2014 brings our 19th Annual Points Season at Galletta’s – ’14 Opener Set to Begin IS ON NOW!

The 2014 season is looming, our 19th points season, the longest-running annual weekly dirt karting point circuit in the area. Here is our upcoming schedule, which has been known to be the same every season, but this year we have a few tweaks! One that we have been considering for a while now has come: We will be racing primarily on Saturdays all year (with Sunday as a primary rain-date or Friday as a preemptive rain-date). Race with some of the nicest AND talented drivers in the area in the most affordable motorsport in the area. And, while you’re at it? Try and beat Matt and Chris Stevens, who are the two most experienced karters in Oswego, and nobody has ever beat them out for 1st and 2nd in any weekly annual point series that they entered in 18 years.:

Saturday, May 31st – Sunday, June 1st, 2014 – Was a spruce-up/practice/fun day is set for Saturday and Sunday evenings, where track work and kart maintenance is needed and a free kart practice is set for anyone who chips in to help get things ready… IF the track is ready. Please keep in mind, that we are firstly a greenhouse, and a fact lost to many karters who can’t wait for our start, work comes first. Spruce-up is not to be done too early, as the greenhouse has customers and plants to water, so it would be a good idea to wait until the late-afternoon/early-evening.
[NOTE: Track was prepped and thanks to all who chipped in! Brian Galletta, Kelly Miller and Adam Lytle’s efforts helped Matt a great deal towards the track being ready for next weekend’s opener!]

Saturday, June 7th, 2014 – Our 19th Annual Points Opener. We have no meaningless “fun” race dates like kiddie kart tracks do. When the races are on, they count for both our annual points series and our all-time one. That’s how men race. And attendance is half the battle in beating the #1 and #2 winningest karters in Oswego, NY! We would be honored, if you would join us. (Hoo-Paah!)

Then. It went down…

19th Annual Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Speedway Season Opener won by Eric Woolworth in the #88!

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SATURDAY, JUNE 7TH, 2014, OSWEGO, NY – The original, longest-running, and most experienced karting class in Oswego, NY began their 19th point season, and it was another tremendous, highly-skilled battle from front to back and start to finish. Melissa Stevens, Adam Lytle, Eric Woolworth and Brian Galletta all took turns leading. Kelly Miller, Matt Stevens and Chris Stevens battled back and forth all night behind them. But after then-leader Brian Galletta’s brand-new #42 plowed into the 1st turn wall (when his left front hub imploded) taking out 3rd place Matt Stevens as well, Eric Woolworth held off defending track champ Chris Stevens for the rest of the way for a triumphant win. A kart that he sold to a newbie in 2013, bought it back (for a measly $110?! The motor alone was worth more than that!), and was a rocket-ship with a replaced drive tire with an experienced driver at the helm. View below for more points, pictures and details!

HEAT RACE

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Heat saw the return to racing action for Matt Stevens’ wife Melissa, who just took one lap in every race last season due to being pregnant with their first child – Lilybeth. She had to hop into her backup, the #80, when the #19 lost a pull cord before the heat started.

Heat Start:

  1. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #80)
  2. Adam Lytle (Lytle Racing #33c)
  3. Eric Woolworth (Raven Tavern #88)
  4. Brian Galletta (Bobandinator-Platt-num/Galletta #42)
  5. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
  6. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)
  7. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/R&C Sushi Bar/Chrusher.com #4)
  8. Matthew Daniels (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) – Newbie/Rookie

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Brian Galletta tried to take the heat on the start in the low groove and lost several spots, although showed the Platt-num/Galletta #42 has a good ability to stick, as he held said groove for several laps before relinquishing.

 

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Chris, Kelly and Matt resumed their epic Klassic battle had a nice back-and-forth 3-way race in the middle of the pack.

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Heat was shortened to 5 laps before it began to make sure the show got completed before dark. With the greenhouse’s busy season taking so much of our time,not all of  the lights were ready for prime-time.

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She promptly led every lap to win the heat.

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Chris Stevens (#4), Kelly Miller (#7)  and Matt Stevens (#3) – the only three that survived the 2013 Klassic and waged an epic battle for the lead in it – right back at it in the opening heat!

Heat Finish:

  1. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #80)
  2. Eric Woolworth (Raven Tavern #88)
  3. Adam Lytle (Lytle Racing #33c)
  4. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/R&C Sushi Bar/Chrusher.com #4)
  5. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
  6. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)
  7. Brian Galletta (Bobandinator-Platt-num/Galletta #42)
  8. Matthew Daniels (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) – Newbie/Rookie

19th Annual Season Opener at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Speedway begins!

