7/25/2014 – Har-bored-mess Race is Tonight (…or Sunday)!

FRIDAY, JULY 25th, 2014, OSWEGO, NY –  We are planning a race Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 6:30pm (newbies) and 7pm (vets). However, a long-standing rule in our class is 8-is-enough. 8-or-less is a heat race – we aren’t organized kiddie karts where a couple of karts and kids make a class, we are an adult racing class that need competition to warrant the effort of putting on a race, beating up track and karts, video-recording it, scoring it and counting it for points on the website (all manually). So if we do not have 8 karts on track, we may postpone the race until Sunday, July 27th, 2014, or hold a small race. Come up, call or write to find out!

Nevermind. It happened already.

7/25/2014 – 19th Annual Har-bored-Fest Avoidance 50 won by Kyle Reuter in Galletta’s Greenhouse #5!

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FRIDAY, JULY 25th, 2014, OSWEGO, NY –  Every late July comes Oswego’s Harborfest, which is great for fireworks and a few places deep in the heart of Oswego, but many of its citizens prefer to stay out of the city because it makes it extremely FAR more difficult to traverse through than usual. What’s better than having a race in the fairly car-free roads in the Town of Oswego, then? Well, our 19th Annual “HAR-BORE-MESS AVOIDANCE RACE” went down and it was a 9-kart extravaganza. Let me be quite clear. A clinic of driving skill was displayed for the lead between two of the winningest karters in the Oswego area – Matt Stevens and Kyle Reuter. It was a torrid race with Kyle holding off a hard-charging Matt for the win! But it was not without controversy, as a few feathers did get ruffled along the way, including one threat of a helmet throw! In the end, the same kart won 3 weeks in a row WITH A DIFFERENT DRIVER! Two of which come back for their 1st race in over a year! A kart that usually sits idle and sat unused during the last Galletta’s Greenhouse Klassic 200! Now everyone’s going to be fighting over racing it every week! More details below!

We decided to skip heats due to the fact that there were no inexperienced newbies and we got out to a late start than we preferred.

50-Lap Feature

50-LAP FEATURE START:

1. Keith Raymond (Raymond #88)
2. Adam Lytle (Lytle Racing #33c) – *DNS (Mechanical issues)
3. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #19)
4. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/R&C Sushi/Chrusher.com #4)
5. Kevin Galletta (Platt-num/Galletta #28)
6. Eric Woolworth (Woolworth-Ruggio #78)
7. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3) 
8. Tumor Matott (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
9. Kyle Reuter (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)

Notes – * Adam Lytle was scheduled to start, but mechanical issues took him out during warmups and before the green flag of the feature dropped. At Galletta’s, if you run warm-ups, you qualify to start. If you can’t start, you are still scored in last place.

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During the early going, Keith Raymond set a very fast pace in the former Eric Woolworth #88-which won the 1st two races of the year with Eric before his back forced him to take a break, Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3) and Kyle Reuter (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) battle through traffic, here both trying to pass the Platt-num/Galletta #28 of Kevin Galletta.

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Keith Raymond blew a clutch while leading – Literally, it blew up. Melissa Stevens (Scissors-n-Fur #19) then inherited the lead with the injured Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/R&C Sushi/Crusher.com #4) holding on for dear life to 2nd. Kyle Reuter and Matt Stevens were in hot pursuit, but Melissa was setting a fast pace.

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Again, a good chunk of the early race was Melissa, Chris, Kyle and Matt, racing extremely close and bumper-to-bumper. But Chris’ injuries from the prior weekend’s accident were starting to take their toll, and he started slowing down.

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Kyle sensed Chris was slowing and used the speed of the Galletta’s Greenhouse #5 to pull alongside the #4 and nudge him out of the fast groove. Matt Stevens also followed Kyle by. Chris had to pull out of the race, as he was feeling every bump in his ribs, shin, and also arm (tetanus shot a day earlier – he needed it anyways as his wife is about to give birth). This makes only the 5th race that Chris pulled out of early in the past 19 years of racing. And oddly enough, it was the 20th anniversary of his last tetanus shot, which he had to take from road rash from falling off the #3 kart wearing shorts in this same turn 20 years earlier. Those days are long gone as you can see with all the armor he has on. He was a race-time decision to race anways, and was originally going to take one ap and pull, but staryed out as long as his body could tolerate to score points, and he did get many top-3 bonus point laps before pulling.

