7/19/2015 – Matt Stevens’ Mastery of the Low Groove Secures 139th career feature win!

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SUNDAY, JULY 19th, 2015, OSWEGO, NY – With rain on Friday and not enough drivers on Saturday, we postponed the feature to a hot and sunny Sunday afternoon. Keith Raymond and Brian Galletta had eyes on the prize leading good chunks of the 50-lap feature, but both broke down while leading. Matt Stevens took the lead from there and – as the high groove proved problematic for the 2nd weekend in a row – he used his mastery of the low groove in turn one to secure his 139th Oswego Karting Feature Win (counting  feature wins at Galletta’s and Oswego Kartway combined since 2000 and counting 1990s Klassic wins). All while in his trusty old Galletta’s Greenhouse #3, which he has won a majority of those features in. More details below.

1st Heat
Brian Galletta wins heat 1, but not without Matt testing him at the stripe.
Brian Galletta wins heat 1, but not without Matt testing him at the stripe. Track looked a bit loose, and our early (late afternoon) start led to more track-drying sun than we usually have to deal with.

Heat 1 – Start:
1. Brian Galletta (Galletta Bros. #28)
2. Kevin Galletta (Galletta Bros. #54)
3. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)
4. Ray Lewis (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) ® *® * = 1st time rookie
Heat 1 – Finish:
1. Brian Galletta (Galletta Bros. #28)
2. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)
3. Kevin Galletta (Galletta Bros. #54)
4. Ray Lewis (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) ® *® * = 1st time rookie

2nd Heat
 photo Keith Raymond takes the 2nd heat.
Keith Raymond takes the 2nd heat. Again, the loose track and messy turn 1 led to no passing, as both Adam Lytle and Chris Stevens got loose in turn 1 and lost ground on Keith and Melissa.

Heat 2 – Start:
1. Keith Raymond (Good Guys Barbershop #88)
2. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #19)
3. Adam Lytle (Lytle Racing #33c)
4. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
5. Ray Lewis (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) ® *  for Makeup race credit® * = 1st time rookie
Heat 2 – Finish:
1. Keith Raymond (Good Guys Barbershop #88)
2. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #19)
3. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
4. Adam Lytle (Lytle Racing #33c)
5. Ray Lewis (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) ® *  = earned 10th place for 7/10/2015’s 40-Lapper® * = 1st time rookie

50-Lap Feature Start

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Keith Raymond again dominates the early going in the #88 in search of his 1st feature win. Brian Galletta tried surprising him on a few restarts in the #28, but to no avail. Keith gradually pulled away to a straightaway lead.

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Early on, 3rd place Adam Lytle fell victim to the loose and bumpy turn 1 and got sideways in turn 2. He collected 4th place Kevin Galletta’s #54 and 6th place Matt Stevens #3, with 5th place Chris Stevens narrowly avoiding the pileup in the #0. While Adam and Kevin suffered no damage, Matt was forced to one of his mid-race timeouts to repair a bent steering assembly.

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As the sun peeked through the clouds, lapped traffic again caused shenanigans as Ray Castaldo took up the track bobbing and weaving in the #1 and forced some evasive maneuvers  from everyone on the lead lap! Here Brian Galletta and Chris Stevens barely evade him to keep hold of 2nd and 3rd. Oh that crooked heel, Ray Castaldo! And look at that tricky Matt, hugging the inside of the track!

Keith Raymond breaks while leading... AGAIN. :(
Shortly after this, Keith Raymond’s sprocket finally bent enough to break. He’s had it with the tease #88, which is a fast kart but has a bad habit of bending sprockets, often while up front.

The Wrath of the Broken Bonadinator Welds strike again!
Brian Galletta was then in control in the #28 looking for his 1st win of 2015 until a most misfortunate thing occurred. A Bonadinator weld on his side bumper broke, and it started to snag the track. Brian at first attempted to break it off, but the bumper holds up the brake assembly, so he was forced to humorously hold the bumper up (inset pics). To no avail… as at this point Matt already worked his way back up through the field, and got Chris Stevens to take the lead as Chris got in a loose patch trying to pass Brian and then passed Brian himself during the incident. The Wrath of the Bonadinator Welds strike again!

