EKN Exclusive: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 24 – Preview Series – KA100 Senior

Record entry total for category in third year of class 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.

KA100 Senior

2019 SuperNats winner Pauly Massimino back for another trip to the top of the podium (Photo: EKN)

The KA100 Senior category will boast a record turnout for its third year t the SuperNationals, welcoming 92 drivers. During the first two years of the category at the SuperNats, the class was sold out at the capped number of 44. For 2021, the class was opened to provide two time slots in the schedule and the KA100 driver community has not disappointed with the turnout. This year’s field is a great mix of talent, including 13 drivers returning from 2019, 20 drivers who ran Junior that year, six Pro Tour champions, and over half the field with zero SuperNationals starts.

Of course, defending race winner Pauly Massimino is the opening highlight of the class roster. The 2019 edition was decided after the final checkered flag. Brandon Lemke (FMS / Merlin) put on a show, after getting wrecked on the opening lap to drive forward and grab the checkered flag. A pushback bumper penalty dropped him down to fifth on the podium, moving Massimino up to the #1 spot. A lot has changed over the past two years. Massimino has matured even more as a driver, running now with Ryan Perry Motorsport, and he has become a consistent threat in both KA and X30 competition. Lemke is now among the older veteran drivers at 21, but is still showing like a championship driver. It was six years ago that he won the SKUSA Pro Tour TaG Junior crown at the SuperNationals. For both, it will be about earning what is theirs.

Brandon Lemke is back for redemption after a PBB took the win away in 2019 (Photo: EKN)

This year on the SKUSA Pro Tour was much like in year’s past with a diverse set of drivers fighting for the top spot of the podium and the championship. Five different drivers won during the 2021 season, with Cole Morgan (RPM / Tony Kart) the only to win twice. It was the two wins at the WinterNationals that set Morgan apart from the rest of the drivers, as he held on to claim the series championship. Jace Park (TKG / Kart Republic) and Nolan Allison (RPG / Kosmic) were consistent throughout the season to finish second and third in the standings. Allison was among the new winners on the season, including Caleb Shrader (RPG / Kosmic), Austin Garrison (RPG / Kosmic) and Thomas Annunziata (MDR / Kosmic). All but Garrison will be in the field at the SuperNationals.

The United States Pro Kart Series welcomed 116 different racers to their four events on the 2021 season, which was led by Senior rookie Connor Zilisch (Team Nitro Kart / Tony Kart). Zilisch won three times on the season to lock up his first USPKS Senior title of his career. He comes in with a very solid SuperNats resume, winning the 2017 Mini Swift main event, placing runner-up in KA100 Junior in 2018, before ending up sixth in 2019. Lemke, the 2020 series champ, was second on the year.

2021 Pro Tour champ Cole Morgan among the many contenders in this year’s field (Photo: EKN)

Massimino and Zilisch are not the only former SuperNationals winners in the field as Brent Crews returns to add to his two previous wins. Winning Mini Swift in 2018, Crews won the KA100 Junior division in 2019, and has already moved up to the Senior ranks. Crews (MPG / WPK) – a two-time IAME International Final winner and Rotax Grand Finals champion – will be running double duty on the week, also competing in the Pro Shifter division. In total, 25 drivers are doing both KA and X30.

In addition to previous winners, there are previous and current Pro Tour champions in the field. SuperNationals 24 marks the Senior debut for Carson Morgan (RPM / Tony Kart). Morgan was able to double up for a second straight year in the Junior ranks, both KA and X30 to bring his career Pro Tour title number to six, adding in the two Mini Swift titles from 2017 and 2018. Morgan has two top-10 finishes in the Mini ranks at the SuperNationals with only one year of Junior in 2019. 2019 KA100 Senior champ Austin Osborne (IRM / Tony Kart) returns to the SuperNationals, placing third in 2019 and eighth the previous year. 2016 Pro Tour X30 Junior champ Alex Bertagnoli (FMS / Merlin) and 2012 TaG Cadet title winner Hunter Kelly (SpeedSense / Redspeed) compete the former champs in the field.

