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EKN Trackside: 2019 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SpringNationals Preview – Part 2
Thursday, 02 May 2019 08:14

Joshua Car enters Utah as the X30 Senior championship leader (Photo: EKN)

eKartingNews.com remains the official online partner for the SKUSA Pro Tour, having broadcast every race since its inception. Those karting enthusiasts not in attendance can listen from home or on the road to the EKN Live broadcast page at www.ekartingnews.com/live with EKN’s own Rob Howden providing the play-by-play call. This weekend’s broadcast is brought to you by Mad Old Nut Racing, Rolison Performance Group and Courtney Concepts. Daily reports and updates on the EKN Social Media network will fill up your timeline throughout the weekend.

X30 Senior
Two drivers solidified themselves as the top title contenders following the action at the WinterNationals. Christian Brooks and 2017 SuperNationals winner Joshua Car placed inside the top-four in both main events, each taking a win in March. That has boosted them well out in front of the championship standings, with Car (Crosslink / Exprit) leading by 76 points over Brooks (Nash / FA Kart). Brooks has history with the Utah facility, winning the US Rotax Grand Nationals back at the 2011 edition in the Mini Max class. The two have similar paths for the 2019 season as they are both contesting the F4 US Championship, sitting second and sixth in the standings after the opening event in Georgia. Looking ahead, the SummerNationals weekend is the same as a F4 event at Mid-Ohio and thus, if either are leading the championship after this weekend, they could vacate that position with F4 trumping karting. Read full story at eKartingNews.com
 
EKN Trackside: 2019 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SpringNationals Preview – Part 1
Thursday, 02 May 2019 08:10

WinterNationals winner Andrew Bujdoso leads the Pro Shifter standings (Photo: EKN)

This weekend marks the 10th edition of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SpringNationals. The event is set for May 3-5 at the Utah Motorsports Campus as SKUSA returns to the Erda, Utah facility for the second time in series history. Formerly known as Miller Motorsports Park, SKUSA first visited the facility outside Salt Lake City back in July 2012 for the SummerNationals that year. The 9/10-mile Alan Wilson-designed karting circuit is named ‘Star Trek’, which will be contested in the clockwise direction – the opposite of the 2012 visit.

Pro Shifter
The IAME SSE 175cc powerplant made its debut at the SKUSA Pro Tour WinterNationals with two different drivers claiming victory. Andrew Bujdoso mastered the rain on Saturday to claim his first SKUSA Pro Tour victory while defending champion AJ Myers triumphed on Sunday. It was a Croc Promotion sweep of the victories thanks to Bujdoso and Myers, however, the roster has changed for Mad Old Nut Racing operation. Bujdoso remains, entering the SpringNationals as the championship leader by 10 points over Myers, who becomes a former teammate. Myers was released from his spot at MONR and has joined CRG Nordam, making his debut with the team this weekend. Myers brings with him the SKUSA #1 plate, joining SKUSA #2 plate holder Kyle Wick under the CRG Nordam banner, who sits third in the championship chase heading into Utah. Completing the silly season between races, Myers spot at Croc Promotion USA was filled by 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour champion Jake French. The Texan has spent the last month testing and racing with the team, and makes his return to the SKUSA Pro Tour this weekend. Read full story on eKartingNews.com
 
2019 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour Resumes with 10th Running of SpringNationals
Wednesday, 24 April 2019 08:35

The Superkarts! USA Pro Tour returns to the Salt Lake City area with the 10th running of the SpringNationals,
set for May 3-5 at the Utah Motorsports Campus (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

Just last week, Superkarts! USA passed a milestone in its history, as April 16 marked the 9th anniversary of the launch of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour. In 2010, the program made its debut in Sonoma, California, hosting the first-ever SpringNationals. The SKUSA Pro Tour has grown in leaps and bounds since those first laps, and the program is preparing to host the 10th edition of the May event. This year’s SpringNationals features a return to the Salt Lake City area, and the Utah Motorsports Campus in Erda, Utah, to be specific. SKUSA visited the 13-year-old facility for the first time in 2012, then known as Miller Motorsports Park, for the SummerNationals that championship season.

