7/7/2013: Chris Stevens wins 3rd Straight Feature at 18th Annual Independence Day 45!

Oswego Karting 7/7/2013: Chris Stevens wins 3rd straight Oswego Dirt Karting Feature! That's in ALL divisions on all tracks.

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SUNDAY, JULY 7th, 2013, OSWEGO, NY – Chris Stevens took the Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/R&C Sushi #4 into victory lane with a strong performance for his 4th feature win of 2013 (including 3rd in a row!). The Independence Day 45-Lapper, our 18th annual race to celebrate America’s birthday, was filled with close and competitive racing from start to finish, and the Blu-Ray/DVD shows just what we are talking about when we say we are the largest, most experienced, most competitive karting class in the area, bar none. Not to mention by FAR the most affordable. Initial leader Joe Sereno was holding strong – as Chris, Matt Stevens and Brian Galletta all passed each other back and forth behind him – until his drive tire started going down and then blew shortly after the #4 passed him for the lead. Then another battle occurred as the leaders came up on traffic between Chris, Brian, and Matt… a tremendous contest from start to finish. (And Buddy the Galletta’s Greenhouse Patrol cat photo-bombed victory lane… AGAIN!) More below!!!!

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Commentators Chris Stevens and Uncle Ogie Stevens bring you the unfathomably talented and exciting racing action weekly in our Galletta’s Karting Club DVDs ($5), AVCHDs ($8) or Blu-rays ($12). Cameras by Rungnapha “Aou” Stevens and Melissa Stevens. Oh, and Matt Stevens (helmet cam). They are awesome.

HEAT 1

Start:
1st. Branden “Toomer” Matott (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
2nd. Eric Woolworth (Raven Tavern #88) [1 win]
3rd. Brian Galletta (Brian Galletta Motorsports #28)
4th. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/R&C Sushi #4)
—. * Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) – DNS – Earned makeup points 11th in both of the 6/19/2013 Twin-30s.

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Finish:
1st. Brian Galletta (Brian Galletta Motorsports #28)
2nd. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/R&C Sushi #4)
3rd. Branden “Toomer” Matott (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
4th. Eric Woolworth (Raven Tavern #88) – DNF
—. * Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) – DNS – Earned makeup points 11th in both of the 6/19/2013 Twin-30s.

HEAT 2

Start:
1st. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
2nd. Dave Spanfelner (DS Humphrey’s #54)
3rd. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com #74)
4th. Melissa Stevens – w/Lilybeth Stevens (Scissors ‘n Fur #19)
—. ** Branden “Toomer” Matott (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) – DNS – Earned makeup points for 12th in the 6/9/2013 45-Lapper.

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Finish:
1st. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
2nd. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com #74)
3rd. Dave Spanfelner (DS Humphrey’s #54)
4th. Melissa Stevens – w/Lilybeth Stevens (Scissors ‘n Fur #19) – DNF
—. ** Branden “Toomer” Matott (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) – DNS – Earned makeup points for 12th in the 6/9/2013 45-Lapper.

Makeup Race Credits:
* = Joe Sereno was scheduled to run both heats to earn make-up points (he missed a few weeks due to work and drunk mouth humping). However, he had to flag for starter Wesley Stevens, who was eating. He is credited with makeup points for this, and is counted as a DNS. He earned makeup points 11th in both of the 6/19/2013 Twin-30s.
** = Branden did not start the 2nd heat, but was automatically counted and earned makeup points for 12th in the 6/9/2013 45-Lapper.

45-LAP FEATURE EVENT

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Start:
1st. Branden “Toomer” Matott (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
2nd. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
3rd. Eric Woolworth (Raven Tavern #78) [1 win]
4th. Dave Spanfelner (DS Humphrey’s #54) [1 win]
5th. Brian Galletta (Brian Galletta Motorsports #28) [1 win]
6th. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com #74) [2 wins]
7th. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/R&C Sushi #4) [3 wins]
8th. Melissa Stevens – w/Lilybeth Stevens (Scissors ‘n Fur #19)

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In the early going we can see that the low groove was open for business today. Here Chris Stevens takes the Galletta’s Greenhouse/Crusher.com/R&C Sushi #4 down low (not ON the down low, son… that’s what the so called “karters” who don’t come out to race with us do), while Eric Woolworth (Raven Tavern #78), Dave Spanfelner (DS Humphrey’s #54), Brian Galletta (Brian Galletta Motorsports #28), and Matt Stevens (in the Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com #74).

