The COMPLETE HISTORY of the Annual Galletta's Go-Kart Klassic Championship 200!
THE 2001 GALLETTA’S BOX STOCK GAS KARTING LEAGUE SEASON
Snapshot from the 2001 Galletta's Box Stock Karting Season!Galletta's Kart Club season 2001! 
2001 Regular Season: In 2001, we raced 22 regular season point events between June 10th & October 13th, 2001. Again, this season was another 100% box-stock gas 5hp flathead Briggs & Stratton motors, as we still hadn’t met local dirty race folk who cheated and forced us to upgrade our motor rules yet. This season, we started having big track guest-star racers join us and have a ball! We raced with brother Oswego Speedway Limited Supermodified drivers Fran Rowe, Cameron Rowe and Gordon Smallidge, Supermodified driver Randy Ritskes, Street Stock driver Joe Miller, in addition to Supermodified co-owner Eric Syrell, and some of his pit crew members Sean Stevens (no known relation), and (our cousin) 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. Cam also won a feature (becoming the 1st visitor to ever do so in our 1990-2001 history) but was plagued with an undiagnosed hairline fracture of the drive wheel axle all season, which prevented him from securing more wins. Here are the points standings after the Summer series and going into the ’01 Galletta’s Kart Klassic…

2001 Regular Season Point Standings for the Galletta’s Karting Season Box stock 5hp gas go-kart championship of Oswego, NY

Rank Name (Main Kart Piloted; Some more than one) Total Points (Place) Average Points Per Event Events Feature Wins
1 “Mighty” Matt Stevens (Galletta’s #3) 1503.50 68.3 22 11
2 Chris “Chrusher” Stevens (Galletta’s #5, 6, 2) 1455.00 66.1 22 7
3 Wes “Ogre” Stevens (Galletta’s #4, 2) 1160.50 52.8 22 3
4 Brian Galletta (Galletta’s #1, 7) 445.50 40.5 11 0
5 Cameron Rowe (Galletta’s #2, 6) 319.50 39.9 8 1
6 Sean Stevens (Galletta’s #7, 6) 219.00 36.5 6 0
7 Fran Rowe (Galletta’s #7) 94.00 31.3 3 0
8 Jesse Vivlemore (Galletta’s #6) 56.00 28.0 2 0
9 Gary _________ (Galletta’s #7) 36.00 36.0 1 0
10 Gordon “Gordie” Smallidge (Galletta’s #6) 29.00 29.0 1 0
11 “King Mark” Marc Dumesnil (Galletta’s #6) 27.50 27.5 1 0
12 Eric Syrell (Galletta’s #6) 23.50 23.5 1 0
13 Mike Rowe (Galletta’s #1) 16.00 16.0 1 0
14 Randy Ritskes (Galletta’s #6) 15.00 15.0 1 0
15 Joe Miller (Galletta’s #1) 15.00 15.0 1 0

And in the opening stages of our club and raceway, our Klassic only had 6 entrants, three Syrell team members (Eric Syrell, Sean Stevens, Brian Galletta) and three originators of the club (Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens and Wes Steves) filled our ranks in these humble beginnings that we built from scratch:

3/5ths of the Syrell Team was 3/6ths of our Galletta's Klassic in 2001!
This was the season where three of the five members of the Syrell Supermodified racing team raced with us (as seen in this great pic from Robert Clark Photography, complete with lightning strike over Lake Ontario!).


2001 Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic: 
This season saw an 80-Lap, seven kart Klassic race on October 24th, 2001; our latest Galletta’s Klassic in history because it is usually in mid-to-late September annually. 

Chris won the 2001 Galletta's Klassic & clinched the points standings!

Chris won the 2001 Galletta’s Klassic & clinched the points standings! This was BEFORE the local pay tracks even existed. Yep, the same ones he won more Classics at than you too, son.

One reason it was held so late is that nobody could make it until October. Galletta’s Karting Club 2001 Rookie of the year Cameron Rowe shocked everybody by not showing up for the Galletta’s Klassic, even though he and his brother Fran (also a Limited Super driver) qualified the weekend before. Stunned by the no-shows (but this would be first in a LLLLOOOOOONNNNNNG line of such backstab betrayal no-shows/no-thanks at the hands of friends/co-racers… we’re kind of used to it). Eric Syrell led a good portion of the Klassic early, but Chris Stevens took the lead on lap 29 and led the remainder of the show by holding off Matt’s repeated attempts to pass him to win his third of three straight Klassics and earned points in the Klassic, He also BARELY passed and clinched his third straight Track Championship that year, in his orange Galletta’s #5 kart. Now the finalized points standings: 

2001 – 6th Annual Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Klassic 80
on October 24th, 2001 | Final Order of Finish:

1st
Chris ‘Chrusher’ Stevens
Galletta’s Greenhouse#5
2nd
‘Mighty’ Matt Stevens
Galletta’s Greenhouse #3
3rd
Wes ‘Ogre’ Stevens
Galletta’s Greenhouse #4
4th
Brian Galletta
Galletta’s Greenhouse #7
5th
Eric Syrell
Galletta’s Greenhouse #6
6th
Sean Stevens
Galletta’s Greenhouse #1
7th
Cameron Rowe
Galletta’s Greenhouse #2
[QUALIFIED 9/30/2001; DID NOT SHOW UP?!]
8th
Fran Rowe
Galletta’s Greenhouse #7
[QUALIFIED 9/30/2001; DID NOT SHOW UP?!]


2001 FINAL Point Standings for the Galletta’s Karting Season Box stock 5hp gas go-kart championship of Oswego, NY

Rank Name (Main Kart Piloted; Some more than one) Total Points (Place) Average Points Per Event Events Feature Wins Classic Win
1 Chris “Chrusher” Stevens (Galletta’s #5, 6, 2) 1734.50 75.4 23 8* 1
2 “Mighty” Matt Stevens (Galletta’s #3) 1721.00 74.8 23 11 0
3 Wes “Ogre” Stevens (Galletta’s #4, 2) 1374.50 59.8 23 3 0
4 Brian Galletta (Galletta’s #1, 7) 641.50 53.5 12 0 0
5 Sean Stevens (Galletta’s #7, 6) 405.00 57.9 7 0 0
6 Cameron Rowe (Galletta’s #2, 6) 319.50 39.9 8 1 0
7 Eric Syrell (Galletta’s #7, 6) 218.00 109.0 2 0 0
8 Fran Rowe (Galletta’s #7) 94.00 31.3 3 0 0
9 Jesse Vivlemore (Galletta’s #6) 56.00 28.0 2 0 0
10 Gary ________ (Galletta’s #7) 36.00 36.0 1 0 0
11 Gordon “Gordie” Smallidge (Galletta’s #6) 29.00 29.0 1 0 0
12 King Mark” Marc Dumesnil (Galletta’s #6) 27.50 27.5 1 0 0
13 Mike Rowe (Galletta’s #1) 16.00 16.0 1 0 0
14 Randy Ritskes (Galletta’s #6) 15.00 15.0 1 0 0
15 Joe Miller (Galletta’s #1) 15.00 15.0 1 0 0

* = Klassic Win! Note: We also held a November Fall race that did not count in the points this season. Matt Stevens won it. Technically, if we counted that one for points, Matt may have been able to edge back into the overall points lead. But since I (Chris) am the statistician and I won the Summer + Klassic points, I didn’t count it, haha! However, all joking aside, traditionally we do not count post-Klassic “Fall Exhibition” races in the points standings, so my overall Track Championship is legit.<-2000 Season  |  2002 Season –>