Galletta’s Karting Club – 2009 Season, Week 12:
The Gas Flathead Championship Series of The Planet continued on
Monday, August 31st, 2009 at John J. Galletta Memorial Backyard Speedway:

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8/31/2009 Twin 35s!13-karts - 8/31/2009 - TWIN 35s!The Galletta’s Kart Club 2009 Volume #12 DVD:
Two camera angles of the races held on August 31st, 2009. Thirteen competitors, a rookie heat, and Twin-35-Lap Feature races. Almost 2 hours in highest-quality resolution. YouTube preview. 16:9 Anamorphic widescreen video, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo/Pro-Logic Surround, and two camera angles of all of the action.  Price $5.

 

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Russ Hockey and Fred Collins took the Twin 30s on 8/31/2009 at Galletta's!
70 green-flag laps, 13 karts, and two feature winners were in store for Monday, August 31st, 2009 – a Twin-30s Night! Rapid Rollin’ Russell Hockey took the first feature of the night, followed by Furiously Fast Fred Collins taking the second. George Russell won the rookie heat. The time of year approaches where the preeminent karting event of Oswego County – the 14th Annual 200-lap Galletta’s Go-Karting Klassic Championship Event – usually held in late September (the exact date kept flexible to include the most possible veteran drivers) –  and everybody is getting into post-season form. New people that want to make a splash in the Klassic better start racing now.

(ABOVE) The Freakin’ awesome DVD menu, where every Galletta’s Race has been taped since late 2005 and every Galletta’s Klassic since 1998.

(RIGHT) First on tap was a 10-Lap Rookie Heat. It was won by George Russell, followed by Josh Herscha, Shadoe Russell, and Jeff Tetro.

 

13 karts lined up for the first 35-lap feature. Eight regular veterans and five rookies with 3 or less races experience. Regular season race start single file, and are handicapped via inverting (primarily) wins and (secondarily) points-per-race, with rookies in the back until they learn the feel of the karts, learn not to spin or wreck, and learn the fastest lines on the track. As usual, the rookies were involved with plenty of cautions and were under the “3-cautions-and-your-out” rookie rule that we started in the 2006 season, but keep in mind – everybody has to start sometime, and patience with rookies can pay off with great veteran drivers. Patience is the key, and the more they race, the more they learn and can keep up with the leaders and compete for wins.

Early on, Larry Phillips led, until Rapid Rammin’ Russell Hockey stormed to the front and took the lead around the midway point, determined to get that win that has eluded him for the previous few weeks of near-victories. He held off the hard charging trio of Buddy Cottom, Matt Stevens, and Chris Stevens for the win. After the checkered flag flew, a freak accident occurred. Melissa Stevens’ throttle stuck and flew off of the track, also plowing Larry into the VIP camera tower in the process. Both suffered a couple of bruises, but otherwise okay. Larry, however, was shaken up enough to take the 2nd feature off.

August 31st, 2009 35-Lap #1 Finish:
1st. Russ Hockey (Hockey #00)
2nd. Buddy Cottom (Galletta’s #5)
3rd. Matthew Stevens (Galletta’s #33)
4th. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s #4)
5th. Larry Phillips (L&K Small Engine #04)
6th. Melissa Stevens (Stevens #80)
7th. George Russell (Galletta’s #2; ®)
8th. Shadoe Russell (Galletta’s #1; ®)
9th. Tim Galletta (Galletta’s #7)
10th. Jeff Tetro (Galletta’s #6; ®)
11th. Fred Collins (Galletta’s #9; DNF)
12th. 
Josh Herscha (Galletta’s #0; ®; DNF)
13th. Gary Miller (Miller #24; DNF)

Key:
® = Rookie Driver
DNF = Did Not Finish
DQ = Disqualified – Was asked to leave the track for being involved in multiple wrecks

The second feature was inverted from the finish of the prior. Early on Gary Miller was leading and looking like he was going to take the win, but lapped traffic crashed into him and brought out a caution, and had to be removed from the track for the rest of the race for safety purposes. Gary led for a few more laps, but a wheel must have loosened in the collision and he had to drop out. That left Fred Collins in the lead.