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Any karter in the area with balls races at Galletta’s. Racing at its purest form, the Rucker Park of karting. Most simply do not have what it takes.

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A good chunk of the race it was a back-and-forth battle between the top three in points, brothers Chris and Matt Stevens and cousin Brian Galletta.

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Joe fighting to get under Mattot on lap 1.

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In the early going, Joseph Sereno blasted into the lead (in the Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) with his new motor aboard. But look at that pesky lil’ powerhouse Matt Stevens (in the Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com #74) sneaking in there, in the grass to attempt a pass! Matt was in 2nd pressuring Joe before he had to pit with a flailing loose nerf bar, which he quickly pitted to tear off and resume.

After that, a display of both excellent, top-notch back-and-forth racing and unexpected, nonsensical comedy occured between leaders Joe Sereno, Chris Stevens and Brian Galletta…

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With Joe leading, Brian used a banzai pass on Chris in turn 1. When he did this, he inexplicably flipped Joe off, while Chris slingshotted back by him to regain 2nd place. Then, Chris tried getting under Joe, Joe got out of shape and the #4 tapped the #5. The #5 badly slowed, and it  appears that it had a softening left-rear tire, which went completely flat and got both Chris and Brian by. But not before Brian smashed Joe for good measure on the pass. Brian has been on a rampage of late (and it makes for some great video)!

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Skulduggery has been suspected, and there is some compelling evidence here as it appears as if Dave and Matt had a transaction when he waived Matt by during the race and were seen exchanging money after the race. Hmmm…. but why would Matt need any help, as since the 2000 season at Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Speedway (2000-’12) and Oswego Speedway’s Dirt Kartway (2006-’08), he has won a combined 129 features, 16 track championships, and since 1995, has won 12 Annual Classic Championships combined on the two tracks, and is a close 2nd in points and wins thus far this season as well! 😉 😀

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The race went on with Brian staying with Chris, and Matt catching them both (after Dave waived him by).

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When Brian tried trapping Chris and passing him on Spanfelner, Matt got by the #28. Then, when Chris tried to get by Dave, Matt tried trapping the #4 on the #81 as well!

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Much like last year’s Klassic 200, Dave is always a beast to pass, even if it is fighting from going a lap down. Brian, Matt and Chris battled for the lead while trying to get by Dave, and it made for a handful of truly epic laps!

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Most exciting is Matt’s helmet cam, which shows the battle from the Matt-person perspective. You won’t find tighter open wheel karting around. These guys are pros, and they feel that cookie-cutter bodies that most other classes use only make for clumsier, sloppier racing. Open wheel forces respectful and clean driving.

[NOTE: As you can see, Dave is trying out a Box Stock Blue Clone on his backup DS Humphreys #81. Box stock won’t cut it as Dave was powerful enough in the turns but lacked top speed in the straights, so it appears that it’d need race enhancements to be on equal footing. We’re still looking at experimenting for a heavier driver to try with… IF they wanted to put money into some racing enhancements. Dave’s fathead on his starter art – the DS Humphreys #54 –  is a beast.]

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However, the tremendous 3-kart battle was cut short with Chris and Matt side-by-side when Brian Galletta’s front bumper locked with Matt’s back bumper, and they both hit the loose patch and went off of turn 4. That ended the best race in recent memory, with Chris surviving, and Dave going from 4th to 2nd, and Brian then developing more mechanical problems and dropping off with a few laps to go. However, on the restart, Dave let Matt by to go after Chris, but again Chris held off his masterful brother for the feature win, his 4th of 2013 and his 3rd in 7 days!

Video clip of the last lap and a half of the final battle, compressed down from our HD videos (standard DVDs, and HD-quality AVCHDs, and/or Blu-rays are available):

(Camera angle by Melissa Stevens)

Finish:
1st. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/R&C Sushi #4) [4th WIN of ’13]
2nd. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com #74)
3rd. Dave Spanfelner (DS Humphrey’s #54, #81)
4th. Branden “Toomer” Matott (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
5th. Joe Sereno (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5, Brian Galletta Motorsports #13)
6th. Eric Woolworth (Raven Tavern #88, 78) [1 win]
7th. Brian Galletta (Brian Galletta Motorsports #28) [1 win] – DNF
8th. Melissa Stevens – w/Lilybeth Stevens (Scissors ‘n Fur #19) – DNF
Retcon Makeup Point Credits:
9th. Adam Lytle (Lytle Racing #33c) – Earned in 7/14/2013’s 45-Lap Feature
10th. Billy Truax (Truax #02) – Earned in 7/21/2013?s 45-Lapper

2013 1-WD Gas Flathead Karting World Championship Point Standings after 7/7/2013’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 club’s 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 lil’ dirt track out back 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
Entered

2013
Heat Wins

2013
Feature Wins
*=Tie

Career Feature Wins (2000-up)

Years Pro in GKC

1st.

