Championship Review: 2023 Texas Sprint Racing Series

Superkarts! USA and International Kart Federation regional champions recognized

The eighth season of the Texas Sprint Racing Series presented by Auctionetx went into the history books with the final laps of the year completed in September. It was another record-setting year for the five-event program as the Superkarts! USA and International Kart Federation sanctioned regional series welcomed over 800 entries on the season in IAME, Briggs & Stratton 206 and Honda categories. Following the season finale held at the Speedsportz Racing Park, the year-end champions were decided along with the large 2023 prize package awarded to those finishing in the top-three.

KA100 Senior – Alex Stanfield, Peyton Phillips (champion), Adrian Cruz (Photo: Studio52.us)

The KA100 Senior by Exertech class averaged 30 drivers per event in 2023, making it the largest of the season. Former series champion Peyton Phillips started out the season with victory, adding three runner-up finishes over the last four rounds to another championship to his CV. Defending series champ Alex Stanfield was able to win at three of the four starts he made, finishing second overall in the standings, back by 118 points. Adrian Cruz finished third on the year, placing third twice for his best results of 2023.

Landon Skinner was able to finish 2023 one spot better than last year to claim his first championship in KA100 Junior by Woltjer Racing Engines class. A second victory on the season at the fifth and final event helped Skinner to claim the title by 114 points. Diego Guiot was able to win twice on the season as well, finishing second in the final standings. Graham Trammell was among the most improved, jumping from 16th last year to finish third on the championship podium. His best result was runner-up at Round Four from Rimrock Raceway.

KA100 Junior – Diego Guiot, Landon Skinner (champion), Graham Trammell (Photo: Studio52.us)

Once again, Miguel Mier finished the year as champion in KA100 Master by Kart Racing Solutions. Five podium finishes, including two wins and three runner-up results put Mier back on top of the championship standings, winning the title by 60 points. Two-time winner Morgan Lebaron improved from fourth a year ago to second in the championship chase. Andy Miller finished third in his first full season at TSRS, ending with a best result of third at Amarillo Kart Complex.

All three champions in the KA100 categories receive a 2024 TSRS Series Package – which includes entry to all five series races. Each of the three champions earn a SKUSA SuperNationals 26 entry including a guaranteed SuperSunday grid position and race tires. Second place in each category earns a 2024 TSRS Race Entry for two events along with entry to the 2023 IKF Sprint GrandNational with one set of tires. Third place drivers earn one event entry for the 2024 TSRS.

206 Senior – Bryce Frank, Drew Chappell (champion), Samuel Jung (Photo: Studio52.us)

The 206 Senior by Slipstream Racing division was the second highest in entries on the season, averaging 25 drivers in 2023. Drew Chappell was a driver everyone was chasing, picking up two wins in the first four rounds, helping him to earn his first series championship by 139 points. Bryce Frank closed out the season with runner-up and victory in the last two rounds to move up to second in the championship standings. Samuel Jung had a similar run, winning at Rimrock and placing third at the series final to finish the year-end standings in third.

Making its debut in 2023, the 206 Heavy by Maxwell Paper Products category featured 56 entries over the five events. Winning three times was Ross Smith, earning the inaugural championship by 170 points. Round Four winner Noah Murphy made three total trips to the podium on the season to finish second in the standings. Max Martinis ended the year in third with two podium results over the five rounds of racing to complete the championship top-three.

206 Junior – Derek Wargo, Ragan Saville (champion), Robert Arana (Photo: Studio52.us)

Defending 206 Junior by Saville Electric title winner Ragan Saville put in another championship performance in 2023. Saville finished on the podium in all five rounds, winning at North Texas Kartway and Rimrock Raceway to record another TSRS championship. Derek Wargo finished 20 points back, winning at Amarillo Kart Complex to highlight four straight podium results. Robert Arana earned two podium results on the season to finish the championship standings in third.

The three champions in the 206 classes are awarded two prizes. The first is entry to the 2023 IKF Sprint GrandNationals with two sets of race tires. The second is the 2024 TSRS Series Package. The runner-up in all three class championships receives 2024 TSRS Race Entry for two events with third place earning one entry to a 2024 TSRS event.

