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Welcome to the Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Club & Backyard Speedway’s website! Founded in the early 1990s, Galletta’s Karting Club & Backyard Speedway was created to race go-karts as competitively as we can for as purposefully affordable as we can (via rules), using […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...

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Welcome to the Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Club & Backyard Speedway’s website!

OCTOBER 2014 - TWENTY-THREE KARTS, ALL TIMING WITHIN 0.66 SECONDS OF EACH OTHER ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE 19TH RUNNING OF THE KLASSIC 200. MOST ARE UNFILLED. WHY DON'T YOU BECOME THE NEXT GALLETTA'S KARTING CLUB DRIVER AND TRY TO BECOME THE NEXT GALLETTA'S KLASSIC CHAMPION?

Over 23 arrive-and-drive Karts are available. All time trialed less than 1 second apart on a large track. Drivers needed to fill them in 45-60 lap point races every weekend between June through all Summer, culminating with our season finale in late-September – the 200-Lap Galletta’s Karting Klassic!

gallettaskarting2013logo200pxFounded in the early 1990s, Galletta’s Karting Club & Backyard Speedway was created to race go-karts as competitively as we can for as purposefully affordable as we can (via rules), using karts that are hybrid – something between a prefabricated racing kart and a yard kart that can race fast and safe on both pay tracks and backyard tracks alike, all the while having drivers that are highly talented and experienced racers. The original, longest-running, and largest karting class in the area, we are also the easiest to join – we often have several unused, fast, feature-winning, arrive-and-drive karts to join into the races immediately, and if you like it, build or buy your own for a few hundred dollars to join and compete instead of a few thousand like most classes take to join and compete. And, some of the more experienced drivers at Galletta’s have been racing more than a decade before any of the local pay tracks were built and some have hundreds of more races under their belts. Come race where Kyle Reuter once called, “the Rucker Park of karting.” Read on to see our twenty year history of weekly points racing (with videos and complete rundowns of each season since 1995 – and race from 2005) every June through October in Oswego, NY! Enjoy!


Next race is scheduled for this upcoming Sunday, August 19th, 2018!

This is subject to change based on weather, track condition, and driver count, but 6:30pm is the deadline for rookie drivers, 7:00pm for veteran drivers to be here and get situated for the start, which will happen as soon as we are all strapped in. 1st-Timer rookies should come a little earlier than veteran drivers to get situated with karts/rules/practice heat (while the vets already know the drill and just hop in). Any changes will be posted on this page, so check here if you want to know.

NOTE: We often have setbacks on start times due to many varying reasons, but mainly of which we only have 1 mechanic/track operator (that also races), 1 video/stat guy (that also races), 1 flagger/starter, and varying degrees of drivers. If you can help, we appreciate it and it gets the show rolling quicker and smoother. Often, Matt considers partial-pay towards kart rentals. Thanks!

Contact track operator and head mechanic Matt for any further details. Keep your eye on this spot of the website, as we’ll update accordingly. We occasionally change to a Friday or Saturday, but we’ll always update this page with fair warning. Regardless, we plan to race once per weekend all summer (likely Sundays), and then switch to Fridays or Saturdays in late August.


2018/08/12 – Josh Arnold wins 20-Lap Makeup-Race [YouTube]

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Sunday, August 12th, 2018 – For the 2nd week in a row, we had track and karts ready to go early–and only two drivers showed up, so we had a makeup race. More here.


2018/08/05 – Twin-15’s for Rookies & Make-Up Points [+YouTube]

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Sunday, August 5th, 2018 – In an unfortunate twist, most of our regular drivers could not make it, so due to only three visiting drivers, we rescheduled to a “Make Up Points / Rookie Race” — although you can’t keep Matt Stevens off the track and races with no points or feature wins at stake. Chris Stevens took the opportunity to try and get a wide variety of different shots, not just the tower angle which everyone who knows us is accustomed to. Enjoy it here!


2018/07/29 – Oswego Harborfest Champ ’18 CROWNED! [+YouTube]

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Sunday, July 29th, 2018 – Another year, another Harborfest champion has been crowned. Little do most people know, we see who is the champ of the Oswego gathering annually on our track on the outskirts of Oswego. It’s top secret… except it’s only been on this website every year since 2005! Two 8-lap heats and a 40-Lap feature were up for grabs for 10 competitors, and it was good, hard racing (with a few mishaps)! More — including complete race videos and point standings — can be found here.

2018 Point Standings for 1-WD Gas Flathead Backyard Karting World Championship at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway

After the 6/10/2018 through 7/29/2018 Races:


2018/07/22 – “Mr. Galletta” 10,000 Rocks-to-win Twin Feature Nite Swept by Matt Stevens in the #74 [+YouTube]


 photo 2018-07-2201h41m21s973.jpgSunday, July 22nd, 2018 – Twin features on a loose and bumpy track were on tap, and both were exciting as usual. Matt Stevens was able to successfully navigate the low groove to sweep both features, although he needed two karts to pull off the 2nd one when his Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33 stalled with a clogged carb early on. Fantastic race action in both! Video, points and more coming on this below page.


2018/07/15 – Rookie & Makeup Points Race won by Kevin Galletta [+YouTube]

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 photo capture20180716051321294.pngSunday, July 15th, 2018 – Due to race video, points, and karts not getting done during the week, Matt and Chris sat out this event, making it a make-up points / rookie bonus race. (We usually don’t take victory pictures for makeup races, but maybe we should, since it makes nice cover photos for the website.) Steve Sixberry led the entire show until getting loose in turn 4 when he slid a bit too high, enabling returning veteran Kevin Galletta to execute a pass and take the win. This makes for the 1st time the #43 kart has won a feature since it was re-numbered from its original number–the former Brian Galletta #13! Race video and full race info here.


7/6/2018 – Friday Night Independence Day Race

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Friday, July 6th, 2018 – Hooray! We finally got enough people for a race! Kelly Miller recovered from an early wreck and capitalized to pass two karts to take the lead when he boxed in Chris Stevens on sputtering Eric Woolworth on a late race restart to take the win. Unfortunately, our usual camera person was recovering from a c-section and another declined (although they demand their way in every circumstance–including alter the rules and editing the website in favor of them). This meant two stationary camera angles and lots of editing with an expensive program was needed before you get a halfway decent video, and a newborn’s dad doesn’t have the most free time. Points and video may not be finished before next weekend’s race (and because I have a problem with this, the races are being threatened to get shut down and drivers are losing patience with it). UPDATE: Race video and points are finally finished! Please go and watch the unedited race video from two angles on this page here.


6/28/2018 – Exhibition Race for Doug Didero by Kelly Miller, Matt and Chris Stevens!

Thursday, June 28th, 2018 – Doug Didero–Oswego Speedway Hall of Famer (three time Oswego Supermodified track champ, two time Oswego Super Classic 200 winner and 9th all time in Oswego Super Feature wins), not to mention a veteran of many other forms of racing, (including NASCAR Busch, IRL, and more)–stopped by to watch a 3 kart exhibition by Kelly Miller, Matt and Chris Stevens. Chris and Matt have been fans of Doug since the early 1990s and finally got him up to check out our big backyard speedway as Kelly was able to pull him and his car owner away from his Super for a bit to check it out. He loved it and wanted to see 10-15 karts out there! (We wholeheartedly agree! Where have the drivers been?) Sorry for no video… our usual camera woman was preparing for an early morning c-section and another declined. NOTE: Kelly was saddened that he had to leave before we got a picture in.

(Also: Really cool of the Oswego Speedway to shout out this picture on Facebook and Twitter!)

No race next weekend, as Chris Stevens and his wife Rungnapha (the usual tower camera woman) welcomed their second daughter–Celeste Nicha-Bella Stevens–to the world on Friday and were in maternity all weekend.


6/24/2018 – Rain-Postponed Makeup Race

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Sunday, June 24th, 2018 – In a strange string of bad luck for our race scheduling (which we have had an unbelievably large share of for around a year now), rain drenched the track most of the day and deterred several committed drivers from coming (while on the flip side, many weeks we have had great weekends and nobody make it up to race). But when the rain let up, Matt Stevens went to work and got the track suitable enough to run. Kelly Miller brought some racers up and we had a makeup points race (Matt will be scored for non-seasonal bonus points). We went live (stationary camera) AND tape delay (regular angle). Both videos and full race info are found here.

Next weekend’s race is up in the air. Club racer/co-founder/webmaster/statistician/video producer Chris Stevens will be welcoming his 2nd daughter to the world this weekend (with his wife–and usual camera woman, Rungnapha “Aou” Stevens). Due to this, we may not be able to have a race. It really is a wait-and-see approach. Chances are we will have to either skip the week’s race, schedule one mid-week, or if all else fails, just have another makeup race. We literally do not yet know. When we do, we’ll post it.

Now, remember: We race every Summer Sunday and Fall Saturday unless we do not have enough drivers (minimum is usually 6, and we have a max of 20).


6/17/2018 – Father’s Day is Cancelled! (The race, that is.)

Due to a lack of 6 committed drivers available and Father’s Day, we have again cancelled our racing action until next weekend. Now, remember: We race every Summer Sunday and Fall Saturday unless we do not have enough drivers (minimum is usually 6, and we have a max of 20). This means confirmed entrants, not aloof, non-committal/no-show people.


