EKN Exclusive: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 25 – Preview Series – KA100 Junior

Expanded field of 65 drivers to decide fourth different winner in category

eKartingNews.com is proud to present our Preview Series for the SKUSA SuperNationals 25. Leading up to the on-track action of the silver anniversary edition of the marquee SKUSA event, EKN will preview each of the 10 categories that will compete on the temporary circuit located outside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from November 16-20.

Trackside coverage is set to begin on Tuesday, November 15 as we set up our SuperNationals 25 home, roaming the Rio grounds with Paddock Insider and social media content while attending the 2022 SKUSA Pro Tour Awards Presentation ceremony that evening. Our coverage continues into Wednesday as karts hit the track for the first time. EKN Live begins on Thursday, November 17 as qualifying is conducted for both the morning classes and the afternoon divisions. Listen LIVE to the heat races throughout Friday, November 18 and into Situation Saturday, November 19, including the four Last Chance Qualifiers held on the day. That sets everything up for SuperSunday, with the main events for SuperNationals 25 audio streamed live on eKartingNews.com/live.

Complete coverage of the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 25 can be found at the EKN EVENT PAGE.

KA100 Junior

Cooper Shipman is looking to move one step better from his runner-up finish last year at the SuperNationals (Photo: EKN)

The 25th edition of the SKUSA SuperNationals will be the fourth year at which the KA100 Junior category has been offered. The 100cc craze is still booming after the class was introduced on the SKUSA Pro Tour and SuperNationals in 2018. Originally, the class was scheduled to be capped at 44 drivers this year, but numbers and interest continued to grow. For the first time in its four-year history, the class will offer an expanded roster, welcoming a whopping 65 drivers who will battle to become the fourth different winner.

The list of previous winners is a talented group, including inaugural victory James Wharton from Australia – who is currently a Ferrari Driver Academy pilot racing in F4. 2019 victor Brent Crews added a second SuperNats win to his resume that year, and is among the rising talents in the USA, competing in dirt oval racing while also winning in the Trans Am Series Presented by Pirelli program. Last year, Jeremy Fletcher became the second driver to win two classes at the SuperNationals, winning KA100 and X30 Junior, and now is among the top rookies at the Senior level.

Last year’s main event on SuperSunday went down to the wire. Watching the action throughout this season there should be no reason not to expect the same at SuperNationals 25. Two of the podium finishers who were in the hunt last year are returning for another shot at gold. Runner-up Cooper Shipman (IRM / Tony Kart) is back, as is Christian Cameron (AKR / Tony Kart). Shipman was among those mixing it up on the final circuit for the victory, coming up short to Fletcher. He finished third this season in the SKUSA Pro Tour championship standings and fifth in USPKS title chase. Cameron won the battle for fourth to earn his first SuperNats podium.

SKUSA Pro Tour champion Jesus Vasquez Jr. seeks redemption after recording DNF while setting fast time in qualifying (Photo: EKN)

Among those in the fight last year was 2022 USPKS champion Helio Meza (IRM / Tony Kart). Contact with the barrier on the final circuit after taking the lead at the white flag took a possible SuperNats win away. Meza has been among the top Junior drivers on the season, winning the Texas Sprint Racing Series title and earning four podium results to end up fourth in the SKUSA Pro Tour despite missing the SpringNationals. Leading the way in the final standings in the championship chase was last year’s top qualifier Jesus Vasquez Jr. (Nash / EOS). The California driver won twice over the six rounds, winning twice in his two trips to the California ProKart Challenge as well.

Caleb Gafrarar and Max Garcia have been winning in KA100 Junior competition on the season as well. Gafrarar (RPG / Kosmic) won three times at USPKS to finish third in the championship, while placing runner-up in the SKUSA standings for 2022. Garcia (MPG / Kart Republic) led the USPKS standings for much of the season, winning twice in the first half and finishing second in the points chase.

USPKS champion Helio Meza led at the white flag last year at the SuperNationals before ending in the barriers (Photo: EKN)

Aside from those drivers who have stood out throughout the season, there is a long list of competitors who are ready to make a name for themselves at the SuperNationals. Cameron Brinkman (MDR / LN Racing Kart) has shown pace during the summer season while Steven Miller (CDR / Kosmic) was on a hot streak earlier this year, winning the Florida Winter Tour championship. Max Taylor has come on strong since joining the RPG / Kosmic stable and Eli Warren (JSR / Redspeed) is coming off victory at the CKNA Grand Nationals 6. On the West Coast, Preston Lambert is representing the famed Trackmagic brand while Keagan Kaminski (GFC) is coming off championship at the California ProKart Challenge program thanks to victory at the series finale at CalSpeed. Both will be making their SuperNationals debut along with NorCal standout Stephen Eisert (SSM / Exprit).

A total of 34 drivers will be making their SuperNationals debut this year, including a strong crop of rookie Junior drivers. Those leading the freshmen class include a strong contingent with SuperNats experience, including a former race winner. SuperNationals 24 Mini Swift winner Enzo Vidmontiene (MottazSport / Kart Republic) is set to make his Junior debut at the Vegas event, coming off his victory a year ago. Oliver Wheldon (JC / Kosmic) finished third to Vidmontiene last year, and moved up to the Junior ranks after earning the SKUSA Winter Series title in Mini this February. Augustus Toniolo (RPG / Kosmic) is making his SuperNationals debut, coming in as a former Micro Swift race winner and FWT champion, to help lead the 19 international drivers at SuperNationals 25 in KA100 Junior.

