6/10/2012: 17th Annual Season Opener


SUNDAY, JUNE 10TH, 2012: As most of our fans, followers and racers know, our season usually starts the first Sunday in June annually. For 17 years, this has been the case, as the founders of the club, Matt and Chris Stevens – work at Galletta’s Greenhouse and can’t get the karts and track ready until then. Even then, it is reeeaaallly pushing it, and things are always rushed. However, our original date of Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 was rained out (technically, it rained too much on Friday and Saturday for the track to dry out suitably despite a nice day). Then, we hit several snags that delayed us further today. Here is the story….

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Race Results

ROOKIE QUALIFIER RACE:


WOW! No less than FIVE 1st-time rookies were on hand for the opener, and all rooks need orientation in a race to themselves in order to get the hang of things and prove they won’t be a hazard if they join up with the veterans for the regular races. Two are new owners to familiar karts – Adam Lytle purchased the former Gary Miller #24 and renumbered it the #33c. Bill Ruggio purchased the former Nick Dann #68/AJ Nason #35 and renumbered it #02 (full circle, as it was once the Nick Dann #02 in 2006). The newbies impressed us and all qualified by running a relatively smooth qualifier, with only a few spins and minor mishaps. (Pictures by Eric Sereno)

Starting Lineup:Pos. | Driver (Karts driven) | 2012 Wins

  1. Adam Lytle (Lytle #33c) {NR}
  2. John Galvin (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6) {NR}
  3. William Ruggio (Ruggio #02) {NR}
  4. Trevor Jock (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) {NR}
  5. Doug Bradford (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0) {NR}6/17 ROOKIE RETCON HEAT II:
  6. David Spanfelner (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) {NR}
  7. Eric Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6) {NR}
  8. Eric Woolworth (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) {NR} {NR} = 1st Time on track / Newbie; Inexperienced Rookie

 

Pictures by Eric Sereno\

Final Order of Finish:Pos. | Driver (Karts driven) | 2012 Wins

  1. Doug Bradford (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0) {NR}
  2. William Ruggio (Ruggio #02) {NR}
  3. Trevor Tuck (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) {NR}
  4. John Galvin (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6) {NR}
  5. Adam Lytle (Lytle #33c) {NR} 6/17 ROOKIE RETCON HEAT II (Scored as a 2nd heat):
  6. 1st. David Spanfelner (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) {NR}
  7. 2nd. Eric Woolworth (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) {NR}
  8. 3rd. Eric Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6) {NR} {NR} = 1st Time on track / Newbie; Inexperienced Rookie

HEAT 1:

Starting Lineup:Pos. | Driver (Karts driven) | 2012 Wins

  1. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) 
  2. Randy Platt (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2)
  3. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #8)
  4. Doug Bradford (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0) {NR}
  5. William Ruggio (Ruggio #02) {NR} *
  6. Trevor Tuck (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) {NR} *
  7. John Galvin (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6) {NR}{NR} = 1st Time on track / Newbie; Inexperienced Rookie* – Bill Ruggio and Trevor Tuck were not scheduled to run this heat, but replaced Adam Lytle who needed time to repair his kart.


Heat one saw Chris Stevens blow by Joe Sereno and Randy Platt on a mid-race restart to take the win. (Pic by Eric Sereno)

Final Order of Finish:Pos. | Driver (Karts driven) | 2012 Wins

  1. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #8)
  2. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) 
  3. Randy Platt (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2)
  4. William Ruggio (Ruggio #02) {NR}
  5. John Galvin (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6) {NR}
  6. Doug Bradford (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0) {NR}
  7. Trevor Tuck (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) {NR}{NR} = 1st Time on track / Newbie; Inexperienced Rookie

HEAT 2:

Starting Lineup:Pos. | Driver (Karts driven) | 2012 Wins

  1. Brian Galletta (Platt-itude #287)
  2. Tim Galletta (T-Galletta #54)
  3. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)
  4. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)
  5. Adam Lytle (Lytle #33c) {NR}
  6. *
  7. *{NR} = 1st Time on track / Newbie; Inexperienced Rookie* – Bill Ruggio and Trevor Tuck were scheduled to run this heat but were replaced by Adam Lytle who needed time to repair his kart during heat 1.

