The wedding of Matthew Stevens & Melissa Gabel on Saturday, November 8th, 2008 will mean no racing action next week. The Fall series will continue later with weather cooperation & driver interest. If this is the case, we’ll see you all June 2009 for our ’09 opener at Galletta’s (and maybe also some ’09 races at Oswego if they let us run our own class and a partial season)! Now to the probable 2008 finale….

– FALL CHALLENGE 45 at GALLETTA’S on NOVEMBER 2nd, 2008 –
11/2/2008 – Nick Dann wins the “Look Ma, I didn’t need an OHV Animal Motor to win at Galletta’s! I just needed to be a good driver is all!”
45-Lap ’08 Finale in Galletta’s #7! [+YouTube] :

Galletta's November 2nd, 2008 race winner - Nick Dann!

Since it was so cold, we skipped our usual Fall Challenge Twin-30s for a regular 45-Lapper. And it was Wavin’ Nicholas Dann who passed both Larry Phillips and Gary Miller after they broke chains, and then held off the Chris and Matt Stevens to get his 2nd Feature win in two Feature races in the Galletta’s #7! A hot kart that is, as Buddy Cottom dominated several late Summer races in the kart as well as Nick. Matt was weighed down 30 lbs. as a test for our weight rule which we will institute next season, but it made no difference as he was still all over the place making fantastic moves in his Galletta’s #33. It was a furious 4-way battle for the lead between Gary, Chris, Matt, and Nick for most of the way, with Nick coming out on top!

 11/2/2008 close race action!

The battles were fast and furious from start to finish. Here are pictures showing a 4-way battle between Gary, Matt, Nick, and Chris before Gary dropped out with a bent drivewheel axle on the Galletta’s #0 (he finished the race in the Galletta’s #1). Matt and Chris battled furiously for 2nd behind Nick, and Matt in particular was furious when flagman Wesley Stevens gave the checker without the white flag, as he was patiently waiting for the last lap to mount a final challenge against Nick, knowing that if tried and failed, Chris would have got him.

 11/2/2008 4-way battle for the lead at Galletta's Kartway!

However, it was Nick Dann who won (in the Galletta’s #7), Matt Stevens (Galletta’s #33) was 2nd, Chris Stevens scored 3rd (Galletta’s #5), Gary Miller (Galletta’s #0 & #1) scored 4th, Melissa Gabel scored 5th (in her Galletta’s #80), and Dick Dann (Dann #68) got 6th, and Larry Phillips (L&K #04) got 7th. Everyone was thrilled for Nick, as he struggled mightily for 3 years before these two wins in a row. And the #7 is a HOT kart right now, probably winning more races than all but Matt’s #33 this season (Ryan Coleman, Buddy Cottom, and Nick Dann all visiting Victory Lane in it this season)!

Noting Nick Dann’s weight (around 235 lbs. at the time of this race), we point out that he is empirical evidence that you do NOT have to have a Stock OHV Animal on your kart to win a Galletta’s race. You just need to have enough experience and talent to win.  Nick is living proof, as he didn’t win a race in his first 3 seasons racing with us, now has won a handful of races in this past half season alone. He didn’t cheat. In fact, he raced the same karts he and others had been racing. He just gained enough experience and confidence to actually get the job done instead of making mistakes or breaking. We have argued with Oswego Kartway operator Jim Losurdo and the gentlemen in the OHV Outlaw group for three long years now. Nick weighs more than all those guys who claimed they couldn’t beat us without bigger motors than we had. Nick proves them wrong. They just wanted to beat guys with 5-20 years experience on their 1st trip on the track and got mad that they couldn’t, convinced it was because of weight or that we gave them slower motors. Wrong and wrong. Driver skill means more than a few lbs. of weight.

As a side-note, this race was the 200th Feature Event that Matt has raced in at Galletta’s since the beginning of the 2000 season (not counting Oswego events or 1990s Galletta’s events). He has raced all but a few races in that period (he took one race off in 2003, and did not race in “No-Previous-Winners-Allowed” Features). One race more than his brother Chris since 1999 (a Fall 2006 event because it was an absolute mud fest and he was very tired from a lack of sleep, and he was awaiting a call from his wife who was in Thailand visiting her family).

