2021 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – Shifterkart – June 4

Reigning SKUSA Pro Tour champion Myers continues run at the top

Shifterkart #1 driver AJ Myers (Photo: EKN)

We are nearing the halfway point of the 2021 calendar year, with karting in full swing across North America. The EKN Shifterkart Driver Rankings saw a number of new drivers added to the list of those competing in a ranked race over the past 12 months, nearing the 200-driver mark once again. Not much has changed at the top, with defending SKUSA Pro Tour champion AJ Myers remaining the driver to beat in the standings.

Myers (Magik Kart USA) put in a strong performance at the recent SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals in Utah, improving his score and setting the advantage to 115 points over former SKUSA Pro Tour champion Jake French (PSL / Birel ART). The Texan could only record runner-up finishes at the SpringNats behind Myers, improving his score as well. The two are the only drivers over the 7000-point mark thus far into the 2021 season, which should change by the end of the season with no SuperNationals in 2020. Remaining third in the standings is the 2020 Challenge of the Americas champion Hunter Pickett (GFC), who’s points remain unchanged with the Californian not in Utah.

No changes in the top-six overall with Kyle Wick, Daniel Formal and Billy Musgrave sitting fourth, fifth and sixth. Wick (GFC) – the 2021 Challenge of the Americas champion – has not raced a ranked event since the series finale in March. Same with Formal (LEM / Formula K), who has not raced since the SKUSA Pro Tour WinterNationals where he finished Day Two third on the podium. Musgrave (Factory Kart) was able to match his best SKUSA result with a third in Utah, improving his score but just short of jumping ahead of Formal for fifth.

The top driver to move a position is Shifterkart rookie Jacob Gulick (GFC). The former top-50 driver in TaG, Gulick is making an impact in his first season grabbing six gears. Gulick has 16 races thus far on the year, placing third at Challenge of the Americas title chase and made his SKUSA Pro Tour debut at the SpringNationals. Two top qualifier results did not equate to podium finishes, with a best fifth-place result on Sunday. His Pro Tour result jumped him to seventh ahead of Andrew Bujdoso (Magjk Kart USA). Bujdoso’s last race was at the Stars Championship Series opener at GoPro Motorplex with a victory.

Rory van der Steur (Magik Kart USA) finished P2 in the SKUSA Pro Tour standings last year, and with a focus on car racing this year, is likely to fall out of the top-10 after August. Moving up to the top-10 in tenth is Devon Smith-Harden. The Harden Motorsports Group driver made the switch to the Race Factory chassis at the SpringNationals. A mechanical issue sidelined him Saturday, bouncing back to a fourth place result on Sunday to help improve his score.


Upcoming EKN Shifterkart Driver Rankings Schedule

Date Series Class Track Location Rank
6/6/21 Colorado Karting Tour #3 Open Shifter Grand Junction Motor Speedway Grand Junction, CO 8
6/6/21 Colorado Karting Tour #3 Stock Honda Grand Junction Motor Speedway Grand Junction, CO 8
6/6/21 Quincy Grand Prix Pro Shifter South Park Quincy, IL 8.5
6/6/21 Quincy Grand Prix Pro Shifter Open South Park Quincy, IL 8.5
6/12/21 ICP Cup #5 Shifter Light PSGKA Kart Track Spanaway, WA 8
6/13/21 California Rok Championship #2 Shifter Rok Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, CA 8.5
6/13/21 ICP Cup #6 Shifter Light PSGKA Kart Track Spanaway, WA 8
6/13/21 Stars Championship Series #2 KZ Stars Pittsburgh International Race Complex Wampum, PA 8.5
6/13/21 Stars Championship Series #2 ROK Stars Pittsburgh International Race Complex Wampum, PA 8.5
6/13/21 Texas Sprint Racing Series #3 Shifter Speedsportz Racing Park New Caney, TX 8
6/19/21 California ProKart Challenge #2 Pro Shifter CalSpeed Karting Fontana, CA 8.5
6/20/21 California ProKart Challenge #3 Pro Shifter CalSpeed Karting Fontana, CA 8.5
6/20/21 Colorado Karting Tour #4 Open Shifter IMI Motorsports Dacono, CO 8
6/20/21 Colorado Karting Tour #4 Stock Honda IMI Motorsports Dacono, CO 8
6/20/21 Rok Sonoma #4 Shifter Rok Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, CA 8
6/20/21 Utah State Championship #5 Shifter Utah Motorsports Campus Erda, UT 8
6/26/21 Sunshine States Karting Challenge #1 Open Shifter Andersen Racepark Palmetto, FL 8
6/26/21 Sunshine States Karting Challenge #1 ROK Shifter Andersen Racepark Palmetto, FL 8
6/27/21 Los Angeles Karting Championship #5 Pro Shifter CalSpeed Karting Fontana, CA 8
6/27/21 Sunshine States Karting Challenge #2 Open Shifter Andersen Racepark Palmetto, FL 8
6/27/21 Sunshine States Karting Challenge #2 ROK Shifter Andersen Racepark Palmetto, FL 8

