2018 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA – Stock Honda – October 15

SuperNationals 21 winner Musgrave remains driver to beat to close out 2018

Billy Musgrave (Photo: EKN)

Only a few more weeks remain in the 2018 karting schedule and chances for drivers to improve their position in the eKartingNews.com Stock Honda Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA. Of course, the big one – Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 22 – is the event everyone near the top of the standings is anticipating. Only three events remain, and the big one in Las Vegas will define the final standings for the 2018 season.

Looking to remain at the top and end where he began is Billy Musgrave. The SKUSA SuperNationals 21 winner did not lose many points in the latest release, as the MRC / Aluminos driver still holds a 102-point advantage over 2017 Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix winner Nic LeDuc. Of course, LeDuc (TKC / Sodikart) was on the other side of the fence at this year’s race and as of now, is not entered to compete at SuperNats 22 with the class sold out. Jumping up to third is the new SKUSA #3 plate holder for 2019 Kyle Wick (RPG / CRG). He advances one spot thanks to 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour champion Jake French (Sodikart) losing two results from last year’s Texas ProKart Challenge finale. French has confirmed he will be in Vegas during the week of the SuperNationals, however, we will have to see what, if anything, he will be racing. Rounding out the top-five is the newest King of the Streets winner Rory van der Steur. The Maryland driver scored the big victory at the Rock Island Grand Prix (non EKN Driver Rankings event) and then traveled west to take on the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix. While his runner-up finish behind Musgrave did not help his current point total, it should come in handy when the calendar turns over to 2019.

The ‘On the Move’ driver this month is new SKUSA Pro Tour champion AJ Myers. The Florida driver added his name to the list of champions with a stellar performance aboard the TB Kart in 2018 and at the SummerNationals. Recently, Myers announced a move to the Mad Old Nut racing team to compete aboard a Mad Croc chassis. Myers made his debut at the SOLGP, and will race both Pro Shifter and X30 Senior at the SuperNationals, similar to his counterpart Musgrave. The two will be teammates in the X30 Senior class.

Remaining in the seventh position is Jamaican Collin Daley (DRT / DR Kart). The S1 rookie in 2018 did not get that breakthrough performance during the year, but remain consistent to keep himself inside the top-10 of the standings. Down two spots to eighth is Hunter Pickett (Sodikart). Now a two-time winner at the SKUSA Pro Tour, Pickett came up just short of the SKUSA #3 plate, ending the season fourth in the standings. Pickett was ill during last year’s SuperNationals in his Pro Shifter debut. Sitting ninth is the highest S2 driver from 2018 – Blair Hosie. The Texan made the switch from Alpha to Aluminos under the MRC tent, scoring his first career SKUSA Pro Tour victory at the SummerNationals. Rounding out the top-10 is the newest SKUSA Pro Tour champion Pedro Lopes. The Brazilian took his rookie S2 season by storm, winning the first four rounds. Two more podiums at New Castle secured the title. Lopes will not be in Vegas, so Hosie – along with #11 Cameron Egger (RPG / Kosmic) and #12 Max Hewitt (CRG Nordam) – will lead the charge for S2 drivers to compete against the S1 drivers in the new combined Pro Shifter category at the SuperNationals.


Upcoming EKN Stock Honda Driver Rankings Schedule

Date Series Track Location Rank
10/21 Los Angeles Karting Championship #9 CalSpeed Karting Center Fontana, CA 8
10/21 Utah State Championships #13 Utah Motorsports Campus Tooele, UT 8
11/18 SKUSA SuperNationals XIX Las Vegas Convention Center Las Vegas, NV 10
11/18 SKUSA SuperNationals XIX Las Vegas Convention Center Las Vegas, NV 9.5

Stock Moto #1 – Billy Musgrave
Norco, California

(Photo: DromoPhotos.com)

For the fifth time in six years, Billy Musgrave has earned the California ProKart Challenge championship. The 2018 season was special, as Musgrave swept all six rounds on the season, including the tough Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix that closes out the season. With his first SOLGP victory on the mantel, what’s missing is the SKUSA Pro Tour title. Musgrave led the championship going into the SummerNationals, only to lose the title with two tough days. Looking ahead, Musgrave has the ability to join a list of three-time winners – something only nine other drivers have been able to do – if he is to defend his SuperNationals 21 victory in the Pro Shifter category.

