2021 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – Shifterkart – Final

Myers ends season as top driver for third time in career

AJ Myers finishes the 2021 season as #1 in the EKN Shifterkart Driver Rankings (Photo: EKN)

What has probably been the longest season of national level karting in the United States is finally concluded with the last few events of 2021 into the record books. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, there was concern about where the sport would be in the future. Thankfully, it has seen a surge of participation across the board from the club and local level to the national scene. And with the end of the season comes the final standings for the EKN Shifterkart Driver Rankings, where the standings welcomed over 200 drivers for the first time in several years. For a third time in the history of the program, AJ Myers (Magik Kart USA) finishes the season as the #1.

The three-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion was able to better his score with a fifth career podium finish at the SKUSA SuperNationals 24 to remain atop of the standings. The final advantage on the 2021 season for Myers is 51 points, with Jake French (PSL / Birel ART) remaining the runner-up where he spent most of the year. French, the 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour champion, was second to Myers at the Pro Tour, third at the Florida Winter Tour and runner-up to #3 on the EKN Driver Rankings Danny Formal at the ROK Vegas event. Formal (LEM / Formula K) was able to score a second victory at the ROK Cup USA year-end finale, and place as the highest finishing EKN Driver Rankings driver at the SuperNationals with a third-place result. Those last two results helped boost the Costa Rican up 14 spots in the final standings.

The advancement of Formal dropped four-time SuperNationals winner Billy Musgrave (Factory Karts) out of the top-three. Musgrave carried the IAME flag at the SuperNationals this year with the new mixture of a multiple engine format. After setting fast time in the practice sessions, a mechanical issue cost Musgrave speed and was put mid-pack. With a tough track to pass on, it was s difficult challenge to climb back into the top-10. No win at SuperNationals 24 ended the win streak at the Vegas event to three in a row for Musgrave. He stays tied for the record most with Michael Valiante (1997-1999) and Leonardo Nienkotter (2010-2012) as the only drivers to have three straight wins at the SuperNationals. It was not the best season put in by Musgrave, yet he still finishes fourth in the final standings. 2020 Challenge of the Americas champion Hunter Pickett (GFC) rounds out the top-five. The Californian rounded out the season with two top-10 finishes at ROK Vegas and SuperNationals 24. Pickett finished sixth in November and wrapped up the season with a 10th place result outside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, advancing five spots on SuperSunday as the leader of the GFC contingent.

Three GFC drivers are in the top-10, with all three next to each other in the final standings. Kyle Wick (GFC / Trackmagic) and Jacob Gulick (GFC) fall one spot each to finish sixth and seventh. Wick, the 2021 Challenge of the Americas champion, nearly matched the double top-10 run at the end of the year with Pickett. He led the team at ROK Vegas with a fifth-place finish before he ended up 14th at the SuperNationals. Gulick finished out his rookie shifterkart season among the best in the country. A P9 result at ROK Vegas while a possible top-10 finish went away after 13 laps on SuperSunday, which could have improved his score even more to a possible top-five finish in the EKN Driver Rankings.

Jumping up two positions to close out his rookie season in shifterkart is Brent Crews (LEM / Formula K). The 2021 SKUSA Winter Series champion showed that a 13-year-old can compete at the top level of the sport. Working alongside Greg Bell at Leading Edge Motorsports, Crews further developed himself as a karter, finishing vice-champion at the Stars Championship Series program and earning his first SKUSA Pro Tour podiums at the SummerNationals. He nearly stood on the podium at the SuperNationals, crossing the line sixth before a contact penalty dropped him to eighth.

Challenge of the Americas vice-champion Remo Ruscitti (IM / Italkart) is the lone Canadian within the top-10. Ruscitti jumped up six spots to ninth, thanks to his eighth-place finish at ROK Vegas. The SuperNationals did not fair well for Ruscitti, who still was able to finish in the upper half of the 47-driver field to improve his score. Completing the top-10 is 2021 Rock Island Grand Prix King of the Streets winner Andrew Bujdoso (Magik Kart USA). Bujdoso ran a limited schedule, securing the Stars Championship Series title this year. The two major events to close out the year did not end well, recording a DNF at ROK Vegas and struggled throughout the week at the SuperNationals. He did advance 18 spots on SuperSunday to finish 18th to salvage points toward the final EKN Driver Rankings standings.

Florida driver Michael Stevens (PSL / Birel ART) and Devon Smith-Harden (HMG / Race Factory) were the only two drivers to fall out of the top-10 to close out the 2021 season. DNF finishes at the SuperNationals 24 for both did not help their point total to finish the year. The biggest mover to end 2021 within the top-50 was Austin Garrison (RPG / Kosmic), jumping up 28 spots to 18th after recording a ninth-place result at SuperNationals 24.


