Matthew... wins... again... WTF?!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th, 2012: Again holding to our mostly “Friday-or-Saturday Fall Schedule” we ran 11-Karts in a 45-Lap Feature (plus heats) and had the debut of two brand-new karts on the track for the very first time! The Brian Galletta-owned “Doggy-Style #13” and the “Seven-or-Eight-Different-Owners #78” of Eric Woolworth. Yep, Matt won again, but he wasn’t his usual self of making dominant passes left and right for the win. The top three of Bill Truax, Dave Spanfelner and Chris Stevens wrecked in front of him, which dropped the win in his lap late in the race. Much like when Joe Sereno lost a front left tire to almost have his kart land in his lap, and when Brian came hot into a hot pit and had something else drop into his lap – a young human being! Whoa! More to come, son. Like or discuss on facebook here. Or… read on below!

DVD Highlight YouTube Video

Posted on Summer 2012 by ChrusherComix Studios

[VIDEO FORTHCOMING: SOMEDAY… MAYBE]
YouTube video to this race is currently being produced and is forthcoming. Kinda… well, maybe not. Why? Well, due to workload, i have little to no time — in addition to racing, doing this website (and all points, pics, videos, writedowns, and everything you see here), I also do greenhouse work (February through June) and sushi work (all 364 days a year I either help my wife make sushi or at the very least drive her back and forth to work and/or deliver sushi), all while keeping my career of a graphic novelist and cartoonist completely on the back burner, much to myself and everyone who knows me’s disapproval. I love making the YouTube reels, but I have simply not had the time,a dn the program I use crashes frequently, and I have lost a handful of 70-99% completed videos – highly discouraging considering that I spend several hours spread over a few days on each. Hence, the YouTube reels are going slowly, and may be a long time coming, if at all, which is why I prefer you buy the DVDs, which are only $5 per disc and usually available the next day at earliest and the next week at latest. 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.

Well look at that… IT GOT DONE 4 YEARS LATER!

Above is this race’s menu. Most of the pictures found on this website are screen captures from that race’s DVD. 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 with Pro-Logic 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 in 2012 by ChrusherComix Studios

9/15/2012 – HEAT #1 (8-Laps/5-Drivers):


START:
Pos. | Driver (Karts driven) | 2012 Wins

  1. Billy Ruggio (Ruggio #02)
  2. Eric Woolworth (Seven-or-Eight-Owners #78)
  3. Brian Galletta (Doggy-Style #13)
  4. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
  5. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com #4)

Billy Ruggio held off all competitors in his #02 for his very 1st heat win. However, he celebrated too soon and almost lost, when he took both hands off the steering wheel coming towards the finish line and almost crashed into the starter tower. That would’ve probably lost him the race, as Chris, Brian, and Joe were nipping at his heels and probably would’ve all got by if he did hit the stand!

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

  1. Billy Ruggio (Ruggio #02)
  2. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com #4)
  3. Brian Galletta (Doggy-Style #13)
  4. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
  5. Eric Woolworth (Seven-or-Eight-Owners #78) – DNF

9/15/2012 – HEAT #2 (8-Laps/6-Drivers):


START:
Pos. | Driver (Karts driven) | 2012 Wins

  1. Billy Truax (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
  2. Adam Lytle (Lytle #33c)
  3. David Spanfelner (D.S. Humphreys #81)
  4. Randy Platt (Platt-num #187)
  5. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N’ Fur #19)
  6. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com #74)

I guess if your name is Bill, you win a heat today! Billy Truax took the Galletta’s #7 to a heat win. Truax is only in his first month racing at Galletta’s and is already looking very good out there! (And add a note to those who only race once or twice and then never come back and think we rig it… everybody starts slowly and gets better over time. Except quitters. And checking our to-date 2012 points list below and our all-time points, you can see all the drivers with 1-4 shows who did just that). Matt again had a helmet cam and the footage is good, but again, won’t be great until we race in the daytime. Last minute builds of Brian Galletta’s #13 and Eric Woolworth’s #78 pushed us back just enough to dusk for this heat.

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

  1. Billy Truax (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
  2. Randy Platt (Platt-num #187)
  3. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N’ Fur #19)
  4. David Spanfelner (D.S. Humphreys #81)
  5. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com #74)
  6. Adam Lytle (Lytle #33c)

9/15/2012 – MAKE-UP (RETCON) CREDITS:


Retcon races are short hot-lap sessions counted as a race and designed for two functions: For rookie drivers to get some track time seasoning before entering the regular races, and for regular racers and veterans who missed an earlier race to make-up those races that they missed, and help get back into the points race without penalizing those who did race in that event. All drivers are scored in the earliest race they missed, retroactively counted as if they were in that race. Nobody should be racing exceedingly hard in these races, and almost none of the drivers are actually racing each other and they are often counted in entirely different races.

