2019 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA – Shifterkart – August 1

Showdown in Indiana set with Myers, Wick and Musgrave fighting at the top

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The month of July passed by us very quickly, as kids are already returning to school in certain parts of the country. For those of us at the EKN offices, it felt like an extremely busy month. In the eKartingNews.com Shifterkart Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA, not much changed, with mostly club and regional races making up the 27 main events on the schedule since the last release on June 28.

The top-15 drivers in the Shifterkart standings remain unchanged, with 2018 SKUSA Pro Tour champion AJ Myers heading into the 10th running of the SKUSA SummerNationals as the top driver. Myers holds onto a 220-point advantage over CRG Nordam teammate Kyle Wick in the EKN Driver Rankings, with former #1 Billy Musgrave (MONR / Croc Promotion) sitting in third. Mathias Ramirez (PSL / Birel ART) is coming off victory at the SpringNationals, and he sits fourth with room to move up into the top-three. Hunter Pickett (GFC) has been busy getting married, and the Californian is planning a return to the SKUSA Pro Tour at the upcoming SummerNats, where he will arrive holding fifth in the Driver Rankings.

Ironically, the driver with the most to gain or lose heading into August is Andrew Bujdoso. While the new Solo Kart USA driver sits sixth in the Driver Rankings, Bujdoso leads the SKUSA Pro Tour standings with two wins in the first two rounds. Bujdoso, along with a number of top drivers, took part in this past weekend’s SKUSA Great Lakes ProKart Challenge at New Castle to prepare for this week’s SummerNationals. Ron White (RWR / CRG) remains in the seventh spot, coming off his Challenge of the Americas championship in Shifter Rok Senior.

The top Semi-Pro in the Driver Rankings is Max Hewitt (CRG Nordam), holding the seventh spot. Hewitt enters the SummerNationals in the lead challenger role for the SKUSA Pro Tour Pro Shifter 2 championship, trailing two-time winner Race Liberante (J3 / CompKart) by 47 points. Liberante is 39th in the Driver Rankings as he has only six events counting towards his point total, and he is coming off victory at the USAC Karting Battle at the Brickyard. Prescott Campbell (MRC / Aluminos) is ninth, although he still recovering from a broken leg from a practice incident in June. 2018 Rock Island Grand Prix King of the Streets winner Rory van der Steur (MRC / Tony Kart) was among the quickest inside Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Brickyard event, but he was unable to translate that pace into results. Rory will be among what is expected to be the largest Pro Shifter field of the 2019 season at the upcoming SummerNationals.


Upcoming EKN TaG Driver Rankings Schedule

Date Series Class Track Location Rank
8/3/19 Great Lakes ProKart Challenge #7 Pro Shifter New Casttle Motorsports Park New Castle, IN 8.5
8/3/19 ICP Cup #9 Shifter Sumas International Motorsports Academy Sumas, WA 8
8/4/19 Great Lakes ProKart Challenge #8 Pro Shifter New Casttle Motorsports Park New Castle, IN 8.5
8/4/19 ICP Cup #10 Shifter Sumas International Motorsports Academy Sumas, WA 8
8/10/19 SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals Pro Shifter New Casttle Motorsports Park New Castle, IN 9.5
8/10/19 SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals Pro Shifter 2 New Casttle Motorsports Park New Castle, IN 9
8/11/19 Colorado Karting Tour #6 Stock Honda SBR Motorsports Park Calhan, CO 8
8/11/19 Elkhart Grand Prix 125 Shifter Riverwalk Grand Prix Elkhart, IN 8.5
8/11/19 SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals Pro Shifter New Casttle Motorsports Park New Castle, IN 9.5
8/11/19 SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals Pro Shifter 2 New Casttle Motorsports Park New Castle, IN 9
8/17/19 F-Series Gearup Challenge #5 KZ Pittsburgh International Race Complex Wampum, PA 8
8/17/19 F-Series Gearup Challenge #5 Formula Shifter Pittsburgh International Race Complex Wampum, PA 8
8/17/19 O2S Championship #4 Shifter Light Pat's Acres Racing Complex Canby, OR 8
8/18/19 Rok Sonoma #6 Shifter Rok Simraceway Performance Karting Center Sonoma, CA 8
8/18/19 ROK the Rockies #5 Shifter Rok SBR Motorsports Park Calhan, CO 8
8/25/19 Colorado Karting Tour #7 Stock Honda Action Karting Morrison, CO 8
8/25/19 Los Angeles Karting Championship #7 Pro Shifter CalSpeed Karting Fontana, CA 8
8/31/19 Sunshine States Karting Challenge #7 Shifter Ocala Gran Prix Ocala, FL 8
9/1/19 California Rok Championship #4 Shifter Rok CalSpeed Karting Fontana, CA 8.5
9/1/19 Rock Island Grand Prix King of the Streets RIGP Circuit Rock Island, IL 9
9/1/19 Sunshine States Karting Challenge #8 Shifter Ocala Gran Prix Ocala, FL 8


