EKN Exclusive: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 21 – Preview Series – X30 Junior

Near sellout with defending winner Gonzalez looking to make history in Vegas

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eKartingNews.com, the Official Media Partner of Superkarts! USA, is proud to present the Preview Series for the SKUSA SuperNationals 21. Leading up to on-track action of the 21st edition of the marquee SKUSA event, EKN will preview each of the 10 categories that will compete outside the Las Vegas Convention Center and Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino from November 15-19.

Complete coverage of the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 21 can be found at the EKN EVENT PAGE. EKN Live provides play-by-play and live timing from qualifying to the final checkered flag on SuperSunday at ekartingnews.com/live

The 2016 SKUSA SuperNationals came down to a wild finish in the X30 Junior category as a light sprinkle of rain covered the Las Vegas Convention Center parking lot. The changing conditions sent some drivers off into the barriers, while those who found a way to tip-toe around the damp circuit were able to capitalize and secure podium finishes. In the end, Florida’s Tyler Gonzalez came away with the victory in his first Junior start at the SuperNationals. Coming off that victory, the SRC / Tony Kart driver took 2017 by storm, earning a FWT championship to start before scoring the US Rotax Grand Nationals victory, and challenging for the SKUSA Pro Tour championship with one win. In the eight previous attempts, no X30 Junior / TaG Junior driver has been able to repeat as SuperNationals winner. Breaking that streak will be the goal for Gonzalez.

Tyler Gonzalez will attempt to repeat as the X30 Junior victor (Photo: EKN)

In addition to Gonzalez, the next or equal favorite has to be 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour champion Dylan Tavella. Three victories in the first five rounds helped to clinch the title for the IRM / Tony Kart driver. SuperNationals 21 is said to be the final kart race for the New Yorker, who is moving up to the F4 US Championship Powered by Honda in 2018. After receiving the press release making the announcement regarding his move to cars, EKN was able to contact Dylan’s father and learn of their plans to compete at the SuperNationals. A favorite multiple times in the Cadet ranks without a win, it would be a fitting closure to his tenure in karting to end with victory in Vegas, coming one spot short last year to Gonzalez.

Three of last year’s podium finishers will be in contention this year. California driver Oliver Calvo (PKS / Top Kart) finished fifth last year after the wild last lap. Nothing unusual to Calvo, who was one corner away from winning the TaG Cadet main event in 2015. Calvo is coming off a second-straight victory at the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix, and earning some grassroots knowledge with the Junior title at the KPX Karting Championship.

Dylan Tavella is among the favorites heading into Vegas as SKUSA Pro Tour champion (Photo: EKN)

Let us not forget those who showed well throughout the 2017 season at the SKUSA Pro Tour. It was one of the most competitive seasons despite Tavella coming away with the title rather easily. Junior rookie Jak Crawford and veteran Trey Brown finished second and third to Tavella, and will carry the SKUSA plates at the SuperNationals. Crawford went winless during his rookie campaign, however, he stood on the podium four times in the six main events. Heading of the SuperNationals, he joins Team USA in Portugal at the Rotax Grand Finals before travelling to Vegas. Brown ended the 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour with a victory, and claimed his second career California ProKart Challenge title, his first in Junior. You can bet the Nash Motorsportz / FA Kart teammates will be working together with a goal of standing on the podium on SuperSunday. One spot away from that podium last year was Arizona’s Jagger Jones (Tony Kart). The third generation driver has spent time away from karting in 2017 racing stock cars, and will be making a return for the SuperNationals, joined by his brother Jace, who will make his first Junior start in Vegas.

Oliver Calvo is a returning podium finisher (Photo: EKN)

A number of quality drivers are set to make their first Junior start at the SuperNationals. Last year’s Mini Swift winner Thomas Nepveu (PSL / Birel ART) is among the top rookies. The Canadian had a tough rookie campaign on the SKUSA Pro Tour, and will be looking to bounce back in Vegas. Standing with him on the Mini podium a year ago was Luca Mars and Tyler Maxson. Mars (Energy) began the season in Mini, sweeping the WinterNationals before stepping away to focus on the move to Junior, racing at the local and regional level. Maxson – the 2016 SKUSA Pro Tour Mini Swift champion – has had a great rookie season, winning at the USPKS, standing on the podium at the SummerNationals, and improving with each race. In late breaking news, Maxson has joined CRG Nordam for Las Vegas with plans to compete with the factory team in Europe for 2018, making his debut aboard the CRG at the SuperNationals.

It is great to see Barbados driver Zane Maloney (SCR / Tony Kart) return to the United States and the SuperNationals. The Junior rookie competed all season long in Europe, finishing fifth at the CIK-FIA OK Junior world championship. A true Junior rookie in the field will be Florida’s Reece Gold. The 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour Mini Swift vice champion is making the move at the SuperNationals, so we will be watching his transition from the Cadet kart to the bigger Junior ride. Others to watch include back-to-back WKA champion Pauly Massimino (Top Kart) and USPKS title winner Maks Kowalski (Franklin / Merlin).

