7/27/2009 – Flippin’ Freddy Collins & Nick Dann win 15-kart Twin 30s to become 8th and 9th different winners in 10 features thus far in ’09! (+YouTube)
Galletta’s Karting Club – 2009 Season, Week 7:
The Gas Flathead Championship Series of Oswego, NY continued on
Monday, July 27th, 2009 at John J. Galletta Memorial Speedway (Raindate for Sunday, the 26th):
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This has been the closest season of racing so far in Galletta’s Backyard Speedway history. We have 9 different winners in 10 features so far this season at Galletta’s, with the racing bumper-to-bumper throughout, and the points race is closer than ever before this far into a season. And with 15-kart event in store, the first 30-lap feature saw Nick Dann emerge as the winner of the first 30-lapper in the Galletta’s #0. It also saw Fred Collins flip. The 2nd 30-lap feature saw Fred come back from his flip and shake it off to take his first ever feature win in the Galletta’s #9! Five years of winless racing, wild accidents, and close calls of getting into victory lane falling short finally paid off for Fred!
(Above) DVD menu of this week’s race. For this race, Dick Dann, whose work takes him out of weekly competition, was allowed to experiment with methanol and a methanol raptor carburetor on a trial basis. Under Galletta’s rules, both are illegal, but since Dick is not in the thick of the points race, he ran it. He still earned points just like if he had a stock carburetor and gas, but everybody else scored points as if he wasn’t there. As it was, he was very close in speed to the rest of the pack. With his weight, we have considered allowing a raptor carb with gas and his Dyno 94-SS, so more experimentation will have to be made. AT Galletta’s, we enforce rules to make the speeds and competition equal and affordable, which does mean drivers over certain weight can be allowed some things that lighter divers cannot, provided that all are approved by Matt, Chris, and a majority vote of all active regular drivers.
The first feature saw Fred Collins hold off a fast Kelly Miller in the Galletta’s #7, until Kelly spun and a rookie cracked him enough to bend his brake. Fred then took the Galletta’s # 9 and dominated until Gary Miller caught him snoozing on a restart. Fred, however, passed Gary back, but then unfortunately Fred got loose collected Gary. Fred, undeterred, came flying back up through the pack, until he took a wild flip while trying to pass Melissa Stevens (left). Chris Stevens and Jason Mills made it up to 3rd and 4th, but the Galletta’s #2 and 8 hooked bumpers and that took them out of contention. Chris hopped into the abandoned #4, as the 8’s brake was destroyed, and he was driving without one for 20+ laps – and still got into 3rd!. The rest of the race was then Nick Dann holding off Buddy Cottom, Dick Dann, and Matt Stevens (right).
July 27th, 2009 1st 30 Lapper Finish:
1st. Nick Dann (Galletta’s #0)
2nd. Buddy Cottom (Galletta’s #6)
3rd. Dick Dann (Dann #68 *=Methanol)
4th. Matthew Stevens (Galletta’s #33)
5th. Melissa Stevens (Galletta’s #80)
6th. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s #8, #4)
7th. Jason Mills (Galletta’s #2)
8th. Unpaid Rookie #1 (Galletta’s #5)
9th. Unpaid Rookie #2 (Galletta’s #1)
10th. Gary Miller (Miller #24; DNF)
11th. Fred Collins (Galletta’s #9; DNF)
12th. Larry Phillips (L&K Engine #04; DNF)
13th. Unpaid Rookie #3 (Galletta’s #4; DNF)
14. Russ Hockey (Hockey #00; DNF)
15th. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s# 7; DNF)
* = Because of Dick’s methanol – which was allowed because he is not in the points race – although he scored 3rd place points, technically, everyone else was scored as if he wasn’t there due to his experimentation with methanol fuel during a race (everyone behind him also scored one spot up).
As I stated last week, Fred Collins has been racing with us at Galletta’s since the 2004 Fall Series. But never once did had he been able to find that elusive checker. Flips, wheels falling off, sore hip, trips into the “buckwheat” were all his foes. Not tonight. Flyin’ Freddy won his first feature race in the Galletta’s #9, passing Larry Phillips early and holding off some of the most experienced and victorious past winners Chris Stevens, Jason Mills, Melissa Stevens, Dick Dann, and Matt Stevens. Everybody was thrilled with Fred, as he has been trying to get one longer than anybody else. Chris was in the Galletta’s #4 because the #8’s brake, and may re-adopt it for his backup because it is fast. Matt Stevens lost a tire while challenging for 3rd in the Galletta’s #3, so he hopped in the poor Galletta’s #1, which is often said to be the slowest/worst handling Galletta’s Kart. Not so for Mighty Matt behind the wheel. He almost got back up to 4th, but with limited time, his wife Melissa held him off and he had to settle for 6th.
July 27th, 2009 2nd 30 Lapper Finish:
1st. Fred Collins (Galletta’s #9)
2nd. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s #4)
3rd. Jason Mills (Galletta’s #2)
4th. Melissa Stevens (Galletta’s #80)
5th. Dick Dann (Dann #68 *=Methanol)
6th. Matthew Stevens (Galletta’s #3, #1)
7th. Larry Phillips (L&K Engine #04)
8th. Buddy Cottom (Galletta’s #6; DNF)
9th. Nick Dann (Galletta’s #0; DNF)
10th. Unpaid Rookie #1 (Galletta’s #5; DNS)
11th. Unpaid Rookie #2 (Galletta’s #1; DNS)
12th. Gary Miller (Miller #24; DNS)
13th. Unpaid Rookie #3 (Galletta’s #4; DNS)
14. Russ Hockey (Hockey #00; DNS)
15th. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s# 7; DNS)
* = Because of Dick’s methanol – which was allowed because he is not in the points race – although he scored 5th place points, technically, everyone else was scored as if he wasn’t there due to his experimentation with methanol fuel during a race (everyone behind him also scored one spot up).
2009 Gas Flathead Dirt Karting Championship of Oswego Point Standings:
After 7 combined events at John J. Galletta Memorial Go-Kart Speedway from 6/8/2009 -thru- 7/27/2009.
Our complete Points Standings from the prior eight seasons are found on this webpage.
NOTE: All karts are 1-WD and all Motors are 1-WD 5hp Gas Flatheads with Stock ’90s Carb, shaved head, and select pre-approved Dyno Racing Cams (different weight requires different ones allowed). This means fast, equal speeds and, cheater-free engine-builders, all for low prices. 7 winners in 8 features so far this season (all with 2-14 years experience racing these karts) cannot be wrong.
The Galletta’s Kart Club 2009 Volume #7 DVD:
Two camera angles of the races held on July 27th, 2009. Fifteen drivers, a rookie race, and two 30-lap features. Nearly 2 hours in highest-quality resolution. 16:9 Anamorphic widescreen video, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Surround, and two camera angles of all of the action. Price $5.