7/5/2014 – Matt Stevens wins 5th of July 50-Lapper in Galletta’s Greenhouse #6!

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SATURDAY, JULY 5th, 2014, OSWEGO, NY –   After taking a weekend off
due to not enough drivers (we don’t believe less than 8 drivers makes a class),
sometimes Chris and Matt Stevens have to show that their karts aren’t better
than everyone else’s. They are ALL fast and ALL capable of winning races with
an experienced and talented driver at the helm.  Many
drivers have proven it through the years
, but still, from time to time,
the sometimes neglected backups that nobody thinks are fast need time to shine.
So sometimes they go out in backups that sometimes get scoffed at as inferior,
or a newbie will think are junk. For America’s birthday 2014, Matt hopped into
the often-ignored/scoffed-at Galletta’s Greenhouse #6, and Chris hopped into
the often-ignored/scoffed-at Galletta’s Greenhouse #0, and they promptly scored
1st and 2nd with a half track to to spare. Dave Turner and then Kelly Miller
led early with Adam Lytle and Chris Stevens in chase, but a wreck took the top-3
out and set Matt up for the win (although Chris did get back into it and
challenge him before settling for 2nd with mechanical problems – no brakes and
stuck throttle). Points leader Eric Woolworth took a crazy wreck into the tower
as well. More details, pics, points and a video clip are here!

HEAT 1

START:
1. Adam Lytle (Lytle Racing #33c)
2. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
3. Kevin Galletta (Platt-num/Galletta #28)
4. Eric Woolworth (Raven Tavern #88)
— RETCON MAKE-UP CREDIT
5. (R) Keith Raymond (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)


Adam Lytle holds off Kelly Miller for the 1st heat win.

FINISH:
1. Adam Lytle (Lytle Racing #33c)
2. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
3. Kevin Galletta (Platt-num/Galletta #28)
4. Eric Woolworth (Raven Tavern #88)
— RETCON MAKE-UP CREDIT
5. (R) Keith Raymond (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) = Earned 11th in 6/7/2014 40-lapper

HEAT 2

START:
1. David Turner (Platt-num-Turner #43)
2. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #19)
3. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
4. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
5. (R) Keith Raymond (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)


David Turner holds off the top-3 drivers in Galletta’s Point-scoring history
(and therefore all Oswego area karting itself!) in heat 1 for the 1st heat win.
Not bad for your 1st heat victory!

FINISH:
1. David Turner (Platt-num-Turner #43)
2. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
3. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
4. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #19)
5. (R) Keith Raymond (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)

FEATURE


David Turner leads the opening laps in the Platt-num/Turner #43 (The former
Platt-num/Galletta #13).

START:
1. David Turner (Platt-num-Turner #43)
2. Adam Lytle (Lytle Racing #33c)
3. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #19)
4. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
5. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
6. Kevin Galletta (Platt-num/Galletta #28)
7. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
8. Eric Woolworth (Raven Tavern #88)
9. (R) Keith Raymond (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)


Adam Lytle takes advantage of the #43 being loose in turn 1 and takes the lead
in the early going.


Kelly Miller storms off in the lead blowing by a few competitors in the powerful
Galletta’s Greenhouse #7. However, he got loose in turn one, brushed the wall,
and came back down to collect 2nd place Lytle and 3rd place Chris Stevens. Sonofa…
that means 4th place Matt Stevens inherits the lead! Matt sometimes has all
the luck!


Matt leads the field in the Galletta’s Greenhouse #6, and often ignored, mocked,
and neglected kart. Many rookie renters raced it and believed that it is a stinker
and the vets have better karts. Wanna’ bet? Matt’s here to demonstrate that
ALL of his karts can not just win but blow away the field with an experienced
karter behind the wheel.

I sense an ongoing theme here. Turn 1 was loose as heck, apparently, as yet
ANOTHER crash occurred! Points leader Eric Woolworth and rookie David Turner
plow into the tire-walls under the race tire and Woolworth flips violently.

Two compressed clips of the crash:

Well… okay, you caught us lying. Actually, Matt and Chris were concerned
that Eric was doing a little TOO well, and sent the David “The Hitman”
Turner to take him out. He did. Eric’s carcass was buried in the woods. We were
kind enough to mark his grave though.

Later on, Kelly Miller took the #7 into
the tower again and hopped into the Galletta’s Greenhouse #9 hoping for better
handling.

Chris Stevens has also heard the complaints in the past of long-gone one-and-done
drivers who try our Galletta’s Karts, lose badly, and believe the veterans (particularly
Matt and Chris) simply have superior karts. Well, Matt and Chris kind of relish
proving naysayers wrong. The rest of the race saw Matt Stevens in the often-ignored-and-mocked
Galletta’s Greenhouse #6 and Chris Stevens in the often-ignored-and-mocked Galletta’s
Greenhouse #0 pull away from the rest of the field and get 1st and 2nd with
a half track to spare.


