Galletta’s Go-Karts Exhibition at Oswego Speedway’s
Mixed-motor/Open Yard Kart Class on 6/21/2007:
Open Class Yard Karts at Oswego Speedway's dirt track
At Oswego Speedway‘s Dirt Track on Thursday, a handful of members from the Galletta’s Karting Club invested in some slicks and gave the track a spin. As noted on our forums, track operator Jim Losurdo talked a few of our club members to come back assuring us that there would be no more problems like we had last year with the now 6.5hp “Outlaws” (fights, cheating with motors that go way beyond stock, so on), but one condition is that we needed to have slicks on our drive-tire (for us, our left rear tire and preferably our left front as well, as the right side tires do not dig as much). Inverting last week’s order of finish and drawing for position, the we ran a heat and a 30-lap Feature. Eric Raponi took his first row starting position and won (in his OHV 6.5hp #83), followed by Matt Stevens who came from dead last (in the Galletta’s #33 with a stock 5hp Briggs) and Kyle Reuter (Galletta’s 5hp #0) who started 3rd, wrecked, and came back from the rear. Mark Miller (who won the heat with his #00 with a Briggs 6.5hp OHV) finished fourth on the track, but in reviewing the tape we observed that during a caution he restarted himself 2 positions higher than he was supposed to – something he used to do at Galletta’s in 2005 as well, the all-time leader in passes under caution! lol! – so he was DQed to last in the points scoring. That moved up Gary Miller (stock 5hp #24), Joe Hayden (OHV 6.5hp #5), Chris Stevens (in the Galletta’s #8 with a 5hp Briggs), and Wesley Stevens  (in the Galletta’s #4 with a 5hp Briggs) one spot each and Mark should start in last in the next feature that he enters.

Galletta’s Go-Karts at Oswego Speedway’s kart track racing with OHV Yard Karts on 6/21/2007!

Click here for a couple of video clips from this race.

Also, I’ve devised a points formula for the Oswego Yard Kart races. The points formula is the exact same as the Galletta’s formula (seen in the rules section) except we will not count laps led like we do at Galletta’s. We count any Oswego event when (1) our Galletta’s team goes and (2) we have a camera man to review the tape and make accurate placement. Prior races in 2006 were counted generically retroactively, with each entered driver scoring the same and the winner getting extra points (the only way to do it since we had no video in 2006 that we have in our possession – although Team Seabrook is said to have some tape, they apparently don’t like us and never brought it to us). Here they are after 2 races.

Oswego Speedway Yard Kart Points Standings:
After 2 races from 6/15/2007 through 6/21/2007

Rank

Total Points (Place)

Average Points Per Event

Events

Feature Wins

Name & Go-Karts Piloted ^ = Timeouts used

1

210.00

105.00

2

1

Matt “Mush” Stevens (5hp Galletta’s #33)

2

177.00

88.50

2

1

Eric Raponi (6.5hp OHV Raponi #83)

3

175.00

87.50

2

0

Chris “Chrusher” Stevens (5hp Galletta’s #8)

4

169.00

84.50

2

0

Mark Miller (6.5hp OHV M-Miller #00) [-1DQ Place skip]

5

168.00

84.00

2

0

Wesley “Ogre” Stevens (5hp Galletta’s #4)

6

145.00

72.50

2

0

Joe Hayden (6.5hp OHV Hayden #5)

7

105.00

105.00

1

0

Mike Billion (6.5hp OHV Billion #57)

8

86.00

86.00

1

0

Kyle Reuter (5hp Galletta’s #0)

9

85.00

85.00

1

0

Dick Dann (5hp Dann #86)

10

80.00

80.00

1

0

Oscar “Flyin’ Oz” Berry (5hp Oz #11)

11

76.00

76.00

1

0

Gary Miller Sr. (5hp G-Miller #24)

12

63.00

63.00

1

0

Nick Dann (5hp Dann #68)

 HANDICAPPING (Inverted PPR)

Rank

Average Points Per Event

Total Points (Place)

Events

Feature Wins

Name & Go-Karts Piloted ^ = Timeouts used

1

63.00

63.00

1

0

Nick Dann (5hp Dann #68)

2

72.50

145.00

2

0

Joe Hayden (6.5hp OHV Hayden #5)

3

76.00

76.00

1

0

Gary Miller Sr. (5hp G-Miller #24)

4

80.00

80.00

1

0

Oscar “Flyin’ Oz” Berry (5hp Oz #11)