6/10/2018 – Josh Arnold wins the 23rd Annual Galletta’s Karting Season Opener [+YouTube]
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Josh wins opener!

Sunday, June 10th, 2018 – Well, our 23rd Season Opener at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Speedway occurred. And Josh Arnold continues his impressive ways of the last three years (two time defending Visitor’s Points Champion) and won (driving his father-in-law’s #29; his #93 was still in need of repairs for breaking during last year’s Klassic 200). Josh again is looking like the top visiting driver and also looking at being the 1st driver in our history to knock Matt and Chris out of their 1-2/2-1 perch on top the point standings for all 22 prior seasons. But it’s kind of easy for the top three drivers in the past two seasons when nobody else has the balls to show.
More: Race Page with YouTube Videos & Points | Victory Photo


2018 Video Playlist

Live YouTube Race Video Feed

Enjoy! Maybe if you’re lucky… you can catch a live feed? We need over 100 subscribers to do live feeds. (Oddly, every time we go over 100, someone out there in the interweb world unsubscribes [Gee, thanks, whoever you are out there. I’ve never unsubscribed to anybody]).

So, to watch our races live, SUBSCRIBE HERE.


2017-2018 Offseason updates:

  • In the meantime, feel free to view every single complete and unedited race video in our history that we have found from 2005-up is on this website. Simply find them by scrolling on the left-hand column’s “Recent Races”, or go to the menu on the top left of the screen and look through the “Archives.” We’ve had race pages for every page for years, but we have slowly updated each to include COMPLETE race videos on every single one that we can find. Go ahead and look up some of your faves! It’s 99.8% complete (and can only be more complete if we transfer crusty old VHS tapes or a few people brought videos that they took back in the mid-2000’s).
  • And, for the first time since 2014 (due to losing my original work files in a series of computer breakdowns), the All-Time Points have been exhaustively updated! A few drivers rose in the ranks AND we updated a few driver profiles (and made a new one)! Whew!
  • Photobucket appears to have reversed its decision that it made last year to block embedded pictures (which was the entire point of services like it), so all of the older pages appear to have their photos back. I was in the process of fixing each page with our own hosting, but that was a time-consuming process considering I have a job and (now) two kids. Regardless, everything should be back to working order, so enjoy the videos AND the pics!

COMPLETE GALLETTA’S CLUB SEASON RACE AND COMPLETE VIDEO COLLECTION APPENDIX:

Enjoy each of over two decades worth of our competitive point-racing seasons with these over 200 race pages by clicking on the picture to each season. Each season will have its own list of pictured race descriptions, point standings, driver profiles and complete races on embedded YouTube videos to each race (as early as the 2002 Klassic and complete season videos dating back to mid-2005). This is exhausively done, and I really hope you appreciate the work we put into the site and the hundreds of races we show you for no charge, just… all I ask is please don’t use adblockers!


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2017 Season Index

22nd Season – 2017: Lasted from June 17th through October 13th, 2017, and was one of ups and downs. It started slowly due in part to weather and inability to get the track ready for our usual opener. After that, we had great difficulty keeping enough drivers on the track on a weekly basis. Half of the season was cancelled due to nothing other than not enough butts in kart seats. In the end, we did have 34 drivers racing in 17 features, but this number was inflated by both double-feature nights and many one-race-and-done racers. Only 4 of 34 drivers raced in every event, 21 of 34 drivers were rookies (most raced only once let alone even half the season), all 14 year record lows. And our 22nd Annual Galletta’s Go-Karts 200-Lap Klassic Championship was postponed after nearly a month of poor driver attendence & lousy weather. But the racing itself–when it happened– was exceptional. The story of the competition was the top 3 in points AND the Klassic as well: Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens, and Josh Arnold 1-2-3 DOMINATED the season, and because several regular veterans quit halfway into the season, 4th place wasn’t even close in either. Of the three who traded wins all year, Chris Stevens–despite not being the fastest kart at any point all season–benefitted by not wrecking a single time and staying in the top-3 all year, holding on to sweep both the Points Title and the Klassic by outlasting every other racer on a single tank of gas during the 200, a feat that he has somewhat made his specialty of late. Every race, with rundowns, points, and complete race ideos found here!]


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2016 Season Index

21st Season – 2016: From from Sunday, June 12th, 2016 through Saturday, September 24th, 2016, 30 drivers racing in 14 feature events won by 7 competitors (Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens, Kelly Miller, Josh Arnold, Keith Raymond, Kevin Galletta and Adam Lytle) for our 21st Points Season at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway. And for the 1st time in history, a driver challenged Chris and Matt Stevens’ vice-grip stranglehold on 1st and 2nd the point standings! Kelly Miller was lap for lap, pass for pass, point for point, win for win dead even with the brothers all season long, and the three leap-frogged each other every week leading up to our 21st Klassic to decide it all. Would Kelly become the 1st visiting driver to ever sweep the Points and Klassic titles? Or would the class-founding brothers retain 1st and 2nd for the 21st straight year? Well, why not see what went with our 200-Lap Klassic! Here are all the season pages, complete with all of our uploaded YouTube videos!


SEPTEMBER 2015 - TWENTIETH ANNUAL POINTS SEASON AND 200-LAP CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP OF ALL ***OVERALL*** OSWEGO DIRT KARTING!

2015 Season Index

20th Season – 2015: Our 20th Season was a relief from 2014’s barren finish. Due to a few groups of rookies joining, we had 42 different drivers racing in 20 feature events won by 8 different feature winners (Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens, Adam Lytle, Keith Raymond, Melissa Stevens, Kyle Reuter, Eric Woolworth and Tony Cimilluca). The season was extremely competitive from start to finish, and it came down to a tremendous battle in the Klassic 200 between Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens and Kyle Reuter — arguably the best three lifetime karters in Oswego (anybody who has a beef with this? Show us what you got. Show up, put up, or shut up, thanks! We know why some never come, we know.). Chris and Kyle were the only two leaders in this year’s event, with them trading the lead due to lapped traffic and empty fuel tanks. But late in the race, when Reuter passed the fuel-starved Chris Stevens, and Matt Stevens broke in a crash, Chris refueled and shocked all with a slingshot pass past Reuter on the final green-white-checker for the the most climatic win in the Galletta’s Klassic history, and clinched his clean sweep of both the 2015 200-Lap Klassic and the 2015 Points Championship! One of our most exciting seasons in our history, capped by a fantastic Klassic finish, and probably the most exciting in our history! All of our complete race videos are available for viewing on our complete season index found here.


OCTOBER 2014 - TWENTY-THREE KARTS, ALL TIMING WITHIN 0.66 SECONDS OF EACH OTHER ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE 19TH RUNNING OF THE KLASSIC 200. MOST ARE UNFILLED. WHY DON'T YOU BECOME THE NEXT GALLETTA'S KARTING CLUB DRIVER AND TRY TO BECOME THE NEXT GALLETTA'S KLASSIC CHAMPION?

2014 Season Index

19th Season – 2014:  Our 19th Season had 26 drivers compete in 15 feature events won by a staggering 8 different competitors (Matt Stevens, Chris Stevens, Adam Lytle, Kevin Galletta, Brian Galletta, Kelly Miller, Eric Woolworth, Kyle Reuter), but it did not end well. The season was tragically cut shorter than others due to low driver attendance by midsummer, a problem that caused self-inflicted wounds by making even gung-ho veteran drivers quit. Matt Stevens swept the driver-starved Klassic 200 (where he and Chris battled for over 80 straight green flag laps) and sadly short Season Points Championship, but it was perhaps our least-fulfilling season in well over a decade due to inconsistent and sparsely populated driver competition, despite the empirical fact that we had 20 karts on site all with near identical time trial speeds. The fact that it was the least-populated Klassic in THIRTEEN years, founders Matt and Chris Stevens worried all winter that without a new crop of drivers in 2015, we were left seriously doubting the future of the Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Karting Club . More on the complete YouTube Videos & Race Index.


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2013 Season Index

18th Season – 2013: The 2013 season was eventful, as 38 competitors raced in 24 features won by a staggering 12 different drivers (Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens, Eric Woolworth, Brian Galletta, Adam Lytle, Brandon “Tumor” Matott, Dave Spanfelner, Kevin Galletta, Joe Sereno, Ryan Palmer and Justin Galletta!)! And the most shocking surprise was the Klassic 200, where Kelly Miller became only the 2nd visiting driver (Kyle Reuter being the 1st) and 5th overall (counting Matt, Chris and Wes Stevens) to win a Galletta’s Klassic 200, having a duel for the ages with the ’13 track champion Chris Stevens and Oswego’s All-time winner/points earner Matt Stevens, where lapped traffic and kart wear took it’s toll and changed the outcome and made the finale an extremely exciting one. In fact, possibly the best 3-kart Klassic duel to date. The complete season is on YouTube video playlist and race pages, so go here for more.


