also unable to improve on his score at the SuperNationals, holding on to finish the season in the third position. The Ron White Racing driver/owner overcame a rare poor qualifying effort to climb up to finish SuperSunday in the 12th position, once again posting his fast laps of the race toward the end of the 25-lap battle, ending the season fifth in the championship standings.

Kolton Griffin (Pure Karting/Tony Kart) ended 2015 as the top S1 rookie in the Stock Moto Driver Rankings and the top rookie at the SKUSA Fikse Wheels Pro Tour. The Arizona driver produced enough points on the season to finish fourth, thanks to his California ProKart Challenge and Pro Tour performances and without racing at the SuperNationals. His move up one position in the Driver Rankings was due to fellow S1 rookie Jarred Campbell losing his 2014 S2 SuperNationals victory from his point total. Campbell finished the season as the champion at the California ProKart Challenge, beating out two-time defending champ Musgrave. The Praga driver struggled at the Pro Tour level, missing out on the podium all season long. Jonathan Kotyk finished right there behind his fellow S1 rookie classmates. The Top Kart pilot finished on the podium at the SummerNationals, and a respectable 13th for his first SuperNationals in the headline category.

The rest of the top-10 include the standout drivers in the S2 Semi-Pro division in 2015. Carter Williams (Phil Giebler Racing/FA Kart) clinched his first Fikse Wheels Pro Tour title at the SuperNationals, remaining seventh in the Driver Rankings. He and vice-champion Miguel Lopez (GP) will be among the top graduates moving up to the S1 division in 2016. Jumping into the top-10 are S2 drivers Hunter Pickett and Luke Shanahan. Pickett (Muscle Milk/Aluminos) had his best ever showing on the Pro Tour at the SummerNationals, landing on the podium once, and showed top-10 speed at the SuperNationals, ending the season sixth in the Fikse Wheels Pro Tour championship chase. Shanahan (MSquared Karting/Tony Kart) was quick throughout the season, just not consistent enough to finish higher than seventh in the Fikse Wheels Pro Tour standings.

The ‘On the Move’ driver for the final edition of the 2015 EKN Stock Moto Driver Rankings was Kyle Kalish. The Franklin Motorsports/Merlin transfer over from TaG, Kalish ended up moving up to the 13th position to finish 2015 among the top S2 drivers, finishing fifth in the SKUSA Fikse Wheels Pro Tour championship standings. Kalish competed in just four event weekends in 2015, making just six main event starts in 2015. Troy Diede (CRG) matched the advancement of Kalish, coming up to 11th after just reaching the top-50 last Driver Rankings release.

The ageless Bonnier Moulton (MSquared Karting/Tony Kart), who has graduated to the S4 Master ranks at the SuperNationals, reaching his 19th straight start this November. During the summer, he continues competing in the Stock Moto Lite division at the Utah Kart Championships, which has him ranked 24th overall. Other S4 drivers inside the top-50 include Jordon Musser (32nd), Gearup F-Series Stock Moto champion Christian Bouhuys (35th) and Chris Jennings (37th).


Driver Rankings-Billy Musgrave-HSStock Moto #1 – Billy Musgrave
Norco,
California

Since moving up to the S1 headline division, Billy Musgrave has been among the top contenders and 2015 was no different with an astonishing top-four result in all SKUSA Fikse Wheels Pro Tour starts, including a fourth-place performance at SuperNationals XIX. It was a 2012 SuperNationals victory that launched Musgrave onto the national scene and promoted him into the top division after five years in the sport. Musgrave went on to win the California ProKart Challenge title the next two years, missing out on the crown this year to the latest rising star and Praga teammate – Jarred Campbell. Since his big SuperNats win, Musgrave went winless on the national circuit until this SummerNationals. It was not a gifted victory, but one Billy earned on and off the track. The 23-year-old is not only improving himself as driver each and every weekend, but helping the sport grow with the family-owned MRC company that continues to add new karters from the Southern California area to its roster each month.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
SKUSA SpringNationals ’15 #1 – S1 9.5 3 1032
SKUSA SpringNationals ’15 #2 – S1 9.5 4 1022
SKUSA California PKC ’15 #4 – S1 8.5 4 960
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #1 – S1 9.5 4 1029
SKUSA SummerNationals ’14 #2 – S1 9.5 1 1061
SKUSA SuperNationals 2015 – S1 10 4 1141

