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.

Master Shifter

John Crow is among the top returning drivers from last year’s race, placing third a year ago (Photo: EKN)

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.

Five-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion Jordon Musser still searching for that elusive SuperNats victory (Photo: EKN)

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.

Four-time world karting champion Davide Fore makes his Master Shifter debut at the SuperNationals (Photo: EKN)

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.

SuperNationals Stats

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

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Nation
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

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