AJ Myers (Photo: EKN)

Shifterkart #1 – AJ Myers
Tampa, Florida

A two-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion, and three-straight Florida Winter Tour championships has elevated AJ Myers to be among the top shifterkart pilots of this decade. Myers is nearing a run at a third SKUSA title with four straight victories to begin the 2021 chase. Each of his four wins were wire-to-wire performances, something that has never been done in the Pro Shifter category. You can believe the attempt for a perfect six will be on the minds of not only Myers, but his competition. Looking at his score, his SpringNats wins replaced two wins from the 2020 SKUSA Pro Tour campaign for his Rankings score. There is room to improve at the SummerNationals and end of the year events in Las Vegas.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
ROK the RIO 2020 9.5 2 1093
Florida Winter Tour 2021 #1 9 1 1026
Florida Winter Tour 2021 #2 9 1 1020
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #1 9.5 1 1029
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #2 9.5 1 1029
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #3 9.5 1 1015
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #4 9.5 1 1015

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 1.14
Average Points: 1032.4
Total Points: 7227

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Jake French (Photo: EKN)

Shifterkart #2 – Jake French
Rockwell, Texas

Among those of the best in the last decade can also include Jake French. The 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour title winner has continued winning since despite leaving the sport for some time before returning on fire at the end of the 2019 season. French finished third at the Florida Winter Tour program and has four-straight runner-up results behind Myers at the SKUSA Pro Tour. New Castle, site of the SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals, has been a good place for French, earning victories at the 2019 event, winning one of the six rounds at the Summer Festival last year. Beating Myers there, and at the Vegas events at the end of the year will be the key factor to the PSL Karting / Birel ART driver to claim the top spot to close out 2021.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
ROK the RIO 2020 9.5 6 1049
Florida Winter Tour 2021 #1 9 3 1005
Florida Winter Tour 2021 #2 9 2 1010
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #1 9.5 2 1019
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #2 9.5 2 1019
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #3 9.5 2 1005
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #4 9.5 2 1005

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.71
Average Points: 1016
Total Points: 7112

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Shifterkart #3 – Hunter Pickett
Benicia, California

2020 Challenge of the Americas champion Hunter Pickett ran a different 2021 winter program. Beginning at the Florida Winter Tour, Pickett contested the final two events of the COTA program, earning four top-four finishes, including a victory. The GFC Karting driver did not compete at the SKUSA Pro Tour SpringNationals, focusing on ROK Sonoma and the California ROK Championship. The strong regional program could be a way to gain some added points and races under his belt as the season moves forward.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
ROK Fest West 2021 8.5 2 956
ROK the RIO 2020 9.5 3 1082
Florida Winter Tour 2021 #1 9 6 969
Challenge of the Americas 2021 #1 9 2 997
Challenge of the Americas 2021 #2 9 3 987
Challenge of the Americas 2021 #3 9 1 1014
Challenge of the Americas 2021 #4 9 4 984

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.00
Average Points: 998.4
Total Points: 6989


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 other special races.

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 2021, 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, Rotax Grand Nationals, 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 – as of June 4, 2021