Point Breakdown
Race,Rank,Finish,Points
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
SKUSA SummerNationals ’18 #2 – S1,9.5,8,931

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 4.00
Average Points: 1005.7
Total Points: 7040

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Stock Moto #2 – Nic LeDuc
Novato, California

(Photo: EKN)

The numbers show a solid 2018 season for Nic LeDuc. Three podium finishes, including a victory at the SpringNationals, in six rounds of racing all out the back of a pick-up truck. It shows the true passion, determination and talent LeDuc possesses. Unfortunately, as we have seen in recent years, you need to be on your game all six rounds to battle for the SKUSA Pro Tour championship. Nic finished sixth in the standings, however, remains in the second spot of the EKN Driver Rankings. It may be the highest he will go as LeDuc is not registered for SuperNationals 22 and SKUSA just announced the cap of the Pro Shifter category. EKN attempted to reach LeDuc for comment, with no return.

Point Breakdown
Race,Rank,Finish,Points
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 #1 – S1,9.5,9,921
SKUSA SummerNationals ’18 #2 – S1,9.5,5,961

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 5.29
Average Points: 991.1
Total Points: 6938

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Stock Moto #3 – Kyle Wick
Auburn, Washington

(Photo: EKN)

One of the emerging stars in shifterkart racing today in North America is Kyle Wick. The 19-year-old completed his first season in the S1 division, picking up a first career SKUSA Pro Tour victory at the SpringNationals and finished the season with the SKUSA #3 plate for 2019. The top rookie of 2018 has been part of the Rolison Performance Group driver development program, dating back to 2011, and truly shined once moving over to the Stock Honda division. Wick carried his RPG / CRG machine to five top-five finishes in six rounds at the SKUSA Pro Tour. In his S1 debut last year at the SuperNationals, Wick started P7 with USA legend Gary Carlton in front and Kiwi standout Matt Hamilton behind him. Contact with world champion Paulo de Conto ended his bid at a podium, hoping to land on the steps in 2018.

Point Breakdown
Race,Rank,Finish,Points
SKUSA SuperNationals 2017 – S1,10,20,953
SKUSA WinterNationals ’18 #1 – S1,9.5,4,988
SKUSA WinterNationals ’18 #2 – S1,9.5,7,958
SKUSA SpringNationals ‘18 #1 – S1,9.5,1,1021
SKUSA SpringNationals ‘18 #2 – S1,9.5,3,995
SKUSA SummerNationals ’18 #1 – S1,9.5,5,961
SKUSA SummerNationals ’18 #2 – S1,9.5,3,981

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 6.43
Average Points: 979.6
Total Points: 6857