Provisional X30 Junior Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis State Country
298a Taylah Agius Parolin AUS
226d Alexis Apodaca Rolison Performance Group Kosmic CO USA
94t Ethan Arndt Trackside Karting Services CompKart TX USA
233j Bryce Aron Kosmic IL USA
418s Caleb Bacon CB Motorsports Tony Kart NC USA
018b Cash Baxley Robert Heck Racing CRG CA USA
974j Gavin Bayliff Trinity Karting Group Tony Kart OH USA
191z Cooper Becklin FA Kart OR USA
093a Luka Berazategui SLA Karting Racing Tony Kart CHL
114a Lucas Bohdanowicz AM Racing Team Parolin ARG
01a Gabriel Bortoleto CRG Nordam CRG BRA
05d Joey Brienza Nash Motorsportz FA Kart CO USA
N3 Trey Brown Nash Motorsportz FA Kart CA USA
12y Oliver Calvo PKS Kart Supplies Top Kart CA USA
555a Rafael Chaves Camara NF Piquet Sports Kosmic BRA
66a David Cardenas AM Racing Team Parolin COL
026r Mackenzie Clark Prime Powerteam Birel ART ON CAN
79a Franco Colapinto CRG Nordam CRG ARG
N2 Jak Crawford Nash Motorsportz Tony Kart TX USA
16t Adrian Cruz Dallas Karting Complex / SodiKart USA Sodi Kart TX USA
25c Joseph Daniele Ryan Perry Motorpsort Tony Kart CA USA
22m Pablo Perez De Lara RPL Racing Tony Kart MEX
153a Enrico de Lucca NF Piquet Sports Kosmic BRA
108c Jace Denmark-Gessel Ryan Perry Motorpsort Tony Kart AZ USA
048f Vinicius Dias NF Piquet Sports Kosmic FL BRA
06r Griffin Dowler Tony Kart AB CAN
221x Zoey Edenholm Team Koene USA Tony Kart AZ USA
287f Jeremy Fairbairn Team Koene USA Tony Kart FL USA
93a Broc Feeney Rolison Performance Group Kosmic AUS
312a Gabriel Fonseca NF Piquet Sports Kosmic BRA
201y Bijoy Garg Speedsense Motorsports Exprit CA USA
259f Dylan Gennaro Ocala Gran Prix Tony Kart FL USA
455f Reece Gold Team Benik FA Kart FL USA
157f Tyler Gonzalez Speed Concepts Racing Tony Kart FL USA
268c Ethan Ho APM Racing Tony Kart CA USA
097a Harrison Hoey J3 Competition CompKart AUS
056f Zachary Hollingshead Ocala Gran Prix Tony Kart FL USA
213f Jade Hubert Ocala Gran Prix Tony Kart FL CAN
015a Lochie Hughes PSL Karting Ricciardo AUS
18t Alejandro Jaramillo Team Koene USA Tony Kart TX USA
198x Jace Jones Tony Kart AZ USA
98x Jagger Jones Tony Kart AZ USA
255f Aidan Keel Andersen Racing Birel ART FL USA
02j Maks Kowalski Franklin Motorsports Merlin IL USA
009m Noel Leon PSL Karting Birel ART MEX
15a Zak Lobko PSL Karting Ricciardo AUS
318a Pedro Lopes Kosmic BRA
044a Zane Maloney Speed Concepts Racing Tony Kart BRB
888n Luca Mars Energy PA USA
00y Christopher Martin Infinity Sonoma / Nash Sodi Kart CA USA
08s Pauly Massimino Top Kart USA Top Kart NC USA
007a Joao Matos Kosmic BRA
74s Tyler Maxson Speed Concepts Racing Tony Kart GA USA
46a Gabriele Mini Russell Karting Specialties Parolin ITA
158f Sebastian Montoya Team Montoya Birel ART FL USA
62a Matheus Morgatto Russell Karting Specialties Parolin BRA
038a Jose Muggiati NF Piquet Sports Kosmic BRA
124r Thomas Nepveu PSL Karting Birel ART QC USA
210d Filip Niemkiewicz Performance Kartsport Kart Republic CO USA
55c Kameron Perry PKS Kart Supplies Top Kart CA USA
143a Jac Preston Rolison Performance Group Kosmic AUS
113a Diego Ramos NF Piquet Sports Kosmic BRA
117y Oliver Reed Formula Works CompKart CA USA
68m Emiliano Richards RPL Racing Tony Kart MEX
96a Jake Sawyer KartSport North America Sera Kart AUS
021a Luke Sawyer KartSport North America Sera Kart AUS
118j Austin Schaff Franklin Motorsports Merlin WI USA
34c Alex Siragusa Formula Works CompKart CA USA
001j Lucas Smalec Franklin Motorsports Merlin IL USA
911a Lucas Staico NF Piquet Sports Kosmic BRA
69a Roman Stanek Rolison Performance Group Kosmic CZE
112c Alan Tang Doran Motorsport Group Top Kart CA USA
N1 Dylan Tavella Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart NY USA
78f Nick Trumbull Ocala Gran Prix Tony Kart FL USA
13a Reece Ushijima Phil Giebler Racing Ricciardo USA
04a Kasparas Vaskelis NF Piquet Sports Kosmic LTU
07h Arie Venberg Franklin Motorsports Merlin MN USA
141j Kaden Wharff Top Kart USA Top Kart IN USA
150c Jacob Yesnick Yesnick Racing Merlin CA USA
82a Dick Yu Ryan Perry Motorpsort Tony Kart HKG
88a Matias Zagazeta BBR Karting PER

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