2018 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA – Stock Honda – June 11

SKUSA SuperNationals winner Musgrave continues hold of #1 spot

Billy Musgrave remains in the top spot of the EKN Driver Rankings for Stock Honda (Photo: EKN)

2018 eKartingNews.com Stock Honda Driver Rankings powered by Bell Racing USA has reached the halfway point on the calendar year with a busy schedule of racing ahead of the karting community. Racing is in full swing as we are reaching the summer months with clubs and regional programs hitting the track while the national schedule looks to begin the second half of 2018.

Remaining on the top of the EKN Driver Rankings is current SKUSA Pro Tour championship leader Billy Musgrave. A string of four top-six results at the WinterNats and SpringNats puts the MRC / Aluminos driver as the top Stock Honda driver in North America today. Moving into the #2 spot is recent SpringNationals winner Nic LeDuc. A now two-time SKUSA Pro Tour race winner, LeDuc (SodiKart) is a viable contender for the SKUSA title along with the top spot in the EKN Driver Rankings. Falling from the second spot to third is last year’s #1 Jake French. The defending SKUSA Pro Tour champion sat out the SpringNationals, thus ending his chance at repeating and hurting the DKC / SodiKart driver’s position in the EKN Driver Rankings.

Up one spot is the newest S1 winner on the SKUSA Pro Tour Kyle Wick. The S1 rookie shined in Phoenix at the SpringNationals, earning his first class victory, moving into the top challenger position for the SKUSA Pro Tour title. Wick (RPG / CRG) enters the SummerNats second in the standings behind Musgrave, leading a solid group of drivers ready to contend for the crown in New Castle. Dropping one spot to fifth is last year’s top S2 driver Riley Dickinson. A hard flip at the SpringNats has the young DKC / SodiKart driver on the sidelines with the SummerNats on the schedule for his return to the seat.

Up three spots to sixth is S1 rookie Collin Daley. The Jamaican started the Winter Series in S2 before moving up to the S1 category for the SKUSA Pro Tour. While the podium has eluded the DRT Racing / DR Kart driver, be sure to see him toward the front at the SummerNationals. Down to seventh is Aluminos driver Hunter Pickett. The magic has not been there in 2018 for the NorCal driver, who has a best finish of fifth at the SpringNationals. SKUSA Winter Series S2 champion Rory van der Steur had his best weekend in the S1 division at the SpringNationals. Two runner-up finishes in Phoenix gave the Tony Kart driver his first podium results in the category, helping to boost him up to eighth in the EKN Driver Rankings.

Kol Bailey jumped into the top-10 for the first time in 2018, moving into ninth. The LEM / Praga driver is up five spots, also earning a best finish on the year at the SpringNats with a fifth place result. Rounding out the top-10 is Brian Keck (CRG), down three spots from his April position. Former Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix Scholarship winner Hunter Kelly (SodiKart) dropped out of the top-10 to 28th.

‘On the Move’ for the month of June is the current SKUSA Pro Tour S2 point leader Pedro Lopes. The 15-year-old from Brazil jumped into a Stock Honda for the first time at the SKUSA Winter Series, racking up some podiums in Florida. From there, Lopes has gone on to win all four SKUSA Pro Tour main events and leads the championship in a commanding fashion. It would not be a surprise to find the RPG / Kosmic driver into the top-10 following the SummerNationals.


Upcoming EKN Stock Honda Driver Rankings Schedule

6/17 Utah State Championships #5 Utah Motorsports Campus 8
6/24 Can-Am Karting Challenge #1 McMinnville Kart Track 8.5
6/24 Colorado Karting Tour #4 Unser Karting 8
6/24 Los Angeles Karting Championship #5 CalSpeed Karting Center 8
6/30 Gearup Challenge F-Series #4 New Jersey Motorsports Park 8
7/1 Utah State Championships #6 Utah Motorsports Campus 8
7/7 SKUSA California ProKart Challenge #4 Santa Maria Kart Track 8.5
7/7 SKUSA California ProKart Challenge #4 Santa Maria Kart Track 8
7/14 Northwest Gold Cup #7 SKRA 8
7/15 Los Angeles Karting Championship #6 CalSpeed Karting Center 8
7/15 Northwest Gold Cup #8 SKRA 8
7/15 Utah State Championships #7 Utah Motorsports Campus 8
7/21 SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge #4 Amarillo Kart Circuit 8.5
7/22 Colorado Karting Tour #5 IMI Motorsports Complex 8
7/22 SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge #5 Amarillo Kart Circuit 8.5
7/29 Can-Am Karting Challenge #2 Greg Moore Raceway 8.5

