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

Debut for category in Vegas leads to sold out roster

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 Master

Rob Howden’s ‘Drive to 25’ helped steer the inaugural field to hit the 44-driver mark (Photo: EKN- Nate Dean)

What was a quiet addition to the SKUSA SuperNationals class roster quickly became a focal point for the silver anniversary edition. The KA100 Master class is not new to SKUSA, as it was introduced in 2020 during the ‘Summer Festival’ two-weekend COVID-year format of the organization’s Pro Tour. Low numbers caused the category to be dropped for the 2021 season and the class has truly not yet reached the national level until this year’s SuperNationals. The class has seen growth throughout the regional programs of the country, including the California ProKart Challenge and record numbers at the Texas Sprint Racing Series program. Add to that the ‘Drive to 25’ program by EKN’s own Rob Howden, the category will enjoy a sold-out 44 driver field at SuperNationals 25.

Following the SummerNationals at the end of July, the class had zero entries to that point. Needing 25 pre-entries to confirm its spot at the SuperNationals 25 by August 21, EKN and Rob Howden went to work. Howden took the advice of Managing Editor David Cole to compete in the silver anniversary event to check it off the bucket list. Teamed up with Rolison Performance Group, Howden will make his first start as a driver and celebrate his 25th year announcing the SuperNationals.

Billy Musgrave could double up in history with a possible fifth SuperNats victory in class debut (Photo: On Track Promotions – otp.ca)

Howden went to work on social media, putting out the challenge to fellow Master drivers to get registered. Driver by driver, Howden highlighted those who confirmed their registration and continued reaching out to others. The field formed into a mix of drivers who are returning to the seat for the first time in years and those who have been banging out laps at the regional level, as well as several national / international stars. By the deadline date, the class had reached 30 and continued to grow, now set at a sold-out 44 drivers.

The KA100 Master class is set for third in the order come SuperSunday and could be the class making SuperNationals history. Four-time SuperNats winner Billy Musgrave (Factory Karts) could become the first driver to win five times at the event. This will mark Musgrave’s first start in a Master category, as he’s also competing in the Pro Shifter division. Musgrave is not the only former SuperNationals winner in the field. Chris Jennings (Magik Kart USA) is also part of the inaugural grid, and he won the S4 Stock Moto division in 2008 at the Rio.

Among the top national and international drivers in the field include current two-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion Mario Barrios (RPG / Kosmic) from Peru. Mexican Miguel Mier (RPG / Kosmic) is a multi-time Texas Sprint Racing Series champion. Romanian Laurentiu Mardan (TecnoKart USA) is a former USPKS champion.

Former SKUSA Pro Tour winner Jamie Sieracki is back behind the wheel at the SuperNationals for the first time in 10 years (Photo: EKN)

People you are used to seeing on the sidelines are trading in for the helmet at this year’s SuperNationals. It has been some time since we have seen Jamie Sieracki of Franklin Motorsports / Merlin Nation behind the wheel at the national level. The 2016 SKUSA SpringNationals winner will return to the SuperNationals for the first time since 2012 when he finished 10th in TaG Senior. Tillotson’s Andrew Fallon (MottazSport / Tillotson) will be among the inaugural competitors, along with British driver Bryn Nuttall (Gillard). Fresh off spinning the wrenches for EKN’s David Cole at the CKNA Grand Nationals 6, Sean Scott (CompKart) is making his SuperNationals debut.

The excitement of the KA100 Master class has also motivated some racing fathers to get behind the wheel. Most weekends, Travis Roberts is the racing dad and wrench for Mini Swift driver Tyler Roberts. For SuperNationals, Roberts will make his return to the seat. Travis is a former SKUSA ProMoto Tour competitor, having raced at the SuperNationals back in 1999.

Other names to watch throughout the event who could be in contention for the podium include Martin Stone (REM / Kosmic), Roman Padans (Franklin / Merlin), Eric Molinatti (CKR USA), Tim Meyer (HRT / Kosmic), and Pete Vetter (Tony Kart).

SuperNationals Stats

1 – Driver / Announcer in the field

2 – Former SuperNationals winner in the field

8 – Drivers from outside of the USA

10 – Different countries represented in field

Provisional KA100 Master Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Nation
411 Mario Barrios Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Miami Beach FL PE
412 Johnny Blair Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Puyallup WA US
454 Scott Blind Trinity Karting Group Margay Fenton MO US
443 Ryan Casner Prodigy Motorsports Maranello Tacoma WA US
475 Scott Cherry Hi5 Performance Kosmic Midland TX US
418 Alex Dal Bon LFB Racing Tony Kart Orlando FL US
456 Jason Ewers Harden Motorsports Group CRG Noblesville IN US
427 Andrew Fallon MottazSport Tillotson IE
476 David Fedler Forward Direction Motorsports CompKart Denver CO US
416 Tom Gerstner Checkered Motorsports Magik Kart Rochester NY US
417 Richard Hensley HRT / MDG Karting Kosmic Los Angeles CA US
444 Robbie Horvath Racelab TB Kart CA
437 Rob Howden Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Cambridge ON CA
458 Keithan Hutchins Checkered Motorsports Magik Kart Keller TX US
440 Chris Jennings Magik Kart USA Magik Kart Sachse TX US
424 Bobby Kelley Mike Manning Karting Redspeed Nuevo CA US
432 Jaime Labastida Kart Republic MX
415 Michel Manning Mike Manning Karting Redspeed Studio City CA US
482 Laurentiu Mardan TecnoKart USA Tecno Kart Arlington Heights IL RO
499 PP Mastro Italcorse Bakersfield CA US
433 Tim Meyer HRT / MDG Karting Kosmic Trabuco Canyon CA US
477 Miguel Mier Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Celina TX MX
446 Eric Molinatti CKR USA CKR Napa CA US
422 Billy Musgrave Factory Karts / Baldozier Racing Factory Karts Riverside CA US
428 Javier Nescier Ternengo Racing – SLA Ternengo Kart AR
407 Preston Newberry Forward Direction Motorsports CompKart Denver CO US
491 Jason North Franklin Motorsports Merlin BM
404 Bryn Nuttall Gillard Palmetto FL GB
493 Roman Padans Franklin Motorsports Merlin Cottage Grove WI US
455 Travis Roberts Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart Bertram TX US
405 Randy Russell Hi5 Performance Kosmic Odessa TX US
423 Zach Schiff Harden Motorsports Group HMG Dublin OH US
448 Ron Schoonover JH Motorsports Tony Kart Alpine CA US
421 Sean Scott CompKart CompKart Chicago IL US
449 Mark Seddon Team Benik Kosmic AU
419 Jamie Sieracki Franklin Motorsports Merlin Oconomowoc WI US
495 Wes Steege Franklin Motorsports Merlin Oconomowoc WI US
409 Mike Stephenson LiveWire Kosmic Plainfield IL US
469 Anthony Stiffler Harden Motorsports Group HMG Mooresville IN US
441 Martin Stone Racing Edge Motorsports Kosmic Dallas TX US
425 Pete Vetter Vetter Construction/ All About Glass Tony Kart St. Louis MO US
483 Cristian Vomir TecnoKart USA Tecno Kart Hoffman Estates IL US
410 Kyle Walther Hi5 performance Tony Kart Oklahoma City OK US
408 Kyle Yuchinski Hi5 Performance Redspeed Marion TX US

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