EKN Exclusive: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 24 – Preview Series – Master Shifter
Historic division keeps shifterkart tradition alive in Vegas
eKartingNews.com, the Official Media Partner of Superkarts! USA, is proud to present our Preview Series for the SKUSA SuperNationals 24. Leading up to the on-track action of the 24th edition of the marquee SKUSA event, EKN will preview each of the nine categories over six days that will compete on the temporary circuit located just outside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from December 1-5.
Trackside coverage is set to begin on Tuesday, November 30 as we set up our SuperNationals 24 home, roaming the LVMS grounds with Paddock Insider and social media content. Our coverage continues into Wednesday as karts hit the track for the first time. EKN Live begins on Thursday, December 2 as qualifying is conducted for both the morning classes and the afternoon divisions. Listen LIVE to the heat races throughout Friday, December 3 and into Situation Saturday, December 4, including the three Last Chance Qualifiers held on the day. That sets everything up for SuperSunday, with the main events for SuperNationals 24 streamed live on eKartingNews.com/live.
Complete coverage of the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 24 can be found at the EKN EVENT PAGE.
Shifterkart racing is the foundation of Superkarts! USA, and of course the SuperNationals. It was in 2000 that Master Shifter made its debut at the SuperNats with the G1 category, running until 2011. Stock Moto made its way into the SuperNats in 2006 with the S4 division, reserved for the Heavy drivers and then Master only later. That ran until 2019 when G1 returned with the IAME powerplant. Now, Master Shifter has opened up to both KZ and IAME SSE 175 powerplants, welcoming 17 drivers.
What is notable about this year’s field is the battle that has raged on over the last seven seasons. Jordon Musser (PSL / Birel ART) has the honor of the only driver with five SKUSA Pro Tour championships. His first came back in 2013 before going three-straight from 2016 to 2019. He returned to the Semi-Pro category for half of the SummerFestival before coming back to Master Shifter in 2021. He won three of the six main events for a fifth career title. One name that has been his lead rival is Ryan Kinnear (PGR / Ricciardo). Kinnear is the 2016 Pro Tour champ, who kept Musser from winning that year. Kinnear is also the only driver in the field to win at the SuperNationals in the Master Shifter category, something Musser has not been able to do. In fact, he has been on the podium the last four SuperNationals, as has Musser. Kinnear stole the show at the SummerNationals in August, winning both main events. Yet, this October, it was Musser who came through for a second ROK Vegas victory in the last four years. The other winner, Kinnear in 2019 and 2020.
This rivalry, however, could become a trio, thanks to the addition of Joey Wimsett (DRT / DR Kart) to the category. The 2014 SKUSA Pro Tour champion and SuperNationals winner took home nearly $20,000 in Vegas that year and has remained one of the top shifterkart drivers in Vegas each year. Since 2012, Wimsett has finished in the top-10 seven times, with that one victory his only podium.
Scott ‘Skitchy’ Barnes (HMG / TB Kart) makes it four Pro Tour champions in the field as the Bermuda driver earned the crown in 2020. He finished vice-champion to Musser this year, earning one victory at the WinterNationals. It was Joe Ruch (Race Factory) who finished vice-champion to Barnes in 2020 and was among the quickest at the SummerNationals. If Ruch can stay out of trouble like he was at New Castle, he could contend for not only the podium but the victory on SuperSunday.
Others to watch include Anthony Stiffler (HMG / Race Factory), Patrick O’Neill (RWR / CRG), Patrick Otto Madsen (ANSA / Formula K), and Michael Guasch (PRG / Italkart).
2 – Former SuperNationals winners in the field
3 – Competitors from outside of the USA
4 – Former SKUSA Pro Tour champions
6 – Different countries represented in field
Provisional Master Shifter Entry List
|633||John Baldasare||Artist Management||GFC||Los Angeles CA||US|
|602||Skitchy Barnes||Harden Motorsports Group||TB Kart||Merritt Island FL||BM|
|628||Nicolas Bedard||PSL Karting||Birel ART||CA|
|611||Tommy Contino||Yesnick Racing||AKW||New Plymouth ID||US|
|672||Brad Danoff||Maranello Racing Kart||Maranello||Wakefield MA||US|
|644||Robert Fiege||Harden Motorsports Group||Indianapolis IN||US|
|669||Luis Gautier||Crosslink Competition||Exprit||Miami FL||US|
|691||Michael Guasch||Phenom Racing Group||Italkart||Martinez CA||US|
|618||Ryan Kinnear||Phil Giebler Racing||Ricciardo||Richmond TX||GB|
|608||Leo Kurstjens||Leading Edge Motorsports||Formula K||NL|
|699||Patrick Otto Madsen||ANSA Motorsports||Formula K||Boca Raton FL||US|
|601||Jordon Musser||PSL Karting||Birel ART||Dallas TX||US|
|664||Patrick O'Neill||Ron White Racing||CRG||San Rafael CA||IE|
|653||Joe Ruch||Race Factory||Race Factory||Frankfort IN||US|
|655||Ben Schermerhorn||PSL Karting||Birel ART||Highlands Ranch CO||US|
|603||Anthony Stiffler||Harden Motorsports Group||Race Factory||Mooresville IN||US|
|666||Joey Wimsett||DRT||DR Kart||Beavercreek OR||US|