DRIVER PROFILE FOR GARY MILLER SR. (2005-10)
Gary Miller wins!

Gary Miller Sr. (Galletta’s/Gary Miller #24) won the first of two 30-lappers on 6/14/2009.

Name: 
Gary Miller Sr.

Years Racing Go-karts at Galletta’s: 
2005-2010.
Retired and come out of retirement several times per season, finally retiring for good after the 2010 Klassic 200, where he led late but low-fuel issues took him out of contention and neck surgery ended his career for good.

Career highlights:
Gary amassed one of the best point and win records in our history in his five seasons racing, as seen in our All-Time Points & Wins List.

Below are shortcuts to some of his wins, and each race page contains both full embedded YouTube videos of said race! Enjoy!

Go Gary Go!
Gary Miller’s 1st triumph! Marred with an assault on Kelly Miller!!!

On September 18th, 2005, Gary Miller Sr. wins 12-kart Non-Winner’s Feature as Galletta’s Karting Score Tower Unveiled! The race is best known for not just that, but Brian Bortel ATTACKING Kelly Miller with a freakin’ Go-Kart!!! See it all on YouTube! New | Old

“Oh $#!t, here they come!”

On June 18th, 2006, Gary Miller Sr. held off the brothers of Oswego Karting Terror — Matt and Chris Stevens — to win the 14-kart 50-lapper! The entire race–along with almost every Galletta’s race since mid-2005–is completely available via our embedded YouTube videos!

6/3/2007 Winner Gary Miller (with Son Colin)
2007 Opener win w/ son Colin!

Gary Miller Sr. (posing with his #1 fan & son, Collin Miller) after winning the 45-Lap opening event of 2007 consisting of fifteen karts! Gary’s new #24, his former backup frame, was rebuilt by Dick Dann, the motor was purchased off eBay by Chris Stevens and tuned-up by Matt Stevens.

Gary Miller Sr. wins the 11-kart 45-lap season opener at Galletta's Backyard Karting Speedway - the longest-running, largest and most experienced dirt karting class in Oswego, NY
2010 Opener win, again with son Colin!

He did not win a feature in 2008, but he took a Twin-30 feature on 6/14/2009 (picture above) and won the 2010 Season Opener, albeit around 20-30 lbs. light based on our new minimum weight requirement rules. Gary was pretty miffed about this, but some drivers at both Galletta’s and Oswego Kartway’s insisted Matt would not win as much is he weighed as much as some others (and Matt proved the doubters wrong as his win percentage remains higher than anybody else’s – weight or not).

CLICK TO ENLARGE Gary Miller w/Galletta's/Miller #24
2010 Klassic – Gary’s Final Race due to nagging neck issues suffered at work.

Also, Gary raced the 15th Annual 2010 Galletta’s Karting Klassic 200, and did spend a most of the 200 lapper in the top-3 (leading many laps) and looked destined for a sure-fire top-5 finish when he angrily pulled off the track in 3rd, nearly hitting spectators (including his own son), and vowed to never come back. Gary came back the next day, but has continually voiced his displeasure over the way Matt and Chris operate their own track in their own backyard.

  • Gary raced super stocks at Oswego Speedway before taking up kart racing.
  • One of the highest point-scoring visiting drivers in Galletta’s Karting Club All-Time Point Standings History in addition to also being one of the All-Time winningest drivers on our track. If Gary applied himself and raced for full seasons, it wouldn’t even be close, he’d have a large lead on the next closest visiting driver. But he gave up too much, often times getting annoyed and angry over perceived problems that only he ever seems to talk about (and everyone else gets mad at him about).
  • Won 1 regular feature race in each 200520062007, none in 2008 – barely losing a few here and there – then won again in 2009 and 2010.
  • Won the first non-winners race ever in 2005, although several competitors in the race complained that he did not go to the rear after tapping a spun-out driver.
  • Won the Highest Visitor Points-Per-Race Points Standings in 2005, although several competitors noted that at least one visiting driver had a higher point total and thought the points-per-race wasn’t a good way to give the title, so they shared it.
  • Although Gary raced several times there, he was never able to pick up a feature win at Oswego Speedway’s small pay dirt kart track, and was the very 1st Galletta’s Karting Club member to try the track out when it was just a rut in the ground — problem was he tried a gas stock 1-WD flathead kart going the wrong way (against stagger) vs. 2-WD Racing-prepped methanol karts (properly staggered). Now, although he never won there, he did come close a few times and did rack up some decent points as seen in the Oswego Speedway Dirt Kartway All-Time Gas Stocker 1-WD/Racing Yard Kart/Gas Mixed-Motor Points Standings. However, the biggest reason why he did not win was because Gary alternated quitting it and getting barred from it. Gary quit it a handful of times because of his noted disdain of the track management arguing, “they don’t care about you, they just want your money and shuffle you out of the track as fast as they can” (something that we agree with after the way they treated us for most of the three solid years we raced there and booted us after doing nothing wrong), the track operator banning him once and re-instating him (over allegedly having alcohol in/near the pits during a practice), quitting because the entrance fees, and finally coming back and re-quitting because he claimed his karts didn’t handle well. Since then, the class was booted by the operator, so in the end, who cares?
  • One of the better drivers on track when he keeps his head. But…

