2021 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – Shifterkart – October 29

Myers remains target enter final few events of season

AJ Myers remains the top driver in the 2021 EKN Shifterkart Driver Rankings as of October 29, 2021 (Photo: EKN)

It’s TIME!!! The final rounds of the 2021 season are ahead of us with only the final two months of the calendar year remaining. This means that it’s time to put all the chips in for those looking to make a statement in the EKN Shifterkart Driver Rankings with the two major events in Las Vegas. First up, it’s the ROK Vegas event that will be held over the November 3-7 weekend, before the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals return for the 24th edition during the first week of December. To set the stage, EKN has the updated the standings before these to crucial races take place.

The new standings account for the events held since August 2, which was prior to the SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals. It also meant the removal of last year’s SKUSA Summer Festival, which featured all six rounds of the 2020 Pro Tour program.

The top two positions remain unchanged with now three-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion AJ Myers (Magik Kart USA) holding the #1 spot and former champ Jake French (PSL Karting / Birel ART) still in second. Both improved their points from August, with the difference cut slightly to just 105 points. Each driver won at the SummerNationals, and still carry their results from the ROK the RIO event in 2020.

Jumping up to third from sixth is four-time SKUSA SuperNationals winner Billy Musgrave (Factory Kart). Musgrave finished behind Myers and French in the SKUSA Pro Tour standings for 2021, marking another season without a series championship. Musgrave is rumored to be competing at ROK Vegas in the Shifter ROK division, making his first start there after racing in the Senior 100cc category in 2019. It could help to even out the score with both Myers and French holding results from the 2020 event in Vegas.

Musgrave bumped Hunter Pickett (GFC Karting) off the current podium to fourth, despite the former Challenge of the Americas champion improving his score by nearly 100 points to break into the 7000-mark. Following the progression in points, but dropping one position, is Pickett’s teammate Kyle Wick (GFC Karting). The 2019 SKUSA Pro Tour champion makes it five drivers above 7000 points, which equates to a 1000-point average for the seven counting races. Jacob Gulick makes it three GFC Karting drivers inside the top-six of the October Driver Rankings, advancing one position to sixth. Gulick did not perform as anticipated at the SKUSA SummerNationals, but still improved his score. EKN expects the entire top-six to be at the ROK Vegas event.

Breaking into the top-10 is PSL Karting / Birel ART driver Michael Stevens. The Floridian sits in the same position as he finished the SKUSA Pro Tour standings – P7. His best finish on the season was fourth at the opening round of the WinterNationals, along with two top-10 finishes at the Florida Winter Tour. Holding in eighth is 2021 Rock Island Grand Prix King of the Streets winner Andrew Bujdoso (Magik Kart USA). Two runner-up results at the SummerNationals helped to keep him there, after losing his SKUSA #3 plate results from the SummerFestival last year. Bujdoso is also coming off a Stars Championship Series title earned in October.

The final two spots of the top-10 are from the top-three in the Stars standings. P3 for 2021 was Devon Smith-Harden (Harden Motorsports Group / Race Factory), and he is now ninth. He advanced up one position to remain inside the top-10 heading into the final stretch. Earning enough results now to become a factor and into the top-10 for the first time is shifterkart rookie Brent Crews (Leading Edge Motorsports / Formula K). Crews finished vice-champion at the Stars program and made his SKUSA Pro Tour debut at the SummerNationals. The 13-year-old – advancing 47 spots from August Driver Rankings standings – drove to two third-place finishes at New Castle against the largest Pro Tour shifterkart in the 12-year history of the program, and is rumored to be among those competing at SuperNationals 24.

Those dropping out of the top-10 include Aidan O’Neill (Ron White Racing / CRG), along with four-time SKUSA SuperNationals winner Daniel Formal (Leading Edge Motorsports / Formula K). Formal lost his 2020 SKUSA Pro Tour results, and did not follow the entire series in 2021. The Costa Rican recorded a DNF at last year’s ROK the RIO, so a podium run this week at ROK Vegas by the 2019 winner could easily move him back up, not to mention a possible record-breaking fifth win on SuperSunday at the SuperNats.

EKN has confirmed there will be at least 21 drivers from the Top-50 at the ROK Vegas event, with the number at 15 and rising for the SKUSA SuperNationals 24 – making these last two events the largest of the season.


