7/2/2006 – Matt Stevens Wins 12-Kart at Galletta’s & Ed Maynes Wins 5-Kart Oswego Speedway Dirt Feature on 6/30/2006 +YouTube
SCHEDULE: We race every Summer Sunday and in late August, we switch to every Fall Saturday. When we have possible weather issues and/or driver scheduling conflicts, we will occasionally race on Fridays or Saturdays during Summer (and on rare occasions, weekdays). Due to our greenhouse, early summer we race after 6pm, but as the summer goes along, we can race in the late afternoon. Regular driver attendance will dictate the exact dates and times. Contact us for more info. Our Point Season Finale - our annual "Upstate New York Karters Invitational 200-Lap Galletta's Backyard Karting Speedway Klassic" is scheduled for a late September Saturday annually.
HOW TO RACE AT GALLETTA'S (Enter your own kart, or rent a kart).
This season we raced Summer Fridays (with occasional Saturdays or Sundays). Date & time is subject to change due to driver availability (if we have more than 8 drivers, we race, if we don't, we'll re-schedule. With 23 karts on site, we don't run with less, as it isn't an accomplishment to race in or win anything less if you're an adult.).
Again, events may be preemptively re-scheduled or postponed due to weather and regular driver availability, but we NEVER miss a week of racing - unless we don't have enough drivers , so come on up! Spectators are free and racers donate nominally to the track and karts to race. Stay tuned, and navigate through our hundreds of race pages dating back to the 1990s and YouTube videos dating back to 2007!
DONATIONS / FEES / RENTAL KARTS:
Arrive-and-drive karts may be rented. Rental donation is bare-bones, covering gas and parts wear only! Galletta's operates on a nominal "donation fees to keep the track ready and karts running. Anything you can donate to the track and karts helps. We also allow drivers to race with us provided they agree to sign a waiver, and the land owner allows recreational karts to run under the New York Recreational Use Statute.
Bring your own kart:
- $5 donation to enter your own kart (donation to Matt for his track work, donation waived if you bring multiple racers to rent). If Matt or Wes works on YOUR owned kart, please give him MORE than this $5 bare bones tip. It's worth it, as you will NOT find another karting division ANYWHERE where the top driver and mechanic will help you have a kart capable of beating them on any given race day for so little.We LOVE racing, and we sacrifice our own karts by helping our friends, relatives and total strangers to compete against us!
Galletta's Team Kart for Regular Event (40-70 laps):
We have over 15 arrive-and-drive karts on-site, all competitive feature winners and waiting for drivers to pilot them.
- Regular Driver / Returning Veteran: $20
- Newbie Driver / Rookie Driver: $25
Ask Matt about a full-year membership rental, or rent a kart with your own motor/drive system, which would be considerably less than weekly AND have that kart reserved for you every week.
Galletta's Team Kart for Regular Event (200 laps + qualifiers):
Klassic rental will be more. Contact Matt, as deals can be made, depending on how many laps you run and if you don't break the karts!
We can help you build your own Galletta's-style kart for only a few hundred dollars. From time to time, some drivers sell their Galletta's-style karts for $200-300 as well. You will NOT be able to spend that little on a competitive, feature-winning kart in any other karting division around. Period.
- Spectators are free to watch! (But stay safely away from the track!)
- Pose with a kart and be counted in our points race via 1 lap? Free! Just ask!
The above countdown is usually updated as soon as news breaks (rain-dates, postponements, reschedules, etc.), so pay attention to this sidebar.
If you have not raced with us before, you are welcome to join! We have many arrive-and-drive karts available, and you will not race with a more talented karting group, empirically proven on this website (and erased from the local pay track website because of how good of a show we put on for bottom dollar)! Even if just a lap to earn points, or race in a newbie qualifier... give it a shot. 99% of the time, people love it! 2014 will now have membership, which will help regular drivers race the full season. Contact us.
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Galletta's Backyard Go-Kart Speedway is a free-to-race-on and free-to-watch 0.133887 mile dirt oval with 20-degree banked turns . It is located behind Galletta's Greenhouse in Oswego, NY, and can be seen from outer space! The single-wheel-drive gasoline-fueled flathead motor karts take the track between 15-17 seconds per lap which averages over 30 mph (approximately 45-50 mph top speed in the straights). Our speeds are comparable to alcohol/methanol-fueled karts that cost 8 times as much because we use mostly homemade or rebuilt go-karts and gas on a large track; leading to more karts, more competition, and more fun. Our class is usually the largest and most competitive in the area. Thanks to Google Earth for this Spring 2006 photo. 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!
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