Galletta’s Karting Club – 2010 Season, Event #12 – Tuesday, August 24th, 2010:

The only man to ever defeat the undisputed winningest karter in Oswego Karting History - his brother Matt - Chris Stevens after winning the Oswego Karting Championship Feature on 8/24/2010

2010 Season, Event #12- Tuesday, August 24th, 2010  Sunday and Monday got rained out, so an almost perfect track awaited us on Tuesday for a 55-Lap Feature Event. This one was dominated by 2009 defending Track Champion Chris Stevens in the Galletta’s Greenhouse #4 kart, long overdue for a win due to the fact that it was his 1st feature win since last summer at Galletta’s Greenhouse Speedway. His lovely wife Rungnapha, and cat Carlee posed with the handsome, talented, ingenious and powerful triumphant expert victor (also the webmaster, haha!). More details/points/pics/vids forthcoming.

Per usual, other than posing pictures, all in-action race snapshots are screen captures directly from our weekly race DVDs, which document the entire race from usually two camera angles, usually are anywhere between 1 – 2 & 1/2 hours, and are only $5 each, in higher quality resolution than our YouTube vids which they are made from. Just like the donations that run all of the karts, all proceeds go back into the club (in this case the DVDRs and the website). Every regular season race has been videotaped since mid-2005-and-up, and every Galletta’s Karting Klassic has been videotaped since 1998-and-up. Order any DVD directly from Chris (email, phone, in-person, mail) anytime.

55-LAP FEATURE EVENT:
We knew it would be the case, but after Sunday and Monday both saw several extended bouts of rain mixed with a rather autumn-feeling chill in the air, the track was just too sloppy and cold to even think about racing on. However, when a beautiful sunny Tuesday rolled around, the track cured perfectly, and the race was on. Again, predictably, due to the mid-week rain-date, only 8 drivers could make it. Usually, being the longest-running and largest karting division in the area, we usually prefer to only run with 10+ drivers and two cameras, but absolute minimum is 8 drivers and one camera, so this race made the cut. However, due to only 8 competitors (all experienced veterans), we cut the heats and added 10-laps to the standard 45-lap feature. We also only had one camera due to the odd date. Usually, Summer Sundays and Fall Saturdays are best for our attendance.

Shadoe Russell was fast, pulling away from Chris Stevens at the start of the feature!

Shadoe Russell was pumped all week about his new motor, rebuilt kart, and points handicapping leading to his pole starting position all coming together. Doe-boy fresh was indeed fast, pulling away from Chris Stevens — starting usually up front due to not yet winning this season and so few drivers making it — in the straights.

However, Doe’s #26 slipped just enough on the 4th turn on 2nd circuit for Chris Stevens (Galletta’s #4), Russell Bartlett (Galletta’s #9), and Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54) to all get the pass on the outside.

However, Doe's #26 slipped just enough on the 4th turn on 2nd circuit for Chris Stevens (Galletta's #4), Russell Bartlett (Galletta's #9), and Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54) to all get the pass on the outside.

 Chris, in his first lead laps since the 2009 regular season, then slowly pulled away for the remainder of the event. Late in the race, Shadoe Russell lost a clutch in the Doe #26 and then piloted the Galletta’s #6, while Matt developed a tire leak in the Galletta’s #3 and then piloted the #33. A kart change is a 5-point deduction.

Chris Stevens (Galletta's #4) followed by Russell Bartlett (in the Galletta's #9)

A controversy erupted when the passing flag did not come out when leader Chris Stevens approached Melissa Stevens, who then proceeded to block the track on the leader. For this, we will review the meanings of each flag below the finalized point standings.

Chris, in his first lead laps since the 2009 regular season, then slowly pulled away for the remainder of the event.

The only other major position changes where Russ Bartlett spinning the #9 while steadily running in 2nd for most of the race, and Matt Stevens passing Randy “Bambi-Killin’-Bobandi” Platt at the finish line for 4th, pumping his fist as triumphantly as he had won the Klassic. Chris gained a large amount of points and closed the gap between he and his brother as the regular season nears an end and the Klassic Championship — the 200 lapper that finalizes the annual summer point standings at Galletta’s — approaches. The racing was very competitive with only two cautions in what was supposed to be 55 laps. However, in review of the footage, we went 60 laps, which upped the points bracket for the race.

