Galletta's Go-Kart Klassic History - THE World Championship of Gas Flathead Karting!

OCTOBER 2014… TWENTY-THREE KARTS, ALL TIMING WITHIN 0.66 SECONDS OF EACH OTHER ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE 19TH RUNNING OF THE KLASSIC 200. MOST ARE UNFILLED. WHY DON’T YOU BECOME THE NEXT GALLETTA’S KARTING CLUB DRIVER AND TRY TO BECOME THE NEXT GALLETTA’S KLASSIC CHAMPION?

10/9/2014 – 19th Annual Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Klassic 200 is this Saturday! – 23 Karts Available. All time trialed less than 1 second apart. Drivers needed! – 

OCTOBER 2014 - TWENTY-THREE KARTS, ALL TIMING WITHIN 0.66 SECONDS OF EACH OTHER ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE 19TH RUNNING OF THE KLASSIC 200. MOST ARE UNFILLED. WHY DON'T YOU BECOME THE NEXT GALLETTA'S KARTING CLUB DRIVER AND TRY TO BECOME THE NEXT GALLETTA'S KLASSIC CHAMPION?

23 Karts are on site and available to be raced all June through Summer. Our 200-Lapper awaits… do you have what it takes to become champion of the most difficult marathon karting race in Oswego County? Bring it.

THURSDAY, October 9th, 2014, OSWEGO, NY –  For 19 years, late September through early August has been the date of the largest Karting event in Oswego. And it has never had anything to do with a pay track and its big price tags, and seemingly never-ending age, weight and engine divisions. Hell, no. Yes, the Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Klassic 200-Lap Point Season Finale – the premiere, original, longest-running, biggest, longest, most uncut-est and most prestigious single karting race in Oswego, NY – is this Saturday (barring excessive rain, rain date will likely be the following Saturday, 10/18) at 3pm (time trials at 2pm). There are 23 feature-winning/race-ready go-karts available to be raced at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway. The most ever filled were 18 (and not since 2005!), and most races in the last seven years have been ten or less. This year in particular, we’ve only been filling six to eight. I thought Oswego was a racer city? A speedway and a few kart tracks. The local pay track fills up with 100 people who pay a lot of money to get a fleeting few minutes on a small track. Here, we race for an hour or two on a track twice as big. So… where are they? Snobs? Afraid? Don’t know about us? Someone talked trash about our club and they believed it? Beats us… we just want to race, and pit our races and the closeness of the karts against any other race division’s. The only thing we need is simply drivers on race day. Any karter with bawls shows up. Anybody who wants to ace in an equalized format will want to race with us. The ones who don’t… sorry. More details will be posted later this week. DRIVERS WITH BALLS SHOW UP AT GALLETTA’S ON 10/10/2014. Those who don’t? Well. We know. We know. Swollen baboon asses. Meanwhile, read about our KLASSIC HISTORY!

Every year, a few days before Klassic, Galletta’s Karting Club co-founder, Multi-Time Oswego Champion Karter, and head mechanic Matt Stevens works like a mad scientist on the fleet of karts at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Speedway. Some are owned by visiting drivers, but ALL are maintained by Matt, and there isn’t anybody on the planet who could do better. You’re welcome to try, and many have, but the fact of the matter is, if you want to win, have Matt give your kart the once over. He is most proud – not when his own kart that he plans to drive is fastest, but rather when ALL of the karts are extremely close, and takes great joy in being able to hop in any of these karts and beat mostly everybody in any of them. Proud he was today… almost all of the karts were within a half second of each other, which is exceedingly hard to do in any motorsport – also consider that in a dirt track, conditions change, so the times would likely be even closer on asphalt. Here were the fast times for each.