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.3
Average Points: 1040.8
Total Points: 6245

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Driver Rankings-Fritz Leesmann-HSStock Moto #2 – Fritz Leesmann
Folsom, California

Over the past decade, Fritz Leesmann has established himself as the most decorated shifterkart driver in North America. A rising talent at the Stars of Karting program and the CKI championship series, Leesmann moved his skills over to Superkarts! USA to become the inaugural champion in 2010. Fritz is the only driver to contend for all six Pro Tour championships, earning two championships and finishing a worst position of seventh in 2011 after missing the SummerNationals. Leesmann led the standings throughout the season, only to drop from the top position after finishing two spots behind Musgrave in a recovery effort at SuperNationals XIX. The Saturday main event at the SummerNationals really cost Leesmann the top position in the EKN Driver Rankings, failing to finish the main event after contact on the opening lap and not recording five races over the 1000 mark. Now the question is, will Fritz return in 2016 to go for a record third Pro Tour title or a first SuperNationals victory that has eluded him?

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
SKUSA SpringNationals ’15 #1 – S1 9.5 2 1043
SKUSA SpringNationals ’15 #2 – S1 9.5 2 1043
California ProKart Challenge ’15 #4 – S1 8.5 1 990
SKUSA SummerNationals ’15 #2 – S1 9.5 2 1050
California ProKart Challenge ’15 #6 – S1 8.5 2 968
SKUSA SuperNationals 2015 – S1 10 6 1117

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.5
Average Points: 1035.2
Total Points: 6211

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Driver Rankings-Ron WhiteStock Moto #3 – Ron White
San Jose, California

No one can doubt the talent and natural ability of veteran Ron White. The 2012 SuperNationals winner continues to compete at the top level of the sport, racing against drivers younger than half his age. White’s return to full-time karting thanks to re-establishing the Ron White Racing operation put him back behind the wheel, as he rose back up to the top of the sport a decade after leaving as one of the best. White attempted to move up the racing ladder, trying to build momentum in the open wheel ranks. In 2006, White began racing the Pro Mazda Championship as a privateer, and eventually signed on with a team. In two season, the NorCal native recorded five wins and finished top-five the championship chase both seasons. Funding eventually took White away from his continued advancement, however, it has been a gift for karting as Ron is helping to mold the next new karting stars from the NorCal area while keeping himself sharp for that eventual move to the Master category years down the road.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
SKUSA SpringNationals ’15 #1 – S1 9.5 6 1001
SKUSA SpringNationals ’15 #2 – S1 9.5 8 980
SKUSA SummerNationals ’15 #1 – S1 9.5 6 1008
SKUSA SummerNationals ’15 #2 – S1 9.5 5 1019
SKUSA California PKC ’15 #6 – S1 8.5 3 958
SKUSA SuperNationals 2015 – S1 10 12 1047

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 6.67
Average Points: 1002.17
Total Points: 6013


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 2015, 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. Other national and 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.