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Shifterkart #1 – AJ Myers
Tampa, Florida

The stage is set, and the goal of earning a second straight SKUSA Pro Tour championship lays ahead for AJ Myers. The CRG Nordam driver is only 15 points out of the championship lead, with two rounds of racing this weekend at the SummerNationals, which will decide who leaves as the 2019 title winner and #1 plateholder for 2020. While Myers’ lone win came aboard the Croc Promotions chassis at the WinterNationals, the Florida driver was extremely quick in his CRG debut in Utah. With time and testing under his belt, and heading to the track where he has won three of the last six main events in SKUSA competition, confidence should be high in the Myers camp.

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

The 2018 season ended with Kyle Wick earning the respect of the karting paddock for his rookie performance in the S1 division. Finishing the year as the vice-champion was icing on the cake after earning his first victory at the SpringNationals. Now, Wick is among those drivers who are on the stopwatches for those along the fence during every session. The top spot of the podium has eluded the CRG Nordam driver in the first four rounds of the SKUSA Pro Tour, however, Wick enters the SummerNationals third in the point standings and only 25 points out of first. Each and every lap will be crucial for Wick if he wishes to replace the #2 plate with the #1 for 2020.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
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 Winter Series 2019 #3 9 2 943
SKUSA WinterNationals ’19 #1 – Pro 9.5 5 964
SKUSA WinterNationals ’19 #2 – Pro 9.5 3 985
SKUSA SpringNationals ‘19 #1 – S1 9.5 3 977

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.71
Average Points: 987.6
Total Points: 6913

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Shifterkart #3 – Billy Musgrave
Norco, California

New Castle has become kryptonite for Billy Musgrave. It was the location one year ago that he saw a possible SKUSA Pro Tour championship slip away. Coming into the weekend leading the title chase, a poor weekend performance dashed those hopes and the SKUSA crown still remains that single elusive trophy to place on Musgrave’s mantel. Locally and regionally, Musgrave remains the driver to beat each month, loading up victories now aboard the Mad Old Nut Racing / Croc Promotion machine. His best finish however is a fourth in the four rounds on the 2019 SKUSA Pro Tour schedule, putting him fourth in the standings heading to New Castle and needing victory sweep to have any chance at leaving with the title.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
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
SKUSA SpringNationals ’19 #1 – Pro 9.5 6 947
SKUSA SpringNationals ’19 #2 – Pro 9.5 6 947

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.43
Average Points: 982.9
Total Points: 6880


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 Shifterkart Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA – as of August 1, 2019

