2019 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA – Shifterkart – April 24

Myers remains top driver as program begins new era for six-speed racing

The 2019 season marks a new era for the eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings. The shift in the industry in regards to six-speed engine packages has forced an evolution in the events and series that we include in our Driver Rankings program. Dating back to the early years of the rankings that were found in the pages of Shifter Kart Illustrated, change is really nothing new.  At the launch of the program in 1998, shifterkart racing’s platform was the fully-built 125cc engines like the Honda CR125, Yamaha YZ125, and the Kawasaki KX125. In 2005, the ICC package became the focal point for the category before things shifted over to Stock Moto in 2009.  Heading into 2019, this particular ranking category will now be known as ‘Shifterkart’, which encompasses the grouping that contains the new IAME SSE 175cc engine, the growing Rok Shifter package, KZ, Stock Moto and the mixed divisions. This evolution has expanded the number of events included for the 2019 program, going from 94 to 143. A number of new drivers have been added to the standings already, increasing the driver total from 146 at end of 2018 to 205 drivers after just four months.

The driver at the top of the standings has not changed, as AJ Myers finished 2018 at the top and he remains in the #1 spot through the first four months of the 2019 season. Myers has had a busy season thus far, winning the SKUSA Winter Series and Florida Winter Tour championships while scoring the victory in Round Two of the SKUSA Pro Tour at the WinterNationals. The month of May brings new colors for the 2018 SKUSA Pro Tour champion, as he moves from Croc Promotion USA to CRG Nordam, making his debut at the upcoming SKUSA SpringNationals in Utah.

Four of the top-final from the final ranking of 2018 remain within the lead quintet, with Kyle Wick jumping ahead of SKUSA SuperNationals winner Billy Musgrave for the second spot. With Myers move to black and yellow, Wick makes it a CRG Nordam 1-2 thus far in the rankings, as the Auburn, WA resident improved his score by three points while  Musgrave (MRC / Aluminos) lost points after a difficult 2019 WinterNationals at his home track (CalSpeed). Hunter Pickett remains in the fourth spot, despite improving his score by 113 points. 2019 is a new adventure for Pickett, as he joins the new GFC program led by former EKN Driver Rankings #1 Gary Carlton. Joining the top-five is 2018 Rock Island Grand Prix King of the Streets winner Rory van der Steur (MRC / Tony Kart). While the east coast driver’s victory at the Rock did not count in 2018, the race is part of the EKN Driver Rankings program again in 2019.

Making the most of the expansion of the EKN Driver Rankings is veteran driver Ron White. The NorCal native piloted his Ron White Racing / CRG to the Challenge of the Americas title in Shifter Senior Rok category. Those six results have been added to his total, advancing him 79 positions to sixth overall. Following him is Florida driver Mathias Ramirez. Rejoining PSL Karting / Birel ART, his efforts in SKUSA Winter Series, Florida Winter Tour and SKUSA Pro Tour have him up to seventh.

CRG Nordam has four drivers in the top-10, as Max Hewitt is the top Pro Shifter 2 driver in the EKN Driver Rankings, sitting eighth. His second career Pro Tour victory came at the SKUSA WinterNationals and increased his score, although he remained in the same position. Prescott Campbell (MRC / Aluminos) took advantage of the Challenge of the Americas joining the rankings, as his results in that series allowed him to advance to ninth from 16th. Completing the top-10 is Jamaican Collin Daley (DRT / DR Kart), who drops from fifth to 10th, having lost last year’s WinterNats results. Cameron Egger (RPG / Kosmic), Pedro Lopes (RPG / Kosmic) and Blair Hosie (MRC / Aluminos) fell out of the top-10, losing the 2018 WinterNats results from their totals.