5

84.00

168.00

2

0

Wesley “Ogre” Stevens (5hp Galletta’s #4)

7

85.00

85.00

1

0

Dick Dann (5hp Dann #86)

8

86.00

86.00

1

0

Kyle Reuter (5hp Galletta’s #0)

9

87.50

175.00

2

0

Chris “Chrusher” Stevens (5hp Galletta’s #8)

10

88.50

177.00

2

1

Eric Raponi (6.5hp OHV Raponi #83)

11

105.00

105.00

1

0

Mike Billion (6.5hp OHV Billion #57)

12

105.00

210.00

2

1

Matt “Mush” Stevens (5hp Galletta’s #33)

6

84.50

169.00

2

0

Mark Miller (6.5hp OHV M-Miller #00) [-1DQ Place skip]

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The next Galletta’s Points race is set for Sunday, July 1st, 2007. Qualifying events (Rookie/Novice Qualifier Race and/or Veteran Heats) will begin at 6:30pm, and the Feature will begin shortly after 7pm (two Galletta’s regulars cannot arrive before then). You MUST reserve your spot in the racing festivities via arrival or phone call by 6:30pm, or else we WILL start without you. We’ve wasted too much time in the past waiting for people who said they may be coming and then don’t show without even a courtesy call and we won’t tolerate such rudeness anymore (especially when these same people whine about getting out late and then arrive late or never). Bring your own stock 5hp kart or rent one of our Galletta’s backup/rentals. As for further updates, new rules (designed to speed-up the racing action while adding more safety) and communication with us and other Galletta’s Karting Race Club drivers, please join our brand new Galletta’s Go-Karts Message Board!

Meanwhile, at…

Galletta’s 2007 Race #4: 6/24/2007 50-Lapper:

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Kyle Reuter wins his first feature of the year in the Galletta’s #0 after he accomplished a rare feat: He passed Matt Stevens in his Galletta’s #33 for the lead! A loose track enabled many back and forth passes within the 12-kart event that concluded with a tremendously exciting finish.

Galletta's - 6/24/2007 & Oswego - 6/21/2007

2007 Volume #4 DVD:
Contains the June 21st, 2007 races at Oswego Speedway and the  June 24th, 2007 races at Galletta’s.

 

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(Left) The first heat was won by Kyle followed by Missy Berry and Chris Stevens. (Right) The second heat was stolen from Kelly Miller by Matt Stevens and others on the last lap when Kelly’s motor started pouring smoke and lost power. Reuter found this hysterical!

In the feature, an opening lap pileup (click here for a video clip from the DVD) and several cautions by  a couple of inexperienced drivers  slowed the action considerably. And the track was very loose, which led to many passes during the event. Kyle passed Matt about mid-way when Matt’s #33 hit some loose patches, as the same loose patches that enabled Matt to pass everybody now worked against him. Kyle found a low groove and was able to hold off challenges by Matt, Chris Stevens (in his backup Galletta’s #5 for the evening), and Oscar Berry, who drove his Flyin’ Ozz #11 to perhaps his career best race. Late in the race, Matt’s #33 blew a tire and he hopped into his old trusty Galletta’s #3.

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(Left) Matt worked his way up the field and did challenge Kyle late, but spun out on the last lap settling for 5th. (Right) Kyle was followed past the checker by Chris Stevens and Oscar Berry (in the Flyin’ Ozz #11) drove great all night and scored third. Kyle is another example of a great driver winning in Galletta’s house karts, proving all those whiners wrong when they claim that we rig the races by making our backups slower. Must be that they just aren’t great drivers, then! Ha! Great job, Kyle! I think we’ll have to call Kyle “The Face“, a pro-wrestling term for a good guy that everybody cheers for. I guess that makes Matt and myself heels because everyone cheers against us other than my wife, Matt’s girlfriend, and our mom, Haha! Anyway, more discussion on this message board thread.

June 24th, 2007 “50-lap” Feature Final order or finish:

Position

Name (Go-Karts Piloted)

+ Points scored

1st

Kyle “The Face” Reuter (Galletta’s #0) 

+190 pts.

2nd

Chris Stevens (Galletta’s #5)

+169 pts.

3rd

Oscar “Flyin’ Ozz” Berry (Team Oz #11)

+160.5 pts.

4th

Kelly Miller (Reuter #S9, Galletta’s #7, #1) ^

 +133.5 pts.

5th

Matt Stevens (Galletta’s #33, #3)

+147 pts.

6th

® Melissa Gabel (Galletta’s #3, #2)

+121 pts.