(Photo: DromoPhotos.com)

Stock Moto #1 – Billy Musgrave
Norco, California

Reaching the #1 spot is not an easy task. Much like last year’s top driver Jake French, Musgrave puts 100% into his karting, hitting the track each and every weekend to find that extra tenth of a second, and to hit those consistent lap times to stay our in front. Of course, the work with the Aluminos brand has propelled the chassis to one of the top in the United States for shifterkart racing. Musgrave finds himself in a unique position at this point in the season. In addition to ripping off three straight victories at the California ProKart Challenge, he is leading the SKUSA Pro Tour standings heading into the series finale – the SummerNationals. The SoCal driver has won at New Castle, and may need to do so again if he hopes to leave Indiana with his first SKUSA Pro Tour championship.

Point Breakdown
Race,Rank,Finish,Points
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
SKUSA SpringNationals ’18 #1 – S1,9.5,4,990
SKUSA SpringNationals ’18 #2 – S1,9.5,6,965

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.29
Average Points: 1031.7
Total Points: 7222

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(Photo: EKN)

Stock Moto #2 – Nic LeDuc
Novato, California

One of the leading veteran shifterkart drivers in the country is Nic LeDuc. He is not your typical driver you see with a team surrounding him, a mechanic making all the changes, as he sits playing on social media or taking naps. LeDuc is hands on, as the driver, engineer, and lead mechanic. The NorCal native put the kart in the back of his pickup, and drove down to Phoenix, taking victory at the SpringNationals for a second straight year. That win helped moved him into the championship chase, behind Musgrave by only 104 points with two rounds of racing left, at a track he lived at for a few years. Things could be interesting in New Castle.

Point Breakdown
Race,Rank,Finish,Points
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
SKUSA SpringNationals ’18 #1 – S1,9.5,3,1000
SKUSA SpringNationals ’18 #2 – S1,9.5,1,1015

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.29
Average Points: 1023.7
Total Points: 7166

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(Photo: EKN)

Stock Moto #3 – Jake French
Sachse, Texas

When you reach the top, the only place to go is back down. There is no doubt the 2017 season was a phenomenal year for French, including a streak of podium finishes that dated back to the summer of 2016. The streak came to an end at the WinterNationals and the shift in focus turned away from karting and moved over to the F4 US Championship. The DKC / SodiKart driver sat out the SpringNationals to prepare for the remaining car schedule. Unfortunately, a crash at Road Atlanta has put his racing on hold right now. So the question remains, does French come back to the SummerNationals and play spoiler, or do we see him continue to fall down the order and out of the top-10 as 2018 continues.

Point Breakdown
Race,Rank,Finish,Points
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
Texas ProKart Challenge ’17 #6 – S2,8.5,1,932
SKUSA SuperNationals 2017 – S1,10,2,1165
SKUSA WinterNationals ’18 #1 – S1,9.5,10,927
SKUSA WinterNationals ’18 #2 – S1,9.5,5,978

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.00
Average Points: 1010.3
Total Points: 7072


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.


eKartingNews.com Stock Honda Driver Rankings powered by Bell Racing USA – as of June 11, 2018