 

55-Lap Feature Handicap
Start:

1st. Shadoe Russell (Doe #26)
2nd. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s #4)
3rd. Russell Bartlett (Galletta’s #9)
4th. Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey’s #54)
5th.
Melissa Stevens (SNF #19)
6th. George Russell (Galletta’s #7)
7th. Randy Platt (Platt #187)
8th. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s #3)

55-Lap Feature Order-of-Finish:
1st. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s #4)
2nd. Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey’s #54)
3rd. George Russell (Galletta’s #7)
4th. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s #3, 33)
5th. Randy Platt (Platt #187)
6th. Russell Bartlett (Galletta’s #9)
7th. Melissa Stevens (SNF #19)
8th. Shadoe Russell (#26, Galletta’s #6)

Retcon Make-Up
Race Point Credits:

9th. AJ Nason (#35) from 8/29/2010

10th. Russ Hockey (#00) from 9/12/2010

 

 

DVDs are available of every
single Galletta’s Karting Club race held since mid-2005 at Galletta’s
(including every Galletta’s Klassic since 1998, and every Oswego
Kartway race between 2007-2008) and are of DVD-Quality (far
superior to the YouTube videos, which are edited and compressed
for time) for $5 per disc. Each disc contains between 1-2 hours
of racing action, usually from two camera angles, complete and
unedited. Most of the pictures on this website are lo-res screen
captures from the DVDs. Contact
Chris for your copy today, and he can make any copy from our
archives, just ask
. Here is the menu of this week’s DVD
volume:



Oswego Dirt Karting at Galletta's 2010 Volume #12 (8/24-29/2010)


This DVD is even more of a value than
usual. It not only contains the single-camera recording of this entire 8/24/2010
race (55-Lap Feature), but also the complete, 2-camera view of the following
8/29/2010
racing action (2 heats, B-Main Make-up race & 45-Lap Feature). Now for…

 

 

 

2010
Galletta’s Gas Flathead Dirt Karting World Championship Point Standings:

After 12 combined events at
John
J. Galletta

Memorial Backyard Go-Kart Speedway
  from
6/7/2010

-thru-
8/24/2010.
Our complete All-Time Points Standings from 2000-2009 are found
on
this
webpage
.


Position


Name (Go-Karts Piloted)
[Hyperlinked Borders
have Driver Profile]


Years Pro at Galletta’s


2010
Total Points (Place)


2010
Average Points Per Feature


2010
Events

Entered


2010
Features

Raced


2010
Heat Wins


2010
Feature Wins


All-Time Galletta’s Feature Wins


1st




Matt Stevens Profile
Matt
Stevens
(Galletta’s #3, 33) t


15th


1,770.5


126.46


12


14


3


2


96


2nd




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


15th


1,763.5


125.96


12


14


3


1


54


3rd



Timmy Galletta (in Galletta's #9)
Tim
Galletta
(Sid Harvey’s #54, Galletta’s #7)


@


2nd


1,515.5


108.25


11


14


0


2


2


4th




Melissa Gabel Stevens profile
Melissa
Stevens
(Scissors n’ Fur #19, 80)


4th


1,464.5


104.61


12


14


1


1


4


5th




George Russell in Galletta's #2
George
Russell
(Galletta’s #2, 6, 7, Doe #26) @ t


2nd


1,367.5


113.96


10


12


0


1


1


6th



Randy Platt in Galletta's #5
Randy
Platt

(Galletta’s #2, 5, 6, Platt #187) @@

2nd


1,193.5


119.35


7


10


2


1


1


7th



AJ Nason in #89
Arnold
“AJ” Nason
(Hammerd #35, Galletta’s #6, 9) @

®


1,171.5


97.63


9


12


2


0


0


8th



Michael A. Howell (AKA MC) in Galletta's #0 Kart
Michael
“mc” Howell
(Galletta’s #0, 9) @@


3rd


1,114.5


92.88


8


12


1


1


1


9th






Russ Hockey profile
Russ
Hockey
(Hockey Racing #00) @@@t


4th


1,055.0


95.91


8


11


1


0


3


10th




Russ
Bartlett
(Galletta’s #9, 6, Doe #26) @@@


1st


990.0


90.00


7


11


0


1


1


11th





Shadoe Russell in Galletta's #1
Shadoe
Russell
(Doe Racing #26, Galletta’s #6) @


3rd


989.0


82.42


10


12


0


0


0


12th



Jeff Tetro (in Galletta's #1)
Jeff
Tetro
(Galletta’s #9, 1, 0 ) @@


2nd


863.0


95.89


6


9


0


1


0


13th




Dick Dann profile
Dick
Dann
(Destroyer Dann #86) @


5th


512.0


85.33


4


6


0


0


4


14th



Kelly Miller driving the Galletta's Greenhouse #7 kart (7/2010)
Kelly
Miller
(Galletta’s #7, 9) @ t


6th


429.9


107.48


3


4


0


1


1


15th



Jared
Halstead
(Galletta’s #0, 9) @

®


400.0


133.33


2


3


0


1


0


16th





Gary Miller
Gary Miller Sr.