Shifterkart #1 – AJ Myers
Tampa, Florida

(Photo: EKN)

It was a near perfect year for Magik Kart USA driver AJ Myers. Two of the three main events at the Florida Winter Tour were won by Myers. Five of the six SKUSA Pro Tour races were dominated by Myers. Those two programs and championships set Myers above the rest on the year, and it was all in build up for the final two events on the year. AJ was in contention throughout the ROK Vegas event, ending up third in the Final. The SuperNationals is the win missing on the three-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion CV. It began strong with fast time in qualifying but losing his nose cone in the opening heat race gave him a last place finish result. That dropped him down to 13th when the final grid was established. He remained one of the quickest drivers on the track, advancing eight spots to a podium finish fifth. It matched his result in that breakout 2014 KZ SuperSunday performance. There is no question that since that time, Myers is among the best karters in North America.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
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 #6 9.5 1 1098
ROK Vegas 2021 9.5 3 1080
SKUSA SuperNats 24 10 5 1096

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 1.86
Average Points: 1054
Total Points: 7378

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Shifterkart #2 – Jake French
Rockwell, Texas

(Photo: EKN)

Did you ever have that season where you were fast enough to battle for victories, however, you just never end up on top of the podium? That was the 2021 season for Jake French, who probably put in as much work into his season as we have ever seen before, finishing as the runner-up in the EKN Shifterkart Driver Rankings. From the Florida Winter Tour to the SKUSA Pro Tour and the major one-off events, French recorded one victory in the 11 events counted toward the standings. Of those 11, the PSL Karting / Birel ART driver stood on the podium eight times. A stellar season by anyone’s standards, including four straight runner-up finishes at the SKUSA Pro Tour before locking in that one triumph at the SummerNationals. French is a calculated talent that has solidify his spot in USA karting history.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
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 #5 9.5 1 1098
ROK Vegas 2021 9.5 2 1091
SKUSA SuperNats 24 10 6 1085

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.57
Average Points: 1046.7
Total Points: 7327

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Shifterkart #3 – Danny Formal
San Jose, Costa Rica

(Photo: ROK Cup USA)

The driver with the two highest scores for the 2021 season battling in the top-10 of the EKN Driver Rankings is Danny Formal. The five-time Rotax Grand Nationals winner and 2016 SKUSA Pro Tour title winner nearly pulled off the ‘Vegas Double’ with wins at ROK Vegas and the SKUSA SuperNationals 24. Formal completed the first half of the task, winning for a second time in the ROK Shifter division. Enter the SuperNationals as the defending KZ champion and three-time winner, Formal never led a session throughout the week, until grabbing the holeshot at the start of SuperSunday from the outside of the front row. The lead lasted only two laps before he lost the spot, slipping to third. Formal finished as the highest driver in the EKN Driver Rankings, scoring the highest point total of 2021. With these three drivers in the top-three, no one can question the talent that comes from North America.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
Florida Winter Tour 2021 #2 9 3 1000
Florida Winter Tour 2021 #3 9 1 988
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #1 9.5 12 916
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #2 9.5 3 1009
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #5 9.5 7 1032
ROK Vegas 2021 9.5 1 1102
SKUSA SuperNats 24 10 3 1119

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 4.29
Average Points: 1023.7
Total Points: 7166


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.


