EKN Exclusive: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 25 – Preview Series – X30 Senior

Near sold-out field set to battle for $15,000 payday

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.

X30 Senior

2022 SKUSA and USPKS champion Ryan Norberg seeks a sweep of the season with a second straight SuperNats triumph (Photo: EKN)

The X30 Senior category is the first half of the headline categories at Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 25. The top single-speed division at the SuperNats will feature a $25,000 purse, the largest ever presented for the category. The driver to claim the top step of the podium on SuperSunday will earn a $15,000 payday for one of the largest payouts to a SuperNationals winner in the class.

SuperNationals 25 will be the 19th time a Senior level ‘TaG’ category has been offered at the Las Vegas event for the organization. The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino welcomed TaG Senior in 2003, and the category stuck with the ‘Touch & Go’ craze building from there on. It was in 2008 in the first return to the Rio after running three years at Sam Boyd Stadium that TaG Senior welcomed its largest field at 95 drivers. The 2022 edition will feature a sold out 87 driver field competing for the big prize package, and name etched in history.

Over the previous 18 editions of the class, there have been no repeat winners. There are 18 different names, representing seven countries and 10 chassis brands during that span. The SuperNationals 25 could be the year we see a driver earn a second victory in the category, thanks to 2021 winner Ryan Norberg coming in as the top favorite to win once again. Norberg (RPG / Kosmic) rounded out his CV with victory at SuperNationals 24 a year ago outside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his first in five tries. The current EKN TaG Driver Rankings presented by Skip Barber Racing School #1 is sure to end the year in that spot despite what happens at the SuperNationals. His win at the recent ROK Vegas has helped to further his bid at a repeat win at SuperNats 25.

Jeremy Fletcher is the only former SuperNationals winner in the field with more than one victory to his credit (Photo: EKN)

Norberg is not the only former winner in the field with Zachary Claman DeMelo attempting to add a second victory at the SuperNationals in X30 Senior. The former NTT IndyCar Series driver was the last to win at the Rio in the class, taking the victory in a dramatic finish in 2019. Like Norberg, ZCD (REM / Kosmic) is making his sixth straight start at the SuperNationals.

In addition to those two, there are four others who have celebrated a SuperSunday victory in other categories that will be competing at SuperNationals 25 in X30 Senior. Jeremy Fletcher is the only driver in the field with two victories at the SuperNats. Fletcher (RPM / Tony Kart) won both the X30 Junior and KA100 Junior main events last year to become only the second driver to win twice at the same SuperNationals. The Senior rookie is the only driver aside from Norberg to win on the SKUSA Pro Tour, taking victory in the opening round at the WinterNationals, helping him to finish third on the SKUSA Pro Tour. Fletcher, who sits #3 in the EKN TaG Driver Rankings presented by Skip Barber Racing School, is among the 14 drivers running double duty with KA100 Senior, where he is the 2022 series champion.

Pauly Massimino (SCR / CRG) is making his second start in the X30 Senior division. Massimino was the winner in 2019 in KA100 Senior. The North Carolina driver finished the season fourth in the SKUSA Pro Tour standings and third in USPKS championship chase. Two drivers come in as former Mini Swift winners. Connor Zilisch and Thomas Nepveu are the remaining former winners in the field. Zilisch (Late Apex / Tony Kart) claimed the class win in 2017 in the final event outside the Las Vegas Convention Center, and has three additional podiums at the SuperNationals since then, including two in X30 Junior and placing fourth a year ago in his X30 Senior debut. Nepveu (Trinity / Kart Republic) won in his SuperNationals debut back in 2016, and returned to the podium for the first time since that win last year with a fifth place result in X30 Senior.

Last year’s top qualifier Jake Drew is back, now as a champion in the ARCA Menard Series West program (Photo: EKN)

All five of last year’s podium finishers are returning. Diego Contecha and Pedro Hiltbrand drove to second and third last year respectively. Contecha (Orsolon / Kart Republic) earned a second runner-up at the SuperNationals, placing second to Zilisch in 2017 in the Mini class. 2016 World Karting Champion Hiltbrand (PSL / Birel ART) celebrated his second top-10 result in two starts at the SuperNationals last year. He also finished fifth in the 2022 SKUSA Pro Tour standings in his first full campaign of the series – placing on the podium three times.

In total, eight of the top-10 finishers from last year’s SuperSunday final are returning to help further show the strength of the entry list. Last year’s top qualifier Jake Drew (GFC) is back for redemption after slipping back to sixth on SuperSunday. The 22-year-old is coming off a championship season in the ARCA Menards Series West program, including four wins on the year. Dalton Hanes (Tony Kart) finished ninth in his SuperNationals debut last year. He is among the nine karters selected to the 2022 Spec MX-5 Shootout that was recently postponed due to Hurricane Nicole. Colin Warren completed the top-10 at SuperNationals 24, also in his debut at the Las Vegas event. The seven-time CKNA Grand Nationals winner had a best finish on the season of third at the USPKS event at GoPro Motorplex.

