Chris Stevens wins the 9/11 Memorial 50-Lapper!

9-11 Memorial Fiery 50SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th, 2011: On the 10th anniversary of the worst attack in America’s history, we dedicate our special Sunday afternoon race in honor of the people who lost their lives in the attacks and in the following years defending our country’s interests, safety and freedom. The race was worthy of being called special, with close battles throughout, 2010 defending Klassic 200 champ Kyle Reuter getting some track and kart time in in preparation to defend his title in a few weeks, battles in traffic for the lead, a 1st-time rookie flipping a kart and starting a spectacular small fire on the dirt track, and then at the end it comes down between the three point leaders battling it out at the end. Check back soon for pics, descriptions, points and videos!

 

DVD Highlight YouTube Video

Posted on August 31st, 2011 by ChrusherComix Studios

[VIDEO FORTHCOMING: COME BACK SOON]YouTube video to this race is currently being produced and is forthcoming. 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

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.

 

Race Results

Posted on September 13th, 2011 by ChrusherComix Studios

RETCON MAKEUP POINT / ROOKIE / REFRESHER RACE:

Retcon races are open to any driver who has missed at least one race during the year, and they are scored in the race that they missed. It also doubles as a quick refresher for those who haven’t raced in a while, or, in the case of 1st-time rookies, serve as practice.

Brian Galletta leads the retcon race as the green flag drops. The race also marked the return of 2010 Defending Galletta’s Klassic 200 Champion, Kyle Reuter, who is seeking some track and seat time in preparation of defense of the title. Kyle absolutely dominated the premier division at the Oswego Kartway for the last three years before retiring there and is looking into a Supermodified ride in the near future. The kart stalled and needed work, so he pulled out after 1 lap and let Brian and two 1st-time rookies battle it out.

Finish and Credits:
Pos. | Driver (Karts driven) | Earned Points Credited Towards

  1. Brian Galletta (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6) – Credited for 10th on 6/19/2011’s 45-Lapper
  2. Nicholas Kazmierski (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) {NR} – Credited for 20th on 6/5/2011’s 50-Lapper
  3. Josh Hartley (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) {NR} – Credited for 21st on 6/5/2011’s 50-Lapper
  4. Kyle Reuter (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)  DNF – Credited for 22nd on 6/5/2011’s 50-Lapper

    {R} = 1st Season / Experienced Rookie

    {NR} = 1st Time on track / Newbie; Inexperienced Rookie
    DNF = Did Not Finish (Mechanical Problem)

 

50-LAP FEATURE EVENT:

Brian Galletta started on the pole of the 10-kart, 50-lap memorial race for 9-11.

Starting Lineup:
Pos. | Driver (Karts driven) | 2011 Wins

  1. Brian Galletta (Platt-itude #187)
  2. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) [1 win]
  3. Justin Galletta (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) [1 win]
  4. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #80)  [2 wins]
  5. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #4) [2 wins]
  6. Tim Galletta (Galletta #54) [3 wins]
  7. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)  [6 wins]
  8. Nicholas Kazmierski (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) {NR}
  9. Josh Hartley (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) {NR} 
  10. Kyle Reuter (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)

    {R} = 1st Season / Experienced Rookie

    {NR} = 1st Time on track / Newbie; Inexperienced Rookie

The early part of the race had a huge battle brewing behind Brian Galletta. Joe Sereno, Justin Galletta, Chris Stevens, Melissa Stevens, Tim Galletta, Kyle Reuter and Matt Stevens were wheel to wheel looking to get to the front.

After a few hard-fought laps, Justin Galletta was able to get a good run under Brian for the lead. Chris Stevens then moved up a few spots and followed Justin by shortly thereafter. Kyle worked his way up to 4th and in pursuit of the leaders before hitting a loose patch and hence slipping off the top burn of the track (the fastest line if you can find the traction). The kart seemed to slow after that.

Justin and Chris were then gone, as they pulled away from the rest of the pack. In fact, Justin got some distance on Chris until lapped traffic put them bumper-to-bumper.


They bobbed and weaved through traffic, splitting it 3-wide in some cases.

