EKN Exclusive: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 26 – Preview Series – Mini Swift

Defending race winner McGaughy looking to become first repeat winner in division

eKartingNews.com is proud to present our Preview Series for the SKUSA SuperNationals 26. Leading up to the on-track action of the 2023 edition of the marquee SKUSA event, EKN will preview each of the nine categories that will compete on the temporary circuit located outside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas from November 8-12.

Trackside coverage is set to begin on Tuesday, November 7 as the EKN crew sets up our SuperNationals 26 home, roaming the LVMS grounds with Paddock Insider and social media content. Coverage continues into Wednesday as karts hit the track for the first time. EKN Live begins on Thursday, November 9 as qualifying is conducted for both the morning classes and the afternoon divisions. Listen LIVE to the heat races throughout Friday, November 10 and into Situation Saturday, November 11, including the five Last Chance Qualifiers held on the day. That sets everything up for SuperSunday, with the main events for SuperNationals 26 audio streamed live on eKartingNews.com/live and eKartingNews.com/radio.

Complete coverage of the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 26 can be found at the EKN EVENT PAGE.

Mini Swift

Michael McGaughy attempting to become the first two-time winner in Mini Swift SuperNationals history (Photo: Studio52.us)

One of the most competitive categories throughout the season and every year at the SuperNationals is Mini Swift. A total of 12 different drivers have been able to hoist the trophy on SuperSunday over the 12 times the division has been offered at the SuperNationals. Among them include a current IndyCar driver (Pato O’Ward – 2010), Formula One driver (Logan Sargeant – 2011), University of Houston football player (Anthony Gangi Jr. – 2012), F4 champion (Jonny Edgar – 2015), Canadian NASCAR Pinty’s Rookie of the Year (Thomas Nepveu – 2016), and a pair of Trans Am race winners (Connor Zilisch – 2017, Brent Crews – 2018).

No driver has been able to repeat victory in the category. That is different this year as defending race winner Michael McGaughy (Ryan Perry Motorsport / Parolin) will be trying for a second straight SuperNationals victory. The Utah driver – making his third start at the SuperNationals – finished the season sixth in the SKUSA Pro Tour standings with a best result of runner-up, however, grabbed a victory in USPKS competition thanks to victory at New Castle and ended the year second in the standings.

SKUSA Pro Tour champion Lucas Palacio comes in as one of the favorites (Photo: Studio52.us)

Only one other podium finisher from last year’s SuperNationals is in the field with Lucas Palacio (Trinity Karting Group / Kart Republic) seeking to better his fourth-place result. The driver from Virginia comes into the event as one of the favorites, earning three wins at the SKUSA Winter Series, two on the SKUSA Pro Tour to earn this year’s title and three in USPKS competition toward that series championship.

Nine of the top-10 drivers on the SKUSA Pro Tour will be in the field with race winners Marco Romero (Team Benik), Travis Pettit (Trinity Karting Group / Kart Republic), and Tristan Murphy (Ryan Perry Motorsport / Nitro Kart). Romero and Pettit ended the season on the championship podium second and third with Murphy finishing up seventh. Add in Mini rookies Asthon Woon (Supertune USA / Parolin), Royce Vega (Team Benik), and Troy Ferguson (Team Benik) along with Fion Shi (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) all finished this season in the top-10 of the SKUSA rankings.

Rocco Simone among the many Mini rookies searching for SuperNationals glory (Photo: Studio52.us)

Several of the top contenders are making their first Mini start at the SuperNationals. Rocco Simone (MottazSport / Parolin), Matheus Ramalho (Sodi Racing USA), Antonio Pizzonia Neto (Pizzonia Racing / Parolin), Cameron Marsha (Nitro Kart), Matthew Cagle (Sanner Racing / Tony Kart), and Nicolas Orbezo (Iron Rock Motorsports / Tony Kart) all finished inside the top-10 a year ago in Micro. Also making his first SuperNats start is Marco Sammut (MDR – BJR / LN Racing Kart) – who was part of Team USA at the Rotax Grand Finals a year ago in Micro.

Drivers to watch include Max Cristea (MottazSport / Parolin) – who finished third in the USPKS standings, Jaxon Porter (Trinity Karting Group / Kart Republic), Luca Popescu (Nash Motorsportz / Energy), Challenge of the Americas champion Braydon Wagner (Formula Works / GFC), and Canadian Gabriel Balog (Checkered Motorsports / Magik Kart).

