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EKN Trackside: 2018 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SummerNationals – Preview Part 1
Wednesday, 08 August 2018 00:00

CRG Nordam driver Christian Brooks is the leader in the IAME Senior point standings (Photo: EKN)

The big story going into the SummerNationals will be the absence of X30 Senior point leader Jake Craig (RPM / Tony Kart). The 2014 Pro Tour champion was en route to a possible second title, however, the California driver is focused on building his resume in open wheel cars. Craig will be racing at the F1600 Super Series event in Trois-Riviers, Quebec, Canada, a series in which he sits tied in the championship standings with fellow karter Kellen Ritter.

The absence of Craig puts Christian Brooks at the top of the standings heading into New Castle. Brooks (CRG Nordam) is a long-time SKUSA competitor, however, he has never been a Pro Tour champion. The WinterNationals winner stood on the podium both days at NOLA, but missed out on the steps during a challenging weekend in Phoenix. In fact, the top three in the X30 Senior title chase have two podium finishes each. Canadian Samuel Lupien (RPG / Kosmic) was runner-up to Brooks in NOLA, and ran third in Phoenix before a mechanical issues put him on the sidelines on Sunday. Defending champion Ryan Norberg (PSL / Birel ART) started out the season with a DNF, but came back to battle in the top-five in NOLA on Sunday. A third straight victory at the SpringNationals back in May, paired with a third-place on Sunday in Phoenix, has helped put Norberg in contention for an unprecedented third straight Pro Tour championship. The trio is separated by just 15 points, with Norberg holding the advantage when factoring in the drop race.  Read full story on eKartingNews.com