Welcome to the Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Club & Backyard Speedway’s website!

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 arrive-and-drive Karts are available. All time trialed less than 1 second apart. Drivers needed to fill them in 45-60 lap point races every weekend between June through all Summer, culminating with our season finale in late-September – the 200-Lap Galletta’s Karting Klassic!

gallettaskarting2013logo200pxFounded in the early 1990s, Galletta’s Karting Club & Backyard Speedway was created to race go-karts as competitively as we can for as purposefully affordable as we can (via rules), using karts that are hybrid – something between a prefabricated racing kart and a yard kart that can race fast and safe on both pay tracks and backyard tracks alike, all the while having drivers that are highly talented and experienced racers. You may think you are good on pay tracks, but in reality, you didn’t prove much unless you raced and competed for wins at Galletta’s! The original, longest-running, and largest karting class in the area, we are also the easiest to join – we often have several unused, fast, feature-winning, arrive-and-drive karts to join into the races immediately, and if you like it, build or buy your own for a few hundred dollars to join and compete instead of a few thousand like most classes take to join and compete. And, the experience and talent levels of the more experienced drivers at Galletta’s equal or better than can be found on any pay track – they’ve been racing more than a decade before ANY of the local pay tracks were built and have hundreds of more races under their belts. Read on to see our twenty year history of weekly points racing (with videos and complete rundowns of each season since 1995 – and race from 2005) every June through October in Oswego, NY! Enjoy!


NEXT RACE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 20th, 2017 at 6-6:30pm! Drivers (new or old) NEEDED!


8/12/2017 – Twin-25s won by Tim Galletta & Chris Stevens [+YouTube Race Videos]

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Click for race page, points, video, and larger version of the victory picture.

Saturday, August 12th, 2017 – Tim Galletta and Chris Stevens pretty much controlled almost the entire evening, each getting 1-2 and vice versa respectively. Tim shook off the rust accumulated due to a move down south and then held off everyone for his 1st feature win in a few years during the 1st feature. Then Chris Stevens evaded an accident that took out the top three to coast to the win in the 2nd. Plus, during the 1st feature, Tim’s bro-in-law (and past feature winner) Jared Halstead took a nasty spill after coming together with Josh Arnold, flipped, and then got run over by Matt Stevens. Thankfully, he was fine and continued in the 2nd feature. Good racing all around, but there’s an attendance problem when we have to depend on people who live in North Carolina to have enough people to race. Um… what the heck is going on? Complete YouTube race video and points are done so read on for more…

2017 World 1-WD Gas Flathead Backyard Karting Championship Point Standings

After the 8/12/2017 Race Event:

Place
Last
Week
Driver Name (Go-Karts Piloted)
®=Rookie; m=Makeup Feature Used;
T =Kart Change and/or Repair Timeout Used
Total
Points
(Place)
Average
Points
Per
Feature
Features
Entered
Features
Won
Win %
Heats
Won/
Entered
Years
Pro at
Galletta’s
All-
Time
Feature
Wins
Last
Race
1st
2nd
Chris Stevens
(Galletta’s #8, 4, 43) tttt
1219.5
93.81
13
2
15%
0/0
22nd
82
12-Aug
2nd
1st
Matt Stevens
(Galletta’s #33, 3, 74, 9, 6, 1) ttt
1174.0
90.31
13
3
23%
0/0
22nd
136
12-Aug
3rd
3rd
Josh Arnold
(Arnold #93, Galletta’s #5, Gelason #29) ttt
1109.0
85.31
13
2
15%
0/0
3rd
3
12-Aug
4th
5th
Melissa Stevens
(Scissors ‘n Fur #19)
827.0
63.62
13
0
0%
0/0
10th
8
12-Aug
5th
4th
Kevin Galletta
(Galletta Bros. #28)
758.0
94.75
8
2
25%
0/0
4th
7
5-Aug
6th
6th
Adam Lytle
(Lytle #33c)
692.5
76.94
9
1
11%
0/0
6th
8
23-Jul
7th
7th
Nicholas Cassano
(Galletta’s #1, 2, 6, 7) mttt ®
512.0
73.14
7
0
0%
0/0
®
0
23-Jul
8th
8th
Keith Raymond
(Galletta’s #0)
452.5
90.50
5
2
40%
0/0
4th
6
23-Jul
9th
12th
Tim Galletta
(Galletta’s #9, 7) tm
444.5
74.08
6
1
17%
0/0
4th
8
12-Aug
10th
9th
Lee Gleason
(Gleason #29)
344.5
86.13
4
0
0%
0/0
®
0
5-Aug
11th
17th
Todd Halstead
(Galletta’s #5) m
215.5
53.88
4
0
0%
0/0
1st
0
12-Aug
12th
17th
Jared Halstead
(Galletta’s #43) m
205.5
51.38
4
0
0%
0/0
1st
1
12-Aug
13th
17th
Marty Halstead
(Galletta’s #7) m
197.0
49.25
4
0
0%
0/0
®
0
12-Aug
14th
10th
Randy Platt
(Galletta’s #5)
189.0
94.50
2
0
0%
0/0
7th
7
17-Jun
15th
11th
Mike Patak
(Galletta’s #43)
182.0
91.00
2
0
0%
0/0
1st
0
17-Jun
16th
13th
Kelly Miller
(Galletta’s #7) m
130.0
65.00
2
0
0%
0/0
10th
7
3-Jul
18th
14th
Rob Vanderhaden
(Galletta’s #43, Gleason #29) t ®
127.5
63.75
2
0
0%
0/0
®
0
23-Jul
19th
15th
Stephen Perez
(Galletta’s #9) m
122.0
61.00
2
0
0%
0/0
®
0
3-Jul
20th
16th
Griffin Miller
(Galletta’s #2) m
114.0
57.00
2
0
0%
0/0
®
0
3-Jul