Mini Swift – Carson Barry, Sawyer Chambers (champion), Mason Barry (Photo: Studio52.us)

Sawyer Chambers was able to secure the championship in his rookie season in the Mini Swift by Alan Rudolph Racing Academy class. Chambers won the opening two rounds, adding two additional podium results to claim the title by 34 points. Carson Barry and Mason Barry finished second and third in the final standings, all three within 73 points. Carson won Round Three with three total podiums while Mason had two podium results of his own, with a best finish of runner-up at North Texas Kartway.

Also moving up one spot from last year’s Micro Swift by Royal Electric championship was Aston Wyatt. Finishing second a year ago, Wyatt stood on the podium in all five rounds, winning the final two events to claim the 2023 title. Colton Schniegenberg had four straight third-place results on the season to finish second, 105 points back of Wyatt. Tanner Barsch won Round Two and finished with two runner-up results to end up third in the final championship standings.

Micro Swift – Colton Schniegenberg, Aston Wyatt (champion), Tanner Barsch (Photo: Studio52.us)

Wyatt was able to double up in the championship column for 2023, taking the top spot in 206 Cadet by Kept Clothing division. Wyatt had four podium results including two victories to edge out Tanner Barsch by five points in the title chase. Barsch had four straight podium finishes of his own, including winning at the series final only to miss out on the season’s crown. Emmett Eddolls was one of four different winners on the season, placing third in the final standings.

The champions in the Mini and Micro divisions each earn a 2024 TSRS Series Package along with entry to the SKUSA SuperNationals 26, including a guaranteed SuperSunday grid position and race tires. Second place in the standings receives 2024 TSRS Race Entry for two events while third takes home entry for one event at the 2024 TSRS.

206 Cadet – Tanner Barsch, Aston Wyatt (champion), Emmett Eddolls (not pictured) (Photo: Studio52.us)

Brennan Barsch secured the championship in Honda Kid Kart by Rimrock Raceway class. Three wins gave Barsch the title by 90 points over Raif Ali, a three-time podium finisher and winner at the series finale. Benjamin Osborn finished on the podium three times with a best result of runner-up at Rimrock, helping him to earn the third step of the championship podium.

The Shifter by Victor Racing class was brought back to the series after not being part of the TSRS in recent years. The championship standings was led by Chris Jennings. The former SKUSA SuperNationals winner beat out five-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion Jordon Musser by 101 points with Noah Zarsk in third. TSRS is committed to keeping the category for 2024 and into the future, with the goal of welcoming big fields each race weekend.

Honda Kid Kart – Raif Ali, Brennan Barsch (champion), Benjamin Osborn (Photo: Studio52.us)

The champions in Kid Karts and Shifter earn a 2024 TSRS Series Package. Second place receives 2024 TSRS Race Entry for two events while third takes home entry to one TSRS event. The top-three drivers in all championship categories also earned one set of Evinco Tires.

The 2024 Texas Sprint Racing Series program will feature five events once again with a mix of top facilities in the region. Action begins with a return to the NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, LA on February 23-25. The series returns back to the Lone Star State on March 22-24 to visit the Speedsportz Racing Park in New Caney, Texas. New for the TSRS program is the Kart Moto facility in Cresson, Texas. The series will make its debut there on May 3-5. 2024 also marks the return to the Dallas Karting Complex and their newly renovated facility in Caddo Mills, Texas, set for August 23-25. The 2024 season concludes at the Amarillo Karting Complex in Panhandle, Texas on September 20-22.

Registration for the 2024 Texas Sprint Racing Series program will be opening soon, with competitors able to save money for the upcoming season with discounted pricing for those who enter all five events up front, and a smaller discount for entering multiple events prior to the start of the season. More details to be released in the coming days.

Be sure to follow TSRS on Facebook and Instagram, and get details on everything at www.texassprintseries.com. Those interested in supporting the program with sponsorship, please contact them via email at info@texassprintseries.com.

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