Upcoming EKN Shifterkart Driver Rankings Schedule

Date Series Class Track Location Rank
11/7/21 ROK Vegas Shifter Rok Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, NV 9.5
11/21/21 SKUSA SuperNationals 24 Pro Shifter Rio All-Suite Casino & Hotel Las Vegas, NV 10
12/18/21 Sunshine States Karting Challenge #5 Open Shifter AMR Motorplex Homestead, FL 8
12/18/21 Sunshine States Karting Challenge #5 ROK Shifter AMR Motorplex Homestead, FL 8
12/19/21 Sunshine States Karting Challenge #6 Open Shifter AMR Motorplex Homestead, FL 8
12/19/21 Sunshine States Karting Challenge #6 ROK Shifter AMR Motorplex Homestead, FL 8

Shifterkart #1 – AJ Myers
Tampa, Florida

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One could argue that AJ Myers is the best all-around karter in the United States. The now three-time Superkarts! USA Pro Tour champion in the Pro Shifter category has a championship in TaG competition from the 2014 United States Pro Kart Series, where he finished top-five in the KA100 Senior standings. From 100cc, to 125cc single speed, all the way to the six-speed gearbox categories, Myers wheels it, and wheels it well. Two things missing from Myers resume are a win at ROK Vegas and the SKUSA SuperNationals. Myers finished second and fourth in the last two ROK events with two runner-up results his best results on SuperSunday.

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 #6 9.5 1 1098

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 1.14
Average Points: 1044.3
Total Points: 7310

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Shifterkart #2 – Jake French
Rockwell, Texas

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Much like Myers, French is among the top karters in North America over the last decade. The 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour champion dabbled in 100cc competition this year as well, in addition to racing in both the Florida Winter Tour and SKUSA Pro Tour in shifterkart action. French finally got to the top step of the podium at the SummerNationals, helping to remove that zero from the win column for 2021. The PSL Karting / Birel ART driver has not stood on the podium at ROK Vegas in two starts, and he’s also missing a SuperNationals victory as well after placing runner-up in his last two SuperNationals start in Pro Shifter.

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 #5 9.5 1 1098

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.14
Average Points: 1029.3
Total Points: 7205

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Shifterkart #3 – Billy Musgrave
Norco, California

(Photo: EKN)

Back into the top-three is four-time Superkarts! USA SuperNationals winner Billy Musgrave. The Factory Kart driver finished in the same position behind Myers and French in the 2021 SKUSA Pro Tour championship. While they each have championships at the national level, Musgrave has four victories at the SuperNationals, including the last three in the Pro Shifter division (2019, 2018, 2017) to go along with his S2 Semi-Pro victory in 2012. He is tied with Daniel Formal (defending KZ SuperNationals winner) and BMW factory driver Connor DePhillippi as the only four-time winners at the SuperNationals. A fifth win, which will include four in a row, would position Musgrave as ‘king of the hill’ in Vegas.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
Challenge of the Americas 2021 #3 9 1 1007
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #1 9.5 3 1009
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #2 9.5 4 998
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #3 9.5 3 995
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #4 9.5 6 965
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #5 9.5 4 1065
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #6 9.5 4 1065

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.57
Average Points: 1014.9
Total Points: 7104