Considering Chris had a sticking throttle and a broken brake band while on a
loose track and still scoring a 2nd place finish is just a cherry on top. But
this point will be forgotten when the next batch of rookies come along and get
lapped in these same karts. Lessons learned: (#1) We do not fix the races by
giving ourselves superior vehicles, (#2) Experience racing ANYTHING, but especially
racing in these karts goes a LONG way in these vehicles, and (#3) racing go-karts
for around two decades usually means you’re probably pretty good at it, and
a beginner will not have very much of a chance, even handicapped up front with
an equal (or sometimes even better kart), until he/she gets enough experience
to learn how to take the track and keep speeds up. But will these lessons stick?
Our regular veteran Galletta’s club drivers all know this is the case, but rookies
(especially the ones who don’t take these races seriously and think we are a
bunch of stupid hicks who race junker karts) will not get it. The two most accomplished
karters in Oswego on the largest and longest-running karting track in Oswego
are here racing every week and provided people with equal backups to race against
at Galletta’s. Big track drivers such as our own Kelly Miller (Super Stock and
Supermodified driver) will agree… these races are as much fun as you can have
racing for the price and we go out of our way to make sure the track and karts
are ready for anybody to hop into and have fun – especially when one sticks
at it. The only thing we don’t have is consistent attendance of capable drivers
– as we can field around twenty karts on this track with these karts and only
get 8-10 butts in karts a week. Come on up and have fun… run with the local
karting masters.

FINISH:
1. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
2. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
3. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7, #9)
4. David Turner (Platt-num-Turner #43)
5. (R) Keith Raymond (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
6. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #19, 80)
7. DNF – Kevin Galletta (Platt-num/Galletta #28)
8. DNF – Eric Woolworth (Raven Tavern #88, 78)
9. DNF – Adam Lytle (Lytle Racing #33c)

Now to the 19th Annual Season Gas Flathead Karting World Championship at Galletta’s Greenhouse
Backyard Speedway Points!

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

(As of completion of 7/5/2014’s race event.)

Position Name (Go-Karts Piloted) [Hyperlinked Borders have Driver Profile] ®=Retcon T =Timeout Total Points (Place) Average Points Per Feature Features Feature Wins Win % Heats Won/Entered Years Pro at Galletta’s All-Time Feature Wins
1st Matt Stevens 
(Galletta’s #3, 74, 33, 6)
650.50
130.10
5
2
40%
0/3
19th
121
2nd Chris Stevens 
(Galletta’s /
Chrusher.com / R&C Sushi #4, 8, 0)
603.50
120.70
5
0
0%
0/3
19th
70
3rd Eric Woolworth
(The Raven #88, 78)
569.50
113.90
5
2
40%
0/3
3rd
4
4th Melissa Stevens 
(Scissors ‘n Fur #19, 80)
527.00
105.40
5
0
0%
1/3
8th
7
5th Kevin Galletta  
(Galletta / Platt-Num #28) ®
492.00
98.40
5
1
20%
1/2
2
2
6th David Turner
(Plattnum-Turner #43, Galletta’s #9) ®
478.50
95.70
5
0
0%
1/2
®
0
7th Adam Lytle 
(Lytle #33c)
476.00
95.20
5
0
0%
1/3
3rd
1
8th Kelly Miller 
(Galletta’s #7, 9)
362.50
120.83
3
0
0%
0/2
7th
2
9th Alex Bennett
(Galletta’s #9, 2) ®
159.00
79.50
2
0
0%
0/0
®
0
10th Cliff Crowe
(Galletta’s #1) ®
143.00
71.50
2
0
0%
0/0
®
0
11th
Keith Raymond
(Galletta’s #1)
116.00
116.00
1
0
0%
0/1
®
0
12th
Brian Galletta 
(Galletta / Platt-Num #42)
96.50
96.50
1
0
0%
0/1
8th
6
13th Matthew Daniels 
(Galletta’s #1)
91.00
91.00
1
0
0%
0/1
®
0

Handicap for the next race:

Position Driver Average Points Per Feature Feature Wins Win % Heats Won/
Entered
All-Time Feature Wins
1st David Turner 95.70 0 0% 1/2 0
2nd Adam Lytle 95.20 0 0% 1/3 1
3rd Brian Galletta 96.50 0 0% 0/1 6
4th Melissa Stevens 105.40 0 0% 1/3 7
5th Chris Stevens 120.70 0 0% 0/3 70
6th Kelly Miller 120.83 0 0% 0/2 2
7th Keith Raymond 116.00 0 0% 0/1 0
8th Clifford Crowe 71.50 0 0% 0/0 0
9th Alex Bennett 79.50 0 0% 0/0 0
11th Matthew Daniels 91.00 0 0% 0/1 0
10th Kevin Galletta 98.40 1 20% 1/2 2
12th Eric Woolworth 113.90 2 40% 0/3 4
13th Matt Stevens 130.10 2 40% 0/3 121
14th Returning Veterans —- —- —- —- —-
15th Newbie Rookies —- —- —- —- —-

As always at Galletta’s, every regular season points race is handicapped via wins and points-per-race. Only exceptions are Klassic (time trials) and 2nde of a twin-feature night (inverted from finish of 1st, minus winners in the back in order of win volume).

Also, Eric Woolworth is really alive. I know some of you people with poor reading comprehension may think we killed him, but… it’s just fiction, ok? OK? Got it? OK.

Next race is set for Saturday, 7/12/2014, 7 pm sharp Let’s go!