 

SCORING:
Pos. | Driver (Karts driven) | 2012 Make-Up Feature Credit Earned

  • Randy Platt (Platt-num #187) – Credited 12th in both 7/8/2012 Twin-30 lap features
  • Bill Truax (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) – Credited 12th in the 7/1/2012 45-lap feature


[NR] = Newbie Rookie (Inexperienced Rookie/Novice/Beginner/1st-Timer Driver)

*Note: This one, since the season is winding down, each driver in attendence that missed a prior race was counted in one of the heats as a make-up race (the earliest race they missed).

Shots from the racing action!

9/15/2012 – FEATURE (45-Laps/11-Drivers):


Eleven karts take the green flag!

START:
Pos. | Driver (Karts driven) | 2012 Wins

  1. Billy Truax (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
  2. Billy Ruggio (Ruggio #02)
  3. Adam Lytle (Lytle #33c)
  4. Eric Woolworth (Seven-or-Eight-Owners #78)
  5. David Spanfelner (D.S. Humphreys #81)
  6. Brian Galletta (Doggy-Style #13)
  7. Randy Platt (Platt-num #187)
  8. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
  9. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N’ Fur #19)
  10. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com #4)
  11. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)Open Karts!!!!! Not filled by cowardly pusses like you non-showers!
  12. Galletta’s Greenhouse #0 – Open Seat
  13. Ruggio Racing #02b – Reserved for Billy Ruggio
  14. Galletta’s Greenhouse #1 – Open Seat
  15. Galletta’s Greenhouse #2 – Open Seat
  16. Galletta’s Greenhouse #3 – Reserved for Matt Stevens
  17. Galletta’s Greenhouse #6 – Open Seat
  18. Galletta’s Greenhouse #8/Chrusher.com – Reserved for Chris Stevens
  19. Galletta’s Greenhouse #9 – Open Seat
  20. Platt-num/Team Take It #287 – Reserved for Brian Galletta (OFN)
  21. D.S. Humphreys #54 – Reserved for David Spanfelner
  22. Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com #74 – Open Seat
  23. Galletta’s Greenhouse/Scissors N’ Fur #80 – Reserved for Melissa StevensKEY:[NR] = Newbie Rookie/Beginner/Novice/1st Race Driver
    DNS = Did Not Start
    DNF-M = Did Not Finish; mechanical failure
    DNF-L = Did Not Finish; had to leave
    OFN = Out For Night (Not ready to race)

Joey Sereno took a wild ride when the left front wheel came off. It pivoted into the ground and sent him into a tumble. He shook it off, threw on another wheel and got back out there.

Although Billy Truax (Galletta’s #7) continued to show improvement and pulled away for most of the show, he started slowing down as the race progressed closer to the finish and Dave, Chris and Matt started gaining on him. Dave was holding off challenges from Chris and Matt, but when the #7 slowed badly one lap, the #81 plowed into Truax’s kart in turn 2, Matt narrowly escaped in the low groove, blocking Chris, who came to a stop but tapped the bumper on the #81. Ogre decided that the tap was enough to send Chris to the rear, and if not for that, he would’ve inherited the lead. Even so, to add insult to injury, Wesley Stevens lack of knowledge on our own rules disobeyed that the originators of the wreck are always to go in last, and people collected are to restart in front of them (unless they have to go to the pits for a repair). Ogre placed Chris in back of everyone, which forced Chris to drive angry for the rest of the race. He did get back up to third, but not without a few close calls with some tire scrubbing through the field.

Meanwhile, during the race, Brian Galletta lost control and veered into the hot pit gate. However, in a  lesson for all, a kid (nephew of one of the drivers) was seated in a lawn chair too close to the track and got clobbered. He was shaken up, but… THANK GOD… unharmed.

Lesson… DO NOT STAND OR SIT TOO CLOSE TO A RACE TRACK WITHOUT ADEQUATE SHIELDING AND/OR SAFE PROTECTION!

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

  1. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
  2. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N’ Fur #19)
  3. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com #4)
  4. David Spanfelner (D.S. Humphreys #81)
  5. Brian Galletta (Doggy-Style #13; and D.S. Humphreys #54)
  6. Bill Truax (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
  7. Eric Woolworth (Seven-or-Eight-Owners #78) DNF-M
  8. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) DNF-L
  9. Randy Platt (Platt-num #187) DNF-L
  10. Adam Lytle (Lytle #33c) DNF-M
  11. Billy Ruggio (Ruggio #02) DNF-LRetcon Race Credits:
  12. KEY:[NR] = Newbie Rookie/Beginner/Novice/1st Race Driver
    DNS = Did Not Start
    DNF-M = Did Not Finish; mechanical failure
    DNF-L = Did Not Finish; had to leave

2012 Point Standings after 9/15/2012’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 2012 season to date, scored in this manner. 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. (Last Week)

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

Total Points (Place)

Average Points Per Feature

2012
Events

2012
Features

2012
Heat Wins/
Entered

2012 Feature Wins

Career Feature Wins (2000-up)

Years Pro at GKC

1st.

Matt Stevens Profile - Pics from Matt's assorted kartsMaster Matt Stevens (t)
(Galletta’s #3,33, 0, 1, 02, 74, 80)

2,587.0

117.59

15

22

3/8

8

111

17th

2nd.