10/9/2014 – Master Matt Stevens’ Annual Pre-Klassic Thursday Night Time Trial Session

ROW
OUTSIDE COLUMN
INSIDE COLUMN
1st
Galletta’s Greenhouse #0
15.77
2nd
Galletta’s Greenhouse #3
15.80
3rd

Galletta’s Greenhouse #7
15.84

4th
Galletta’s Greenhouse #2
15.88
5th
Galletta’s Greenhouse #9
15.88
6th
Brian & Kevin Galletta Bros. #28
15.97
7th
Galletta’s – Matott #1872
15.98
8th
Galletta’s Greenhouse / Chrusher.com / R&C Sushi #8
15.98
9th
Galletta’s Greenhouse #5
16.05
10th
Galletta’s Greenhouse / Chrusher.com / R&C Sushi #74
16.05
11th
Galletta’s Greenhouse #1
16.10
12th
Galletta’s Greenhouse #78
16.13
13th
Galletta Bros. #42
16.14
14th
Raymond Racing #88
16.14
15th
Galletta’s Greenhouse / Chrusher.com / R&C Sushi 4
16.14
16th
Scissors n’ Fur / Stevens #80
16.14
17th
Dave Turner Racing #43
16.17
18th
Galletta’s Greenhouse #33
16.17
19th
Lytle Racing #33c
16.17
20th
Galletta Bros. #54
16.22
21st
Galletta’s Greenhouse #6
16.31
22nd
Stevens Scissors n’ Fur / Stevens #19
16.43
23rd
Ruggio Racing #02
[Did Not Finish Timed Laps; Stalled
– Last Year’s Session: 15.9]

10/11/2014 – 19th Annual Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Klassic 200 IS HERE!

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SATURDAY, October 11th, 2014, OSWEGO, NY – The beginning of the 19th Annual Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Klassic 200!!!

But… let’s rewind a bit… it was a long and sad story to go from Matt’s Time Trial session to only 6 karts on track for our 19h Annual Klassic Championship.

19th Annual Pre-Klassic Cookout! … and… where is everybody?!

1 pm came. Grills are ready. No visiting drivers.

2 pm came. Track is ready. One visiting driver.

3 pm came. Two visiting drivers.

4 pm. Enough waiting. Cookout happens.

5 pm came. Three visiting drivers.

6 pm. Fvck it. We have waited long enough.

So, track is ready to race at 2 pm and only a couple of people show. Fine. If Oswego NY is filled with swollen baboon ass karters that are too cowardly to race, then so be it. It’s also filled with boys and men who race in the missionary position, pay dearly to do it, and pretend to be the best with their 5 minute express bullshit herd-on/herd/off kiddie track. Been there. Won that.

Our club, which from 2004-2010, was filled with anywhere between 10-16 karts per night (and that’s one class, I could care less for a dozen classes with 3-8 karts per, big whoop), and over two-hundred and sixty people overall. Now, we only have 4-8. To us, that means that despite all the effort to provide local drivers a chance to race against top-notch talent (and Matt and Chris are the best karters in Oswego, if you doubt it, come race them so they can prove it. Thank you) on a big and fast track, our club has been largely abandoned.

So. You know what? Fvck all of them. We’ll race our Klassic 200 season finale all by ourselves if we have to. And start again next season.

19th ANNUAL TIME TRIALS

To fill the field, Wesley “Ogre” Stevens, who last raced at Galletta’s in the 2007 Galletta’s Klassic 200 and who last raced any kart at all in the 2008 Oswego Kartway Gas Flathead Classic 50, come out of retirement. Chris Stevens gave up his backup (Wes’ former kart, the Galletta’s Greenhouse #4) for his dad, and then selected the Galletta’s Greenhouse #0 as his backup. Brian Galletta, who is on the physically-unable-to-perform list (dialysis side effects) agreed to start the race for points and be the starter/flagger/lap-counter in Wes’ place.

Time Trials Playlist

THE STARTING GRID

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At least 6 guys and 1 girl tried. The rest? SMH.

ROW
OUTSIDE COLUMN
INSIDE COLUMN
1st
‘Mighty’ Matt Stevens
Galletta’s Greenhouse #3
16.86 | 16.14
Kevin Galletta
Galletta Bros. Racing #28
17.55 | 16.81
2nd
Chris ‘Chrusher’ Stevens
Galletta’s Greenhouse / Chrusher.Com / R&C Sushi #8
17.93 | 17.06
Adam Lytle
Lytle Racing #33c
17.87 | 16.98
3rd
Wes ‘Ogre’ Stevens
Galletta’s Greenhouse / Chrusher.Com / R&C Sushi #4
18.03 | 17.14
Melissa Stevens
Scissors n’ Fur #19
* –.– | * –.–
4th
Brian Galletta
Galletta Bros. #54
* –.– | * –.–
16 more Karts.
Race-Ready.
Unused.
9 of 16 guaranteed starter drivers.