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 October 15, 2018

Pos. Aug. 17 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score
1. 1 NC Billy Musgrave 23 7040
2. 2 NC Nic LeDuc 7 6938
3. 4 1 Kyle Wick 11 6857
4. 3 -1 Jake French 7 6844
5. 5 NC Rory van der Steur 13 6826
6. 26 20 AJ Myers 7 6790
7. 7 NC Collin Daley 12 6774
8. 6 -2 Hunter Pickett 11 6772
9. 8 -1 Blair Hosie 16 6691
10. 10 NC Pedro Lopes 10 6615
11. 11 NC Cameron Egger 11 6559
12. 12 NC Max Hewitt 11 6467
13. 14 1 Matt Paesch 11 6410
14. 15 1 Matias Podboj 15 6382
15. 17 2 Keawn Tandon 20 6320
16. 18 2 Cody Elliott 11 6219
17. 19 2 Tyler Guilbeault 10 6154
18. 20 2 Mark Snyder 9 6146
19. 21 2 Reilly Cann 15 6102
20. 24 4 Garrett McKelvie 10 6071
21. 23 2 Carlee Taylor 9 6007
22. 22 NC Robert Heck Jr. 13 5975
23. 25 2 Prescott Campbell 16 5947
24. 38 14 Zach Pettinicchi 7 5809
25. 28 3 Dean Heldt 8 5691
26. 39 13 Josh Weis 7 5645
27. 13 -14 Michael Ilavia 6 5511
28. 16 -12 Brian Keck 6 5420
29. 30 1 Jason Pettit 6 5357
30. 42 12 Matthew Morgan 6 5192
31. 37 6 Dylan Towne 6 5100
32. 45 13 Jeff Ralph 6 5052
33. 44 11 Dan Monteiro 6 5043
34. 27 -7 Alexis Costa 6 4983
35. 33 -2 Anthony Freese 6 4887
36. 50 14 Worawong Komarakul 6 4873
37. 52 15 Henry Korn 6 4845
38. 9 -29 Kol Bailey 5 4813
39. 53 14 Ahmad Barazi 6 4724
40. 36 -4 Christian Bird 5 4389
41. 43 2 Peter Abba 5 4206
42. 70 28 Conner Wick 5 4160
43. 32 -11 Royal McKee 5 4122
44. 77 33 Evan Polisky 5 4006
45. 40 -5 Harry Voigt 5 3979
46. 79 33 Anthony Stiffler 5 3949
47. 34 -13 Michael Korody 5 3945
48. 29 -19 Riley Dickinson 4 3905
49. 35 -14 Ron White 4 3802
50. 41 -9 Kolton Griffin 4 3586
51. 58 7 Hunter Kelly 4 3522
52. 46 -6 Kyle Apuzzo 4 3333
53. 47 -6 Philip Craycraft 4 3331
54. 72 18 Liam Snyder 4 3310
55. 73 18 Trace Bartley 4 3277
56. 51 -5 Dustin Courter 4 3214
57. 76 19 Sarah Rassmusen 4 3182
58. 54 -4 Kent Hatada 4 3148
59. 55 -4 Austin Garrison 3 3022
60. 56 -4 Daniel Formal 3 2962
61. 114 53 Joey Wimsett 3 2809
62. 60 -2 Alan Michel 3 2719
63. 61 -2 Devon Smith-Harden 3 2705
64. 64 NC Cole Franchini 3 2569
65. 65 NC Diego Villafani 3 2546
66. 137 71 Andrew Bujdoso 3 2521
67. 101 34 Steve Jenks 3 2484
68. 49 -19 Patrick Cecilian 3 2434
69. 71 2 Frank Rapisarda 3 2398
70. 78 8 Antonio de Lis 3 2366
71. 170 99 John Nielsen 3 2360
72. 80 8 Blake Foley 3 2344
73. 105 32 Scott Granger 3 2334
74. 81 7 Austin Ray Chalman 3 2323
75. 85 10 Antonio Pizzonia Jr. 2 1843
76. 86 10 Mathias Ramirez 2 1815
77. 87 10 Cody Hodgson 2 1767
78. 88 10 Garrett Kramer 2 1758
79. 89 10 Xingran Tang 2 1747
80. 128 48 Josh Lane 2 1741
81. 90 9 Kyle Kennedy 2 1728
82. 91 9 Paul Guadagnoli 2 1719
