6/23/2013: Matt Stevens Sweeps the Twin-35s in his Galletta’s Greenhouse #3 & 33!

Oswego Karting 6/23/2013: Undisputed Master Matt Stevens sweeps Oswego Karting Features!

SUNDAY, JUNE 23rd, 2013 – Matt Stevens is like a high-scoring MVP in a sport. You can contain him, slow him down for a bit, even think you got him figured out. Then he explodes. Matt took over the lead from his handicap starting position of 2nd place in the 1st feature and led most of the race to win it with relative ease, although Brian Galletta kept things interesting. But in the 2nd feature, he did another one of his steal jobs – he really didn’t deserve it running 4th and 3rd pretty much the whole way until the end. Chris Stevens, Dave Spanfelner, and Billy Truax all had serious shots at the win but all made mistakes that Matt capitalized upon, taking Truax by a bumper at the checker. The kid just cannot be stopped, and no driver at the local pay karting tracks is in his league in terms of experience, motor building, and sheer volume of wins and championships. His record speaks for itself, ignored or not by less talented/less experienced pay karting snobs. (BTW, he swept three years of titles when he raced at the local pay track too – back when the other classes weren’t even counting their points and keeping track of their wins.) More pictures and points below!

RETCON MAKEUP RACE CREDITS:
1st. Billy Truax (Ruggio Racing #02) – Credited 9th in both 6/19/2013’s Twin-30-lappers
2nd. Marc Sgarlata (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) – Credited 12th in the  6/5/2013 45-lapper
3rd. Scott McGroty (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) – Credited 13th in the  6/5/2013 45-lapper

Other than the make-up race, we scheduled no heats and opted to go for twin-35s. That’s 70 laps of racing going between 35-50mph at around 15-16 seconds a lap. That’s a lot more than 5 minutes of feature racing.

 35-LAP FEATURE #1

Oswego Karting 6/19/2013 Mid-Week Twin Features!

Matt Stevens didn’t win yet in 2013, and our handicap system – which is usually rock solid in organizing highly competitive and fair starts – failed us all this time. Its not foolproof, and Matt started 2nd, which basically means that unless the leader holds him off long enough, we’re all racing for 2nd.

Feature #1 Start:
1st. Billy Truax (Ruggio Racing #02)
2nd. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
3rd. Dave Spanfelner (DS Humphrey’s #54) – 1 win
4th. Eric Woolworth (Raven Tavern #88) – 1 win
5th. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com #74) – 1 win
6th. Brian Galletta (Brian Galletta Motorsports #28) – 1 win
7th. Marc Sgarlata (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
8th. Scott McGroty (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
9th. Melissa Stevens – w/Lilybeth Stevens (Scissors ‘n Fur #19)

Oswego Karting 6/19/2013 Mid-Week Twin Features!

Matt-cam!!! Matt Stevens’ HD helmet cam keeps picking up some awesome footage for our DVDs/Blu-rays. Here he works on Billy Truax in the Ruggio Racing #02 (which he rented to test it out and is trying to negotiate a buy after Billy Ruggio can’t find the time to run and will listen to potential buyers) and Brian Galletta who got an AMAZING start going 6th-to-2nd testing them both down low. And not on the down low.

Oswego Karting 6/19/2013 Mid-Week Twin Features!

Matt, who has amazing control of the karts that he drives, executed a move for the lead that nobody else can pull off.

Oswego Karting 6/19/2013 Mid-Week Twin Features!

Damn, that tricky Matty-Joey! And Brian jumping from 6th to 3rd on lap 1?! WTH?!

Feature #1 Finish:

1st. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #33) – 1 WIN!
2nd. Brian Galletta (Brian Galletta Motorsports #28) – 1 win
3rd. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com #74) – 1 win
4th. Dave Spanfelner (DS Humphrey’s #54) – 1 win
5th. Eric Woolworth (Raven Tavern #88) – 1 win
6th. Billy Truax (Ruggio Racing #02)
7th. Marc Sgarlata (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
8th. Scott McGroty (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
9th. Melissa Stevens – w/Lilybeth Stevens (Scissors ‘n Fur #19)
Makeup Retcon Race Credits:
10th. Adam Lytle (Lytle Motorsports #33c) – Earned 6/30/2013
11th. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) – Earned 7/21/2013
12th. Branden Matott (Inkings Tattoo/Woodchuck Saloon #781) – Earned 7/28/2013

35-Lap Feature #2:

Oswego Karting 6/19/2013 Mid-Week Twin Features!

2nd feature started with an inverted field from the finish of the 1st. What the starting lineup shows is every regular driver has accomplished 1 feature victory. We know some in the past have accused Matt of giving his own kart more power than the others. Nothing could be further from the truth, and our points and wins list shows that anybody who sticks with it competes, wins, compiles an excellent points-per-race, and win percentages. Not to mention how Chris and Matt will periodically hop into a somewhat ignored or ridiculed Galletta’s kart and not miss a beat. This race, Chris hopped into the #0, a fast kart that often does get igored.

2nd Feature Start:

1st. Billy Truax (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
2nd. Eric Woolworth (Raven Tavern #88) – 1 win
3rd. Dave Spanfelner (DS Humphrey’s #54) – 1 win
4th. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0) – 1 win
5th. Brian Galletta (Brian Galletta Motorsports #13) – 1 win
6th. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #33) – 1 win
7th. Melissa Stevens – w/Lilybeth Stevens (Scissors ‘n Fur #19)
8th. Scott McGroty (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) – DNS
9th. Marc Sgarlata (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) -DNS

Oswego Karting 6/19/2013 Mid-Week Twin Features!