USPKS champion Connor Zilisch leads a strong Senior rookie contingent in Vegas (Photo: EKN)

Four of the five podium finishers from 2019 are in the field, completed by Michael Michoff (RPG / Kosmic). The California driver finished fourth in his first start in the category. Other SuperNationals podium finishers from the past include Oliver Calvo (LEM / Redspeed) – placing fifth in 2016 in X30 Junior, Diego Contecha (Orsolon / Tony Kart) – finished second in Mini back in 2017, Maximilian Opalski (RPM / Tony Kart) – placing fifth last year in KA100 Junior, and Jamaican Alex Powell (Parolin USA) who finished third in Mini back in 2018. Powell is a Mercedes-AMG Petronas Junior driver who raced OKJ in Europe all season long.

Other notable drivers in the field include Texas Sprint Racing Series champion Peyton Phillips (Core / Redspeed), California ProKart Challenge title winner Blake Nash (Nash / EOS), current NASCA Xfinity driver Sam Mayer (FMS / Merlin), Challenge of the Americas 100cc champion Liam Letzsch (GFC), and IKF Sprint GrandNationals winner Aiden Kempf (SpeedSense / Exprit).

Six-time Pro Tour champion Carson Morgan making his Senior debut at SuperNationals 24 (Photo: EKN)

