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2018 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA – Stock Honda – April 23

Musgrave reclaims top spot to begin new season

Billy Musgrave returns to the top spot in the EKN Stock Honda Driver Rankings (Photo: EKN)

The 2018 season is upon us, and it has been a busy first quarter of the racing year. Karting was looked at as a summer sport, however, thanks to the expansion and support of winter programs, racing is going on 12 months out of the year. 2018 has seen a busy first four months of racing as the weather finally begins to show signs of Spring across the country and April signals the first release of the 2018 eKartingNews.com Stock Honda Driver Rankings powered by Bell Racing USA.

Making a return to the #1 spot is 2017 SKUSA SuperNationals winner Billy Musgrave (MRC / Aluminos). The current SKUSA #2 plateholder landed on the podium both days at the WinterNationals, helping to move him back into the top spot in the standings. His promotion demoted former #1 Jake French. For the first time since the 2016 SummerNationals, French (DKC / SodiKart) finished off the podium at a SKUSA Pro Tour event. It was a great run for the 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour champion, who was just off his game in NOLA and currently sits fifth in the SKUSA standings. Rounding out the Driver Rankings podium to begin the 2018 season is Nic LeDuc (SodiKart). The NorCal native is among the four drivers who won on the SKUSA Pro Tour last season, opening up 2018 with a podium in NOLA.

Fourth is 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour S2 champion Riley Dickinson (DKC / SodiKart). The S1 rookie showed speed in NOLA for his S1 Pro Tour debut, placing sixth on Saturday for his best result. Dickinson is the top S1 rookie thus far, with Kyle Wick the next driver on that list at #5. Wick (RPG / CRG) was the top S1 rookie at the WinterNationals overall with a fourth place finish Saturday, sitting fourth in the Pro Tour standings heading into the SpringNationals.

Hunter Pickett (Aluminos) was the fourth different S1 winner in 2017 on the SKUSA Pro Tour with his big win at the WinterNationals. Pickett had a rough WinterNationals this time around, yet finds himself improving to the sixth spot in the Driver Ranking with the drop of Austin Wilkins (DKC / SodiKart) and Mathias Ramirez out of the top-10. Veteran Brian Keck (CRG) also moved up the order, sitting seventh with former SKUSA Pro Tour TaG Cadet champion Hunter Kelly (Italcorse) up to eighth. S1 rookies Collin Daley (DRT / DR Kart) and Rory van der Steur (FA Kart) round out the top-10, and sit seventh and eighth in the SKUSA Pro Tour standings thatnks to best finishes of sixth and fifth respectively.

There are two drivers ‘On the Move’ to begin the 2018 eKartingNews.com Stock Honda Driver Rankings powered by Bell Racing USA – Matt Paesch and Pedro Lopes. Each are starting their careers in the S2 division. Both had a run of podiums in their debuts at the SKUSA Winter Series. Paesch (Orsolon / CompKart) – from Aruba – got his start at the SKUSA SuperNationals in November with a 16th position. Brazilian Lopes (RPG / Kosmic) however kicked off the 2018 SKUSA Pro Tour with two victories at the WinterNationals. Paesch sits 20th with Lopes in 36th, needing one more event to hit the minimum of seven races.


Upcoming EKN Stock Honda Driver Rankings Schedule

4/29 Colorado Karting Tour #1 Stock Honda Action Karting Morrison, CO 8
4/29 Utah State Championships #3 Spec 125 Utah Motorsports Campus Tooele, UT 8
5/5 Northwest Gold Cup #3 Super Stock CR125 McMinnville Kart Track McMinnville, OR 8
5/5 SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals S1 Phoenix Kart Racing Association Glendale, AZ 9.5
5/5 SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals S2 Phoenix Kart Racing Association Glendale, AZ 9
5/6 Northwest Gold Cup #4 Super Stock CR125 McMinnville Kart Track McMinnville, OR 8
5/6 SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals S1 Phoenix Kart Racing Association Glendale, AZ 9.5
5/6 SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals S2 Phoenix Kart Racing Association Glendale, AZ 9
5/12 Gearup Challenge F-Series #2 Stock Honda Pocono Raceway Long Pond, PA 8
5/13 Utah State Championships #4 Spec 125 Utah Motorsports Campus Tooele, UT 8
5/20 Can-Am Karting Challenge #1 S2 Horn Rapids Kart Track Richland, WA 8.5
5/20 Colorado Karting Tour #2 Stock Honda SBR Motorsports Park Calhan, CO 8
5/20 Los Angeles Karting Championship #4 S1/S2 CalSpeed Karting Center Fontana, CA 8

NEW Stock Moto #1 – Billy Musgrave
Norco
, California

(Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

Over the last five years, Billy Musgrave has worked to become one of the top shifterkart drivers in North America. Musgrave cemented that statement with victory at the SKUSA SuperNationals this past November aboard his MRC / Aluminos machine. The four-time California ProKart Challenge champion is now looking for that next accomplishment to fill his CV, a SKUSA Pro Tour championship. 2018 began solid with two podium finishes to put him second in the standings, and again move back to the #1 spot for the EKN Driver Rankings.

