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Galletta’s Speedway 2006 Race #5 results:
Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong on this full moon evening. Bumpy track, rookie driver spins & wrecks, broken karts, bum carbs… everything. But the event started relatively problem free…
July 9th, 2006 40-lap Feature Final order or finish:
[Heats won by Ed Meynes #43 and Brian Bortel #15.]
|2006 Galletta’s Go-Karts Point Standings
After 5 feature events from 6/11/2006 thru 7/9/2006:
Each heat and feature is started in a handicap order, reversed from points-per-event (low-to-high).
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On Friday, July 7th, 2006, the Galletta’s Go-Kart Association ventured to the Oswego Speedway for another exhibition that had two 10-lap heats and a 20-lap feature with our “limited modification 5hp Racing Yard Karts”. Normally, with no points or money involved, we just race loosely and in a random order and just have fun for the hell of it – putting on an exhibition of the karting skills we have honed since 1990 or so.
However, with the arrival of the self-proclaimed “Outlaws” — Mark Miller, Mike Billion, Shane Miller, Eric Raponi — and their OHV 5.5hp-7.5hp clan, and the fact that
This week would be no exception, as — surprise, surprise — it was scarred with controversy and fighting just like the previous year at Galletta’s.
Ed Maynes, Brian Bortel, and Matt Stevens all were directly involved in accidents with Mark Miller and Mike Billion, all for the top two spots. According to Howard Seabrook and his wife, who videotaped the event (they promised us the video, but never brought it to us) and a handful of other witnesses in the stands and on the track, Mark and Mike apparently purposefully spun out Ed, Brian, and Matt. It became apparent to the drivers and several spectators that Mike and Mark, who started in the front, appeared to both be blocking and crashing into anybody who got close to them and attempted a pass. (Even one track employee did tell us that the tape showed #57 making contact to spin Maynes out and take lead, but in #57’s defense, we do not have a copy of that tape so we can’t make a definitive judgment, just the fact that at least seven witnesses insisted that this was the case).
Now while teammate blocking and suspicious-looking wrecks sometimes happen in racing, what followed usually does not: People directly involved with wrecks are usually sent to the back in every racing class I’ve ever seen or been a part of. However, neither Mark nor Mike went to the back as Ed, Brian, and Matt rightly did (and THEY were NOT even at fault according to every eyewitness who saw the race and the Seabrook tape).
Usually, the penalty for this should be both drivers to the back of the lead-lap karts, but the problem was worsened by the fact that the flagmen and track officials did not put the #57 and #00 in the back and they stayed in the front. Considering that the track operator is good friends with Mark and Mike, it led to suspicions that it was all a trap and looking to start a fight.
This, in turn, led to bickering and fighting amongst the two groups at the race’s conclusion, with some in the OHV Outlaw’s group coming over to our area of the pits and challenged some in the Galletta’s Go-Kart Club to fights, enticing them with name-calling and taunts intended to start fighting. And when Wes Stevens said,“Stay over by your trucks and leave us alone!”, one — whom we don’t even know who he is — stepped closer and said, “What are you going to do about it, little man?”).
This challenge further infuriated Rob Jimenez (and his parents Kris Pitsley & Ken Pitsley), who had to be restrained and asked to leave the premises as they, in particular, were big players in the verbal threat game with the OHV crew’s camp (some of whom we have never seen before and weren’t racing go-karts, including the one who taunted and threatened us the most). Chris and his wife called security to attention in order to attempt to bring peace to the arguments, which then happened, even though one track official, operator Jim Losurdo, admitted to us his belief that, “fighting is just a part of racing!” (We don’t believe that fighting should be a part because we always have nothing but fun racing, and if there’s a fight, then usually that means someone usually got intentionally and/or maliciously wrecked 99% of the time OR did not accept punishment for the accident). Jim Losurdo also said to our faces, “I hope Mark pounds the piss out of them!” and, “You know what? I’ve never forgiven you guys for kicking Mark and Mike out last year.” (But this was untrue, as our club instituted a same-motor rule, and never barred people from our track. In fact, we encouraged them to either get flatheads like ours or race on our track in a different motor class).
Kris and Ken were then banned from Oswego Speedway Kaertway for owing money to the track (for admission and neck braces) and fighting (although the fighting was NOT their fault, they were reacting to wrecks and threats).
Regardless, many in the Galletta’s Racing Association do not wish to race against larger OHV karts, especially when some of the drivers in their group have proven time and time again to have zero respect for the rules, zero respect for other drivers and zero respect their equipment. A few members of Galletta’s Racing Club may not even race at Oswego anymore due to the inability of the track officials to correct the order on restarts and allow some drivers to bump, push, and plow others out of the way. However, if all the drivers agreed to race clean and the motors could be kept competitively close AND safe, then we will return. Onto next week’s race!
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