2017 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA – Stock Honda – Final

French, Musgrave and Dickinson make up the top-three for 2017

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The 2017 season was another exciting year for karting in North America and around the world. The sport remains as the purest form of motorsports, with the opportunity to groom the future stars of the profession. Stock Honda, or any shifterkart for that matter, is the closet you can get to feeling like a Formula One driver. Those who are able to tame the six-speed beast prove to be among the best drivers in the sport. The proof is in the numbers as Jake French earned the Driver of the Year title for the Stock Honda division, finishing the eKartingNews.com Stock Honda Driver Rankings powered by Bell Racing USA as #1.

French (DKC / Sodikart) was able to secure his first SKUSA Pro Tour title in 2017, ripping off six podium finishes including three victories. Add in the runner-up at the SuperNationals 21, and it was a podium season for the Texan. One driver that kept French honest throughout the 2017 season was Billy Musgrave. Three straight years with at least one victory on the SKUSA Pro Tour, Musgrave (MRC / Aluminos) finished the year on top with his victory at the SuperNats. It was the second of his career, winning S2 in 2012. There was no question who the top S2 driver was throughout 2017 – Riley Dickinson. The Texan nearly matched the results of his DKC / Sodikart teammate French with three wins on the season, scoring the SKUSA Pro Tour championship, adding in a SuperNationals podium to close out his S2 career.

Jumping up to the fourth spot to end 2017 is veteran Nic LeDuc. An emotional first SKUSA Pro Tour victory at his home track in Sonoma was the highlight of the season. The Cambrian Go-Karts / Sodikart driver finished the SKUSA Pro Tour fifth in the standings, finishing the year with a seventh in Las Vegas to produce his seventh race of the EKN Driver Rankings. That elevated him 25 spots to fourth. His move dropped 2016 SKUSA Pro Tour S2 champion Austin Wilkins down to fifth in the standings. Wilkins carried the graduating #1 plate in S1 for his rookie season, producing a best finish on the year of sixth-place twice. It is enough to finish the year as the top S1 rookie in the EKN Driver Rankings. The SuperNationals did not pan out as Mathias Ramirez hoped for. Entering Vegas third in the EKN Driver Rankings, Ramirez (Andersen / BirelART) was quick however was not able to produce a strong result on SuperSunday. That combined with the loss of his S2 victory from a year ago dropped him sixth. The Florida driver is now going into the new season, working with Parolin USA.

Hunter Pickett (Aluminos) and Kyle Wick (RPG / CRG) each fell down the order to close out the EKN Driver Rankings for 2017. Pickett won at the inaugural WinterNationals event, and finished the season one spot off the championship podium in his rookie campaign. One spot back in eighth is the second S2 driver in the top-10 Wick. Just 30 points kept him from stealing the championship from Dickinson with five podium finishes including two victories. The Washington driver moved up to S1 for the SuperNationals, suffering a DNF after running in the top-10 all week. Hunter Kelly moved over to Cambrian Karting / Sodikart for the SuperNationals, placing 16th in a deep field and ended the season ninth in the rankings. Closing out the top-10 is former SuperNationals winner Brian Keck (CRG). His best finish on the year came at the SpringNationals, placing sixth on Saturday. Skyler Finley (DKC / Sodikart) dropped from the top-10, only losing one spot to 11th.

Stock Moto #1 – Jake French
Sachse, Texas

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You could not have scripted the SKUSA Pro Tour season any better than what Jake French did in 2017. A run of six straight podium finishes for the DKC / Sodikart driver is something we have not seen on the national level since Gary Carlton in the Stars of Karting days. French went on to win three times, including the inaugural WinterNationals main event and sweeping the SummerNationals to put the cherry on top for his first SKUSA Pro Tour championship. It would have been a perfect season had French conquered the SuperNationals, placing runner-up to Musgrave. His string of podium finishes dates back to the SKUSA SummerNationals 2016. Now the mark is set, and French will be the target throughout the 2018 season.

Point Breakdown
[table width=”350″]Race,Rank,Finish,Points
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,1,1084
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,2,1073
SKUSA SpringNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,3,1063
SKUSA SpringNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,2,1073
SKUSA SummerNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,1,1069
SKUSA SummerNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,1,1069
SKUSA SuperNationals 2017 – S1,10,2,1165
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 1.71
Average Points: 1085.1
Total Points: 7596


Stock Moto #2 – Billy Musgrave
Norco, California

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Overall, the 2017 season was the best yet for Billy Musgrave. While the MRC / Aluminos driver finished on top of the EKN Driver Rankings in 2015, the collective results for Musgrave is what sets this year apart. Musgrave was consistently at the front of the field throughout 2017, winning at the SpringNationals and finishing five times inside the top-five on the year to end up second to French in the championship standings. The now four-time California ProKart Challenge champion capped the year off with a stellar performance at the SuperNationals, earning his first in the S1 division to go with his S2 victory in 2012.