Didn’t bother to show up.

* = Due to not enough drivers, did not even need to time to qualify for a starting spot, just own a kart and start the race. 16 unused karts, most of which have won feature events within the last 365 days AND time-trialed within a split second of each other. 9 guaranteed starter drivers did not show – including top-5 points runners like Keith Raymond and feature winners Kelly Miller, Kyle Reuter, Eric Woolworth, and Randy Platt. And someone who we even BUILT a kart for in time for Klassic. Not to mention the hundreds more who  quit after years of fun. Wow. Just… wow guys… how low do you think of us? It’s a serious slap to our faces. On to the race. Enough dwelling on quitters and people who disrespect us so much that they couldn’t even tell us why they couldn’t make it or check to see if we could reschedule. Thanks.

THE 200 BEGINS

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…insane to think of 23 race-ready, feature-winning karts and only 7 drivers. What is up, people?

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Opening lap… often one of the most interesting of the race as we see how the field lines up, and that, in turn, makes the strategy more apparent. Matt took the early lead and Chris followed him in 2nd.

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Except before lap 1 was completed, the Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/R&C Sushi #8’s rear end gave out. Ogre gave him a tap and an axle or something gave way. Chris was flustered, as he felt the #8 could’ve taken it, as it did a few prior years. Regardless, he had to hop into his backup (since he let his dad re-take the #4), the Galletta’s Greenhouse #0, which is always a maneuverable kart and won Matt’s Thursday Night time trial session. If you’re going to try and beat Matt, you better have a fast kart, and the #0 fits the bill. Not that anyone else in the area had the balls to show up and try to do it.

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After Matt Stevens took his obligatory two laps in the lead, he lets people by to save his kart for the marathon event. Most of the early race was Adam Lytle leading laps 3 through 11, then Kevin Galletta passing him and maintaining a fast pace between laps 12 through 97. Kevin pulled a half track lead at one point, but when he wasn’t, was being challenged by Adam, Wes Stevens, and Chris Stevens on and off in this portion of the race.

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From lap 100 through 200, this was the race. We knew, with so few drivers showing up, that eventually these two would battle. And battle they did. Chris hounded Matt for 100 straight laps, but between these two, usually the one who gets into the lead first wins, and Matt was able to sneak into the lead on lap 98, passing Chris on a failed pass attempt on Kevin and then succeeded where Chris failed. Kevin retired on lap 110 due to both fatigue and work schedule creeping up on him. “It felt like I got into a fistfight with a brick wall!” Kevin exclaimed the next day. The 200 lap marathon is not an easy task, and every driver will be sore for at least a day, if not half the week. This isn’t missionary position kart racing, boys and girls. This is grown man karting.

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The sixth and final caution of the night came on lap 121, where a tie rod come loose on the #0 in turn 2. After a quick repair timeout (Chris saved his all year just for this purpose), Adam Lytle (who was – as seen in pic – staying close to Matt and Chris and would’ve inherited 2nd) retired due to fatigue. This left the brothers to duke it out for the final 79 laps until the end. And that would be CONSECUTIVE laps.

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After 79 consecutive green flag laps and this isn’t a teeny-weenie track with 8 second laps, those 79 laps clocking between 15-16 seconds each took 22 minutes of continuous green flag racing to complete, a winner was found. It was close, but this was lap 200. Matt Stevens wins his 1st Klassic since 2009, and his first Klassic won in the Galletta’s Greenhouse #3 since 2005 (his #33 was built in 2006 and he had started all but 1 Klassic in the #33 since it was built – even though he and the #3 had won seven out of the first ten Klassics!). Matt beat his brother to the stripe by around 8-10 kart lengths – and after 79 consecutive laps, that is amazingly close. And there is not another driver in NY State that could’ve finished closer than that after that many laps in a row with Matt in front. If you think not, bring your swollen baboon ass up and try. Most would get lapped. In fact, only four local pay kartway veteran drivers have even completed the 200 laps – and two of them are in that picture, and the other two retired from the pay kartway. And no active local pay kartway driver has ever completed our 200 lapper (well, at least on the lead lap). It’s a different breed. Only the very best can do both. Period.