(Galletta’s #0, #4) L


6th


357.5


119.17


3


3


1


1


6


17th



Chad Leroy (in Galletta's #2)
Chad Leroy

(Galletta’s #5, 2, 1)

2nd


282.5


94.17


3


3


0


0


0


18th



Rob Clarke in Galletta's #1
Rob Clarke

(Galletta’s #1) @ t


2nd


265.0


66.25


2


4


1


0


0


19th




Larry Phillips
Larry Phillips

(L&K Small Engine #04)


3rd


193.5


96.75


2


2


0


0


1


20th




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

(Miller #24, Galletta’s #5)


5th


192.0


96.00


2


2


0


0


1


21st




Jesse Vivlemore (Galletta's #5)
Jesse Vivlemore

(Galletta’s #0, 5) @


3rd


184.0


61.33


1


3


0


0


0


22nd




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

(Miller #24, Doe #26, Galletta’s #0)


1st


183.0


61.00


3


3


0


0


0


23rd


Chris Carroll

(Galletta’s #9) @

®


181.0


90.50


1


2


0


0


0


24th


Todd Halstead
(Galletta’s #1) @

®


174.0


87.00


1


2


1


0


0


25th



Kenny Lindsley in the Galletta's #5
Kenny Lindsley III

(Galletta’s #5) @


2nd


163.0


81.50


1


2


0


0


0


26th


David Latulip (in Galletta's #5)Dave Latulip

(Galletta’s #5)

®


104.0


104.00


1


1


1


0


0


27th


Justin Lamb (in Galletta's #6)Justin Lamb

(Galletta’s #6, 1)

®


85.0


85.00


1


1


0


0


0


28th



Kyle Reuter in the Galletta's #7
Kyle
Reuter
(Galletta’s #7)


3rd


76.0


76.00


1


1


0


0


3




Key:
@ = Used Make-Up Races
T = Used Time-Outs (3 per driver)
L = Raced Light in handicap kart
® = Rookie

Notes:
Scoring: Point scoring scale is found on our
rules
page
, heats are bonus points, and more bonus points
are awarded for each lap run in 1st place (1 point per lap)
and 2nd & 3rd place (0.5 points per lap).
Starts: Regular season race starts are handicapped
via inverting (a) feature wins and (b) points-per-race.
2nd of a Twin-30 start is inverted from the 1st finish.
Klassic is started via time-trials.


VISIT
THE 2000-2009 GALLETTA’S WINS & POINTS STANDINGS, TALLIED
AFTER EACH COMPLETED SEASON


Due to
some drivers seemingly being
confused on what each flag means
, especially the “passing” flag, I am displaying
all of the flags used along with their meaning at Galletta’s Backyard Karting
Raceway:

Galletta’s Greenhouse
Karting Club & Speedway Flags:


Green Flag: Indicates the beginning of full speed racing in a
race
or qualifier
when waved. Start/restart of racing session, passing allowed. (Also
displayed when wound up and placed above the starters head and moved in a
circular motion, which indicates a hot lap/practice/warm-up lap, with NO
passing allowed).

Yellow Flag: Indicated adverse conditions exist due to crashed/prone karts
or debris, racing has stopped but vehicles proceed safely with caution,
preferably bumper-to-bumper in single file. Passing is
not permitted
during a caution period, and must go back before the next
green or else be disqualified positioning and/or points. (At
Galletta’s, we also have orange flags and red lights which also mean caution.)
When displayed rolled and pointing, it is a warning to the driver being pointed
at. (When a corner-man rolls it and holds it straight up and points to the
starting line on the track, it signals green to resume.)

Red Flag: Rarely used at Galletta’s, it
indicates that an emergency has blocked the track and all vehicles must stop at
once as safely as possible without causing further accidents. At Galletta’s, we
do not require the stop to be instant, but safe (be mindful of everyone when
making your stop and do not cause a crash yourself).


White Flag: Indicates
“one lap to go” — the final lap.
During a
caution, it means next lap around will be green. During the green, it indicates
that the next lap will be the checkered.

Black Flag: Rarely used at Galletta’s, but it
means that there has been an infraction of the rules or there is a mechanical
defect that needs to be addressed for the safety of all vehicles on the track.
The driver must bring the car to the pits on the next lap for consultation or
repair. If the driver does not, the caution may be thrown, and/or the driver may
be disqualified position and/or points.

Passing Flag: Blue flag, often with either a
yellow or orange stripe. Meaning “faster car approaching”, it is used when a
kart on the lead lap is approaching, and adequate room must be given to allow
the faster kart to attempt to pass
. At Galletta’s – due to our long, narrow
straights – it means the driver in danger of being lapped must choose the
high line or choose the low line, but do NOT block the track by driving middle,
swaying or swerving, nor pinching off driver on the lead lap. If the flag is
ignored for consecutive laps, the offending driver will be disqualified
positioning and/or points.

Checkered Flag: Signals the end of the racing
session. Waved as first car crosses finish line at the end of the final lap
signifying the winner of the race and the final positions of each driver as they
cross the finish line thereafter. (Also displayed rolled and crossed with white flag to
indicate approximately the half way point of the race.)