Pos. Apr. 2 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score
1. 1 NC AJ Myers 15 7227
2. 2 NC Jake French 16 7112
3. 3 NC Hunter Pickett 17 6989
4. 4 NC Kyle Wick 16 6964
5. 5 NC Daniel Formal 13 6947
6. 6 NC Billy Musgrave 12 6937
7. 8 1 Jacob Gulick 16 6829
8. 7 -1 Andrew Bujdoso 11 6768
9. 9 NC Rory van der Steur 8 6746
10. 11 1 Devon Smith-Harden 16 6737
11. 10 -1 Aidan O'Neill 15 6723
12. 12 NC Race Liberante 12 6635
13. 13 NC Keawn Tandon 13 6631
14. 16 2 Kyle Kennedy 11 6628
15. 14 -1 Vincente Salas 10 6614
16. 19 3 Kol Bailey 11 6598
17. 26 9 Michael Stevens 9 6595
18. 15 -3 Remo Ruscitti 7 6588
19. 32 13 Vincenzo Sarracino 9 6560
20. 18 -2 Micah Hendricks 11 6534
21. 17 -4 Cole Shade 12 6523
22. 25 3 Pierce Baldus 13 6452
23. 20 -3 Enzo Prevost 9 6446
24. 21 -3 Baylor Griffin 9 6437
25. 22 -3 Anthony Freese 16 6393
26. 23 -3 Gavin Bayliff 12 6382
27. 24 -3 Alan Sciuto 9 6378
28. 27 -1 Josh Pierson 7 6325
29. 29 NC Ethan Ho 14 6323
30. 28 -2 Annie Rhule 20 6313
31. 30 -1 Brenden Ruzbarsky 11 6267
32. 31 -1 Ryan Martin 10 6228
33. 36 3 Josh Campbell 14 6227
34. 33 -1 Dustin Salaverria 9 6194
35. 34 -1 Jason Henrique 11 6135
36. 35 -1 Conner Wick 8 6078
37. 135 98 Nathan Nicholson 7 5791
38. 63 25 Monroe Jordan 7 5778
39. 45 6 Eric Moore 7 5760
40. 37 -3 Davide Greco 6 5655
41. 38 -3 Jordan Johnson 6 5490
42. 39 -3 Kyle Apuzzo 6 5241
43. 54 11 William Ferguson 6 5111
44. 40 -4 Tyler Krenek 6 5058
45. 41 -4 Bryson Lew 6 4987
46. 47 1 Nick Chivello 6 4920
47. 56 9 Ahmad Barazi 6 4836
48. 103 55 Cooper Becklin 6 4783
49. 42 -7 Ron White 5 4560
50. 43 -7 Brian Keck 5 4431
51. 44 -7 Josh Weis 5 4310
52. 48 -4 Mathias Ramirez 4 3635
53. 81 28 Daniel Cara 4 3629
54. 49 -5 Jace Denmark-Gessel 4 3573
55. 50 -5 Ayden Fisher 4 3431
56. 80 24 Blake Korth 4 3397
57. 52 -5 Nick Persing 4 3386
58. 53 -5 Robert Heck Jr. 4 3382
59. 68 9 Mathias Coito 4 3361
60. - - Cameron Egger 4 3334
61. 46 -15 Dillon Johnson 4 3322
62. 70 8 Austin Wilkins 4 3318
63. 88 25 Caleb Shrader 4 3277
64. - - Joe Criscione 4 3268
65. - - Cole Hegar 4 3225
66. 73 7 Landen Wilkins 4 3205
67. 136 69 Lucas Catania 4 3196
68. 55 -13 Worawong Komarakul 4 3186
69. 140 71 Henry Barton 4 3177
70. 102 32 Giovanni Shadd 4 3164
71. - - Jack Doyle 4 3133
72. - - Travis Henson 4 3116
73. 57 -16 Nic LeDuc 3 2808
74. 58 -16 Austin Garrison 3 2774
75. 76 1 Brent Crews 3 2750
76. 59 -17 Jak Crawford 3 2705
77. 60 -17 Jordon Musser 3 2705
78. 79 1 Alan Isambard 3 2687
79. 77 -2 Jacob Yesnick 3 2672
80. 61 -19 Gustavo Yacaman 3 2658
81. 62 -19 Zachary Hollingshead 3 2637
82. 64 -18 Hannah Greenemeier 3 2608
83. 51 -32 Evan Batt 3 2570
84. 66 -18 Nicholas Trumbull 3 2516
85. 69 -16 Nazar Novosiadlyi 3 2472
86. 72 -14 Cory Milne 3 2395
87. 100 13 Adam White 3 2392
88. - - Rusty Lingle 3 2366
89. 95 6 Jacopo Pizzinato 3 2348
90. 145 55 Kailey Meris 3 2328
91. 153 62 Zach Pettinicchi 3 2319
92. 74 -18 Tyler Coffman 2 1883
93. 75 -18 Axel Cabrera 2 1868
94. 78 -16 Giano Taurino 2 1831
95. 82 -13 Juan Bravo 2 1736
96. 83 -13 Kyle Dupell 2 1713
97. 84 -13 Josh Lane 2 1696
