Galletta’s Karting Club & Backyard Speedway of Oswego, NY
Welcome to the Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Club & Backyard Speedway!
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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 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. You may think you are good on pay tracks, but in reality, you didn’t prove much unless you raced and competed for wins at Galletta’s! 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, the experience and talent levels of the more experienced drivers at Galletta’s equal or better than can be found on any pay track – they’ve been racing more than a decade before ANY of the local pay tracks were built and have hundreds of more races under their belts. 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!
Our COMPLETE Race Archives:
Scroll up and down to see YouTube videos, complete detailed race rundowns, point standings, rosters and profiles to over two decades of racing and hundreds of racers!
Galletta’s Karting Club – What we’re about:
- We founded the club to race go-karts more affordably than WKA, NKA, Champs, Clones, Quarter-Midgets, motocross and/or whatever small engine motorsport is out there. We have succeeded in this since the 1990s.
- We race for points (which count for both a seasonal points championship and an all-time points tally added at season’s end).
- Our regular season races are usually 8-lap heats and 45-lap to 50-lap features. We occasionally change things up to twin-30-lap or twin 35-lap features or dump the heats and add laps to the feature. Each green flag lap is in the 15-17 second range, which leads to a lot of racing (more than most pay tracks we know of). 1st-timer rookies get practice time and rookie qualifier races (vets and track officials judge if you qualify – which means race calm, cool, collected, and SAFE enough – to race in the veteran feature or not).
- Our annual 200-lap Klassic Championship occurs every late-September/early-October. Our “Summer Season Point Series” ends with the Klassic 200. The final tally from that combined with our summer series determines the points and Klassic Championships of the track, and erratic post-Klassic races are “Fall Bonus Point Challenge races that only count for the All-Time points, but not the summer series.
- We do not offer prizes other than our small amount of fame on our website and YouTube videos.
- Most of us aren’t seeking a career in racing, so we race for the love and fun of the sport, and help each other compete to make the races as close and competitive as possible. The vets and co-founders will often help serious rookies more than themselves. We aren’t cutthroat and using this as a stepping stone to a big track race career. You have kiddie kartway pay tracks to do that if that’s your goal, although our track has had far more Oswego Speedway racers on it than the local pay track, and they all say how tough and gruelling and fun our racing is over all other forms of organized motorsport racing.
- We are called “Galletta’s” because we are sponsored by, hosted by and located behind Galletta’s Greenhouses in the town of Oswego, NY.
When do we race?
- Summer Point Races: We race every Sunday starting in June through August — with occasional mid-week rain dates or preemptive Friday or Saturday Rain Dates. Usually 45-70 green flag laps a week for points.
- Fall Race Series: We then switch to a driver-availability schedule every-other-Saturday/Fridays/occasional Sundays from September through November (until the weather stops cooperating). Pre-Klassic Fall races usually count for regular annual point series, post-Klassic Falle races usually count for All-Time point tally.
- Klassic 200-Lap Championship: Occurs on a Saturday sometime in either late September or early October (dependant on weather and regular driver availability).
- Countdown: Check the countdown timer in the upper left side column of the page.
Prices – We operate on nominal donations:
- Galletta’s Karting Club and Backyard Speedway is intended to be free, and is operated on a not-for-profit, self-sustaining, basis that runs completely on donations and time and work of the club members. We make no profit and the nominal fees pay only for the costs are of gas, track water, lights, parts, and kart and track labor are essentially free. We are NOT a pay racetrack facility, we are a backyard speedway that strives to make the racing as fun and competitive as possible. The vast majority of of our members agree that we have succeeded in this since our founding in the early 1990s. Donations to race are listed below.
- This is a race at your own risk track that operates under NY State Recreational Use Law and charges no money other than nominal donations.
To enter a race:
- To enter a race, you must have adequate protective clothing. Mandatory would be a full-face helmet with a visor that has good vision. Second would be full skin coverage with tough clothing (a race suit or jeans and a long-sleeve shirt, shoes and gloves with NO exposed skin). Not mandatory but highly suggested are neck braces and protective armor that absorbs impact (knee pads, elbow pads, shin pads, flak jackets, rib protectors… anything and everything that can protect you is highly smiled upon).
- You must sign a waiver agreeing to never hold anybody else liable for any injury sustained on our track. And this is serious racing with speeds between 35-50 mph depending on which area of our track. You can get injured, and must respect the kart’s power and race with SAFETY FIRST in mind.
- We have a standard $5-per-driver donation to head mechanic and track operator, Matt Stevens for all of his time and effort on his hobby that all of our club members enjoy.
- To enter your own kart, you must have a kart that meets our specs (if you do not have one, we occasionally have some for sale and you can have one custom built for you from scratch or rebuilt from an existing kart. Our specs are on our rules page). What most drivers usually do is rent one of our Galletta’s karts until they get a feel for it, then make or buy their own.
- We have race-ready, multi-feature-winning, highly competitive arrive-and-drive Team Galletta’s Greenhouse karts on site. Most of our regular drivers have their own karts, but if you do not, you are welcome to borrow one of these karts. They are a donation of $20 per regular race ($20 including your $5 per-driver donation to the track is $25). This covers the gas and part wear/replacement and has never ever made a profit. If we were a business, we’d be under. This is why it is called a donation. Veterans can arrange for less if they buy replacement parts, gas, and/or own their own engine and/or drive system, in which case the rental donation would just be a fraction of the cost (engine and drive system wear are the primary expenses in our club).