SuperNationals Stats

1 – Former SuperNationals winner in the field

10 – Different countries represented in field

18 – Drivers who competed in KA100 Junior last year

19 – Drivers from outside of the USA

34 – First time SuperNationals competitors

Provisional KA100 Junior Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Nation
820 Chris Aitken AMS Racing Tony Kart Ponte Vedra Beach FL US
829 Colin Aitken AMS Racing Tony Kart Ponte Vedra Beach FL US
835 Shea Aldrich Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Orange CA US
897 Diego Ardiles Supertune USA Tony Kart Doral FL CR
889 Cameron Brinkman Mike Doty Racing Kosmic Springfield IL US
805 Chase Buscaglia MottazSport Kart Republic Bradenton FL US
809 Christian Cameron Alex Keyes Racing Tony Kart Sonoma CA US
872 Alexander Chartier Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Scottsdale AZ CA
811 Ruben Dan Parolin USA Parolin AU
890 Jordan Di Leo Goodwood Kartways Exprit CA
876 Ava Dobson Franklin Motorsports Redspeed Brookfield WI US
858 Brayden Domingue Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Duson LA US
880 Nathan Dupuis Goodwood Kartways Exprit CA
874 Santiago Duran Supertune USA Tony Kart League City TX US
839 Stephen Eisert SpeedSense Motorsports Exprit Galt CA US
855 Leonardo Escorpioni Zanella Racing Tony Kart Windermere FL BR
830 Paityn Feyen Ruthless Karting Exprit Johnstown CO US
851 Max Franceschelli Exprit CA
802 Caleb Gafrarar Rolison Performance Group Tony Kart Midland NC US
804 Valentino Garbarino Ryan Perry Motorsport Tony Kart Martinez CA US
859 Max Garcia MPG Motorsports Kart Republic Coconut Grove FL US
816 Christian Garduno Orsolon Racing Tony Kart MX
891 Ryan Giannetta Formula Works / GFC GFC Redondo Beach CA US
813 Jackson Glendenning Nash Motorsportz Tony Kart Culver City CA US
814 Alexander Gonzalez Nash Motorsportz OTK Pomona CA US
848 Diego Guiot Supertune USA Tony Kart Shenandoah TX US
817 Oscar Iliffe Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Austin TX US
843 Walter Jenkins IV Team Benik Tony Kart Homestead FL US
834 Keagan Kaminski Formula Works / GFC GFC San Dimas CA US
887 Iain Kim EOS Irvine CA US
856 Jan Philipp Kruell GFC GFC DE
823 Preston Lambert GFC / Trackmagic Trackmagic Folsom CA US
825 Fernando Luque Supertune USA Tony Kart MX
806 Samuel March Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic AU
842 Anthony Martella Racing Edge Motorsports Kosmic CA
895 Kane Martin Nash Motorsportz EOS Rancho Santa Margarita CA CA
873 Kobe McInerney Parolin USA Parolin AU
838 Isaac McNeill AU
878 Alex Mercado Speed Concepts Racing Tony Kart Washington UT US
827 Helio Meza Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Spring TX US
837 Steven Miller CDR Kosmic Tierra Verde FL US
815 Martin Molnar Nash Motorsportz Energy HU
808 Cohen Naumann Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic AU
850 Austin Olds MPG Motorsports Will Power Kart Terre Haute IN US
882 Ivanna Richards HRI Tony Kart MX
824 Ernesto Rivera Rolison Performance Group Kosmic MX
885 Patrick Ronveaux Team Benik Tony Kart Boca Raton FL US
818 Emma Kate Scarbrough Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Peachtree City GA US
828 Lillian Scarbrough Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Peachtree City GA US
807 Hudson Schwartz Speed Concepts Racing OTK Arlington VA US
899 Shun Sekiguchi Supertune USA Tony Kart JP
803 Cooper Shipman Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Austin TX US
877 Landon Skinner GWR Redspeed Scurry TX US
812 Charlie Smith Nash Motorsportz OTK Corona del Mar CA US
833 Max Taylor Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Hoboken NJ US
832 Jessynta Taylor SpeedSense Motorsports Kosmic Nevada City CA US
883 Augustus Toniolo Rolison Performance Group Kosmic BR
841 Lotus Tveen Nash Motorsportz OTK DK
801 Jesus Vasquez, Jr. PKS Birel ART Rancho Cucamonga CA US
894 Enzo Vidmontiene MottazSport Kart Republic Saint Cloud FL US
819 Eli Warren Jimmy Simpson Racing OTK Louisville KY US
893 Jack Webster Trinity Karting Group AU
898 Payton Westcott Nash Motorsportz OTK Laguna Beach CA US
810 Oliver Wheldon JC Karting Kosmic Coral Gables FL US
886 Jackson Wolny MottazSport Tony Kart Glen Ellyn IL US

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