83. 63 -20 Clinton Schoombee 2 1691
84. 93 9 Joe Criscione 2 1688
85. 31 -54 Josh Early 2 1674
86. 97 11 Kyle Keenan 2 1662
87. 98 11 Ryan P. Lewis 2 1662
88. 100 12 Spencer Spikes 2 1653
89. 96 7 Mike Rivera 2 1646
90. 48 -42 Vivek Tandon 2 1640
91. 66 -25 Ryan Pool 2 1638
92. 102 10 Andrew Kleinheinz 2 1619
93. Milton Rivera 2 1614
94. 150 56 Justin Peck 2 1612
95. 103 8 Carson Mueller 2 1601
96. 158 62 Steven Crete 2 1588
97. 165 68 Zoli Sule 2 1583
98. Cole Timmons 2 1566
99. Carlos Lopes 2 1556
100. 106 6 Arturo Pacifico Griffini 2 1533
101. 107 6 Gary Carlton 1 1153
102. 108 6 Laurent Marchandise 1 1144
103. 84 -19 Matt Hamilton 1 1142
104. 109 5 Joshua Fife 1 1130
105. 110 5 Emiliano Salazar 1 1099
106. 111 5 Austin Wilkins 1 1095
107. 112 5 Skyler Finley 1 1087
108. 113 5 Taylor Greenfield 1 1071
109. 57 -52 Nathan Adds 1 1064
110. 115 5 Mirko Mizzoni 1 1036
111. 116 5 Darin Marcus 1 1030
112. 117 5 Sabre Cook 1 1024
113. 118 5 Josh Drysdale 1 1019
114. 59 -55 Andretta Young 1 996
115. 119 4 Jeremy Iglesias 1 989
116. 120 4 Cabot Bigham 1 984
117. 121 4 Graig Alvarez 1 961
118. 122 4 Ryan Phinny 1 942
119. 123 4 Tyler Fling 1 938
120. 124 4 Paolo De Conto 1 906
121. 126 5 Jimmy McNeil 1 881
122. 62 -60 Ryan Kinnear 1 878
123. 129 6 Robert Tifft 1 859
124. 132 8 Kyle Loh 1 850
125. 133 8 Cory Milne 1 847
126. 134 8 Sebastian Alvarez 1 847
127. 135 8 Christian Brooks 1 846
128. 136 8 Race Liberante 1 846
129. 139 10 Tase Flores 1 830
130. 141 11 Tom Dyer 1 827
131. 143 12 Justin Luik 1 824
132. 144 12 Anthony Fontana 1 822
133. 74 -59 Jacob Pope 1 819
134. 145 11 Kian 1 815
135. Matt Jaskol 1 815
136. 69 -67 Ayrton Little 1 812
137. 148 11 Brennon Viera 1 810
138. 149 11 Travis Waddell 1 809
139. Louis Mendez 1 808
140. 152 12 Miguel Garcia 1 803
141. 153 12 Jessica Sollberger 1 801
142. 154 12 Steve Frank 1 801
143. 155 12 Tyler Coffman 1 801
144. Darren Davis 1 800
145. 82 -63 Emon Fazlollahi 1 800
146. Rene Palamieri 1 800
147. 156 9 Evan Lipsky 1 797
148. 157 9 Brian Henson 1 796
149. 92 -57 Bonnier Moulton 1 792
150. 159 9 Lee Waddell 1 792
151. 75 -76 Blake Dunkleberger 1 791
152. 160 8 Devin Davis 1 788
153. Jack Freese 1 788
154. 163 9 Jason Bane 1 784
155. Norbert Laczho 1 784
156. Dave Eller 1 783
157. 104 -53 Quintin Bineau 1 782
158. 164 6 Michael Dozois 1 780
159. 166 7 Jorge Ortiz Sr. 1 778
160. 167 7 Hal Strauss 1 769
161. 169 8 Jesse Runkle 1 767
162. 83 -79 Trevor Sumner 1 764
163. 171 8 Alan Cortes 1 762
164. 172 8 Erin Sims 1 755
165. 173 8 Peter Atwater 1 754
166. 67 -99 Harry Gottsacker 1 744
167. 175 8 Michael Stevens 1 710
168. 68 -100 Nathan Ratton 1 698

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