2019 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA – Shifterkart – September 9

Top three include same names with Myers still on top but a familiar challenger close behind

AJ Myers remains on top of the Shifterkart Driver Rankings (Photo: EKN)

The end of the 2019 season is looming with the months of September and October closing out the many regional programs before year-end events put a cap on the year. The bulk of the national schedule is complete, shaping up the latest release of the eKartingNews.com Shifterkart Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA. Three major events remain on the schedule that can alter the standings as we close out 2019 – Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix, ROK the RIO, and SKUSA SuperNationals 23.

CRG Nordam’s AJ Myers remains at the top spot, able to retain the same total through the SKUSA Pro Tour finale. While the Florida driver was unable to defend the SKUSA Pro Tour, Myers remains the top driver in the Driver Rankings. The order on the podium is back to where it all ended in 2018, with Billy Musgrave (MRC / Croc Promotion) in the second spot. The three-time SKUSA SuperNationals winner jumped to second and gain valuable points on Myers to be only 90 points from the top spot. Dropping to third is the newly crowned SKUSA Pro Tour champion Kyle Wick. The CRG Nordam driver went winless in the six round championship, but came away with his first SKUSA crown and the SKUSA #1 plate.

SpringNationals winner Mathias Ramirez (PSL / Birel ART) was not able to close out the season with a podiums at the SummerNationals, however, remains in the fourth spot in the Driver Rankings. Moving into the top-five is two-time SKUSA Pro Tour winner Andrew Bujdoso (Checkered Motorsports). Bujdoso has had an up and down season, racing aboard three different chassis brands but leaving the SKUSA Pro Tour third in the standings. His advancement dropped Hunter Pickett (GFC) down to sixth, yet improving his score, making a return to the seat after taking much of the summer months off.

The bottom half of the top-10 shuffled around this month. Jumping up to seventh is 2018 RIGP King of the Streets winner Rory van der Steur (MRC / Tony Kart). Rory just missed out on the top-five in the SKUSA standings. Moving to eighth is Prescott Campbell (MRC / Aluminos). The SoCal driver is among the six finalists for the 2019 Team USA Scholarship program, as he bids to represent the country in Europe competing in Formula Ford action, following in the footsteps of many professional drivers.

The biggest mover was Jake French. His two victories at the SummerNationals helped to bring his race total up to seven after joining Croc Promotion USA and returning behind the wheel in May. French now has become one of the favorites heading into the SKUSA SuperNationals. Dropping down to 10th is Challenge of the Americas champion Ron White (RWR / CRG). Losing two races from his total accounted for his drop from seventh. Falling out of the top-10 is Max Hewitt (CRG Nordam), falling to 13th after losing his podium results in S2 last year at the SummerNationals. That puts new SKUSA Pro Tour Pro Shifter 2 champion Race Liberante (J3 / CompKart) as the top semi-pro in the Driver Rankings, sitting 11th.


Upcoming EKN TaG Driver Rankings Schedule

Date Series Class Track Location Rank
9/14/19 Texas ProKart Challenge #5 Pro Shifter Speedsportz Racing Park New Caney, TX 8.5
9/14/19 Texas ProKart Challenge #5 Stock Honda Speedsportz Racing Park New Caney, TX 8.5
9/15/19 Los Angeles Karting Championship #8 Pro Shifter CalSpeed Karting Fontana, CA 8
9/15/19 O2S Championship #5 Shifter Light McMinnville Kart Track McMinnville, OR 8
9/15/19 Rok Sonoma #7 Shifter Rok Simraceway Performance Karting Center Sonoma, CA 8
9/15/19 Texas ProKart Challenge #6 Pro Shifter Speedsportz Racing Park New Caney, TX 8.5
9/15/19 Texas ProKart Challenge #6 Stock Honda Speedsportz Racing Park New Caney, TX 8.5
9/21/19 F-Series Gearup Challenge #6 KZ New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ 8
9/21/19 F-Series Gearup Challenge #6 Formula Shifter New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ 8
9/22/19 F-Series Gearup Challenge #7 KZ New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ 8
9/22/19 F-Series Gearup Challenge #7 Formula Shifter New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ 8
9/22/19 ROK the Rockies #6 Shifter Rok SBR Motorsports Park Calhan, CO 8
9/29/19 Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix Pro Shifter The BLVD Lancaster, CA 9
9/29/19 Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix Pro Shifter 2 The BLVD Lancaster, CA 8.5
10/13/19 Los Angeles Karting Championship #9 Pro Shifter CalSpeed Karting Fontana, CA 8
10/13/19 Rok Sonoma #8 Shifter Rok Simraceway Performance Karting Center Sonoma, CA 8
11/2/19 ROK the RIO Shifter Rok Rio All-Suite Casino & Hotel Las Vegas, NV 9.5
11/24/19 SKUSA SuperNationals 23 Pro Shifter Rio All-Suite Casino & Hotel Las Vegas, NV 10
11/24/19 SKUSA SuperNationals 23 Pro Shifter 2 Rio All-Suite Casino & Hotel Las Vegas, NV 9.5