Karts:
Team Miller Brewery Old #24 & New #24. Often repaired/race-prepped by Matt Stevens (for nothing), so we call it Galletta’s/Miller #24. Occasionally drives a Galletta’s rental, and seems to drive the Galletta’s #0 better than his own karts. Gary retired his 1st #24 kart after a bad weld job, and sold his 2nd kart (see below).

Nicknames: 
Gearin’ Gary, Grumpy Gary, Grouchy Gary, Quitter Gary Miller, Backstabbing Gary, Gossipin’ Gary… (well, he didn’t like most of those…)

The Gary Miller #24a at the '06 Klassic 150

Gary in one of his two #24 karts before the Galletta’s Kart Klassic on September 23rd, 2006 – a kart that he retired after a bad weld job. Photo by Gene Galletta, Edited by Chris Stevens.

Career lowlights: 
Retired almost every single race that he didn’t win in each of his seasons raced –  2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Only one season, 2009, did he almost keep his head, but still angrily retired and came back. He often loses his head and gets too easily frustrated, which has cost him many high-scoring positions and even a few wins here and there. In 2009 he worked on this and was much better than he used to be, but reverted back to his old self in 2010, his final season racing (due to unrelated neck injuries).

Real (no foolin’?) Retirement: Gary was forced to retire from Karting after the 2010 season due to nagging neck injuries he suffered at a workplace accident years ago. He occasionally (actually, rarely) visits to watch a race.

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We had fun over Gary’s quitting here. 🙂 He didn’t agree that it was funny though. 🙁

On Galletta’s track lingo, when you “Pull a Gary Miller” means that you throw an angry temper tantrum, pull out of a race and leave, though Ed has also done it several times too (of course, we love those racing both of guys and wish they wouldn’t do it). The habit has even spawned a parody of Gary when he asked me to take his name off of this website, so I did as a prank. You can see the comedic prank version here. Gary is always one of the top-runners and if he finished every race, he’d be in the top 3 to 5 in points competing for the title and have a handful of wins every single year if he just kept his cool and raced.

What’s new with Gary… and his kart:
Gary occasionally let his son Gary Miller Jr. race instead of him. But since Gary has 2 fast karts, we wanted him to race one and let his son race the other to form a potent 1-2-punch team, but he never did.

Gary moved to the Carolinas late in 2007, but returned to racing in 2008-09. He also planned to put his son Collin Miller behind the wheel of a kart that he has stored at Galletta’s for over two years, but never did.

After the 2010 Klassic, Gary claimed to be done with racing anything anywhere. And his nagging neck injuries (and surgeries) from a workplace accident actually did assure his full retirement this time.

Gary occasionally stops by to say hello, but never sticks around to watch a race. But even with out Gary…

Gary’s kart will go on… and onnnnnn….
Gary sold his primary #24 kart (which Matt repaired and stored for little to no thanks and less money) after the 2010 Klassic,

The #24 was bought by his friend (who purchased the kart after the 2010 Klassic — who then drove it in some rather humorous and accident-filled non-point rookie races narrated by Arnold “AJ” Nason after the Klassic), but then mysteriously retired before the 2011 point season even began! (Note: We could retroactively grant everyone in the race points if we had their names. We don’t. Anybody step forward with names or… don’t want your name attached to the most wreck-laden rookie races in our history?)

It was then sold again to Adam Lytle before the 2011 season opener. Adam drove it for years as the #33c and actually surpassed Gary’s impressive all-time wins and stats in his old kart.

When Adam semi-retired, he sold the kart to Chris and Matt, who now own it as one of the Galletta’s Karting Club house rental karts. It has always been fast and smooth machine, and since it is longer than most karts, teller drivers tend to prefer racing it.