A portion of the $162,000 prize package for the 2019 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour will be up-for-grabs at the SpringNationals in Utah. Another round of Evinco tires are to be handed out each day at the podium, with all of the top-three finishers taking home one set. The combined $5,000 guaranteed weekend cash payout for X30 Senior and X30 Junior is on the line in those two divisions, with a cool $1000 going to the driver with the most points over the two days of competition. Pro Shifter, Pro Shifter 2 and G1 Gladiator are fighting for a free entry toward the SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals for the top points earner. All other remaining classes will have a potential $1,000 weekend purse should the driver entry total reach 30. The chase for the $74,000 in prizes for the SKUSA Pro Tour Championship program continues – including the four 2019 IAME International Final tickets – with drivers at the WinterNationals solidifying their positions in the hunt for a portion of that purse.
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Testing Information Prior to 2019 SKUSA SpringNationals
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 13:52
The Utah Motorsports Campus will be holding open testing throughout the weekend prior to the SKUSA SpringNationals. It will be open to all entrants Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 26, 27, & 28. The configuration will be the same as for the SpringNationals: StarTrek clockwise.

Sign up for each of the 3 days on the UMC MotorsportReg.com account: UMC Test & Tune. (Look for the events titled UMC Karting T&T for the 26th, 27th, 28th) This link also gives the tentative weekend schedule, and a few other important details. Please note that each practice day has its own event registration.

Pre-Entry is $100 online for each of the three practice days and on-site Registration $120 per day. Early registration is appreciated. Entry includes the driver’s and one additional hot grid wristband.

Entry to the paddock will be available on Friday, April 26th beginning at 6:30am. Teams or Drivers who have paid for a reserved pit space in the first 2 rows for the SKUSA SpringNationals will be able to park in their same spaces and leave their tent and/or trailer in place for the duration of the SKUSA SpringNationals event. Those reserved in the 3rd row will be escorted to a temporary pit spot for testing, and then will be able to pit in place starting Tuesday, 4/30.
 
EKN Trackside: 2019 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour WinterNationals – Sunday Report
Sunday, 03 March 2019 00:00

AJ Myers claimed his fourth SKUSA Pro Tour victory (Photo: EKN)

The third edition of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour WinterNationals came to a close on Sunday, thankfully ending under much better weather conditions. While Saturday was filled with on-and-off rain, the precipitation ended on Sunday during qualifying with the skies above the CalSpeed Karting facility in Fontana, California clearing up enough to welcome the sun for periods of time, at least until the podium ceremonies were completed. The 12 divisions in competition closed out Round Two of the SKUSA Pro Tour championship chase, welcoming another group of new winners into the history books.

Winning at the SKUSA Pro Tour level, or in 2019 for that matter, is nothing new to AJ Myers. The Mad Old Nut Racing / Croc Promotion USA driver shined in the Pro Shifter 1/2 25-lap Final to grab his fourth career Pro Tour victory. The day did not begin at the top however, as Myers finished ninth in the qualifying session. The track was not completely dry from overnight rain, yet the quickest option was still the dry Evinco tires. Alex Keyes (PSL / Birel ART) came out of the session with fast time, but it was CRG Nordam’s Kyle Wick who drove away in the Prefinal. Wick led the first lap of the Final until an issue on lap two dropped him out of the top-five. This gave Pro 2 driver Race Liberante (J3 / CompKart) the lead, where he stayed until Myers and Saturday winner Andrew Bujdoso (MONR / Croc) ran him down. The two drove away to score another 1-2 finish, this time with Myers on top. Liberante was run down by a charging Wick and, when making a pass in turn four, Wick slide wide into Liberante, who made contact with the barriers on the outside of turn four. That ended his race and a chance at the win in class. Wick would go on to place third, with Keawn Tandon (DRT / DR Kart) in fourth and Prescott Campbell (MRC / Aluminos) in fifth. Max Hewitt (CRG) scored the victory in Pro 2, his second career win on the Pro Tour, with Michael Ilavia (Crosslink / Exprit) and Blair Hosie (MRC / Aluminos) joining him on the podium. Read full story on eKartingNews.com
 


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