SuperNationals Stats

3 – Former SuperNationals winners in the field

4 – Podium finishers from 2019 returning

6 – Pro Tour champions in the field

9 – Competitors from outside of the USA

9 – Different countries represented in field

13 – Drivers returning from 2019

20 – Drivers who competed in KA100 Junior in 2019

Provisional KA100 Senior Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Nation
909 Dominick Adams Tony Kart Mesa AZ US
903 Nolan Allison Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Bloomfield Hills MI US
930 Jenson Altzman Ruthless Karting Exprit Phoenix AZ US
973 Thomas Annunziata Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Colts Neck NJ US
994 Carl Bennett AFRacing Tony Kart Yorba Linda CA US
965 Alex Bertagnoli Franklin Motorsports Merlin Lakewood IL US
979 Keegan Bosch Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic Franksville WI US
964 Nick Brueckner Orsolon Racing Tony Kart Hockley TX US
956 Oliver Calvo Leading Edge Motorsports Redspeed Stockton CA US
946 Josh Campbell GFC GFC Gilbert AZ US
944 Reilly Cann Crosslink Competition Exprit Van Alstyne TX US
1004 Timothy Carel Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Pacific Palisades CA FR
926 Drew Chappell Core Karting Redspeed Coppell TX US
917 Luca Ciambra Ryan Perry Motorsport Redspeed Henderson NV US
943 Gia Cicero Rolison Performance Group Tony Kart Pound Ridge NY US
907 Diego Contecha Orsolon Racing Tony Kart CO
1009 Mathieu Cousineau Racing Edge Motorsports Parolin CA
966 Brent Crews MPG Motorsports WPK Denver NC US
980 Adrian Cruz Cruz Racing Development Exprit Fort Worth TX US
976 Nicholas D'Andrea Leading Edge Motorsports Tony Kart Boca Raton FL US
1007 Stephen Dial Milrock / Fox+Son Alonso Kart Waukesha WI US
957 Cody Diggs GFC Yucaipa CA US
906 Colby DuBato Mike Manning Karting Redspeed Madera CA US
993 Baden Dunn Forward Direction Motorsports CompKart Littleton CO US
934 Jackson Dunn Forward Direction Motorsports CompKart Littleton CO US
942 Daniel Eaton Nash Motorsportz EOS Carlsbad CA US
978 Henry Falls-Hand HRT Kosmic Riverside CA US
962 Aaron Farhadi Alex Keyes Racing Tony Kart Las Vegas NV US
974 Matias Fernandez SLA Kart Racing Ternengo Kart Orlando FL AR
922 Connor Ferris Team Ferris Racing Kart Republic Hackettstown NJ US
981 Marco Filice Prime Powerteam Birel ART CA
927 Isaac Finer Kartplex JVKart CA
1002 Richard Fogarty Kart Racing Solutions Tony Kart Dallas TX US
1014 Francesco Grimaldi AM Engines Exprit AR
939 Tommy Gritzmacher Rolison Performance Group EOS Portland OR US
959 Kendall Hedge MPG Motorsports/Will Power Kart WPK Indianapolis IN US
958 Grace Hemmerde Rolison Performance Group Tony Kart PE
986 Ethan Ho APM Racing Kosmic City of Industry CA US
961 Jacob Hoover Alex Keyes Racing EOS Dana Point CA US
1012 Chase Jones MPG Motorsports/Will Power Kart WPK Monrovia IN US
1005 Alexander Kardashian AMK Race Products OTK St. Paul MN US
1000 Hunter Kelly SpeedSense Motorsports Redspeed Elk Grove CA US
918 Aiden Kempf SpeedSense Motorsports Exprit Visalia CA US
995 Ethan Lampe MDG Karting Croc Promotion Lakewood CA US
938 Brandon Lemke Frankin Motorsports Merlin Eagle WI US
977 Liam Letzsch GFC GFC Golden CO US
990 Aiden Levy Team Felon Tony Kart Charlotte NC US
991 Ayrton Littel GFC GFC Erda UT US
911 Christopher Martin HRT Redspeed Daly City CA US
1008 Pauly Massimino Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Indian Trail NC US
1020 Adam Maxwell Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Greenwood IN US
955 Sam Mayer Franklin Motorsports Merlin Huntersville NC US
992 Mike McAndrews Fullerton USA Fullerton West Bend WI US
960 Jackson Menchu PKS / Team Visalia Tony Kart Fresno CA US
1001 Michael Michoff Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Roseville CA US
984 Carson Morgan Morgan Racing Tony Kart Newport Beach CA US
949 Cole Morgan Morgan Racing Tony Kart Newport Beach CA US
914 Blake Nash Nash Motorsportz EOS Riverside CA US
971 Maximilian Opalski Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Conifer CO US
933 Austin Osborne Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Houston TX US
923 Rehn Palmquist DMG Tony Kart Newport Beach CA US
902 Jace Park Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic Overland Park KS US
928 Larry Pegram Leading Edge Motorsports Kosmic Hebron OH US
929 Riley Pegram Leading Edge Motorsports Kosmic Hebron OH US
948 Peyton Phillips Core Karting Redspeed Austin TX US
1011 Nikita Poneris Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic West Chester OH GR
967 Alex Powell Parolin USA Parolin Doral FL JM
989 Brett Revetta SRE Tony Kart El Cajon CA US
985 Tevin Robbins Robbins Racing Tony Kart Riverton UT US
931 Emiliano Rodriguez Orsolon Racing Tony Kart MX
952 Tyler Ruth Exprit Glendale AZ US
904 Adam Rylance Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Arvada CO US
983 Cole Schroeder Syntech Tony Kart Bozeman MT US
919 Eddie Shimmon GFC GFC Los Altos CA US
921 Caleb Shrader Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Tigard OR US
963 Kyriakos Sioukas Alex Keyes Racing Tony Kart Sacramento CA GR
940 Alex Siragusa Formula Works GFC Anaheim CA US
1010 Ross Smith Maxwell Paper Racing Alonso Kart Irving TX US
925 Jacob Smith Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Cicero IN US
975 Alex Stanfield Crosslink Competition Exprit Argyle TX US
953 Bryce Stevens Formula Works GFC Azusa CA US
998 Nicholas Terlecki Frankin Motorsports Merlin Pingree Grove IL US
1016 Gabe Tesch Nevada Kartsport Redspeed Mica WA US
996 Branyon Tiner Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Angleton TX US
1015 Travis Varney Forward Direction Motorsports CompKart Highlands Ranch CO US
999 Luka Veskovic Alan Rudolph Racing Academy Birel ART Scottsdale AZ CA
932 Ryan Vincent Phil Giebler Racing Ricciardo San Diego CA US
1003 Tyler Wettengel Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic Davidson NC US
997 Dylan Wilkins SpeedSense Motorsports Exprit Rocklin CA US
945 Macy Williams CB Motorsports EOS Littleton CO US
987 Patrick Woods-Toth Prime Powerteam Birel ART CA
972 Connor Zilisch Team Nitro Kart Tony Kart Mooresville NC US

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