Here are the screenshots of the menus of the Galletta’s/Oswego Dirt Karting Volumes 18 & 19 2-DVD set.

Oswego Dirt Karting 2008 Volume 18 DVD Menu
Oswego Dirt Karting 2008 Volume 19 DVD menu

Matt Stevens, Buddy Cottom, Chris Stevens & Russ Hockey took the top 4 at the 2008 Galletta's Klassic 200!The Galletta’s Kart Club 2008 Volume #18 & 19 DVD set – THE 2008 GALLETTA’S KLASSIC & FALL SERIES!:
At the GALLETTA’S GO-KART SPEEDWAY on  Sunday, September 21st, 2008, we held the 13th Annual Galletta’s Kart Klassic 200!!! In addition to two angles of the 200 lap Summer finale, this 2-disc set also includes the Fall Challenge Series races on  October 12th, 2008, October 19th, 2008, October 24th, 2008, and November 2nd, 2008. Price $10.


Now… although a week late (wedding, drives to Buffalo, so on and so forth), I give you the…
 2008 Fall Challenge Karting Series at Galletta’s
After four “Post-Summer/Klassic” events between 10/12/2008 and 11/2/2008:

Rank

Name & Karts Piloted

Total Points (Place)

Average Points Per Event

Events

Features Raced

Feature Wins

1

Chris StevensChris “Chrusher” Stevens (Galletta’s #5, 4)

654.50

163.63

4

7

1

2

Matt Stevens“Mighty” Matt Stevens
(Galletta’s #3, 33, 2, 1, 9)

650.50

162.63

4

7

1

3

Melissa GabelMelissa Gabel
(Galletta’s #80)

589.50

147.38

4

7

1

4

Larry PhillipsLarry Phillips
(Phillips #04)

498.00

124.50

4

7

0

5

Tricky Nicky Dann's profileNick Dann
(Galletta’s #7)

485.00

161.67

3

5

2

6

Russ HockeyRuss Hockey
(Hockey #00) 

458.50

152.83

3

6

1

7

Dick DannDick Dann
(Dann #68, Galletta’s #4)

417.50

139.17

3

5

1

8

Gary MillerGary Miller Sr.
(Galletta’s #0, 1)

299.50

149.75

2

3

0

9

Gary Miller Jr. in his dad's #24Gary Miller Jr.
(Miller #24)

128.00

128.00

1

2

0

Now… where are the above nine active karters on…
THE GALLETTA’S KARTING SPEEDWAY
ALL-TIME POINT STANDINGS?
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Come on out! There is no other organized race club in the area can you race your own kart for free, help you work on your kart when you need it, or rent a competitive, race-winning kart for $15 (for 50-60 laps on our large track), and have full points records back nearly a decade. Don’t be a driver that either never tried or worse yet quit after a couple of races and miss all of the extremely affordable fun. Nothing can beat the speed and competition for the price anywhere in the world. Nearly 200 different drivers in nearly 200 events since 2000 can’t be wrong.

WHEN IS OUR NEXT RACE? EASY! JUST LOOK AT….
THE 2008 OSWEGO GAS STOCKER KARTS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE:
1. OSWEGO: Thursday, May 8th, 2008: 25-Lap Race (Winner: Matt Stevens in 5hp).
2. OSWEGO: Thursday, May 15th, 2008: 25-Lap Race (Winner: Joe Hayden in 6.5hp).
3. OSWEGO: Thursday, May 22nd, 2008: Regular Race (Rained out)
4. OSWEGO: Friday, May 30th, 2008: 35-Lap MONEY RACE! (Winner: Matt Stevens in 5hp).
5. GALLETTA’S: Sunday, June 1st-June8th, 2008. Clay track Maintenance week. More.
6. OSWEGO: Thursday, June 5th, 2008: 20-Lap Race (Winner: Dave Melfi in 6.5hp).
7. GALLETTA’S: Sunday, June 8th, 2008. 45-Lap Race (Winner: Matt Stevens in 5hp).
8. OSWEGO: Thursday, June 12th, 2008: 25-Lap Race (Winner: Joe Hayden in 6.5hp).
9. GALLETTA’S: Sunday, June 15th, 2008. 50-Lap Race (Winner: Matt Stevens in 5hp+).
10. OSWEGO: Thursday, June 19th, 2008: 40-Lap Race (Winner: Dave Melfi in 6.5hp).
11. GALLETTA’S: Sunday, June 22nd, 2008. Twin-30s (Winners: Matt Stevens in 5hp & Ryan Coleman in 5hp+).
12. OSWEGO: Thursday, June 26th, 2008: Cancelled: Track Conditions.
13. OSWEGO: Saturday, June 28th, 2008: Cancelled: Track Conditions.