Upcoming EKN TaG Driver Rankings Schedule

Date Series Class Track Location Rank
4/27/19 F-Series Gearup Challenge #1 KZ GoPro Motorplex Mooresville, NC 8
4/27/19 F-Series Gearup Challenge #1 Formula Shifter GoPro Motorplex Mooresville, NC 8
4/28/19 Colorado Karting Tour #1 Stock Honda Action Karting Morrison, CO 8
4/28/19 Rok Sonoma #2 Shifter Rok Simraceway Performance Karting Center Sonoma, CA 8
4/28/19 ROK the Rockies #1 Shifter Rok SBR Motorsports Park Calhan, CO 8
5/4/19 SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals Pro Shifter Utah Motorsports Campus Erda, UT 9.5
5/4/19 SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals Pro Shifter 2 Utah Motorsports Campus Erda, UT 9
5/5/19 SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals Pro Shifter Utah Motorsports Campus Erda, UT 9.5
5/5/19 SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals Pro Shifter 2 Utah Motorsports Campus Erda, UT 9
5/18/19 California Rok Championship #1 Shifter Rok Butttonwillow Raceway Park Buttonwillow, CA 8.5
5/18/19 Sunshine States Karting Challenge #3 Shifter AMR Motorplex Homestead, FL 8
5/19/19 Colorado Karting Tour #2 Stock Honda Pikes Peak International Raceway Fountain, CO 8
5/19/19 O2S Championship #1 Shifter Light McMinnville Kart Track McMinnville, OR 8
5/19/19 ROK the Rockies #2 Shifter Rok SBR Motorsports Park Calhan, CO 8
5/19/19 Sunshine States Karting Challenge #4 Shifter AMR Motorplex Homestead, FL 8


Shifterkart #1 – AJ Myers
Tampa, Florida

(Photo: CRG Nordam)

It has been a whirlwind four months for reigning SKUSA Pro Tour champion AJ Myers. Joining the Croc Promotion USA squad at the end of 2018, Myers attacked the new season strongly, coming out of the gate to win three of the four races at the SKUSA Winter Series with the new IAME SSE 175cc engine. AJ complimented those performances with two wins over the three rounds at the Florida Winter Tour to claim the Rok Cup International Final ticket. Add in victory at the SKUSA WinterNationals in California, and Myers improved his value in the EKN Driver Rankings. Now, the season turns a page after Myers was released from his position with the west coast-based Mad Old Nut Racing operation, and he now focuses on his debut with CRG Nordam at the upcoming SKUSA SpringNationals, carrying the #1 plate.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
SKUSA SummerNationals ’18 #1 – S1 9.5 2 991
SKUSA SummerNationals ’18 #2 – S1 9.5 1 1001
SKUSA SuperNationals 2018 – S1 10 2 1137
Florida Winter Tour 2019 #1 9 1 1005
Florida Winter Tour 2019 #2 9 1 999
SKUSA WinterNationals ’19 #1 – Pro 9.5 2 995
SKUSA WinterNationals ’19 #2 – Pro 9.5 1 1005

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 1.43
Average Points: 1019
Total Points: 7133

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Shifterkart #2 – Kyle Wick
Auburn, Washington

(Photo: EKN)

One of the rising stars in shifterkart racing here in North America is Washington native Kyle Wick. The CRG Nordam driver has moved into the same position as his SKUSA number plate, following a strong vice-champion performance last year on the SKUSA Pro Tour. Wick is off to another strong start, landing in the top-five in both Finals at the WinterNationals in California and heads to the SpringNationals looking to repeat as a race winner, as he did in Phoenix last year. This is not the first time that Wick has raced in Utah, having placed in top-10 in the TaG Junior standings back when the series visited in 2012 for the SummerNationals that season.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
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
SKUSA SuperNationals 2018 – S1 10 5 1102
SKUSA WinterNationals ’19 #1 – Pro 9.5 5 964
SKUSA WinterNationals ’19 #2 – Pro 9.5 3 985

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.57
Average Points: 1001.3
Total Points: 7009

