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.
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.
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.
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).
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
|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|