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 October 29, 2021

Pos. Aug. 2 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score
1. 1 NC AJ Myers 10 7310
2. 2 NC Jake French 10 7205
3. 6 3 Billy Musgrave 13 7104
4. 3 -1 Hunter Pickett 19 7087
5. 4 -1 Kyle Wick 15 7041
6. 7 1 Jacob Gulick 23 6884
7. 17 10 Michael Stevens 10 6807
8. 8 NC Andrew Bujdoso 11 6773
9. 10 1 Devon Smith-Harden 16 6700
10. 57 47 Brent Crews 8 6651
11. 9 -2 Aidan O'Neill 10 6635
12. 18 6 Cole Shade 14 6616
13. 16 3 Kol Bailey 10 6609
14. 19 5 Vincenzo Sarracino 10 6606
15. 15 NC Remo Ruscitti 11 6602
16. 23 7 Micah Hendricks 10 6581
17. 5 -12 Daniel Formal 8 6560
18. 12 -6 Keawn Tandon 9 6534
19. 21 2 Enzo Prevost 9 6471
20. 31 11 Josh Campbell 14 6418
21. 13 -8 Kyle Kennedy 7 6400
22. 20 -2 Pierce Baldus 11 6375
23. 14 -9 Vincente Salas 8 6364
24. 29 5 Annie Rhule 16 6324
25. 28 3 Ethan Ho 12 6322
26. 30 4 Ryan Martin 16 6281
27. 66 39 Daniel Cara 8 6249
28. 45 17 Jacob Yesnick 9 6227
29. 48 19 Blake Korth 8 6211
30. 32 2 Dustin Salaverria 7 6171
31. 34 3 Conner Wick 9 6153
32. 40 8 Nathan Nicholson 10 6029
33. 37 4 Mathias Coito 9 6028
34. 24 -10 Anthony Freese 11 5963
35. 47 12 Josh Weis 7 5940
36. 73 37 Kevin Woods 9 5861
37. 44 7 Cooper Becklin 9 5858
38. 41 3 Monroe Jordan 7 5778
39. 42 3 Jack Doyle 10 5738
40. 33 -7 Brenden Ruzbarsky 6 5702
41. 61 20 Joe Criscione 7 5657
42. 43 1 Davide Greco 6 5655
43. 52 9 Henry Barton 9 5619
44. 53 9 Giovanni Shadd 9 5615
45. 64 19 Kailey Meris 8 5542
46. 55 9 Austin Garrison 6 5465
47. 11 -36 Race Liberante 6 5343
48. 36 -12 Brian Keck 6 5192
49. 35 -14 Jason Henrique 6 5190
50. 59 9 Austin Wilkins 6 5140
51. 58 7 William Ferguson 6 5110
52. 49 -3 Tyler Krenek 6 5058
53. 69 16 Liam Jones 6 5046
54. 50 -4 Cameron Egger 6 5001
55. 75 20 Cole Hegar 6 4878
56. 51 -5 Ahmad Barazi 6 4836
57. 63 6 Zach Pettinicchi 6 4768
58. 79 21 Travis Henson 6 4710
59. 26 -33 Alan Sciuto 5 4563
60. 70 10 Justin Taylor 5 4206
61. 39 -22 Eric Moore 5 4192
62. 60 -2 Nick Persing 5 4171
63. 62 -1 Landen Wilkins 5 4130
64. 65 1 Mathias Ramirez 4 3635
65. 67 2 Clay Robbins 4 3394
66. 68 2 Robert Heck Jr. 4 3382
67. 71 4 Kyle Dupell 4 3355
68. 72 4 Nick Chivello 4 3350
69. 125 56 Flinn Lazier 4 3206
70. 76 6 Lucas Catania 4 3196
71. 92 21 Max Ollig 4 3124
72. 94 22 Jeff Westlund 4 3119
73. 87 14 Baylor Griffin 3 2730
74. 80 6 Jak Crawford 3 2705
75. 82 7 Alan Isambard 3 2687
76. 99 23 Giano Taurino 3 2663
77. 25 -52 Gavin Bayliff 3 2656
78. 85 7 Zachary Hollingshead 3 2637
79. 106 27 Joe Ruch 3 2585
80. 163 83 Robert Bujdoso 3 2576
81. 149 68 Blake Hunt 3 2547
82. 109 27 Max Opalski 3 2511
83. 115 32 Zack Frank 3 2504
84. 74 -10 Caleb Shrader 3 2494
85. 116 31 Cory Milne 3 2457
86. 132 46 Collin Daley 3 2443
87. 120 33 Michael Dozois 3 2415
88. 119 31 Alex Ollig 3 2391
89. 172 83 Alex Westlund 3 2389
90. 91 1 James Zucker 3 2383
91. 138 47 Gavin Iby 3 2370
92. 93 1 Rusty Lingle 3 2366
93. 95 2 Ariel Biggs 3 2322
94. 78 -16 Jacopo Pizzinato 3 2317
95. 192 97 Brandon Fry 3 2278
96. 96 NC Nic LeDuc 2 1914
97. 56 -41 Ron White 2 1893
98. 97 -1 Tyler Coffman 2 1883
99. 98 -1 Axel Cabrera 2 1868
100. 86 -14 Hannah Greenemeier 2 1845