2021 EKN Shifterkart Driver Rankings – Final

Pos. Oct. 29 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score
1. 1 NC AJ Myers 11 7378
2. 2 NC Jake French 11 7327
3. 17 14 Daniel Formal 9 7166
4. 3 -1 Billy Musgrave 15 7142
5. 4 -1 Hunter Pickett 20 7122
6. 5 -1 Kyle Wick 16 7080
7. 6 -1 Jacob Gulick 24 6939
8. 10 2 Brent Crews 9 6840
9. 15 6 Remo Ruscitti 12 6840
10. 8 -2 Andrew Bujdoso 13 6836
11. 7 -4 Michael Stevens 10 6807
12. 14 2 Vincenzo Sarracino 11 6739
13. 9 -4 Devon Smith-Harden 17 6700
14. 12 -2 Cole Shade 15 6616
15. 16 1 Micah Hendricks 10 6558
16. 13 -3 Kol Bailey 10 6523
17. 18 1 Keawn Tandon 9 6521
18. 46 28 Austin Garrison 8 6516
19. 20 1 Josh Campbell 13 6418
20. 11 -9 Aidan O'Neill 10 6405
21. 19 -2 Enzo Prevost 9 6403
22. 21 -1 Kyle Kennedy 8 6400
23. 22 -1 Pierce Baldus 11 6375
24. 23 -1 Vincente Salas 8 6364
25. 26 1 Ryan Martin 18 6339
26. 24 -2 Annie Rhule 16 6276
27. 28 1 Jacob Yesnick 10 6276
28. 25 -3 Ethan Ho 12 6266
29. 27 -2 Daniel Cara 9 6249
30. 29 -1 Blake Korth 8 6211
31. 30 -1 Dustin Salaverria 7 6171
32. 31 -1 Conner Wick 9 6153
33. 32 -1 Nathan Nicholson 10 6029
34. 34 NC Anthony Freese 12 6006
35. 33 -2 Mathias Coito 9 5960
36. 37 1 Cooper Becklin 9 5943
37. 36 -1 Kevin Woods 10 5920
38. 35 -3 Josh Weis 7 5873
39. 39 NC Jack Doyle 10 5738
40. 40 NC Brenden Ruzbarsky 6 5702
41. 41 NC Joe Criscione 7 5657
42. 43 1 Henry Barton 9 5619
43. 44 1 Giovanni Shadd 9 5615
44. 45 1 Kailey Meris 8 5542
45. 47 2 Race Liberante 6 5343
46. 50 4 Austin Wilkins 6 5315
47. 51 4 William Ferguson 6 5208
48. 49 1 Jason Henrique 6 5190
49. 52 3 Tyler Krenek 6 5058
50. 53 3 Liam Jones 6 5046
51. 54 3 Cameron Egger 6 5001
52. 66 14 Robert Heck Jr. 6 4996
53. 64 11 Mathias Ramirez 5 4948
54. 38 -16 Monroe Jordan 6 4939
55. 63 8 Landen Wilkins 6 4901
56. 55 -1 Cole Hegar 6 4878
57. 57 NC Zach Pettinicchi 6 4768
58. 42 -16 Davide Greco 5 4728
59. 58 -1 Travis Henson 6 4710
60. 59 -1 Alan Sciuto 5 4288
61. 60 -1 Justin Taylor 5 4206
62. 61 -1 Eric Moore 5 4192
63. 48 -15 Brian Keck 5 4187
64. 56 -8 Ahmad Barazi 5 4163
65. 69 4 Flinn Lazier 5 4110
66. 74 8 Jak Crawford 5 4063
67. 91 24 Gavin Iby 5 3864
68. 86 18 Collin Daley 4 3668
69. 75 6 Alan Isambard 4 3623
70. 73 3 Baylor Griffin 4 3415
71. 65 -6 Clay Robbins 4 3394
72. 67 -5 Kyle Dupell 4 3355
73. 68 -5 Nick Chivello 4 3350
74. 62 -12 Nick Persing 4 3255
75. 70 -5 Lucas Catania 4 3196
76. 71 -5 Max Ollig 4 3124
77. 72 -5 Jeff Westlund 4 3119
78. 97 19 Ron White 3 2837
79. 103 24 Jace Denmark-Gessel 3 2791
80. 76 -4 Giano Taurino 3 2663
81. 77 -4 Gavin Bayliff 3 2656
82. 78 -4 Zachary Hollingshead 3 2637
83. 79 -4 Joe Ruch 3 2585
84. 80 -4 Robert Bujdoso 3 2576
85. 101 16 Ian Quinn 3 2575
86. 96 10 Nic LeDuc 3 2563
87. 81 -6 Blake Hunt 3 2547
88. 82 -6 Max Opalski 3 2511
89. 83 -6 Zack Frank 3 2504
90. 85 -5 Cory Milne 3 2457
91. 87 -4 Michael Dozois 3 2415
92. 108 16 Juan Bravo 3 2408
93. 88 -5 Alex Ollig 3 2391
94. 89 -5 Alex Westlund 3 2389
95. 90 -5 James Zucker 3 2383
96. 92 -4 Rusty Lingle 3 2366
97. 93 -4 Ariel Biggs 3 2322
98. 94 -4 Jacopo Pizzinato 3 2317
99. 132 33 Richard Warmbir 3 2302
100. 95 -5 Brandon Fry 3 2278
101. 98 -3 Tyler Coffman 2 1883
102. 99 -3 Axel Cabrera 2 1868
103. 102 -1 Phillip Smith 2 1822
104. 104 NC Jordan Johnson 2 1789
105. 100 -5 Hannah Greenemeier 2 1788
106. 105 -1 Bryan Smith 2 1786
107. 106 -1 Joey Wimsett 2 1768
