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EKN Trackside: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 26 – SuperSunday Report
Wednesday, 15 November 2023 12:14

Danny Formal led the Pro Shifter field toward the sunset on SuperSunday to claim victory (Photo: EKN)

It is a continuing theme every year at the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals in Las Vegas, and once again, no one could have written the script for this year’s SuperSunday. The 26th edition of the world’s largest karting event wrapped up outside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the SuperSunday action hosting the nine main events. Four days of practice, qualifying and heat races set the stage for the over 500 entries in attendance from around the world. The competition level was high, and the action was hot all day long with nine winners declared as the sun set on Las Vegas.

The event began with the opening ceremonies with the driver parade, national anthem, and the famous words from EKN’s own Rob Howden – ‘It’s time for SuperSunday!’ One of the segments was the induction of new members to the Superkarts! USA Hall of Fame that was stablished in 2016. Joining the list of members are Stephan St. Charles and Dominic Labrecque from PSL Karting along with driver/industry member Gary Carlton.
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EKN Trackside: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 26 – Heat Race Report
Sunday, 12 November 2023 08:53

X30 Senior pole position - Oliver Hodgson (Photo: EKN)

The path to SuperSunday is complete at the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 26. The run of qualifying and three rounds of heat races outside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway were completed over Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Thankfully, the wind has died down when the racing began after chilly winds Thursday during qualifying. The racing around the fast temporary circuit provided great racing, and a lot of drama with the nine categories setting up the grids for the nine main events to be contested on Sunday.

KA100 Senior presented by RLV featured five different drivers to win in the six heat races. Jesus Vasquez Jr. (Nash / EOS) and Rock Island Grand Prix Scholarship winner Chase Jones (MPG / Kart Republic) took the first round as Harley Keeble (Sodi Racing USA) and Ernesto Rivera (RPG / Kosmic) grabbed wins in the second round. Saturday continued the streak of different winners with Race Liberante (MPG / Kart Republic) taking the first heat. Rivera became the only driver to win twice, taking the top spot in the final heat. Matching those with a runner-up finish in the opening heat race lands Rivera on the pole position for SuperSunday. Jones will start alongside on the front row. Donovan Bonilla (RPG / Kosmic) and Chase Hand (GFC Karting) were among the consistent drivers – as Bonilla finished with a best result of second (AvsC) and Hand fifth in AvsD to fill out row two. Oliver Calvo (SCR / Redspeed) and 2019 SuperNationals winner Pauly Massimino (BJR / LN Racing Kart) will start from row three. All the other winners had issues with their other heat races as Vasquez is back in 10th, Liberante 15th, and Keeble 26th. Read full story on eKartingNews.com
 
EKN Trackside: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 26 – Thursday Report
Friday, 10 November 2023 08:09

Austin Garrison set fast time in the X30 Senior category (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

The Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 26 is officially underway outside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Following a full day of practice, track layout adjustment, and a wild ending to the on-track action on Thursday, qualifying has set the tone for the remainder of the event – dramatic. The morning group sessions went relatively normal for the four classes setting their grids for the heat races. The afternoon groups hit the track as the sun was setting behind the Nevada mountains and ended with a wild and unique situation that had not been seen before in SuperNationals history.

Pro Shifter presented by PSL Karting was the final class on the order, split up into four groups. The first three were not as dramatic as the final group, hosting 18 of the quickest drivers in the category. On lap two, an incident involving FIA European Champion Danilo Albanese (IM / Kart Republic) brought out a full course caution and eventually the checkered flag. Drivers were put into the scale line, with nearly all drivers unable to complete a lap ‘at’ or ‘near’ regular pace. SKUSA officials debriefed and nearly 45 minutes to an hour later, the drivers from that final session were brought back out onto the circuit for a makeup session in which all drivers clocked in five laps. Prior to that session, Luis Speck (Racelab / TB Kart) was holding the provisional fast time from the Q2 group. Once the final session was completed, it was a GFC Karting 1-2 with Jacob Gulick taking the top honors posting a 42.150 lap. Former SKUSA Pro Tour champion Kyle Wick was second, edging out Speck by 16 thousandths. Canadian Remo Ruscitti (IM USA / Italkart) was fourth with SuperNationals 24 winner Matteo Vigano (PSL / Charles Leclerc) rounding out the fast five. The first half of Q1 including SKUSA Pro Tour champion Marijn Kremers (PSL / Birel ART) – who ended up going from provisionally second to sixth. Read full story on eKartingNews.com
 
EKN Exclusive: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 26 – Preview Series – Pro Shifter
Monday, 06 November 2023 11:04

Barron, Elliott, Gidley and Speed. They are the four fathers of shifterkart racing here in the United States and the first names etched in history for the headline category at the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals. For a 26th time, shifterkart racing will light up Las Vegas and one lucky driver will be able to push all in with a $10,000 payday for victory on SuperSunday.

A total of four drivers knows the feeling of winning the headline shifterkart category at the SKUSA SuperNationals – including defending race winner Pedro Hiltbrand (PSL Karting / Birel ART). The Spainard made his Pro Shifter debut at the SuperNationals a memorable one, winning the anniversary event a year ago outside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Last year he came in 11th at the FIA Karting KZ World Championship. This time, a DNF in Germany against the best in the world. Read full story on eKartingNews.com
 
EKN Exclusive: Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 26 – Preview Series – X30 Senior
Monday, 06 November 2023 11:00

Twenty years ago was the debut of the TaG Senior category during the seventh edition of the SuperNationals. During that span, 19 drivers have won in the 19 different SuperSunday main events, all with unique and memorable stories – representing eight different countries. While this may be the smallest field for the class at the SuperNationals since 2005, one driver will come out of the event as a SuperNationals winner. Just one of the 63 drivers set to do battle has ever claimed a SuperNationals victory in the category, with four others looking for a second career triumph at the largest karting event in the world.

Defending race winner Evan Giltaire is not returning to defend his crown, leaving the pathway for another driver to claim the hardware on SuperSunday. The one former class winner is five-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion Ryan Norberg (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic). Norberg claimed his only SuperNationals triumph at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2021 to further etch his name as one of the most decorated karters in USA history. He was among the drivers in contention last year, coming up short and having his position taken away following tech inspection. While this year’s effort to claim a sixth SKUSA title came up short despite five podium finishes, he was able to claim a third straight USPKS championship. The one thing that has stood out, zero victories in 2023. Read full story on eKartingNew.com
 


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