 


8/5/2017 – Twin-30s won by Kevin Galletta & Matt Stevens!

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Full-sized Victory Photo

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Tim Galletta’s Return!

Saturday, August 5th, 2017 – In Tim Galletta’s 2-weekend return for the 1st time in 4 years, Kevin Galletta led every lap of the 1st 30-Lapper to take his 2nd feature win of 2017. Matt Stevens then led zero laps and just stole Lee Gleason’s 1st victory away from him by sneaking the front bumper past the stripe on the final lap of the night. The funny thing was Lee’s kart has had terrible motor sputtering issues and lack of power for a while now, and Matt put around a week of work testing and fixing the motor until it got up to par. And if not for Matt’s craftiness on the final lap, Lee would have put the #29 (the former Thunder Island/Larry Phillips/Kenny Lindsley III/Eric Woolworth/Billy Ruggio/Eric Woolworth/Keith Raymond/David Hall/Lee Gleason ride) in victory lane for the 1st time in a long time. Full race YouTube Video, results and points are here.


7/30/2017 – 22nd Annual Harborfest Championship… Cancelled.

Sunday, July 30th, 2017 – Due to a lack of available drivers, we were forced to cancel our 22nd Annual Harborfest weekend race. Every week we request more drivers — old veteran racers, newbie rookies, and everything between. Around 20 arrive-and-drive karts with most of them sitting idle without drivers and only $25 to race them for 50-70 laps a week. Come on up!


7/23/2017 – Matt Stevens & Josh Arnold Repeat as Winners of Twin 33’s! [+YouTube]

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 – Deja-vu to opening night ’17, as Matt Stevens win a feature in the Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/OswegoSushi.com #74, and Josh Arnold in his Arnie Racing #93 won the other! Lots of cautions and kart breakdowns this evening, but nonetheless — as the video shows —  the racing was entertaining!

Full Points, Pics & Video Race Page | YouTube Video |  Higher-resolution picture 


7/16/2017 – Keith Raymond wins 1st Feature, 2nd Rains out [+YouTube]

Sunday, July 16th, 2017 – Keith Raymond became the 1st 2-feature winner this season as he passed a loose-but-fast rookie Nicholas Cassano and held off a few other competitors for his 2nd win in 3 feature this season (last week he was delayed and showed up after the races were done and everyone had gone home). Good, clean racing on a nice track, as the “OgreMobile” is back in action and the track can be graded and rolled for the 1st time since the opener! The racing has been VERY close this year — very few passes along with very few walk-away wins and with 6 winners in 7 features this season thus far. Race Page & Complete YouTube Race Videos Here.


7/8/2017 – Adam “AJ” Lytle & Chris Stevens make it 6-Winners-for-6-Races this season! [+YouTube]

 Adam Lytle and Chris Stevens prove best karters in Oswego, NY on 7/8/2017!

Saturday, July 8th, 2017 – Although we usually run Summer Sundays at Galletta’s, this season Saturday has been working better for a majority of our drivers. And a rather competitive trend has been happening this season: The 1st SIX feature races have had SIX different winners! In the 1st 30-lapper, Adam Lytle FINALLY broke his streak of breaking down to win DOMINATE the 1st one, pulling away from Chris Stevens and the rest of the pack to lead all 30 laps without even a challenge. In the 2nd 30-lapper, Chris Stevens also led all 30 laps, but was challenged by Kevin Galletta, Lytle, Matt Stevens and Josh Arnold. And Josh has been fast all year, scoring excellent finishes on top of his feature win earlier this season! Chris got a big choking hug from his daughter Faith for the win (and some victory laps on daddy’s lap). More details and FULL race video (including BOTH Tower camera AND Matt helmet camera in full HD) below:

Race Page & Complete YouTube Race Videos Here | Higher Resolution Victory Lane picture here.