The Wrath of the Broken Bonadinator Welds strike again!
Poor Brian. Even after hopping into his backup, the Bobandinator/Platt-num/Galletta Bros. #42… something else breaks in the front end. I’d need a cig too. And I don’t even smoke. 🙁

Matt vs. Chris in the low groove for the remainder of the race. Oswego Karting's #1 vs. #2 all-time winningest karters go at it again! Kartway can erase us from their books, but they can't erase the fact that we owned that track when we were there, often against bigger motors.
Due to high and middle grooves in turn 1 completely breaking down to bumps and loose dirt before the mid-way point, Matt (#3) & Chris (#0) battle it out in the low groove for the remainder of the race. Chris kept challenging him on restarts, but Matt kept getting out of the hole quicker in turn 2 to put a few kart lengths padding after a couple of laps en route to his 3rd feature win of 2015 (139th All-Time feature win on the two Oswego area dirt Kart tracks in the 2000’s). We don’t call him master of the low groove for nothing!

10-Lap Powder-Puff Race / Addendum to 50-Lap Feature

Powder Puff race! All-Girl action!
After the feature, all-girl action broke out! A 10-lap powder-puff race between Kristina McCann and Brielle Wilkins! And this picture? After around half the race with the #1 in the lead, and another half with the #2 in the lead, and some very wild laps in-between (especially concerning Kristina’s unique track lines), here they are crossing the finish line… in a dead heat! A tie!

50-Lap Feature – Finish:
1. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #3) (T)
2. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
3. Adam Lytle (Lytle Racing #33c)
4. Kevin Galletta (Galletta Bros. #54)
5. Ray Lewis (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) ® *
6. Brian Galletta (Galletta #28, Galletta Bros. #42) DNF
7. Keith Raymond (Good Guys Barbers. #88; Galletta’s #6) DNF
8. Ray Castaldo (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) (-4; +8) DNF
9. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #19) (+2) DNF
10-tie. [TIE] Brielle Wilkins (Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) ® * DNF (-50; +10)
10-tie. [TIE] Kristina McCann (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2)  ® * DNF (-50; +10)Key:
(T) = Used Mid-race repair timeout
DNF = Did Not Finish
(+2) = Started at race start; completed 2 laps.

(-4; +8) = Started race 4 laps down; completed 8 laps.
® * = 1st time rookie
(-50; +10) = Started 50 laps down, ran 10 after race completion.
[TIE] = Finished indeterminably tied across finish line.
 

 

NOTE: This year, in order to speed up the races, in addition to regular competitors only having 3 per regular season and 1 per Klassic (plus regular season rollovers) a mid-race repair time-out will also cost -5 points for a regular-season event. Why? Long wait times and late shows are what many ex-GKC racers use as #1 complaint against our races and why they gave up (a second one is because they usually got sick of not being able to beat Matt or Chris or a third is they just flat out ran out of interest and/or money). When each driver usually has at least one kart to hop into as a backup, there usually isn’t a strong reason to delay the show for a repair on most race days. Repairs AT race time instead of racing is the #1 reason for long wait times, long shows. Once the races start, without timeouts and long delays between races, it usually runs quickly and smoothly. Use a backup (still costs -5 points BUT is often faster than a repair).

2015 Gas Flathead National Championship / 2015 Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Speedway Point Standings

As of completion of 6/7/2015 – 7/19/2015’s race events in the 20th Annual World Championship of Clockwise Gas Stock Flathead Karting:

Position
(Prior)
Name (Go-Karts Piloted)
®=Rookie *=Makeup Features T =Timeout
k=Mid-race Kart Change (-5pt)

Total Points
(Place)