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2012 Season Index

17th Season – 2012: Had 39 drivers racing in 27 feature events that were won by 9 different savvy competitors (Matt Stevens, Chris Stevens, David Spanfelner, Brian Galletta, Melissa Stevens, Joe Sereno, Randy Platt, Tim Galletta and Justin Galletta). Matt Stevens was the performer of the year as he took the 2013 Points Title, but the Klassic would have a controversial finale. The founding brothers of Matt and Chris Stevens battled back and forth in the late stages of the Klassic, neither having an edge and only passing each other via lapped traffic. The controversy came when Chris got passed by Matt when a lapped kart got in his way, Chris backed off rather than hit the traffic and Matt passed them both. Chris dogged his bro down until the same lapped traffic came up, and Matt bumped the lapped kart out of the way, knocking him into Chris’ way which then brought out the caution and prevented Chris from getting his brother back. Chris was furious, and Matt, exhausted, put himself in the back, leaving Chris was able to pull away for the uncontested win. Several people protested that Chris won, and Chris himself vacated the win, which their “uncle” (and Galletta’s Mascot) Ogie Stevens took credit for it all. The complete race videos, race results and points info are found here.


16th Annual Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Klassic 200 Start

2011 Season Index

16th Season – 2011: 25 competitors entered 21 feature events that were won by 8 different drivers (Matt Stevens, Chris Stevens, Tim Galletta, Melissa Stevens, Justin Galletta, Joe Sereno, Randy Platt and Jeff Tetro). Now while Matt Stevens won the track title and garnered the most wins (6), it was his big brother Chris Stevens that broke a decade-long dry spell to win his 1st Galletta’s Klassic since 2001 (and the 1st since it became 200 laps). And what more, he proved what many thought was impossible! Chris managed to run all 200 laps on one tank of gas while holding off his brother Matt (who had to refuel late after leading a fast-paced race battling with 2010 winner Kyle Reuter early on). It was one of the most strategic gambles in Klassic history to date, as if there were a few more laps, Chris would’ve been down to fumes with Matt ready to pounce on the lead. This is one of many reasons why the racers at Galletta’s feel you get more PURE RACING experience in our karts than any pay track’s 5-10 minute/20-50 lap races. 200 laps on a single 5hp Briggs stock gas tank… and WIN. Try that in any other karting division and get back to us, son. Complete YouTube Race Videos, results, driver profiles, points and pictures of every race found here…


2010 Season Index

15th Season: 2010: So it finally happened! Actually, TWO things! First, while we had a usual great season consisting of 29 drivers in 21 feature races, they were won won by a SHOCKING 15 different drivers (Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens, Melissa Stevens, Tim Galletta, George Russell, Shadoe Russell, Randy Platt, Arnold “AJ” Nason, Jeff Tetro, Mike “MC” Howell, Russ Bartlett, Gary Miller Sr., Kyle Reuter, Kelly Miller and Jared Halstead), with Chris Stevens surviving it all to achieve his 2nd track championship in a row. That shows parity amongst the karts! But the Klassic was the story of the season, as secondly, a visiting driver won a Galletta’s 200-Lap Klassic! Kyle Reuter became both the 1st non-founding/visiting driver to win a Galletta’s Klassic, and the 1st to win a one after climbing into a backup kart (The Galletta’s #0) after his starter kart the (Galletta’s #1) broke down around mid-race. While Kyle has countless Quarter-Midget and methanol flat-kart wins and championships under his belt, he said that this was, “the most fun I’ve ever had in a go-kart. WIth other classes, there’s a stress of the kart’s performance and sponsors… here, it’s just the pure fun of the race.” We agree, which is why we do this instead of dropping a few grand for stressful, expensive pay track racing. Kyle and the 14 other winners this season also proved an important point — Matt does not rig the karts for his (or his brother’s) advantage. In fact, if anything, he gives anybody the chance to race in a kart with equal or better power than his own. You just have to be a good enough driver to win it. This season, Kyle and the many other winners proved it can be done, and shut the critics up in more ways than one. Yet, why do so few show up still? More, including points, profiles, and complete race videos via YouTube here…

2009 Season Index


Our History at Oswego Kartway

14th Season – 2009: Our ’09 season was the 1st in 3 years without Oswego Speedway’s dirt track as our second “away” track escape, as our karting class were barred from the Oswego Kartway in the off-season due to differences with the track operator, further punctuated by several members from the track mocking our family business, names, careers, and even threatening us with physical violence. But that does not mean that we didn’t have a fun and action-packed season at our “home” track (as we did for 10 years before Kartway existed anyway). These numbers speak for themselves: A startling 48 drivers raced in 22 feature events, with 12 of them winning features (Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens, Russ Hockey, Melissa Stevens, Buddy Cottom, Gary Miller Sr., Larry Phillips, Fred Collins, Jason Mills, Nick Dann, Brian Galletta, and Dick Dann). This is a single class, not a dozen classes of 3-10 drivers with only a one or two people dominating it. This large number in different winners shows how equal our racing division is, which some naysayers complained that the brothers rigged it for themselves (patently false… if you are a good driver, you can win and compete for championships in our class, period. Chris Stevens finally broke his brother Matt’s Points Title domination, winning his 1st Track Championship in nearly a decade, but Matt Stevens again showed that he is the toughest man to beat in a go-kart in Oswego, NY, as he took the Galletta’s 200-Lap Klassic once again. Full race videos (via YouTube), race results, points and driver profiles are all available here…


2008 Season Index

13th Season at Galletta’s – 2008: Between Galletta’s and Oswego Kartway, we race a combined 27 drivers racing in a combined 27 events won by 10 different drivers (Matt Stevens, Chris Stevens, Russ Hockey, Melissa Gabel, Buddy Cottom, Dick Dann, Nick Dann, and Gary Miller Jr.), but it again was Matt Stevens winning the Track Championships on both, and technically, he won both Oswego Classic 50 and Galletta’s Klassic 200 (although he needed to beat a very game Buddy Cottom tod do so), but there was a mystifying controversy to the Oswego one at least.

3rd Season at Oswego Kartway – 2008: 
 For the 3rd straight full season, the Galletta’s Greenhouse 1-WD Gas Flathead Racing Club raced two tracks. We started in May at Kartway where Matt Stevens again proved he is capable of taking a kart with less horsepower and beat larger karts that used stock Animal engines (forced in our group by decree of the track operator), and he won the Mixed Motor Gas Stocker Point standings at Kartway (which they erased from their website, so you’ll only see it and full race videos to every division here).

Galletta's @ Oswego Kartway on 5/30/2008

2008 Oswego Kartway Index

Chris, Wes, and Matt Stevens sweep top 3 spots 2 years in a row at Oswego Kartway Classic!

Oswego Kartway Classic Champs

While we had 14 feature events won by 7 drivers (Matt Stevens, Chris Stevens, Wes Stevens, Dick Dann, Joe Hayden, Dave Melfi, and Nick Dann), after many arguments, late in the season we split the two gas kart motors into separate divisions, which ended the conflict for the drivers but yet seemed to increased it for the track operator. Matt Stevens dominated the ’08 Kartway Classic (Gas Flathead 1-WDs), but last lap controversy had Wes Stevens take it (under a presumed yellow) and Chris Stevens take 3rd to sweep the pedestal spots for the 2nd year in a row. The track operator then saw that it to be the karting class’ last race at the track that we were a part of since (even before) it started. Season rundown, final points TONS of FULL race videos from ALL karting divisions at the Kartway AND Galletta’s, and the confusing ending to the ’08 Classic video found here…


Oswego Speedway Classic Kart Track Champs!

2007 Season Index

2nd Season at Oswego Speedway Kartway: 2007 & 12th Season at Galletta’s: 2007: Was by far one of our busiest, most competitive and talent-stacked. Between the Oswego Kartway (back then simply known as the Oswego Speedway Dirt Track) and our Galletta’s track, 57 different drivers ran a combined 28 features, but the dominant factor all season on both tracks was Matt Stevens, as he won 14 of the 28 Mixed Motor gas stocker features on the two tracks while 8 other drivers (Chris Stevens, Kyle Reuter, Dick Dann, Melissa Gabel, Ryan Coleman, Eric Raponi, Gary Miller Sr., and Joe Hayden) divided up the rest of the HARD fought victories. Again there was controversy between OHV and FH motors racing in the same class, and while Matt was the man to beat in a flathead, the OHVs were proving to be too powerful for anyone else to touch. That was until the Kartway’s 1st Classic, a 15-kart/50-Lap event for the mixed-motor 1-WD ‘Gas Stocker’ class, where a few drivers battled it out in an exciting race, but Chris Stevens emerged on top on lap 50 to avenge himself for getting wiped out several times earlier in the season by one of the OHV Outlaw karts in the race. It also contained one of the scariest wrecks in our history (and one that has garnered by FAR the most hits on YouTube of our hundreds of videos; albeit bloodthirsty YouTubers wanted more violence apparently). However, Matt Stevens defeated a VERY talented cast of characters (including his brother Chris, Kyle Reuter, Ryan Coleman, Buddy Cottom and Mike “MC” Howell amongst others) to win both track Championships and the 12th Annual showing of the Galletta’s Klassic 200, sweeping both track titles in the division (the other classes at the pay track weren’t even keeping points then)! The only true downer to the season was Wes ‘Ogre’ Stevens’ bone-busting crash in the ’07 Klassic, which forced him out of weekly competition. More (including detailed race descriptions and hundreds of race videos) can be found here.


2006 Season Index

Inaugural Oswego Speedway Dirt Season!