Point Breakdown
[table width=”350″]Race,Rank,Finish,Points
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,2,1073
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,9,997
SKUSA SpringNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,5,1041
SKUSA SpringNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,1,1084
SKUSA SummerNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,5,1026
SKUSA SummerNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,2,1058
SKUSA SuperNationals 2017 – S1,10,1,1177
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.57
Average Points: 1065.1
Total Points: 7456


Stock Moto #3 – Riley Dickinson
New Braunfels, Texas

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The S2 Semi-Pro division provides drivers in Stock Honda competition to develop as a driver, and prepare to take on the best in the country. Riley Dickinson has proved that he’s ready with a solid 2017 season. Dickinson was able to win three times on the SKUSA Pro Tour, once at each event. He landed on the podium in all but one race, placing fourth, to finish the year as the 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour S2 champion. Capping the year off with a third-place performance at the SKUSA SuperNationals, Dickinson moved up to the third spot to close out the 2017 season strong. Now moving up to the S1 division, we will see if the success in the S2 class can transfer over to the top level in the sport.

Point Breakdown
[table width=”350″]Race,Rank,Finish,Points
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #1 – S2,9,1,1025
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #2 – S2,9,2,1015
SKUSA SpringNationals ’17 #1 – S2,9,1,1032
SKUSA SpringNationals ’17 #2 – S2,9,3,1011
SKUSA SummerNationals ’17 #1 – S2,9,1,1052
SKUSA SummerNationals ’17 #2 – S2,9,4,1020
SKUSA SuperNationals 2017 – S1,9.5,3,1122
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.14
Average Points: 1039.6
Total Points: 7277

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 Stock Honda 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 2017, the SKUSA SuperNationals will receive a score of 10 in its initial weighting in the TaG and Stock Honda categories. A base ranking of 9.5 is set for the US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals and the SKUSA Pro Tour, while a base ranking of 9 goes to the United States Pro Kart Series, Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge and Rok Cup, Challenge of the Americas, Rock Island Grand Prix and California ProKart Challenge. Other national and regional program races were given a base ranking of either 8.5 or 8.0.

The EKN staff reserves the right to adjust the rankings of each event throughout the year. A minimum entry total for any event to be 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, we calculate each driver’s overall score and subsequent ranking.

