Galletta’s 2007 Race #5: 7/1/2007 35-Lapper:

Missy Gabel wins!!!!


The Galletta’s #3 found its way into victory lane again for the Independence Day 35. However, though the kart has been there countless times before, the driver is someone new! In a surprise upset victory, Matt’s girlfriend Melissa Gabel accomplished the impossible and won, making her the first female driver to win a race at Galletta’s! Several tremendous battles occurred before (sic) and during the race including daring 3-wide kart battles between Matt Stevens, Chris Stevens, Kyle Reuter, and Wesley Stevens! Yet… Melissa beat them all! How? Read on!

Galletta's - 7/1/2007 & Oswego - 6/28/2007

2007 Volume #5 DVD:
Contains the June 28th, 2007 races at Oswego Speedway and the July 1st, 2007 races at Galletta’s.


Now here is a preview of what is on this DVD:

The show started late due to an evil and previously banned lava monster from the deep dark domain invading and demanding her husband’s go-kart frame and son’s motor back (even though we worked on them and stored them for a year so that her son could race with us every week, something he enjoyed until she stopped him from racing with us). Scroll down to see: Galletta's Karts at Oswego SpeedwayThis slowed the event badly as motors and karts had to be stripped and changed, and just led to new people understanding why the monster was banned. Unfortunately, her son and 2-year Galletta’s veteran driver had to leave too, as the property owner blamed him for his friends forcing a call to the sheriff late last season (he would have to explain what happened to the property owner to return). It is a shame they had to leave, because we enjoyed most of their racing company (we love and miss racing with Ken, Rob and Josh) and help with the karts and track, but the one woman who caused fights and constantly caused trouble had to be asked to not come back because she is a magnet for arguing, fighting, and police visits. In fact, the police never came to the property before, but kept coming because of her arguing and fighting. She would be allowed back if she re-paid missing kart gas and part donations,  apologized and promised to never fight again, but we know the likelihood of that it slim to none. Her pride and unwillingness to admit she was wrong stops that. We don’t hate her, but we are a friends-and-family backyard track in back of a family-run small business, and we cannot have police visits and fights on our property. Nobody does. Due to the late start time, we were forced to shorten the race from 45 to 35 laps.  Here are snapshots from the DVD:


Early in the race, several accidents slowed the event, including this one involving Kyle Reuter catching wheels with Oscar Berry, who then collected Chris Stevens, and Gary Miller (click here for video).


Here is another wreck that saw Gary Miller, a flipping Wesley Stevens, and Missy Berry wrecking in this one (click here for video).

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Even though everybody else had a rough time, Matt Stevens drove under absolutely everybody early in the show and looked to be on his way to his 2nd victory of the year. But his kart began to slow (“My chain tightened up…” he claimed) as the race wore on and he was challenged several times. There were several side-by-side-by-side races all night! Here shows a tremendous 3-kart battle between Matt Stevens (Galletta’s #33), Kyle Reuter (Galletta’s #0), and Chris Stevens (Galletta’s #8) that concluded with Josh Schute (Galletta’s #7) crashing into the woods.  Click here for the video!

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Matt Stevens held strong as Kyle (blown tire) and Chris (heavily bent sprocket) dropped out on the same lap. But Chris hopped in his backup (The Galletta’s #5, and he was docked 7 points; the updated points scale for kart-hopping is in the rules section) and worked his way back to the front, challenging Matt as Ogre Stevens (Galletta’s #4) was challenging Chris. But with 2 laps to go, Matt, Chris, and Wes all crashed in the 3rd turn as they battled for the lead (watch the video here)! This meant Melissa Gabel (Galletta’s #3) held last place for the entire race but then inherits the lead!

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Melissa had to hold Matt, Chris, and Wes off for 2 laps to win! Could she be up to the challenge? “Slow and steady wins the race“, as Matt and Chris battled feverously back and forth for 2nd, but could not get around Melissa, and she became the 1st female driver to win at Galletta’s! Great job Melissa! Now, you can watch the video on her new profile!

Galletta’s has ordered some clay, as only 4 of the 14 karts finished the race due to the rough track demolishing so many karts! Meanwhile, and we will begin to get the track in better condition as Oswego Speedway’s dirt track operator Jim Losurdo gave us some great tips during the week which we implemented. As for next week’s clay delivery, we are taking donations, selling hamburgers and hot dogs, and doing a 50/50 to raise funds to pay for the clay, which will benefit EVERYONE! Now for the results of this weekend’s show!

July 1st, 2007 “Independence Day 35-lap” Feature Final order of finish:

Position

Name (Go-Karts Piloted)

+ Points scored

1st

 Melissa Gabel (Galletta’s #3) 

+98 pts.

2nd

Chris Stevens (Galletta’s #8, 5)

+92 pts.

3rd

Matt Stevens (Galletta’s #33)

+116 pts.

4th

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

 +90.5 pts.

5th

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

+89 pts.

6th

Missy Berry (Team Oz #11m) * ^ DNF

+75.5 pts.

7th

 Josh Schute (Galletta’s #7) DNF 

+71 pts.

8th

Dick Dann (Team Dann #86) DNF

+68 pts.

9th

 Gary Miller Sr. (Miller #24) DNF

 +65 pts.

10th

Nick Dann (Team Dann #68) DNF 

+61 pts.

11th

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

+61 pts.

12th

® Joe Miller (Galletta’s #1) DNF

+71 pts.

13th

Kelly Miller (Reuter #S9) DNF

+49 pts.

14th

® Ed Boyzuck (Galletta’s #6, #1) * ^ DNF

+61 pts.

