10/3/2009 – 200-Lap 14th Annual Galletta’s Karting Championship of Oswego! (+YouTube)
THE 14th ANNUAL GALLETTA’S GO-KART KLASSIC 200-LAP CHAMPIONSHIP RACE
on Saturday afternoon, October 3rd, 2009:
But first, let’s see a recap of the entire 2009 Galletta’s Karting Season so far…
Race #1 – June 7th, 2009:
Matt Stevens started the 2009 karting season with a bang winning a ten driver, 45-lap feature in his Galletta’s #33 kart. The track was as smooth as silk, and being a little slick due to the winter and spring’s precipitation, provided for some excellent power slide racing, as especially seen in the new camera angle in turns 3 & 4. This was the first club race since our class was disrespectfully banned from the Oswego Kartway during the off-season despite all of the support our club gave to the Kartway (3 years of 5-15 weekly karting customers in addition to free promotion and affordable $5 weekly DVDs produced), and lifelong weekly customers at the Kartway’s parent track, Oswego Speedway. Considering how the track was built shortly after the operator visited and raced on our track in 2005, how the operator forced our club to race against bigger motors (that he sold parts to) then banned us when we still won, yet asked for our own class, how they didn’t pay us for logos and banners, and how many problems they have with their customer base over their first four years, I think all of these classy things just speak for themselves.
Race #2 – June 14th, 2009:
Twin 30s night was in store for a beautiful June day that saw eleven drivers battle it out. Gary Miller Sr. won the 1st feature in his Miller/Galletta’s #24 kart, and Matt Stevens won the 2nd in his trusty ol’ Galletta’s #3 kart. Our club had an interview from a Syracuse University news reporter as well to cap a great night of racing!
Race #3 – June 22nd, 2009:
Jason “The Hammer” Mills won the eleven driver, 45-lap feature in dominant fashion, putting both himself and the refurbished Galletta’s #2 in victory lane for the first time in years. It was his 3rd career win.
Race #4 – July 5th, 2009:
The ’09 Independence Day Event had thirteen drivers. First, a rookie powder-puff Go-Kart race won by Nazeha Al-Hanini. Then, Buddy Cottom took the 1st 30-lap feature in the Galletta’s #6, and Chris Stevens took the 2nd one in his Galletta’s #8.
Race #5 – July 12th, 2009:
Eight veteran drivers battled it out in a 50-Lap Feature which saw Russell Hockey take the convincing win in his 2nd career feature in his third season driving his Hockey #00 kart.
Race #6 – July 19th, 2009.:
Larry Phillips won his first ever feature in his 2nd season in his #04 kart, proving that the flexible motor/weight rules that Galletta’s Karting Club enabled a much heavier man to race with lighter guys and still win fair and square. Nine veteran drivers dueled it out in the 45-Lap Feature.
Race#7 – July 27th, 2009:
A tremendous streak continues of new winners every week. Wavin’ Nick Dann won the 1st 30-lapper (his 3rd career win), and Flippin’ Fred Collins, after 5 years of horrible flips and last place finishes, finally won his first feature! With 15 drivers, we had a ball.
Race #8 – August 3rd, 2009:
In an angry fit of jealousy, fear, and hatred of our club’s affordable racing fun and our racers collective skills, an arrogant and insane redneck from the Oswego Speedway’s Dirt Kartway mindlessly disrespected us and threatened to bash our skulls with a sharpened shovel. But that didn’t stop Melissa Stevens, as she power-slid her way to a win in the nine driver, 60-lap feature driving her Stevens #80 kart. It did, however, stop the cowardly, internet-tough-guy Shovel Stalker, as he and his shovel predictably – and shamefully – did not show (while he is still cheering for that new marriage law to pass in New York).
Race #9 – August 9th, 2009:
Chris Stevens became the 2nd winner in a row to win a feature with a stomach bug. He took the 10-driver, 50-lap feature in his Galletta’s #4 kart. Oh, I almost forgot to mention the 3-way tie for 3rd place with Matt Stevens, Russ Hockey, and Kenny Lindsley III! Again, we prove on a near-weekly basis that our karting is as exciting as any, and only snobby karters that throw thousands of dollars into their go-karts disagree.