7th

 Dick Dann (Team Dann #86) DNF

+116 pts.

8th

Nick Dann (Team Dann #68) DNF 

+117 pts.

9th

 Wes “Ogre” Stevens (Galletta’s #4, #1)  DNF

 +109 pts.

10th

® Gary Miller Jr. (Galletta’s #6)  ^ DNF

+92 pts.

11th

 ® Missy Berry (Team Oz #11m) ^ DNF

+93 pts.

12th

Gary Miller Sr. (Miller #24) ^ DNF

+100 pts.

Galletta’s Go-Kart Club 2007 Point Standings
After 4 events from 6/3/2007 to 6/24/2007:

Rank

Name (& Go-Karts Piloted)
^ = Timeouts used

Total Points (Place)

Average Points Per Event

Events Entered

Feature Wins

1

 Chris “Chrusher” Stevens (Galletta’s #8, #5)

651.50

162.88

4

1

2

 Matt “Mush” Stevens (Galletta’s #33, #3)

604.50

151.13

4

1

3

 Dick Dann (Dann #86)

552.00

138.00

4

0

4

 Nick Dann (Dann #68)

505.50

126.38

4

0

5

 Gary Miller Sr. (Miller #24) ^

499.50

124.88

4

1

6

 Wes “Ogre” Stevens (Galletta’s #4, #1)

487.00

121.75

4

0

7

 Kyle Reuter (#0, Super-9, 7) ^

477.50

119.38

4

1

8

 Oscar “Flyin’ Oz” Berry (Team Oz #11) ^

476.50

119.13

4

0

9

Missy Berry (Berry #11M, Galletta’s #10, 2) ^

307.00

102.33

3

0

10

 The Flyin’ Hip Freddy Collins (Galletta’s #2, 7)

299.00

99.67

3

0

11

Melissa Gabel (Galletta’s #3, #2)

287.00

95.67

3

0

12

Wayne Milliken (Team Oz #11M) ^^

286.00

95.33

3

0

13

 Kelly Miller (#Super-9, #7, #1) ^

228.50

114.25

2

0

14

William Hardy Jr. (Galletta’s #1) ^^

122.00

61.00

2

0

15

Andy Berry (Galletta’s #6)

120.00

120.00

1

0

16

 Ed Maynes (Team Maynes #9)

117.50

117.50

1

0

17

 Jason Mills (Team Maynes #38)

108.00

108.00

1

0

18

Gary Miller Jr. (Galletta’s #6) ^

92.00

92.00

1

0

19

Scott Evans (Galletta’s #6) ^

69.00

69.00

1

0

20

David Evans (Galletta’s #0) ^

66.00

66.00

1

0

21

Ben Rodriguez (Galletta’s #0/#6)  ^

65.00

65.00

1

0

 

Points system is in Rules section. Each race awards points on a scale dependant with the amount of laps ran. In addition, Feature Laps led (and top 3 positions in fact) award points. ^ = timeouts. A timeout is a break in the action for a repair that takes more than a few minutes or if you bring out more than 3 cautions in one race. You are only allowed 4 all year. Starting on 6/24/2007, If you bring out more than 3 cautions and continue to race, you are docked 10-points as well as a timeout. Also, mid-race kart-switches are now 10-point deductions. You must race the same kart you started and not spin out/cause wreck more than 3 times to avoid the deduction.

HANDICAP STARTING ORDER FOR JULY 1st, 2007 EVENT:

Handicap

PPR Average

Feature Wins

Name & Go-Karts Piloted ^ = Timeouts used

1

99.67

0

Flyin’ Freddy Collins (Galletta’s #2, 7)

2

108.00

0

Jason Mills (Team Maynes #38)

3

114.25

0

Kelly Miller (#Super9, #7, #1)

4

117.50

0

“Fast” Eddie Maynes (Team Maynes #9)

5

119.13

0

Oscar “Flyin’ Oz” Berry (Team Oz #11) ^

6

121.75

0

Wesley “Ogre” Stevens (Galletta’s #4, #1)

7

126.38

0

Nick Dann (Team Dann #68)

8

138.00

0

Dick Dann (Team Dann #86)

9

119.38

1

Kyle Reuter (#0, Super9, 7) ^

10

124.88

1

Gary Miller Sr. (Miller #24) ^

11

151.13

1

Matt “Mush” Stevens (Galletta’s #33, #3)

12

162.88

1

Chris “Chrusher” Stevens (Galletta’s #8, #5)

—.–

Anybody not on the above list starts in rear

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