Point Breakdown
Race,Rank,Finish,Points
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
SKUSA WinterNationals ’18 #1 – S1,9.5,3,998
SKUSA WinterNationals ’18 #2 – S1,9.5,2,1008

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.71
Average Points: 1056
Total Points: 7392

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Stock Moto #2 – Jake French
Sachse, Texas

(Photo: EKN)

The great shall fall, and for Jake French, it was Bourbon Street. The 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour S1 champion finally saw his streak of podium finishes come to an end at this year’s WinterNationals. It began at the SKUSA SummerNats in 2016, lasting through two SuperNationals and all of 2017 Pro Tour schedule. The DKC / SodiKart driver was just not at the same level as he was at NOLA a year ago. You can believe he will be striving to return back to the podium at the SKUSA SpringNationals next week after making his F4 US Championship debut at VIR this weekend.

Point Breakdown
Race,Rank,Finish,Points
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
Texas ProKart Challenge ’17 #5 – S2,8.5,1,932
SKUSA SuperNationals 2017 – S1,10,2,1165
SKUSA WinterNationals ’18 #2 – S1,9.5,5,978

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.14
Average Points: 1049.9
Total Points: 7349

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Stock Moto #3 – Nic LeDuc
Novato, California

(Photo: EKN)

2017 was a stand-out year for veteran racer Nic LeDuc, claiming his first SKUSA Pro Tour victory at his home track during the SpringNationals. It was an emotional victory that saw the paddock showing praises throughout the evening. He capped off the year with victory at Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix under the lights for the California ProKart Challenge finale. Now competing under his own team banner, LeDuc (SodiKart) pulled off another podium finish to begin 2018 at the SKUSA WinterNationals. The effort over the last 12 months has put him to third in the EKN Driver Rankings.

Point Breakdown
Race,Rank,Finish,Points
SKUSA SpringNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,1,1084
SKUSA SpringNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,4,1052
SKUSA SummerNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,4,1037
SKUSA SummerNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,4,1037
California ProKart Challenge ’17 #6 – S1,8.5,1,973
SKUSA SuperNationals 2017 – S1,9.5,7,1106
SKUSA WinterNationals ’18 #2 – S1,9.5,3,998

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.43
Average Points: 1041
Total Points: 7287


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 2018, 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 SKUSA Pro Tour, while a base ranking of 9 goes to the SKUSA Winter Series, United States Pro Kart Series, Florida Winter Tour, Challenge of the Americas, Rok the Rio, Rock Island Grand Prix, US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals, 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.


2018 eKartingNews.com Stock Honda Driver Rankings powered by Bell Racing USA – as of April 23, 2018

