Scott Barnes will begin the 2020 Superkarts, USA Pro Tour this weekend as the program hosts the fourth edition of the SKUSA WinterNationals at the NOLA Motorsports complex in Avondale, LA.
This year is the 11th season for the National Championship, which started back in Sonoma 2010 with the first edition of the Spring Nationals.
The Winter Nationals event was not added until 2017, contested at NOLA the first two years before it was run at CalSpeed Karting in California a year ago. The return to the 1.1-mile, 17-turn circuit brings a similar total of entries as last yearís WinterNats with the pre-entry list growing up to 204 heading into the weekend, all vying to begin their chance at a SKUSA Pro Tour crown in 2020.
Of the 10 drivers in the G1/G2 Division, only one has a KZ on the entry list. Carlos Lopes (Rivera / GFC / KZ) is the lone driver to select a KZ powerplant heading into the weekend, making his SKUSA Pro Tour debut in G1.
Bermuda driver Barnes (HMG / Intrepid / SSE) and Joe Ruch (IRM / Tony Kart / SSE) lead the way for top contenders along with Anthony Stiffler (HMG / CompKart / SSE), who finished third at the SKUSA Winter Series.
The G2 Category is five deep, with SKUSA Winter Series champion Justin Peck (RPG / Tony Kart) and SKUSA #2 Ken Schilling (Aluminos / SSE) entered. Nathan Stewart (PSL / Birel ART / SSE) is making a return to the SKUSA Pro Tour, making his first start in the G2 Division.