Heat two saw Matt Stevens do some inside-outside moves to get by Brian Galletta for the win. (Picture by Rungnapha “Aou” Stevens.)

Final Order:Pos. | Driver (Karts driven) | 2012 Wins

  1. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)
  2. Brian Galletta (Platt-itude #287)
  3. Tim Galletta (T-Galletta #54)
  4. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)
  5. Adam Lytle (Lytle #33c) {NR}{NR} = 1st Time on track / Newbie; Inexperienced Rookie

SEASON OPENING FEATURE 45 – PART 1 (6/10/2012):

Starting Lineup:Pos. | Driver (Karts driven) | 2012 Wins

  1. Brian Galletta (Platt-itude #287)
  2. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) 
  3. Tim Galletta (T-Galletta #54)
  4. Randy Platt (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2)
  5. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)
  6. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #8)
  7. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)
  8. Doug Bradford (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0) {NR}
  9. William Ruggio (Ruggio #02) {NR}
  10. Trevor John Jock (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) {NR}
  11. John Galvin (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6) {NR}
  12. Adam Lytle (Lytle #33c) {NR}OPEN KARTS:
  13. Open kart (Galletta’s #1)
  14. Open kart (Galletta’s #4 – reserved for Chris’ backup)
  15. Open kart (Galletta’s #7)
  16. Open kart (Lindsley #14 – owner injured; kart open for rent/possible sale)
  17. Open kart (Galletta’s #33 – reserved as Matt’s backup)
  18. Open kart (Chrusher.com #74 – not ready to race; chassis needs rebuilding)
  19. Open kart (Galletta’s #80 – reserved for Melissa’s backup)
  20. Open kart (Platt-num #187 – not ready to race; blown motor){NR} = 1st Time on track / Newbie; Inexperienced Rookie

Starting grid lining up...
Lots of delays (due to being the opener with FIVE 1st-time rookies who are often wreck-prone, not to mention offseason bugs to work out after a hard work season at Galletta’s Greenhouse) slowed up the event, which saw Joe Sereno pass Brian Galletta in the opening laps, as Brian lost a tie-rod in turn two while leading. Founding brothers Matt and Chris Stevens both looked VEERRRYYY strong, as on restarts the both of them were picking off competitors left and right. With their brand new motors they purchased late last year on the #3 and #8, It was basically whoever got to the front between Chris and Matt was likely going to run away with it. Matt in particular started challenging Joe Sereno for the lead, and just as Chris moved into third, Matt did shoot under Joe and took off. Chris eventually started hunting him down, as the two were very close in speed. (Pic by Eric Sereno)

The Feature begins! - pic by Eric Sereno
However, we did have several restarts due to the rookies banging and crashing. This delayed the action to dark, and our intention was to finish before sunset because we had been so busy with work that we didn’t get all of the lights set up. By lap 20 of 45, we hit 10pm, and two events brought out the caution – first, Matt Stevens sputtered in the back stretch enabling Chris Stevens to shoot by his lil’ bro for the lead. Then, a few moments later, Bill Ruggio blew a tire and drivechain. Matt was going to bring out his #33 if we continued, but the rookies had to leave and the remaining veterans agreed to either postpone the race or call it at twenty. The problem being, the last completed lap was led by Matt in the #3 who sputtered and stalled (later determined to be that he RAN OUT OF GAS – showing how unselfish Matt is most of the time, he filled gas in most of the other karts and forgot to fill how own’s tank!) seconds before the caution flew when the Ruggio #02 broke, and if we continued, Matt would’ve been sent to the rear with his #33 kart (and the -5 pt. mid-race kart change penalty). Chris was set to start in the lead if the race continued, but Matt still claimed he was either the leader or 2nd place. After sleeping on it, the decision was made to postpone the final 25 laps for next weekend, resuming with the race as ended on lap 20. All competitors will be allowed back in their spots, and new drivers can also run in the race, although they will be 21-laps down at the start. (Pic by Eric Sereno)

ORDER OF POSTPONED RACE AFTER LAP 21 OF 45 TO RESUME AS:Pos. | Driver (Karts driven) | 2012 Wins