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Shifterkart #3 – Billy Musgrave
Norco, California

(Photo: EKN)

It is very odd to see Musgrave out of the top two positions in the EKN Driver Rankings. The now three-time SuperNationals winner remains one of the top drivers in the country, however, he started out the 2019 season with mixed results. Musgrave did score a win at the SKUSA Winter Series program, placing second to Myers in the title chase. With the WinterNationals going to his home track of CalSpeed, there were certainly visions of him dominating the weekend. Rain and strong fields kept Musgrave from shining, coming out with a P4 on Saturday and a DNF on Sunday. It was not the start the his SKUSA Pro Tour championship bid that Musgrave had hoped for, as he is focused on vying for that elusive title.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
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 SuperNationals 2018 – S1 10 1 1148
SKUSA Winter Series 2019 #1 9 2 939
SKUSA Winter Series 2019 #3 9 1 953
SKUSA WinterNationals ’19 #1 – Pro 9.5 4 975

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.14
Average Points: 991.6
Total Points: 6941


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 the TaG and Shifterkart categories 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 also included the results for the major one-off events such as the SKUSA SuperNationals, 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 2019, the SKUSA SuperNationals will receive a score of 10 in its initial weighting in the TaG and Shifterkart 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, All Star Finals, Stars and Stripes Trophy and Open, 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.


eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA – Shifterkart – as of April 24, 2019

