Justin Galletta takes the #7 kart into victory lane at Galletta's Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway on 6/19/2011's Father's Day 45!

JUNE 19TH, 2011: Week 3 of the Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Club’s 2011 Season saw Rookie Justin Galletta hold off challenges from several veterans, including his father Tim Galletta, and cousins-once-removed Matt and Chris Stevens to duplicate his brother’s feat the prior weekend and win his first feature. The race was exciting and action packed, but all around the great action ON the track it seemed that everything else was… well… some say cursed by the Kevorka, as cameras, tapes, lights and caution lamps were all failing, and expected drivers who said they were coming failed to show on race day. As a result, we only have one camera angle of each race, although we were able to take a few shots with a backup handheld HD camera. Not much, but good angles of where we are hitting about 50-MPH, putting local methanol karts that cost 5-10x’s as much to shame... (all th

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Posted on June 19th, 2011 bChrusherComix Studios

Galletta’s Karting Club 2011/6/19 – Father’s Day 45 + Motor Explosion & Nice Pileup

 

All picture captures & video clips are directly taken from our weekly DVDs.

DVD Menu to Volume 3 of Galletta's 2011 Karting collection!

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Race Results

Again, one of our cameras went down, and the other had a broken tape when heat 1 started, our coverage was incomplete at best. However, we still had at least one camera angle of most of the action. The pics and videos this week won’t be as complete and diverse, but we still got some good shots.

Before the race coverage begins, we’d like to send our well-wishes and prayers to part-time Galletta’s Karter and friend Larry Phillips, whose father is having surgery to remove a tumor. Obviously, between that and the loss of his grandchildren’s father in his apartment building’s fire last Fall, Larry has been going through some tough times of late and his mind has been far from racing. But we’re thinking about him, praying for him, and hopes he feels up to racing soon. Now back to the racing coverage:

HEAT 1:

Starting Lineup for 1st 10-Lap Heat:

  1. Justin Galletta (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) {R}
  2. Randy Platt (Platt-num #28)
  3. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #4)
  4. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) {R}
    BONUS: Jason Platt (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) {R}*
    * = Make-up points for missing 6/12/2011 races.

Finish for 1st 10-Lap Heat:

  1. Randy Platt (Platt-num #28)
  2. Justin Galletta (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) {R}
  3. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #4)
  4. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) {R}
    BONUS: Jason Platt (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) {R}*
    * = Make-up points for missing 6/12/2011 races

Randy Platt passed Justin Galletta on the drop of the green flag and pulled away from the rest of the pack for an easy win in his Bobandi-mobile/Platt-num #28.

Snapshot from Heat 2, where we are hitting a sharp turn going in at speeds around 47-50MPH. Yes, that does mean our track is bigger and our karts go faster for 1/10th the cost of most pay karting tracks, at least the local ones. We just need more drivers butts in kart seats! 😉 (Or fiberglass bodies that all look alike?)

HEAT 2:

Starting Lineup for 2nd 10-Lap Heat:

  1. Jason Platt (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) {R}
  2. Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54)
  3. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)
  4. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)

Finish for 2nd 10-Lap Heat:

  1. Jason Platt (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) {R}
  2. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)
  3. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)
  4. Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54)

Tim Galletta tested a different gear and found more power. However, he got sideways  in turn 2 which lost him a spot to Melissa, then trying to get Melissa back, Matt caught him. Rookie Jason Platt ran away unchallenged with the heat win, making a clean sweep of the heats by the Platt brothers.

45-LAP FEATURE EVENT:
As usual, our regular (non-Klassic) feature is handicapped by wins and points. Joe Sereno was leading the points after 2 weeks and tied for the most wins. The three rookies are doing very well, but with a handful of Galletta’s veteran drivers retiring in the offseason, our numbers have been unusually down.

The race started out fast and furious, with polesitter Jason Platt pulling away from the rest of the field in the Galletta’s Greenhouse #2 kart, much like he did in the heat. However, all by himself and pulling away, he spun himself out all alone in turn 2. Rookie mistake, as he may have easily won the race leading all 45 going away if not for that spin on lap 7. Randy Platt dropped out early with all kinds of bugs that are plaguing his fast-but-break-prone Platt-num #28, despite appearing to be the fastest kart of the night in his heat.

Joe Sereno, Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens, and  Jason Platt pileup.

For the first 27-laps, the battle to behold was between the father-and-son due of Justin Platt (Galletta’s #7) and Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54), as Tim pressured Justin on every lap until the #54 sputtered to a stop on lap 28. Both Matt and Chris Stevens had to come back from a few accidents (Matt Stevens was plowed off of the track by a rookie in turn 2, and Chris Stevens was spun from behind by a rookie in turn 4, and Matt was also collected into that one as well, and shut his Galletta’s #3 down for the night with busted steering.). Rookie mistakes are part of the growing pains of a new driver, and they should not let the wrecks bother them, just learn from them.

