EKN Exclusive: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 25 – Preview Series – Master Shifter
Nearly sold-out category with almost half making their SuperNationals debut
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.
One of the original categories of the famed Superkarts! USA SuperNationals has been Master Shifter. It began in 2000 as the G1 division and was the main class for the elder gearbox drivers. The S4 Stock Moto division was introduced in 2006 and, for six years, we had two Master shifter categories at the SuperNationals. S4 became the sole division in 2012 and held that spot until 2018. The introduction of the IAME SSE 175 brought back the G1 name in 2019 before it evolved to Master Shifter in 2021. Let’s not forget the S4 Super Master and G2 divisions, as well, for drivers 45 and older from 2016 to 2019. Now, set as one lone category and enjoying the resurgence in shifterkart racing in 2022, we have seen the field grow from 19 to 40 drivers for this year’s SuperSunday battle.
Defending race winner Joey Wimsett brought his SuperNationals win total to two with his victory a year ago, adding to his S1 win in 2013. Wimsett will not defend the win however, and with four former SuperNationals winners in the field, a new name will be added to the list as a Master Shifter winner. Eight of the top-10 from a year ago are returning. Top returning finisher John Crow (Factory Karts) is among the former winners in the field. Crow won the 2005 TaG Master class at the Sam Boyd Stadium. Crow finished third last year, his fourth podium results at the SuperNationals over the last five events.
One spot below Crow was five-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion Jordon Musser (PSL / Birel ART). Since 2010, Musser has stood on the podium at the SuperNationals seven times, however, none of them has been a victory. The Texan is hoping that the 25th edition will be his turn in the spotlight. Bermuda driver Scott ‘Skitchy’ Barnes (Magik Kart USA) reached the podium for the first time last year after several trips to the SuperNationals, and the veteran is returning for more in 2022. John Baldasare (Trackmagic) finished just off the podium in sixth, with Michael Guasch (RWR / CRG) in seventh. Guasch won both main events at the SpringNationals in Utah. Ben Schermerhorn (PSL / Birel ART) was eighth with Victor Jimenez (RPG / Tony Kart) in ninth – both recording their best finishes at the SuperNationals. Patrick O’Neill (RWR / CRG) rounds out the returning top drivers from a year ago after finishing 10th. The Irish driver stood on the podium twice over the last five years at the SuperNationals, a best finish of third in G2 in 2019.
Of the 11 international drivers in the field, no one stands out more than four-time FIA World Champion Davide Fore (TM / Italkart). The Italian – who won his first world title in 1998 – has competed at the SuperNationals multiple times, finishing seventh last year in Pro Shifter. He’ll be double duty during the week, making his first start in Master Shifter. Another international notable includes former Formula 1 driver Antonio Pizzonia (Orsolon / Birel ART), who is making his SuperNationals debut.
Other former SuperNationals winners in the field includes Chris Jennings (Magik Kart USA), who won S4 back in 2008 and is making his return to Vegas since 2017. Another who has not strapped on the helmet at the SuperNationals in recent years is AJ Noud (Metro / Birel ART). Noud won the S2 category back in 1999. Also winning the S2 class at the SuperNationals prior is Brian Keck (GFC). Keck won in 2004 at Sam Boyd Stadium and is making his first start in the Master Shifter category.
A great story heading into the SuperNationals is the first trip by the husband-and-wife team of Justin and Tiffany Kelly. The two race together and against one another in car racing and throughout the 2022 season in karting. Justin is a former winner of the Machismo 500 at the SuperNationals back in 2009. Both will be competing aboard GFC chassis, with Justin coming off victory at his SKUSA debut during the SummerNationals at New Castle. Another to watch is Kevin Woods (RWR / CRG), the three-time defending Challenge of the Americas champion as he could be a podium contender as well. Robert Fiege (Harden / HMG) enters the event as the 2022 SKUSA Pro Tour champion, expected to gain redemption from his DNF at last year’s SuperSunday event.
4 – Former SuperNationals winner in the field
11 – Different countries represented in field
11 – Drivers from outside of the USA
23 – First time SuperNationals competitors
1998 – Year that Davide Fore won his first FIA World Championship
1999 – Year that AJ Noud won S2 at SKUSA SuperNationals
Provisional Master Shifter Entry List
|621||Antonio Aiello||Maranello USA||Maranello||Revere MA||IT|
|666||Alain Alazard||Circuit de Bresse||Praga||FR|
|633||John Baldasare||Trackmagic||Los Angeles CA||US|
|696||Antonel Barcellona||Circuit de Bresse||Praga||CH|
|609||Skitchy Barnes||Magik Kart USA||Magik Kart||Merritt Island FL||BM|
|667||Jean Louis Chauvin||Circuit de Bresse||Praga||FR|
|638||David Conyers||Aluminos||Aluminos||Golden CO||US|
|631||John Crow||Factory Karts||Brownsburg IN||US|
|627||Brad Danoff||Maranello USA||Maranello||Wakefield MA||US|
|608||Stéphane Deschiens||Circuit de Bresse||Praga||FR|
|601||Robert Fiege||Harden Motorsports Group||HMG||Indianapolis IN||US|
|695||Davide Fore'||TM Racing||Italkart||IT|
|669||Luis Gautier||PSL Karting||Birel ART||Miami FL||US|
|603||Michael Guasch||Ron White Racing||CRG||Martinez CA||US|
|675||Chris Jennings||Magik Kart USA||Magik Kart||Sachse TX||US|
|623||Victor Jimenez||Rolison Performance Group||Tony Kart||The Woodlands TX||MX|
|681||Brian Keck||Keck Racing / GFC||GFC||Sacramento CA||US|
|686||Justin Kelly||Team Kelly Racing||GFC||Omaha NE||US|
|676||Tiffany Kelly||Team Kelly Racing||GFC||Omaha NE||US|
|606||Leo Kurstjens||Leading Edge Motorsports||Formula K||NL|
|604||Will Lin||Italian Motors USA||Italkart||CA|
|699||Patrick Otto Madsen||ANSA Motorsports||Formula K||Boca Raton FL||US|
|637||Hector Ivan Martinez||CRG||MX|
|630||Fabian Max Medrano||CRG||MX|
|625||Jeff Mills||Ron White Racing||CRG||Pittsburg KS||US|
|616||Jordon Musser||PSL Karting||Birel ART||Dallas TX||US|
|660||AJ Noud||Metro Racing||Birel ART||Noblesville IN||US|
|664||Patrick O'Neill||Ron White Racing||CRG||San Rafael CA||IE|
|677||Daniel Parras||Leading Edge Motorsports||Formula K||Los Angeles CA||SV|
|672||Larry Pegram||Trinity Karting Group||Kart Republic||Hebron OH||US|
|611||Antonio Pizzonia, Jr.||Orsolon Racing||Birel ART||BR|
|626||Scott Presti||Presti Racing||TB Kart||Naples FL||US|
|632||Luis Quinones||Factory Karts||Factory Karts||Los Angeles CA||US|
|653||Joe Ruch||Maranello USA||Maranello||Frankfort IN||US|
|620||Bill Ryan||Italian Motors USA||Italkart||Bellingham WA||US|
|655||Ben Schermerhorn||PSL Karting||Birel ART||Highlands Ranch CO||US|
|602||Ken Schilling||Harden Motorsports Group||GP Kart||US|
|680||Brandon Semenuk||Racelab||TB Kart||CA|
|668||Morne Van Taak||VTM Racing Engines||Sarasota FL||US|
|694||Kevin Woods||Ron White Racing||CRG||Newark CA||US|