8/16/2011: Tuesday Night Delight – 40-Lap Special!

Posted on August 17th, 2011 by ChrusherComix Studios

Now, as many usual-readers knew, our SUNDAY, AUGUST 14th, 2011 race was postponed. Not due to rain, as we thought, as we didn’t even get enough to wet the track enough to race on. It was due to our leader, commanda’, track operator, and head mechanic Matt Stevens suffering a scratched cornea (that’s a part of the eye, for the dumber of our readers. Just kidding… none of our readers are dumb! Just the ones who didn’t know and/or got offended by that, heheh…), which forced us to postpone our regular racing action. Why? Well, because unlike any racer in the area, the one-man racer/pit crew didn’t have enough karts ready to race, nor could race himself. Oddly enough, the injury occurred in his sleep of all things. While I (webmaster, co-founder, fellow racer and brother Chris) offered to gouge his eye out for him so he could race with one good one, he agitatedly declined. When I then offered to run the races without him since he has a comfortable lead anyway, my life was… ahem… Um… endangered. So, per doctor’s orders, Matt was asked to take 7 days off any strenuous activity, and dirt racing, as everyone who has ever been around it knows, can irritate the eyes. However….

Matt Stevens wins his 118th feature in the City of Oswego's two dirt karting tracks since 2000. Who is even close to that? Face it. You can't beat him. That's why you didn't show. Puss.

8/16/2011 40-LapperTUESDAY, AUGUST 16th, 2011: As you can see, Matt is too powerful, skillful, talented, and… well too darn stubborn of a lad to let a scratched cornea stop him. With a good pair of goggles, he went from last to first — trapping Tim Galletta and Chris Stevens behind early leader Joe Sereno — to win our special Tuesday Night Delight. And as any of the 212 different drivers who have raced against Matt (between 2000-2011) at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Speedway and the 39 different drivers who have raced against him at Oswego Kartway (between 2006-2008) knows, he always capitalizes on even the slightest mistake and almost always gets to the front, even with the same motor (or less of one in some cases)! He holds the wins and points on both tracks in the gas flathead division, and will likely never ever be caught in the all-time rankings. Now let’s review the race:

DVD Highlight YouTube Video

Posted on August 17th, 2011 2011 by ChrusherComix Studios

Karting from 8/16/2011 at Galletta’s Backyard Speedway – 5-Driver/40 Lapper

All picture captures & video clips are directly taken from our weekly DVDs, which are almost always available to buy the day after the race. It’s best to pre-order them so I can have them ready on race day for you.

DVD Menu - Oswego Dirt Cartting - Galletta's Greenhouse 2011 Volume 8

Above is this race’s menu. For a DVD copy of this race, please e-mail or call Chris Stevens and ask for this week’s race. Each disc is chock full of between 1 to 3 hours of racing in the highest-possible DVD resolution with Dolby Stereo 2.0 Surround Sound, predominantly from multiple angles and are only $5 each (discounts available for multiple copies or regular kart Galletta-Kart renters). We accept PayPal or cash, and can either ship or arrange for pickup. We now have THREE angles to catch all the action, although one is stationary on the start-finish line for those close call photo finishes.

 

Race Results

Posted on August 17th, 2011 by ChrusherComix Studios

Before the show, while awaiting drivers to arrive, Tim Galletta took the official Galletta’s-Cam and snuck a pose with – retired 3rd All-Time Points & 2006 Galletta’s Klassic Champion and current starter – his uncle Wesley “Ogre” Stevens!

TUESDAY NIGHT SPECIAL 40-LAPPAH’: 

Starting Lineup:

  1. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) {R} [1 win]
  2. Tim Galletta (Galletta #54) [1 win]
  3. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #4) [1 win]
  4. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)  [2 wins]
  5. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)  [5 wins]

    {R} = 1st Season / Experienced Rookie

The postponement led to several no-shows. Originally, three regular drivers (in addition to at least two or three guest drivers) were all lined up for Sunday in addition to the five who did make the race, but unfortunately at the last moment could not make it. Oh well… still bigger than some Oswego Kartway classes. We are still awaiting the arrival of the legendary Marine Bobby Galletta for his first race since 2009, who will one day grace us with his presence and race. One day. Don’t know when, but ONE day! 🙂

As every regular season feature goes, start is handicapped single file based on an inverted first by wins and then by points-per-race-average. This again put Joseph Sereno on the pole and in search of his 2nd feature win in his already solid rookie campaign.