Fred had his work cut out for him, as Chris Stevens, Buddy Cottom, Matt Stevens, and Russ Hockey were all over him (as the above picture clearly shows). But Fred held strong and took his 2nd career feature win!

 

August 31st, 2009 35-Lap #2 Finish:
1st. Fred Collins (Galletta’s #9)
2nd. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s #8)
3rd. Buddy Cottom (Galletta’s #5)
4th. Matthew Stevens (Galletta’s #3)
5th. Russ Hockey (Hockey #00)
6th. Melissa Stevens (Stevens #80)
7th. Jeff Tetro (Galletta’s #6; ®)
8th. George Russell (Galletta’s #2; ®)
9th. Tim Galletta (Galletta’s #7; ®)
10th. Gary Miller (Miller #24; DNF)
11th. Josh Herscha (Galletta’s #0; ®; DNF, DQ)

12th. Shadoe Russell (Galletta’s #1; ®; DNF)
13th. Larry Phillips (L&K Small Engine #04; DNS)

Key:
® = Rookie Driver
DNF = Did Not Finish
DNS = Did Not Start
DQ = Disqualified – Was asked to leave the track for being involved in multiple wrecks

 

2009 Gas Flathead Dirt Karting Championship of America Point Standings:  
After 12 combined events at John J. Galletta Memorial Go-Kart Speedway  from 6/8/2009 -thru- 8/31/2009.
Our complete Points Standings from the prior eight seasons are found on this webpage.

Rank

Driver Name
(Go-Karts Piloted)
– Color-framed pictures have profiles –

Years Pro at Galletta’s

Total Points (Place)

Average Points Per Event

Events

Features

Heat Wins

Feature Wins

Feature Win %

1

Chris StevensChris Stevens
(Galletta’s #8, 4, 5)

14th

1,820.5

151.71

12

16

0

3

19%

2

Matt StevensMatt Stevens
(Galletta’s #3, 33, 1, 7)

14th

1,722.5

143.54

12

16

1

3

19%

3

Buddy CottomBuddy Cottom
(Galletta’s #5, 6, 4, 1, 2)

3rd

1,684.0

140.33

12

16

2

1

6%

4

Melissa Gabel-StevensMelissa Stevens
(Stevens #80)

3rd

1,621.5

135.13

12

16

2

1

6%

5

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

3rd

1,558.5

141.68

11

14

2

2

14%

6

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

5th

1,493.0

124.42

12

16

0

1

6%

7

Larry PhillipsLarry Phillips
(L&K Small Engine #04)

2nd

1,225.0

122.50

10

13

0

1

9%

8

Fred Collins (Galletta's #9)Fred Collins
(Galletta’s #9)

5th

1,117.0

139.63

8

11

1

2

11%

9

Jason Mills' profileJason Mills
(Galletta’s #2)

9th

482.5

160.83

3

5

1

1

20%

10

Tricky Nicky Dann's profileNick Dann
(Galletta’s #7, 4, 0, 1)

4th

460.5

115.13

4

6

0

1

17%

11

"Machine Gun" Kelly Miller (In Galletta's #4 Kart)Kelly Miller
(Galletta’s #7, 4)

3rd

320.5

106.83

3

5

1

0

0%

12

Timmy Galletta (in Galletta's #9)Tim Galletta
(Galletta’s #7, 9, 2)

®

261.0

130.50

2

3

0

0

0%

13

Dick Dann's profileDick Dann
(Dann #68)

1 = Methanol

4th

241.0

120.50

2

3

0

0

0%

14

Kenny Lindsley III (in Galletta's #2)Kenny Lindsley III (Galletta’s #2, 1)

2nd

240.5

120.25

2

2

0

0

0%

15

Jesse Vivlemore (Galletta's #5)Jesse Vivlemore
(Galletta’s #5, 0)

2nd

227.5

113.75

2

2

1

0

0%

16

Tony Gonyeau
(Galletta’s #1, 7, 0)

®

226.0

113.00

2

3

0

0

0%

17

Brian Galletta (Galletta's #5)Brian Galletta
(Galletta’s #5)

4th

155.0

155.00

1

1

1

0

100%

18

Kevin Galletta (Galletta's #0)Kevin Galletta
(Galletta’s #5)

