2018 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA – Stock Honda – August 17

Musgrave preserves top spot over LeDuc and French

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The final chapters of the 2018 karting season is upon us as we begin to close out the month of August. Kids are heading back to school, and the racing schedule is starting to slow down with the national programs closing up their final rounds, along with the regional and club series around the country. With the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour closing up this month, the eKartingNews.com Stock Honda Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA have just a few more major events remaining that will shape the final standings for the 2018 season.

The SummerNationals did not pan out the way Billy Musgrave wanted to, missing out on the SKUSA Pro Tour championship. The MRC / Aluminos driver however remains the #1 driver in the standings as we head into the final months. His lead extended to 82 points over NorCal driver Nic LeDuc (Sodikart). It was a tough return to Indiana for LeDuc, unable to record a strong finish either day. The gap back to third also closed up with 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour champion Jake French returning to the seat, earning two podium finishes at the SummerNationals to put himself just 166 markers off Musgrave.

S1 rookie Kyle Wick remains in the fourth position following another solid weekend at the SummerNationals. The RPG / CRG driver stood on the podium on Sunday to help him gain the vice-champion position and the SKUSA #2 plate for the 2019 season. Rory van der Steur (Tony Kart) jumped up three spots despite not reaching the podium at the SummerNats. The privateer has put himself into a good position to challenge for one of the top three spots on the Driver Rankings with a podium run at the SuperNationals. Victory at New Castle only gave Hunter Pickett one spot in the Driver Rankings. The Sodikart driver from California earned his second career SKUSA Pro Tour S1 victory, and now is sixth in the Driver Rankings.

Jamaican Collin Daley finished his rookie season in the S1 division at the SKUSA Pro Tour without a podium finish in the six rounds of racing. The DRT / DR Kart driver showed speed throughout the season, and remains inside the top-10 of the Driver Rankings. Blair Hosie put in his best career performance at the SummerNationals. Hosie dominated the weekend, earning his first career SKUSA Pro Tour S2 victory in his MRC / Aluminos debut. Runner-up on Sunday promoted him inside the top-10 to eighth. Holding ninth is Kol Bailey (LEM / Praga) who was absent for the SummerNationals. Rounding out the top-10 is the new SKUSA Pro Tour S2 champion Pedro Lopes. In his first season racing the six-speed category, the Brazilian stood on the podium in all six rounds of the SKUSA Pro Tour, including four straight wins aboard his RPG / Kosmic.

Dropping out of the top-10 is Brain Keck (#16) and Riley Dickinson (#29) who were both absent from the SummerNationals. The ‘On the Move’ this month is #12 Max Hewitt. A new addition to the CRG Nordam driver roster, Hewitt is making a charge up the Driver Rankings since moving to the Stock Honda category. Hewitt is the current point leader at the Texas ProKart Challenge and earned his first SKUSA Pro Tour victory at the SummerNationals, coming from the tail of the field to steal the victory from Hosie. It will be great to see him up against the S1 drivers at the SuperNationals this November.

Back in #26 is the new SKUSA Pro Tour champion AJ Myers. The TB Kart USA pilot secured this year’s crown with a dominating performance at the SummerNationals in the final round. Myers, who won both rounds at the SummerNats in 2016, came back to racing S1 for 2018 after racing TaG in 2017. Myers only has the three SKUSA events to his credit for the Driver Rankings. Thus, carrying the new #1 plate at the SuperNationals will be his seventh event, and success there could easily put him atop the standings to close out 2018.


Upcoming EKN Stock Honda Driver Rankings Schedule

Date Series Track
8/19 Utah State Championships #9 Utah Motorsports Campus
8/26 Colorado Karting Tour #7 Action Karting
8/26 Los Angeles Karting Championship #7 CalSpeed Karting Center
8/26 Texas Sprint Racing Series #3 Gulf Coast Kartways
9/1 SKUSA California ProKart Challenge #5 Monterey Bay Karters
9/1 SKUSA California ProKart Challenge #5 Monterey Bay Karters
9/9 Colorado Karting Tour #8 Unser Karting
9/9 Utah State Championships #10 Utah Motorsports Campus
9/15 Can-Am Karting Challenge #3 Pat’s Acres Racing Complex
9/16 Los Angeles Karting Championship #8 CalSpeed Karting Center
9/22 Gearup Challenge F-Series #6 New York Race Complex
9/23 Gearup Challenge F-Series #7 New York Race Complex
9/23 SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge #6 Dallas Karting Complex
9/23 Utah State Championships #11 Utah Motorsports Campus