Shifterkart #1 – AJ Myers
Tampa, Florida

(Photo: EKN)

It was in 2014 that AJ Myers put himself on the map in USA karting. Securing the USPKS IAME Pro title that year, Myers shocked the paddock with a fifth place performance in the KZ category at the SKUSA SuperNationals. Myers was the top American finisher in a stacked field of former SuperNats winner and world champions. The Florida driver claimed the 2018 SKUSA Pro Tour title last year and moved to Croc Promotion USA stable to begin a new era. After placing second at the SuperNationals, and winning at the WinterNationals, the two parted ways and Myers found a new home with CRG Nordam. While the year did not finish with Myers defending the championship, he remains the one on top in the Driver Rankings. Next week, Myers will fly the USA colors at the FIA Karting KZ World Championships with the CRG factory.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
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
SKUSA SpringNationals ’19 #1 – Pro 9.5 2 987
SKUSA SummerNationals ’19 #2 – Pro 9.5 4 1005

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 1.86
Average Points: 1019
Total Points: 7133

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Shifterkart #2 – Billy Musgrave
Norco, California

(Photo: DromoPhotos.com)

The 2019 season has not unfolded as MRC’s Billy Musgrave hoped it would. This season was about the SKUSA Pro Tour. Issues at the WinterNationals put Musgrave behind early in the title chase and was unable to stand on the podium at the SpringNationals. He moved from the Aluminos brand to Croc Promotion USA, and things sparked again. Musgrave was runner-up to teammate Jake French in both main events at the SummerNationals. Add in his 11-race win streak at the California ProKart Challenge and runner-up in his Rock Island Grand Prix debut, the three-time SuperNationals winner is looking to end 2019 strong.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
SKUSA SuperNationals 2018 – S1 10 1 1148
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 SummerNationals ’19 #1 – Pro 9.5 2 1026
SKUSA SummerNationals ’19 #2 – Pro 9.5 2 1026
RIGP King of the Streets 2019 9 2 968

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.57
Average Points: 1006.1
Total Points: 7043

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Shifterkart #3 – Kyle Wick
Auburn, Washington

(Photo: EKN)

There is no doubt, Kyle Wick has established himself among the best shifterkart drivers in the United States. Consistent results throughout the six-round SKUSA Pro Tour program aboard his CRG Nordam machine, including four third-place results, put him on top of the podium in the championship standings to claim his first SKUSA Pro Tour title. Having no key victories on the year however does not help him in the Driver Rankings. His two podiums at the SummerNationals boosted his total to above the 7000 mark and lowered his average finish slightly. Placing on the podium at last year’s SuperNationals, the champ is certainly elevated as a top contender once again for Vegas.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
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
SKUSA SummerNationals ’18 #1 – S1 9.5 2 1015
SKUSA SummerNationals ’18 #2 – S1 9.5 2 1015

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.14
Average Points: 1000.1
Total Points: 7001


