|November 10, 2010 News
|EKN Exclusive: SKUSA SuperNationals XIV Preview Series – S4 Master Stock Moto
When the gates open the week of November 15 to the parking lot of the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, the Superkarts! USA organization will be welcoming the largest contingent to compete at the famed SuperNationals. The SKUSA SuperNationals XIV is set to host a record-breaking 485 entries for 11 categories on a temporary circuit outside the famed Las Vegas facility. Drivers from all over North American and around the world will converge to ‘Sin City’ at a chance to claim a piece of SuperNats glory and place their name into the history books. eKartingNews.com has slated the remaining days leading up to the event for an in-depth look at the entry list and the major players in each of the categories. TaG Cadet, TaG Junior and S5 started off the preview program and were followed by TaG Master and G1. The S4 Master Stock Moto category is examined today with S2, KF2, TaG Senior, KZ2 and the headline S1 division to follow leading up to the overall event preview.
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S4 Master Stock Moto
| Three-time class winner Jeff Littrell will go for a second straight S4 title in Vegas|
(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
Introduced in 2006, the category is making SuperNationals history with the largest field ever at 67 drivers – including an astonishing 16 from Mexico – to compete for 40 main event positions. Debuting as a Stock Moto Heavy category, the now S4 Master Stock Moto division has moved to the +30 year old division with the Superkarts! USA class structure the organization rolled out this season. With the growth of the Stock Moto engine package throughout the west coast and now making its way to the east coast, the ‘play on Sunday, work on Monday’ drivers are finding a new home.
In three of the last four years, this class has been home to Jeff Littrell (Tony Kart). A winner in 2006-2007 and returning back last year with victory from a G1 effort in 2008, Littrell is tied for second in the SuperNats win list with Michael Valiante at three a piece. If the SoCal driver is successful in defending his crown and scoring win number four, it will put him at a tie for the overall win total with reigning Star Mazda Championship Rookie of the Year Connor De Phillippe. Last year Littrell had to work for the victory, coming from 11th on the grid following a DNF in heat race two. Now with the field expanded, anyone who hopes to hoist up the trophy on SuperSunday will need to be on their game from day one.
Leading the charge to keep Littrell off the top step of the podium is Mike Jones (CRG). The top qualifier one year ago, Jones had the gremlins surrounding him all week with a loose carburetor in heat one and then again in the main event during his charge to the front cost him Vegas glory. Locked and loaded to challenge once again, The Kart Shop driver impressed at the Rock Island Grand Prix in the King of the Streets event, placing fifth in the 30-lap battle just one spot behind 2008 S4 SuperNats champ Chris Jennings.
| Gremlins kept Mike Jones from claiming the top step of the podium last year and is back for redemption|
(Photo: Joe Brittin)
Making it a 1-2-3 punch, Jeff Smith (CRG) is up there with the first two mentioned when looking at the odds of picking the race winner. Making his first SuperNationals start, Smith comes into Vegas as a two-time ProKart Challenge S4 champion and riding a 10-straight feature win streak that dates back to July 2009. Under the Aluminos tent – a team that has won two of the last three S3 Stock Moto titles, Smith will be in good hands as he makes his first SuperNationals trip.
In addition to Smith, Aluminos has a full tent competing in the S4 division with three drivers in the championship chase for the SKUSA Pro Tour title. Peter Workum (GP), Jonathon Allen (GP) and Phil Dunford (GP) sit second through fourth respectively in the standings. Workum led the way last year, placing eighth with Dunford in 12th and Allen finishing 19th. They all will be looking to keep pace with Phil Conte (CRG). The Kimball Williams Racing driver currently leads the SKUSA PT standings by 188 points, thanks to his victory at the SummerNationals in Wisconsin. The 2008 SKUSA SuperNationals third place finisher is putting all his chips in this year and is hunting for the inaugural PT championship.
| Coming into Vegas with a solid winning streak, Jeff Smith will be looking for his first SuperNationals victory|
(Photo: Tony Leone - sixspeedphotos.com)
Utah drivers Todd Edgington (Tony Kart) and Ryan Pool (Tony Kart) will attempt to make a second straight trip to the S4 podium next week. The duo finish fourth and fifth respectively and the Msquared Karting drivers are poised to challenge once again. Edgington took home the Utah State Championships title in Spec Heavy while Clark impressed in a part-time effort.
The Pacific Northwest is also bringing an entourage in hopes of returning to the podium after missing out last year, led by Northwest Race Karts’ Craig Sender and Steve Perdue. Both aboard Intrepid machines, Sender and Perdue were fourth and fifth in ’08 and placed inside the top-10 after some heat race trouble.
Other notable to watch in the five days include; S4 newcomer Jimmy McNeil (CRG), a top-15 finisher in S1 and S3 the last two years – 2007 podium finishers Doug Hayashi (Tony Kart) - coming off a victory in class at the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix - and Paul Russell (Tony Kart) – Colorado’s Mike McDonough (GP) who will join the Aluminos squad – and the youngest competitor at 30, Eddie Olpin was a contender in the S3 category last year and will pilot a Reaction Karting Kosmic entry in S4 this year.
