EKN Exclusive: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 23 – Preview Series – KA100 Senior

Sold out second edition of category in Las Vegas to provide thrilling SuperSunday show

eKartingNews.com, the Official Media Partner of Superkarts! USA, is proud to present our Preview Series for the SKUSA SuperNationals 23. Leading up to the on-track action of the 23rd edition of the marquee SKUSA event, EKN will preview each of the 12 categories in the 10 race groups that will compete on the temporary circuit located just outside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino from November 20-24.

Complete coverage of the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 23 can be found at the EKN EVENT PAGE. EKN Live will provide play-by-play and live timing from qualifying through to the final checkered flag on SuperSunday at ekartingnews.com/live

For more preview coverage, be sure to check the EKN Radio Network for the airing of two shows that will be broadcast leading up to the SKUSA SuperNationals 23. These two shows will provide EKN’s Rob Howden and David Cole with the opportunity for a more in-depth look at each of the entry lists and top-five predictions for all 12 classes.

Among the top contenders is inaugural KA100 Senior Pro Tour champion Austin Osborne (Photo: EKN)

The 2018 edition of the SKUSA SuperNationals welcomed the inaugural 100cc category for Senior drivers. A number of the sport’s top drivers from the 1990s and 2000s developed their skills using the 100cc engine platform, running from Cadet through Junior and into their Senior careers. The IAME KA100 engine has brought back the basics, and the scenario of drivers and their chassis trying to out perform the others. We saw that last year at the KA100 Senior debut at the SuperNationals and throughout the 2019 season as the SKUSA Pro Tour welcomed the category to the national program.

Inaugural SuperNationals winner Steven Barros is ‘one and done’, having sold his winning package from last year and will not be returning for 2019. While the ‘dark horse’ selection from a year ago will be absent, this opens the door for another driver to claim the second ever KA100 Senior victory at the SuperNationals. A quartet of drivers led the way all season at the SKUSA Pro Tour. The title chase went down to the wire between these four, and it would not decided until after the final checkered flag. Texan Austin Osborne, despite having two main event DNFs for a flat tire over the six Finals, edged out the competition to become the inaugural series champion. Osborne (IRM / Tony Kart) won twice – one each at the WinterNats and SummerNats – and finished third in his two other finishes. Austin finished the 2018 SuperNats in eighth.

USPKS champion Blake Hunt came just points short of the SKUSA title (Photo: EKN)

Losing the title by 13 points was Nick Ramirez (PGR / Ricciardo). A string of six top-five finishes, including two podiums to close the season, landed him the SKUSA #2 plate for the SuperNationals and 2020 season. The Californian is among the four 2018 podium finishers returning, has he placed fifth a year ago. Nick Persing (Nash / FA Kart) came off the track at New Castle during the SummerNationals believing that he had won the SKUSA Pro Tour championship. However, a start infraction cost him five positions in the Round Six main event and he lost those valuable points, which dropped him from the top of the provisional title standings down to third after a dramatic final main event of the season. Persing, who will carry the SKUSA #3 plate, was among the top-10 last year until getting shuffled down the order early in the main event, ending up 27th.

The top-four finished the championship chase separated by just 36 points after six rounds of competition. The fourth driver was 2018 WKA champion Blake Hunt (Tony Kart), who went into the SummerNationals as the point leader. While that finale did not pan out as hoped, two weekends prior did as Hunt locked up the United States Pro Kart Series championship. The program that began KA100 racing in 2017, welcomed record totals in the category for 2019. Josh Hotz (Franklin / Merlin) and Matthew Mockabee (MD6 / Kart Republic) finished second and third to Hunt in the USPKS title chase. Hotz placed third in last year’s SuperNationals after leading at the white flag before getting hit with a five-second penalty for jumping the start to move him off the runner-up step. Mockabee is set for his first SuperNationals in KA100 Senior after racing X30 Senior a year ago.

USPKS winner Colton Ramsey is the top returning driver from last year’s SuperNationals, placing runner-up (Photo: EKN)

A total of eight drivers from last year’s top-10 are back for more. Runner-up Colton Ramsey (Innovative / Exprit) won during his only USPKS weekend at Ocala, having run a limited schedule due to illness this summer. Fourth-place finisher Scott Foster (KSNA / KF Kart) is one of four drivers from outside the United States competing this year. Foster is the son of now three-time SuperNationals winner Kip Foster, piloting a kart created on his dad’s namesake. Mike Doty Racing has a number of drivers under its tent, including WKA winner Pauly Massimino (Kosmic), who finished sixth last year. Stephen Dial is another driver returning from last year’s top-10. Dial (Milrock / Kosmic) finished ninth a year ago, and has one USPKS victory to his credit this summer.

The SKUSA Pro Tour had five different winners throughout the 2019 season, with all five in attendance at the SuperNationals. Utah drivers Joshua Fine (RFR / Kosmic) and Walker Hess (Tony Kart) defended their home turf during the SpringNationals and each are making their KA100 debuts at the SuperNationals. Garrett Adams also fended off a large turnout of competitors at his home track of New Castle Motorsports Park during the SummerNationals, winning the series finale. Adams (Comet / FA Kart) competed in the Junior division last year, placing 10th. Among the rookies for this year’s KA100 class at the SuperNationals include Challenge of the Americas champion Ethan Ho (APM / Tony Kart) and Dylan Christie (MDR / Kosmic).