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However, on the following restart – that starter Wesley “Ogre” Stevens threw for no reason – Melissa got sideways in turn 2, Reuter climbed her kart and Matt Stevens climbed his! The top 3 wreck, putting Kevin Galletta in the lead, with Eric Woolworth in the Woolworth/Ruggio #78 – who is recovering from back problems – following him. Eric then pulled out as well, much like Chris he took as many laps as his body could take before he started to feel it. Reuter used a timeout to repair the Galletta’s #5, Matt changed karts – from the Galletta’s #3 to Galletta’s #2, and Melissa from her #19 to her #80.

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The following part of the race had Matt and Kyle again trying to get up front. On one restart, Kyle Reuter used an aggressive banzai pass attempt to pass Kevin Galletta for the lead and Kev then got into his right rear, spinning Kyle out. On another restart, Matt got up front, but the caution came out momentarily, Matt slowed and didn’t get to keep his spot. He was pretty pissed. The third restart saw Kyle Reuter again close Kevin Galletta in a close fashion, which sent Kev off the track in turn 4. Kevin was pretty miffed about it, and gestured that he was going to throw his helmet at Kyle. Reuter denies making any contact, and our lack of a cameraman in tthe back turn leaves us without the ability to check on every wreck.

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Reuter then had command of the lead in the Galletta’s #5  until Matt Stevens moved into 2nd in the Galletta’s #2. We have documented how Matt relishes proving that EVERY Galletta’s kart is capable of winning a feature race, and he challenged Kyle every single lap in it, showing him a wheel on several occasions. Chris was sad he was too injured to race these guys, as they are two of the best karters in the area and put on a clinic of pure racing skill – bar none. Yes, that includes the Oswego Kartway, where these two dominated and won many a feature race on when they raced there. Look it up. Reuter held onto the win, but admitted the #5 was loose after the wreck and Matt was faster, so he was glad to hold him off, as he knows many people have been caught in the last laps by Matt, himself included.

50-LAP FEATURE FINISH:

1. Kyle Reuter (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
2. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3, #2) 
3. Keith Raymond (Raymond #88, Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) )
4. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #19, #80)
5. Kevin Galletta (Platt-num/Galletta #28) = DNF (Mechanical issues)
6. Eric Woolworth (Woolworth-Ruggio #78) = DNF (Injury)
7. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/R&C Sushi/Chrusher.com #4) = DNF (Injury)
8. Tumor Matott (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) = DNF (Gave up ride to Keith Raymond)
9. Adam Lytle (Lytle Racing #33c) = DNS (Mechanical issues)

      RETCON MAKEUP CREDITS:
10. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s #7) – earned via 8/10/2014 Makeup (2nd Heat).

This adds more to an unprecedented streak in Galletta’s Karting Club & Speedway history, one kart has won three feature races in a row with three different drivers at the helm –  Matt Stevens (7/12/2014), Randy Platt (7/19/2014), and now Kyle Reuter (7/25/2014) become the trio to do it! Who will drive it next weekend and try for four-in-a-row? Considering the #5 kart has been fast for a few years and was basically abandoned by its semi-regular driver (Joe Sereno) last year, sat idle for the majority of the past couple of seasons (including the Klassic 200), it is just one of those things about Galletta’s Karting that no point series scoring weekly competitive pay track in the area can duplicate – all of our Galletta’s Greenhouse Team karts are fast and capable of winning feature wins. But it isn’t easy to win here.  the competition is equal and fierce, and the races are long on a big track, so you must be a talented, experienced,  determined, resilient, and persistent driver with a little luck on your side as well. If you win at Galletta’s, you’ve earned it by being a good driver who sticks at it. You can’t buy a win with a better kart than everyone else at Galletta’s, and since we have hated cheaters since day one in our club and handicap starts based on wins and points-per-race, if you win, you’ve won it fair and square. You earned it with some good driving. Good drivers come back. Whiners, quitters and arrogant drivers with over-inflated egos that vastly surpass their driving skills and just need to pur money into a kart to make it better than their competition stay away.