101. - - Ian Quinn 2 1844
102. 100 -2 Phillip Smith 2 1822
103. 83 -20 Jace Denmark-Gessel 2 1821
104. 54 -50 Jordan Johnson 2 1789
105. 101 -4 Bryan Smith 2 1786
106. 102 -4 Joey Wimsett 2 1768
107. 103 -4 Kerry Sherman 2 1740
108. 104 -4 Juan Bravo 2 1736
109. 105 -4 Cameron Parr 2 1731
110. - - Chase Jones 2 1730
111. 107 -4 Stefan Rzadinski 2 1692
112. 108 -4 Hunter Kelly 2 1687
113. 110 -3 Lance Curry 2 1685
114. 111 -3 Nicholas Trumbull 2 1685
115. 159 44 Tanner Tecco 2 1677
116. 112 -4 Alex Manglass 2 1676
117. - - Michael Guasch 2 1644
118. 114 -4 Andrew Zimmer 2 1643
119. 88 -31 Dillon Johnson 2 1635
120. 90 -30 Nazar Novosiadlyi 2 1635
121. 118 -3 Christian Oldhafer 2 1626
122. 121 -1 Chris Nixon 2 1614
123. 122 -1 Eric Huewe 2 1611
124. 123 -1 Marco Oldhafer 2 1600
125. 124 -1 Matt Machiko 2 1600
126. 126 NC Ricky Worley 2 1598
127. 128 1 Antonio Williams 2 1597
128. 129 1 Brian Chatfield 2 1592
129. 130 1 Evan Polisky 2 1592
130. 131 1 Phillippe Denes 2 1592
131. - - Tim Barber 2 1590
132. 133 1 Richard Warmbir 2 1575
133. 134 1 Stephen Krueger 2 1575
134. 135 1 Jonathan Trieloff 2 1566
135. 188 53 Brandon Walker 2 1552
136. 136 NC Gunther Hohagen 2 1545
137. 137 NC Jonathan Vitolo 2 1531
138. - - Justin Fry 2 1526
139. 139 NC Myles Pederson 2 1521
140. 140 NC Marciano Yanai 2 1517
141. 141 NC Jeff Ralph 2 1513
142. 142 NC Oliver Askew 1 1104
143. 143 NC Eduardo Barrichello 1 985
144. 144 NC Steve Frank 1 939
145. - - Scott Barnes 1 911
146. 146 NC Cody Beck 1 884
147. - - Nathan Williams 1 883
148. 147 -1 Henry Cubides 1 882
149. 148 -1 Elliot Budzinski 1 875
150. 150 NC Rockwell Secrest 1 865
151. 152 1 Patrick O'Neill 1 861
152. - - Justin White 1 858
153. 153 NC Alec Cain 1 856
154. 154 NC Carlee Taylor 1 856
155. 155 NC Justin Laudick 1 856
156. - - Mike Rivera 1 855
157. 156 -1 Diego Contecha 1 852
158. 157 -1 Nathan Martin 1 849
159. - - Joseph Neil 1 846
160. 160 NC Terran Swanson 1 838
161. - - Ansel Baldovin 1 835
162. - - Amahd Barazi 1 834
163. 113 -50 Cooper Heffley 1 828
164. - - Lovisa Landin 1 828
165. 164 -1 Clinton Schoombee 1 822
166. - - Riley Scott 1 821
167. 89 -78 Bryson Lew 1 819
168. 165 -3 Chris Worthington 1 819
169. 127 -42 Adam White 1 816
170. 167 -3 Bradly Lloyd 1 810
171. 168 -3 Ed Watts 1 810
172. 169 -3 Jimmy Cabrera 1 810
173. - - Cody Hodgson 1 808
174. 170 -4 David Ellerd 1 808
175. - - Macy Williams 1 808
176. - - Ron Freese 1 803
177. 173 -4 Morgan Long 1 801
178. - - Ian Koentges 1 800
179. - - Mario Gil 1 793
180. 176 -4 Caleb Smock 1 792
181. 180 -1 Wyatt Dallenbach 1 784
182. 181 -1 Justin Curry 1 783
183. - - Samuel Barrera Garcia 1 781
184. 183 -1 Ryan Adragna 1 777
185. 184 -1 Brandon Scheiber 1 775
186. 185 -1 Jacob Tenk 1 773
187. 186 -1 David Williams 1 772
188. - - Andrew Hohagen 1 770
189. 187 -2 Sebastian Montoya 1 770
190. 189 -1 Stephanie Genese 1 768
191. 190 -1 Brian Patterson 1 764
192. 191 -1 Dawson Tenk 1 755
193. 193 NC Thomas Nepveu 1 749
194. - - Garrett Foss 1 747
195. 194 -1 Antonio Serravalle 1 739
196. 195 -1 Jade Hubert 1 708
197. 77 -120 Worawong Komarakul 1 696

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