1st Season at Oswego Speedway’s Dirt Track: 2006: In our 1st season at Oswego Speedway’s Dirt Track (before it was renamed Oswego Kartway the following year), we went with the understanding that our class would not be forced to race methanol karts and turn clockwise (as most race divisions turn counter-clockwise. While we got that, oddly enough, the track operators would not let us have our own Galletta’s-style division with 1-WD gas flatheads and forced us to run with the 1-WD gas OHVs (remaining themselves “Outlaws”), and we somewhat had a repeat of the same problem that we had last season at Galletta’s: “You have too much power!” vs. “You are too light!”– and sadly, a fight nearly broke out over it as well. We ran 7 events, and with 2 wins, Matt Stevens won the 1st Track Championship at the Oswego Kartway, as the other divisions didn’t keep track of wins or points. Other winners were Wes Stevens, Chris Stevens, Brian Bortel, Mike Billion (OHV), and Mark Miller (OHV), with Wes Stevens winning a 40-Lap “Bumpy Track Classic” where every methanol division refused to run due to the track being less than ideal. “Yard Karts” – 1, “Methanol Karts” – 0.

11th Season at Galletta’s: 2006: 35 different drivers raced in 18 feature events in ’06 and while 9 drivers won (including Chris Stevens, Wes Stevens, Rob Jimenez, Ed Maynes, Gary Miller Sr., Billy Kuykendell, Kyle Reuter and Brian Bortel and a tie between Chris and Bill), it was Matt Stevens took 8 of those himself en route to another Track Championship and Galletta’s Klassic Victory! More here, including points, driver profiles, and FULL race vids to the whole season!


2005 Season Index

10th Season –  2005: With a staggering 50 drivers running in 28 feature events won by 10 different drivers (Matt, Chris and Wes Stevens, Gary Miller Sr., Mark Miller, Mike Billion, Ed Maynes, Jason Mills, Neil Gosch, and Barrelin’ Brian Bortel). This year became the very 1st one where we covered every single race on this website, and around mid-season we video recorded every single race and made DVD-R copies available to anybody who asks (years later, we also uploaded EVERY SINGLE RACE to YouTube for anybody around the world with internet to view). Impressive ’04 rookies such as Ed Maynes and Mark Miller returned, although Miller brought a group of drivers with stock 6.5hp OHV motors into weekly races, and while we loved racing them, the very clear motor power discrepancy led to hard feelings between them and every driver that used smaller, stock 5.0hp flathead motors. Unfortunately, the 6.5hp OHV vs. 5.0hp Flathead engine controversy took away from what was an extremely competitive and intense racing season. Matt Stevens, however, beat everybody no matter what motor they had, and won 12 feature events and the Klassic 125 en route to yet another clean sweep of the track points title and Klassic Championships. Plus… a driver who tried out our club (and friends with the 6.5hp OVHs), began creating a little dirt track behind Oswego Speedway, with rumors of allowing us our own divison next season. Sounds like fun… right? Full Race Index Page & YouTube Race Videos here…


2004 Season Index

9th Season – 2004: Another excellent season, one of our biggest with a STAGGERING 47 drivers entering an impressive 33 events, with FINALLY a breakthrough in multiple fashions with 9 different competitors (Ed Maynes, Dan Murdock, Jason Mills, Mark Miller, Brian Galletta and Matt Frey joining Matt, Chris and Wes Stevens) in Victory Lane! Another step into the future of our division was realized when a handful of drivers (such as Ed Maynes and Mark Miller) started building and bringing their own karts  (although Mark Miller used a 5.5hp OHV motor, which everyone else in a stock 5hp flathead had an issue with when the power was apparent as soon as it hit the track, and he quit before the Klassic 125 over the controversy). While Ed Maynes far and away become the very closest to ever usurp Matt or Chris from Klassic dominance (he almost lapped the field before suffering multiple mechanical problems), it was Matt Stevens who again emerged winner of both the Klassic and Seasonal Points Titles. Once again, the entire Klassic video is available (along with all driver and points info) on this page…


2003 Season Index

8th Season –  2003: Only 14 events were held in our disappointingly sparsely populated 2003 season, because even though we had 28 different drivers, most of them only races in a few races each after last year’s crop of very promising rookies just flat out quit early in the season, wrecking karts before they did. In the end we only had three different winners (Matt, Chris and Wes). Brian Galletta helped us out by bringing several friends to join in as late-season rookies, including Antione “Choch” Thomas, Randy Platt, Matt Frey, and Mike Donoghue. Without them, we may not even have had a Klassic! In the 8 kart/100 lapper, Matt was able to get a late-race pass on his brother when Chris’ foot fell off the gas pedal, which secured Matt a sweep the Klassic and Track Championship Points Title yet again. Klassic video, full driver points and pics are available here!


2002 Season Index

7th Season – 2002: Had 14 drivers racing in 18 feature events, with a batch of rookies giving us some good competition. Rookies Tom Culeton, DJ Barnes, Dan Lupa, Dan Allnut, and Bryan Hayes were a few of the drivers that joined during the ’02 Galletta’s Season and Klassic! Tom Culeton proved to be the best visiting driver at Galletta’s SuperYard Karting Speedway to that date, as he won two events and led the Klassic early in 2002. In fact, he was the 1st visiting driver to outright win a feature at Galletta’s Go-Kart event in years! But it was Matt Stevens who took the 20012 Track Championship and Klassic 80, holding off his brother in both points and the Klassic. Season review, driver points and full Klassic YouTube video available here.


2000 Season Index

6th Season – 2001: In 2001, we raced 22 regular season point events and amongst the 15 drivers trying out the racing were big track guest-stars! We raced with brother Oswego Speedway Limited Supermodified drivers Fran Rowe, Cameron Rowe and Gordon Smallidge, Supermodified driver Randy Ritskes, Super Stock driver Joe Miller, in addition to Syrell Supermodified team members Eric Syrell, Sean Stevens, and Brian Galletta. Cam helped Matt create stagger on the karts, which in past seasons, we had absolutely none. This increased the speeds about one second on our box stock 5hp karts. Cam also won a feature (becoming the 1st visitor to ever do so in our 1990-2001 history). More driver points and info here…


2000 Season Index

5th Season – 2000: After 33 feature races, Chris Stevens again emerged from the 2000 season as the track champ and Klassic champ with 15.5 feature wins (including 7 straight), this time in the newly built Galletta’s Greenhouse Racing #5 kart. Matt Stevens tried a new kart in the Klassic, the Galletta’s Greenhouse #6, and while winning 9.5 features, he was unable to repeat the success of the #3 for beat Chris in the new #5. Wes “Ogre” Stevens also garnered wins, but to date, no “visiting” driver has won a feature at Galletta’s yet, as Chris. Matt and Wes all live and work on the same property. More info here…


Chris Stevens wins his 1st Klassic in 1999 in the Galletta's #2 !

1999 Season Index

4th Season –  1999: Chris Stevens finally broke his little brother Matt’s three-year unbeaten streak in 1999 with the Galletta’s #2 kart when he was able to win both the Track Points Title and the Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic, although he battled all year with his bro Matt and dad Wes, who also acquired wins. Kart count improved to 4 karts (when the Galletta’s #1 became the 1st “built 100% from scratch” kart). Jesse Vivlemore, Ray Castaldo, and Brian Galletta joined us for a few races as well. Not a lot of pictures, but we do have videos (although most are yet to be uploaded). More info here…


1996 Season & Klassic!

1996 Season Index!

Matt dominates the 1998 Klassic in his Galletta's #3!

A young whippersnapper named Matt Stevens dominated 1996-98.

1st Three Seasons – 1996-98: The early years had No videos, but some grainy pictures and fuzzy memories listed here. Two brothers in their early 20s Matt and Chris started racing two yard karts (a converted Manco kart numbered #3, and a converted Thunder Island kart numbered #1), which later became three (a converted Manco yard kart numbered #4) leading to their dad Wes Stevens, the occasional friend (Jesse Vivlemore, Ray Castaldo, Dan Boyce) and/or some of their cousins (Brian and Kevin Galletta) occasionally joining in. Matt and his trusty #3 kart swept the 1st THREE Points Titles and 80-Lap Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassics in 1996, 1997 and 1998.


The Origins!

The Early Years: 1980’sOur karting club is named not just because it is hosted and sponsored by Galletta’s Greenhouse, but because founder John Galletta wanted to make a karting track in the late 1970s and never got around to finishing it. Until his grandsons Matt and Chris Stevens — fans of Oswego Speedway Supermodified racing and veterans of vicious sledding and peddle cart wars in their childhoods — built one in the early 1990s, which amazed Mr. Galletta shortly before his passing in 1996. This is the tale, truncated for your digestion with some hyperbole and humor (to throw off the lesser IQ’ed bashers of our racing division) thrown in.


2018 Fundraiser for Galletta’s Karting Club fan – Kelly Miller’s grandson, Leiland!


Photobucket “Image Ransom” Petition

Since 2007, we have used PhotoBucket to host at least 98% of our race photos on this website for no charge. That is now a decade and hundreds of images from our races dating over twenty years. Late June 2017 they unexpectedly and forcefully began to hold the images ransom for $399 a year (one can still use their site, but not embed images to display onto a website, web-forum or blog, like this site for example). Now while we can afford to host our own pictures (and I am doing so now; in the process of moving everything over to my own server… for an additional expense), it does add an added expense on to our “free” and “not-for-profit” racing club (that I —  the webmaster/statistician/video editor/reporter/track promoter/racer Chris Stevens — usually pays for out of his own pocket EVERY year, and the Google Ads USED to pay for the actual site hosting, but not anymore. Hint, hint, click click?). The least one can do is sign this petition. Not that we’d probably ever go back, as that was just low-down and dirty for a company to do, but at least send a message. One could see if they asked for a donation or an annual fee (more in the $10-15 range), but $400 is beyond excessive (and may be an intentional suicide ploy to me? Nobody with a lick of common sense would pay that).