14. GALLETTA’S: Sunday, June 29th, 2008. Cancelled: Rained out.
15. OSWEGO: Friday, July 4th, 2008: 25-Lap Money Race (Winner: Nick Dann in 5hp+).
16. GALLETTA’S: Sunday, July 6th, 2008. Independence Day 50 (Winner: Ryan Coleman in 5hp+).
17. OSWEGO: Thursday, July 10th, 2008: Regular Race (Winner: Chris Stevens in 5hp).
18. GALLETTA’S: Sunday, July 13th, 2008: Cancelled: Rain Out.
19. OSWEGO: Thursday, July 17th, 2008: 5hp gas stockers cancelled (not enough drivers).
20. GALLETTA’S: Friday, July 18th, 2008. 45-Lap Race (Winner: Chris Stevens in 5hp).
GALLETTA’S: Sunday, July 20th race: Rained Out. Held the Friday, 7/18 instead.
21. OSWEGO: Thursday, July 24th, 2008: Rained Out.
22. GALLETTA’S: Sunday, July 27th, 2008. Post-Harborfest Race (cancelled: wet track conditions and not enough helpers and drivers.)
23. OSWEGO: Thursday, July 31st, 2008: Practice for Friday Show.
24. OSWEGO: Friday, August 1st, 2008: 40-Lap Money Race (Winner: Matt Stevens x2 in 5hp vs. 5hp and vs. 6.5hp)!
25. GALLETTA’S: Sunday, August 3rd, 2008. 55-Lap Race (Winner: Buddy Cottom in 5hp).
26. OSWEGO: Thursday, August 7th, 2008: 30-Lap Race. (Dual-Winners: Joe Hayden 6.5hp & Chris Stevens 5hp.).
27. GALLETTA’S: Sunday, August 10th, 2008. Regular Race: Rained/Hailed Out.
28. OSWEGO: Thursday, August 14th, 2008: 30-Lap Race (Matt Stevens winner in 5hp).
29. GALLETTA’S: Sunday, August 17th, 2008. Twin 30s (Won by Buddy Cottom & Chris Stevens).
30. OSWEGO: Thursday, August 21st, 2008: 30 Laps – Winner: Wes Stevens in 5hp.
31. GALLETTA’S: August 23rd-27th, 2008. Kart Preparation for Oswego Classic week.
32. OSWEGO: Thursday, August 28th, 2008: 2nd ANNUAL OSWEGO SPEEDWAY DIRT TRACK CLASSIC TIME TRIALS!!! 2-Laps – Fast Time Winner: Dick Dann.
–.  GALLETTA’S: LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Off for Classic Weekend/NY State Fair.
33.
OSWEGO: Thursday, September 4th, 2008: 2nd ANNUAL OSWEGO SPEEDWAY DIRT TRACK CLASSIC!!! Winners: Top three trophy spots go to Wes, Matt, and Chris Stevens!
34. GALLETTA’S: Sunday, September 7th, 2008: Twin 35s won by Matt Stevens & Gary Miller Jr.
35. GALLETTA’S: September 8th-20th, 2008. Preparation/Bye-Week for 13th Annual Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic!
36. GALLETTA’S: Sunday, September 21st, 2008. The 13th Annual Galletta’s Kart Klassic: 200 laps!!! Winner: Matt Stevens
37. GALLETTA’S: Sunday, October 12th, 2008. Fall Series Twin-30s (Won by Russ Hockey and Matt Stevens).
38. GALLETTA’S: Sunday, October 19th, 2008. Fall Series Twin-30s (Won by Melissa Gabel and Dick Dann).
39. GALLETTA’S: Friday, October 24th, 2008. Fall Series Twin-30s. (Won by Chris Stevens and Nick Dann.)
40. GALLETTA’S: Sunday November 2nd, 2008. Fall Series 45. (Won by Nick Dann.)
41. OPEN DATES/RAIN DATES/FALL CHALLENGE SERIES after this date. We plan to race every weekend until the weather stops cooperating, so please call for dates & times!
42. Next race is June 2009 at Galletta’s Go-Kart Club’s Backyard Speedway! See you then!