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 7/25/2014’s race event.; MAKEUPS ADDED, except Quitty-N00bs, who will likely never cash the points in)

Position
Name (Go-Karts Piloted) 
[Hyperlinked Borders have Driver Profile] ®=Rookie *=Makeup T =Timeout (*$ makup not cashed)
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, 5, 2)
1,067.50
133.44
8
3
38%
0/5
19th
122
2nd
Chris Stevens 
(Galletta’s /
Chrusher.com /
R&C Sushi #4, 8, 0, 5)
952.50
119.06
8
0
0%
1/5
19th
70
3rd
Melissa Stevens 
(Scissors ‘n Fur #19, 80)
918.50
114.81
8
0
0%
2/5
8th
7
4th
Adam Lytle 
(Lytle #33c)
775.50
96.94
8
0
0%
1/4
3rd
1
5th
Kelly Miller 
(Galletta’s #7, 9)
734.50
104.93
7
0
0%
0/4
7th
2
6th
Keith Raymond 
(Galletta’s #1, Raymond #88) ® **
713.50
89.19
8
0
0%
1/4
®
0
7th
Kevin Galletta  
(Galletta / Platt-Num #28) * ##
713.00
101.86
7
1
14%
1/3
2nd
2
8th
Eric Woolworth
(The Raven #88, 78/02)
680.50
113.42
6
2
33%
0/3
3rd
4
9th
Brian Galletta 
(Galletta / Platt-Num #42) *, #
493.00
82.17
6
0
0%
0/4
8th
6
10th
David Turner 
(Plattnum-Turner #43,
Galletta’s #9) ®, *, #
478.50
95.70
5
0
0%
1/2
®
0
11th
Kyle Reuter driver bioKyle Reuter 
(Galletta’s #5)
170.50
170.50
1
1
100%
0/0
6th
5
12th
Alex Bennett
(Galletta’s #9, 2) ® (*$)
159.00
79.50
2
0
0%
0/0
®
0
13th
Randy Platt 
(Galletta’s #5)
152.50
152.50
1
1
100%
0/0
5th
7
14th
Cliff Crowe 
(Galletta’s #1) ® (*$)
143.00
71.50
2
0
0%
0/0
®
0
15th
 photo grover-sixberry-jr-20140712-gallettas-2.jpgGrover Sixberry Jr. 
(Galletta’s #2) ® *
120.00
60.00
2
0
0%
0/1
®
0
16th
Chad Combs 
(Galletta’s #9, 2) ® (*$)
112.00
112.00
1
0
0%
0/1
®
0
17th
Branden Tumor Matott 
(Galletta’s #1)
101.00
101.00
1
0
0%
0/0
2nd
1
18th
Matthew Daniels 
(Galletta’s #1)
91.00
91.00
1
0
0%
0/1
®
0

Handicap Starting Grid to next race:

Position Name Average Points Per Feature Feature Wins Win % Heats Won/
Entered
1st Keith Raymond 89.19 0 0% 1/4
2nd David Turner 95.70 0 0% 1/2
3rd Brian Galletta 82.17 0 0% 0/4
4th Adam Lytle 96.94 0 0% 1/4
5th Tumor Matott 101.00 0 0% 0/0
6th Kelly Miller 104.93 0 0% 0/4
7th Melissa Stevens 114.81 0 0% 2/4
8th Chris Stevens 119.06 0 0% 1/5
9th Kevin Galletta 101.86 1 14% 1/3
10th Randy Platt 152.50 1 100% 0/0
11th Kyle Reuter 170.50 1 100% 0/0
12th Eric Woolworth 113.42 2 33% 0/3
13th Matt Stevens 133.44 3 38% 0/5
14th Grover Sixberry Jr. 60.00 0 0% 0/1
15th Clifford Crowe 71.50 0 0% 0/0
16th Alex Bennett 79.50 0 0% 0/0
17th Matthew Daniels 91.00 0 0% 0/1
18th Chad Combs 112.00 0 0% 0/1
Returning vets 0 0% 0/0
Newbie Rookies 0 0% 0/0

NEXT RACE: 8/3/2014->