Pos. 2018 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score
1. 1 NC AJ Myers 16 7133
2. 3 1 Kyle Wick 18 7009
3. 2 -1 Billy Musgrave 23 6941
4. 4 NC Hunter Pickett 17 6849
5. 6 1 Rory van der Steur 11 6811
6. 79 73 Ron White 8 6731
7. 76 69 Mathias Ramirez 10 6730
8. 8 NC Max Hewitt 16 6727
9. 16 7 Prescott Campbell 21 6698
10. 5 -5 Collin Daley 8 6654
11. 43 32 Andrew Bujdoso 12 6575
12. 23 11 Zach Pettinicchi 12 6572
13. 13 NC Keawn Tandon 22 6566
14. 39 25 Kol Bailey 10 6523
15. 10 -5 Blair Hosie 11 6490
16. - - Enzo Prevost 7 6485
17. 30 13 Jason Pettit 7 6413
18. 9 -9 Cameron Egger 9 6411
19. 12 -7 Matt Paesch 8 6271
20. 15 -5 Mark Snyder 11 6266
21. 11 -10 Matias Podboj 10 6173
22. - - Cole Shade 7 6172
23. 19 -4 Garrett McKelvie 11 6122
24. 17 -7 Reilly Cann 10 6037
25. 21 -4 Robert Heck Jr. 9 5993
26. 31 5 Matthew Morgan 8 5987
27. 25 -2 Worawong Komarakul 8 5958
28. 80 52 Xingran Tang 7 5927
29. 48 19 Kyle Apuzzo 7 5788
30. 24 -6 Dean Heldt 9 5785
31. 41 10 Conner Wick 7 5751
32. 36 4 Anthony Freese 7 5743
33. 26 -7 Dan Monteiro 7 5743
34. 37 3 Michael Korody 7 5719
35. 28 -7 Josh Weis 8 5645
36. 46 10 Brian Keck 6 5510
37. 29 -8 Michael Ilavia 6 5463
38. - - Calvin Ming 6 5319
39. 20 -19 Carlee Taylor 6 5072
40. 33 -7 Jeff Ralph 6 5052
41. - - Colton Timmons 6 5023
42. 58 16 Daniel Formal 5 5021
43. 35 -8 Henry Korn 6 4845
44. 38 -6 Ahmad Barazi 6 4724
45. 101 56 Callum Smith 5 4518
46. - - Zachary Hollingshead 5 4416
47. 14 -33 Cody Elliott 5 4287
48. - - Vincenzo Sarracino 5 4272
49. 32 -17 Dylan Towne 5 4248
50. - - Seth Huntley 5 4167
51. - - Justin Taylor 5 4141
52. 34 -18 Alexis Costa 5 4140
53. 42 -11 Royal McKee 5 4122
54. 22 -32 Nic LeDuc 4 3897
55. 7 -48 Pedro Lopes 4 3826
56. 27 -29 Jake French 4 3774
57. - - Alejandro Marquez 4 3549
58. 47 -11 Christian Bird 4 3471
59. - - Michael Stevens 4 3465
60. 18 -42 Tyler Guilbeault 4 3383
61. 49 -12 Philip Craycraft 4 3331
62. 72 10 John Nielsen 4 3290
63. 44 -19 Evan Polisky 4 3239
64. - - Nathan Gilbert 4 3227
65. 52 -13 Dustin Courter 4 3214
66. 53 -13 Sarah Rassmusen 4 3182
67. 45 -22 Anthony Stiffler 4 3173
68. - - Davide Greco 3 2868
69. 59 -10 Joey Wimsett 3 2829
70. - - Giano Taurino 3 2798
71. - - Pedro Piquet 3 2738
72. - - Jimmy Cabrera 3 2718
73. 102 29 Zach Schiff 3 2660
74. - - Connor Robles 3 2622
75. - - Emon Fazlollahi 3 2582
76. 64 -12 Cole Franchini 3 2569
77. - - Aidan O'Neill 3 2568
78. - - Bryson Lew 3 2555
79. 121 42 Evan Batt 3 2541
80. - - Dominic LeGrand 3 2527
81. - - Jacob Pope 3 2525
82. 50 -32 Liam Snyder 3 2524
83. 40 -43 Peter Abba 3 2524
84. 66 -18 Matt Jaskol 3 2503
85. 115 30 Hannah Greenemeier 3 2487
86. - - Brenden Ruzbarsky 3 2484
87. 67 -20 Steve Jenks 3 2484
88. - - Keith Spicer 3 2471
89. 51 -38 Trace Bartley 3 2461
90. - - Baylor Griffin 3 2458
91. 69 -22 Justin Peck 3 2420
92. 70 -22 Frank Rapisarda 3 2398
93. - - Derek Proctor 3 2367
94. 71 -23 Antonio de Lis 3 2366
95. 73 -22 Blake Foley 3 2344
96. 54 -42 Hunter Kelly 3 2335
97. 74 -23 Scott Granger 3 2334
98. 75 -23 Austin Ray Chalman 3 2323
99. - - Pierce Baldus 3 2306
100. - - Nicky Hays 2 1963
101. - - Alex Keyes 2 1898
102. 63 -39 Alan Michel 2 1883
103. 77 -26 Kolton Griffin 2 1883
104. 62 -42 Josh Lane 2 1864