 

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2018/08/12 – Josh Arnold wins 20-Lap Makeup-Race [YouTube] Sunday, August 12th, 2018 – For the 2nd week in a row, we had track and karts ready to go early–and only two drivers showed up, so we had a makeup race. […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...

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2018/08/12 – Josh Arnold wins 20-Lap Makeup-Race [YouTube]

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Sunday, August 12th, 2018 – For the 2nd week in a row, we had track and karts ready to go early–and only two drivers showed up, so we had a makeup race.

With a handful of really good exceptions, for the last year, our weekly driver attendance has been the poorest it has been in around fifteen years. We understand that sometimes people can’t make it (money, work, family, disinterest, so on) and appreciate it when they tell us so and at least give a, honest, sensible and logical reason, but what’s worse is people tell us they are coming to race to our faces repeatedly… then don’t show.

They tell us start at a certain time and they’ll come, then don’t show. They’ll say for real, this week they’re coming… then don’t show. To our faces just less than 24 hours before race time, they tell us all about how they and a few people are coming, and… you’ll never guess what happened next, but they don’t show.

This means we schedule a race and then are left with a watered track and gassed karts. We’d appreciate honesty and people sticking to their words, but to say we’re shocked that it happens is nowhere near true. More like–extremely disappointed and find it hard to trust anybody at their word. I’d name names, but it’d do no good. It’d likely just keep happening. One even had a nickname “The body” no, “The Liar”, and he once asked us why it was on this website, but yet he lived up to it yet again. Still wonder why? Honesty, folks; Sticking to your word; Telling people the truth; communicating… it seems real simple, yet. Nope.

Sorry for the rant, but at least we got a makeup race in.

Makeup Race START – 20 laps:

1st. Josh Arnold (Arnie Racing #93)
2nd. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse Racing #1)
3rd. (R) Stephen James (Galletta’s Greenhouse Racing #2)

(R) = 1st time rookie

With so few drivers and laps on track, it’s usually tough to get even a single position change. The race finished as it started.

Makeup Race FINISH – 20 laps:

1st. Josh Arnold (Arnie Racing #93)
2nd. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse Racing #1)
3rd. (R) Stephen James (Galletta’s Greenhouse Racing #2)

(R) = 1st time rookie

Points to be calculated soon.

 

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2018/08/05 – Twin-15’s for Rookies & Make-Up Points [+YouTube] http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/2018-08-05-twin-15s-for-rookies-make-up-points-youtube/ http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/2018-08-05-twin-15s-for-rookies-make-up-points-youtube/#respond Mon, 06 Aug 2018 03:59:36 +0000 http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/?post_type=comic&p=5123

2018/08/05 – Twin-15’s for Rookies & Make-Up Points [+YouTube] Sunday, August 5th, 2018 – In an unfortunate twist, most of our regular drivers could not make it, but 1st year driver Steve Sixberry brought two rookies who look to be […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...

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2018/08/05 – Twin-15’s for Rookies & Make-Up Points [+YouTube]

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Sunday, August 5th, 2018 – In an unfortunate twist, most of our regular drivers could not make it, but 1st year driver Steve Sixberry brought two rookies who look to be getting accustomed to the racing and hopefully will come back often. Due to only three visiting drivers, we rescheduled to a “Make Up Points / Rookie Race” — although you can’t keep Matt Stevens off the track and races with no points or feature wins at stake. Chris Stevens took the opportunity to try and get a wide variety of different shots, not just the tower angle which everyone who knows us is accustomed to. Enjoy!

15-Lap Makeup Race #1 – START:
1. ® Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
2. ® Chris Smith (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #12j)
3. ® Mark Vincent (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
4. * Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/OswegoSushi.com #74)

* = Matt is just racing for fun/post-Klassic/non-regular bonus points.

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15-Lap Makeup Race #1 – FINISH:
1. * Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/OswegoSushi.com #74)
2. ® Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) +78 pts for 7/6/2018
3. ® Chris Smith (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #12j) +25 pts for 6/10/2018
4. ® Mark Vincent (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) +22 pts for 6/10/2018

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15-Lap Makeup Race #2 – START:
1. ® Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28)
2. ® Chris Smith (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #12j)
3. ® Mark Vincent (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
4. * Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)

15-Lap Makeup Race #2 – FINISH:
1. ® Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28) +78 pts for 7/6/2018
2. * Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
3. ® Chris Smith (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #12j) +73 pts for 7/6/2018
4. ® Mark Vincent (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) +68 pts for 7/6/2018

Unedited Video Playlist

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2018/07/29 – Oswego Harborfest ’18 Champion — CROWNED!!!!!! [+YouTube] http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20180729-harborfest-champion-crowned-on-youtube/ http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20180729-harborfest-champion-crowned-on-youtube/#respond Mon, 30 Jul 2018 03:59:55 +0000 http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/?post_type=comic&p=736

2018/07/29 – Oswego Harborfest Champ ’18 CROWNED! [+YouTube] Sunday, July 29th, 2018 – Another year, another Harborfest champion has been crowned. Little do most people know, we see who is the champ of the Oswego gathering annually on our track […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...

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2018/07/29 – Oswego Harborfest Champ ’18 CROWNED! [+YouTube]

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Sunday, July 29th, 2018 – Another year, another Harborfest champion has been crowned. Little do most people know, we see who is the champ of the Oswego gathering annually on our track on the outskirts of Oswego. It’s top secret… except it’s only been on this website every year since 2005! Two 8-lap heats and a 40-Lap feature were up for grabs, and it was good, hard racing (with a few mishaps)!


HEAT 1 START – 8 Laps:
1. ® Jeff Vincent (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
2. ® Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
3. Kevin Galletta (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #43)
4. * Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
5. ® Richard Allen (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #12j)

* = Scoring Note: Matt Stevens was scheduled to start in the 1st heat, but his carb was clogged on track before the green flag and he elected to instead start the 2nd heat. Whatever spot he gets in the 2nd heat will count and it will not affect the points the other drivers get in either heat. They will be scored as if he isn’t there.

1st heat saw little movement except Steve Sixberry’s pass attempt on Jeff Vincent, which unfortunately had contact and the #9 knocked the #7 off of the track. Starter Wesley Stevens did not penalize Steve by putting him in the rear on the restart, and Steve acknowledged this as well. Under Galletta’s rules whenever this happens, he will retain his win but be docked -5 points for the unintentional accident.

HEAT 1 FINISH – 8 Laps:
1. ® Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) +20 – 5 = 15
2. Kevin Galletta (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #43) +18
3. ® Jeff Vincent (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) +16
4. ® Richard Allen (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #12j) +14
5. DNF -Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33) +0

Get ready for Heat #2!


HEAT 2 START – 8 Laps:

1. ® Jason Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
2. Adam “AJ” Lytle (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c)
3. Josh Arnold (Arnie Racing #93)
4. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/OswegoSushi.com #4)
-. * Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
5. ® Richard Allen (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #12j)
6. Melissa Stevens [w/unborn Sarah] (Scissors n’ Fur #19)

HEAT 2 FINISH – 8 Laps:

1. ® Jason Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6) +20
-. * Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33) +18
2. Josh Arnold (Arnie Racing #93) +18
3. Adam “AJ” Lytle (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c) +16
4. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/OswegoSushi.com #4) +14
5. ® Richard Allen (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #12j) +28 (for 14th in ’18 opener)
6. DNF – Melissa Stevens [w/unborn Sarah] (Scissors n’ Fur #19) +10


FEATURE START – 45 Laps:

1. ® Jeff Vincent (Galletta Bros. #28)
2. ® Jason Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
3. ® Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
4. Adam “AJ” Lytle (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c)
5. Kevin Galletta (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #43)
6. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/OswegoSushi.com #4)
7. Josh Arnold (Arnie Racing #93)
8. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
9. ® Richard Allen (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #12j)
10. Melissa Stevens [w/unborn Sarah] (Scissors n’ Fur #19)

Unedited Race Footage

Race notes:

  • Adam Lytle looked unstoppable after passing a few rookies for the lead early on, until Matt Stevens caught him in traffic. Not seen on the video, Adam crashed with lapped traffic and left.
  • Matt bobbed and weaved through traffic and while Josh Arnold was able to stay with him, Matt did not let the traffic stop him (although some other drivers are puzzled at the inconsistent passing flag; obviously we need more helpers with flags).
  • Chris Stevens made it up to 2nd in the #4, before severe sputtering from a failing coil left him getting passed left and right. He hopped into the #8, and recovered for a 3rd place finish.
  • Chris Stevens and Steve Sixberry each docked -5pts. for mid-race kart change.
  • Kevin Galletta had a spectacular crash in turn 2 late while running 3rd (that the camera unfortunately missed) — but it looked very similar to one Mike Patak had in the 2017 opener in the same kart in the same spot.