Race #10 – August 16th, 2009:
Twelve competitors, three heats, and a rough 45-lap feature were in store. Matt Stevens, Russ Hockey and Ken Lindsley all broke while leading, and it was Chris Stevens who emerged as the winner in a war of attrition in his Galletta’s #8 kart. YouTube video here.
Race #11 – August 23rd, 2009:
Fourteen competitors, two heats, the 1st “ALL-GALLETTA” Feature race and a regular veteran 40-lap feature! Brian Galletta took the All-Galletta race in the Galletta’s #5, and Matt Stevens took the regular veteran feature in the Galletta’s #3. YouTube video.
Race #12 – August 31st, 2009:
Thirteen competitors, a rookie heat, and Twin-35-Lap Feature races. Russell Hockey took the first feature and Fred Collins taking the second. We are having our most diverse amount of winners this season at Galletta’s! Predictable considering our amount of regular veterans has not eroded as much as in past seasons. YouTube preview of our DVDs, as always.
Race #13 – September 7th, 2009:
Nine competitors, two heats, and a 45-Lap Feature race. This one was taken by Matt Stevens in his Galletta’s #3, but Chris Stevens was staying with him in the Galletta’s #4. Matt is showing that the closer it comes to Klassic time, the more he tunes up all of the karts, especially his own. As always, he is going to be tough to beat (and only his father Wes and brother Chris have ever beat him in a “Classic” race in the previous 13 years and 15 “Classics” on two tracks!)YouTube preview.
Race #14 – September 13th, 2009:
Matt Stevens won a tough, 12-kart, 45-lap feature in his Galletta’s Greenhouse #33 kart, surviving two wrecks between 4 karts in front of him. Tim Galletta, Russ Hockey, Gary Miller and Buddy Cottom all wrecked together battling for the lead after that, leaving Matt clear sailing for his 5th feature win of the season, looking tougher as the 14th Annual Klassic approaches.
Race #15 – September 19th, 2009:
Due to a freak occurrence where only 5 karters could make it, we only held a short, 25-lap race. But what was odd is that one of them was a mysterious creature from the woods. “The Mysterious Professor Speedmonkey” whooped everybody’s butts with his Monkey Super-Powers. NOW… for our CLASSIC / AKA KLASSIC!!!!!
Galletta’s Karting Club – 2009 Season, Race 16:
The World Championship of Gas Flathead Karting Points Series continued on
Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 at John J. Galletta Memorial Backyard Speedway
The 14th Annual Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 200:
The 2009 Galletta’s Klassic Time Trial Results & Starting Order:
One of the best Klassic races in Galletta’s Backyard Speedway’s history was held on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009! The 14th Annual Klassic was started at 5:30pm. Originally scheduled for around 4pm, we waited a over an hour for four regular drivers that were scheduled but didn’t make it; Buddy Cottom, Larry Phillips, Jason Mills, and Brian Galletta – all of whom were prior feature winners this season and projected to do very well in the Klassic. Plus, Gary Miller missed the Klassic due to being out of town (although he hand-picked a replacement driver for his kart, 1st-timer JD Davis). This meant that instead of the projected 14 driver race, we only got 9. Although only a 9 kart race was underwhelming in total drivers, it did not take away from the racing itself, which was excellent, with no major wrecks and very clean racing. Hopefully next season, we can have another 14-16 kart Klassic, which were totals that we had in the 2005-06 seasons.
Russ Hockey scored the pole with a 16.22 and set a very fast pace while dominating the vast majority of the race, pulling away from everybody during the first half of the event. Although he received some challenges by George Russell and Jesse Vivlemore, he led 152 of the first 162 laps of the race, with only Jesse catching both Russ and Chris sleeping on a restart and leading 10 laps in the 40s. Chris Stevens–this year driving the Galletta’s #4 in a Klassic for the first time since 1997 because of the bad luck of the #8 in every Klassic since it’s creation in 2004–stayed in the top 3 for the first, knowing that it is crucial to both stay ahead of Matt and also score as many top-3 bonus points as he possibly could to maintain his lead in the point standings, not to mention being in range for a win as the race progressed. Russ put a couple people down one lap in his quest. Matt, per usual, used his 9-time-Klassic-Winning formula: fade to the back early, save his kart and come on strong during the latter stages of the marathon event, hoping that the front-runners would burn more fuel and also tire their motors out. JD Davis retired the Miller #24 kart on lap 41 after the front wheel bearings broke for the 2nd time (he had already used a timeout on lap 21 to repair them once).