SKUSA Winter Series champion Alessandro Truchot (Parolin USA) returns to the USA after competing all season in Europe for his second Mini start at the SuperNationals. International drivers to watch include Dutch driver Didier Kreeft (Fusion Motorsport) and Noah Baglin (iKART / Kart Republic).

SuperNats Stats

1 – Former winners in the field

12 – Different winners at SuperNationals in this category

11 – Different countries represented in the field

19 – Drivers from outside of the USA

24 – First time SuperNationals competitors

Provisional Entry List – Mini Swift

No. Driver Team Chassis Hometown Nation
115 Noah Baglin iKART Kart Republic GB
118 Gabriel Balog Checkered Motorsports Magik Kart CA
148 Matthew Cagle Sanner Racing Tony Kart Escondido CA US
110 Mateo Calderon Supertune USA Parolin San Jose CA US
127 McLaren Carroll Precision Works Racing CRG San Dimas CA US
159 Olivier Chass Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic CA
140 Ilie Tristan Crisan Rolison Performance Group Tony Kart CA
139 Max Cristea MottazSport Parolin Buford GA US
124 Decklan Deonarine Racing Edge Motorsports Kosmic CA
150 Santiago Diaz de la Vega Parolin USA Parolin MX
130 Ksawery Dudkowski KidiX Driver Performance Kart Republic PL
143 Troy Ferguson Team Benik Factory Kart Seal Beach CA US
168 Luke Giglio Ryan Perry Motorsport Kart Republic Milton GA US
123 Pierson Gulseth Team FMS Merlin Manitowoc WI US
152 Ruben Gutierrez CRG Nordam CRG MX
172 Jose Alejandro Halphen International Racing Exprit PA
196 Riley Harrison Rolison Performance Group Kosmic AU
189 Martin Jaramillo U-Race Kart Mini Orlando FL US
151 Edward Kennedy Energy Corse Americas Energy CA
105 William Kim Nitro Kart Nitro Kart Darien CT US
192 Nicholas Kotowski U-Race Parolin Oyster Bay NY US
136 Didier Kreeft Fusion Motorsport NL
114 Cameron Marsha Nitro Kart Nitro Kart Granger IN US
161 Michael McGaughy Ryan Perry Motorsport Parolin Park City UT US
156 Jensen Mechelke Supertune USA Parolin Gilbert AZ US
107 Cole Medeiros Racing Edge Motorsports Gillard CA
111 Tristan Murphy Ryan Perry Motorsport Nitro Kart College Grove TN US
170 Luis Fernando Nunez Orsolon Racing Parolin MX
158 Nicolas Orbezo Iron Rock Motorsports Tony Kart San Antonio TX US
101 Lucas Palacio Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic Vienna VA US
103 Travis Pettit Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic Mullica Hill NJ US
129 Enea Pezzutto KR Motorsport Srl Kart Republic IT
173 Antonio Pizzonia Neto Pizzonia Racing Parolin BR
119 Luca Popescu Nash Motorsportz Energy Dana Point CA CA
121 Jaxon Porter Trinity Karting Group Kart Republic Scottsdale AZ US
180 Matheus Ramalho Sodi Racing USA Sodi Kart Boca Raton FL BR
108 Daniel Ramirez Parolin Anaheim CA US
160 Branislav Rentka Croc Promotion Croc Promotion SK
102 Marco Romero Team Benik Benik Kart Orlando FL VE
128 Remigiusz Samczyk KidiX Driver Performance Kart Republic PL
175 Marco Sammut MDR – BJR LN Racing Kart Locust Valley NY US
113 Julian Sanchez GFC Karting GFC Sacramento CA US
125 Valentino Santillan SLA Racing Sodi Kart Miami FL US
153 Fion Shi Supertune USA Tony Kart Montclair NJ AU
109 Rocco Simone MottazSport Parolin Naples FL CA
131 Jack Speth Ruthless Karting Nitro Kart Tucson AZ US
126 Luuk Taal Sodi Racing USA Sodi Kart NL
116 Alessandro Truchot Parolin USA Parolin Miami Beach FL US
106 Royce Vega Team Benik Benik Kart Rockwall TX US
104 Braydon Wagner GFC Karting / Formula Works GFC San Juan Capistrano CA US
195 Ashton Woon DDW Partners/SuperTune Parolin Mooresville NC US

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