Stock Moto #1 – Billy Musgrave
Norco, California

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2018 was shaping up to be the championship season for Musgrave. The 2017 SuperNationals winner had the title in his hand heading to the SummerNationals, however, a performance unlike Musgrave saw the championship slip away. Musgrave will now carry the SKUSA #3 plate in 2019. Looking ahead, the MRC / Aluminos driver has two goals to complete the 2018 season – earn a fifth California ProKart Challenge title with two rounds remaining, and of course, defend his SuperNationals victory in November. Musgrave is one of a few to win at both the Rio and the LVCC location, having scored the SuperNats victory in S2 back in 2012 while winning S1 last year.

Point Breakdown
Race,Rank,Finish,Points
California ProKart Challenge ’18 #6 – S1,8.5,2,963
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
SKUSA SummerNationals ’18 #1 – S1,9.5,4,971

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.14
Average Points: 1010.3
Total Points: 7072

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Stock Moto #2 – Nic LeDuc
Novato, California

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The S1 category is a great mixture of talent. Those racing for big teams, veterans of the sport with multiple decades of karting, and privateers who just love racing at the top level of the sport. LeDuc is one of those drivers that just loves the competition. The Sodikart driver from NorCal has been able to record a SKUSA Pro Tour victory in the last two years. An outside chance at the title was in his thoughts going to the SummerNationals, however, a challenging weekend only mustered a best finish of fifth. Moving forward, LeDuc is looking to defend his Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix victory and challenge for a his first SuperNationals triumph.

Point Breakdown
Race,Rank,Finish,Points
California ProKart Challenge ’17 #6 – S1,8.5,1,973
SKUSA SuperNationals 2017 – S1,9.5,7,1106
SKUSA WinterNationals ’18 #1 – S1,9.5,9,937
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
SKUSA SummerNationals ’18 #2 – S1,9.5,5,961

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 4.14
Average Points: 998.6
Total Points: 6990

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Stock Moto #3 – Jake French
Sachse, Texas

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While it may not be the seat he wants to be in, it was great to see French behind the wheel of a kart once again. The 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour champion was back to racing karts after missing out on the SpringNationals. French was focused on a rookie season at the F4 US championship this season, however, two wrecks in two separate weekends put a halt on his open wheel career. Jake and his father are a dynamic duo in the sport, and were back on their game at the SummerNationals by earning two more podiums. His future behind the wheel is uncertain with the dismantle of the DKC race team. One would think a final run for a victory at the SuperNationals is on the horizon for French.

Point Breakdown
Race,Rank,Finish,Points
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
SKUSA SummerNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,3,981
SKUSA SummerNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,2,991

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.43
Average Points: 986.6
Total Points: 6906


