8/13 – 8/21/2014 – Off-Week in Memoriam of Paul Galletta Jr. (…and the birth of Miss Faith Marie Stevens!)

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13th, 2014, OSWEGO, NY –  In an extremely odd series of circumstances, this week of the racing season was cancelled. Firstly, the 8/10/2014 show exposed that the track was in dire need of repairs, and several karts also needed work due to the bumpy road. Secondly, co-founder/racer Chris Stevens welcomed the birth of he and his wife’s (camera woman Rungnapha Stevens) first child, Miss Faith Marie Stevens, much like last September, with Matthew and Melissa’s first child, Miss Lilybeth Stevens, there’s just not enough time to get everything prepped. But thirdly, and in a most shocking, terrible and completely unforeseen event, Paul Galletta Jr. passed away unexpectedly of heart problems at 33 years of age. Paul Jr. was 1st cousin to current and former Galletta’s racers Matt Stevens, Chris Stevens, Brian, Kevin, Timmy, Bobby and Gary Galletta, cousin once removed to Justin Galletta, and brother of long-ago “for fun/non-points” driver Anthony Galletta. Paul Jr. and Anthony raced a few times for fun in the early-1990s before we counted races for points and documented them on the website. The collective circumstances led to us call for a bye week and pay our respects, thoughts and prayers to to Paul Jr. and his immediate family.


8/23/2014 – Not Enough Drivers = No Points / For Fun Race Night Twin 30s won by Kelly Miller & Adam Lytle

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Kelly Miller wins 1st 30-lapper in the Galletta’s Greenhouse #7.

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Adam Lytle wins 2nd 30-lapper in the Galletta’s Greenhouse #9.

 SATURDAY, AUGUST 23rd, 2014, OSWEGO, NY –  Due to a lack of camera operators and with only five drivers able to make it on track at the drop of the first green flag, a non-summer points twin-30 night was held. These races do not count towards summer points, but DO count as All-Time Points shows. Going into the race, everybody knows and agrees that with so few drivers, we either don’t race, or make it a non-points “for fun” race (while this may be “fun” for some people, did they ask if it is fun for track operator and head kart mechanic Matt Stevens, who must work his butt off to prep karts and track for a meaningless race, or his bro and race organizer/promoter/webmaster/points/video producer Chris for that matter?). Kelly Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) passed early leader Keith Raymond early on and won the 1st feature race, holding off Matt Stevens at the stripe, and Adam Lytle (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) won the 2nd feature, leading it from the pole position due to an inverted finish of the 1st.

8/24/2014 UPDATE:
Due to this being only 5 drivers on track, and a lack of enough camera people, this race became a NON-POINTS EVENT. Due to a lack of time (webmaster Chris Stevens just had a baby and works 364 days per year), and I did not have the complete races until the secondary cameras were able to be reviewed (Melissa Stevens has the entire start/finish line camera angle, but I have not yet seen it), the race order is not yet complete. Due to this being a NON-POINTS EVENT, and the fact that I only have race video part of the 2nd feature , Maybe later on, after the regular season races conclude, I can get it done. Thanks.

10/19/2014 UPDATE:
The videos have been reviewed and the points can be tallied. Due to the season collapsing due to less and less drivers showing up (seriously people? You can’t race like this cheaper anywhere), this race with retroactively be counted for regular season points. However, due to only being 6 drivers, top-3 bonus laps will not be counted (not possible anyways due to incomplete and subpar video).


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Start of the 1st 35-lapper. Chris was unable to start as his wife was babysitting their 10-day-old daughter, Faith, and his mom was babysitting his almost 1-year-old niece, Lilybeth. This means, he sacrificed his ride to video the race, and told starter Wes Stevens that the race, with only 5 drivers, could not be scored as a regular season points race. Our usual cutoff is 8. [Inset: Matt Stevens almost gets Kelly Miller at the stripe.]

1. Keith Raymond (Raymond #88)
2. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
3. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #19)
4. DNS – Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #8)
5. Adam Lytle (Lytle #33c)
6. Matt Stevens  (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)

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Another angle of the final lap. Kelly had a huge lead before Matt slowly reeled him in and a caution did the rest. On said last lap, Matt pulled close with his patented 4th turn slingshot to the finish line, but Kelly had just enough horsepower to get the Galletta’s #7’s bumper to the stripe first.