Aside from Fletcher, Hayden Jones is one of only three drivers to beat Norberg during the 2022 season. Jones – the current #2 in the EKN TaG Driver Rankings – was able to double up at the USPKS finale to end the winning streak for Norberg at the series. Now a freshman at Virginia Tech, Jones also finished second in the SKUSA Pro Tour standings to carry the #2 plate in Las Vegas. Brazilian Diego Ramos (PSL / Birel ART) is the third driver to beat Norberg in 2022. Ramos won the series finale at the SKUSA Winter Series, and will be making his second start at the SuperNationals in X30 Senior, unable to qualify for the main event last year.

2022 FIA Karting World Champion Matheus Morgatto is returning to the SuperNationals for first time since 2018 (Photo: FIA Karting)

The 25th edition of the SuperNationals could mark the record for the most international drivers in the field at 47 with 18 countries represented in the field. One driver that stands out among all the international pilots is recent FIA World Karting Champion Matheus Morgatto (AM / Alonso Kart). The Brazilian competed in Europe throughout after clinching the SKUSA Winter Series championship in X30 Senior. In September, Morgatto became only the second Brazilian to claim the world karting championship after victory at the famed Circuito Internazionale Napoli in Sarno, Italy. Ironically it was Augusto Ribas that took the victory in 1986, in Jacksonville, Florida – the only time the FIA Karting World Championship was held in the USA. This will be Morgatto’s first trip to the SuperNationals since finishing fourth in 2018.

There will be a total of three world karting champions in the field as Dutch driver Marijn Kremers will make only his second start in the premier single-speed category at the SuperNationals. As we have seen all season, Kremers (PSL / Birel ART) will run double duty with Pro Shifter as well. His only other start in X30 at the SuperNationals was in 2016 when he retired after leading the main event. Kremers was seventh in the SKUSA Pro Tour standings and fifth in USPKS championship in X30 action, including a SKUSA Pro Tour championship in Pro Shifter.

2019 FIA KZ World Champion Marijn Kremers will run double duty at SuperNats, in only his second start in X30 Senior (Photo: EKN)

Adding to the international standouts are US Rotax Trophy Final winner Oliver Hodgson (CompKart), Red Bull Junior driver Noel Leon (CRG Nordam) from Mexico, SKUSA Mexico top contenders Donovan Bonilla (RPG / Kosmic) and Diego Ortiz (GFC), British driver Louie Westover (Nash / EOS) and Latvian Tomass Stolcermanis (Nash / Energy). Stolcermanis is making his SuperNationals debut, coming in as the 2021 Rotax Grand Finals Junior Max champion.

One of the more experienced drivers in the field is Braden Eves (MPG / Kart Republic). His first start was back in 2012 in TaG Junior, and will make his fifth start in the Senior category. Others to consider on the favorites list are Alessandro de Tullio (Parolin USA), Jack Jeffers (SCR / Tony Kart), Frankie Mossman (Benik / Tony Kart), Alex Stanfield (GWR / Tony Kart) and Cameron Weinberg (SCR / CRG) making his first start at the SuperNationals.

Weinberg is among the Senior rookies in the field that include Justin Adakonis (MDR / LN Racing Kart) and Ayden Ingratta (SCR / CRG) who finished third and fifth in X30 Junior last year. Add Dane Idelson (PSL / Birel ART) and Jakub Kolar (Orsolon / Parolin) to the solid list of rookie Senior drivers in the field.

