EKN Exclusive: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 24 – Preview Series – X30 Master
Stacked field of former SuperNats winners and Pro Tour champions
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.
The TaG Master class was introduced at the 2003 SuperNationals and remains one of the most competitive divisions at the Vegas event. Kip Foster, a four-time winner and 2019 top finisher, is unable to travel to the SuperNationals from Australia, opening the door for a different driver to step in. Among former winners in the class include veteran Billy Cleavelin (RPG / Kosmic), who doubled up in 2008 and 2009. Renato Jader David (Orsolon / Tony Kart) is the most recent winner in the field, having claimed the victory in 2016 outside the Las Vegas Convention Center. RJD remains one of the top Master drivers in North America and around the world, winning the ROK Cup Superfinal in 2020, and claiming two wins at the United States Pro Kart Series. He comes in with five straight top-10 finishes, including two third-place results in the last two.
The top driver on the SKUSA Pro Tour in 2021 was Mario Barrio (RPG / Kosmic). Two victories along with three additional podium finishes helped the driver from Peru to claim the crown. This is his first start at the SuperNationals since 2016, with a best finish of 10th in 2014. Another 2021 champion in the field is two-time USPKS title winner Scott Kopp (FMS / Exprit). Kopp made his first start in the category at the SuperNationals in 2019, showing speed but an issue in one heat race cost him an opportunity to be in contention.
Aside from RJD, the other podium finisher from 2019 in the field is Matt Johnson (Nash / EOS). Johnson moved to the Master class in 2017, finishing fourth that year and runner-up to Foster at SuperNats 23. Johnson only competed at the SpringNationals, finishing second and first on the weekend but comes in as one of the top challengers. Another former SKUSA Pro Tour champion is also in the field with Derek Wang (Crosslink / Exprit) set to make his fifth straight start in the category. His best finish was third in 2016, finishing outside of the top-10 the other three starts. The multi-time Team USA Rotax Grand Finals member scored a third straight Challenge of the Americas title this winter and finished on the podium in four USPKS races in 2021.
A new name to the class but not the SuperNationals is Bonnier Moulton. The SKUSA Hall of Fame member has raced in all 23 previous editions in shifterkart categories, winning three times at the Vegas event (2004 in G1, 2011 and 2012 in S4). This will be the first time the Utah driver has competed in the single-speed category in Superkarts! USA competition. Travis Irving (FW / GFC) is another name and former winner from the SuperNationals past. In 2006, Irving won the TaG Master main event. In his last three starts in the category from 2016 to 2018, his best result was 11th.
Notable names to watch include Carlos Calderon (Aluminos), Ariel Castro (IR / Exprit), Nick de Graaf (MMK / Tony Kart), Ian Koentges (FDM / CompKart), Miguel Mier (Crosslink / Exprit), Diego Pelosi (Orsolon / Tony Kart), Martin Pierce (FDM / CompKart), and Pro Tour winner Danillo Ramalho (REM / Kosmic).
2 – Podium finishers from 2019 returning
2 – Pro Tour champions in the field
4 – Former SuperNationals winners in the field
7 – Competitors from outside of the USA
8 – Different countries represented in field
20 – Drivers making first start in class at SuperNats
Provisional X30 Master Entry List
|590||Mario Barrios||Rolison Performance Group||Kosmic||Miami Beach FL||PE|
|581||Branden Bell||Formula Works||GFC||Rancho Cucamonga CA||US|
|511||Carlos Calderon||Aluminos||Aluminos||San Jose CA||US|
|513||Gustavo Carreira||Zaffaroni Racing||Tony Kart||AR|
|579||Ariel Castro||International Racing||Exprit||St. Cloud FL||US|
|592||Dale Cheeseman||Top Kart||Bakersfield CA||US|
|510||Ruben Cherres||SLA Kart Racing||Birel ART||Tampa FL||PE|
|558||Billy Cleavelin||Rolison Performance Group||Kosmic||San Dimas CA||US|
|562||KC Cook||Ryan Perry Motorsport||Tony Kart||Long Beach CA||US|
|525||Renato Jader David||Orsolon Racing||Tony Kart||North Miami FL||BR|
|509||Nick de Graaf||Mike Manning Karting||Tony Kart||Lancaster CA||NL|
|514||Guido Elustondo||Tony Kart||AR|
|507||Michel Garrido||Alessandros Racing||Tony Kart||Plantation FL||CO|
|580||Jure Gaspar||Nevada Kartsport||Birel ART||Reno NV||AU|
|506||Tom Gerstner||Checkered Motorsports||Rochester NY||US|
|555||Terry Giffen||HRT||Kosmic||Fresno CA||US|
|530||Mike Giles||JH Motorsports||Kart Republic||Claremont CA||US|
|504||Lucas Iglesias||Alessandros Racing||Kosmic||Doral FL||US|
|552||Travis Irving||Formula Works||GFC||Norco CA||US|
|527||Matt Johnson||Nash Motorsportz||EOS||Corona CA||US|
|535||Ian Koentges||Forward Direction Motorsports||CompKart||Parker CO||US|
|538||Scott Kopp||Franklin Motorsports||Exprit||Mukwonago WI||US|
|570||Rob Kozakowski||Ruthless Karting||Exprit||Sturgeon County AB||CA|
|532||Jaime Labastida||Kart Republic||MX|
|567||Miguel Mier||Crosslink Competition||Exprit||Frisco TX||MX|
|547||Bonnier Moulton||Msquared Karting||Tony Kart||Salt Lake City UT||US|
|542||Javier Nescier||Ternengo Racing||Tony Kart||AR|
|593||Roman Padans||Franklin Motorsports||Merlin||Cottage Grove WI||US|
|522||Diego Pelosi||Orsolon Racing||Tony Kart||San Diego CA||BR|
|519||Martin Pierce||J3 Competition||CompKart||Lexington SC||US|
|568||Sam Porter||Kartplex/Racelab||TB Kart||CA|
|518||Danillo Ramalho||Racing Edge Motorsports||Kosmic||BR|
|526||Diego Rodriguez||Alessandros Racing||Tony Kart||Doral FL||MX|
|577||Steve Ryckebosch||Nevada Kartsport||Ricciardo||Reno NV||US|
|544||Robert Switzler||Nash Motorsportz||Tony Kart||Encinitas CA||US|
|599||Pete Vetter||Vetter Construction||Kosmic||St. Louis MO||US|
|588||Derek Wang||Crosslink Competition||Exprit||Kirkland WA||US|
|587||Armando Watson||Crosslink Competition||Exprit||PE|