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WinterNationals - Rounds 1&2 March 31- April 3, 2023
NOLA Motorsports Park
11075 Nicolle Boulevard
Avondale, LA 70094
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EKN Trackside: 2022 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SpringNationals – Saturday Report
Sunday, 12 June 2022 12:37

Kyle Wick overcame issues in qualifying to fight back to the victory in Pro Shifter (Photo: EKN)

The first half of the 2022 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour is in the books following Round Three being contested on the first day of competition at the SKUSA SpringNationals presented by ASPEN Fuels USA. The third time the event has been held at the Utah Motorsports Campus – fourth total visit to the Erda, Utah facility – is in a different month. The weather throughout the weekend, including today, felt more like July, as temps rose into the mid-90s by the final checkered flag. The heat was felt on and off the track for the nine categories deciding today’s winners.

The headline Pro Shifter category sponsored by PSL Karting featured 25 drivers on the day. Back in NOLA at the WinterNationals, they were all chasing 2019 FIA World Karting KZ Champion Marijn Kremers (PSL / Birel ART). The Dutchman was able to edge out 2017 champion Jake French (PSL / Birel ART) by 21 thousandths with a 55.369-lap in qualifying. In the Prefinal, French was able to take the lead after four-time SuperNationals winner Billy Musgrave (Factory Kart) grabbed the holeshot. French went on to take the provisional win, holding off Kremers at the line. A pushback bumper penalty dropped French to fourth and put Kremers P1 with defending champion AJ Myers (Magik Kart USA) alongside on the front row. Myers took the holeshot to begin the 20-lap Final with Kremers slotting into second. After the first circuit, Kremers looked inside of Myers in turn one. The two made contact at the apex of turn two, sending both off in the dirt. Myers spun around backwards while Kremers rejoined further down the order. This gave French the lead with Hunter Pickett (PSL / Birel ART) in second. Eventually, 2019 champion Kyle Wick (GFC / Trackmagic) was on the hunt after suffering an engine issue in qualifying and driving up to eighth in the Prefinal. He would put himself into the second spot by lap 12 and slowly reeled in French. Coming to the white flag, Wick was able to move around French and from there, drive off to the checkered flag for the victory – the first in Pro Tour history for the Trackmagic brand. It is Wick’s first Pro Tour victory since SpringNationals 2018 in Phoenix. French settled for second, his best finish of the 2022 season thus far with Pickett joining them on the podium in third. Jacob Gulick (GFC) drove to fourth with Hannah Greenemeier (RPG / LN Racing Kart) placing fifth in her Pro Shifter debut. Kremers drove back to eighth while Myers ended up 18th.
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EKN Trackside: 2022 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SpringNationals – Preview
Thursday, 09 June 2022 01:00

PSL Karting’s Marijn Kremers dominated the Pro Shifter class at the WinterNationals
(Photo: Ken Johnson – On Track Promotions / Studio 52)

The second stop of the 2022 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour takes karters to the Utah Motorsports Campus for the 12th edition of the SKUSA SpringNationals – presented by ASPEN Fuels USA. Round Three and Four of the SKUSA Pro Tour will be contested at the Erda, Utah facility, as the 13th season of the championship program resumes after the opening two rounds were contested at the NOLA Motorsports Park back in April.

With 204 pre-entries over the nine categories, this makes it the second highest total since 2018, just 17 short of the total from last year. This weekend is the fourth visit for the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour to the Utah Motorsports Campus, dating back to the 2012 SummerNationals at the then named Miller Motorsports Park. The SpringNationals in 2019 and 2021 were held at UMC.

The Miller Motorsports Park was opened in 2006 and carried that name until changing in October 2015 to Utah Motorsports Campus. Over the 16 years, the 0.9-mile karting circuit has hosted a number of national and regional events, including three previous SKUSA Pro Tour events. The ‘Star Trek’ layout features 18 turns, with this year’s SpringNationals following the same direction as the previous two, going in the clockwise direction. Read full story on eKartingNew.com
 
SKUSA Announces Aspen Fuels USA as the 2022 Pro Tour SpringNationals Event Sponsor and Their ‘Green For Green’ Prize Package
Wednesday, 01 June 2022 16:12

As Superkarts! USA prepares for its second event of the 2022 ProTour championship, the series is proud to unveil a SpringNationals event sponsor and partner: ASPEN Fuels USA. Together, ASPEN Fuels and SKUSA are proud to announce an exciting prize package they are calling “Green for Green.”

The concept will see an unprecedented $6,000 offered as a purse for the Pro Shifter class, spread across the top 3 points earners on the weekend – on top of the $8,000 purse that is already in place for the top 3 winners of the 2 rounds. This means that the 3 drivers who score the most cumulative championship points across both rounds (Saturday and Sunday) after the final points tally will be awarded the prize money. The breakdown is as follows:

 Most Points for the Weekend (Rounds 3 & 4 Combined)
  •  1st Place - $3,000
  •  2nd Place - $2,000
  •  3rd Place - $1,000
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EKN Trackside: 2022 SKUSA WinterNationals – NOLA – Sunday Report
Sunday, 03 April 2022 01:00

Rolison Performance Group's Ryan Norberg scored his first SKUSA Pro Tour win at NOLA Motorsports Park,
beginning his 'Drive for Five' titles (Photo: Ken Johnson - OnTrack Promotions / Studio 52)

After soldiering through wind and heavy rain on Saturday to put the opening round of the 2022 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour in the books, over 200 drivers, their mechanics, and their families were treated to ideal weather on Sunday when blue skies and temperatures in the high 70s were the order of the day. The fifth annual WinterNationals, which was being held for the fourth time at the 1.1-mile, 17-turn NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, Louisiana, was wrapped up with extremely close racing highlighted by several thrilling finishes. Four-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion Ryan Norberg out-gunned his Rolison Performance Group teammate Nate Cicero for the win the X30 Senior, while 2020 CIK-FIA Karting KZ World Champion Marijn Kremers delivered a flawless performance to back up his Saturday triumph with another victory. Read full story on eKartingNews.com
 
EKN Trackside: 2022 SKUSA WinterNationals – NOLA – Saturday Report
Saturday, 02 April 2022 01:00

Jeremy Fletcher made a masterful last-lap pass to take the win in Saturday's X30 Senior main event
(Photo: Ken Johnson - On Track Promotions / Studio 52)

The Superkarts! USA Pro Tour kicked off its 13th season today at the NOLA Motorsports Park facility in Avondale, LA with the fifth running of their WinterNationals. NOLA’s 1.1-mile, 17-turn circuit features a multitude of overtaking opportunities which resulted in another thrilling day of close-quarters competition. A total of nine classes of IAME and KZ categories were on the docket, and from the very start of the day, weather played a key role in the overall storyline. As forecast, rain arrived on the scene early in the morning, eventually delaying the start of the official sessions, but it also sent the field onto rain tires for both qualifying and then shortened Prefinals. Only X30 Senior ran their Prefinal on slicks as the last class in the rotation. In the headline classes, GWR / Team Felon’s Jeremy Fletcher (Tony Kart) emerged from a thrilling multi-kart battle in X30 Senior to score his first top-tier Pro Tour victory, while PSL Karting’s Marijn Kremers (Birel ART) dominated the Pro Shifter category from start-to-finish. It was the first SKUSA win for each driver; the first Senior victory for Fletcher and the first win for Kremers in a shifter on American soil. In the Junior races, Caleb Gafrarar (X30 Junior) and Helio Meza (KA100 Junior) scored the wins. Read full story on eKartingNews.com
 


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