8/20/2017 – Cancelled due to insufficient Driver Attendance

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20th, 2017: A Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Speedway Points race requires at least seven drivers to count for points, and due to only four veteran drivers available, it is not enough and the races for this weekend have been cancelled. R&C Sushi Bar LLC’s surprise 50/50 prize for the winner & points fund has also been cancelled due to low driver turnout.


8/26 – 8/27/2017 – WILD crash during Saturday Night 40-Lapper AND Sunday Night 35-Lapper for a Double Show Weekend; Josh Arnold and Matt Stevens Victorious!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26th, 2017: Several drivers (a few that raced with us before a couple of years ago) enabled us to get a show in and it wound up a good one. There was also a nasty wreck late in the feature with bodies flying. But why read my words? Watch the video playlist!


8/26/2017 – Big crash during an action-packed feature; Josh Arnold Survives Close Call to win!

Saturday, 8/26/2017 – Makeup Points / Rookie Heat Race:

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Heat One featured a handful of returning rookies from 2015! [Click to enlarge]

As many know, we hold heat races that serve as a dual-purpose for newbies and returning veterans: Makeup points for races they missed AND get some track tie in before a feature with the vets that have been out there every week/year. However, in late-August, due to work and seasonal activities, I simply do not have the time required to look over the season and grant makeup feature points like I can do most of the summer, so a deadline for FULL makeup points is usually mid-August. Don’t despair though, as makeup races still count as bonus points and scored as a heat race that the regular drivers are not in.

1. Lee Gleason (Gleason #29) +20 pts
2. Mike West (Galletta’s #1) +18 pts
3. Rob Vanderladen (Galletta’s #2) +16 pts
4. Justin Thurston (Galletta’s #43, #7, #6) (+14 pts -6 pts = ) +8 pts
5. Dave Hartpence Sr. (Galletta’s #5) +12 pts
6. Dave Hartpence Jr. (Galletta’s #78) +10 pts

Now on to the regular feature. What a conundrum this season has been! Due to nearly ALL of our regular veterans either quitting outright or being too busy to race, we only have THREE drivers actually in the points race: Josh Arnold, and Chris and Matt Stevens! What’s great is that these guys are having a very close battle and it’s anybody’s track title with every race the potential for leap frogging over each other from week to week. A negative that has been diminishing this great 3-man race? The trio has NOBODY to race with. If it was not for the 6 new drivers, we would have had to cancel this race. So we are thankful for anybody and everybody that joins us. Here we go with the scoring:

Saturday, 8/26/2017 – FEATURE EVENT START:

1. Lee Gleason (Gleason #29)
2. Josh Arnold (Arnie Racing #93)
3. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s/Chrusher.com/SUNY Oswego Sushi #8)
4. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s/Chrusher.com/SUNY Oswego Sushi #74)
5. Mike West (Galletta’s #1)
6. Dave Hartpence ‘Jr.’ (Galletta’s #78)
7. Rob Vanderhaden (Galletta’s #2)
8. Justin Thurston (Galletta’s #43)
9. Melissa Stevens (SNF #19) *
10. Dave Hartpence ‘Sr.’ (Galletta’s #5) *

 photo 2017-08-27-22h55m42s186.jpg

Lee Gleason led early, but came up short of his 1st win with another breakdown. Josh Arnold then inherited the lead and never looked back! [Click to enlarge]

* = NOTE on starting order and Lap 2 accident: #19, since having her daughter in 2013, usually just takes 1-2 laps to score points and then pulls off. This means she is ALWAYS to start in LAST PLACE regardless of points handicaps, UNLESS she plans to actually race (to which she must inform the statman/scorer BEFORE the race lineup is set). For some reason, she started in front of #5, and she shouldn’t have, because this creates a conflict between racers and non-racers. Rather predictably, because of this, she crashed into the driver behind her when trying to exit the track. Although she complained to track officials and the property owner that she was wrecked and the drivers were out of control (actually, all inexperienced drivers take anywhere from one to a handful of races to get the hang of the karts and track, and vets must know this and be aware when racing with them), the video showed what was suspected: It’s her job to let people pass before exiting the track, not the driver that doesn’t know she is pulling off after a lap or two instead of being out there to race. You can’t get mad if someone doesn’t know you are going from racing full-speed for position to suddenly swerving off the track in front of you when they crash into you. He could not have known, and this is critical to always try to know what the other people in your immediate vicinity are thinking too, not just tunnel vision yourself and your own thoughts and ambitions only, then get mad if something bad happened that was likely the consequenses of not considering others in wake of your otherwise unpredictable and rash decisions that occur without warning to others. Important lessons learned on the track that can also go for real life, too! Oh, and don’t get mad and shoot the messenger when someone speaks up when nobody else does because they’re afraid to tell you the truth. Who said racing is dumb? Two nice things to know rght there!