Former SKUSA Pro Tour champion Brandon Lemke looks to lead Merlin Nation to victory in the KA100 Senior (Photo: EKN)

A number of names stand out within the entry list that may be a contender throughout the week. Merlin Nation is coming in strong, vying for its first win at the SuperNationals since 2008 with Tommy ‘Gun’ Andersen in the HPV 2 Junior class. 2015 SKUSA Pro Tour Junior champion Brandon Lemke has been strong all season long, back home with Franklin Motorsports. Lemke won in Daytona during his only KA100 start this season, and was also victorious in WKA and USPKS competition aboard his X30. He will be joined by Michael Geringer, a winner in WKA racing last year. A longtime graduate of Team FMS is TJ Koyen. The Oktane Visual owner was among the favorites going into the event last year, but suffered some hard luck. After racing X30 Senior earlier in the year, the Innovative / Kosmic driver moved back to KA100 to close out the year.

Jenson Altzman (Ruthless / Exprit) is going into the SuperNats as a two-time ROK the RIO winner. Altzman scored victory last week, and is gearing to improve on his 19th place result at last year’s SuperNats. Jake Drew (FW / CompKart) is the KA100 Senior champion at LAKC for 2019, racking up a number of victories on the season. Oliver Calvo (LEM / Praga) has four straight Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix wins. The latest was his debut in the KA100 Senior class, helping to lock up the California ProKart Challenge championship.

By the Numbers:

1 – Previous SuperNationals winner (K3 Novice-2000)

4 – Number of drivers from outside the United States in field

6 – Graduates from KA100 Junior racing in 2019

7 – Top-10 finishers returning for 2019 SuperNationals

17 – Drivers returning from last year’s field

Provisional KA100 Senior Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Country
994 Garrett Adams Comet Kart Sales FA Kart Greenfield IN US
913 Jenson Altzman Ruthless Karting Exprit Phoenix AZ US
984 Dylan Beckwith Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Riverside CT US
951 Julia Boos Kaos Karting Tony Kart New Hope PA US
978 Oliver Calvo Leading Edge Motorsports Praga Stockton CA US
977 Sonny Cervelli Pickett Racing / GFC GFC Benicia CA US
922 Dylan Christie Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Princeton NJ US
929 Zack Dante Birel ART Davis CA US
907 Stephen Dial Milrock Motorsports Kosmic Elwood IL US
999 German Dimaro Ternengo Borda Kart Ternengo Kart AR
927 Jake Drew Formula Works CompKart Fullerton CA US
906 Matthew Duncovich KartSport North America Kart Republic Islip Terrace NY US
934 Jackson Dunn Forward Direction Motorsports CompKart Littleton CO US
915 Daniel Eaton HRT Driver Development Kosmic Carlsbad CA US
921 Zoey Edenholm Nash Motorsportz Tony Kart Scottsdale AZ US
931 Henry Falls-Hand Mike Manning Karting Tony Kart Riverside CA US
976 Everest Fedler Forward Direction Motorsports CompKart Denver CO US
905 Joshua Fine Real Fine Racing Kosmic Park City UT US
904 Scott Foster KartSport North America KF Kart AU
903 Michael Geringer Franklin Motorsports Merlin Elburn IL US
982 Nathan Haney Cambrian Go-Karts FA Kart Salinas CA US
926 Walker Hess Tony Kart Park City UT US
989 Ethan Ho APM Racing Tony Kart City of Industry CA US
902 Josh Hotz Franklin Motorsports Merlin Mukwonago WI US
917 Blake Hunt Tony Kart Mooresville NC US
918 Alejandro Jaramillo Crosslink Competition Exprit Dallas TX US
947 Abby Keyes PSL Karting Birel ART Folsom CA US
986 TJ Koyen Innovative Performance Kosmic Sun Prairie WI US
901 Brandon Lemke Franklin Motorsports Merlin Eagle WI US
960 Jalen Mack Mack Motorsports FA Kart Chino Hills CA US
923 Christopher Martin Crosslink Competition Exprit Daly City CA US
969 Nathan Martin Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Westminster CO US
908 Pauly Massimino Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Indian Trail NC US
911 John McCusker Mike Doty Racing Tony Kart Glen Head NY US
920 Michael Michoff Rolison Performace Group Kosmic Roseville CA US
968 Matthew Mockabee MD6 Motorsports Kart Republic Dayton OH US
N1 Austin Osborne Iron Rock Motorsports Kosmic Houston TX US
N3 Nick Persing Nash Motorsportz FA Kart Morgan Hill CA US
979 Francisco Ponton Ternengo Borda Kart Ternengo Kart AR
987 Lucas Quinones Ternengo Borda Kart Ternengo Kart AR
932 Ethan Raap Msquared Karting Tony Kart Salt Lake City UT US
N2 Nick Ramirez Phil Giebler Racing Ricciardo Riverside CA US
900 Colton Ramsey Innovative Performance Exprit Springfield IL US
919 Eddie Shimmon Leading Edge Motorsports Tony Kart Los Altos CA US
944 Jonathan Silva JS500 motorsports CompKart Corona CA US
941 Josiah Tracy Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Whitesboro TX US
914 Arie Venberg Franklin Motorsports Kosmic Dallas TX US
988 Jake Venberg Franklin Motorsports Kosmic Dallas TX US
912 Josh Weis CompKart Aurora CO US
945 Greg Welch J3 Competition CompKart Denver CO US

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