6/12/2016 – The 2016 Season begins with 14 karts, 3 heats and a 45-Lapper! And Kelly Miller wins it in his return!

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Sunday, June 12th, 2016 –  Our 21st points-racing season was originally set to begin June 5th, 2016. However, due to a busy greenhouse season, a very rocky track that is requiring a lot of work, a fleet of twenty or so karts that did not get worked on since they were raced last October, along with rain in the forecast means the racing has been postponed a week later than usual, Sunday, June 12th, 2016. A new crop of rookies along with a handful of regular veteran drivers were eagerly awaiting the season opener, and when it went down, 15 karts were on the track at the start of the feature! We have the YouTube video up, but we did run into some problems with our video cameras (and operators) led to a missing heat and a difficult to score feature.

HEAT #1

START:
1. Jason King (King #12J)
2. Josh Arnold (Arnold #93)
3. Keith Raymond (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
4. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
5. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #19)
6. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
7. Mike Patak Nicholas Roffo (Galletta’s Greenhouse #43) -DNS

FINISH:
1. Keith Raymond (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
2. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
3. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #19)
4. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
5. Jason King (King #12J)
6. Josh Arnold (Arnold #93) -DNF
7. Mike Patak (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9) -DNS*
8. Nicholas Roffo (Galletta’s Greenhouse #43) -DNS*

-DNS* = For some unknown reason, two rookies didn’t join the heat as scheduled. Then, joined an overloaded 2nd heat.

HEAT #2

START:
1. Mike Chrisman (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
2. Dave Hall Jr. (Hall #29)
3. Tony Cimilluca (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
4. Adam Lytle (Lytle #33)
5. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/R&C Sushi #4)
6. Nicholas Roffo (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
7. Taylor Barlow (Brian Galletta #42)
8. Mike Patak Nicholas Roffo (Galletta’s Greenhouse #43)
9. Mike Patak (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)

FINISH:
***NOT ON RECORD***

NOTE: Because the SD video card corrupted during the 2nd heat, we have no official record of it. In fact, none of it exists (despite 6 hours all night after the race trying to somehow recover it. ALL failed, and I lost around 6 hours of sleep. Thankfully I didn’t have to go to work the next day… whew!).

Because of this, we cannot officially score either heat for points unless it can be recalled by people in attendance or all the drivers in it. I was in it, and even I don’t remember who got what place, and I’m unsure what I ever got (I think possibly 4th?). We will add BOTH heats into the official points if they can ever be recalled by any of us. If not, these were just warm up practices and will not count for points. And this is why we need at least one experienced camera operator.

-Webmaster Chris Stevens

45-LAP FEATURE EVENT

Originally scheduled for 50 laps, the many snags with rookies (and the lack of lights) dropped the race to 45 laps after a late caution. With many new drivers, there’s always a few bugs and bumps to work through. Once everyone is accustomed, and provided not too many timeouts are called, a race like this can go much, much faster.

START:
1. Mike Chrisman (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
2. Jason King (King #12J)
3. David Hall Jr. (Hall #29)
4. Josh Arnold (Arnold #93)
5. Tony Cimilluca (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
6. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
7. Keith Raymond (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
8. Adam Lytle (Lytle #33c)
9. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
10. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/OswegoSushi.com #4)
11. ® Nick Roffo (Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
12. ® Mike Patak (Galletta’s Greenhouse #43)
13. ® Taylor Barlow (Brian Galletta #42)
14. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #19)

® 1st-Timer Rookies

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FINISH:
1. Kelly Miller (Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
2. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/OswegoSushi.com #4)
3. Keith Raymond (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
4. Mike Chrisman (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
5. Adam Lytle (Lytle #33c, Galletta Bros. #28)
6. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s Greenhouse #33, Galletta’s #3)
7. Tony Cimilluca (Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
8. ® Mike Patak (Galletta’s #9, Galletta’s #2)
9.  ® Nick Roffo (Galletta’s Greenhouse #43)
10. David Hall Jr. (Hall #29, Galletta’s #1)
11. Josh Arnold (Arnold #93, Galletta’s #78)
12. Jason King (King #12J)
13. ® Taylor Barlow (Brian Galletta #42)
14. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #19)

RETCON MAKEUP RACE POINT CREDITS:
15. Kevin Galletta (Galletta Bros. #28) – 1st in 7/17/2016 Makeup Heat
16. Lee Gleason  (Galletta’s Greenhouse #2) – 3rd in 7/17/2016 Makeup Heat
17. Noah King (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) – 4th in 7/17/2016 Makeup Heat
18. Chad Crouse (Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) – 5th in 7/24/2016 Makeup Heat

