EKN Driver Rankings August
EKN Driver Rankings August Update
Throughout the period of the EKN Driver Rankings, opinion have varied on whether the numbers support who truly are the best drivers in the country. Since July 1, some of the biggest events of the season took place in the TaG categories, including the Cold Stone US Grand Nationals and the Superkarts! USA SummerNationals. One driver that has stood out during that time, along with the last eight months of the year is Jake Craig, the new driver into the number one position of the EKN TaG Driver Rankings.
Craig (2Wild Karting) fell just three points short of the Rotax Challenge of the Americas title this April, earning three of the six race wins. The next month, the SoCal driver opened up the Pro Tour with two wins in Dallas, and then stamped it with the exclamation point by earning the Rotax national championship in Utah. Two more podium finishes at the SummerNationals keep him atop the point standings, giving him the ability to earn two major titles in the same season. Demoted to second is last year’s US Rotax champion Oliver Askew. After just a few days in Utah, Askew re-aggravated a back muscle injury, which forced him to withdraw from the event. With his focus now on the Stock Moto side, he may not be able to challenge Craig for the top position moving forward.
Advancing to the third position is the current ‘Ironman’ of karting – Dustin Stross. With 40 rounds of racing in the last 12 months, the percentages were in his favor to move up the order. Racing at WKA, USPKS, and SKUSA competitions, the privateer could move closer to Craig as the season draws to an end with strong performances at the series finales of all three. 2013 United States Pro Kart Series champion Kyle Kalish keeps moving up the order as the series continues to grow. Despite not finishing inside the top-three in the first six rounds of racing, the Franklin Motorsports/Merlin driver has used consistent finishes to keep him advancing in the Driver Rankings, and maintain contention to defend his crown. Dropping to fifth is two-time USPKS winner Roger Ralston Jr. (KartSport North America/FA Kart). Since his double win weekend in Mooresville, it has been a challenging season.
Down one position to sixth is Superkarts! USA Pro Tour championship contender Louie Pagano. The Dallas Karting Complex/Sodi Kart USA driver was among the quickest at the SpringNationals, but could only record a best finish of sixth at the SummerNationals. The quickest driver in qualifying at the US Rotax Grand Nationals, Pagano was taken out of contention in the main event after contact, as he is still looking for that elusive Senior victory of his career. AJ Myers – USPKS point leader entering the series finale – remains seventh. Better results in the last three rounds of racing have propelled the Checkered Motorsports/PCR driver into the hunt for a top-five in the EKN Driver Rankings.
Michigan’s Derek Dignan (KartSport North America/FA Kart) falls four spots to the eighth position, still battling to find consistent results at the USPKS program despite battling for top-five finish in the championship standings. Up to ninth after recording his seventh race toward the Driver Rankings is Florida driver Kyle Kirkwood. The Ocala Gran Prix/Tony Kart driver was the vice-champion at the Florida Winter Tour, and is currently the top rookie in the EKN standings thanks to a ninth place result at the US Rotax Grand Nationals. Breaking into the top-10 is Senior Max runner-up Daniel Roeper. The Florida driver had a solid winter, and never gave up the fight during the week event in Utah, ending up on the second step of the podium and earning his first ticket to the Rotax Grand Finals as part of Team USA.
NEW TaG #1 – Jake Craig
Mission Viejo, California
The 2014 resume that Jake Craig has accumulated is outstanding. The first months of the year saw the 2Wild Karting/Tony Kart driver stand on five podiums in six races at the Rotax Challenge of the Americas, which included three wins. He has followed that up with four straight podium results at the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour, including a double-win weekend at the Dallas Karting Complex. The icing on the cake so far is his first national crown at the United States Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals last month. Craig entered last weekend as the championship leader in the Rotax Can-Am ProKart Challenge, which is the title he won last year to earn his Team USA ticket in 2013.
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