10/11/2014 – 19th Annual Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Klassic 200 won by Matt Stevens; Clinches Track Title & Overall best karter in Oswego, NY. Again.

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SATURDAY, October 11th, 2014, OSWEGO, NY –  200 laps.  Only 6 cautions. No fuel refills. And 79 consecutive green flag laps to the finish. Matt Stevens again proved why he is the best karter in Oswego County for 19 years now. He not only prepared 23 on-site karts and made them all within 0.66 seconds of each other (we defy anybody on the planet to do that in any motorsport race anywhere at any time!), but he time trialed on the pole for the 19th running of the area’s largest, longest-running, and hardest to win kart race, took it easy for a bit and then dominated the 2nd half of clinched what he already led almost all season – the Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Speedway Track championship. Can’t buy it. You have to earn it. There are only five drivers in the world that have won a Galletta’s Klassic, and only 2 drivers in the world that have won Galletta’s Track Championships (see above) and Matt has won more of them than everybody else combined. Sadly, the only downfall was the club has lost drivers. 23 karts were race-ready at 2pm. We waited. And waited. And waited. We settled for 7 drivers, including the un-retirement of former 2006 Klassic Champ Wes “Ogre” Stevens! But still… only 7?! From 2004-2009, the track was filled with 10-15 drivers on track a week, by far the largest karting class in Oswego, NY. Now, we are averaging 4-10. Now, while that is still above average for a karting class, but we don’t limit by weight, age, and karts on track – if 23 people showed up, we could have a 23 kart race. For our 20th anniversary of point racing at Galletta’s, which resumed next Spring 2015, more drivers are badly needed. See you next year at Galletta’s, but stay tuned for finalized point standings forthcoming. God bless!

2014 | 200 LAPPER – FINAL ORDER OF FINISH:

1st
‘Mighty’ Matt Stevens
Galletta’s Greenhouse #3 (Laps 0-200)
[700 pts. earned; 106 laps led; 28 laps in 2nd/3rd; No refuel.]
2nd
Chris ‘Chrusher’ Stevens
Galletta’s Greenhouse#8 (Lap 0)
Galletta’s Greenhouse #0 (Laps 1-200)
[650 pts. earned; 0 laps led; 200 Laps in 2nd/3rd; No refuel. 1 timeout used.]
3rd
Adam Lytle
Lytle Racing #33c (Laps 0-121)
[8 laps led; 71 laps in 2nd/3rd.]
4th
Kevin Galletta
Galletta Bros. Racing #28 (Laps 0-109)
[606 pts. earned; 92 laps led; 16 2nd/3rd laps.]
5th
Wes ‘Ogre’ Stevens
Galletta’s Greenhouse #4 (Laps 0-37)
[487 points earned; 22 laps in 2nd/3rd]
6th
Melissa Stevens
Scissors n’ Fur #19
(Laps 0-1)
[444 points earned.]
7th
Brian Galletta
Galletta Bros. #54
(Lap 0)
[424 points earned.]

SCORING NOTES:

  • 200-lap point earning chart in effect.
  • Only green flag laps counted as a lap (200 green, 7 additional caution laps were counted for bonus points = 207 laps total).
  • Green flag laps counted for bonus points (Standard Galletta’s bonus points: 1st place = 1.0 pt. each; 2nd/3rd place = 0.5 pt. each).
  • Yellow flag laps in top 3 counted as 0.5 points each. Must be on track to be scored for completed lap bonus points.
  • No bonus for not refueling this year, as not one driver refueled. Yes, you read that right methanol karts… 200 laps (207 counting cautions) on ONE stock gas tank. NO REFUEL. Eat that, b!tc#e$.
  • Time trials counted and scored as a heat race. Must have timed a kart to earn those points.

Now to the 19th Annual Season Gas Flathead Karting World Championship at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Speedway Points and the races that built the final tally of the 19th Point Season at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway!

The result…

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

[After final 2014 event at Galletta’s – the 19th Annual Klassic on 10/11/2014.]