FEATURE FINISH – 45 Laps:

1. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
2. Josh Arnold (Arnie Racing #93)®
3. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/OswegoSushi.com #4 / #8)
4. ® Jeff Vincent (Galletta Bros. #28)
5. ® Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9, #78)
6. ® Richard Allen (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #12j)
7. Jason Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6) – DNF: Had to leave last laps
8. Kevin Galletta (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #43) – DNF: Crash
9. Adam “AJ” Lytle (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c) – DNF: Crash
10. Melissa Stevens [w/unborn Sarah] (Scissors n’ Fur #19) – DNF: For points


2018 Point Standings for 1-WD Gas Flathead Backyard Karting World Championship at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway

After the 6/10/2018 through 7/29/2018 Races:

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2018/07/22 – “Mr. Galletta” 10,000 Rocks-to-win Twin Feature Nite Swept by Matt Stevens in the #74 [+YouTube] http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20180722-twin-features-youtube/ http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20180722-twin-features-youtube/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 03:59:35 +0000 http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/?post_type=comic&p=5089

2018/07/22 – “Mr. Galletta” 10,000 Rocks-to-win Twin Feature Nite Swept by Matt Stevens in the #74 [+YouTube] Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 – Twin features on a loose and bumpy track were on tap, and both were exciting as usual. Matt […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...

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2018/07/22 – “Mr. Galletta” 10,000 Rocks-to-win Twin Feature Nite Swept by Matt Stevens in the #74 [+YouTube]

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 photo 2018-07-2201h41m21s973.jpgSunday, July 22nd, 2018 – Twin features on a loose and bumpy track were on tap, and both were exciting as usual. Matt Stevens was able to successfully navigate the low groove to sweep both features, although he needed two karts to pull off the 2nd one when his Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33 stalled with a clogged carb early on. Video and more coming on this below page.

FEATURE #1 START – 30 Laps:
1. ® Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
2. Kevin Galletta (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #43)
3. ® Jeff Vincent (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
4. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/OswegoSushi.com #74)
5. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/OswegoSushi.com #8)
6. ® Jason Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
7. ® Jason Robinson (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #12J)
8. ® Mark Hart (B&K Galletta Bros. #28)
9. Melissa Stevens [w/unborn Sarah] (Scissors n’ Fur #19)

® = Rookie racer
DNF = Did Not Finish
DNS = Did Not Start (but qualified to and counted)

As usual as the summer drags on, if we don’t get enough rain during the week, the track doesn’t hold water well and dries up. With clay, it just becomes dusty and you lose a little bite, but with our plain dirt surface (sandy, rocky clay and soil), rocks and potholes develop which makes the main line change almost lap to lap. As the race went on, the smoothest grooves kept getting lower and lower.

Unedited Race Video Playlist

As you can see, as the track deteriorated, Matt started making his move, and he thrives in these type races due to his willingness to risk his position to try low passes, so if you aren’t ready to hold your speed in your line when he challenges you, he’ll get by you and pin other drivers behind you for multi-kart passes. Matt picked off Steve Sixberry in lapped traffic for one of his sneaky wins! Jason Sixberry was impressive in getting up to third, but in an odd twist, fell off the track on the white flag lap to lose one spot.

FEATURE #1 FINISH – 30 Laps:
1. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/OswegoSushi.com #74)
2. ® Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
3. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/OswegoSushi.com #8)
4. ® Jason Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
5. -1 Lap:® Jason Robinson (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #12J)
6. -2 Laps: ® Mark Hart (B&K Galletta Bros. #28)
7. DNF: ® Jeff Vincent (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
8. DNF: Kevin Galletta (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #43)
9. DNF: Melissa Stevens [w/unborn Sarah] (Scissors n’ Fur #19)


FEATURE #2 START – 25 Laps:
1. Kevin Galletta (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #43)
2. ® Jeff Vincent (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
3. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/OswegoSushi.com #4)
4. * ® Jason Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
5. ® Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
6. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
7.  ® Mark Hart (B&K Galletta Bros. #28)
8. DNS: ® Jason Robinson (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #12J)
9. DNS: Melissa Stevens [w/unborn Sarah] (Scissors n’ Fur #19)

* = Lined up but had to leave right before the green flag dropped.
® = Rookie racer
DNF = Did Not Finish
DNS = Did Not Start (but qualified to and counted)

Unedited Race Video Playlist

The bumpy track took its toll with the #4, #74, and #28 breaking down (drivers hopped into secondary karts for the usual -5pt. penalty). Around midway through the race, Matt Stevens, Steve Sixberry, and Chris Stevens went three wide into turn 1, and Matt emerged ahead. He then picked off Kevin Galletta and never looked back in a clean sweep of the features in the Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/OswegoSushi.com #74!

FEATURE #2 FINISH – 25 Laps:
1. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33; #74)
2. Kevin Galletta (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #43)
3. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #8; 33c)
4. ® Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
5. ® Jeff Vincent (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
6. ® Mark Hart (Galletta’s #28; #12J)
7. DNS: ® Jason Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
8. DNS: ® Jason Robinson (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #12J)
9. DNS: Melissa Stevens [w/unborn Sarah] (Scissors n’ Fur #19)

® = Rookie racer
DNF = Did Not Finish
DNS = Did Not Start (but qualified to and counted)


2018 Point Standings for 1-WD Gas Flathead Backyard Karting World Championship at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway

After the 6/10/2018 through 7/22/2018 Races:

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2018/07/15 – Rookie & Makeup Points Race [+YouTube] http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/2018-07-15-rookie-makeup-points-race-youtube/ http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/2018-07-15-rookie-makeup-points-race-youtube/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 03:59:32 +0000 http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/?post_type=comic&p=5060

2018/07/15 – Rookie & Makeup Points Race won by Kevin Galletta [+YouTube] Sunday, July 15th, 2018 – Due to race video, points, and karts not getting done during the week, Matt and Chris sat out this event, making it a […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...

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2018/07/15 – Rookie & Makeup Points Race won by Kevin Galletta [+YouTube]

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Sunday, July 15th, 2018 – Due to race video, points, and karts not getting done during the week, Matt and Chris sat out this event, making it a make-up points / rookie bonus race. (We usually don’t take victory pictures for makeup races, but maybe we should, since it makes nice cover photos for the website.)

START:
1. (R) Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
2. Kevin Galletta (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #43)
3. Josh Arnold (Team Arnie Racing #93)
4. (NR) Nick Klaben (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #2)
5. (NR) Jeff Vincent (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)

(R)  = Rookie with less than 1 season experience on track)
(NR) = Newbie Rookie’s 1st race on track

Unedited Video Playlist

Steve Sixberry led the entire show until getting loose in turn 4 when he slid a bit too high, enabling returning veteran Kevin Galletta to execute a pass and take the win. This makes for the 1st time the #43 kart has won a feature since it was re-numbered from its original number–the former Brian Galletta #13! 2016-2017 Defending Visitor’s Points Champion Josh Arnold’s #93 was plagued with motor problems as he was not a factor in the lead battle and faded as the race went on.

 photo capture20180721052406969.pngScoring: This race is counted as a make-up event since all of the drivers missed at least one race, three were rookies, and Matt (and thus Chris) elected to sit out due to all of the trouble with videos, points, scoring, and unfixed karts from the prior week. The drivers were scored accordingly below.

FINISH:
1. Kevin Galletta (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #43) good for 10th in 6/24/2018 25-lap race
2. (R) Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) good for 11th in 6/24/2018 25-lap race
3. (NR) Nick Klaben (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) good for 12th in 6/24/2018 25-lap race
4. Josh Arnold (Team Arnie Racing #93) good for 9th in 7/6/2018 40-lap race
5. DNF – (NR) Jeff Vincent (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) good for 13th in 6/24/2018 25-lap race

(R)  = Rookie with less than 1 season experience on track)
(NR) = Newbie Rookie’s 1st race on track
DNF – Did Not Finish

2018 Point Standings for 1-WD Gas Flathead Backyard Karting World Championship at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway

After the 6/10/2018 through 7/15/2018 Races:

 

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7/6/2018 – Friday Night Independence Day Race [+Video] http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20180706-friday-night-independence-day-race/ http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20180706-friday-night-independence-day-race/#comments Sat, 07 Jul 2018 03:59:50 +0000 http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/?post_type=comic&p=5051

7/6/2018 – Friday Night Independence Day Race Friday, July 6th, 2018 – Hooray! We finally got enough people for a race! And Kelly Miller took advantage of sputtering leader Eric Woolworth to pick off both Woolworth and Chris Stevens to […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...

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7/6/2018 – Friday Night Independence Day Race

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Friday, July 6th, 2018 – Hooray! We finally got enough people for a race! And Kelly Miller took advantage of sputtering leader Eric Woolworth to pick off both Woolworth and Chris Stevens to take the lead and hold on despite losing a header!

START:
1. Eric Woolworth (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #78)
2. Adam Lytle (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c)
3. Earl Miller (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) (R)
4. Kelly Miller (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
5. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/OswegoSushi.com/Chrusher.com #8)
6. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #74)
7. Colton Duell (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #2)
8. Melissa Stevens w/unborn Sarah Stevens (SNF #19)

Unedited Race Video

Oh no! The website is still not updated days after the race! It’s usually done within 24-48 hours. What happened?

I dunno… maybe someone will comment on it.

7/7/2018 Update

Due to a lack of a camera person, the video editing and point scoring is going fairly slow. Worked on it a few hours today, and not done yet.

7/8/2018 Update

Due to a lack of a camera person, the video editing and point scoring is going fairly slow. Worked on it a few hours today, and not done yet.