Pos. Apr. 23 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score
1. 1 NC Billy Musgrave 21 7222
2. 3 1 Nic LeDuc 8 7166
3. 2 -1 Jake French 7 7072
4. 5 1 Kyle Wick 10 7008
5. 4 -1 Riley Dickinson 9 6933
6. 9 3 Collin Daley 14 6860
7. 6 -1 Hunter Pickett 10 6837
8. 10 2 Rory van der Steur 14 6788
9. 14 5 Kol Bailey 9 6671
10. 7 -3 Brian Keck 9 6659
11. 15 4 Blair Hosie 16 6587
12. 13 1 Matias Podboj 16 6471
13. 36 23 Pedro Lopes 8 6432
14. 20 6 Matt Paesch 9 6315
15. 24 9 Michael Ilavia 8 6315
16. 21 5 Keawn Tandon 16 6257
17. 16 -1 Robert Heck Jr. 17 6250
18. 23 5 Cody Elliott 11 6221
19. 19 NC Garrett McKelvie 15 6112
20. 27 7 Reilly Cann 14 6100
21. 25 4 Tyler Guilbeault 11 6078
22. 22 NC Josh Early 9 6030
23. 38 15 Zach Pettinicchi 7 5932
24. 11 -13 Nathan Adds 6 5811
25. 31 6 Prescott Campbell 12 5809
26. 30 4 Dean Heldt 8 5739
27. 32 5 Carlee Taylor 7 5684
28. 8 -20 Hunter Kelly 6 5646
29. 57 28 Cameron Egger 6 5578
30. 12 -18 Jason Pettit 6 5464
31. 17 -14 Andretta Young 6 5436
32. 109 77 Max Hewitt 6 5286
33. 78 45 Mark Snyder 6 5117
34. 40 6 Vivek Tandon 6 4999
35. 33 -2 Anthony Freese 6 4979
36. 29 -7 Daniel Formal 5 4907
37. 34 -3 Michael Korody 6 4885
38. 46 8 Harry Gottsacker 5 4430
39. 37 -2 Ryan Pool 5 4296
40. 59 19 Royal McKee 5 4224
41. 41 NC Chris Farrell 5 4210
42. 43 1 Ayrton Little 5 4183
43. 61 18 Alexis Costa 5 4172
44. 45 1 Blake Dunkleberger 5 3999
45. 55 10 Kent Hatada 5 3975
46. 54 8 AJ Myers 4 3930
47. 56 9 Trevor Sumner 5 3883
48. 39 -9 Mathias Ramirez 4 3856
49. 28 -21 Ron White 4 3830
50. 18 -32 Kolton Griffin 4 3586
51. 47 -4 Nikita Lastochkin 4 3491
52. 58 6 Kyle Kennedy 4 3463
53. 48 -5 Bonnier Moulton 4 3437
54. 63 9 Kyle Apuzzo 4 3333
55. 53 -2 Carson Mueller 4 3263
56. 84 28 Harry Voigt 4 3215
57. 50 -7 Gary Carlton 3 3194
58. 68 10 Jacob Pope 4 3172
59. 69 10 Quintin Bineau 4 3115
60. 26 -34 Austin Wilkins 3 3104
61. 42 -19 Skyler Finley 3 3096
62. 90 28 Austin Garrison 3 3022
63. 44 -19 Darin Marcus 3 2892
64. 35 -29 Graig Alvarez 3 2749
65. 153 88 Alan Michel 3 2719
66. 70 4 Devon Smith-Harden 3 2705
67. 72 5 Ryan Kinnear 3 2649
68. 74 6 Clinton Schoombee 3 2605
69. 51 -18 Cody Hodgson 3 2563
70. 76 6 Sebastian Alvarez 3 2561
71. 149 78 Dylan Towne 3 2549
72. 156 84 Diego Villafani 3 2546
73. 49 -24 Tyler Fling 3 2537
74. 60 -14 Billy Drury 3 2533
75. 107 32 Peter Abba 3 2530
76. 65 -11 Mike Rivera 3 2513
77. 101 24 Conner Wick 3 2504
78. 80 2 Nathan Ratton 3 2478
79. 81 2 Erin Sims 3 2470
80. Josh Weis 3 2461
81. 77 -4 Patrick Cecilian 3 2455
82. 52 -30 Antonio de Lis 3 2452
83. 114 31 Frank Rapisarda 3 2447
84. Dustin Courter 3 2410
85. 124 39 Evan Polisky 3 2404
86. Ahmad Barazi 3 2386
87. 125 38 Woraway Komarakul 3 2381
88. 85 -3 Tyler DeGraff 3 2351
89. 86 -3 Emon Fazlollahi 3 2320
90. 87 -3 Matt Hamilton 2 2095
91. 88 -3 Kyle Kalish 2 2073
92. 89 -3 Jimmy Simpson 2 2051
93. 91 -2 Antonio Serravalle 2 1967
94. 94 NC Garrett Boone 2 1925