Pos. Dec. 2017 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score
1. 2 1 Billy Musgrave 22 7392
2. 1 -1 Jake French 9 7349
3. 4 1 Nic LeDuc 9 7287
4. 3 -1 Riley Dickinson 11 7131
5. 8 3 Kyle Wick 11 7045
6. 7 1 Hunter Pickett 11 6910
7. 10 3 Brian Keck 9 6875
8. 9 1 Hunter Kelly 9 6826
9. 14 5 Collin Daley 13 6817
10. 21 11 Rory van der Steur 15 6682
11. 16 5 Nathan Adds 7 6677
12. 15 3 Jason Pettit 8 6662
13. 12 -1 Matias Podboj 18 6613
14. 17 3 Kol Bailey 9 6592
15. 22 7 Blair Hosie 16 6540
16. 24 8 Robert Heck Jr. 20 6440
17. 20 3 Andretta Young 9 6422
18. 23 5 Kolton Griffin 7 6357
19. 26 7 Garrett McKelvie 19 6226
20. 147 127 Matt Paesch 7 6188
21. 40 19 Keawn Tandon 12 6183
22. 28 6 Josh Early 14 6149
23. 82 59 Cody Elliott 9 6148
24. 51 27 Michael Ilavia 7 6125
25. 29 4 Tyler Guilbeault 12 6091
26. 5 -21 Austin Wilkins 6 6083
27. 56 29 Reilly Cann 10 6007
28. 13 -15 Ron White 6 5890
29. 42 13 Daniel Formal 6 5872
30. 37 7 Dean Heldt 9 5840
31. 36 5 Prescott Campbell 11 5797
32. 33 1 Carlee Taylor 7 5773
33. 45 12 Anthony Freese 7 5736
34. 46 12 Michael Korody 7 5695
35. 18 -17 Graig Alvarez 6 5538
36. Pedro Lopes 6 5383
37. 41 4 Ryan Pool 6 5154
38. 49 11 Zach Pettinicchi 6 5123
39. 6 -33 Mathias Ramirez 5 5035
40. 32 -8 Vivek Tandon 6 5034
41. 43 2 Chris Farrell 6 5033
42. 11 -31 Skyler Finley 5 5025
43. 44 1 Ayrton Little 6 5023
44. 19 -25 Darin Marcus 5 4852
45. 48 3 Blake Dunkleberger 6 4776
46. 25 -21 Harry Gottsacker 5 4430
47. 52 5 Nikita Lastochkin 5 4311
48. 53 5 Bonnier Moulton 5 4303
49. 30 -19 Tyler Fling 5 4281
50. 39 -11 Gary Carlton 4 4267
51. 58 7 Cody Hodgson 5 4230
52. 35 -17 Antonio de Lis 5 4091
53. 34 -19 Carson Mueller 5 4051
54. 59 5 AJ Myers 4 4033
55. 92 37 Kent Hatada 5 3994
56. 63 7 Trevor Sumner 5 3883
57. 103 46 Cameron Egger 4 3781
58. 114 56 Kyle Kennedy 4 3463
59. 31 -28 Royal McKee 4 3428
60. 66 6 Billy Drury 4 3382
61. 55 -6 Alexis Costa 4 3377
62. 54 -8 Ryan P. Lewis 4 3375
63. Kyle Apuzzo 4 3333
64. 69 5 Matthew Morgan 4 3320
65. 47 -18 Mike Rivera 4 3313
66. 71 5 Travis Henson 4 3197
67. 72 5 Jon Karagounis 4 3181
68. 62 -6 Jacob Pope 4 3172
69. 74 5 Quintin Bineau 4 3115
70. 68 -2 Devon Smith-Harden 3 2705
71. 27 -44 Gianfranco Casadei 3 2698
72. 111 39 Ryan Kinnear 3 2649
73. 50 -23 Aaron Aguirre 3 2614
74. 106 32 Clinton Schoombee 3 2605
75. 64 -11 Josh Lane 3 2582
76. 78 2 Sebastian Alvarez 3 2561
77. 85 8 Patrick Cecilian 3 2526
78. 128 50 Mark Snyder 3 2520
79. 57 -22 Chris Matthew 3 2503
80. 86 6 Nathan Ratton 3 2478
81. 88 7 Erin Sims 3 2470
82. 60 -22 Bryon Rothenhoefer 3 2467
83. 89 6 Justin Taylor 3 2426
84. 162 78 Harry Voigt 3 2407
85. 95 10 Tyler DeGraff 3 2351
86. 96 10 Emon Fazlollahi 3 2320
87. 97 10 Matt Hamilton 2 2095
88. 98 10 Kyle Kalish 2 2073
89. 76 -13 Jimmy Simpson 2 2051
90. Austin Garrison 2 2007
91. 100 9 Antonio Serravalle 2 1967
92. 61 -31 Gianfranco Mazzaferro 2 1950
93. 101 8 Bryce Cornet 2 1940
94. 102 8 Garrett Boone 2 1925
95. Antonio Pizzonia Jr. 2 1843
96. 77 -19 Richard Stock 2 1836
97. 107 10 Christian Bird 2 1816
98. 109 11 Jordon Musser 2 1798
99. 112 13 Garrett Kramer 2 1761
100. 113 13 Tyler Bennett 2 1753
