7/14/2013: Matt Stevens Breaks Bro’s Streak in 45-Lap Feature Triumph

Oswego Karting 7/14/2013: Matt Stevens, winningest Oswego Karter (yes, that includes every single Oswego Kartway driver in every single year), wins again!

SUNDAY, JULY 14th, 2013, OSWEGO, NY – Matt Stevens (in the Galletta’s Greenhouse #3) snapped his brother’s 3-feature win streak by passing polesitter and early-leader Adam Lytle (Lytle #33c) on a lap-16 restart and led the rest of the way. Matt wins his 3rd feature of 2013 with the triumph, coming back from a lap 0 warning where flagger Wesley “Ogre” Stevens claimed Matt jumped the gun (he did go from 5th to tied for 1st at the start before Wes threw the yellow for the warning). Meanwhile, his brother Chris trapped Lytle in traffic for 2nd and was hoping for 10 more laps and a little mre traffic so he could challenge. Honorable mention goes to Adam Lytle, who is continuing to show improvement with his fresher motor prepped by Matt a few weeks back and if not for a slow restart and lapped traffic, may have had his 1st career win. The hot temperatures kept some from making the race – and we almost had to postpone, but some late arriving rookies made for 10 competitors in the show, which qualified for our self-imposed minimum driver requirement at 8. However, missing was Brian Galletta, who took some damage in the points race after being in the top-3 all season until now. (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.

MAKEUP/RETCON HEAT

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Drivers who miss at least one race are given the opportunity to make-up missed events by racing in “retcon” heat races that count them in the back of the pack of the earliest race they missed. It also serves a dual purpose to get 1st-timer rookies accustomed to the track and karts, and they used to simply be known as rookie races. Dave Spanfelner and Eric Woolworth also ran in the race,  but since they have not missed one yet,  they will be banked points if they miss a race this season. If they don’t miss one race, it won’t count.

Finish:
1st. Adam Lytle (Lytle Racing #33c) – Earned 9th in 7/7/2013’s 45-Lap Feature
2nd. Branden “Toomer” Matott (Raven Tavern #78) – Earned 12th place in both 6/19/2013’s Twin 30-Lap Features
3rd. David Hamilton (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) – Earned 17th place in 6/5/2013’s 45-Lap Feature
4th. Alex Emond (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6) – Earned 18th place in 6/5/2013’s 45-Lap Feature

45-LAP FEATURE EVENT

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The start of the feature saw naughty Matty-Joey try to jump the whole field the second the green flag dropped! Bad boy… haven’t you won enough passing fair and square?! You would think winning more races than all other Oswego Karters in the history of Oswego karting (yes, that includes the pay tracks, not just our track) would be enough! Sheesh, Matt!

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Matt-cam!


Start:

1st. Adam Lytle (Lytle Racing #33c)
2nd. Branden “Tumor” Matott (Raven Tavern #78)
3rd. Eric Woolworth (Raven Tavern #88)
4th. Dave Spanfelner (DS Humphrey’s #81)
5th. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)
6th. Chris “Chrusher” Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
7th. David Hamilton (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
8th. Alex Emond (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
9th. Melissa Stevens – w/Lilybeth Stevens (Scissors ‘n Fur #19)

Now that’s a bettah’ start! Adam Lytle charges from the pole sitting position!

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Matt still tried getting under everybody, but at least it was a better start and he didn’t take the lead on lap 1 from 5th.
Remember, on starts and restarts (1) leader sets the pace (and start speeding up between 3 and 4) but should not go full speed until hitting the pylon in turn 4, and (2) no karts may get out of line nor make a pass attempt until the leader passes the pylon in 4. ALso, karts should stay LESS THEN one kart length behind the kart in front of them, preferably half or less, as long as you aren’t riding the bumper. Any more or less and the starter can throw the caution and restart it with 1 warning. A 2nd time and the offender(s) will be placed in last. ANy restarts that do not seem smooth, the starter can halt it and we’ll try again. Smooth and fair is the key.

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Lytle had the #33c moving pretty good all race. In the early going, he held off challenges from Eric Woolworth and Matt Stevens.

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On lap 16, Woolworth spun out attempting a pass on Lytle. The restart proved to be the opening that Matt Stevens needed, as he powered by the #33c slingshotting out of turn 4 as soon as the green flag dropped.