- The Klassic 200 and other longer events are more cost in donations, as longer races beat up the karts and track more, as well as burn more gas. We usually do $20 per 50 laps, but make discounts for regular veteran drivers. So, it pays to be an experienced regular veteran driver who races most of the year or a handful of times per year and not a once-or-twice-ever driver.
- Spectators? Races are free to watch, but all spectators must stay at least 10 feet away from the track AND the “hot” pit gate, and/or in back of a solid object when karts are on the track, and may be asked to get back or leave if they are being a hazard to themselves or others.
- Our karts are hybrid single-wheel drive racing karts that we build ourselves and usually cost between $300-$1,000 total, and used ones can be bought for $200-250. They are not yard karts. They are not prefabricated race chassis. They are a hybrid of both, which means they are nearly as fast but are FAR more affordable and durable than your average racing kart (that costs well over $1,000-$4,000 0 and although less precise, yet far more rangy than prefabricated race karts, which can only race on the flattest, smoothest race surfaces).
- Our motors are gas-powered Briggs & Stratton L-block Flatheads with race cams and shaved heads restricted by “Fun Power” 1990’s-style carbs. We allow heavier drivers to experiment with bigger cams, gear ratios, and/or gas Clone motors – provided all drivers approve and the integrity of the sport is not compromised with unfair advantages for one kart/driver over another.
- People are invited to join us racing, but you must understand basic racing rules, have full body (tough clothing covering all exposed skin) coverage, full-face helmet protection, and obey and respect all rules and regulations of the property owner, flaggers, kart owners, and your fellow karting competitors – with veteran and regular drivers taking more seniority over newbies.
One class fits all:
- Yep. No dozen or more divisions here. One class for ALL. Yes, no matter your age or weight, we weight down the lightest drivers and give the heaviest drivers extra horsepower via bigger race cams and gearing. The system is open to evolving each week to help as many of the drivers as humanly possible, and, for the most part, it works very, VERY well.
- …are simple, yet painstakingly written out. Most are common sense race rules that most tracks abide by. Whatever isn’t already mentioned or painfully obvious is listed here. (NOTE: Our rules are subject to change based on the active drivers. They are all common sense racing rules.
Our Complete Race Season Video Playlists are on YouTube!
Ready to race? So are we! Navigate our site to see full race descriptions, driver profiles, and watch videos to all of our races since 2005 and all of our season and Klassic 200 rundowns from 1996! Enjoy the site! It’s what it was built for!
Enjoy each of our two decades worth of 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 full race descriptions and YouTube videos to each race:
COMPLETE SEASON APPENDIX:
Where else can you race for gas-and-parts pocket change weekly in competitive racing karts and hone your skills against the two most-experienced karters in Oswego, NY — Galletta’s Karting Club founders and brothers Matt and Chris Stevens who have combined for 212 Feature wins out of 363 feature events the duo has run on both Galletta’s and Oswego Kartway racing against 258 different drivers between the mid-1990s to now! You haven’t truly raced in a go-kart race in Oswego, NY until you have raced against whom many refer to as the “Galletta’s Brothers.” And you can’t say you truly won one unless you win one with them on the same track.
Galletta’s Karting Club, located in Oswego, NY, is a go-kart racing club that specializes on racing as professionally as we can for as economically as possible. We developed a style of kart racing that is different, but no less competitive than any national karting organization. Our biggest difference is affordability. Our club is free to join and race in, and the only thing anybody pays for is gas and parts. We are the largest and longest-running dirt karting class in the local area, as we were founded in the early 1990s and our average feature is 45-Laps usually consisting of 10-15 karts, with a 200-Lap “Klassic” Championship at Summer’s end deciding an Annual Points Champion. We race homemade 1-Wheel-Drive racing karts that can race on professional karting tracks and backyard speedways alike. We have karts rebuilt from used racing chassis, used yard karts and some built from scratch. We have ONE class to ensure a true overall track champion, and not have several smaller classes of divisional champions with no clear winner. We race used 5hp Briggs Flathead motors fueled by pump gas, sped-up by hand-shaved heads, and regulated by stock Fun Power-type carburetors instead of expensive prefabricated 2-WD chassis powered by high-priced methanol-fueled motors. On our own backyard oval speedway, we turn clockwise with our top speeds approximately 45-50 MPH. Although we all run in the same division, in addition to a minimum weight requirement, we have something unique to our inclusive class — a weight-to-power-allowance scale to allow heavier drivers more horsepower via stronger racing cams and more powerful gear ratios, a system proven to be successful as we have the tightest competition and most varied winner’s circle locally over the last few years.
I am Christopher Galletta Stevens, the Galletta’s Karting Club co-founder, racer, documentarian, statistician, video producer, video narrator and webmaster. I have written all of these pages and put up all of these pictures and videos for your enjoyment (and mine… none of us get paid for doing this, so if I didn’t enjoy doing it, this site wouldn’t exist). I hope you come back often to get entertained, and heck… maybe even join us! Real drivers race with us. See you on the track!
Our karting club’s home track is located in back of:
60 County Route 20
Oswego, NY 13126-6512
(315) 343-0879 or (315) 343-4281
Need directions? Here they are!