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Kelly in his victory lap. Congrats to Kelly, his 1st feature win since the 2013 Klassic 200, and only his 3rd Gallettas feature win overall. And, according to Kelly, it would be his last win ever at Galletta’s. Huh?

1. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
2. Matt Stevens  (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)
3. Keith Raymond (Raymond #88)
4. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #19)
5. DNF – Adam Lytle (Lytle #33c)
6. DNS – Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #8)

Chris was retroactively counted as last place when the group decided to race a 2nd feature. This enabled Chris’ wife Rungnapha to free of babysitting the nweborn and record the race, so Chris could enter it. He was still in a bit of a surly mood due to (1) not getting enough sleep due to 364 days-per-year work schedule AND having a newborn baby (2) not being able to race in the 1st feature, (3) not having a lot of drivers show up on race day, and (4) … you are about to find out below.


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8/23/2014: Drama-rama… in a “for fun” race? Wha?! Side notes: However, this “for fun” race wound up not being fun for everybody. Some controversy brewed when at the start of the 2nd feature, a sixth driver (Chris Stevens, who had to man the camera for the 1st) was able to join due to  the availability of camerawoman and new mom – his wife Rungnapha Stevens – was able to record due to their daughter finally getting to sleep. However, the drivers of the 1st race apparently banded together and elected to invert the finish of the 1st race (which is against the rules since 2009 to prevent people purposefully coming in last to start 1st and to prevent repeat winners from starting on the pole). But when incompetent starter Wesley Stevens disregarded the established handicap start rules and directed Chris to start in the rear (instead of 2nd under our 2nd-of-a-twin-feature night inverted finish rules that we established in 2009), Chris felt disrespected by the group and pulled himself from competition and threatened to cancel the rest of the season’s points, schedule, website and videos indefinitely until further notice. Chris originally stated, “The winner of the 2nd feature should not have been placed on the pole under Galletta’s handicapping rules – he was erroneously placed on the pole despite winning a week before – a cardinal sin in our points/wins handicapping system that Wesley Stevens brought on!], but with the handicap order disregarded, the website coverage has now concluded for the foreseeable future until (1) more drivers start to show and (2) the rules stop getting discarded depending on who is supposed to start up front and who gets sent to the back depending on who wrecks whom. We’re terribly sorry for any inconvenience this has caused, and maybe we can get the problems corrected, or else that’s it for the website, points and coverage.”

The problem came particularly from the start of the 2nd feature. There were three optional starts to a 2nd of a twin-30 race. One, would be the old fashioned way, invert via points just like teh 1st feature. The other, would be to invert the direct finish of the 1st feature. However, we used to have people intentionally get last in the 1st feature to start first in the 2nd feature, so, since 2011, we have an invert EXCEPT for non-feature winners starting up front. So…

[1st group are those who have never won & inverted by finish of 1st feature; 2nd group is prior winners who have not won yet this season, inverted by finish of 1st; 3rd group is prior winners, inverted by finish of 1st]

1. Keith Raymond (Raymond #88)
2. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #19)
3. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #4)
4. Adam Lytle (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
5. Matt Stevens  (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3) 
6. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)

Scratch that. This start was DISREGARDED. Okaayy… so….

[Complete inverted order of 1st feature]

1. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #4)
2. Adam Lytle (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
3. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #19)
4. Keith Raymond (Raymond #88)
5. Matt Stevens  (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com #74)
6. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)

Scratch that. This start was DISREGARDED, too.Okay? What?! So….

[Complete inverted order of 1st feature… except CHRIS GETS DISQUALIFIED TO LAST PLACE!]

1. Adam Lytle (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
2. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #19)
3. Keith Raymond (Raymond #88)
4. Matt Stevens  (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)
5. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
6. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #4)

Wes Stevens and the rest of the drivers voted that 2nd-in-points, webmaster, scorer, and video producer Chris HAD to start scratch. Chris was LIVID, as COUNTLESS TIMES BEFORE he started last or close to it, sacrificed racing the 1st feature to record it, and THIS is how the group repaid him?!?! Chris left the track extremely angry, vowing tyo not do points or the website anymore. His wife, who usually could care less about the races was a little peeved too (as she sees how many times her husband starts in the rear), and the baby called anyway, so the 2nd half of the feature was only recorded by Melissa’s stationary front stretch camera from the garden. The race went on, but unscored for a couple months.