7/9/2018 Update

Due to a lack of a camera person, the video editing and point scoring is going fairly slow. Worked on it a few hours today, and not done yet. Races threatened to get shut down because I have a problem with getting the videos and points done due to a lack of assistance when asked.

7/10/2018 Update

Due to a lack of a camera person, the video editing and point scoring is going fairly slow. Worked on it a few hours today, and not done yet. Races again threatened to get shut down over my inability to get videos and points done.

7/11/2018 Update

Due to a lack of a camera person, the video editing and point scoring is going fairly slow. Worked on it a few hours today, and not done yet. Family harassed and threatened on the phone, accused of not cutting the lawn, not working enough, OH, and have child protection services called on me for imaginary reasons by insane person in Wolcott who I never see and barely know–other than her being a very judgemental, petty, nosy, manipulative, gossipy and vengeful person who abuses authorities with false complaints.

7/12/2018 Update

Due to a lack of a camera person, the video editing and point scoring is going fairly slow. Worked on it a few hours today, and not done yet. Races again threatened to get shut down over my inability to get videos and points done.

7/13/2018 Update

Due to a lack of a camera person, the video editing and point scoring is going fairly slow. Worked on it a few hours today, and not done yet. Races again threatened to get shut down over my inability to get videos and points done. A handful of drivers leave the group chat.

7/14/2018 Update

Due to a lack of a camera person, the video editing and point scoring is going fairly slow. Worked on it a few hours today, and not done yet. Races again threatened to get shut down over my inability to get videos and points done.

7/15/2018 Update — RESULTS & POINTS… DONE!

Points finished at the start of race time. Thank God.

FINISH:
1. Kelly Miller (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
2. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/OswegoSushi.com/Chrusher.com #8)
3. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #74 but FINISHED in #33)
4. Colton Duell (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) (R)
5. DNF – Adam Lytle (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c but FINSHED in #43)
6. DNF – Eric Woolworth (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #78)
7. DNF – Earl Miller (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) (R)
8. DNF – Melissa Stevens w/unborn Sarah Stevens (SNF #19)

(R) = Rookie/Newbie
DNF = Did Not Finish Race

MAKEUP / BONUS POINTS:
9. Josh Arnold (Team Arnie Racing #93) earned in 7/15/2018 Makeup Race

2018 Point Standings for 1-WD Gas Flathead Backyard Karting World Championship at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway

After the 6/10/2018 through 7/6/2018 Races:

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6/28/2018 – Exhibition Race for Doug Didero by Kelly Miller, Matt & Chris Stevens! http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20180628-exhibition-race-for-doug-didero-by-kelly-miller-matt-chris-stevens/ http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20180628-exhibition-race-for-doug-didero-by-kelly-miller-matt-chris-stevens/#respond Fri, 29 Jun 2018 00:00:18 +0000 http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/?post_type=comic&p=5070

6/28/2018 – Exhibition Race for Doug Didero by Kelly Miller, Matt & Chris Stevens! Thursday, June 28th, 2018 – Doug Didero–Oswego Speedway Hall of Famer (three time Oswego Supermodified track champ, two time Oswego Super Classic 200 winner and 9th […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...

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6/28/2018 – Exhibition Race for Doug Didero by Kelly Miller, Matt & Chris Stevens!

Thursday, June 28th, 2018 – Doug Didero–Oswego Speedway Hall of Famer (three time Oswego Supermodified track champ, two time Oswego Super Classic 200 winner and 9th all time in Oswego Super Feature wins), not to mention a veteran of many other forms of racing, (including NASCAR Busch, IRL, and more)–stopped by to watch a 3 kart exhibition by Kelly Miller, Matt and Chris Stevens. Chris and Matt have been fans of Doug since the early 1990s and finally got him up to check out our big backyard speedway as Kelly was able to pull him and his car owner away from his Super for a bit to check it out. He loved it and wanted to see 10-15 karts out there! (We wholeheartedly agree! Where have the drivers been?) Also: Really cool of the Oswego Speedway to shout out this picture on Facebook and Twitter!

In hindsight, we have counted this race as a heat. Longest heat in our history, but a heat nonetheless. In fact, if I had a camera on it (usually Chris or Matt’s wives help with cameras, but Rungnapha was getting ready for a c-section the next day and Melissa flatly declined), I would have counted it as a feature.

START:
1. Kelly Miller (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
2. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/OswegoSushi.com/Chrusher.com #4)
3. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)

The trio were bumper to bumper the whole race, which was just supposed to be an exhibition, but we drove hard to show off to Didero. When Kelly Miller lost a wheel in the Galletta’s #7, the race was called with no passes, but one can see just how close and competitive we are.

FINISH:
1. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/OswegoSushi.com/Chrusher.com #4) +20 pts. & Heat Win
2. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #3) +18 pts.
3. DNF – Kelly Miller (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) +16 pts.

This race WAS very close, and I would have loved to have a camera on it for the website video (especially after we got a little extra audience thanks to Oswego Speedway’s social media pages)! But… we didn’t.

Though that brings up a side note: The club charges no money for an audience, karts only cost nominal gas+parts to race, and our race videos we put up for free. It’s a club, not a business. This means it needs everyone to contribute to make it function, and when one leg doesn’t kick in… it doesn’t work. Matt preps karts and track, Chris does the videos, points and website, the drivers chip in with butts in karts, and usually our wives chip in with videos. Well, this week it was videos. We only have a few pictures for the website, which is sad. Hopefully that ends NEXT race, although our head camerawoman will be recovering from major surgery, so we’ll see if someone will step up. Time will tell. Stay tuned.

Next race is TBA, as Chris and his wife Rungnapha (the usual tower camera woman) welcomed their second daughter to the world on Friday (and did not come home until Monday) AND attendance has not exactly been great on top of that. Next week, let’s race!

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6/24/2018 – Rain-Postponed Makeup Race (+YouTube Videos) http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20180624-makeup-race/ http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20180624-makeup-race/#respond Mon, 25 Jun 2018 03:59:49 +0000 http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/?post_type=comic&p=4460

6/24/2018 – Rain-Postponed Makeup Race Sunday, June 24th, 2018 – In a strange string of bad luck for our race scheduling (which we have had an unbelievably large share of for around a year now), rain drenched the track most of […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...

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6/24/2018 – Rain-Postponed Makeup Race

Sunday, June 24th, 2018 – In a strange string of bad luck for our race scheduling (which we have had an unbelievably large share of for around a year now), rain drenched the track most of the day and deterred several committed drivers from coming (while on the flip side, many weeks we have had great weekends and nobody make it up to race). But when the rain let up, Matt Stevens went to work and got the track suitable enough to run. Kelly Miller brought some racers up and we had a makeup points race (Matt will be scored for non-seasonal bonus points). We went live (stationary camera) AND tape delay (regular angle).

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6/24/2018 Makeup Race Final Order of Finish:

  1. (6th) Kelly Miller  (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) +53 points good for 6th in 6/24/2018 race
  2. (—) Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.cim/OswegoSushi.com #74) + Banked Post-Season Bonus Points
  3. (7th) Earl Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) +50 points good for 7th in 6/24/2018 race
  4. (8th) Griffin Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) +47 points good for 8th in 6/24/2018 race
  5. (9th) Andrew Kemble (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) +44 points good for 9th in 6/24/2018 race

ADD-ON POINTS

7th Kelly Miller (Galletta’s #9) *  53.0  53.00  1  0  0%  1/1  10th  7
 2018/06/24
8th Earl Miller (Galletta’s #5) *  50.0  50.00  1  0  0%  0/1 ®  0
 2018/06/24
9th Griffin Miller (Galletta’s #1) *  47.0  47.00  1  0  0%  0/1 ®  0
 2018/06/24
10th Andrew Kemble (Galletta’s #2) *  44.0  44.00  1  0  0%  0/1 ®  0
 2018/06/24

2018 Point Standings for 1-WD Gas Flathead Backyard Karting World Championship at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway

After the 6/10/2018 through 6/24/2018 Races:

Pos.Driver (Go-Karts Piloted) Total
Points
Average
Points
Per
FeaturesFeature
Wins
Feature
Win %
Heats
Won /
Entered
Last
Raced
1stJosh Arnold
(Gleason #29)
686811100%0/06/10/2018
2ndMatt Stevens
(Galletta's #33)
65651000/06/10/2018
3rdChris Stevens
(Galletta's #4)
62621000/06/10/2018
4thMike Patak
(Galletta's #43)
59591000/06/10/2018
5thMelissa Stevens
(Scissors 'n Fur #19)
56561000/06/10/2018
6thSarah Stevens (Scissors n' Fur #19)56561000/06/10/2018
7thKelly Miller
(Galletta's #9) m
53531001/16/24/2018
8thEarl Miller
(Galletta's #5) m
50501000/16/24/2018
9thGriffin Miller
(Galletta's #1) m
47471000/16/24/2018
10thAndrew Kemble
(Galletta's #2) m
44441000/16/24/2018

 

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6/10/2018 – Josh Arnold wins the 23rd Annual Galletta’s Karting Season Opener [+YouTube] http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20180610-23rd-season-opener/ http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20180610-23rd-season-opener/#comments Sun, 10 Jun 2018 12:49:32 +0000 http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/?post_type=comic&p=4950

6/10/2018 – Josh Arnold wins the 23rd Annual Galletta’s Karting Season Opener [+YouTube] Sunday, June 10th, 2018 – Well, our 23rd Season Opener at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Speedway occurred. And while the racing was close and competitive (as usual), it […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...