EKN Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA – Stock Honda – Final Standings
[table]Pos.,Oct. 27,Plus/Minus,Driver,Races,Score
1.,1,NC,Jake French,9,7596
2.,2,NC,Billy Musgrave,21,7456
3.,7,4,Riley Dickinson,13,7277
4.,29,25,Nic LeDuc,7,7225
5.,4,-1,Austin Wilkins,8,7158
6.,3,-3,Mathias Ramirez,7,7139
7.,5,-2,Hunter Pickett,14,7088
8.,6,-2,Kyle Wick,14,7078
9.,9,NC,Hunter Kelly,12,6958
10.,8,-2,Brian Keck,9,6940
11.,10,-1,Skyler Finley,7,6860
12.,11,-1,Matias Podboj,18,6850
13.,13,NC,Ron White,7,6804
14.,12,-2,Collin Daley,9,6803
15.,14,-1,Jason Pettit,11,6768
16.,21,5,Nathan Adds,9,6732
17.,17,NC,Kol Bailey,12,6666
18.,15,-3,Graig Alvarez,8,6636
19.,25,6,Darin Marcus,7,6635
20.,22,2,Andretta Young,12,6609
21.,16,-5,Rory van der Steur,11,6597
22.,24,2,Blair Hosie,14,6539
23.,20,-3,Kolton Griffin,8,6534
24.,23,-1,Robert Heck Jr.,20,6440
25.,18,-7,Harry Gottsacker,8,6375
26.,26,NC,Garrett McKelvie,22,6221
27.,27,NC,Gianfranco Casadei,9,6150
28.,28,NC,Josh Early,20,6149
29.,31,2,Tyler Guilbeault,7,6027
30.,43,13,Tyler Fling,7,5932
31.,30,-1,Royal McKee,8,5919
32.,32,NC,Vivek Tandon,7,5846
33.,33,NC,Carlee Taylor,8,5817
34.,34,NC,Carson Mueller,7,5792
35.,36,1,Antonio de Lis,8,5719
36.,35,-1,Prescott Campbell,7,5697
37.,37,NC,Dean Heldt,7,5686
38.,19,-19,Callum Smith,6,5577
39.,57,18,Gary Carlton,5,5221
40.,54,14,Keawn Tandon,6,5156
41.,39,-2,Ryan Pool,6,5154
42.,40,-2,Daniel Formal,5,5091
43.,41,-2,Chris Farrell,6,5033
44.,42,-2,Ayrton Little,6,5023
45.,47,2,Anthony Freese,6,4902
46.,45,-1,Michael Korody,6,4902
47.,46,-1,Mike Rivera,6,4860
48.,48,NC,Blake Dunkleberger,6,4776
49.,65,16,Zach Pettinicchi,5,4335
50.,49,-1,Aaron Aguirre,5,4314
51.,50,-1,Michael Ilavia,5,4312
52.,51,-1,Nikita Lastochkin,5,4311
53.,52,-1,Bonnier Moulton,5,4303
54.,44,-10,Ryan P. Lewis,5,4268
55.,53,-2,Alexis Costa,5,4250
56.,67,11,Reilly Cann,5,4217
57.,55,-2,Chris Matthew,5,4138
58.,70,12,Cody Hodgson,5,4135
59.,38,-21,AJ Myers,4,4110
60.,58,-2,Bryon Rothenhoefer,5,3995
61.,59,-2,Gianfranco Mazzaferro,4,3959
62.,60,-2,Jacob Pope,5,3957
63.,62,-1,Trevor Sumner,5,3883
64.,63,-1,Josh Lane,4,3488
65.,64,-1,Jacob Boubel,4,3415
66.,66,NC,Billy Drury,4,3382
67.,68,1,Tony Malito,4,3342
68.,88,20,Devon Smith-Harden,4,3322
69.,69,NC,Matthew Morgan,4,3320
70.,56,-14,Kevin Janders,4,3298
71.,71,NC,Travis Henson,4,3197
72.,72,NC,Jon Karagounis,4,3181
73.,73,NC,Frank Rapisarda,4,3115
74.,74,NC,Quintin Bineau,4,3115
75.,61,-14,Sabre Cook,3,3019
76.,77,1,Jimmy Simpson,3,2892
77.,146,69,Richard Stock,3,2662
78.,118,40,Sebastian Alvarez,3,2561
79.,82,3,Brian Davies,3,2529
80.,83,3,Evan Batt,3,2526
81.,84,3,Brad Dunford,3,2525
82.,81,-1,Cody Elliott,3,2509
83.,85,2,Alex Manglass,3,2506
84.,124,40,Kyle Loh,3,2487
85.,86,1,Patrick Cecilian,3,2479
86.,111,25,Nathan Ratton,3,2478
87.,87,NC,Kyle Knecht,3,2474
88.,117,29,Erin Sims,3,2470
89.,89,NC,Justin Taylor,3,2426
90.,90,NC,Paul Makarucha,3,2407
91.,91,NC,Matthew O’Donnell,3,2405
92.,92,NC,Kent Hatada,3,2402
93.,93,NC,Mike Schneider,3,2395
94.,94,NC,Evan Polisky,3,2393
95.,95,NC,Tyler DeGraff,3,2351
96.,96,NC,Emon Fazlollahi,3,2320
97.,97,NC,Matt Hamilton,2,2095
98.,75,-23,Kyle Kalish,2,2073
99.,98,-1,Fritz Leesmann,2,2006
100.,100,NC,Antonio Serravalle,2,1967
101.,101,NC,Bryce Cornet,2,1940