Early on, Joe Sereno just pulled away from the field. In fact, we spaced out quite a bit. But when the Galletta’s Greenhouse #4 driven by Chris Stevens developed a terrible push, which enabled Matt Stevens to get under him. Chris then spun out on lap 11 and parked the #4 for the night. He hopped into the #8. Melissa Stevens also had problems as her #80 couldn’t start the race, and her usually-trusty #19 also faltered, leaving her in the Galletta’s #7 for the remainder of the show.

NOTE: Again, unlike other tracks, because the karts are highly equalized, if a kart breaks or has a serious malfunction, drivers are allowed to switch karts (if one is open) during a feature for a points penalty (-5 pts. in the regular season, -20 pts. in a Klassic 200) and going to the back of the pack. And any Galletta’s Kart that doesn’t already have a driver is available to be driven, although obviously, when there are no more race-ready karts open, then you are out of luck. For this reason, many drivers do in fact have two karts for this purpose (active drivers Matt, Chris and Melissa do, and a handful of retired and semi-retired drivers used to). We also have time-outs, where if a driver breaks down and wishes to repair his kart, he/she can call a time-out and do so and return to the rear of the field. However, each regular driver is limited to only 3 Timeouts per season, and drivers who acquired at least one feature win earn a bonus time-out for Klassic if they choose to use it.

After a restart for Melissa’s #19’s breakdown, the race was then EXTREMELY close. Especially so when leader Joe Sereno’s reoccurring bad luck again popped back up at the worst time (while leading). Driving the Galletta’s Greenhouse #5, his ride started slowing badly, and oh that TRICKY lil’ Matt capitalized. He trapped both Tim Galletta (#54) and Chris Stevens (#8) on Joe and passed him low on lap 21. Although Chris and Tim followed Matt by, Matt never looked back. Joe finally obliterated the drive-wheel tire on the #5, blowing it to smithereens on lap 35, and not finishing the final five laps. A few spectators stopped by and looked interested. We hope they’ll be back out to race – as usual we are always looking for new drivers and more competition!

Final Order Of Finish:

  1. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)  [6 wins, WTF?!]
  2. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #4, #8) [1 win]
  3. Tim Galletta (Galletta #54) [1 win]
  4. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19, Galletta’s #7)  [2 wins]
  5. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) {R} [1 win] [DNF – Blown Tire] 

    RETCON POINTS:

  6. Justin Galletta (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) 
    – Credit earned via 8/29/2011‘s Retcon Race

    {R} = 1st Season / Experienced Rookie
    [DNF] = Did Not Finish
    2nd Kart in same race = -5 pt. penalty

Good race for sure, but c’mon now… it’s getting a little boring. Between Matt picking off so many wins and less drivers than we’ve had in the last seven or eight seasons, we need more recruits. I know that at most karting tracks for the past five or so years, a five-kart race is the $#it and all, and a limit of 10 or so is all they can handle. But we’ve been racing since the mid-1990s, and since the mid-2000s, we’ve been having 10-15 kart races almost every single weekend from June and into Fall, and the size of our track (almost three times the size of Oswego’s more known and heavily financed pay track) could easily accommodate 20-30 karts if enough people showed up! But not this year. Between retirements, and a few disgruntled people badmouthing us, our numbers have been low. C’mon, we know drivers are out there. Yeah, you won’t beat us, but at least you can try, right? Too bad that in all of Central New York, we have yet to find a driver anywhere who can beat Matt, or even the top 3-4 of our guys for that matter. We have an open challenge, and have had one for years. We see the results. Matt just keeps winning, and our top guns can out race the top guns on any given kart in any given race. Period.