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

1077.0 119.67 6 9 2 0 4 68*

18th

2nd.

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

1020.0 113.33 6 9

2

0

2

117*

18th

3rd.

Brian Galletta - one of the original GKC members!Brian Galletta
(Brian Galletta #13, 28)
961.0 106.78 6 9

2

2

1

4

8th

4th.

David Spanfelner - Galletta's #9 -6/17/2012David Spanfelner
(D. S. Humphrey’s #54, 81, Galletta’s #28, 9)

913.0 101.44 6 9

2

0

1

2

2nd

5th.

Eric Woolworth - Raven Tavern #88 (6/9/2013)Eric Woolworth
(Raven Tavern #88, 78)

836.5
92.94
6 9

2

1

1

1

2nd

6th
(8th.)

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

632.0 70.22 6 9

2

0

0

6

7th

6th
(8th.)

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

632.0 70.22 6 9

2

0

0

0

®

8th.
(6th.)

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

619.5 77.44

4

8

1

0

0

0

2nd

9th.
(7th.)

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

617.0 77.13
3
8

1

0

0

0

1st

10th.
(13th.)

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

452.5

90.5

3

5

1

0

0

4

3rd

11th
(10th.)

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

426.5 71.08 2 6

1

0

0

0

1st

12th.
(11th.)

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

394.0 78.80 2 5

1

0

0

0

®

13th.
(16th.)

Branden “Toomer” Matott (Galletta’s #2, 9) ® 388.0 77.60
2
5

1

0

0

0

1st

14th.
(12th.)

 photo Marc-Sgarlata-Gallettas-7-20130623_zps97113bd2.jpgMarc Sgarlata
(Galletta’s #7) ®
207.0 69.00
1
3

1

0

0

0

®

15th.
(14th.)

Gary Miller Jr. in his dad's #24Gary Miller Jr. (Galletta’s #6) ® 203.0 67.67
1
3

0

0

0

1

2nd

16th.
(15th.)

 photo Marc-Sgarlata-Gallettas-7-20130623_zps97113bd2.jpgScott McGroty
(Galletta’s #1) ®
196.0 65.33
1
3

0

0

0

0

®

17th.

Pace Kart Driver - Collin Miller - Galletta's #0 (Time Trialed 7th!)Collin Miller
(Galletta’s #0) ®
182.0 60.67
1
3

0/1

0/1

0

0

1st

 Handicap Starting Order for 7/14/2013 Event:

Pos. Driver Name
®= Retcon Makeup Race
T = In-Race Timeout Used
#1
Feature Wins
2013
#2
Feature Wins 2000-up
#3
Average Points Per Race
2013
Events
2013
Features
Total Points
1st Collin Miller ®
0
0
60.67
1
3
182.0
2nd Kevin Galletta ®®
0
0
71.08
2
6
426.5
3rd Billy Truax ®®
0
0
77.13
3
8
617.0
4th Adam Lytle ®
0
0
77.44
4
8
619.5
5th ROOKIE – Branden Matott ®®
0
0
77.60
2
5
388.0
6th ROOKIE –Mark Groesbeck ®®
0
0
78.80
1
5
394.0
7th NEWB – Scott McGroty ®
0
0
65.33
1
3
196.0
8th NEWB –Marc Sgarlata ®
0
0
69.00
1
3
207.0
9th Gary Miller Jr. ®
0
1
67.67
1
3
203.0
10th Joe Sereno ®
0
4
90.50
3
5
452.5
11th Eric Woolworth
1
1
92.94
6
9
836.5
12th David Spanfelner
1
2
101.44
6
9
913.0
13th Brian Galletta
1
4
106.78
6
9
961.0
14th Matt Stevens (T)
2
117
113.33
6
9
1020.0
15th Chris Stevens
4
68
119.67
6
9
1077.0
&-up Newly Returning Veterans
(inverted by wins)
&-up 1st-Timer Rookie/Newbies
(inverted by weight)
Last Melissa Stevens w/Lilybeth
0
7
70.22
6
9
632.0