Pos. Jun. 28 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score
1. 1 NC AJ Myers 18 7133
2. 2 NC Kyle Wick 14 6913
3. 3 NC Billy Musgrave 16 6880
4. 4 NC Mathias Ramirez 12 6855
5. 5 NC Hunter Pickett 13 6842
6. 6 NC Andrew Bujdoso 16 6780
7. 7 NC Ron White 9 6731
8. 8 NC Max Hewitt 13 6704
9. 9 NC Prescott Campbell 19 6698
10. 10 NC Rory van der Steur 15 6670
11. 11 NC Collin Daley 9 6594
12. 12 NC Zach Pettinicchi 16 6572
13. 13 NC Keawn Tandon 19 6562
14. 14 NC Enzo Prevost 11 6485
15. 15 NC Kol Bailey 10 6366
16. 17 1 Mark Snyder 9 6320
17. 18 1 Callum Smith 7 6311
18. 19 1 Calvin Ming 10 6264
19. 20 1 Cole Shade 13 6225
20. 48 28 Evan Batt 8 6145
21. 21 NC Garrett McKelvie 10 6122
22. 37 15 Zachary Hollingshead 8 6093
23. 49 26 Devon Smith-Harden 7 6058
24. 23 -1 Kyle Apuzzo 15 6053
25. 22 -3 Worawong Komarakul 10 6045
26. 24 -2 Connor Robles 7 6017
27. 26 -1 Anthony Freese 10 5963
28. 27 -1 Daniel Formal 6 5942
29. 28 -1 Xingran Tang 7 5927
30. 55 25 Jordan Johnson 8 5906
31. 53 22 Cody Elliott 7 5905
32. 31 -1 Seth Huntley 7 5815
33. 30 -3 Dean Heldt 7 5795
34. 41 7 Aidan O'Neill 7 5785
35. 42 7 Bryson Lew 7 5781
36. 32 -4 Justin Taylor 7 5739
37. 103 66 Lucio Masini 7 5657
38. 44 6 Brenden Ruzbarsky 7 5616
39. 46 7 Race Liberante 6 5426
40. 35 -5 Cameron Egger 6 5343
41. 36 -5 Matt Paesch 6 5303
42. 38 -4 Vincenzo Sarracino 6 5165
43. 25 -18 Robert Heck Jr. 6 5125
44. 73 29 Aaron Bromberek 6 5102
45. 72 27 Steffano Lucente 6 5052
46. 40 -6 Colton Timmons 6 5023
47. 58 11 Baylor Griffin 6 4852
48. 81 33 Evan Polisky 6 4808
49. 61 12 Nick Chivello 6 4745
50. 45 -5 Joey Wimsett 5 4734
51. 62 11 Sarah Rassmusen 6 4697
52. 34 -18 Jason Pettit 5 4679
53. 16 -37 Blair Hosie 5 4605
54. 122 68 Kyle Kennedy 5 4317
55. 51 -4 Emon Fazlollahi 5 4239
56. 29 -27 Matias Podboj 5 4224
57. 93 36 Ayden Fisher 5 4203
58. 54 -4 Tyler Guilbeault 5 4158
59. 102 43 Remo Ruscitti 5 4065
60. 59 -1 Henry Korn 5 4040
61. 86 25 Pierce Baldus 5 3996
62. 60 -2 Josh Weis 5 3976
63. 84 21 Cole Timmons 5 3964
64. 105 41 Farshad Bagheri 5 3946
65. 108 43 Owen Clarke 5 3945
66. 33 -33 Jake French 4 3896
67. 110 43 Cole O'Connor 5 3879
68. 152 84 Annie Rhule 5 3818
69. 63 -6 Davide Greco 4 3770
70. 64 -6 Brian Keck 4 3688
71. 65 -6 Michael Ilavia 4 3609
72. 66 -6 Giano Taurino 4 3597
73. 67 -6 Jimmy Cabrera 4 3593
74. 68 -6 Zach Schiff 4 3567
75. 69 -6 Alejandro Marquez 4 3549
76. 50 -26 Carlee Taylor 4 3483
77. 70 -7 Michael Stevens 4 3465
78. 71 -7 Robert Bujdoso 4 3459
79. 74 -5 Pablo Carballedo 4 3374
80. 56 -24 Michael Korody 4 3331
81. 75 -6 Keith Spicer 4 3318
82. 76 -6 Conner Wick 4 3305
83. 77 -6 John Nielsen 4 3290
84. 78 -6 Micah Hendricks 4 3290
85. 39 -46 Matthew Morgan 4 3287
86. 124 38 Ricky Worley 4 3276