Position
(Last week)
Name (Go-Karts Piloted)
[Hyperlinked Borders have Driver Profile]
®=Rookie *=Makeup T =Timeout
BOLD = Raced in Big Points Klassic 200
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, 43)
2014 Overall World / Oswego
Gas Flathead Karting Track Champion
2,448.50
163.23
15
5
33%
1/7
19th
125
2nd
Chris Stevens
(Galletta’s #8, 4, 0, 5) *
2,332.00
155.47
15
1
7%
1/7
19th
71
3rd
(4th)
Adam Lytle
(Lytle #33c’ Galletta’s #9)
2014 Galletta’s Visiting Driver
Track Championship
1,991.00
132.73
15
2
13%
1/8
3rd
3
4th
(3rd)
Melissa Stevens
(Scissors ‘n Fur #19, 80)
1,914.00
127.60
15
0
0%
3/7
8th
7
5th
(8th)
Kevin Galletta
(Plattnum-Galletta #28)
*
1,524.00
152.40
10
1
10%
1/5
2nd
2
6th
(7th)
Brian Galletta
(Plattnum-Galletta #42, 28, 54) *
1,445.50
144.55
10
1
10%
1/6
8th
7
7th
(5th)
Keith Raymond
(Raymond #88, Galletta’s #1, 6)
® **
1,322.00
94.43
14
0
0%
2/7
®
0
8th
(6th)
Kelly Miller
(Galletta’s #7, 9, 5)
1,198.50
108.95
11
1
9%
0/5
7th
3
9th
Eric Woolworth
(The Raven #88, #78/02)
680.50
113.42
6
2
33%
0/3
3rd
4
10th
(Last)
Wes StevensWesley Stevens
(Galletta’s #4)
487.00
487.00
1
0
0%
0/1
12th
20
11th
(10th)
David Turner
(Plattnum-Turner #43,
Galletta’s #9)
® *
478.50
95.70
5
0
0%
1/2
®
0
12th
(11th)
 photo jon-raymond-20140810-gallet.jpgJon Raymond
(Galletta’s #9, 6, 1, 0) ®
251.00
125.50
2
0
0%
0/3
®
0
13th
(12th )
Branden 'Tumor' Matott (Galletta's/Matott #187-2) 9/2014Branden ‘Tumor’ Matott
(Galletta’s/Matott #1872 ,
Galletta’s #1)
214.00
107.00
2
0
0%
0/0
2nd
1
14th
(13th)
Kyle Reuter driver bioKyle Reuter
(Galletta’s #5)
170.50
170.50
1
1
100%
0/0
6th
5
15th
(14th)
Alex Bennett
(Galletta’s #9, 2) ® (*$)
159.00
79.50
2
0
0%
0/0
®
0
16th
(15th)
Randy Platt
(Galletta’s #5)
152.50
152.50
1
1
100%
0/0
5th
7
17th
(16th)
Clifford Crowe
(Galletta’s #1) ® (*$)
143.00
71.50
2
0
0%
0/0
®
0
18th
(17th)
 photo rookie-9-20140803.jpgChris Larkin
(Galletta’s #9) ®
141.00
141.00
1
0
0%
0/2
®
0
19th
(18th)
Chad Combs
(Galletta’s #9, 2) ® (*$)
132.00
132.00
1
0
0%
0/2
®
0
20th
(19th)
 photo rookie-1-20140803.jpgMike Harrington
(Galletta’s #1) ®
132.00
132.00
1
0
0%
0/2
®
0
21st
(20th)
 photo rookie-42-20140803.jpgEddie Bristol
(Galletta’s #42) ®
128.00
128.00
1
0
0%
1/2
®
0
22nd
(21st)
 photo grover-sixberry-jr-20140712-gallettas-2.jpgGrover Sixberry Jr.
(Galletta’s #2) ® *
120.00
60.00
2
0
0%
0/1
®
0
23rd
(22nd)
Matthew Daniels
(Galletta’s #1) ® (*$)
91.00
91.00
1
0
0%
0/1
®
0
24th
(23rd)
 photo 20140810-unknown-n00B-6.jpgRay Castaldo
(Galletta #54)
88.00
88.00
1
0
0%
0/0
®
0
25th
(24th)
 photo 20140810-unknown-n00B-6.jpgLilybeth Stevens
(Tootles) ®
83.00
83.00
1
0
0%
0/0
®
0
26th
(25th)
 photo 20140810-unknown-n00B-6.jpgUnknown Rookie N00b from 8/10/2014
(Galletta’s #1) ®
61.00
61.00
1
0
0%
0/1
®
0