However, trying another 3-wide pass attempt, on one lap Justin chose high and Chris chose low, around the lapped kart of Brian Galletta…


…but the #187 drifted into Justin’s lane and sent him off the track, where he stalled. Justin has been close the last to weeks and has had frustrating incidents while leading. Much like Kyle’s experience, he was unable to keep the speed up to make it back up to the front.

Joe Sereno battles under lapped traffic with Tim Galletta and Matt Stevens in hot pursuit.

The #9 – driven by 1st-time rookie driver Josh Hartley attempting to get around another 1st-time rookie driver Nick Kazmierski – slowly flipped and erupted into flames because the kart was not flipped back over fast enough.

A note to anybody who tips one of these karts – get them upright immediately. The gas can leak out of the carbs and start a fire on the hot mufflers and headers.

We took care of it, but not before some fiery shots. Semi-retired former feature winner Larry Phillips would’ve preferred to get some hot dogs and make good use of that flame. Rumors say he is working on getting his balls back to at least get into the Klassic starting lineup with his trusty #04.

The top three points leaders then eventually made it up to 1-2-3, padding their point lead with coveted top-3 bonus points. This then led to Husky Helper-lookalike Joe Sereno again bringing up a Galletta conspiracy. Hmm… But, all kidding aside, if one looks at the experience chart, 1-4 have the most years under their belts as well. It just takes time to get a feel for the karts, the track, shaving precious microseconds off every lap and make your lap time better. Years and years of laps and laps of repetition is the key.

After Tim hit a bump and lost ground by getting into the loose dirt, Matt capitalized and went after Chris. Tim backed off to save his kart, allowing Matt and Chris to have a good battle for the last chunk of the race, but Chris was able to maintain a good pace without a serious challenge and take for the win, his 3rd of the year, and 1st in the #4. Kyle nearly got Melissa at the line for 5th, and Justin settled for 7th. Both Kyle and Justin’s karts seemed to slow as the race progressed because they both looked much faster at the race’s beginning.

Final Order of Finish:
Pos. | Driver (Karts driven) | 2011 Wins

  1. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #4) [3 wins]
  2. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #33, 3)  [6 wins]
  3. Tim Galletta (Galletta #54) [3 wins]
  4. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) [1 win]
  5. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #80)  [2 wins]
  6. Kyle Reuter (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
  7. Justin Galletta (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) [1 win]
  8. Brian Galletta (Platt-itude #187)
  9. Nicholas Kazmierski (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) {NR}
  10. Josh Hartley (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) {NR} DNF

    {NR} = 1st Time on track / Newbie; Inexperienced Rookie
    DNF = Did Not Finish; Mechanical Problems

As for the points, Matt bounced back from his string of sub-par performances with a strong 2nd place finish. However, the only person with more points with him thus far – his brother – was the one who got to the front first and padded his lead looking for his 3rd straight track title (a feat he once accomplished in 1999-2001). The only person to ever defeat Matt in a point standings that he entered has been his brother Chris. However, their cousin Tim says not so fast because he is still easily within striking distance. And because our Klassic 200 is scored for points with the equivalent of 4 or more regular features and over 200 opportunities at leader bonus points, the point standings are never final until the checkered flag drops on the annual Klassic’s 200th lap, giving the top six core drivers who have raced every race thus far this season a potential shot at the title!

Fun time – THE 187 IS ON FAIH!!!!:

Randy ‘Bobandi’ Platt, who missed last week’s race to watch his beloved New York Giants promptly get smashed by their hated division rival Washington Redskins, was informed via email that his kart was driven by Brian Galletta with the title saying, “THE 187 IS ON FIAH!!!”

Randy’s response to this was, “hahahaha and just wanted to say WRONG thing to say for a subject title (187 on FIAHR) ahahahaha just about (SHAT) myself!!!!!!”

2011 Point Standings after 9/11/2011’s Event

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, our division’s complete 2006-08 standings on Oswego Speedway’s lil’ Kartway on this page, and our 2000-to-‘the-last-completed-season’ wins are on this page. At season’s end, the current totals will be added into the below.