105. 78 -27 Antonio Pizzonia Jr. 2 1853
106. - - Vincente Salas 2 1835
107. - - Race Liberante 2 1815
108. 61 -47 Devon Smith-Harden 2 1806
109. - - Steffano Lucente 2 1804
110. - - Pablo Carballedo 2 1788
111. - - Robert Bujdoso 2 1764
112. 86 -26 Ryan P. Lewis 2 1758
113. - - Sage Karam 2 1745
114. - - Henry Cubides 2 1743
115. - - Cash Baxley 2 1717
116. 65 -51 Diego Villafani 2 1712
117. - - Remo Ruscitti 2 1694
118. 81 -37 Kyle Kennedy 2 1693
119. 84 -35 Joe Criscione 2 1688
120. 107 -13 Micah Hendricks 2 1683
121. - - Jordan Johnson 2 1676
122. - - Ricky Worley 2 1668
123. 85 -38 Kyle Keenan 2 1662
124. - - Aaron Bromberek 2 1658
125. 87 -38 Spencer Spikes 2 1653
126. 88 -38 Mike Rivera 2 1646
127. 89 -38 Ryan Pool 2 1638
128. - - Andrew Byrne 2 1634
129. - - Kevin Janders 2 1634
130. 91 -39 Milton Rivera 2 1614
131. 92 -39 Ayrton Little 2 1612
132. 68 -64 Patrick Cecilian 2 1600
133. - - Joshua Conquer 2 1598
134. 93 -41 Steven Crete 2 1588
135. - - Travis Henson 2 1583
136. 94 -42 Zoli Sule 2 1583
137. - - Farshad Bagheri 2 1580
138. - - Mateo Villagomez 2 1578
139. 56 -83 Harry Voigt 2 1572
140. 95 -45 Cole Timmons 2 1566
141. - - Brandon Cusack 2 1565
142. 96 -46 Carlos Lopes 2 1556
143. - - Cole O'Connor 2 1556
144. - - Daniel Dibos 2 1556
145. 55 -90 Kent Hatada 2 1556
146. - - David Schorne 2 1548
147. - - Jeff Westlund 2 1514
148. - - Mateo DeLeon 2 1506
149. - - Mark Willis 2 1488
150. - - Aaron Dorst 2 1480
151. 98 -53 Matt Hamilton 1 1125
152. 99 -53 Kristijan Habulin 1 1056
153. 100 -53 Francesco Celenta 1 1033
154. 57 -97 Austin Garrison 1 1015
155. - - Tim Barber 1 939
156. 103 -53 Ryan Rudolph 1 918
157. - - Zachary Shearer 1 915
158. 106 -52 Cody Hodgson 1 914
159. - - Taylor Greenfield 1 911
160. 60 -100 Riley Dickinson 1 908
161. - - Alan Isambard 1 905
162. - - Augusto Soto-Schirripa 1 904
163. - - Rubens Barrichello 1 879
164. 108 -56 Garrett Kramer 1 854
165. - - Nicholas Hargraves 1 854
166. 109 -57 Cory Milne 1 847
167. 110 -57 Christian Brooks 1 846
168. - - Zack Frank 1 844
169. - - Lucio Masini 1 834
170. - - Nicholas Trumbull 1 834
171. 111 -60 Tase Flores 1 830
172. 112 -60 Daniel Morales 1 827
173. 117 -56 Vivek Tandon 1 812
174. 120 -54 Louis Mendez 1 808
175. - - Kyle Loh 1 806
176. - - Justin Luik 1 804
177. - - Nick Chivello 1 801
178. 125 -53 Tyler Coffman 1 801
179. 126 -53 Darren Davis 1 800
180. 127 -53 Rene Palamieri 1 800
181. - - Anthony Sawyer 1 797
182. 128 -54 Evan Lipsky 1 797
183. 129 -54 Brian Henson 1 796
184. 130 -54 Bonnier Moulton 1 792
185. - - Quintin Bineau 1 792
186. 132 -54 Devin Davis 1 788
187. 133 -54 Jack Freese 1 788
188. - - Charles Robin 1 784
189. - - Leonardo Lamelas 1 784
190. 135 -55 Norbert Laczho 1 784
191. 136 -55 Dave Eller 1 783
192. 137 -55 Michael Dozois 1 780
193. 138 -55 Hal Strauss 1 769
194. - - Zoltan Sule 1 769
195. - - Bryson Guzman 1 767
196. 139 -57 Alan Cortes 1 762
197. 97 -100 Arturo Pacifico Griffini 1 758
198. 140 -58 Peter Atwater 1 754
199. 141 -58 David Kalb Jr. 1 746
200. - - Owen Clarke 1 744
201. 142 -59 Ryan Lankenau 1 712
202. 143 -59 Tim Hollowell 1 712
203. 144 -59 Jeremy Iglesias 1 654
204. 145 -59 Emiliano Salazar 1 643
205. 146 -59 Pedro Hiltbrand 1 620

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