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6/10/2018 – Josh Arnold wins the 23rd Annual Galletta’s Karting Season Opener [+YouTube]
6/10/2018 – Josh Arnold wins the 23rd Annual Galletta’s Karting Season Opener [+YouTube]

Sunday, June 10th, 2018 – Well, our 23rd Season Opener at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Speedway occurred. And while the racing was close and competitive (as usual), it was only… five drivers, which quite possibly could be a 15 year low! Josh Arnold continues his impressive ways of the last three years (two time defending Visitor’s Points Champion) and won (driving his father-in-law’s #29; his #93 was still in need of repairs for breaking during last year’s Klassic 200). Josh again is looking like the top visiting driver and also looking at being the 1st driver in our history to knock Matt and Chris out of their 1-2/2-1 perch on top the point standings for all 22 prior seasons. But it’s kind of easy for the top three drivers in the past two seasons when nobody else has the balls to show.
More: Race Page with YouTube Videos & Points | Victory Photo


Unfortunately, our opener was not well attended. In fact, the lowest amount of drivers in around a decade and a half! We have several drivers (new and returning vets) that tell us they are coming, then race day we’re sitting waiting for their arrivals that never happen. Regardless, even though our feature was the size of a heat race, we decided to not let our fun be ruined by the no shows.

STARTING GRID

  1. Mike Patak (Galletta’s Greenhouse #43)
  2. Josh Arnold (Gleason #29)
  3. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
  4. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/OswegoSushi.com/Chrusher.com #4)
  5. Melissa Stevens [w/newborn Sarah Stevens] (Scissors n’ Fur #19)

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Mike Patak started on the pole (in the Galletta’s Greenhouse #43), but defending visitor’s champ Josh Arnold blew by him (in his father-in-law’s #29) when the green flag dropped. Matt and Chris passed each other back and forth once each trying to pass Patak as well, but Matt finally got by him first, and then Chris several laps later.

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After a restart for a spun #43, Josh, Matt and Chris stayed in single file for the remainder of the event. The top three of the past two seasons were again 1-2-3.

Live Broadcast

Also of note, this became the 1st ever race in our history where we attempted to broadcast live on YouTube. It worked! Here it was on demand replay, although just a stationary camera:

It would come out better if we had more camera people. As it was, it sat stationary, with only one camera person, Chris’ wife Rungnapha “Aoo” Stevens. And as for that, watch the regular, Unedited Race Video footage:

FINAL ORDER OF FINISH

  1. Josh Arnold (Gleason #29)
  2. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
  3. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/OswegoSushi.com/Chrusher.com #4)
  4. DNF – Mike Patak (Galletta’s Greenhouse #43) [DNF – Mechanical failure]
  5. DNF – Melissa Stevens [w/unborn Sarah Stevens] (Scissors n’ Fur #19) [DNF – 1 lap for points]

    MAKEUP RACE – BONUS POINTS:

  6. 6/24/2018 – 1st. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s #9)
  7. 6/24/2018 – 2nd. Earl Miller (Galletta’s #5)
  8. 6/24/2018 – 3rd Griffin Miller (Galletta’s #1)
  9. 6/24/2018 – 4th. Andrew Kemble (Galletta’s #2)
  10. 7/15/2018 – 1st. Kevin Galletta (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #43)
  11. 7/15/2018 – 2nd. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
  12. 7/15/2018 – 3rd. Nick Klaben (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #2)
  13. 7/15/2018 – 5th. Jeff Vincent (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
  14. 7/29/2018 – 1st. Richard Allen (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #12j)

The Pregnant Dad Club?

On a quirky side note: Something funny we didn’t realize until this past weekend that Matt’s wife (fellow driver Melissa Stevens, doing her usual one lap for points), Josh’s wife and Chris’ wife are all pregnant at the same time! Go figure! Busy off-track action this past offseason for the top three point scorers, I guess! (Although Chris’ wife may have been pregnant around the time of last year’s Klassic 200. Maybe she’s a Klassic win baby?)

New Scoring Exception

With so few competitors, we usually do not race. It’s been a policy of ours for years to only race if we have at the very least 6 drivers (even though back in the 1990s, it used to just be Chris, Matt and their dad with an occasional friend or family member). Why? It’s usually not worth the effort of prepping karts, the track, and doing points, pics and videos for our website unless we have enough people on the track to make it exciting.

However, we decided not to just shut ourselves down just because others didn’t show. Josh and Mike made it, why punish them if others couldn’t? We wasted many perfectly good weekends last year doing just that.

So, instead we will now accept races with fewer than 8 competitors, but top three bonus points will not count unless we have at least 7 kart drivers on the starting grid that will race more than one lap. Otherwise, we are handing out bonus points for just showing up and it kind of defeats the purpose of scoring bonus points. They were instituted to reward laps in the top three when we had bigger races of 10-15 drivers. We can have that again if people just showed. And think about it? Three drivers have homes and live on the same property as this backyard speedway resides upon, so that means we only need a few people show up. So… what’s up people? C’mon!


2018 Point Standings for 1-WD Gas Flathead Backyard Karting World Championship at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway

After the 6/10/2018 through 6/10/2018 Races:

New
Position
After
Last
Race
Driver
(Go-Karts Piloted) 
Total
Points
(Place)
Average
Points
Per
Week
Features
Entered
Features
Won
Win %
Heats
Won/
Entered
Years
Pro at
Galletta’s
All-Time
Feature
Wins
Last Race
2017
1st
N/A
Josh Arnold 
(Gleason #29)
68.0
68.00
1
1
100%
0/0
4th
5
2018/06/10
2nd
N/A
Matt Stevens
(Galletta’s #33)
65.0
65.00
1
0
0%
0/0
23rd
137
2018/06/10
3rd
N/A
Chris Stevens
(Galletta’s #4)
62.0
62.00
1
0
0%
0/0
23rd
83
2018/06/10
4th
N/A
Mike Patak 
(Galletta’s #43)
59.0
59.00
1
0
0%
0/0
1st
0
2018/06/10
5th
N/A
Melissa Stevens 
(Scissors ‘n Fur #19)
56.0
56.00
1
0
0%
0/0
11th
8
2018/06/10
6th
N/A
Sarah Stevens 
(Scissors n’ Fur #19)
56.0
56.00
1
0
0%
0/1
®
0
2018/06/10

KEY: 
® = Rookie (Less than 1 season experience on track)
* = Makeup Feature Used
T = Mid-Race Repair Timeout (-5 pt. penalty)
k = Mid-Race Kart Change (-5 pt. penalty)


6/24/2018 – Rain-Postponed Makeup Race

Sunday, June 24th, 2018 – In a strange string of bad luck for our race scheduling (which we have had an unbelievably large share of for around a year now), rain drenched the track most of the day and deterred several committed drivers from coming (while on the flip side, many weeks we have had great weekends and nobody make it up to race). But when the rain let up, Matt Stevens went to work and got the track suitable enough to run. Kelly Miller brought some racers up and we had a makeup points race (Matt will be scored for non-seasonal bonus points). We went live (stationary camera) AND tape delay (regular angle).

6/24/2018 Makeup Race Final Order of Finish:

  1. (6th) Kelly Miller  (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) +53 points
  2. (—) Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.cim/OswegoSushi.com #74) + Banked Post-Season Bonus Points
  3. (7th) Earl Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) +50 points
  4. (8th) Griffin Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) +47 points
  5. (9th) Andrew Kemble (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) +44 points

ADD-ON POINTS

7th Kelly Miller (Galletta’s #9) *  53.0  53.00  1  0  0%  1/1  10th  7
 2018/06/10
8th Earl Miller (Galletta’s #5) *  50.0  50.00  1  0  0%  0/1 ®  0
 2018/06/10
9th Griffin Miller (Galletta’s #1) *  47.0  47.00  1  0  0%  0/1 ®  0
 2018/06/10
10th Andrew Kemble (Galletta’s #2) *  44.0  44.00  1  0  0%  0/1 ®  0
 2018/06/10

2018 Point Standings for 1-WD Gas Flathead Backyard Karting World Championship at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway

After the 6/10/2018 through 6/24/2018 Races:

Pos.Driver (Go-Karts Piloted) Total
Points
Average
Points
Per
FeaturesFeature
Wins
Feature
Win %
Heats
Won /
Entered
Last
Raced
1stJosh Arnold
(Gleason #29)
686811100%0/06/10/2018
2ndMatt Stevens
(Galletta's #33)
65651000/06/10/2018
3rdChris Stevens
(Galletta's #4)
62621000/06/10/2018
4thMike Patak
(Galletta's #43)
59591000/06/10/2018
5thMelissa Stevens
(Scissors 'n Fur #19)
56561000/06/10/2018
6thSarah Stevens (Scissors n' Fur #19)56561000/06/10/2018
7thKelly Miller
(Galletta's #9) m
53531001/16/24/2018
8thEarl Miller
(Galletta's #5) m
50501000/16/24/2018
9thGriffin Miller
(Galletta's #1) m
47471000/16/24/2018
10thAndrew Kemble
(Galletta's #2) m
44441000/16/24/2018

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