95. 95 NC Antonio Pizzonia Jr. 2 1843
96. 97 1 Christian Bird 2 1816
97. 99 2 Garrett Kramer 2 1758
98. 100 2 Tyler Bennett 2 1753
99. 73 -26 Aaron Aguirre 2 1723
100. 64 -36 Matthew Morgan 2 1720
101. 102 1 Paul Guadagnoli 2 1719
102. 104 2 Cole Franchini 2 1711
103. 105 2 Evan Batt 2 1703
104. 75 -29 Josh Lane 2 1684
105. 108 3 Mike Beeny 2 1676
106. 62 -44 Ryan P. Lewis 2 1662
107. 79 -28 Chris Matthew 2 1659
108. 110 2 Robert Tifft 2 1659
109. Spencer Spikes 2 1653
110. 112 2 Tony Malito 2 1651
111. 113 2 Kyle Smith 2 1641
112. 116 4 Kyle Loh 2 1634
113. 120 7 Jeff Westlund 2 1621
114. 121 7 Andrew Kleinheinz 2 1619
115. 118 3 Sarah Rassmusen 2 1612
116. 82 -34 Bryon Rothenhoefer 2 1605
117. 67 -50 Jon Karagounis 2 1605
118. 66 -52 Travis Henson 2 1605
119. 122 3 Jacob DeLavergne 2 1604
120. 123 3 Steve Perdue 2 1597
121. Austin Ray Chalman 2 1586
122. Henry Korn 2 1585
123. 188 65 Anthony Stiffler 2 1560
124. 190 66 Arturo Pacifico Griffini 2 1533
125. 126 1 Jeff Thralls 2 1510
126. 127 1 Laurent Marchandise 1 1144
127. 128 1 Joshua Fife 1 1130
128. 129 1 Emiliano Salazar 1 1099
129. 130 1 Taylor Greenfield 1 1071
130. 131 1 Joey Wimsett 1 1059
131. 132 1 Mirko Mizzoni 1 1036
132. 133 1 Sabre Cook 1 1024
133. 134 1 Josh Drysdale 1 1019
134. 135 1 Jeremy Iglesias 1 989
135. 136 1 Cabot Bigham 1 984
136. 137 1 Ryan Phinny 1 942
137. 139 2 Paolo De Conto 1 906
138. 140 2 Cory Milne 1 889
139. 142 3 Joshua de Losier 1 884
140. 143 3 Jimmy McNeil 1 881
141. 98 -43 Jordon Musser 1 876
142. 103 -39 Jacob Boubel 1 870
143. 144 1 Kyle Knecht 1 864
144. 145 1 Tase Flores 1 861
145. 146 1 Brian Davies 1 856
146. 147 1 Jason Campbell 1 856
147. 148 1 Matt Koerner 1 856
148. Christian Brooks 1 846
149. 151 2 Race Liberante 1 846
150. 152 2 Lauren Stark 1 842
151. 106 -45 KC Cook 1 838
152. 155 3 Andrew Bujdoso 1 835
153. 159 6 Matthew O’Donnell 1 829
154. 111 -43 Paul Makarucha 1 829
155. 160 5 Tom Dyer 1 827
156. 83 -73 Justin Taylor 1 826
157. 161 4 Justin Luik 1 824
158. 162 4 Anthony Fontana 1 822
159. 166 7 Trace Bartley 1 816
160. 167 7 Kian 1 815
161. 170 9 Mateo DeLeon 1 812
162. 119 -43 Sebastian Bertoia 1 811
163. 171 8 Brennon Viera 1 810
164. Philip Craycraft 1 810
165. 172 7 Travis Waddell 1 809
166. 173 7 Rene Martinelli 1 808
167. 175 8 Miguel Garcia 1 803
168. 177 9 Jessica Sollberger 1 801
169. 178 9 Steve Frank 1 801
170. 185 15 Tyler Coffman 1 801
171. 181 10 Daniel De La Calle 1 792
172. 182 10 Lee Waddell 1 792
173. 183 10 Eddie Tafoya 1 786
174. 117 -57 Liam Snyder 1 786
175. Blake Foley 1 785
176. 184 8 Jason Bane 1 784
177. 187 10 Jorge Ortiz Sr. 1 778
178. 189 11 Austin Adzima 1 776
179. Hal Strauss 1 769
180. 192 12 Carl Lewis 1 768
181. 193 12 Jesse Runkle 1 767
182. 194 12 John Nielsen 1 767
183. 197 14 David Roberts 1 758
184. 198 14 Christopher de Lis 1 734
185. 200 15 Joey Paonessa 1 731
186. 201 15 Michael Stevens 1 710

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