  1. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #8)
  2. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) 
  3. Tim Galletta (T-Galletta #54)
  4. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)
  5. Doug Bradford (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0) {NR} – 2 Warnings for wrecking
  6. Adam Lytle (Lytle #33c) {NR}
  7. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3) – Caution for sputtering carb
  8. William Ruggio (Ruggio #02) {NR} – Caution for Blown Tire/Chain
  9. Trevor Tuck (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) {NR} – 3 Warnings for wrecking
  10. Brian Galletta (Platt-itude #287)
  11. Randy Platt (Platt-itude #187) -17 laps down
  12. John Galvin (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6) {NR} -17 laps down– Any additional competitors can join but are 21 laps down.{NR} = 1st Time on track / Newbie; Inexperienced RookieWarnings for Wrecking = Rookies are allowed 3 cautions. Once they reach the third, they may have to park the kart for remainder of feature if asked. This is a rookie wreck rule in place since 2006, as without newbie drivers, a 45 lap feature will take 15-30 minutes. With newbies, a 45-lap feature can take over 1-2 hours.

The race shall resume in the above order. Also, points have not been tallied yet, but heat wins have in the…

2012 Point Standings after 21 Laps of 6/10/2012’s Event

Pos.

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

Total Points (Place)

Average Points Per Feature

2012Events

2012Features

2012Heat Wins-Entered

2012 Feature Wins

Career Feature Wins (2000-up)

Years Pro at GKC

1st

Matt Stevens ProfileMaster Matt Stevens(Galletta’s #3)

34.0

1/2

1-1

104

17th

2nd

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

32.5

1/2

1-1

1

2nd

3rd

Bill Ruggio - #02 - 6/10/2012Bill Ruggio(Ruggio #02)

32.0

1/2

0-2

®

4th

Doug Bradford - Galletta's #0 - 6/10/2012Doug Bradford(Galletta’s #0)

30.0

1/2

1-2

®

5th

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

26.0

1/2

1-1

58

17th

5th

John Galvin(Galletta’s #6)

26.0

1/2

0-2

®

7th

Adam Lytle #33c - 6/10/2012Adam Lytle(Lytle #33c)

24.0

1/2

0-2

®

7th

Trevor Tuck - Galletta's #9 -6/10/2012Trevor Jock(Galletta’s #9)

24.0

1/2

0-2

®

9th

Timmy Galletta (in Galletta's #9)Tim Galletta(T-Galletta #54)

21.0

1/2

0-1

6

4th

10th

Brian Galletta - one of the original GKC members!Brian Galletta(Platt-num #287)

20.0

1/2

0-1

2

6th

11th

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

16.0

1/2

0-1

5

4th

12th

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

14.0

1/2

0-1

6

6th

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

DNS – Entered

1

2nd

SEASON OPENING FEATURE 45 – PART 2 (6/17/2012):

The final 24 laps of the race resumed on 6/17/2012 as a prelude before the Father’s Day 45. Chris Stevens led for 13 laps and was taking it relatvely easy until Matt Stevens caught him sleeping and passed Chris via a slingshot pass.Chris hounds Matt during the 2012 Opener
Chris then hounded Matt and bumped his little brother a handful of times, and even almost got him back on a restart – but Matt in the lead on this track is too tough to beat without traffic or a mechanical failure. He steals the win back from his brother, one that Chris nearly stole when Matt ran out of gas last weekend before postponement of the race!