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Early on, Kelly Miller tried reeling in Adam Lytle, both in the potent Galletta’s Greenhouse #9 and #7 karts respectively.

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…but Adam looked strong going for his 2nd feature win in 2 weeks! Matt was up there in the Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com #74, but almost got plowed off the track by rookie Keith Raymond.

10/19/2014 Update:
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FINALLY webmaster Chris Stevens was able to get Melissa Stevens’ 2nd camera angle that had the finish of the 2nd feature. Without it, the points could not be scored, as we didn’t know the finish officially. As the above picture shows, the 1st lap, and the inset shows the last – Matt Stevens recovered from his wreck with rookie Keith Raymond, and is again witnessed doing his patented 4th turn slingshot at the finish line and ALMOST nipping Adam Lytle at the stripe. You know what? Adam Lytle seems to be a good luck charm for Chris and Matt! Both of their 1st daughters were born after Adam Lytle won a feature, last year and this year! Then backs it up with this one. Good job Adam!

1. Adam Lytle (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
2. Matt Stevens  (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com #74)
3. Keith Raymond (Raymond #88)
4. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
5. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #19)
6. DNF – Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #4)

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Updated victory picture: (Thanks Melissa Stevens for the 2nd camera, and Adam Lytle for his Facebook pic… otherwise this couldn’t have been retroactively possible). Good job Kelly and Adam (Even though Adam did call me an “@$$hole” for my “d!ck move” website editing. Huh? Well… back up. First, let’s say that I told everyone before the race that if we had less than 8, it wouldn’t score for points, we’d run it just for fun, maybe count it as an All-Time bonus/Fall race. That happened. Because I posted that I didn’t score it for points, Adam and Kelly got mad at me. Huh? You guys said that you didn’t care about not getting counted for points, just r for fun! You guys agreed to run in a race that did not count. For all the people over the years who have told me that nobody cares about my website, certainly, people do, as I get HATED if I don’t scribe up everything perfectly that please everybody. AND… Kelly Miller SWORE OFF THE CLUB the following weekend! What the?! REally people? Really???? Agh…… I can’t win, can I? Damned if I do and damned if I don’t. My wife wonders why I even bother… and I ask myself that the same question MANY times over the years. Well, website edited, Adam and Kelly given credit for their wins. OK? Happy? Probably not, but oh well… not the 1st nor last time that people get butthurt over what was or what was not posted on the website. Sigh.)