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 September 9, 2019

Pos. Aug. 1 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score
1. 1 NC AJ Myers 20 7133
2. 3 1 Billy Musgrave 18 7043
3. 2 -1 Kyle Wick 16 7001
4. 4 NC Mathias Ramirez 14 6928
5. 6 1 Andrew Bujdoso 19 6907
6. 5 -1 Hunter Pickett 14 6870
7. 10 3 Rory van der Steur 18 6715
8. 9 1 Prescott Campbell 16 6694
9. 66 57 Jake French 7 6683
10. 7 -3 Ron White 7 6658
11. 39 28 Race Liberante 10 6622
12. 12 NC Zach Pettinicchi 17 6572
13. 8 -5 Max Hewitt 15 6569
14. 13 -1 Keawn Tandon 17 6521
15. 14 -1 Enzo Prevost 12 6493
16. 18 2 Calvin Ming 14 6391
17. 15 -2 Kol Bailey 11 6388
18. 11 -7 Collin Daley 8 6369
19. 17 -2 Callum Smith 8 6354
20. 26 6 Connor Robles 11 6323
21. 16 -5 Mark Snyder 9 6310
22. 23 1 Devon Smith-Harden 12 6264
23. 19 -4 Cole Shade 15 6258
24. 74 50 Zach Schiff 7 6221
25. 42 17 Vincenzo Sarracino 8 6173
26. 54 28 Kyle Kennedy 9 6161
27. 20 -7 Evan Batt 9 6145
28. 27 -1 Anthony Freese 11 6095
29. 101 72 Graig Alvarez 7 6095
30. 22 -8 Zachary Hollingshead 8 6093
31. 21 -10 Garrett McKelvie 8 6090
33. 25 -8 Worawong Komarakul 11 6067
32. 30 -2 Jordan Johnson 12 6067
34. 24 -10 Kyle Apuzzo 17 6054
35. 44 9 Aaron Bromberek 9 6053
36. 28 -8 Daniel Formal 6 5942
37. 47 10 Baylor Griffin 8 5932
38. 34 -4 Aidan O'Neill 8 5829
39. 33 -6 Dean Heldt 7 5824
40. 32 -8 Seth Huntley 7 5815
41. 35 -6 Bryson Lew 8 5807
42. 37 -5 Lucio Masini 9 5759
43. 36 -7 Justin Taylor 7 5739
54. 61 7 Pierce Baldus 7 5734
44. 38 -6 Brenden Ruzbarsky 8 5661
45. 69 24 Davide Greco 6 5656
46. 48 2 Evan Polisky 7 5601
47. 49 2 Nick Chivello 7 5562
48. 67 19 Cole O'Connor 7 5514
49. 70 21 Brian Keck 6 5401
50. 77 27 Michael Stevens 6 5267
51. 45 -6 Steffano Lucente 6 5052
52. 46 -6 Colton Timmons 6 5023
53. 31 -22 Cody Elliott 6 5018
55. 86 31 Ricky Worley 6 4870
56. 65 9 Owen Clarke 6 4753
58. 50 -8 Joey Wimsett 5 4734
57. 94 37 Brandon Cusack 6 4734
59. 51 -8 Sarah Rassmusen 6 4697
60. 68 8 Annie Rhule 6 4601
77. 40 -37 Cameron Egger 5 4355
61. 141 80 Joe Ruch 5 4306
62. 78 16 Robert Bujdoso 5 4284
63. 43 -20 Robert Heck Jr. 5 4272
64. 55 -9 Emon Fazlollahi 5 4239
65. 57 -8 Ayden Fisher 5 4203
66. 29 -37 Xingran Tang 5 4180
67. 59 -8 Remo Ruscitti 5 4065
68. 92 24 Jason Henrique 5 3972
69. 91 22 Marco Oldhafer 5 3966
70. 64 -6 Farshad Bagheri 5 3946
71. 96 25 Steve Libretto 5 3924
72. 52 -20 Jason Pettit 4 3835
73. 97 24 Josh Lane 4 3710
74. 72 -2 Giano Taurino 4 3597
75. 73 -2 Jimmy Cabrera 4 3593
76. 75 -1 Alejandro Marquez 4 3549
78. 41 -37 Matt Paesch 4 3488
79. 79 NC Pablo Carballedo 4 3374
80. 56 -24 Matias Podboj 4 3362
81. 148 67 David Kalb Jr. 4 3359
117. 107 -10 Hannah Greenemeier 4 3345
82. 80 -2 Michael Korody 4 3331
83. 81 -2 Keith Spicer 4 3318
84. 82 -2 Conner Wick 4 3305
85. 76 -9 Carlee Taylor 4 3290