FINAL ORDER OF FINISH:Pos. | Driver (Karts driven) | 2012 Wins

  1. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)
  2. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #8)
  3. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) 
  4. Tim Galletta (T-Galletta #54)
  5. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)
  6. Brian Galletta (Platt-itude #287)
  7. Adam Lytle (Lytle #33c) {NR} (-1 lap down)
  8. Justin Galletta (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) (-21 laps down = Entered 6/17; finished 6th on track)
  9. Eric Woolworth (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) {NR} (-21 laps down = Entered 6/17)
  10. David Spanfelner (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) {NR} (-21 laps down = Entered 6/17)
  11. Eric Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6) {NR} (-21 laps down = Entered 6/17)
  12. William Ruggio (Ruggio #02) {NR} (-22 laps down = mechanical failure)
  13. Doug Bradford (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0) {NR} (-23 laps down = mechanical failure)
  14. Trevor Tuck (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) {NR} (-24 laps down = DQ: 3 Warnings for wrecking)
  15. Randy Platt (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) (-38 laps down = left early)
  16. John Galvin (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6) {NR} (-38 laps down = left early)Retcon Make-Up Points:
  17. Fred Collins (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) Credited from 7/29/2012 Retcon Race
  18. Matthew McGinley (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) Credited from 8/12/2012 Retcon Race
  19. Jason King (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7, 6) Credited from 8/12/2012 Retcon Race {NR} = 1st Time on track / Newbie; Inexperienced RookieDQ: Disqualified for the 3 Warnings for Wrecking = 1st Timer Rookies are allowed 3 cautions where they are found entirely or partially at fault for an accident that brings out the caution (a spin, a wreck, or mechaincal failures all count). Once they reach the third, they may have to park the kart for remainder of feature if asked, decision is made by the starter, property owner, and/or complaints from drivers, flaggers and/or spectators. This is a rookie wreck rule in place since 2006, as without newbie drivers, a 45 lap feature will take 15-30 minutes. With newbies, a 45-lap feature can take over 1-2 hours.

2012 Point Standings after 6/10-17/2012’s Opening Event

Pos.

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

Total Points (Place)

Average Points Per Feature

2012Events

2012Features

2012Heat Wins-Entered

2012 Feature Wins

Career Feature Wins (2000-up)

1st

Matt Stevens ProfileMaster Matt Stevens(Galletta’s #3)

178.0

178.00

1

1

1-1

1

105

2nd

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

164.0

164.00

1

1

1-1

0

58

3rd

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

159.5

159.5

1

1

0-1

0

1

4th

Timmy Galletta (in Galletta's #9)Tim Galletta(T-Galletta #54)

129.5

129.50

1

1

0-1

0

6

5h

Brian Galletta - one of the original GKC members!Brian Galletta(Platt-num #287)

118.0

118.00

1

1

0-1

0

2

6th

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

117.0

117.00

1

1

0-1

0

6

7th

Adam Lytle #33c - 6/10/2012Adam Lytle(Lytle #33c)

117.0

117.00

1

1

0-2

0

0

12th

Etic Woolworth - Galletta's Greenhouse #2 - 6/17/2012Eric Woolworth(Galletta’s #2)

101.0

101.00

1

1

0-1

0

0

13th

Bill Ruggio - #02 - 6/10/2012Bill Ruggio(Ruggio #02)

100.0

100.00

1

1

0-2

0

0

14th

David Spanfelner - Galletta's #9 -6/17/2012David Spanfelner(Galletta’s #9)

98.0

98.00

1

1

1-1

0

0

11th

Doug Bradford - Galletta's #0 - 6/10/2012Doug Bradford(Galletta’s #0)

93.0

93.00

1

1

1-2

0

0

12th

Eric Sereno - Galletta's Greenhouse #6 - 6/17/2012Eric Sereno(Galletta’s 6)

89.0

89.00

1

1

1-1

0

0

13th

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

88.0

88.00

1

1

0

1

14th

John Galvin(Galletta’s #6)

74.0

74.00

1

1

0-2

0

0

15th

Trevor Tuck - Galletta's #9 -6/10/2012Trevor Tuck(Galletta’s #9)

24.0

1

0-2

11th

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

16.0

1/2

0-1

5

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.® = 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.

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John J. Galletta Memorial KartwayGalletta’s Backyard Go-Kart Speedway is a free-to-race-on and free-to-watch 0.133887 mile dirt oval with 20-degree banked turns. It is located behind Galletta’s Greenhouse in Oswego, NY, and can be seen from outer space! The single-wheel-drive gasoline-fueled flathead motor karts take the track between 15-17 seconds per lap which averages over 30 mph (approximately 45-50 mph top speed in the straights). Our speeds are comparable to alcohol/methanol-fueled karts that cost 8 times as much because we use mostly homemade or rebuilt go-karts and gas on a large track; leading to more karts, more competition, and more fun. Our class is usually the largest and most competitive in the area. Thanks to Google Earth for this Spring 2006 photo. Our karting club’s home track is located in back of:
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