Christopher Galletta Stevens Driver Profile - Pics from soorted winning kartsChris “Chrusher” Stevens
(Galletta’s #8, 4, 74)

2,500.5

113.66

15

22

2/8

5

63

17th

3rd.

Melissa Gabel Stevens profileMelissa Stevens
(Scissors ‘n Fur #19, 80)

1,996.0

90.73

15

22

2/8

1

6

6th

4th.
(5th.)

David Spanfelner - Galletta's #9 -6/17/2012David Spanfelner
(D. S. Humphrey’s 1,522.5
#54, 81, Galletta’s #9, 7, 6) (^) (t)

1,918.5

87.20

14

22

2/8

0

0

1st

5th.
(4th.)

Brian Galletta - one of the original GKC members!Brian Galletta
(Platt-num #287, Galletta’s #7) (tt)

1,908.5

86.75

15

22

0/8

1

2

7th

6th.

Etic Woolworth - Galletta's Greenhouse #2 - 6/17/2012Eric Woolworth
(Galletta’s #1, 2) (^) (t)

1,850.5

84.11

14

22

1/8

0

0

1st

7th.

Joe Sereno in the Galletta's #5 (9/1/2012)Joe Sereno
(Galletta’s #5, 6) (^^^)

1,821.0

82.77

11

22

1/5

3

4

2nd

8th.

Adam Lytle #33c - 8/19/2012Adam Lytle
(Lytle #33c, Ruggio #02b) (t) (^) (t)

1,558.0

70.82

14

22

0/8

0

0

1st

9th.

Bill Ruggio - #02 - 9/1/2012Bill Ruggio
(Ruggio #02, Galletta’s #6, 0) (^^^^) (t)

1,455.0

66.14

10

22

1/8

0

0

1st

10th.

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

1,161.0

89.31

8

13

1/4

1

7

4th

11th.

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

926.5

71.27

5

13

1/3

1

6

5th

12th.

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

523.0

104.60

3

5

0/1

1

2

2nd

13th.

William Truax - DS Humprhies #81 - 9/1/2012William Truax
(Galletta’s #9, 7, DS Hum. #81) (^^) (t)

450.0

64.29

3

7

1/2

0

0

®

14th.

Doug Bradford - Galletta's #0 - 6/10/2012Doug Bradford
(Galletta’s #0, #1)

257.0

85.67

3

3

1/2

0

0
®

15th.

Kevin Galletta (Galletta's #0)Kevin Galletta
(Galletta’s #7)

246.0

61.50

2

4

0/0

0

0

2nd

16th.

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

176.0

88.00

1

2

1/1

0

0

®

16th.

Fred Collins (Galletta's #9)Fred Collins
(Galletta’s #9) (^)

159.0

79.50

1

2

0/1

0

2

6th

17th.

Matthew McGinley (Galletta's #7, 6) 8/12/2012Matthew McGinley (Galletta’s #7, 6) (^)

146.0

48.67

1

3

0/1

0

0

®

19th.

James Fragale
(Galletta’s #6) ^

146.0

48.67

1

3

0/0

0

0

®

20th.

Jason King (Galletta's #9) 8/12/2012Jason King (Galletta’s #9) (^)

145.0

48.33

1

3

0/1

0

0

®

21st.

John Moore
(Galletta’s #9) (^)

137.0

68.50

1

2

0/1

0

0

®

22nd.

shawn malone gallettas 9 on 20120901Shawn Malone
(Galletta’s #9) (^)

133.0

66.50

1

2

0/1

0

0

®

23rd.

Shane Fetterly
(Galletta’s #6) (^)

127.0

63.50

1

2

0/2

0

0

®

24th.

Chris Bartlett (Galletta's #6 on 9/1/2012)Chris Bartlett
(Galletta’s #6) (^) (ttt)

119.0

59.50

1

2

0/1

0

0

®

25th.

EDDIE! (Galletta's #6 on 9/7/2012)Edward Bristol
(Galletta’s #6) (^)

117.0

39.00

1

3

0/0

0

0

®

26th.

JOEY BUSKE! (Galletta's #9 on 9/7/2012)Joe Buske
(Galletta’s #9) (^)

110.0

36.67

1

3

0/0

0

0

®

27th.

Alex Santana - Galletta's #2 - 8/8/2012Alex Santana
(Galletta’s #2, 0)

95.0

47.50

1

2

0/0

0

0

®

28th.

John Galvin
(Galletta’s #6)

74.0

74.00

1

1

0/2

0

0

®

29th.

Trevor Jock - Galletta's #9 -6/10/2012Trevor Jock
(Galletta’s #9) (t)

72.0

72.00

1

1

0/2

0

0

®

30th.

Daniel "Busket Case Whiner" Buske (Galletta's #7 on 9/1/2012)Dan “Busket Case” Buske
(Galletta’s #7) (^) (tttt)

-93.0

-46.50

1

2

0/1

0

0

®

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 2012 Championship Race:
17th Annual Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Klassic Championship 200 - 10/6/2012
10/6/2012
17th Annual Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Klassic 200-Lapper

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