At the first caution after 130 lap point, each kart was given the choice of refueling. If you refuel, you go to the rear of the pack, so people in the rear had nothing to lose and refueled. However, there was a gamble at this point, as starter Mike “mc” Howell instructed that if you ran out of gas, he would not throw the caution for you, and you’d have to pit and gas up ASAP. The top-4 at this point–Russ, Chris, George, and Matt–all declined and decided to go for all 200 laps off 1 tank of gas. Matt started the decision, gambling that he saved more gas than the top 3. With around more than a third or so to go, Chris started to work on Russ for the lead until a nut fell of his drive-wheel on the #4, and Chris had to go to the rear, wondering when his Klassic bad luck would ever end. That set up a battle between Matt Stevens and Russ Hockey, and with Russ’ #00 getting loose on lap 162, Matt again put his #33 in the lead in the latter stages again, putting himself in prime position for his 10th Klassic victory. Chris, steadily worked his way back to the front, and moved up to 4th, and battled impressive rookie George Russell for countless laps, until George and his son Shadoe (by then multi-time lapped traffic) wrecked together in turn two, moving Chris back up to 3rd. Russ then ran out of fuel on lap 191, which took him out of the lead lap (going down 2 laps before he made it back out in time to save himself from going down a third. The decision was made by flagman Mike “mc” Howell, to not throw the caution for any driver that ran out of fuel. This was the only controversial moment in the Klassic, as Russ could have called a “pit stop timeout” and refueled without losing a lap. Russ had earned 3 timeouts during the regular season (depending on how many races attended, unused, and carried over), and had 3 to burn.). This set up a battle between Matt and Chris for the same epic battle that has occurred throughout the early days of Klassic history. Per usual, between the equally-matched competitors in speed and experience, the edge will usually go to the one ahead of the other; this time Matt. Although Chris stuck with his brother, there was no way around, and Matt inched away slightly every lap as the checkered flag approached. Finally, after successfully holding off his brother after a couple of late caution restarts, Matt emerged in victory lane for his 10th Galletta’s Klassic win — only Chris (3) and Wes Stevens (1) have won the four others. George Russell was extremely impressive in only his 3rd time ever in a Galletta’s go-kart, scoring 3rd and racing with the leaders nearly from start to finish in the Galletta’s #2, a kart that went unused in the last handful of Klassics. George proved how all Galletta karts are fast, it’s just a problem of finding good drivers to fill the machines on a weekly basis.
Matt becomes the first driver to win a Klassic without a refuel in the modern era. This race now sets a new standard and instantly became legendary for the fact that the top three karts did not pit and went all 200+ laps on one tank of pump gasoline! Yes, that is 200 laps, over 20+ miles of racing on one 5hp gas tank! With the fastest times ranging between 45-50mph, this is extraordinary, to say the least, and again points to how our brand of racing – though occasionally looked down upon by more conventional, organized WKA-type methanol karters – is second to none in terms of pure racing skill and value for the money. The race finished precisely at 8:00 pm, and that was after three driver timeouts used (JD, Jesse, and Chris). Thank you to all who have raced with us this year, and check back periodically with us (via phone or email) to see if we will have any Fall races (weather, track conditions and driver interest, as always, determine any races after the Klassic; anywhere between 0-3 could be raced).
Notes: The Galletta’s #1, 3, 5, 6, 7 (a handicap kart for drivers over 200 lbs.), 8, and 80 all went initially unused at race’s beginning, although the #5 was used by Jesse after the #0’s rear axle bolt broke, and Melissa used her #80 after the head on the #19 cracked. Chris’ backup, the #8, sat out of its first Klassic since it was built right after the 2003 Klassic. Matt’s backup, the #3 – which he drove for most of the ’09 season and won 7 Klassics in – went unused as well.