 

ANNUAL GALLETTA’S & OSWEGO KARTWAY GAS FLATHEAD KARTING SPEEDWAY CHAMPIONS 1990-2014:

Green Block Galletta’s Greenhouse Speedway

Orange block: Oswego Kartway (Oswego Speedway Dirt)

Season

Annual TrackPoints Champion

Annual Klassic / Classic Race Champion

Annual Visiting Driver Track Points Champion

Annual Rookie-of-the-Year Champion

1990

Matthew Stevens

1991

1992

Christopher Stevens

1993

1994

Jesse Vivlemore (?)

Jesse Vivlemore (?)

1995

1996

Matthew Stevens

Matthew Stevens

Brian Galletta (?)

Brian Galletta (?)

1997

Matthew Stevens

Matthew Stevens

Brian Galletta (?)

Kevin Galletta (?)

1998

Matthew Stevens

Matthew Stevens

Raymond Castaldo (?)

Raymond Castaldo (?)

1999

Christopher Stevens

Christopher Stevens

Brian Galletta (?)

Dan Boyce (?)

2000

Christopher Stevens

Christopher Stevens

Brian Galletta

Larry Dishaw

2001

Christopher Stevens

Christopher Stevens

Brian Galletta

Cameron Rowe

2002

Matthew Stevens

Matthew Stevens

Thomas Culeton

Thomas Culeton

2003

Matthew Stevens

Matthew Stevens

Brian Galletta

Randy Platt / Matt Frye

2004

Matthew Stevens

Matthew Stevens

Dan Murdock (summer)
/Ed Maynes (overall)

Dan Murdock (summer)
/Ed Maynes (overall)

2005

Matthew Stevens

Matthew Stevens

Rob Jimenez

Rob Jimenez (Total Points) /
Gary Miller Sr. (PPR & Wins)

2006

Matthew Stevens

Wesley Stevens
[Won the longest race]

N/A

N/A

2006

Matthew Stevens

Wesley Stevens

Rob Jimenez

Richard Dann

2007

Matthew Stevens

Christopher Stevens

N/A

N/A

2007

  1. Chris & Matt
    Chrusher.Com

    (PISSED-OFF) POST RACE NOTES RANT:
    Firstly, this is not for the guys who raced with us as much as they could this season and entered the Klassic. Matt, myself, Melissa and Wes wish to thank Adam Lytle, Brian Galletta, Kevin Galletta for racing every time they possibly could and also joining us for Klassic. Thanks to all the guys who raced with us most of the year. You guys are great and we appreciate not only racing with you, but also standing with us when others blew us off. (To a lesser degree, we’re not quite completely pissed off (more like mildly miffed) at the guys who raced with us in at least a handful of races this season, but still need an apology for blowing us off AT THE CHAMPIONSHIP 200-LAPPER. Dude… if you make ONE RACE… THAT’S the one to make. Period.)

    This is for everyone else. Those local people who like to think of themselves as drivers (or aspiring ones) who could’ve raced with us, but blew us off for one reason or another.

    So, as I stated earlier in the page, our club, which from 2004-2010, was filled with anywhere between 10-16 karts per night (and that’s one class, I could care less for a dozen classes with 3-8 karts per, big whoop). Now, we only have 4-8. To us, that means that despite all the effort to provide local drivers a chance to trace against top-notch talent on a big and fast track, our club has been largely abandoned.

    Why?

    Economy? Other “pay” tracks have karts and entrance fees that at 100 to 1,000 x’s more expensive than us and pack them in like they are trying to win a NASCAR or Indy race. So it isn’t that.

    Whispers of unfairness? Look at the above 23 kart time trial chart – the karts are equal, most of them a split second apart on a large track, so if you have a lick of talent and a little experience you can compete and win here. If you overrate your talent, you’ll leave pissed, and you’re welcome. So it isn’t that.

    What is it, then?

    Is it the day? How could it be? We race when no other local kart tracks run. We’ve had a flexi-schedule that works around the schedules of the most possible active club drivers. We’ve raced every day of the week, but traditionally, 99% of all of our races have been run on Summer Sundays and Fall Saturdays, until Klassic Championship 200 in late September or early October. Whatever day nets the most drivers and the weather cooperates, we work towards. So, that excuse also doesn’t hold much water. Unless some may say it’s too flexible. To that we say, tell us a better day and time, then.