Again, our usual day is Sunday but will hold races on Friday or Saturday if it means more drivers. This is up to YOU. Let us know what day you can make it.

2011 Point Standings as of 8/16/2011 

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-to-‘the-last-completed-season’ are found on this webpage, complete 2006-08 standings on Oswego Speedway Kartway on this page, and 2000-to-‘the-last-completed-season’ wins are on this page.

Pos.

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

Total Points (Place)

Average Points Per Feature

2011
Events

2011
Features

2011
Heat Wins

2011 Feature Wins

Career Feature Wins (2000-up)

Years Pro at GKC

1st

Matt Stevens ProfileMaster Matt Stevens 
(Galletta’s #33, 3, 80)

1,631.0

116.50

10

14

0

6

104

16th

2nd

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

1,550.0

110.71

10

14

0

1

55

16th

3rd

Timmy Galletta (in Galletta's #9)Tim Galletta 
(Galletta #54, Galletta’s #6)

1,530.0

109.29

10

14

1

1

4

3rd

4th

Melissa Gabel Stevens profileMelissa Stevens 
(Scissors ‘n Fur #19, 80, Galletta’s #7)

1,480.0

105.71

10

14

0

2

6

5th

5th

Joe Sereno in the Galletta's #5 (2011)Joe Sereno 
(Galletta’s #5, 1, 2, 9)

1,433.5

102.39

10

14

0

1

1

1st

6th

Justin Galletta in the Galletta's Greenhouse #7 (2011)Justin Galletta 
(Galletta’s #7, 6)

1,228.0

111.64

8

11

0

1

1

1st

7th

Jeff Tetro (Galletta's #9 - 7/2010 Pic)Jeff Tetro 
(Galletta’s #9, 0) @@@@

941.5

94.15

4

10

2

2

3

3rd

8th

Brian Galletta - one of the original GKC members!Brian Galletta
(Galletta’s #1, 7, 9, 28) 
@@@

543.0

77.57

3

7

0

0

2

5th

9th

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

10th

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

367.5

91.88

3

4

2

0

0

(R)

11th

Chris Doviak - Galletta's #1 (7/3/2011)Chris Doviak 
(Galletta’s #1, 9) @@

328.0

65.60

1

3

0

0

0

(R)

12th

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

13th

Chase Sereno in Galletta's #6Chase Sereno 
(Galletta’s #6, 9) 
@
283.0
94.33
2
3
0
0
0
(R)

14th

Rob Clarke in Galletta's #2Rob Clarke 
(Galletta’s #2) 
@
194.0
97.00
1
2
0
0
0
2nd

15th

Andrew Pullen in Galletta's #1 (7/5/2011)Andrew Pullen 
(Galletta’s #1) @

80.0

80.00

1

1

0

0

0

(R)

Key:
@ = Used Make-Up Races
T = Used Time-Outs (3 per driver per season)
L = Raced Light in handicap kart
(R) = 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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8/22/2011
Bobandi’s Back Twin-30s

 

Handicap Start Order for the Next Race:

As usual with all GKC Regular Season events, starts are handicapped via (1) Wins and (2) Points-per-race. Exceptions are: 
(a) 2nd of a Twin-Feature [Starting Grid for 2nd will be inverted from finish of the 1st], and 
(b) Annual Klassic Championship 200 [Starting Grid is set via time trial speed, time trial order is set by total points].

Driver

2011 Wins

2011 Points-Per-Race

Brian Galletta 0 77.57
Jason Platt
0
91.88
AJ Nason 0 94.33
Robert Clarke 0 97.00
Randy Platt 0 100.13
Joe Sereno 1 102.39
Tim Galletta  1 109.29
Chris Stevens 1 110.71
Justin Galletta 1 111.64
Jeff Tetro 2 94.15
Melissa Stevens 2 105.71
Matt Stevens 6 116.50
Any Additional New Entrants; Veterans, then Rookies
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