40-Lap Feature Start:

  1. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #80)
  2. Adam Lytle (Lytle Racing #33c)
  3. Eric Woolworth (Raven Tavern #88)
  4. Brian Galletta (Bobandinator-Platt-num/Galletta #42)
  5. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
  6. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)
  7. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/R&C Sushi Bar/Chrusher.com #4)
  8. Matthew Daniels (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) – Newbie/Rookie

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Matt Stevens’  helmet cam picked up some great action throughout. Here he looks for a way under his brother Chris (#4), Adam Lytle (#33c), and Kelly Miller (#7).

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Brian Galletta was a man on a mission in his newly rebuilt (to meet width requirements to satisfy race starter/ head chassis spec man Wesley “Ogre” Stevens) #42…

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He hunted early-leader Eric Woolworth down like a dog and muscled the #42 into the top spot, where he looked poise to win the feature.

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Brian and Eric immediately started pulling away again after a restart for Kelly Miller (#7 lost a drive-wheel).

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But then the only downer on an otherwise great race happened. Going strong down the front stretch, the #42’s left front wheel IMPLODED just before hitting the turn. Without control, he went nose 1st into the race tire barrier under the race tower. The usually quick-reaction Matt Stevens had nowhere to go and speared his drive tire with the front bumper of the #3.

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Second shot. Brian was shaken up a bit and got sore ribs. You can see here how far he got bent up.


Here’s a short video clip, compressed from our HD Blu-Ray or DVD home videos.


Same as above, but slow-mo. He will be a race-time decision to start next week, but may just run 1 lap for points until healed up. Well… ok, doctor’s orders, 2-4 weeks off.

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After Kelly Miller lost a drive-wheel on the #7 and hopped into the #9, he immediately began battling with husband-and-wife Matt and Melissa Stevens. He was nipped by a bumper at the finish line by Matt Stevens for 3rd.

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Eric Woolworth may have been caught from behind by Brian Galletta, but he turned on the jets and defending track champ Chris Stevens was unable to give him a challenge in his potent #4 (which was nearly undefeatable in 2013). Eric absolutely FLEECED aspiring karter Ryan Palmer in the exchange getting the kart (with a FAST motor on it) back for a fraction of the value. And the #88 looks to be a beast to contend with all year!

COMPLETE RACE FOOTAGE (from Tower Cam):

MATT’S COMPLETE HELMET CAM FOOTAGE (+multi-angle Wreck rewind):

40-Lap Feature Finish:

  1. Eric Woolworth (Raven Tavern #88)
  2. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/R&C Sushi Bar/Chrusher.com #4)
  3. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)
  4. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7 / #9)
  5. Adam Lytle (Lytle Racing #33c)
  6. Matthew Daniels (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) – Newbie/Rookie
  7. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #80)
  8. DNF – Brian Galletta (Bobandinator-Platt-num/Galletta #42)RETCON MAKE-UP RACE CREDITS:
  9. Kevin Galletta (Platt-num/Galletta #28) – 1st in 6/14/2014 makeup heat race
  10. David Turner (Platt-num/Turner #43) – 2nd in 6/14/2014 makeup heat race
  11. Keith Raymond (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) – earned in 7/5/2014 makeup heat race
  12. * Grover Sixberry Jr. (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) – earned in 7/12/2014 makeup heat race
  13. * Chad Combs (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) – earned in 7/19/2014 makeup heat race* = Will be cashed in when makes 2nd race in 2014. Otherwise they will expire, since they obviously didn’t care about them anyways, thus why give them credit and take time adding them in?

2014 Gas Flathead National Championship / 2014 Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Speedway Point Standings

Position
Name (Go-Karts Piloted)
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®=Retcon Race T =Timeout Used
Total
Points (Place)
Average Points Per Feature
Features
Entered
Feature Wins
Win %

Heats
Won/
Entered

Years Pro at Galletta’s
All- time Features
All-Time Feature Wins
All-Time Win %
1st
Eric Woolworth
(The Raven #88)
166.00
166.00
1
1
100%
0/1
3rd
53
3
6%
2nd
Chris Stevens 
(Galletta’s /
Chrusher.com / R&C Sushi #4)
131.00
131.00
1
0
0%
0/1
19th
313
70
22%
3rd
Kelly Miller 
(Galletta’s #7, 9)
114.00
114.00
1
0
0%
0/1
7th
22
2
9%
4th
Matt Stevens 
(Galletta’s #3)
113.00
113.00
1
0
0%
0/1
19th
318
120
38%
5th
Adam Lytle 
(Lytle #33)
110.00
110.00
1
0
0%
0/1
3rd
50
1
2%
6th
Melissa Stevens 
(Scissors ‘n Fur #80)
101.00
101.00
1
0
0%
1/1
8th
143
7
5%
7th
Brian Galletta 
(Galletta / Platt-Num #42)
96.50
96.50
1
0
0%
0/1
8th
97
6
6%
8th
Matthew Daniels 
(Galletta’s #1)
91.00
91.00
1
0
0%
0/1
®
1
0
0%

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NEXT RACE: Saturday, June 14th 2014!