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th 8th 9th
10th
Notes
0c
29
93
8
74
1
78
2
43
19
5
1
29
93
8
2
29
93
8
19
19, 5
1c
29
93
8
74
1
78
5
43
2
19
3
29
93
8
19
4
29
93
8
19
2c
29
93
8
74
78
5
43
2
1
19
1
5
29
93
8
19
6
29
93
8
19
7
29
93
8
19
3c
29
93
8
74
2
78
1
5
43
19
43
8
29
93
8
19
9
29
93
8
19
19, 5
10
29
93
8
19
4c
29
93
8
74
2
78
1
5
43
19
43?
11
29
93
8
19
12
29
93
8
19
5c
29
93
8
74
2
1
78
5
43
19
43?
Twin 30-Lapper #1:
13
29
93
8
19
14
29
93
8
19
15
29
93
8
19
16
29
93
8
19
17
29
93
8
19
18
29
93
8
19
19
29
93
8
19
20
93
8
74
29
19
29
6c
93
8
74
2
1
78
43
5
29
19
29 out
21
93
8
74
29
19
22
93
8
74
29
19
23
93
8
74
29
19
24
93
8
74
29
19
25
93
8
74
29
19
26
93
8
74
29
19
27
93
8
74
29
19
28
93
8
74
29
19
29
93
8
74
29
19
30
93
8
74
29
19
31
93
8
74
29
19
32
93
8
74
29
19
33
93
8
74
29
19
34
93
8
74
29
19
2, 78, 93
7c
93
8
74
5
1
43
2
78
29
19
35
93
8
74
78
29
19
36
93
74
8
78
29
19
37
93
74
8
78
29
19
38
93
74
8
78
29
19
2?
8c
93
74
8
5
1
43
2
78
29
19
43, 2
9c
93
74
8
5
1
43
2
78
29
19
39
93
74
8
78
29
19
40
93
74
8
78
29
19
41
93
74
8
78
29
19
42
93
74
8
5
1
43
2
78
29
19
2
Points
110
105
100
95
90
85
81
77
73
69
Heat
12
18
8
16
10
20
1st
23
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
19
0
2nd/3rd
(19)
9.5
(23)
11.5
(42)
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Penalty
-5
-0
-0
-0
-0
-0
-0
-0
-0
-5
Total
142.5
116.5
121
107
108
93
97
87
112
64

Saturday, 8/26/2017 – FEATURE EVENT FINISH:

1. Josh Arnold (Arnie Racing #93) +142.5
2. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s/Chrusher.com/SUNY Oswego Sushi #74) +116.5
3. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s/Chrusher.com/SUNY Oswego Sushi #8) +121
4. Dave Hartpence ‘Sr.’ (Galletta’s #5) +107
5. Mike West (Galletta’s #1) +108
6. Justin Thurston (Galletta’s #43) +93
7. Rob Vanderhaden (Galletta’s #2) +97
8. DNF – Dave Hartpence ‘Jr.’ (Galletta’s #78) +87
9. DNF – Lee Gleason (Gleason #29) +112
10. DNF – Melissa Stevens (SNF #19) +64

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Wild accident occurred when the leader came up on lapped traffic. Wow! [Click to enlarge]

SCORING NOTES: Due to flagger error again, we went two extra laps and will be scored as bonus points (per usual). We need a flagger and a lap counter, as time and time again, we keep going extra laps (which sometimes drastically change the outcome of the race). Also, #93 was actually involved in the big nasty lapped traffic accident on lap #34. Technically, he should have gone to the rear, but since nobody noticed due to the chaos of the wreck, he will lose only -5 points for not restarting in correct position and nobody catching it until scoring the video. When directly involved in a wreck, you are always to go to the back, even if it wasn’t your fault. Exceptions are if you spun or went off the track to avoid with no noticable/notable contact with another competitor or large object (and usually, if karts get damaged during the indicent, then it shows that contact was made). Since the #93 did a good job of making sure he didn’t run over anybody and it was clearly not an intentional thing, he will not get the full penalty of -10 point deduction. Also, #19 gets -5 point deduction for crashing with a competitor and then complaining about the competitor to the property owner.