108. 107 -1 Kerry Sherman 2 1740
109. 109 NC Cameron Parr 2 1731
110. 110 NC Chase Jones 2 1730
111. - - Evan Arnold 2 1705
112. 157 45 Diego Contecha 2 1701
113. 111 -2 Stefan Rzadinski 2 1692
114. 112 -2 Hunter Kelly 2 1687
115. 113 -2 Lance Curry 2 1685
116. 114 -2 Nicholas Trumbull 2 1685
117. 115 -2 Tanner Tecco 2 1677
118. 116 -2 Alex Manglass 2 1676
119. 117 -2 Michael Guasch 2 1644
120. 118 -2 Andrew Zimmer 2 1643
121. 119 -2 Dillon Johnson 2 1635
122. 120 -2 Nazar Novosiadlyi 2 1635
123. 121 -2 Christian Oldhafer 2 1626
124. 84 -40 Caleb Shrader 2 1622
125. 122 -3 Chris Nixon 2 1614
126. 123 -3 Eric Huewe 2 1611
127. 124 -3 Marco Oldhafer 2 1600
128. 125 -3 Matt Machiko 2 1600
129. 126 -3 Ricky Worley 2 1598
130. 127 -3 Antonio Williams 2 1597
131. 128 -3 Brian Chatfield 2 1592
132. 129 -3 Evan Polisky 2 1592
133. 130 -3 Phillippe Denes 2 1592
134. 131 -3 Tim Barber 2 1590
135. 133 -2 Stephen Krueger 2 1575
136. 134 -2 Jonathan Trieloff 2 1566
137. 135 -2 Brandon Walker 2 1552
138. 136 -2 Gunther Hohagen 2 1545
139. 137 -2 Jonathan Vitolo 2 1531
140. 138 -2 Justin Fry 2 1526
141. 139 -2 Myles Pederson 2 1521
142. 140 -2 Marciano Yanai 2 1517
143. 141 -2 Jeff Ralph 2 1513
144. 179 35 Mario Gil 2 1509
145. - - Devlin DeFrancesco 2 1474
146. - - Levi Wosick 2 1303
147. - - Matteo Vigano 1 1142
148. - - Marjin Kremers 1 1131
149. - - Riccardo Longhi 1 1108
150. - - Davide Fore 1 1073
151. 143 -8 Eduardo Barrichello 1 985
152. - - Kristijan Habulin 1 982
153. - - Maximilian Paul 1 971
154. 144 -10 Steve Frank 1 939
155. 145 -10 Scott Barnes 1 911
156. 146 -10 Cody Beck 1 884
157. 147 -10 Nathan Williams 1 883
158. 148 -10 Henry Cubides 1 882
159. - - Jannik Julius Bernhart 1 879
160. 149 -11 Elliot Budzinski 1 875
161. 150 -11 Rockwell Secrest 1 865
162. 152 -10 Justin White 1 858
163. 153 -10 Alec Cain 1 856
164. 154 -10 Carlee Taylor 1 856
165. 155 -10 Justin Laudick 1 856
166. 156 -10 Mike Rivera 1 855
167. 158 -9 Nathan Martin 1 849
168. 159 -9 Joseph Neil 1 846
169. 160 -9 Terran Swanson 1 838
170. 161 -9 Ansel Baldovin 1 835
171. 162 -9 Amahd Barazi 1 834
172. - - Ricardo Gonzalez 1 834
173. 164 -9 Lovisa Landin 1 828
174. 165 -9 Clinton Schoombee 1 822
175. 166 -9 Riley Scott 1 821
176. 167 -9 Bryson Lew 1 819
177. 168 -9 Chris Worthington 1 819
178. 169 -9 Adam White 1 816
179. 170 -9 Bradly Lloyd 1 810
180. 171 -9 Ed Watts 1 810
181. 172 -9 Jimmy Cabrera 1 810
182. 173 -9 Cody Hodgson 1 808
183. 174 -9 David Ellerd 1 808
184. 175 -9 Macy Williams 1 808
185. - - Scott Hargrove 1 804
186. 176 -10 Ron Freese 1 803
187. 177 -10 Morgan Long 1 801
188. 178 -10 Ian Koentges 1 800
189. 180 -9 Caleb Smock 1 792
190. - - Frank Meyer 1 788
191. 182 -9 Justin Curry 1 783
192. 183 -9 Samuel Barrera Garcia 1 781
193. 184 -9 Ryan Adragna 1 777
194. 185 -9 Brandon Scheiber 1 775
195. 186 -9 Jacob Tenk 1 773
196. 187 -9 David Williams 1 772
197. - - Andrew Hohagen 1 770
198. 189 -9 Sebastian Montoya 1 770
199. 190 -9 Stephanie Genese 1 768
200. 191 -9 Brian Patterson 1 764
201. 192 -9 Dawson Tenk 1 755
202. 193 -9 Thomas Nepveu 1 749
203. 194 -9 Garrett Foss 1 747
204. - - Charles Gauthier 1 742
205. 195 -10 Antonio Serravalle 1 739
206. 196 -10 Jade Hubert 1 708
207. - - TJ Modonna 1 694
208. 163 -45 Cooper Heffley 1 639
209. - - Nicholas Scarfo 1 628
210. 188 -22 Andrew Byrne 1 573

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