EKN Stock Moto Driver Rankings – 2015 Final Standings

Pos. Oct. 2 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score Avg
1. 2 1 Billy Musgrave 13 6245 1041
2. 1 -1 Fritz Leesmann 8 6211 1035
3. 3 0 Ron White 8 6013 1002
4. 5 1 Kolton Griffin 10 5972 995
5. 4 -1 Jarred Campbell 11 5883 981
6. 6 0 Jonathan Kotyk 6 5874 979
7. 7 0 Carter Williams 11 5871 979
8. 8 0 Miguel Lopez 8 5823 971
9. 11 2 Hunter Pickett 8 5705 951
10. 12 2 Luke Shanahan 7 5694 949
11. 50 39 Troy Diede 7 5600 933
12. 9 -3 Matias Podboj 6 5570 928
13. 52 39 Kyle Kalish 6 5548 925
14. 20 6 Marco Eakins 9 5541 924
15. 10 -5 Ryon Beachner 6 5512 919
16. 53 37 Austin Wilkins 9 5505 918
17. 13 -4 Jake French 10 5485 914
18. 24 6 Alan Michel 7 5465 911
19. 28 9 Harry Gottsacker 12 5425 904
20. 26 6 Josh Lane 9 5405 901
21. 16 -5 Will Preston 7 5401 900
22. 14 -8 Kol Bailey 8 5398 900
23. 19 -4 Don Whittington 7 5364 894
24. 25 1 Bonnier Moulton 9 5321 887
25. 18 -7 Skyler Finley 7 5321 887
26. 21 -5 Nathan Adds 9 5303 884
27. 23 -4 Graig Alvarez 8 5272 879
28. 29 1 Mike Beeny 7 5261 877
29. 17 -12 Tyler Bennett 6 5247 875
30. 31 1 Colby Yardley 9 5237 873
31. 27 -4 Alex Yates 10 5233 872
32. 32 0 Jordon Musser 8 5229 872
33. 22 -11 Andrew Bujdoso 7 5209 868
34. 38 4 Lincoln Steel 10 5164 861
35. 33 -2 Christian Bouhuys 7 5128 855
36. 40 4 Robert Bujdoso 6 5107 851
37. 15 -22 Chris Jennings 6 5099 850
38. 37 -1 John Gaydos 7 5083 847
39. 34 -5 Ryan Pool 7 5079 847
40. 41 1 David Salazar 10 5064 844
41. 46 5 Kyle Wick 7 5048 841
42. 55 13 Rick Dreezen 5 5023 1005
43. 42 -1 Kyle Smith 7 5017 836
44. 39 -5 CJ Cramm 6 4991 832
45. 43 -2 Andretta Young 10 4969 828
46. 44 -2 Paul Makarucha 6 4966 828
47. 54 7 Matt Koerner 6 4961 827
48. 49 1 Brandon Frank 5 4956 991
49. 47 -2 Kevin Janders 7 4884 814
50. 48 -2 Travis Henson 8 4881 814
51. 61 10 Fernando Casillas Jr. 5 4727 945
52. 51 -1 Peter Abba 5 4582 916
53. 30 -23 Jack Freese 5 4146 829
54. 35 -19 Cody Jolly 5 4121 824
55. 56 1 Patrik Hajek 4 4112 1028
56. 57 1 Tyler Guilbeault 5 4112 822
57. 81 24 Matt Hamilton 4 4098 1025
58. 71 13 Colin Long 5 4043 809
59. 58 -1 Tyler Shepard 5 3988 798
60. 59 -1 Frank Rapisarda 5 3917 783
61. 60 -1 Dan Laporta 5 3912 782
62. 63 1 Bryce Cornet 4 3682 921
63. 169 106 Jacob Neal 4 3602 901
64. 62 -2 Cody Hodgson 4 3593 898
65. 64 -1 Daniel De La Calle 4 3549 887
66. 157 91 Austin Schimmel 4 3484 871
67. 65 -2 Bryon Rothenhoefer 4 3320 830
68. 67 -1 Henry Morse 4 3290 823
69. 45 -24 Casey Ross 4 3289 822
70. 120 50 Parker Chase 4 3283 821
71. 68 -3 Chris Matthew 4 3264 816
72. 69 -3 Darin Marcus 4 3253 813
73. 70 -3 Farshad Bagheri 4 3232 808