Key:
GALLETTA’S = Race located at John J. Galletta Memorial Karting Speedway (Behind Galletta’s Greenhouse in the Town of Oswego, NY).
OSWEGO = Race located at Oswego Kartway (Behind Oswego Speedway ).

2008 Gas Stocker Kart TOTAL National Championship Point Standings 
After 27 combined Super Yard Kart events at both Galletta’s and Oswego Kartway from 5/8/ -thru- 11/2/.

Rank

Name (& Karts Piloted)
All Motors are 5hp Gas Stockers. 6.5hp “Outlaws” are removed, wins given to highest-scoring 5hp. Regulars have clickable driver profiles.

Total 2-Track Points (Place)

Average Points Per Event

Events

Total Heat Wins

Total Feature Wins

“Classic” Wins

1

Matt Stevens“Mighty” Matt Stevens
(Galletta’s #33, 3, 1, 2)

4142.00

153.41

27

5

13.5*

1.5

2

Chris StevensChris “Chrusher” Stevens
(Galletta’s #8, 4, 5, 7) 

3851.00

142.63

27

3

6

0

3

Russ HockeyRuss Hockey
(Hockey #00, Galletta’s #4, 9, 5) 

3231.00

129.24

25

2

1

0

4

Melissa GabelMelissa Gabel
(Galletta’s #80, 3, 33, 4)

2462.50

144.85

17

0

1

0

5

Buddy CottomBuddy Cottom
(Galletta’s #7, 6, 1, 0, Phillips #04) 

2192.50

168.65

13

2

2

0

6

Gary MillerGary Miller Sr.
(Miller #24, Galletta’s #0, 9)

1642.50

109.50

15

2

0

0

7

Dick DannDick Dann
(Dann #86, 68, Galletta’s #4)

1623.50

108.23

15

1

1

0

8

Larry PhillipsLarry Phillips
(Phillips #04, Galletta’s #9, 7)

1345.00

112.08

12

0

0

0

9

Tricky Nicky Dann's profileWavin’ Nick Dann
(Dann #68, 86, Galletta’s #7, 5, 1, Miller #24)

1325.50

120.50

11

1

3

0

10

Gary Miller Jr. in his dad's #24Gary Miller Jr.
(Miller #24, Galletta’s #6)

973.50

243.38

4

0

1

0

11

Ryan Coleman profileFlyin’ Ryan Coleman
(Galletta’s #9, 7, Miller #24)

743.50

148.70

5

2

2

0

12

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

728.00

104.00

7

1

1.5*

0.5

13

Chris StockhamChris Stockham
(Galletta’s #5, 1, 9)

634.00

211.33

3

0

0

0

14

JPJohn “JP” Stepien
(Galletta’s #0)

587.50

146.88

4

1

0

0

15

Mike MC Howell profileMike “M Fn’ C” Howell
(Galletta’s #5, 6, 9)

584.00

116.80

5

1

0

0

16

Mike PhinneyMike Phinney
(Galletta’s #6, 9)

573.00

191.00

3

0

0

0

17

9th - Richard Hockey - Galletta's #9Richard Hockey
(Galletta’s #9)

387.00

387.00

1

0

0

0

18

Pace Kart Driver - Collin Miller - Galletta's #0 (Time Trialed 7th!)Collin Miller
(Galletta’s #0)

370.00

370.00

1

0

0

0

19

Shadow RussellShadow Russell
(Galletta’s #2)

159.00

79.50

2

0

0

0

20

Kaleb Anderson (1st time driver)Kaleb Anderson
(Galletta’s #1)

149.00

74.50

2

0

0

0

21

AJ Russell (Galletta's #6)AJ Russell
(Galletta’s #6)

142.00

142.00

1

1

0

0

22

Jeff Tetro (Galletta's #2)Jeff Tetro
(Galletta’s #2)

124.00

124.00

1

0

0

0

23

Fred Collins bioFlippin’ Fred Collins
(Galletta’s #2)