Average
Points
Per
Feature
Features
Feature
Wins
Win
%
Heats
Won/
Enter
Years
Pro
at
Galletta’s
All-Time
Track
Feature
Wins
1st
Chris Stevens
(Galletta’s #8, 4, 0, 5)
k
1,081.50
135.19
8
3
38%
0/2
20th
74
2nd
Matt Stevens
(Galletta’s #33,
3, 74, 1, 2)
t
1,015.50
126.94
8
3
38%
0/2
20th
128
3rd
( 4th )
Adam Lytle
(Lytle #33c)
919.50
114.94
8
1
13%
0/2
4th
4
4th
( 3rd )
Keith Raymond
(Good Guys Barbers. #88,
Galletta’s #6)
912.00
114.00
8
0
0%
1/2
2nd
0
5th
Kevin Galletta
(Galletta Bros. #28, 54)
*
827.00
103.38
8
0
0%
1/2
3rd
2
6th
( 7th )
Melissa Stevens
(Scissors ‘n Fur #19
)
661.00
82.63
8
0
0%
0/2
8th
7
7th
( 6th )
George Sweeting
(Galletta’s #7,
Sweeting #81) ® k
*
623.50
89.07
7
0
0%
1/2
®
0
8th
Eric Woolworth
(Woolworth #78)
487.50
97.50
5
1
20%
0/0
4th
5
9th
Nick Cameron
(Galletta Bros. #54,
Galletta’s #7)
®**
332.00
83.00
4
0
0%
0/1
®
0
10th
 photo 20140810-unknown-n00B-6.jpgRay Castaldo
(
Galletta’s #7, 5, 1)
322.00
80.50
4
0
0%
0/0
®
0
11th
( 12th )
Brian Galletta
(Galletta Bros. #42,
28)
297.00
99.00
3
0
0%
0/1
8th
8
13th
( N/A )
Ray Lewis
(Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) ®
199.00
99.50
2
0
0%
0/1
®
0
14th
( 11th )
Kevin Finn
(Galletta’s #6, 9) ®*
191.00
95.50
2
0
0%
0/1
®
0
15th
( 13th )
Liam Shaughnessy
(Galletta’s #1)
®
122.00
122.00
1
0
0%
0/1
®
0
16th
( 14th )
David Demling
(Galletta’s #6) ®
115.00
115.00
1
0
0%
1/1
®
0
17th
( 15th )
Branden 'Tumor' Matott (Galletta's/Matott #187-2) 9/2014Branden ‘Tumor’ Matott
(Matott #187²)
111.00
111.00
1
0
0%
0/0
2nd
0
18th-tie
( N/A )
Kristina McCann
(Galletta’s #2) ®
87.50
87.50
1
0
0%
0/0
®
0
18th-tie
( N/A )
Brielle Wilkins
(Galletta’s #1) ®
87.50
87.50
1
0
0%
0/1
®
0

Handicap Starting Order for the next race:

Handicap
Position
Name
Total Points
Average Points
Wins
Win %
All-Time Wins
0-1 Win Sub-Group : Inverted by Points-Per-Race > Past Wins > Weight
1
Ray Castaldo
322.00
80.50
0
0%
0
2
Nick Cameron [newbie’s choice]
332.00
83.00
0
0%
0
3
George Sweeting
427.50
85.50
0
0%
0
4
Ray Lewis [newbie’s choice]
199.00
99.50
0
0%
0
5
Branden Matott
111.00
111.00
0
0%
1
6
Keith Raymond
912.00
114.00
0
0%
0
Past Winner’s Sub-Group: Inverted by Points-Per-Race > Past Wins > Weight
7
Melissa Stevens
661.00
82.63
0
0%
7
8
Brian Galletta
297.00
99.00
0
0%
8
9
Kevin Galletta
827.00
103.38
0
0%
2
2015 Winner’s Sub-group: Inverted by wins > Points Per Race > Past Wins > Weight
10
Eric Woolworth
487.50
97.50
1
20%
5
11
Adam Lytle
919.50
114.94
1
13%
4
12
Matt Stevens
1015.5
126.94
3
38%
128
13
Chris Stevens
1081.5
135.19
3
38%
74
Newbie Rookies: Inverted by Points Per Race > Weight
14
David Demling
115.00
115.00
0
0%
0
15
Liam Shaughnessy
122.00
122.00
0
0%
0
16
Kristina McCann [tie]
87.50
87.50
0
0%
0
16
Brielle Wilkins [tie]
87.50
87.50
0
0%
0

Next race will be Harborfest avoidance extravaganza. When this will be? TBD/TBA.