74. 78 4 Brady Ross 4 3228 807
75. 133 58 Pablo Carballedo 4 3221 805
76. 72 -4 Brian Frank 4 3210 803
77. 73 -4 David Levy 4 3208 802
78. 74 -4 Kyle Knecht 4 3202 801
79. 75 -4 Steve Perdue 4 3200 800
80. 150 70 Garrett Ramirez 4 3175 794
81. 76 -5 Dave Shepard 4 3172 793
82. 77 -5 Mateo DeLeon 4 3151 788
83. 79 -4 Keith Buffo 4 3132 783
84. 102 18 Daniel Bray 3 3010 1003
85. 100 15 Max Di Bella 3 3006 1002
86. 82 -4 Daniel Formal 3 2927 976
87. 98 11 Davide Fore 3 2927 976
88. 103 15 Cole Mathewson 3 2878 959
89. 87 -2 Nic LeDuc 3 2869 956
90. 112 22 Salvador de Alba 3 2809 936
91. 97 6 Jordon Lennox 3 2653 884
92. 85 -7 Jim McKinney 3 2598 866
93. 86 -7 Trenton Estep 3 2589 863
94. 119 25 Cody Elliott 3 2479 826
95. 135 40 Joe Criscione 3 2459 820
96. 66 -30 Chris Neria 3 2457 819
97. 89 -8 Ryan Grieve 3 2424 808
98. 91 -7 Justin Taylor 3 2398 799
99. 92 -7 Dave Edwards 3 2378 793
100. 94 -6 Mike Rivera 3 2359 786
101. 95 -6 Rusty Lingle 3 2348 783
102. 96 -6 Patrick Cecilian 3 2260 753
103. 105 2 Connor Wagner 2 1978 989
104. 180 76 AJ Myers 2 1975 988
105. 101 -4 Joey Wimsett 2 1945 973
106. 104 -2 Augie Lerch 2 1930 965
107. 111 4 Cabot Bigham 2 1835 918
108. 109 1 Jesus Rios 2 1815 908
109. 83 -26 Brian Keck 2 1788 894
110. - - Cody Diede 2 1761 881
111. 174 63 Ryan Kinnear 2 1758 879
112. - - Garrett Boone 2 1757 879
113. 107 -6 Sabre Cook 2 1729 865
114. 113 -1 Luke Waller 2 1706 853
115. 115 0 Eric Batt 2 1694 847
116. 108 -8 Joshua de Losier 2 1692 846
117. 116 -1 Chris Beck 2 1666 833
118. 117 -1 Kindra Hurlbert 2 1663 832
119. 118 -1 Forrest Denham 2 1658 829
120. 121 1 Tim Armstrong 2 1649 825
121. 201 80 Jason Toft 2 1648 824
122. 122 0 Mike Hines 2 1642 821
123. 123 0 Myles Pederson 2 1642 821
124. 124 0 Mark Nagy 2 1634 817
125. 125 0 Ryan Smith 2 1634 817
126. 126 0 Wes Pogue 2 1634 817
127. 127 0 Philip Craycraft 2 1633 817
128. 128 0 Bayley Mickler 2 1627 814
129. 129 0 Kyle Kennedy 2 1621 811
130. 88 -42 Kory Estell 2 1616 808
131. 131 0 Scott Granger 2 1616 808
132. 132 0 Tim Hollowell 2 1611 806
133. 134 1 Jenna Grillo 2 1600 800
134. 136 2 Mike McGowan 2 1598 799
135. 90 -45 Joe Morton 2 1595 798
136. 137 1 Ray Cochand 2 1592 796
137. 138 1 Justin Walsh 2 1584 792
138. 139 1 Phil Haddad 2 1582 791
139. 140 1 Ryan Belanger 2 1582 791
140. 141 1 James O'Brien 2 1576 788
141. 142 1 Jim Lewis 2 1576 788
142. 143 1 Eric Van Der Steur 2 1575 788
143. 144 1 Steve Jenks 2 1574 787
144. 145 1 Matthew Mateo 2 1568 784
145. 146 1 Brian Nixon 2 1567 784
146. 147 1 Jaques Rickards 2 1567 784
147. 148 1 Gilberto Munoz 2 1566 783
148. 149 1 Jason Hall 2 1564 782