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

– After of 8/23/2014’s Event – 

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)
1,412.50 117.71 12 3 25% 0/6 19th 122
2nd Chris Stevens
(Galletta’s #8, 4, 0, 5)
1,294.50 107.88 12 0 0% 1/6 19th 70
3rd Melissa Stevens
(Scissors ‘n Fur #19, 80)
1,251.00 104.25 12 0 0% 3/6 8th 7
4th Kelly Miller
(Galletta’s #7, 9)
1,198.50 108.95 11 0 0% 0/5 7th 3
5th Adam Lytle
(Lytle #33c, Galletta’s #9)
1,139.50 94.96 12 2 17% 1/6 3rd 3
6th Keith Raymond
(Galletta’s #1, 6, Raymond #88)
® **
1,072.00 89.33 12 0 0% 1/5 ® 0
7th Kevin Galletta
(Plattnum-Galletta #28)
784.00 98.00 8 1 13% 1/4 2nd 2
8th Brian Galletta
(Plattnum-Galletta #42, 28)
726.50 90.81 8 1 13% 0/5 8th 7
9th Eric Woolworth
(The Raven #88, 78/02)
680.50 113.42 6 2 33% 0/3 3rd 4
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) ® (*$)
159.00 79.50 2 0 0% 0/0 ® 0
13th Randy Platt
(Galletta’s #5)
152.50 152.50 1 1 100% 0/0 5th 7
14th Clifford Crowe
(Galletta’s #1) ® (*$)
143.00 71.50 2 0 0% 0/0 ® 0
15th  photo rookie-9-20140803.jpgChris Larkin
(Galletta’s #9) ®
121.00 121.00 1 0 0% 0/1 ® 0
16th  photo grover-sixberry-jr-20140712-gallettas-2.jpgGrover Sixberry Jr.
(Galletta’s #2) ® *
120.00 60.00 2 0 0% 0/1 ® 0
17th Chad Combs
(Galletta’s #9, 2) ® (*$)
112.00 112.00 1 0 0% 0/1 ® 0
18th  photo rookie-1-20140803.jpgMike Harrington
(Galletta’s #1) ®
112.00 112.00 1 0 0% 0/1 ® 0
19th  photo rookie-42-20140803.jpgEddie Bristol
(Galletta’s #42) ®
108.00 108.00 1 0 0% 1/1 ® 0
20th Branden 'Tumor' Matott (Galletta's/Matott #187-2) 9/2014Tumor Matott
(Galletta’s #1)
101.00 101.00 1 0 0% 0/0 2nd 1
21st Matthew Daniels
(Galletta’s #1) ® (*$)
91.00 91.00 1 0 0% 0/1 ® 0
22nd  photo jon-raymond-20140810-gallet.jpgJon Raymond
(Galletta’s #6, 1, 0) ®
72.00 72.00 1 0 0% 0/1 ® 0
23rd  photo 20140810-unknown-n00B-6.jpgRookie N00b from 8/10/2014
(Galletta’s #1) ®
61.00 61.00 1 0 0% 0/1 ®


Post-Race Notes:
8/31/2014 UPDATE:
 Due to a severe lack of drivers (3), and camera operators (0), our Saturday, August 30th 2014 race was postponed a few days for Monday, September 1st, 2014. Race will be scheduled for 5:00pm for rookies, with veterans to follow (if no rookies, veterans will instead start at 5pm). If we have less than 8 drivers, it may not be a points show, but we plan to race with at least 6, even if it is a non-points race. So come on time, race will start without you, and should finish before dark barring anything unforeseen (also, in an attempt to speed the show along, we will have repair timeouts after dark in a trial run to see if it helps us with earlier finish times). In an alleged racer city like Oswego, with Labor Day/Classic weekend done, one would think we’d have more drivers show up? Dis your nutsacks shrink? Come on up! We are THE most affordable motorsport racing class in the area (fast, competitive, feature-winning karts usually cost around $200 used, and arrive-and-drive karts for $20 if you don’t have your own or just want to try it out). The most affordable kart division and there are no fees – just pay your kart’s gas and parts as you go. Hope to see you there.

9/2/2014 UPDATE: Apparently, the two winners had a deep and resounding problem with the fact that although this was a non-points show, they should’ve had all kinds of pictures and congratulations and points for their victories, despite the fact that before the show, we agreed that not enough drivers makes it a non-points race (not to mention that the birth of webmaster/videomaster/pointmaster Chris’ daughter + work has left him so sleep deprived with no time to properly update pages let alone race). So, in order to appease epic butt-hurt feelings, the best victory picture I could muster up despite not having taken any is now up.

9/3/2014 UPDATE: Kelly Miller has claimed to quit the Galletta’s Karting Club FOREVER. He claims that because Matt Stevens postponed the 8/31/2014 show (Adam and Kelly were the only drivers willing to run) to September 1st (where a full field of 8 drivers could run), he will never again race with us. He claims it’s because he passed up a big track ride at Oswego Speedway (he didn’t say what? A Small Block Supermodified? A Supermodified? He didn’t say). But, Kelly knows. Matt and Chris ALWAYS take all veteran visiting drivers schedules into account in our race scheduling. This means, we would’ve let Kelly race on the big track and just raced another day (which we did, two days later). We have NO idea what made Kelly snap, but we believe it is highly irrational, and if he chooses to never race again with us, so be it. Sad, as he’s a good driver, but, oh well. Join the club of another 300+ ex-club drivers who become quitters with butt-hurt. Wow. Just. Wow.

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