119.50

119.50

1

0

0

0

24

Rob Clarke (Galletta's #6)Rob Clarke
(Galletta’s #6)

113.00

113.00

1

0

0

0

25

Ken Lindsley Jr. in Galletta's #6Ken Lindsley Jr.
(Galletta’s #6)

75.00

75.00

1

0

0

0

26

Kenny Lindsley III in Galletta's #1Ken Lindsley III
(Galletta’s #1)

69.00

69.00

1

0

0

0

27

Joe Miller in Galletta's #9 (No profile) Joe Miller
(Galletta’s #9)

65.00

65.00

1

0

0

0

All drivers on this list raced exclusively gas 5hp-flathead motors with Galletta’s-legal limited modifications at Galletta’s Go-Kart Speedway & Oswego Kartway. This list does not include those that used different motors that ran with us at Oswego Kartway (A small handful of drivers used gas OHV 6.5hp-appearing “Animal” motors – and self proclaimed themselves  “Outlaws” – were removed from this list after it was determined that it is unfair to force 5hps to race against such larger motors, and, in turn, these “Outlaws” determined that one of the 5hps were too light for them to beat. However, they are seen on the final Oswego Kartway Gas Stocker Points page here).

Our "Away" track: Oswego Kartway!Welcome! We are a Karting Club that invented and races extremely affordable 5hp, Single Wheel Drive “Gas stocker” karts for a Points championship every summer at Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Speedway and a Gas Stocker division at Oswego Speedway‘s Clay Kartway. We also record weekly dirt karting classes in the Oswego area and make them available on DVD! Join us racing by either building your own or renting one of our team backup karts. Or just watch in person, or by buying our DVDs. Please read on and learn more about our extremely affordable brand of highly competitive racing!

The Galletta’s Go-Karting Club was founded by brothers Matt and Chris Stevens in the early 1990ss when they modified yard karts for racing purposes. They are the inventors of “clockwise 5hp flathead gas stocker kart” racing, and have a 13-kart race team that includes several backup karts available to be rented and raced at both Galletta’s and Oswego Speedway all summer. Invented with specifically “gas stock 5hp motor” rules so that a person doesn’t have to spend thousands of dollars to race in extremely competitive racing events, the class grows in talent and competition every single year. Join us by building your own kart for around $500 or rent one of our team karts on Summer Thursdays or Summer Sundays in Oswego, NY!

John J. Galletta Memorial Kartway Oswego Speedway's Kartway
The Oswego Gas Stocker Kart Club races at Galletta’s Greenhouse Kartway & Oswego Speedway Kartway.

Due to the fact that the karts are so affordable and the oldest veterans have been racing for nearly two decades, it is one of the most difficult karting divisions to win at, but yet you can be instantly competitive for just a couple hundred dollars IF you’re a good driver. You can’t outspend your opponent due to our gas-powered stock-only rule, so you must out-race them and out-setup them. In fact, nobody has ever defeated Matt & Chris in the open challenge: race a stock 5hp flathead and stop them from scoring 1st & 2nd in a points season. Though hundreds of people have tried in hundreds of races since the early 1990s, Chris and Matt have scored 1 & 2 every year. But it’s not just them you have to race. Our regular drivers are all talented and experienced. You can prove your skills against the winningest karters in the local area AND you won’t even have to spend a lot of money to get started! We dare you to try! Make your own or rent one of our racing team karts. Sound like fun? Read on, explore the website, and join us!

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Our karting club’s home track is located in back of:
Galletta's Greenhouse of Oswego NY (Official website)
Galletta’s Greenhouses
60 County Route 20
Oswego, NY 13126-6512
(315) 343-0879 or (315) 343-4281

Need directions? Here they are!

Please visit Galletta’s Speedway racer/co-founder/co-owner Chris “Crusher Comics” Stevens’s other websites that include my cartoons, comic books, children’s book, and family greenhouse:
Cartoonist/Graphic Artist, Chris Galletta Stevens

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NOVEMBER. 2, 2008 - Nick Dann passed Phillips & Miller then held off the Chris & Matt Stevens to win in the Galletta's #7! Wedding of Melissa & Matt will likely end the season for '08! See you in June 2009!