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Josh Arnold wins 8/26/2017 feature [Click to enlarge]

Finally, Josh Arnold gets a regular season victory when it wasn’t a twin-feature night! But we weren’t done for the weekend, yet! The following day, another crop of newbies AND two returning veteran drivers showed up for another race!

NOTE: We are open to a Sunday, August 27th 2017 rookie/makeup point race if there are enough drivers and if Matt can repair the damaged karts in time. It would only count as a new 2017 Points Event if the top 3 scorers are also able to run, otherwise. Contact Matt Stevens during the day if you are interested. Wait… IT HAPPENED! A Double-header weekend!!!:


8/27/2017 – Two big races in two nights; Matt Stevens wins 35-Lapper!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27th, 2017: Several MORE drivers (this time a handful of rookie 1st time racers at Galletta’s and a surprising return of Team Dann) joined us for a surprise Sunday evening showdown. As you can see from the video, the racing was actually extremely good both Saturday AND Sunday considering the amount of new drivers in both. Die to work, I have been delayed in making victory lane pictures and doing points, so enjoy the unedited race video playlists in the meantime! Should be a barn-burner of a race for this upcoming weekend and hopefully thereafter (wait… after a small welding incident fixing a kart during the race… maybe we shouldn’t use the term ‘barn-burner’).

Sunday, 8/27/2017 – Makeup Points / Rookie Practice Heat Race Finish:

1. Steve Sixberry (Galletta’s #9) +20 pts.
2. Casey Cowen (Galletta’s #78) +18 pts.
3. Andy Rayder (Galletta’s #5) + 16 pts.
4. Jason Sixberry (Galletta’s #1) +14 pts.
5. Robert Swan (Galletta’s #6) +12 pts.
6. DNF – Dick Dann (Galletta’s #43) +10 pts.
7. DNF – Nick Dann (Galletta’s #7) +8 pts.

Sunday, 8/27/2017 – FEATURE START:

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Chris Stevens leads early on. [Click to enlarge]

1. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s/Chrusher.com/SUNY Oswego Sushi #4)
2. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s #33)
3. Josh Arnold (Arnie Racing #93)
4. Dick Dann (Galletta’s #43)
5. Nick Dann (Galletta’s #7)
6. Steve Sixberry (Galletta’s #9)
7. Casey Cowen (Galletta’s #78)
8. Andy Rayder (Galletta’s #5)
9. Jason Sixberry (Galletta’s #1)
10. Robert Swan (Galletta’s #6)
11. Melissa Stevens (SNF #19)

Saturday, 8/27/2017 FEATURE

 
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th 8th 9th
10th
11th
Notes
0
4
33
93
43
7
9
78
5
1
6
19
1
4
33
93
2
4
33
93
19
19 out
3
4
33
93
19
4
4
33
93
19
5
4
33
93
19
43> 33c
1c
4
33
93
7
1
5
78
6
9
33c
19
6
4
33
93
7
4
33
93
19
8
4
33
93
19
9
4
33
93
19
5
2c
4
33
93
7
6
1
9
78
2
33c
19
33c out
5>2
10
4
33
93
33c
19
5
3c
4
33
93
7
6
1
78
2
9
33c
19
9
11
4
33
93
33c
19
9
12
4
93
33
33c
19
13
4
93
33
33c
19
1, 2
4c
4
93
33
7
6
78
9
1
2
33c
19
14
4
93
33
33c
19
15
4
93
33
33c
19
16
4
93
33
33c
19
17
4
93
33
33c
19
18
4
93
33
33c
19
7 out
5c
4
93
33
6
78
9
2
1
7
33c
19
19
4
93
33
7
33c
19
20
4
93
33
7
33c
19
19
4
93
33
7
33c
19
20
4
93
33
7
33c
19
21
4
93
33
7
33c
19
22
4/33
33/4
93
7
33c
19
23
33
4
93
7
33c
19
24
33
4
93
7
33c
19
25
33
4
93
1
7
33c
19
6>0
6c
33
4
93
78
2
9
1
0
7
33c
19
26
33
4
93
1
7
33c
19
43>8
93>5
27
33
4
93
1
7
33c
19
1
6c
33
4
2
78
9
0
1
33c2
7
33c
19
93>33c
28
33
4
2
1
7
33c
19
7c
33
4
2
78
9
0
1
33c2
7
33c
19
2?
8c
33
4
78
33c2
9
0
2
1
7
33c
19
1
29
33
4
78
1
7
33c
19
30
33
4
78
1
7
33c
19
2?
9c
33
4
9
0
1
78
33c2
2
7
33c
19
78?
31
33
4
9
1
7
33c
19
32
33
4
9
1
7
33c
19
33
33
4
9
1
7
33c
19
34
33
4
9
1
7
33c
19
35
33
4
33c2
1
7
33c
19
36
33
4
33c2
1
7
33c
19
37
33
4
33c2
0
9
78
2
1
7
33c
19
Feature
96
91
87
83
79
75
71
68
65
61
57
Heat
12
20
18
16
14
8
10
1st
16
22
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2nd/3rd
(22)
11
15
(7.5)
(30)
15
0
(4)
2
(2)
1
(1)
0.5
0
0
0
0
Penalty
-0
-0
-5
-5
-5
-5
-5
-0
-0
-0
-0
Total
123
121
97
90
99
89
82.5
82
73
71
57