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 August 17, 2018

Pos. Jul. 6 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score
1. 1 NC Billy Musgrave 23 7072
2. 2 NC Nic LeDuc 8 6990
3. 3 NC Jake French 9 6906
4. 4 NC Kyle Wick 11 6857
5. 8 3 Rory van der Steur 13 6826
6. 7 1 Hunter Pickett 11 6800
7. 6 -1 Collin Daley 13 6774
8. 11 3 Blair Hosie 17 6691
9. 9 NC Kol Bailey 7 6621
10. 14 4 Pedro Lopes 10 6615
11. 12 1 Cameron Egger 10 6568
12. 32 20 Max Hewitt 10 6461
13. 16 3 Michael Ilavia 8 6415
14. 15 1 Matt Paesch 11 6410
15. 13 -2 Matias Podboj 15 6390
16. 10 -6 Brian Keck 7 6364
17. 17 NC Keawn Tandon 19 6342
18. 19 1 Cody Elliott 11 6219
19. 22 3 Tyler Guilbeault 11 6161
20. 33 13 Mark Snyder 8 6114
21. 20 -1 Reilly Cann 16 6102
22. 18 -4 Robert Heck Jr. 15 6101
23. 27 4 Carlee Taylor 10 6094
24. 21 -3 Garrett McKelvie 13 6079
25. 26 1 Prescott Campbell 15 5939
26. 44 18 AJ Myers 6 5922
27. 41 14 Alexis Costa 7 5812
28. 28 NC Dean Heldt 8 5768
29. 5 -24 Riley Dickinson 6 5750
30. 30 NC Jason Pettit 6 5443
31. 23 -8 Josh Early 6 5099
32. 34 2 Royal McKee 6 5008
33. 35 2 Anthony Freese 6 4930
34. 37 3 Michael Korody 6 4862
35. 46 11 Ron White 5 4736
36. 74 38 Christian Bird 5 4389
37. 80 43 Dylan Towne 5 4243
38. 24 -14 Zach Pettinicchi 5 4171
39. 61 22 Josh Weis 5 4028
40. 58 18 Harry Voigt 5 3979
41. 47 6 Kolton Griffin 4 3586
42. 50 8 Matthew Morgan 4 3478
43. 83 40 Peter Abba 4 3380
44. 113 69 Dan Monteiro 4 3372
45. 112 67 Jeff Ralph 4 3364
46. 53 7 Kyle Apuzzo 4 3333
47. 168 121 Philip Craycraft 4 3331
48. 42 -6 Vivek Tandon 4 3312
49. 56 7 Patrick Cecilian 4 3255
50. 90 40 Woraway Komarakul 4 3227
51. 60 9 Dustin Courter 4 3214
52. 89 37 Henry Korn 4 3203
53. 64 11 Ahmad Barazi 4 3165
54. 65 11 Kent Hatada 4 3155
55. 69 14 Austin Garrison 3 3022
56. 36 -20 Daniel Formal 3 2962
57. 25 -32 Nathan Adds 3 2835
58. 29 -29 Hunter Kelly 3 2723
59. 31 -28 Andretta Young 3 2720
60. 72 12 Alan Michel 3 2719
61. 73 12 Devon Smith-Harden 3 2705
62. 75 13 Ryan Kinnear 3 2649
63. 76 13 Clinton Schoombee 3 2605
64. 51 -13 Cole Franchini 3 2569
65. 81 16 Diego Villafani 3 2546
66. 39 -27 Ryan Pool 3 2522
67. 38 -29 Harry Gottsacker 3 2505
68. 85 17 Nathan Ratton 3 2478
69. 43 -26 Ayrton Little 3 2453
70. 40 -30 Conner Wick 3 2446
71. 55 -16 Frank Rapisarda 3 2444
72. 183 111 Liam Snyder 3 2444
73. 163 90 Trace Bartley 3 2438
74. 63 -11 Jacob Pope 3 2420
75. 59 -16 Blake Dunkleberger 3 2409
76. 88 12 Sarah Rassmusen 3 2404
77. 57 -20 Evan Polisky 3 2401
78. 87 9 Antonio de Lis 3 2396
79. 92 13 Anthony Stiffler 3 2344
80. 129 49 Blake Foley 3 2344
81. 93 12 Austin Ray Chalman 3 2323
82. 94 12 Emon Fazlollahi 3 2320
83. 68 -15 Trevor Sumner 3 2311
84. 95 11 Matt Hamilton 2 2095
85. 100 15 Antonio Pizzonia Jr. 2 1843
86. 45 -41 Mathias Ramirez 2 1815
87. 77 -10 Cody Hodgson 2 1767