However, despite Matt’s Klassic triumph, Chris did break his 8-year-straight Track Championship winning streak by consistently racing in and finishing in the top-3 all year long, despite Matt having more total wins. In fact, in this 8-year period (2002-2008), Matt won 8-straight Galletta’s Track Titles, and 3-straight Oswego Speedway’s Dirt Kartway Gas Division track titles (a record that will forever stand as unbeaten, as the track operator swore Matt would never win again on his track again and stuck to his word as he banned the entire class from competition, and it will take years of the replacement ‘Gas Clone/Pro Stock’ classes to match Matt’s win total in his 3 years there, particularly impressive as Matt even defeated bigger motors, an obstacle that the current clones don’t have to work around). This is Chris’ first track championship since 2001, where he won 3-straight himself. He now has won four overall. Still, Matt wins, as he is the head mechanic on all Galletta’s karts, and everybody knows that when Matt gives your kart a tune-up, it is usually the fastest on the track that very next race. The fact is, he hurts himself when he tunes his competition’s karts to be faster than his own, which happens a lot. Many times, our backups can be time-trialed faster than his two karts!
Galletta’s Kart Club 2009 Volumes #16-17 – “2009 Klassic 200” DVD:
The 14th Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 200: Our 14th Annual Klassic went 200 laps (technically 210 after counting cautions and green laps on tape). Russ Hockey scored the pole with a 16.22 and set a very fast pace while dominating the vast majority of the race, holding off challenges by Jesse Vivlemore, George Russell, and Chris Stevens. That was until late in the race Matt Stevens took the lead in his #33 on lap 162 and then held off his brother Chris–who had to come back from the rear after being in the top-3 all race and losing a drive-wheel nut late–to take the win, his 10th Klassic victory. However, Chris did break Matt’s 8-year-straight Track Championship winning streak by racing and finishing consistently in the top-3 all year long, despite Matt having more total wins. This race became legendary for the fact that the top three karts did not pit and went all 200+ laps on one tank of pump gasoline! Russ, despite leading 152 laps, finished 2 laps down due to running out of fuel. Also contains the raw footage of the Bigfoot attack! Price $10 for 2-DVD set.
Final Order of Finish for the 14th Annual Galletta’s Klassic 200 of 2009:
|1st – Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #33) = Earned 630.5 points!|
|2nd – Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #4*) = Earned 631 points!|
|3rd – George Russell (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) = Earned 587 points!|
|4th – Tim Galletta (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) = Earned 500 points!|
|5th – Melissa Stevens (Stevens #19; Finished in the #80) = Earned 461 points!|
|6th – Russ Hockey (Hockey #00) = Earned 635 points!|
|7th – Shadoe Russell (Russell #26) = Earned 428 points!|
|8th – Jesse Vivlemore (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0*, Finished in 5; DNF) = Earned 443.5 points!|
|9th – JD Davis (Gary Miller Racing/Galletta’s #24*; DNF) = Earned 390 points!|
* = Used 1 timeout (Earned via the amount of races run during the season).
Multiple karts = Lose -15 points per kart change.
Each lap led = +1 point per lap.
Each lap in 2nd or 3rd = +0.5 point per lap.
Meanwhile, Professor Speedmonkey’s appearance, victory, and vicious smack-talk last race lured his arch nemesis, “CM Bigfoot” to the track, seeking to destroy him. CM did not have very nice things to say about Speedmonkey in general. In fact, all of the karters were upset with Speedmonkey’s “Soupy $#it trap” that he left in the middle of the back stretch. However, Professor did get the last laugh, as seen below. Damn, that Speedmonkey.
This concludes the 2009 Points Season at Galletta’s Backyard Karting Speedway, the biggest and most rewarding race at Galletta’s every single year. Fall races (if any) will count as a separate series and also be added to the all-time totals. Chris wins his 4th track championship, breaking Matt’s 8-year reign as track champion. But, Matt still won the Klassic Championship and total Feature wins. Here is the order:
2009 Gas Flathead Dirt Karting World Championship Point Standings:
After 16 combined events at John J. Galletta Memorial Go-Kart Speedway from 6/8/2009 -thru- 10/3/2009.
Our complete Points Standings from the prior eight seasons are found on this webpage.
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.