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

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

2,188.0

115.16

14

19

0

3

57

16th

2nd

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

2,117.0

111.42

14

19

0

6

104

16th

3rd

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

2,090.0

110.00

14

19

1

3

6

3rd

4th

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

1,990.0

104.74

11

19

0

1

1

1st

5th

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

1,988.0

104.63

14

19

0

2

6

5th

6th

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

1,941.0

102.16

14

19

2

1

1

1st

7th

Randy "Bobandi" Platt in Platt-num #28 (2011)Randy “Bobandi” Platt
(Platt-num #28, 187, Galletta’s #2, 0) @@

1,004.0

100.40

5

10

4

1

4

3rd

8th

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

941.5

94.15

4

10

2

2

3

3rd

9th

Brian Galletta - one of the original GKC members!Brian Galletta
(Galletta’s #1, 7, 9, 28, 187)
@@@@

726.5

80.72

4

9

1

0

2

5th

10th

Ken Lindsley III in Galletta's #0 on 8 29 2011Kenny Lindsley III
(Galletta’s #0, 2)
@@@
391.0
78.20
2
5
0
0
0
3rd

11th

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

367.5

91.88

3

4

2

0

0

(R)

12th

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

328.0

65.60

1

3

0

0

0

(R)

13th

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

14th

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

15th

MC Howell in Galletta's #6 in 2011Mike “mc” Howell
(Galletta’s #6)
@
199.5
99.75
1
2
1
0
0
2nd

16th

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

17th

Hal Borland in Galletta's Greenhouse #6 (8/22/2011)Harold “Hal” Borland
(Galletta’s #6) @

177.0

59.00

1

3

0

0

0

(R)

18th

Ken Lindsley Jr. in Galletta's #1 on 8 29 2011Ken Lindsley Jr.
(Galletta’s #1)
@@
143.0
71.50
1
2
0
0
0
2nd

19th

Kyle Reuter driver bioKyle Reuter
(Galletta’s #1)
@

141.0

70.50

1

2

0

0

4

4th

20th

Nicholas Kazmierski in the Galletta's Greenhouse #2 (9/11/2011)Nicholas Kazmierski
(Galletta’s #2) @

125.0

62.50

1

2

0

0

0

(R)

21st

Josh Hartley in the Galletta's Greenhouse #9 kart (9/11/2011)Josh Hartley
(Galletta’s #9) @

120.0

60.00

1

2

0

0

0

(R)

22nd

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 Retcon Races (Heat race scored as if raced in the back of a previously missed feature)
T = Used Time-Outs (3 per driver per season; 5-10 minute break blocks)
L = Raced Light in handicap kart; Point penalty & warning only, no harsh DQs.
(R) = Rookie (Inexperienced beginner with 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) for regular-season feature races and Klassic 200 (not for heats and Fall Bonus Races).
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, minus winners are still inverted . Klassic is started via time-trials.

VISIT THE 2000-2010 GALLETTA’S WINS & POINTS STANDINGS, TALLIED AFTER EACH COMPLETED SEASON

 

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Handicap Start Order for the Next Race:

As usual with all GKC Regular Season events, starts are handicapped via (1) Wins and then (2) Points-per-race. Exceptions are:
(a) 2nd of a Twin-Feature [Starting Grid for 2nd will be inverted from finish of the 1st, except wins still take precedent], and
(b) Annual Klassic Championship 200 [Starting Grid is set via time trial speed, time trial order is set by total points]. Occasionally, if the lineup gets tiresome, redundant and repetitive, we will occasionally throw in changes, such as make the prior 3 weeks or even heats or all-time wins determine if heats or wins take priority in a handicap.

Driver

2011 Wins

All-Time Wins

2011 Points-Per-Race

Ken Lindsley Jr. 0 0 71.50
Kenny Lindsley III 0 0 78.20
Jason Platt 0 0 91.88
Robert Clarke 0 0 97.00
Brian Galletta 0 1
77.57
AJ Nason 0 1 94.33
Mike Howell 0 1
99.75
Kyle Reuter 0 4
70.50
Randy Platt 1 1 100.40
Joe Sereno 1 1 102.16
Justin Galletta 1 1 104.74
Jeff Tetro 2 3 94.15
Melissa Stevens 2 6 104.63
Tim Galletta 3 6 110.00
Chris Stevens 3 57 115.16
Matt Stevens 6 104 111.42
Any Additional New Entrants = Veterans, then Rookies
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