SuperNationals Stats

0 – Repeat winners in category over 18 SuperSunday main events

2 – Former X30 Senior winners in the field

3 – World Karting Champions in the field

6 – Former SuperNationals winner in the field

13 – Canadians in the field

14 – Double duty drivers with KA100 Senior

18 – Different countries represented in field

47 – Drivers from outside of the USA

Provisional X30 Senior Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Nation
358 Justin Adakonis Mike Doty Racing LN Racing Kart Ridgefield CT US
370 Loic Allays PSL Karting PA
341 Khali Atkins Croc Promotion GB
375 Gabe Bellanca Kart Republic Kart Republic AU
320 Chris Bingham Birel ART GB
371 Paul Bocuse Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Orlando FL US
345 Brian Boly Rolison Performance Group Kosmic US
380 Donovan Bonilla Orsolon Racing Tony Kart MX
343 William Bouthillier Kart Republic / HMP Kart Republic CA
388 Nolan Bower Prime Power Team Birel ART CA
351 Zachary Claman DeMelo Racing Edge Motorsports Kosmic CA
346 Luis Colimodio AJF Racing Kosmic Pompano Beach FL US
337 Diego Contecha Orsolon Racing Kart Republic CO
313 Allan Croce Kosmic BR
391 Lucca Croce Kosmic BR
369 Rafael Croce Kosmic BR
354 Cohen Day TecnoKart USA Tecno Kart AU
316 Alessandro de Tullio Parolin USA Parolin Doral FL US
329 Jake Drew GFC / Formula Works GFC Fullerton CA US
365 Wes Duchak Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Jupiter FL US
355 Ariel Elkin TB Kart TB Kart IL
307 Francesco Esposito Prime Power Team Birel ART CA
314 Braden Eves Race Factory / MPG Motorsports Kart Republic New Albany OH US
363 Daniel Fellows Prime Power Team Birel ART Erie CO US
311 Isaac Finer Racelab JV Kart CA
392 Josh Finer Racelab JV Kart CA
396 Hamish Fitzsimmons Kosmic AU
303 Jeremy Fletcher Gary Willis Racing Tony Kart St. Cloud FL US
326 George Garciarce Sidral Aga- Red Cola Tony Kart MX
321 Evan Giltaire Kart Republic Kart Republic FR
387 Alonso W.G. de Orbegoso AJF Racing Tony Kart PE
306 Tyler Greenbury Kosmic AU
368 Dalton Hanes Tony Kart Greensboro NC US
366 Will Harper Team Benik Kosmic AU
330 Pedro Hiltbrand PSL Karting Birel ART ES
319 Oliver Hodgson CompKart CompKart Phoenix AZ GB
347 Gabriel Holguin International Motorsport Tony Kart Orlando FL US
323 Tyler Howard AU
373 Dane Idelson PSL Karting Birel ART Pacific Palisades CA US
315 Ayden Ingratta Speed Concepts Racing CRG CA
312 Riley Jabke Trinity Karting Group AU
349 Kristian Janev Team Benik Kosmic AU
333 Jack Jeffers Speed Concepts Racing Tony Kart San Antonio TX US
302 Hayden Jones Rolison Performance Group Tony Kart Matthews NC US
395 Alexander Kardashian AMK Race Products EOS St. Paul MN US
376 Jakub Kolar Orsolon Racing / Piquet Sports Parolin Key West FL US
336 Marijn Kremers PSL Karting Birel ART NL
308 Wout Kurstjens Leading Edge Motorsports Formula K NL
328 Laurent Legault Rolison Performance Group Kosmic CA
310 Noel Leon CRG Nordam CRG MX
364 Eamon Lowe Racing Edge Motorsports CRG CA
309 Pauly Massimino Speed Concepts Racing CRG Indian Trail NC US
338 Tyler McIntyre MottazSport Alonso Kart Palmetto FL US
362 Matheus Morgatto AM Racing Team Alonso Kart Kissimmee FL BR
377 Frankie Mossman Team Benik Tony Kart Newport Beach CA US
318 Lucas Nanji Kart Republic Kart Republic CA
394 Blake Nash Nash Motorsportz EOS Riverside CA US
324 Thomas Nepveu Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic CA
367 Rhys Newburn Fullerton GB
301 Ryan Norberg Rolison Performance Group Kosmic Orlando FL US
390 Diego Ortiz GFC GFC MX
360 Enzo Prando Racing Edge Motorsports Kosmic BR
379 Kevin Quevedo AJF Racing Kosmic AR
353 Ryan Raffa Full Tilt Racing Exprit Washington Crossing PA US
335 Diego Ramos PSL Karting Birel ART Davenport FL BR
327 Yash Rampal CompKart Allentown PA US
342 Rylie Ramroop Urace Tony Kart Parkland FL TT
389 Brett Revetta Sanner Racing Tony Kart El Cajon CA US
397 Kellen Ritter Rolison Performance Group Kosmic CA
352 Tyler Ruth Exprit Glendale AZ US
340 Adam Rylance Mike Doty Racing LN Racing Kart Arvada CO US
383 Cole Schroeder S&S Motorsports Kart Republic Bozeman MT US
398 Sam Seccombe Alonso Kart AU
305 Alex Stanfield GWR Tony Kart Argyle TX US
322 Aleksandar Stefanovich Parolin USA Parolin AU
317 James Stegman Xtreme Kosmic Miami FL US
356 Tomass Stolcermanis Nash Motorsportz Energy LV
339 Yuta Suzuki Supertune USA Tony Kart JP
348 Travis Varney Forward Direction Motorsports CompKart Highlands Ranch CO US
393 Edoardo Ludovico Villa TB Kart TB Kart IT
332 Ryan Vincent Nash Motorsportz EOS San Diego CA US
384 Colin Warren CDR Kart Republic Naples FL US
378 Cameron Weinberg Speed Concepts Racing CRG Carrollton GA US
325 Louie Westover Nash Motorsportz EOS GB
382 Patrick Woods-Toth Prime Power Team Birel ART CA
331 Haopeng Zhang Supertune USA Tony Kart Kalamazoo MI US
372 Connor Zilisch Late Apex Kartworks Tony Kart Mooresville NC US

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