KEY:
* = Docked -10 lap penalty for causing more than 3 cautions.
DNF = Did Not Finish.
^ = Charged a time-out.
® = Raced in a Rookie Qualifier Race.
Notes: Matt still led the most laps and scored the most points. Chris was docked 7 points for jumping into his backup after his starter kart broke.

Galletta’s Go-Kart Club 2007 Point Standings
After 5 events from 6/3/2007 to 7/1/2007:

Rank

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

Total Points (Place)

Average Points Per Event

Events

Feature Wins

1

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

743.50

148.70

5

1

2

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

720.50

144.10

5

1

3

 Dick Dann (Team Dann #86)

620.00

124.00

5

0

4

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

577.50

115.50

5

0

5

 Wavin’ Nick Dann (Team Dann #68)

566.50

113.30

5

0

6

 Kyle “The Face” Reuter (Galletta’s #0, Super9, 7) ^

566.50

113.30

5

1

7

 Gary Miller Sr. (Miller #24) ^

564.50

112.90

5

1

8

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

537.50

107.50

5

0

9

 Melissa Gabel (Galletta’s #3, #2)

385.00

96.25

4

1

10

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

382.50

95.63

4

0

11

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

299.00

99.67

3

0

12

Wayne Milliken (Team Oz #11M) ^^

286.00

95.33

3

0

13

 Kelly Miller (#Super9, #7, #1) ^

277.50

92.50

3

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

 Eddie 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

19T

Joe Miller (Galletta’s #1)

71.00

71.00

1

0

19T

 Josh Schute (Galletta’s #7)

71.00

71.00

1

0

21

Scott Evans (Galletta’s #6)

69.00

69.00

1

0

22

David Evans (Galletta’s #0)

66.00

66.00

1

0

23

Ben Rodriguez (Galletta’s #0/#6)

65.00

65.00

1

0

24

Edward Boyzuck (Galletta’s #6/#1) ^

61.00

61.00

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 timeouts all year, so conserve them! Starting on 6/24/2007, If you bring out more than 3 cautions and continue to race, you are docked 10-points OR 10-laps as well as a timeout. Also, mid-race kart-switches are now point deductions (the point deduction scale will also be in the rules section). You must race the same kart you started and not spin out/cause wreck more than 3 times to avoid the deduction.

Galletta’s Go-Karts at Oswego Speedway’s
Mixed-motor Yard Kart Class on 6/28/2007:

Galletta's Karts at Oswego Speedway

Four Galletta’s Go-Karts traveled to Oswego Speedway for the yard kart class Thursday, June 28th, 2007.
Only 7 racing-adapted yard karts showed (again, we love the racing surface, but this mixed motor rule is hurting some people from coming out with us), and we inverted the points-per-race averages to start the heat and feature.
The heat was won by Matt Stevens and he was followed by Chris Stevens and Wes Stevens, all in 5hp Galletta’s karts.

 Eric holds off Matt at the finish line by a nose!

The 30-lap feature was then won by Eric Raponi (in his powerful 6.5hp OHV #83), who survived several challenges by Matt Stevens (in his Galletta’s 5hp #33). Kyle Reuter (5hp Galletta’s #0) got third, Chris Stevens (5hp Galletta’s #5) got fourth, and Wes Stevens (5hp Galletta’s #4) got fifth. Here are the Oswego Speedway Yard Kart Points Standings (which we use the same formula as Galletta’s Points found in the rules & infosection, except we don’t count lead laps).

Oswego Speedway Yard Kart 2007 Points Standings:
After 3 races between 6/15/2007 through 6/28/2007

Rank

Name & Go-Karts Piloted
(OHV = Over Head Valve; FH = Flat Head)

Total Points (Place)

Average Points Per Event

Events

Feature Wins

1

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

308.00

102.67

3

1

2

Eric Raponi (6.5hp OHV Raponi #83)

271.00

90.33

3

2

3

Chris “Chrusher” Stevens (5hp FH Galletta’s #8, #G5)

263.00

87.67

3

0

4

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

250.00

83.33

3

0

5

Joe Hayden (6.5hp OHV Hayden #5)

217.00

72.33

3

0

6

Mark Miller (6.5hp OHV M-Miller #00) [DQ-start at end]

169.00

84.50

2

0

7

Kyle Reuter (5hp FH Galletta’s #0)

168.00

84.00

2

0

8

Mike Billion (6.5hp OHV Billion #57)

105.00

105.00

1

0

9

Dick Dann (5hp FH Dann #86)

85.00

85.00

1

0

10

Oscar “Flyin’ Oz” Berry (5hp FH Oz #11)

80.00

80.00

1

0

11

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

76.00

76.00

1

0

12

Lee Bartlett (6.5hp OHV Bartlett #924)

73.00

73.00

1

0

13

Nick Dann (5hp FH Dann #68)

63.00

63.00

1

0

 

Handicap – Average Points Per Event – Wins – Driver
01 – 063.00 – 0 – Nick Dann
02 – 072.33 – 0 – Joe Hayden
03 – 073.00 – 0 – Lee Bartlett
04 – 076.00 – 0 – Gary Miller Sr.
05 – 080.00 – 0 – Oscar Berry
06 – 083.33 – 0 – Wesley Stevens
07 – 084.00 – 0 – Kyle Reuter
08 – 084.50 – 0 – Mark Miller [DQ: last in next feature]
09 – 085.00 – 0 – Dick Dann
10 – 087.67 – 0 – Chris Stevens
11 – 105.00 – 0 – Mike Billion
12 – 102.67 – 1 – Matt Stevens
13 – 090.33 – 2 – Eric Raponi

Galletta's - 7/1/2007 & Oswego - 6/28/2007

2007 Volume #5 DVD:
Contains the June 28th, 2007 races at Oswego Speedway and the July 1st, 2007 races at Galletta’s.

 


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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!