88. 101 13 Garrett Kramer 2 1758
89. Xingran Tang 2 1747
90. 49 -41 Kyle Kennedy 2 1728
91. 105 14 Paul Guadagnoli 2 1719
92. 79 -13 Bonnier Moulton 2 1702
93. 108 15 Joe Criscione 2 1688
94. 48 -46 Nikita Lastochkin 2 1681
95. 111 16 Mike Beeny 2 1676
96. 84 -12 Mike Rivera 2 1675
97. 114 17 Kyle Keenan 2 1662
98. 115 17 Ryan P. Lewis 2 1662
99. 52 -47 Chris Farrell 2 1659
100. 118 18 Spencer Spikes 2 1653
101. 162 61 Steve Jenks 2 1651
102. 123 21 Andrew Kleinheinz 2 1619
103. 54 -49 Carson Mueller 2 1601
104. 91 -13 Quintin Bineau 2 1561
105. 181 76 Scott Granger 2 1559
106. 131 25 Arturo Pacifico Griffini 2 1533
107. 62 -45 Gary Carlton 1 1153
108. 132 24 Laurent Marchandise 1 1144
109. 133 24 Joshua Fife 1 1130
110. 134 24 Emiliano Salazar 1 1099
111. 66 -45 Austin Wilkins 1 1095
112. 67 -45 Skyler Finley 1 1087
113. 135 22 Taylor Greenfield 1 1071
114. 136 22 Joey Wimsett 1 1059
115. 137 22 Mirko Mizzoni 1 1036
116. 70 -46 Darin Marcus 1 1030
117. 138 21 Sabre Cook 1 1024
118. 139 21 Josh Drysdale 1 1019
119. 140 21 Jeremy Iglesias 1 989
120. 141 21 Cabot Bigham 1 984
121. 71 -50 Graig Alvarez 1 961
122. 142 20 Ryan Phinny 1 942
123. 82 -41 Tyler Fling 1 938
124. 143 19 Paolo De Conto 1 906
125. 144 19 Joshua de Losier 1 884
126. 145 19 Jimmy McNeil 1 881
127. 146 19 Jordon Musser 1 876
128. 109 -19 Josh Lane 1 864
129. 117 -12 Robert Tifft 1 859
130. 150 20 Jason Campbell 1 856
131. 151 20 Matt Koerner 1 856
132. 121 -11 Kyle Loh 1 850
133. 103 -30 Cory Milne 1 847
134. 78 -56 Sebastian Alvarez 1 847
135. 152 17 Christian Brooks 1 846
136. 153 17 Race Liberante 1 846
137. 155 18 Andrew Bujdoso 1 835
138. 106 -32 Evan Batt 1 830
139. 107 -32 Tase Flores 1 830
140. 156 16 Matthew O’Donnell 1 829
141. 158 17 Tom Dyer 1 827
142. 104 -38 Aaron Aguirre 1 825
143. 160 17 Justin Luik 1 824
144. 161 17 Anthony Fontana 1 822
145. 164 19 Kian 1 815
146. 116 -30 Chris Matthew 1 812
147. 166 19 Sebastian Bertoia 1 811
148. 167 19 Brennon Viera 1 810
149. 169 20 Travis Waddell 1 809
150. 171 21 Justin Peck 1 804
151. 124 -27 Bryon Rothenhoefer 1 803
152. 172 20 Miguel Garcia 1 803
153. 173 20 Jessica Sollberger 1 801
154. 174 20 Steve Frank 1 801
155. 175 20 Tyler Coffman 1 801
156. Evan Lipsky 1 797
157. 176 19 Brian Henson 1 796
158. 177 19 Steven Crete 1 796
159. 179 20 Lee Waddell 1 792
160. 180 20 Devin Davis 1 788
161. 130 -31 Tyler DeGraff 1 788
162. 182 20 Eddie Tafoya 1 786
163. 184 21 Jason Bane 1 784
164. Michael Dozois 1 780
165. Zoli Sule 1 780
166. 185 19 Jorge Ortiz Sr. 1 778
167. 187 20 Hal Strauss 1 769
168. 188 20 Carl Lewis 1 768
169. 189 20 Jesse Runkle 1 767
170. 190 20 John Nielsen 1 767
171. 191 20 Alan Cortes 1 762
172. 86 -86 Erin Sims 1 755
173. 192 19 Peter Atwater 1 754
174. 193 19 Christopher de Lis 1 734
175. 194 19 Michael Stevens 1 710
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