® 1st-Timer Rookies

LAP-BY-LAP RUNDOWN

Because of the short week and camera, I was unable to get the points properly scored before week 2. A makeshift, approximated handicap was used for the following weekend:

Handicap for next week:
Jason King
Josh Arnold
David Hall Jr
Mike Chrisman
Nick Roffo
Mike Patak
Kevin Galletta
Matt Stevens
Tony Cimilluca
Adam Lytle
Keith Raymond
Chris Stevens
Kelly Miller
Taylor Barlow

Post-Race Notes: You see, THIS is why we need at least one or two camera operators or else we cannot score it as an official race. We do not have spotters or AMB scoring. We have the video, which is reviewed and scored by myself after the event is completed. I have had people tell me, “Screw the video, just go out and race!” But that’s not how we do things. If that’s how we did it, nobody but a few friends and family (and friends of) would know we exist, we’d have no website, no nothing. Then we’d just be joy riding. That’s not how we have a website filled with pictures, videos, race descriptions and points to over a decade of our twenty-one years of racing. I personally race for points and race videos, and points are recorded with a complete video recording of each event from at least one angle (more if at all possible). I personally do not race if it’s not for points and would sit out any non-points race – that’s what I personally race for. Risking injury, it better be for something. Joy riding does nothing for me. That stopped being fun for me when I rode BMX bikes, 10 speed bikes and/or mountain bikes as a teenager. For me, racing a good race and the thrill of seeing where I am in the standings… THAT’S the fun for me. And you can look at pay tracks all over the world and be hard pressed to find ANY that record every event like we do, AND put it all online FREE of charge. Without the videos, none of it exists. And that’s how and why I do this.

Spoiler Alert:
Due to an inability to get the point standings completed, we will fast forward to the 1st week they are available. Week 3’s points:

2016 World 1-WD Gas Flathead Backyard Karting Championship Point Standings

As of the 6/12/2016 – 6/26/2016 Races:

Pos. Name (Go-Karts Piloted)
Total Points (Place)
Average Points Per Feature
Features
Feature Wins
Win %
Heats Won/
Entered
Years Pro at Galletta’s
All-Time Feature Wins
1st Kelly Miller (Galletta’s #7)
431.00
107.75
4
2
50%
0/0
8th
5
2nd Chris Stevens (Galletta’s #8, 4, 0)
385.50
96.38
4
0
0%
0/0
21st
77
3rd Matt Stevens (Galletta’s #33, 3, 74)
383.00
95.75
4
2
50%
0/0
21st
131
4th Mike Chrisman (Galletta’s #5)
317.50
79.38
4
0
0%
0/0
1st
0
5th Mike Patak (Galletta’s #9, #2)
256.00
64.00
4
0
0%
0/0
®
0
6th David Hall Jr. (Hall #29, Galletta’s #1)
250.50
62.63
4
0
0%
0/0
1st
0
7th Josh Arnold (Arnold #93, Galletta’s #78)
235.50
58.88
4
0
0%
0/0
1st
0
8th Jason King (King #12J)
230.50
57.63
4
0
0%
0/0
1st
0
9th Adam Lytle (Lytle #33c, Galletta #28)
224.50
56.13
4
0
0%
0/0
5th
5
10th Taylor Barlow (Galletta Bros. #42, er, p)
216.00
54.00
4
0
0%
0/0
®
0
11th Kevin Galletta (Galletta Bros. #28)
189.00
63.00
3
0
0%
0/0
3rd
2
12th Kristina McCann (Galletta’s #2) ®
169.00
56.33
3
0
0%
0/0
®
0
13th Melissa Stevens (Scissors ‘n Fur #19)
163.00
40.75
4
0
0%
0/0
9th
7
14th Nick Roffo (Galletta’s #43)
147.00
73.50
2
0
0%
0/0
1st
1
15th Keith Raymond (Galletta’s #0)
130.00
130.00
1
0
0%
0/0
3rd
3
16th Tony Cimilluca (Galletta’s #6)
93.00
93.00
1
0
0%
0/0
1st
1
17th David Hartpence (Galletta;s #1
75.00
75.00
1
0
0%
0/0
1st
0
18th Eric Woolworth (Woolworth #78)
57.00
57.00
1
0
0%
0/0
5th
5
19th Nick Metcalf (Galletta’s #6)
53.00
53.00
1
0
0%
0/0
®
0
20th Michael West (Galletta’s #6)
45.00
45.00
1
0
0%
0/0
1st
0