102.,76,-26,Garrett Boone,2,1925
103.,155,52,Cameron Egger,2,1900
104.,104,NC,Jeff Kingsley,2,1886
105.,105,NC,Harrison Mills,2,1846
106.,106,NC,Clinton Schoombee,2,1826
107.,113,6,Christian Bird,2,1816
108.,107,-1,Joe Ruch,2,1814
109.,108,-1,Jordon Musser,2,1798
110.,109,-1,CJ Cramm,2,1794
111.,112,1,Ryan Kinnear,2,1771
112.,167,55,Garrett Kramer,2,1761
113.,78,-35,Tyler Bennett,2,1753
114.,114,NC,Kyle Kennedy,2,1735
115.,115,NC,Jason Campbell,2,1734
116.,116,NC,Conner Wick,2,1729
117.,119,2,Cole Franchini,2,1711
118.,79,-39,KC Cook,2,1696
119.,120,1,Brandon Tomko,2,1691
120.,121,1,Mike Beeny,2,1676
121.,184,63,Robert Tifft,2,1659
122.,122,NC,Kyle Smith,2,1641
123.,123,NC,William Auffenberg,2,1641
124.,125,1,Liam Snyder,2,1633
125.,126,1,Sarah Rassmusen,2,1629
126.,127,1,Sebastian Bertoia,2,1625
127.,128,1,Jeff Westlund,2,1621
128.,129,1,Mark Snyder,2,1617
129.,130,1,Jacob DeLavergne,2,1604
130.,131,1,Steve Perdue,2,1597
131.,132,1,Randall Burnett,2,1591
132.,133,1,Marcellus Dukes,2,1590
133.,134,1,Billy Smith,2,1564
134.,135,1,Jessica Sollberger,2,1531
135.,136,1,Jeff Thralls,2,1510
136.,137,1,Marco Hernandez,2,1448
137.,138,1,Anthony Concialdi,2,1431
138.,-,-,Laurent Marchandise,1,1144
139.,-,-,Joshua Fife,1,1130
140.,157,17,Emiliano Salazar,1,1099
141.,-,-,Taylor Greenfield,1,1071
142.,142,NC,Joey Wimsett,1,1059
143.,-,-,Mirko Mizzoni,1,1036
144.,-,-,Josh Drysdale,1,1019
145.,-,-,Jeremy Iglesias,1,989
146.,-,-,Cabot Bigham,1,984
147.,-,-,Matt Paesch,1,973
148.,103,-45,Carter Williams,1,942
149.,-,-,Ryan Phinny,1,942
150.,-,-,Paolo De Conto,1,906
151.,156,5,Cory Milne,1,889
152.,158,6,Nick Brueckner,1,885
153.,159,6,Joshua de Losier,1,884
154.,160,6,Jimmy McNeil,1,883
155.,161,6,Zach Schiff,1,882
156.,163,7,Peter Abba,1,874
157.,110,-47,Tase Flores,1,861
158.,166,8,Garrett Knutson,1,857
159.,168,9,Matt Koerner,1,856
160.,169,9,Race Liberante,1,846
161.,170,9,Lauren Stark,1,842
162.,-,-,Harry Voigt,1,835
163.,171,8,Zac Clark,1,832
164.,172,8,Nathan Stewart,1,831
165.,-,-,Justin Luik,1,824
166.,173,7,Kalvin Chen,1,822
167.,175,8,Daniel Justice,1,817
168.,176,8,Adrian Yong,1,813
169.,177,8,Mateo DeLeon,1,812
170.,178,8,Brennon Viera,1,810
171.,179,8,Rene Martinelli,1,808
172.,180,8,Don McGregor,1,805
173.,181,8,Sean Bond,1,804
174.,182,8,Alejandro Fernandez,1,802
175.,183,8,Hadrien le Flanchec,1,802
176.,185,9,Venkat Reddy,1,797
177.,186,9,Lance Lane,1,796
178.,188,10,Zoli Sule,1,795
179.,189,10,Chandler Campbell,1,794
180.,190,10,Garrett Ramirez,1,794
181.,191,10,Daniel De La Calle,1,792
182.,192,10,Michael McCarthy,1,789
183.,193,10,Eddie Tafoya,1,786
184.,195,11,Tyler Coffman,1,784
185.,196,11,Angus Hunt,1,778
186.,-,-,Jorge Ortiz Sr.,1,778
187.,197,10,Austin Adzima,1,776
188.,198,10,Travis Nicklas,1,776
189.,199,10,Rod Clinard,1,771
190.,200,10,Carl Lewis,1,768
191.,-,-,Jesse Runkle,1,767
192.,202,10,Travis Waddell,1,760
193.,203,10,David Roberts,1,758
194.,204,10,Lee Waddell,1,751
195.,206,11,Christian Bouhuys,1,734
196.,207,11,Christopher de Lis,1,734
197.,208,11,Chris Valez,1,732
198.,209,11,Joey Paonessa,1,731
199.,211,12,Keith Buffo,1,724
200.,213,13,Joe di Vito,1,715
201.,-,-,Michael Stevens,1,710
202.,214,12,Jason Bane,1,697

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