NSM’s Anthony Simone in the 90s

Here’s some old videotape (courtesy of AdrenalineTV) from the 1999 SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas. It was the third-straight event held at the ‘Las Vegas Karting Center’ or as it was commonly known, the ‘Rock Pile’. The early days of the SuperNationals helped to build the foundation of Superkarts! USA.

Some of the (future) professional drivers competing at the event included Anthony Simone, AJ Allmendinger, Ward Imrie, Juliana Chiovitti, Jonathan Bomarito, Scott Speed, Memo Gidley and “Fresh Prince of Belair” actor Alfonso Ribeiro (A.K.A. Carlton).

The SuperNationals was a stand-alone event, labeled as the ‘Festival of Shifterkart Racing’, that drew a total of 253 entries. Headline categories S1, S2 and K1 (80cc Senior Shifter) made up 75% of that total, with 80 Junior, Formula C, 250cc Moto and 60cc Novice rounding out the class roster. A complete breakdown of the event can be found in at the Superkarts! USA website in the SuperNationals section.

Original article by David Cole on EKN.

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