However, when the wily vet brothers of Chris and Matt Stevens (who have been racing karts since the early 1990s, and for points since 1996), finally made it to the front, it was they who were pressuring rookie leader Justin Galletta. For the final 15 laps, Matt and Chris Stevens passed each other back and forth trying to overtake Justin for the lead. But Justin held on for his 1st career feature win, and on the last lap, Chris got the outside groove on Matt and snipped him at the line for 2nd. Unfortunately, one thing marred the otherwise solid night of racing, other than only eight drivers showing up (I thought Oswego was filled with racers? Apparently, only ones who wuss out when it comes to our track), was when Jason Platt was black flagged for excessive cautions with only 2 laps to go (we are usually very lenient with the rule, but the flagger is given permission to throw it at 5 or more cautions, particularly if one driver is involved in all said cautions, is slowing the race down, and is potentially being dangerous), and stormed off angrily. You can’t please everybody though, as the other drivers were upset that he wrecked into some of them, including 20-year-vet Matt Stevens who was very upset about being plowed off of turn 2 going full speed by a raw rookie. We hope cooler heads prevail and he’ll be back. Rest assured, we only do this if we feel like people and equipment are being put into needless danger and being a hazard to themselves and others, so understand that it isn’t a bias, it isn’t BS, it’s a safety decision. The black flag has only been thrown for less than a handful of drivers in the 20-year history of the track, and the excessive spinout/wreck rule has been in existence since the 2006 season, so we are very lenient with it, and only throw it when we absolutely have to.

Starting Lineup for the 45-Lap Feature:

  1. Jason Platt (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) {R}
  2. Justin Galletta (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) {R}
  3. Randy Platt (Platt-num #28)
  4. Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54)
  5. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #4)
  6. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)  [1 win]
  7. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)  [1 win]
  8. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) {R}  [1 win]

Final Order Of Finish  for 45-Lap Feature:

  1. Justin Galletta (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) {R}
  2. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #4)
  3. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)
  4. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) {R}
  5. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)
  6. Jason Platt (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) {R} [DNF]
  7. Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54) [DNF]
  8. Randy Platt (Platt-num #28) [DNF]
    _____________________________
  9. Jeff Tetro (Galletta’s #9) [RETCON POINTS from 7/24/2011]
  10. Brian Galletta (Galletta’s #6) [RETCON POINTS from 9/11/2011]

 

2011 Point Standings as of 6/19/2011 

For the Galletta’s Karting Club’s World Championship of 1WD Gas Flatheads held on Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway for the 2011 season to date. Our complete All-Time Points Standings from 2000-2010 are found on this webpage, and complete wins on this page.

Position

Name (Go-Karts Piloted)
[Most drivers have clickable Driver Profiles]

Total Points (Place)

Average Points Per Feature

Events

Features

Heat Wins

2011 Feature Wins

Career Feature Wins (2000-up)

Years Pro at Galletta’s

1st

Justin Galletta in the Galletta's Greenhouse #7 (2011)Justin Galletta
(Galletta’s #7)

502.5

125.63

3

4

0

1

1

(R)

2nd

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

465.0

116.25

3

4

0

0

54

16th

3rd

 Matt Stevens ProfileMatt Stevens
(Galletta’s #33, 3)

460.5

115.13

3

4

0

1

99

16th

4th

Joe Sereno in the Galletta's #5 (2011)Joe Sereno
(Galletta’s #5, 1)

459.5

114.88

3

4

0

1

1

(R)

5th

 Melissa Gabel Stevens profileMelissa Stevens
(Scissors ‘n Fur #19)

446.5

111.63

3

4

0

1

5

5th

6th

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

426.5

106.63

3

4

0

0

3

3rd

7th

Randy "Bobandi" Platt in Platt-num #28 (2011)Randy “Bobandi” Platt
(Platt-num #28, Galletta’s #2, 0)

400.5

100.13

3

4

2

0

3

3rd

8th

Jason Platt in the Galletta's #2 (2011)Jason Platt
(Galletta’s #2)
@

367.5

91.88

3

4

2

0

0

(R)

9th

AJ Nason in Racin' Nason #35 (2011)Arnold “AJ” Nason
(Nason #35, Galletta’s #1)

283.0

94.33

2

3

1

0

1

2nd

Key:
@ = Used Make-Up Races
T = Used Time-Outs (3 per driver per season)
L = Raced Light in handicap kart
® = Rookie (less than 1 full season at Galletta’s)

Notes:
Scoring: Point scoring scale is found on our scoring page in addition to 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 2000-2010 GALLETTA’S WINS & POINTS STANDINGS, TALLIED AFTER EACH COMPLETED SEASON

 

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