101. 116 15 Conner Wick 2 1729
102. Paul Guadagnoli 2 1719
103. 65 -38 Jacob Boubel 2 1717
104. 117 13 Cole Franchini 2 1711
105. 80 -25 Evan Batt 2 1703
106. 118 12 KC Cook 2 1696
107. 156 49 Peter Abba 2 1682
108. 120 12 Mike Beeny 2 1676
109. Max Hewitt 2 1665
110. 121 11 Robert Tifft 2 1659
111. 90 -21 Paul Makarucha 2 1655
112. 67 -45 Tony Malito 2 1651
113. 122 9 Kyle Smith 2 1641
114. 73 -41 Frank Rapisarda 2 1639
115. 70 -45 Kevin Janders 2 1634
116. 84 -32 Kyle Loh 2 1634
117. 124 7 Liam Snyder 2 1634
118. 125 7 Sarah Rassmusen 2 1629
119. 126 7 Sebastian Bertoia 2 1625
120. 127 7 Jeff Westlund 2 1621
121. Andrew Kleinheinz 2 1619
122. 129 7 Jacob DeLavergne 2 1604
123. 130 7 Steve Perdue 2 1597
124. 94 -30 Evan Polisky 2 1587
125. Woraway Komarakul 2 1563
126. 135 9 Jeff Thralls 2 1510
127. 138 11 Laurent Marchandise 1 1144
128. 139 11 Joshua Fife 1 1130
129. 140 11 Emiliano Salazar 1 1099
130. 141 11 Taylor Greenfield 1 1071
131. 142 11 Joey Wimsett 1 1059
132. 143 11 Mirko Mizzoni 1 1036
133. 75 -58 Sabre Cook 1 1024
134. 144 10 Josh Drysdale 1 1019
135. 145 10 Jeremy Iglesias 1 989
136. 146 10 Cabot Bigham 1 984
137. 149 12 Ryan Phinny 1 942
138. 38 -100 Callum Smith 1 917
139. 150 11 Paolo De Conto 1 906
140. 151 11 Cory Milne 1 889
141. 152 11 Nick Brueckner 1 885
142. 153 11 Joshua de Losier 1 884
143. 154 11 Jimmy McNeil 1 881
144. 87 -57 Kyle Knecht 1 864
145. 157 12 Tase Flores 1 861
146. 79 -67 Brian Davies 1 856
147. 115 -32 Jason Campbell 1 856
148. 159 11 Matt Koerner 1 856
149. Dylan Towne 1 852
150. 81 -69 Brad Dunford 1 846
151. 160 9 Race Liberante 1 846
152. 161 9 Lauren Stark 1 842
153. Alan Michel 1 836
154. 83 -71 Alex Manglass 1 835
155. Andrew Bujdoso 1 835
156. Diego Villafani 1 834
157. 163 6 Zac Clark 1 832
158. 164 6 Nathan Stewart 1 831
159. 91 -68 Matthew O’Donnell 1 829
160. Tom Dyer 1 827
161. 165 4 Justin Luik 1 824
162. Anthony Fontana 1 822
163. 166 3 Kalvin Chen 1 822
164. 131 -33 Randall Burnett 1 822
165. 167 2 Daniel Justice 1 817
166. Trace Bartley 1 816
167. Kian 1 815
168. 123 -45 William Auffenberg 1 814
169. 168 -1 Adrian Yong 1 813
170. 169 -1 Mateo DeLeon 1 812
171. 170 -1 Brennon Viera 1 810
172. 192 20 Travis Waddell 1 809
173. 171 -2 Rene Martinelli 1 808
174. 173 -1 Sean Bond 1 804
175. Miguel Garcia 1 803
176. 175 -1 Hadrien le Flanchec 1 802
177. 134 -43 Jessica Sollberger 1 801
178. Steve Frank 1 801
179. 176 -3 Venkat Reddy 1 797
180. 178 -2 Zoli Sule 1 795
181. 181 NC Daniel De La Calle 1 792
182. 194 12 Lee Waddell 1 792
183. 183 NC Eddie Tafoya 1 786
184. 202 18 Jason Bane 1 784
185. 184 -1 Tyler Coffman 1 784
186. 132 -54 Marcellus Dukes 1 780
187. 186 -1 Jorge Ortiz Sr. 1 778
188. Anthony Stiffler 1 776
189. 187 -2 Austin Adzima 1 776
190. Arturo Pacifico Griffini 1 775
191. 189 -2 Rod Clinard 1 771
192. 190 -2 Carl Lewis 1 768
193. 191 -2 Jesse Runkle 1 767
194. John Nielsen 1 767
195. 93 -102 Mike Schneider 1 766
196. 133 -63 Billy Smith 1 762
197. 193 -4 David Roberts 1 758
198. 196 -2 Christopher de Lis 1 734
199. 197 -2 Chris Valez 1 732
200. 198 -2 Joey Paonessa 1 731
201. 201 NC Michael Stevens 1 710

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