86. 83 -3 John Nielsen 4 3290
87. 84 -3 Micah Hendricks 4 3290
88. 85 -3 Matthew Morgan 4 3287
89. 87 -2 Joshua Conquer 4 3258
90. 88 -2 Mike Rivera 4 3241
91. 89 -2 Nathan Gilbert 4 3227
92. 134 42 Andrew Byrne 4 3219
122. 113 -9 Derek Proctor 4 3208
94. 62 -32 Josh Weis 4 3182
93. 108 15 Alex Manglass 4 3182
95. 63 -32 Cole Timmons 4 3180
96. 144 48 Travis Henson 4 3161
97. 93 -4 Anthony Stiffler 4 3145
98. 114 16 Barry Primus 4 3142
100. 58 -42 Tyler Guilbeault 4 3132
99. 110 11 John Sullivan 4 3132
101. 109 8 Chris Matthew 4 3124
102. 116 14 Jake Seidel 4 3098
103. 154 51 Kieran Madden 4 3093
104. 166 62 Cody Hodgson 3 2789
105. 98 -7 Pedro Piquet 3 2738
106. 53 -53 Blair Hosie 3 2652
107. 100 -7 Liam Snyder 3 2652
108. - - Gavin Bayliff 3 2642
109. 173 64 Chase Allard 3 2614
110. 210 100 Dalton Egger 3 2605
111. 102 -9 Alan Isambard 3 2544
112. - - Dillon Johnson 3 2532
113. 103 -10 Dominic LeGrand 3 2527
114. 104 -10 Jacob Pope 3 2525
115. 105 -10 Jeff Ralph 3 2511
116. 106 -10 Matt Jaskol 3 2503
118. 136 18 Andrea Nieri 3 2437
119. 112 -7 Antonio de Lis 3 2407
120. 60 -60 Henry Korn 3 2398
121. 111 -10 Dan Monteiro 3 2371
123. 236 113 TJ Modonna 3 2347
124. 147 23 Kevin Primus 3 2326
125. 150 25 Carlos Lopes 3 2322
126. 117 -9 Jermaine Major 3 2227
127. 118 -9 Nicky Hays 2 1963
128. 120 -8 Alex Keyes 2 1898
129. 121 -8 Antonio Pizzonia Jr. 2 1853
130. 122 -8 Vincente Salas 2 1835
131. 71 -60 Michael Ilavia 2 1765
132. 123 -9 Ryan P. Lewis 2 1758
133. 124 -9 Tim Barber 2 1758
134. 125 -9 Sage Karam 2 1745
135. 126 -9 Henry Cubides 2 1743
136. 127 -9 Tyler Sawyers 2 1731
137. 191 54 Jason Campbell 2 1727
138. 171 33 Cameron Parr 2 1726
139. 128 -11 Cash Baxley 2 1717
140. - - Troy Allard 2 1706
141. 179 38 Cody Beck 2 1693
142. 190 48 Tony Malito 2 1684
143. 130 -13 Scott Hargrove 2 1667
144. 183 39 David Carmendy 2 1661
145. - - Cooper Becklin 2 1660
146. 132 -14 Zack Frank 2 1653
147. 133 -14 Royal McKee 2 1649
148. 135 -13 Kevin Janders 2 1634
149. 224 75 Tommy Plahitko 2 1616
150. 99 -51 Nic LeDuc 2 1615
151. 138 -13 Milton Rivera 2 1614
152. 139 -13 Zoli Sule 2 1612
153. - - Paulo Castagnetti 2 1602
154. 140 -14 Bobby Durfee 2 1600
155. 250 95 Alex Conlin 2 1596
156. 222 66 James Zucker 2 1586
157. 145 -12 Bryan Smith 2 1582
158. 146 -12 Mateo Villagomez 2 1578
159. 95 -64 Ahmad Barazi 2 1577
160. 149 -11 Kyle Francis 2 1567
161. 211 50 Tom Dyer 2 1565
162. 151 -11 Daniel Dibos 2 1556
163. 152 -11 David Schorne 2 1548
164. 153 -11 Vincent Fontecchio 2 1542
166. 155 -11 Bryson Guzman 2 1534
165. 243 78 Adam Isman 2 1534
167. 156 -11 Jeff Westlund 2 1514
168. 90 -78 Reilly Cann 2 1507
170. 157 -13 Mateo DeLeon 2 1506
169. 249 80 Amr Sinada 2 1506
171. 158 -13 Mark Willis 2 1488
172. 159 -13 Aaron Dorst 2 1480
173. 115 -58 Hunter Kelly 2 1464
174. 160 -14 Matt Hamilton 1 1125