87. 132 45 Joshua Conquer 4 3258
88. 126 38 Mike Rivera 4 3241
89. 80 -9 Nathan Gilbert 4 3227
90. 43 -47 Reilly Cann 4 3205
91. 133 42 Marco Oldhafer 4 3175
92. 136 44 Jason Henrique 4 3170
93. 82 -11 Anthony Stiffler 4 3145
94. 142 48 Brandon Cusack 4 3140
95. 85 -10 Ahmad Barazi 4 3136
96. 143 47 Steve Libretto 4 3124
97. 114 17 Josh Lane 3 2772
98. 87 -11 Pedro Piquet 3 2738
99. 88 -11 Nic LeDuc 3 2723
100. 47 -53 Liam Snyder 3 2652
101. 90 -11 Graig Alvarez 3 2558
102. 92 -10 Alan Isambard 3 2544
103. 94 -9 Dominic LeGrand 3 2527
104. 95 -9 Jacob Pope 3 2525
105. 52 -53 Jeff Ralph 3 2511
106. 97 -9 Matt Jaskol 3 2503
107. 99 -8 Hannah Greenemeier 3 2487
108. 221 113 Alex Manglass 3 2414
109. 229 120 Chris Matthew 3 2384
110. 215 105 John Sullivan 3 2375
111. 57 -54 Dan Monteiro 3 2371
112. 83 -29 Antonio de Lis 3 2369
113. 106 -7 Derek Proctor 3 2367
114. 107 -7 Barry Primus 3 2366
115. 109 -6 Hunter Kelly 3 2335
116. 205 89 Jake Seidel 3 2324
117. 155 38 Jermaine Major 3 2227
118. 111 -7 Nicky Hays 2 1963
119. 112 -7 Pedro Lopes 2 1924
120. 113 -7 Alex Keyes 2 1898
121. 115 -6 Antonio Pizzonia Jr. 2 1853
122. 116 -6 Vincente Salas 2 1835
123. 117 -6 Ryan P. Lewis 2 1758
124. 118 -6 Tim Barber 2 1758
125. 119 -6 Sage Karam 2 1745
126. 120 -6 Henry Cubides 2 1743
127. 164 37 Tyler Sawyers 2 1731
128. 121 -7 Cash Baxley 2 1717
129. 96 -33 Philip Craycraft 2 1708
130. - - Scott Hargrove 2 1667
131. 100 -31 Steve Jenks 2 1656
132. 125 -7 Zack Frank 2 1653
133. 79 -54 Royal McKee 2 1649
134. 127 -7 Andrew Byrne 2 1634
135. 128 -7 Kevin Janders 2 1634
136. 129 -7 Andrea Nieri 2 1618
137. 130 -7 Justin Peck 2 1616
138. 131 -7 Milton Rivera 2 1614
139. 104 -35 Zoli Sule 2 1612
140. - - Bobby Durfee 2 1600
141. 168 27 Joe Ruch 2 1600
142. 195 53 Rene Palamieri 2 1595
143. 134 -9 Steven Crete 2 1591
144. 137 -7 Travis Henson 2 1583
145. 171 26 Bryan Smith 2 1582
146. 138 -8 Mateo Villagomez 2 1578
147. 140 -7 Kevin Primus 2 1575
148. 141 -7 David Kalb Jr. 2 1572
149. - - Kyle Francis 2 1567
150. 145 -5 Carlos Lopes 2 1556
151. 146 -5 Daniel Dibos 2 1556
152. 147 -5 David Schorne 2 1548
153. - - Vincent Fontecchio 2 1542
154. - - Kieran Madden 2 1541
155. 149 -6 Bryson Guzman 2 1534
156. 150 -6 Jeff Westlund 2 1514
157. 151 -6 Mateo DeLeon 2 1506
158. 153 -5 Mark Willis 2 1488
159. 154 -5 Aaron Dorst 2 1480
160. 156 -4 Matt Hamilton 1 1125
161. 157 -4 Kristijan Habulin 1 1056
162. 158 -4 Francesco Celenta 1 1033
163. 89 -74 Christian Bird 1 921
164. 159 -5 Ryan Rudolph 1 918
165. 160 -5 Zachary Shearer 1 915
166. 161 -5 Cody Hodgson 1 914
167. 162 -5 Taylor Greenfield 1 911
168. 163 -5 Augusto Soto-Schirripa 1 904
169. 165 -4 Phillip Smith 1 889
170. 166 -4 Rubens Barrichello 1 879
171. 167 -4 Cameron Parr 1 870