Billy Truax, Chris Stevens and Dave Spanfelner battled it out in the top-3 for the majority of the race. Spanfelner took the lead early on but hit a loose patch that enabled Billy and Chris to get by him. The Chris drifted a bit too high in turn 3 and enabled Dave and Matt to get by him. When Dave went for the lead, Matt then made his move and passed the #54 with a few laps to go.

 

Oswego Karting 6/19/2013 Mid-Week Twin Features!

Oh that tricky Matt! His patented slingshot out of turn 4 was in full effect tonight! He pulled alongside Truax on the white flag lap, and by all appearances they either tied, or Billy got him by a sliver. Then, lap-35 came and Matt executed the move to perfection. To mostly everyone, it looked like a tie. But the cameras, Billy himself and Eric Woolworth (who’s kart was O.F.T.N.) said Matt got him by the slightest of margins. Pesky Matt does it again!

 Feature #2 Finish:

1st. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #33) – 2 wins!
2nd. Billy Truax (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9, Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
3rd. Dave Spanfelner (DS Humphrey’s #54) – 1 win
4th. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0) – 1 win
5th. Brian Galletta (Brian Galletta Motorsports #13) – 1 win
6th. Eric Woolworth (Raven Tavern #88) – 1 win – DNF
7th. Melissa Stevens – w/Lilybeth Stevens (Scissors ‘n Fur #19)  -DNF
8th. Scott McGroty (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) – DNS
9th. Marc Sgarlata (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) -DNS

Makeup Retcon Race Credits:
10th. Adam Lytle (Lytle Motorsports #33c) – Earned 6/30/2013
11th. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) – Earned 7/21/2013
12th. Branden Matott (Inkings Tattoo/Woodchuck Saloon #781) – Earned 7/28/2013

EXTRA NOTES: Real men do not race in the missionary position.

2013 1-WD Gas Flathead Karting World Championship Point Standings after 6/23/2013’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 2013 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 , and our division’s complete 2006-08 standings on Oswego Speedway’s cutesy lil’ Kiddie Kartway (before our class was  barred from, mocked and threatened ) 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]
® = Used Retcon Race; # = Used Timeout

Total Points (Place)

Average Points Per Feature

2013
Events
Entered

2013
Features
Entered

2013
Heat Wins/
Entered

2013
Feature Wins
*=Tie

Career Feature Wins (2000-up)

Years Pro in GKC

1st.

Brian Galletta - one of the original GKC members!Brian Galletta
(Brian Galletta #13, 28)
690.5
115.08
4
6

1/1

1

4

8th

2nd.
(3rd.)

Matt Stevens Profile - Pics from Matt's assorted kartsMaster Matt Stevens
(Galletta’s #33, 3, 74)
(#)

669.0
111.50
4
6

0/1

2

117*

18th

3rd.
(2nd.)

Christopher Galletta Stevens Driver Profile - Pics from soorted winning kartsChris “Chrusher ” Stevens
(Galletta’s #2, 8, 4, 0, 74)

656.0
109.33
4
6

0/1

1

65*

18th

4th.
(5th.)

David Spanfelner - Galletta's #9 -6/17/2012David Spanfelner
(D. S. Humphrey’s #54, Galletta’s #28, 9)

608.0
101.33
4
6

0/1

1

2

2nd

5th.
(4th.)

Eric Woolworth - Raven Tavern #88 (6/9/2013)Eric Woolworth
(Raven Tavern #88)

605.0
100.83
4
6

1/1

1

1

2nd

6th.
(10th.)

Billy Truax (Galletta's #7) 6/9/2013Billy Truax
(Galletta’s #7, 1, 02) ®®

456.0
76.00
2
6

0/1

0

0

1st

7th.

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

422.0
70.33
4
6

0/1

0

6

7th

7th.

 photo LilybethRoseStevens_zps4e5982c0.jpgLilybeth Rose Stevens
(Scissors ‘n Fur #19)

422.0
70.33
4
6

0/1

0

0

®

9th.
(6th.)

Adam Lytle #33c - 8/19/2012Adam Lytle
(Adam Lytle #33c)

339.5

84.88

3

4

0/1

0

0

2nd

10th.
(12th.)

Kevin Galletta (Galletta's #0)Kevin Galletta
(Galletta’s #7, 9)

210.5
70.17
1
3

0/1

0

0

1st

11th.
(–)

 photo Marc-Sgarlata-Gallettas-7-20130623_zps97113bd2.jpgMarc Sgarlata
(Galletta’s #7) ®
210.0
70.00
1
3

0/1

0

0

®

12th.
(9th.)

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

205.5

102.75

2

2

0/1

0

4

3rd

13th.
(–)

 photo Marc-Sgarlata-Gallettas-7-20130623_zps97113bd2.jpgScott McGroty
(Galletta’s #1) ®
199.0
66.33
1
3

0/1

0

0

®

14th.
(11th.)

Mark

Mark “Gooner Gilligan” Groesbeck
(Galletta’s #1) ®

161.0

78.00

1

2

0/1

0

0

®