Sunday, 8/27/2017 – FEATURE FINISH:

1. Matt Stevens (Galletta’s #33) +123
2. Chris Stevens (Galletta’s/Chrusher.com/SUNY Oswego Sushi #4) +121
3. Josh Arnold (Arnie Racing #93, Galletta’s #33c) +97
4. Robert Swan (Galletta’s #6, #0) +90
5. Steve Sixberry (Galletta’s #9) +99
6. Casey Cowen (Galletta’s #78) +89
7. Andy Rayder (Galletta’s #5, #2) +82.5
8. [-1 LAP] Jason Sixberry (Galletta’s #1) +82
9. DNF – Dick Dann (Galletta’s #43, 33c) +73
10. DNF – Nick Dann (Galletta’s #7) +71
11. DNF – Melissa Stevens (SNF #19) +57

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Matt Stevens trapped his brother on a lapped kart to take the win. [Click to enlarge]

SCORING NOTES: On restart #9, karts #9, #0, and #78 started in front of #33cII (Josh), and will be penalized -5 points each for not restarting in their proper position. #2 was passed as a lap kart by the top 3, but then went a lap down by the entire field after he let them all by on the next restart. Per usual, every driver that used a 2nd kart during a regular season race is deducted -5 points.

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Matt Stevens wins the Sunday Feature. [Click to enlarge]


Ooh, that tricky Matt! Matt Stevens again prevailed in the double-header weekend at Galletta’s after he trapped his brother Chris on lapped traffic (oddly enough, of Jason Sixberry, the contractor that Chris and his wife hired to work on the foundation of their house! Costing Chris again! 😉 ). Matt held on for the win without further traffic to return the favor. This makes the 3rd time this season that Josh and Matt have won the weekend’s two feature events (pretty soon, we can just re-use stock photos). If Chris wasn’t consistently racking up bonus points in top-3 laps, he would be way behind the both of them, as he only has two wins on the season, while Matt and Josh have 4 and 3 respectively. And get this: All three were leading feature events and broke down, so it could be even worse.

I am a bit behind on the points and edited YouTube video due to work and annual festivities, but I will get it done ASAP!  9/8/2017 Update: Done!

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

8/27/2017 Races:

Place
Last
Week
Name (Go-Karts Piloted)
®=Rookie; m=Makeup Feature Used;
T =Timeout and/or Kart Change 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
1st
Chris Stevens 
(Galletta’s #8, 4, 43) tttt
1461.5
97.43
15
2
13%
0/0
22nd
82
27-Aug
2nd
2nd
Matt Stevens 
(Galletta’s #33, 3, 74, 9, 6, 1) ttt
1413.5
94.23
15
4
27%
0/0
22nd
137
27-Aug
3rd
3rd
Josh Arnold 
(Arnold #93, Galletta’s #5, Gleason #29) ttt
1348.5
89.90
15
3
20%
0/0
3rd
4
27-Aug
4th
4th
Melissa Stevens 
(Scissors ‘n Fur #19)
948.0
63.20
15
0
0%
0/0
10th
8
27-Aug
5th
5th
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
Lee Gleason 
(Gleason #29)
456.5
91.30
5
0
0%
1/1
1st
0
26-Aug
9th
9th
Keith Raymond 
(Galletta’s #0)
452.5
90.50
5
2
40%
0/0
4th
6
23-Jul
10th
10th
Tim Galletta 
(Galletta’s #9, 7) tm
444.5
74.08
6
1
17%
0/0
4th
8
12-Aug
11th
11th
Rob Vanderhaden
(Galletta’s #43, #2, #29) t
224.5
74.83
3
0
0%
0/1
®
0
26-Aug
12th
12th
Todd Halstead 
(Galletta’s #5) m
215.5
53.88
4
0
0%
0/0
1st
0
12-Aug
13th
13th
Jared Halstead 
(Galletta’s #43) m
205.5
51.38
4
0
0%
0/0
1st
1
12-Aug
14th
14th
Marty Halstead 
(Galletta’s #7) m
197.0
49.25
4
0
0%
0/0
®
0
12-Aug
15th
15th
Randy Platt 
(Galletta’s #5)
189.0
94.50
2
0
0%
0/0
7th
7
17-Jun
16th
16th
Mike Patak
(Galletta’s #43)
182.0
91.00
2
0
0%
0/0
1st
0
17-Jun
17th
17th
Kelly Miller
(Galletta’s #7) m
130.0
65.00
2
0
0%
0/0
10th
7
3-Jul
18th
18th
Stephen Perez
(Galletta’s #9) m
122.0
61.00
2
0
0%
0/0
®
0
3-Jul
19th
19th
Griffin Miller
(Galletta’s #2) m
114.0
57.00
2
0
0%
0/0
®
0
3-Jul
20th
20th
Mike West
(Galletta’s #1)
108.0
108.00
1
0
0%
0/1
®
0
26-Aug
21st
N/A
Dave Hartpence Sr.
(Galletta’s #5)
107.0
107.00
1
0
0%
0/1
®
0
26-Aug
22nd
N/A
Steve Sixberry
(alletta’s #9)
99.0
99.00
1
0
0%
1/1
®
0
27-Aug
23rd
N/A
Justin Thurston
(Galletta’s #43, #7, #6)
93.0
93.00
1
0
0%
0/1
®
0
26-Aug
24th
N/A
Robert Swan
(Galletta’s #6, #0)
90.0
90.00
1
0
0%
0/1
®
0
27-Aug
25th
N/A
Casey Cowen
(Galletta’s #78)
89.0
89.00
1
0
0%
0/1
®
0
27-Aug
26th
N/A
Dave Hartpence Jr.
(Galletta’s #78)
87.0
87.00
1
0
0%
0/1
®
0
26-Aug
27th
N/A
Andy Rayder
(Galletta’s #5, #2)
82.5
82.50
1
0
0%
0/1
®
0
27-Aug
28th
N/A
Jason Sixberry
(Galletta’s #1)
82.0
82.00
1
0
0%
0/1
®
0
27-Aug
29th
N/A
Dick Dann
(Galletta’s #43, 33c)
73.0
73.00
1
0
0%
0/1
4th
4
27-Aug
30th
N/A
Nick Dann
(Galletta’s #7)
71.0
71.00
1
0
0%
0/1
4th
2
27-Aug

Race schedule is also difficult to plot out this time of year, but we are looking at Saturday.

HANDICAP ORDER

In order to make more competition for the points leaders who keep starting on the pole (or near it), we are letting ANYBODY who has raced at least once at Galletta’s this season start on the pole unless they deeply are against it and WANT to start in the rear. Usually, drivers must get a few races in until they learn how to hold a firm line so that racing can be possible without an accident. But this season, we simply just do not have any choice, as Chris, Matt and Josh start 1-2-3 and only a breakdown, crash, or lapped traffic is the only way a pass ever happens. Too easy, so we’re trying to make things interesting (which usually only happens when lapped traffic comes up). The usual habdicapping goes as follows: starting grid is determined by inverting (1) Season Wins, (2) Seasonal Points Per Race, and if no current season wins, we invert by (3) All-Time Wins and then (4) Seasonal Points Per Race, and if no all-time wins, then we simply invert by (5) Seasonal Points Per Race. Newbies and returning veterans not in the points must start in the rear until they get into the system.