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Lytle was still proving quite fast, holding off the Galletta’s #0 driven by Chris Stevens for many laps, until lap 34, where Chris trapped Adam on a lapped kart. Chris  felt like he needed 10 more laps and a few more lapped karts to give Matt a run for the win. Meanwhile, Chris has been enjoying the speed and handling in the #0, and is amazed by the amount of cowardly wannabe racers/karters in Oswego County that could race a kart like this but totally wuss out. If you are reading this and don’t race with us, this means YOU. Puss.


Finish:

1st. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)
2nd.Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
3rd. Adam Lytle (Lytle Racing #33c)
4th. Dave Spanfelner (DS Humphrey’s #81, #54)
5th. Alex Emond (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
6th. David Hamilton (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
7th. Branden “Tumor” Matott (Raven Tavern #88, #78)
8th. Eric Woolworth (Raven Tavern #78)
9th. Melissa Stevens – w/Lilybeth Stevens (Scissors ‘n Fur #19)
Retcon Bonus Point Earnings:
10th. Brian Galletta (Brian Galletta #28) – earned in 7/21/2013’s Heats
11th. Billy Truax (Truax Racing #02) – earned in 7/28/2013’s Heats

2013 1-WD Gas Flathead Karting World Championship Point Standings after 7/14/2013’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)

1212.5
121.25
7
10
2
0
4
68
18th

2nd.

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

1181.0
118.10
7
10
2
0
3
118
18th

3rd.
(4th.)

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

1016.0
101.60
7
10
2
0
1
2
2nd

4th.
(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
7th

5th.

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

934.5
93.45
7
10
2
1
1
1
2nd

6th.
(8th.)

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

851.0
85.10
5
10
1
0
0
0
2nd

7th.
(6th.)

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

720.0
72.00
7
10
2
0
0
7
7th

7th
(6th.)

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

720.0
72.00
7
10
2
0
0
0
®

9th.

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

617.0
77.13
3
8
0
0
0
0
1st

10th.

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

481.0
80.17
3
6
1
0
0
0
1st

11th.
(13th.)

Branden “Toomer” Matott (Galletta’s #2, 9) ®
394.0
78.80
1
5
0
0
0
0
®

12th
(11th.)

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

452.5
90.50
3
5
1
0
0
4
3rd

13th.
(12th.)

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

426.5
71.08
2
6
0
0
0
0
1st

14th.

 photo Marc-Sgarlata-Gallettas-7-20130623_zps97113bd2.jpgMarc Sgarlata
(Galletta’s #7) ®
207.0
69.00
1
3
0
0
0
0
®

15th.

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.

 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
0
0
0
1st

18th.
(NEW)

Davey Hamilton (Galletta’s #6) ®
144.5
72.25
1
2
0
0
0
0
®

19th.
(NEW)

Alex Ermand (Galletta’s #1) ®
140.5
70.25
1
2
0
0
0
0
®

Handicap Starting Order for the next race:

At Galletta’s, our handicap formula for all regular-season point races (minus Klassic [time trials] and the 2nd of a twin feature [invert finish of 1st except prior winners]) is to invert the field by (1) current season wins, (2) past season wins, and finally current season points-per-feature. It helps experienced drivers who have not yet won a feature (recently or in prior years) nor finished well in weekly races by inverting first wins and then points-per-race.

Position Name
Feature Wins
2013
Average Points Per Feature
Feature Wins 2000-13
1st Collin Miller
0
60.67
0
2nd Kevin Galletta
0
71.08
0
3rd Billy Truax
0
77.13
0
4th Mark Groesbeck
0
78.80
0
5th Branden Matott
0
80.17
0
6th Adam Lytle
0
85.10
0
7th Gary Miller Jr.
0
67.67
1
8th Joe Sereno
0
90.50
4
9th Eric Woolworth
1
93.45
1
10th David Spanfelner
1
101.60
2
11th Brian Galletta
1
106.78
4
12th Matt Stevens
3
118.10
118
13th Chris Stevens
4
121.25
68
14th Scott McGroty
0
65.33
0
15th Marc Sgarlata
0
69.00
0
16th Alex Ermand
0
70.25
0
17th David Hamilton
0
72.25
0
—- Returning veterans
—- 1st-timer Newbie rookies
—- Melissa Stevens w/Lilybeth Stevens
0
72.00
7