175. 161 -14 Kristijan Habulin 1 1056
176. 162 -14 Francesco Celenta 1 1033
177. 164 -13 Ryan Rudolph 1 918
178. 165 -13 Zachary Shearer 1 915
179. 167 -12 Taylor Greenfield 1 911
180. 168 -12 Augusto Soto-Schirripa 1 904
181. 169 -12 Phillip Smith 1 889
182. 170 -12 Rubens Barrichello 1 879
184. 172 -12 Phillip Davis 1 870
183. - - Aaron Snyder 1 870
185. 174 -11 Dylan Towne 1 857
186. 175 -11 Nicholas Hargraves 1 854
187. 176 -11 Brian Vevil 1 849
188. 177 -11 Alexis Costa 1 848
189. 178 -11 Colby Dubato 1 846
190. 180 -10 David Jurca 1 842
191. 181 -10 Trace Bartley 1 839
192. 182 -10 Austin Wilkins 1 838
193. - - Brandon Reed 1 838
194. 184 -10 Morgan Long 1 834
195. 185 -10 Nicholas Trumbull 1 834
196. - - Thane Morgan 1 832
197. 186 -11 Rett Thomas 1 829
198. 187 -11 Daniel Morales 1 827
199. 189 -10 Brian Patterson 1 825
200. 131 -69 Steve Jenks 1 823
201. - - Fred Robertson 1 821
202. - - Lance Lane 1 821
203. 193 -10 Chris Worthington 1 816
204. 194 -10 Austin Ray Chalman 1 815
205. 195 -10 Brian Nixon 1 815
206. - - Hal Strauss 1 815
207. 196 -11 Paige Evans 1 814
208. - - Don McGregor 1 813
209. 197 -12 Harry Voigt 1 812
210. 198 -12 Sam Gerlof 1 812
211. 137 -74 Justin Peck 1 808
213. 200 -13 Cole Mathewson 1 807
214. 201 -13 Tim Sawyers 1 807
215. 202 -13 Vince Berkovich 1 807
212. - - Clayton Putman 1 807
216. 203 -13 Daniel Uruena 1 806
217. 204 -13 Kyle Loh 1 806
218. 205 -13 Daniel Barth 1 805
219. 206 -13 Justin Luik 1 804
220. 207 -13 Michael McCarthy 1 804
221. 208 -13 Ayrton Little 1 800
222. 143 -79 Steven Crete 1 799
223. 212 -11 Kris Warning 1 798
224. 213 -11 Anthony Sawyer 1 797
225. 214 -11 Monroe Jordan 1 797
227. 142 -85 Rene Palamieri 1 795
226. 215 -11 Bryan Borquez 1 795
228. 217 -11 Quintin Bineau 1 792
229. 218 -11 Sebastian Hazbun 1 792
230. 219 -11 Jacob Parker 1 790
231. - - Slade Putman 1 790
232. 220 -12 Kent Hatada 1 789
233. 223 -10 James McAllister 1 786
234. 225 -9 Elliott Mignott 1 785
235. 226 -9 Charles Robin 1 784
236. 227 -9 Leonardo Lamelas 1 784
237. - - Neil Joseph 1 783
238. 230 -8 Frank Rapisarda 1 782
239. 231 -8 Luis Mendez 1 782
240. 232 -8 Patrick Otto Madsen 1 782
241. 233 -8 Steve Siler 1 782
242. 234 -8 Kerry Sherman 1 780
243. 235 -8 Branden Walker 1 779
244. 237 -7 Adam Kramer 1 777
245. 239 -6 Douglas Horton 1 774
246. 240 -6 Juan Pablo Ramirez 1 774
247. 241 -6 Michael Lundeen 1 774
248. 242 -6 Tyler Gonzalez 1 773
249. 244 -5 Zoltan Sule 1 769
250. 245 -5 Brennan Stamner 1 764
251. 246 -5 Bryan Baird 1 762
252. 247 -5 Domenico Masi 1 761
253. 248 -5 Patrick Cecilian 1 760
254. 251 -3 Maxwell Stephens 1 721
255. 252 -3 Ryan Lankenau 1 712
256. 253 -3 Tim Hollowell 1 712
257. 254 -3 Jeremy Iglesias 1 654
258. 255 -3 Emiliano Salazar 1 643
259. 256 -3 Pedro Hiltbrand 1 620
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