Handicap
Driver
’17 Average Points
’17
Wins
’17 Win %
All-Time Wins
1st
Marty Halstead
49.25
0
0%
0
2nd
Todd Halstead
53.88
0
0%
0
3rd
Griffin Miller
57.00
0
0%
0
4th
Stephen Perez
61.00
0
0%
0
5th
Nicholas Cassano
73.14
0
0%
0
6th
Rob Vanderhaden
74.83
0
0%
0
7th
Jason Sixberry
82.00
0
0%
0
8th
Andy Rayder
82.50
0
0%
0
9th
Dave Hartpence Jr.
87.00
0
0%
0
10th
Casey Cowen
89.00
0
0%
0
11th
Robert Swa
90.00
0
0%
0
12th
Mike Patak
91.00
0
0%
0
13th
Lee Gleason
91.30
0
0%
0
14th
Justin Thurston
93.00
0
0%
0
15th
Steve Sixberry
99.00
0
0%
0
16th
Dave Hartpence Sr.
107.00
0
0%
0
17th
Mike West
108.00
0
0%
0
18th
Jared Halstead
51.38
0
0%
1
19th
Nick Dann
71.00
0
0%
2
20th
Dick Dann
73.00
0
0%
4
21st
Randy Platt
94.50
0
0%
7
22nd
Kelly Miller
65.00
0
0%
7
23rd
Adam Lytle
76.94
1
11%
8
24th
Tim Galletta
74.08
1
17%
8
25th
Kevin Galletta
94.75
2
25%
7
26th
Keith Raymond
90.50
2
40%
6
27th
Chris Stevens
97.43
2
13%
82
28th
Josh Arnold
89.90
3
20%
4
29th
Matt Stevens
94.23
4
27%
137
30th
Melissa Stevens [Not Racing]
63.20
0
0%
8

 

9/2/2017 – Labor Day Saturday Race Cancelled Due to Lack of Driver Availability

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 – Due to lack of available drivers (only 5-6, and just short of our 7 driver minimum field), Labor Day week festivities, two races last weekend, Oswego Speedway’s Classic 200 delayed due to rain and work (we’ve raced after the 200 many times), SATURDAY, September 2nd, 2017’s race was postponed. Go figure… as last weekend we had SEVENTEEN DRIVERS racing on TWO NIGHTS thanks to two batches of newbie drivers last Saturday and Sunday… and this weekend, we could only get a hold of 5 or 6. Next weekend, we project a bigger driver count, as long as some of last weekend’s new drivers come back. (Reading this guys? Let’s make another big field! Out track and club history is littered with dozens of examples where hundreds of drivers quit just as it’s getting good. If they didn’t quit when they did, we would be having 23 kart fields instead of 5-10 kart fields. Simply because 4-5 drivers quit as soon as another 4-5 other drivers joined).  There’s a slight chance for a Monday, 9/4/2017 show, but probably not (due to the webmaster/racer/stat/video guy — myself, Chris —  actually works on Labor Day Monday of all things (and we have a family cookout planned after work. Don’t ever let anyone tell you I’m lazy! Tired from work, family stuff and a lack of sleep, but not lazy! 😉 Oh, and Matt has informed me that his wife is training Lilybeth to sleep at dusk and get up at the crack of dawn for pre-school, so for sure no Monday night race). See you next weekend!

Friday, September 8th, 2017 – As the weekend approaches, we have noticed extremely little conversations about the racing and a strange radio silence amongst every driver who has raced thus far this season. Quite frankly, even though two weeks ago was great with 17 drivers over two nights, we need more drivers and a few regulars to come back on a weekly basis and not just ‘one-and-done’ or ‘make-one-race-then-skip-the-next-month’ types. We need weekly competitors. If the rookies don’t keep coming back and the veterans don’t start coming back, the rest of our season — including our annual 200-Lap Klassic Championship — is in serious jeopardy! Years ago, people kept telling us our track is unsafe and someone was gonna’ get hurt and we’ll close down. While we’ve had some crazy wrecks and a few bumps and bruises, we’ve never had a truly serious accident, and we have tried our best to make the racing clean and keep the prayers coming in order to race as safe and as sound as well as we can. However, our club IS in danger, and nothing to do with injury potential: The danger of nobody wants to race anymore! We’re still scratching our heads as to why, but in what is allegedly a racer town and in an unstable economy where people shouldn’t be so quick to spend grand after grand to field a race car or kart, one would think our club would be thriving more than the occasional great race followed by several weeks of nobody showing up. If you are in the area, come on out! We need drivers to have fun doing what we’ve been doing for over two decades — racing equalized karts and having a ton of fun.


9/9/2017 – Race Cancelled Due to Lack of Driver Availability

Saturday, September 9th, 2017 – Due to lack of available drivers (only 4, far short of our 7 driver minimum field), our races are again cancelled for the week. Once again, we are only open to Thursday, Friday, or Saturday races from Labor Day on, so if you want to race, contact us. However, if more racers don’t start coming soon, we will be forced to schedule our 200-Lapper with only a few drivers and be done with the season.