1st

147.0

147.00

1

1

0

0

0%

19

Mr. RaYzor (Last Name Witheld via request) with Galletta's #2RaYzor _______
(Last name withheld via paranoia) 

(Galletta’s #7, 2)

1st

147.0

73.50

2

2

0

0

0%

20

Soliman Barakat (Galletta's #1)Soliman Barakat
(Galletta’s #4, 1)

®

144.0

144.00

1

2

0

0

0%

21

Bobby Galletta (in Galletta's #4)Bob Galletta
(Galletta’s #4)

®

139.0

139.00

1

1

0

0

0%

22

George Russell in Galletta's #2George Russell (Galletta’s #2)

1st

139.0

139.00

1

2

1

0

0%

23

Asaad Al-Hananini (Galletta's #7)Asaad Al-Hanini (Galletta’s #2, 7, 1)

®

137.0

137.00

1

2

0

0

0%

24

Todd SharpTodd Sharp
(Galletta’s #9)

®

135.0

135.00

1

2

1

0

0%

25

Jeff Tetro with Galletta's #6Jeff Tetro
(Galletta’s #6)

1st

132.0

132.00

1

2

0

0

0%

26

Justin Bonacquisti
(Galletta’s #5)

®

130.0

130.00

1

2

0

0

0%

27

Josh Chetney
(Galletta’s #1)

®

124.0

124.00

1

2

0

0

0%

28

Justin Galletta (in Galletta's #1)Justin Galletta
(Galletta’s #1)

®

123.0

123.00

1

1

0

0

0%

29

Austin Hicks (in Galletta's/Miller #24)Austin Hicks
(Galletta’s #24)

®

118.0

118.00

1

2

0

0

0%

30

Dan WoodardDan Woodard
(Woodard #w5)

* = Stock 6.5hp

1st

118.0

118.00

1

1

0

0

0%

31

Gary Galletta (in Galletta's #6 kart)Gary Galletta
(Galletta’s #6)

®

115.0

115.00

1

1

0

0

0%

32

Shadoe Russell in Galletta's #1Shadoe Russell (Galletta’s #1)

1st

111.0

111.00

1

2

0

0

0%

33

Andrew Miller in Galletta's #0Andrew Miller
(Galletta’s #0)

®

108.0

108.00

1

1

0

0

0%

34

Nazeha Al-Hanini (Galletta's #7)Nazeha Al-Hanini (Galletta’s #7)

®

108.0

108.00

1

2

1

0

0%

35

Terry Miller in the Galletta's #5 (7/2009)Terry Miller
(Galletta’s #5)

®

106.0

106.00

1

2

0

0

0%

36

Jesse Newcombe (Galletta’s #4)

®

106.0

106.00

1

2

0

0

0%

37

Neaiamh Al-HaniniNeaiamh Al-Hanini (Galletta’s #1)

®

104.0

104.00

1

2

0

0

0%

38

Josh H. in Galletta's #0Josh Herscha (Galletta’s #0)

®

100.0

100.00

1

2

0

0

0%

39

Zack Sawyer (Galletta's #1)Zack Sawyer
(Galletta’s #1)

®

95.0

95.00

1

1

0

0

0%

40

Brian Paul (in Galletta's #1)Brian Paul
(Galletta’s #1, 7, 2)

®

87.0

87.00

1

1

1

0

0%

41

Ken Pierce (in Galletta's #7)Ken Pierce
(Galletta’s #7)

®

86.0

86.00

1

1

0

0

0%

42

Mike MC Howell profile (Owes)Mike “MFC” Howell (Galletta’s #2)

3rd

83.0

83.00

1

1

0

0

0%

NOTES: 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; 94-SS is the standard for light/medium weight groups – AKA anybody under 220 lbs.). This means fast, equal speeds and, cheater-free engine-builders, all for low prices. Two karts so far this season were not gas flatheads (a methanol flathead with raptor carb and a gas stock 6.5hp OHV), and although they were allowed to run and scored their full points, but their placement did not penalize anybody else with the same gas flathead motor, who were scored as if the other motored kart was not there.

 

 

 

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