98. 85 -13 Stefan Rzadinski 2 1692
99. - - Hunter Kelly 2 1687
100. 86 -14 Max Opalski 2 1686
101. 65 -36 Aaron Bromberek 2 1676
102. - - Alex Manglass 2 1676
103. 87 -16 Carlee Taylor 2 1665
104. 89 -15 Cooper Heffley 2 1649
105. 90 -15 Edward Portz 2 1648
106. 91 -15 Andrew Zimmer 2 1643
107. 92 -15 Freddie Milne 2 1630
108. - - Christian Oldhafer 2 1626
109. - - Chris Nixon 2 1614
110. 93 -17 Ayrton Little 2 1613
111. 71 -40 Phillip Smith 2 1605
112. - - Marco Oldhafer 2 1600
113. - - Matt Machiko 2 1600
114. 96 -18 James Zucker 2 1595
115. 97 -18 Michael Dozois 2 1594
116. - - Brian Chatfield 2 1592
117. - - Evan Polisky 2 1592
118. 98 -20 Phillippe Denes 2 1592
119. 99 -20 Alex Ollig 2 1578
120. - - Kevin Woods 2 1578
121. 156 35 Collin Daley 2 1576
122. 101 -21 Richard Warmbir 2 1575
123. - - Stephen Krueger 2 1575
124. - - Jonathan Trieloff 2 1566
125. - - Jeff Westlund 2 1554
126. - - Gunther Hohagen 2 1545
127. - - Ariel Biggs 2 1528
128. - - Gavin Iby 2 1524
129. - - Myles Pederson 2 1521
130. - - Marciano Yanai 2 1517
131. - - Jeff Ralph 2 1513
132. 104 -28 Oliver Askew 1 1104
133. 105 -28 Eduardo Barrichello 1 985
134. 106 -28 Steve Frank 1 939
135. 107 -28 Zach Schiff 1 900
136. 108 -28 Joe Ruch 1 883
137. 109 -28 Henry Cubides 1 882
138. 111 -27 Andy Cantu 1 863
139. 112 -27 Patrick O'Neill 1 861
140. 113 -27 Philip Craycraft 1 856
141. 114 -27 Diego Contecha 1 852
142. 67 -75 Nathan Martin 1 849
143. 115 -28 Kent Vaccaro 1 847
144. - - Liam Jones 1 847
145. - - Clay Robbins 1 841
146. 116 -30 Tony Malito 1 840
147. 117 -30 Ryan Franke 1 838
148. 118 -30 Luis Mendez 1 837
149. 119 -30 Antonio de Lis 1 835
150. 120 -30 Cameron Parr 1 831
151. - - Robert Bujdoso 1 827
152. 121 -31 Macy Williams 1 825
153. 122 -31 Anthony Stiffler 1 822
154. - - Clinton Schoombee 1 822
155. 123 -32 Chase Pflughaupt 1 820
156. 124 -32 Steve Jenks 1 820
157. 125 -32 Vincent Cossard 1 817
158. 126 -32 Justin Taylor 1 816
159. 127 -32 Karson Potter 1 814
160. - - Zack Frank 1 813
161. 128 -33 Filip Niemkiewicz 1 812
162. 129 -33 Nathan Bley 1 811
163. 130 -33 Bradly Lloyd 1 810
164. 131 -33 Jimmy Cabrera 1 810
165. 132 -33 Scott Ferguson 1 808
166. 133 -33 Cody Russel 1 803
167. 94 -73 Tyler Sawyers 1 803
168. 134 -34 Tommy Plahitko 1 802
169. - - Nathan Stewart 1 800
170. 137 -33 Neil Joseph 1 796
171. 138 -33 Nathan Haney 1 791
172. 139 -33 Arturo Pacifico Griffini 1 784
173. 141 -32 Kyle Cuthbertson 1 784
174. 142 -32 Wyatt Dallenbach 1 784
175. 143 -32 Mark Snyder 1 782
176. 144 -32 Branden Walker 1 775
177. - - Brandon Scheiber 1 775
178. - - Jonathan Vitolo 1 772
179. 146 -33 Tim Barber 1 772
180. 147 -33 Rene Palamieri 1 770
181. 148 -33 Sebastian Montoya 1 770
182. - - Stephanie Genese 1 768
183. 149 -34 Ryan Rudolph 1 767
184. 150 -34 Henry Korn 1 758
185. - - Brandon Fry 1 753
186. 151 -35 Luise Martinez 1 750
187. 152 -35 Thomas Nepveu 1 749
188. 154 -34 Austin Ray Chalman 1 742
189. 155 -34 Antonio Serravalle 1 739
190. 157 -33 Jade Hubert 1 708

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