149. 151 2 Jeff Janders 2 1556 778
150. 93 -57 Billy Auffenberg 2 1554 777
151. 152 1 Joe Ruch 2 1516 758
152. 80 -72 Randall Their 2 1510 755
153. 153 0 Joshua Smith 2 1484 742
154. 154 0 Garret Bailey 2 1483 742
155. 155 0 Allan Cesarman 2 1453 727
156. 171 15 Gary Carlton 1 1164 1164
157. - - Dario Capitano 1 1131 1131
158. - - Jorge Pescador 1 1108 1108
159. - - Francesco Celenta 1 1070 1070
160. 183 23 Alec Gumpfer 1 988 988
161. - - Kristijan Habulin 1 964 964
162. - - Noah Grey 1 927 927
163. 173 10 Roberto Manduchi 1 918 918
164. - - Robert Heck Jr. 1 905 905
165. 110 -55 Lloyd Mack 1 900 900
166. 167 1 Dominic LeGrand 1 893 893
167. 178 11 David Malukas 1 874 874
168. - - Gianfranco Mazzaferro 1 871 871
169. 99 -70 Nick Neri 1 860 860
170. 36 -134 Ayrton Little 1 859 859
171. 181 10 Brett Buckwalter 1 855 855
172. - - Manuel Vazquez Camarasa 1 848 848
173. 114 -59 Pablo Sanchez 1 842 842
174. - - Santiago Creel 1 842 842
175. 185 10 Joshua Young 1 839 839
176. 186 10 Matteo Vigano 1 835 835
177. 187 10 Christopher Hines 1 834 834
178. 188 10 Chris Gannon 1 829 829
179. 189 10 Cory Milne 1 829 829
180. 190 10 Alex Keyes 1 828 828
181. 191 10 Brian Davies 1 828 828
182. - - Aaron Schmitt 1 814 814
183. 195 12 Brent Galvan 1 813 813
184. 196 12 Cole Franchini 1 813 813
185. 197 12 Brad Dunford 1 812 812
186. 198 12 Tyler Coffman 1 812 812
187. 199 12 Will Hudson 1 812 812
188. 200 12 Todd Edgington 1 811 811
189. 203 14 Rich Jerrett 1 805 805
190. 204 14 Max Cortes 1 804 804
191. 205 14 Alejandro Fernandez 1 803 803
192. 206 14 Bryan Morgan 1 803 803
193. 207 14 Kolby Araki 1 803 803
194. 208 14 Scott Clark 1 802 802
195. 209 14 Darren Newport 1 801 801
196. 210 14 Virgil Gross 1 800 800
197. 212 15 Norbert Laczho 1 796 796
198. 213 15 Ben Haney 1 795 795
199. 214 15 Lauren Stark 1 794 794
200. 215 15 Nick Rango 1 794 794
201. 217 16 Matt Colledge 1 793 793
202. 218 16 Stephan Flatt 1 793 793
203. 220 17 Brian Henson 1 789 789
204. 221 17 Michael Lundeen 1 787 787
205. 106 -99 Tom Dyer 1 786 786
206. 222 16 Kenneth Simcox 1 785 785
207. 223 16 Caleb Smock 1 784 784
208. 224 16 Steven Waddell 1 784 784
209. 226 17 Tera Estes 1 780 780
210. 227 17 Jake Lothrop 1 779 779
211. 228 17 Pascual Torres 1 775 775
212. 230 18 Jen Anderson 1 772 772
213. - - Josh Early 1 769 769
214. 231 17 Kirk Potter 1 769 769
215. 232 17 Dan Dragio 1 766 766
216. 233 17 Mike Kavanaugh 1 766 766
217. 235 18 Aamir Hyder 1 758 758
218. 236 18 Bill Pyles 1 757 757
219. 239 20 Gregory Weate 1 741 741
220. 240 20 Ricky Davis 1 714 714
221. 241 20 Preston Peltier 1 706 706

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