172. - - Phillip Davis 1 870
173. - - Chase Allard 1 861
174. 91 -83 Dylan Towne 1 857
175. 170 -5 Nicholas Hargraves 1 854
176. - - Brian Vevil 1 849
177. 98 -79 Alexis Costa 1 848
178. 172 -6 Colby Dubato 1 846
179. 173 -6 Cody Beck 1 843
180. 174 -6 David Jurca 1 842
181. 101 -80 Trace Bartley 1 839
182. 175 -7 Austin Wilkins 1 838
183. 176 -7 David Carmendy 1 834
184. - - Morgan Long 1 834
185. 178 -7 Nicholas Trumbull 1 834
186. 179 -7 Rett Thomas 1 829
187. 180 -7 Daniel Morales 1 827
188. 123 -65 Peter Abba 1 826
189. 181 -8 Brian Patterson 1 825
190. - - Tony Malito 1 824
191. 182 -9 Jason Campbell 1 818
192. 183 -9 Ryan Pool 1 817
193. 184 -9 Chris Worthington 1 816
194. 185 -9 Austin Ray Chalman 1 815
195. 186 -9 Brian Nixon 1 815
196. - - Paige Evans 1 814
197. 139 -58 Harry Voigt 1 812
198. - - Sam Gerlof 1 812
199. 187 -12 Louis Mendez 1 808
200. 188 -12 Cole Mathewson 1 807
201. 189 -12 Tim Sawyers 1 807
202. 190 -12 Vince Berkovich 1 807
203. - - Daniel Uruena 1 806
204. 191 -13 Kyle Loh 1 806
205. - - Daniel Barth 1 805
206. 192 -14 Justin Luik 1 804
207. - - Michael McCarthy 1 804
208. 193 -15 Ayrton Little 1 800
209. 194 -15 Darren Davis 1 800
210. 196 -14 Dalton Egger 1 799
211. 197 -14 Tom Dyer 1 799
212. 198 -14 Kris Warning 1 798
213. 199 -14 Anthony Sawyer 1 797
214. 177 -37 Monroe Jordan 1 797
215. 201 -14 Bryan Borquez 1 795
216. 202 -14 Bonnier Moulton 1 792
217. 203 -14 Quintin Bineau 1 792
218. 204 -14 Sebastian Hazbun 1 792
219. 206 -13 Jacob Parker 1 790
220. 208 -12 Kent Hatada 1 789
221. 209 -12 Jack Freese 1 788
222. - - James Zucker 1 787
223. - - James McAllister 1 786
224. - - Tommy Plahitko 1 786
225. 210 -15 Elliott Mignott 1 785
226. 211 -15 Charles Robin 1 784
227. 212 -15 Leonardo Lamelas 1 784
228. 213 -15 Norbert Laczho 1 784
229. 214 -15 Dave Eller 1 783
230. 135 -95 Frank Rapisarda 1 782
231. 216 -15 Luis Mendez 1 782
232. 217 -15 Patrick Otto Madsen 1 782
233. 218 -15 Steve Siler 1 782
234. 219 -15 Kerry Sherman 1 780
235. - - Branden Walker 1 779
236. - - TJ Modonna 1 778
237. - - Adam Kramer 1 777
238. 148 -90 Scott Granger 1 775
239. 222 -17 Douglas Horton 1 774
240. 223 -17 Juan Pablo Ramirez 1 774
241. 224 -17 Michael Lundeen 1 774
242. 225 -17 Tyler Gonzalez 1 773
243. - - Adam Isman 1 770
244. 226 -18 Zoltan Sule 1 769
245. - - Brennan Stamner 1 764
246. 227 -19 Bryan Baird 1 762
247. - - Domenico Masi 1 761
248. 144 -104 Patrick Cecilian 1 760
249. 228 -21 Amr Sinada 1 757
250. - - Alex Conlin 1 749
251. - - Maxwell Stephens 1 721
252. 230 -22 Ryan Lankenau 1 712
253. 231 -22 Tim Hollowell 1 712
254. 232 -22 Jeremy Iglesias 1 654
255. 233 -22 Emiliano Salazar 1 643
256. 234 -22 Pedro Hiltbrand 1 620
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