    We know some of the local pay track drivers mock our club. Yard karts they say. Go the wrong way they say. Whiners because we didn’t like being forced to race against bigger motors and then got barred from the local pay track for having a problem with that, they say (meanwhile, they would never race against bigger motors themselves, the hypocrites – they seperate their classes by an ounce of weight, age, and motor class!). They think if they spend a few grand on a prefabricated race chassis and find a way to bend WKA rules enough to beat the next guy means they are superior drivers. But when you see we have raced for 19 years of extremely grueling races every weekend all Summer through Fall, you will see that our experience defeats their like a seasoned professional compared to a pre-schooler. Try it. Find out. So it can’t be that,

    We know one driver – defending Klassic 2013 Champ, no less – just quit because we postponed a race last month because we only had 1 willing driver wanting to race that day, himself. Wow. Lame. It is not worth the monumental effort of time + money + work to run a  regular season race for just one driver, no matter who they are, unless they wanted to rent the track or something.

    Some say it’s because of me, your webmaster, who sometimes scribes up some wink-and-nudge jokes that apparently people get miffed about. Grow up, babies. This is for fun, whiners.

    [Advance warning: Apologies in advance for the below language, but seek twenty years of this website and you won’t find it anywhere else on this family-friendly site. It is used now because, quite frankly, we see how people treat us, how they disrespect us, lie to our faces, snub us, act like they are better than us, and how low they must think of us to do that. So…. language, in this rare occasion, stays.] 

    This likely is due to the the whispers of whiners that it takes too long to race at Galletta’s. But that is also mostly bull. Sure, we sometimes get out late, but we used to race until midnight or even after. It’s a backyard speedway, we race when we can and have enough people. And… For every one or two races that gets out late (maybe say 9pm or the occasional 10 or 11pm race, and that is usually due to visiting driver breakdowns and repairs), we have five to seven races that start on good time and finish around dusk. And I guess this means you aren’t committed to racing. Sometimes we race and go to work on a few hours of sleep – this webmaster has done it many times. Grow some.

    Often times, the occasional late start is – a majority of the time – waiting for enough visiting drivers to be at the track to begin the race. Some say, “Well, don’t wait for people, start without them!” Because we never have had a TON of drivers, we wait to make sure the most possible people can make it, because we respect their time and schedules and don’t want to step on people’s toes by blowing them off. Problem is, the people who are there wind up waiting around too long. So that is a two-edged sword.

    We were ready to begin the Klassic cookout at 2pm / 3pm for race time if people were here. On more than a handful of occasions in the past few years, this has happened, yet we get blamed. We can’t put on a show (prep 23 karts, get a track prepped and watered, do points, videos and website) for just a couple of drivers on a regular basis. It’s too much effort, too little action. Been there and done that in the 1990s. The race happens with NUMBERS, especially when we have 23 race-ready/feature-winning/competitive karts on site.

    People didn’t come.

    We waited and waited and waited and nobody came. Including a few who lied to our faces and said they were coming.

    So the next time somebody says we don’t start on time or get out late, shvt the fvck up. 

    So. You know what? Don’t want to race with us? Say start with or without people? Fine. You get what you asked for. Fvck all of them. We’ll raced our Klassic 200 season finale all by ourselves because we were forced to. And we did it all through the 1990s, so we can and will continue even if it’s a couple of people. But we hope we’ll get new people or some older drivers back whenever they decide to get over butthurt that kept them away in the 1st place.

    Next season, we are looking for people who are interested in racing weekly all Summer and part of Fall. Also, we’d like it of you can (1) drive – or wish to learn, (2) can afford to donate at least $5 a week to race their own kart or $20-25 a week to rent a kart, (3) show up every week they possibly can or let us know when they can’t make it, and (4) won’t backstab us and blow us off on race day. You will be welcome and appreciated.

    All others? . . . Well . . . I’ve used enough profanity for today. I’ll best leave it be now….

    Drivers interested in pure, fun, highly competitive racing with honest, good people that have done it for two decades for bottom dollar? See you next year.

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