S4 Master Stock Moto Provisional Entry List - Updated 11.15.10
|1||Roberto Islas||Casillas Racing||CRG||Atizapan||Mexico|
|1c||Jeff Smith||Kartspeed Motorsports||CRG||Briones||CA||USA|
|2||Pedro Perez||Casillas Racing||Italkart||Leon||Mexico|
|3h||Keith Bridgeman||Franklin Motorsports||Trackmagic||Farmington||MN||USA|
|3y||Alex Keith||Infinity Karting||Energy||San Jose||CA||USA|
|4t||Mike Jones||The Kart Shop||Intrepid||Sachse||TX||USA|
|5||Ivan Carranza||Ferdez Racing||Italkart||Guadalajara||Mexico|
|7||Jose Barba||Ferdez Racing||CRG||Guadalajara||Mexico|
|8||Carlos Fernandez||Ferdez Racing||Intrepid||Guadalajara||Mexico|
|9c||Phil Conte||Kimball Williams Racing||CRG||Lakewood||CA||USA|
|9d||Charles Gordon||Team ARG||CRG||Erie||CO||USA|
|10||Brian Nixon||Northwest Race Karts||Intrepid||Covington||WA||USA|
|11||Adrian Aguilera||Ferdez Racing||Italkart||Guadalajara||Mexico|
|13||Marco Vega||Ferdez Racing||Intrepid||Leon||Mexico|
|14||Eddie Olpin||Reaction Karting||Kosmic||Pleasant Grove||UT||USA|
|14k||Jonathon Allen||Aluminos||GP||San Diego||CA||USA|
|17||Rafael Villagomez||Ferdez Racing||CRG||Guadalajara||Mexico|
|19b||Ken Hromada||Innovative Karting||Intrepid||Mesa||AZ||USA|
|19k||Luke Bianco||Team Visalia||CRG||Visalia||CA||USA|
|21x||Ken Schilling||Extreme Karting||GP||Stanton||CA||USA|
|22||Eduardo Pena||Aluminos||GP||San Mateo||Mexico|
|22d||Jet Davis||Grand Junction Motor Speedway||CRG||Glenwood Springs||CO||USA|
|22k||Peter Workum||Aluminos||GP||Paradise Valley||AZ||USA|
|23u||Todd Edgington||MSquared Karting||Tony Kart||Salt Lake City||UT||USA|
|26f||Vicki Brian-Hager||Tony Kart||Orlando||FL||USA|
|29||Francisco Garnica||Ferdez Racing||Italkart||Guadalajara||Mexico|
|32||Coy Dayton||Texas Karts||Intrepid||Manchaca||TX||USA|
|33c||Jason Campbell||Team AZ Karting||Tony Kart||Gilbert||AZ||USA|
|33x||Rob Logan||Kimball Williams Racing||CRG||Newport Beach||CA||USA|
|41||Alfredo Mena||Ferdez Racing||Italkart||Guadalajara||Mexico|
|41t||Mike Smith||Texas Karts||Intrepid||San Antonio||TX||USA|
|42||Scott Rister||Texas Karts||Intrepid||Hallandale Beach||FL||USA|
|42u||Ryan Pool||MSquared Karting||Tony Kart||South Jordan||UT||USA|
|44x||Rick Apichairuk||Logicmerc||Birel||Culver City||CA||USA|
|45u||RJ Edgington||MSquared Karting||Arrow||Salt Lake City||UT||USA|
|45z||Craig Sender||Northwest Race Karts||Intrepid||Kent||WA||USA|
|46||Sergio Aguilera||Ferdez Racing||Italkart||Guadalajara||Mexico|
|46b||Christiaan Bouhuys||Tony Kart West||Tony Kart||Phoenix||AZ||USA|
|46c||Steve Donia||Kimball Williams Racing||CRG||Encino||CA||USA|
|48||Miguel Utrilla||Ferdez Racing||Italkart||Guadalajara||Mexico|
|51b||Levi Bennett||Team Visalia||CRG||Visalia||CA||USA|
|55||Jim Machul||Race-Sport Karting||Arrow||Miami Beach||FL||USA|
|55c||Doug Hayashi||2Wild Karting / Pulp Racing||Tony Kart||Huntington Beach||CA||USA|
|61x||Chris Fosso||Innovative Karting||Intrepid||Glendale||AZ||USA|
|66||Paul Flori||Innovative Karting||Intrepid||Paradise Valley||AZ||USA|
|70||Mark Swetman||Aluminos||GP||Tauranga||New Zealand|
|72||Gary Delcoure||Acceleration Karting||CRG||Las Vegas||NV||USA|
|74u||Brian Frank||Northwest Race Karts||Intrepid||Whitefish||MT||USA|
|75z||Steve Perdue||Northwest Race Karts||Intrepid||Algona||WA||USA|
|76y||Jereme Abshire||JE Motorsports||GP||CA||USA|
|81||Guillo Medina||Casillas Racing||CRG||Mexico|
|88c||Steve Randazzo||Innovative Karting||Intrepid||Scottsdale||AZ||USA|
|88y||Kassy Loving||Cameron Karting||Italkart||Campbell||CA||USA|
|89x||Paul Russell||Seventh Gear Karting||Tony Kart||San Diego||CA||USA|
|95c||Jeff Littrell||2Wild Karting / Pulp Racing||Tony Kart||Manhattan Beach||CA||USA|
|100||Adolfo Anguiano||Ferdez Racing||Italkart||Guadalajara||Mexico|
|111y||Jim Inglebright||STA Racing||GP||Fairfield||CA||USA|
|123c||Randy McKee||Innovative Karting||Intrepid||San Diego||CA||USA|
|164u||Scott Clark||MSquared Karting||Tony Kart||Salt Lake City||UT||USA|
|166x||Jimmy McNeil||Team Visalia||CRG||Visalia||CA||USA|
|242y||Nick Galante||Cameron Karting||Trackmagic||Novato||CA||USA|
|800c||Wayne Mello||2Wild Karting / Pulp Racing||Tony Kart||Huntington Beach||CA||USA|