7/3/2017 – Independence Day Makeup Points Race!
 photo 2017-07-03 race at Galletta's (Oswego's finest karters, bar none, try if you disagree)

Monday, July 3rd, 2017 – Due to regular drivers missing out on both Sunday (postponed) and Monday evening races, and Kelly Miller bringing two drivers (son Stephen and nephew Griffin), while a 1st timer rookie racer also joined, we had a makeup points race. A 35 lap “retcon points” makeup race! You can read more about it and watch the YouTube video here.


6/24/2017 – Kevin Galletta & Keith Raymond make it 4-Winners-for-4-Races this season! [+YouTube]

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Saturday, June 24th, 2017 – We took another preemptive Saturday race (to avoid forecasted rain on Sunday) and held another twin-feature night to get caught up for missing the 1st two weekends of our usual season (1st weekend in June through at least September). And lo-and-behold, the polar opposite of last year’s start has occurred–where Kelly Miller, Matt Stevens and Chris Stevens hogged all the wins in the 1st EIGHT features–we have four features and FOUR different winners! Kevin Galletta outlasted early leader Adam Lytle (who broke down while leading) to win the 1st one, and Keith Raymond outlasted Chris Stevens and Matt Stevens (each of whom ALSO broke down while leading) for the win, although Josh Arnold gave him a great run. (And Kevin had to take his kids home before the start of the 2nd feature, so he is represented here by his Force Ghost.) More details and FULL race video (including BOTH Tower camera AND Matt helmet camera in full HD) below:

Race Page & Complete YouTube Race Videos Here | Higher Resolution Victory Lane picture here.

 


6/17/2017 – FINALLY… The 22nd Annual Galletta’s Go-Kart Points Season Opener Has Come Back… To OSWEGO! 70 Laps via Twin 35s! Josh Arnold & Matt Stevens win! [+YouTube]

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Saturday, June 17th, 2017 – Due to several setbacks (including no track vehicle), we missed the first two weekends of our usual race season. However, thanks to Brian Galletta and his Jeep, we can FINALLY get the season started. Saturday evening was the goal instead of our usual Sunday (for Father’s Day & avoiding possible showers), and TWO features were in store to make up for the two week delay. The Arnie #93 driven by owner Josh Arnold passed Mike Patak (who later went on for a WILD flip) to win the 1st Feature, while in the 2nd feature, Matt Stevens stormed into the front and never looked back in the Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com Frankenfreak #74! Video is up:
Race Page & Complete YouTube Race Videos Here | Higher Resolution Victory Lane picture here.


Photobucket “Image Ransom” Petition

Since 2007, we have used PhotoBucket to host at least 98% of our race photos on this website for no charge. That is now a decade and hundreds of images from our races dating over twenty years. Late June 2017 they unexpectedly and forcefully began to hold the images ransom for $399 a year (one can still use their site, but not embed images to display onto a website, web-forum or blog, like this site for example). Now while we can afford to host our own pictures (and I am doing so now; in the process of moving everything over to my own server… for an additional expense), it does add an added expense on to our “free” and “not-for-profit” racing club (that I —  the webmaster/statistician/video editor/reporter/track promoter/racer Chris Stevens — usually pays for out of his own pocket EVERY year, and the Google Ads USED to pay for the actual site hosting, but not anymore. Hint, hint, click click?). The least one can do is sign this petition. Not that we’d probably ever go back, as that was just low-down and dirty for a company to do, but at least send a message. One could see if they asked for a donation or an annual fee (more in the $10-15 range), but $400 is beyond excessive (and may be an intentional suicide ploy to me? Nobody with a lick of common sense would pay that).


2016 Season in Review:

Complete with ALL race videos! All of our races dating back over a decade have COMPLETE race videos! Yes, that’s EVERY RACE we’ve recorded since 2005 and a few before that. Enjoy!

2016 – The 21st Annual Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Club Point Ra Standings & 200-Lap Klassic Championship

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The 21st Annual Galletta’s Klassic was sponsored by The Good Guys Barbershop – Classic Cuts & Close Shaves!

Saturday, September 24th, 2016 – The 21st Annual end-of-Summer/Start-of-Fall Karting Championship behind Galletta’s Greenhouses in Oswego always decides the two champions of the year – the overall track champion and the 200-Lap Marathon Klassic Champion, and by default the best overall karter in Oswego, NY no matter how much money pay track drivers pour into their flatkarts, they always expose empty ballsacks at our 200. And this year, we had The Good Guys Barbershop sponsor cash prizes for the top three and a trophy for the track champion. And, on top of that, it was the closest points race in history between points leaders Chris Stevens, Kelly Miller, and Matt Stevens. In fact, Kelly was the 1st driver in 21 years to challenge Matt and Chris for a track championship! But something shocking happened after the time trials while the track was watered and the race was almost ready to start. Stay tuned…


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