COMPLETE 2018 SEASON IN REVIEW

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9/22/2018 – 23rd Annual Galletta’s Greenhouse Go-Kart 200-Lap Klassic Championship [YouTube]

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 – Unedited video footage from the event. I’ll be working on getting a properly edited video ASAP (hopefully within a week or two if I can find the time between work and family functions, I hope to finish it over Thanksgiving week). – Webmaster Chris

Matt Stevens wins his 13th (of 23) Annual Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Klassic Championship Races!

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More here:

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 – After a long season of poor driver attendance, the drivers *finally* came through! The 23rd Annual Galletta’s Go-Kart 200-Lap Klassic Points Championship was held, 10-drivers strong! And, only FIVE cautions!

Matt Stevens used a 2/3rds of the way pass (catching his fuel-conscious brother Chris off-guard) and held on to win his 13th Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Speedway Klassic (His brother Chris has 7, while Wes Stevens, Kyle Reuter, and Kelly Miller each won 1).

Chris only needed to lead around 6 more laps to win the track title, and if he held Matt off for the win on top of that, he would have stole BOTH titles from Matt (who had dominated all year) on the final lap of the season!

Good racing from start to finish, only marred by a back-jarring crash early on. Read more and watch the video here!

Final 2018 Point Standings for 1-WD Gas Flathead Backyard Karting World Champions

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The final order of this year’s Klassic could not have been more cut and dried, as it was also the final order of the point standings as well, with Chris likely scoring 2nd and impressive rookie Steve Sixberry being a strong 3rd. Matt and Chris did not take on gas, and were very low at race’s end, and were the only two drivers that led the race.

 

2018 Point Standings for 1-WD Gas Flathead Backyard Karting World Championship at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway

Here are the final Point Standings from 6/10/2018 through 9/22/2018 Races; Finalized after the Klassic Championship 200:


8/26/2018 – 35-Lapper won by Kevin Galletta [+YouTube]

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Sunday, August 26th, 2018 – In our neverending mystery that has been the last two seasons (either several 1st timer rookies show and no vets, a couple of vets show and no rookies, OR nobody at all), we had two vets show up and one rookie. Due to a late start (Chris and his wife got back from work and had to do a few things before they could join the race and record–one reason why we plan on switching to Saturdays after today). Brian Galletta got some nice shots, which we uploaded as well. POINTS, VICTORY PICTURE AND EDITED VIDEOS COMING SOON (work, kids, kids’ school, seasonal events, not enough free time the past two weeks) but enjoy the unedited video here.


2019/08/19 – A Mostly Rookie-Filled 40-Lapper won by *shocker* all-time winningest vet Matt Stevens!!!!! [+YouTube]

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Sunday, August 19th, 2018 – Several rookies raced in a heat and a 40-lapper. With enough drivers, two vets could join for points (although perhaps they should not have, as a familiar face started 3rd and dominated after 2nd place blew a tire and 1st place had a sputtering engine, making it a relatively easy win for someone that you can probably guess who they are if you know our races or just keep scrolling through our history). POINTS, VICTORY PICTURE AND EDITED VIDEOS COMING SOON (work, kids, kids’ school, seasonal events, not enough free time this past week) but enjoy the unedited video. Race video and points are not done yet, but when it is, it’ll show up here.


2018/08/12 – Josh Arnold wins 20-Lap Makeup-Race [+YouTube]

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Sunday, August 12th, 2018 – For the 2nd week in a row, we had track and karts ready to go early–but unfortunately, only two drivers showed up, so we had a makeup race. More here.


2018/08/05 – Twin-15’s for Rookies & Make-Up Points won by Steve Sixberry & Matt Stevens [+YouTube]

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Sunday, August 5th, 2018 – In an unfortunate twist, most of our regular drivers could not make it, so due to only three visiting drivers, we rescheduled to a “Make Up Points / Rookie Race” — although you can’t keep Matt Stevens off the track and races with no points or feature wins at stake. Chris Stevens took the opportunity to try and get a wide variety of different shots, not just the tower angle which everyone who knows us is accustomed to. Enjoy it here!


2018/07/29 – Oswego Harborfest Champ ’18 CROWNED — Matt Stevens! [+YouTube]

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Sunday, July 29th, 2018 – Another year, another Harborfest champion has been crowned. Little do most people know, we see who is the champ of the Oswego gathering annually on our track on the outskirts of Oswego. It’s top secret… except it’s only been on this website every year since 2005! Two 8-lap heats and a 40-Lap feature were up for grabs for 10 competitors, and it was good, hard racing (with a few mishaps)! More — including complete race videos and point standings — can be found here.


2018/07/22 – “Mr. Galletta” 10,000 Rocks-to-win Twin Feature Nite Swept by Matt Stevens in the #74 [+YouTube]


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2018/07/15 – Rookie & Makeup Points Race won by Kevin Galletta [+YouTube]

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 photo capture20180716051321294.pngSunday, July 15th, 2018 – Due to race video, points, and karts not getting done during the week, Matt and Chris sat out this event, making it a make-up points / rookie bonus race. (We usually don’t take victory pictures for makeup races, but maybe we should, since it makes nice cover photos for the website.) Steve Sixberry led the entire show until getting loose in turn 4 when he slid a bit too high, enabling returning veteran Kevin Galletta to execute a pass and take the win. This makes for the 1st time the #43 kart has won a feature since it was re-numbered from its original number–the former Brian Galletta #13! Race video and full race info here.


7/6/2018 – Friday Night Independence Day Race Conquered by Kelly Miller

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Friday, July 6th, 2018 – Hooray! We finally got enough people for a race! Kelly Miller recovered from an early wreck and capitalized to pass two karts to take the lead when he boxed in Chris Stevens on sputtering Eric Woolworth on a late race restart to take the win. Unfortunately, our usual camera person was recovering from a c-section and another declined (although they demand their way in every circumstance–including alter the rules and editing the website in favor of them). This meant two stationary camera angles and lots of editing with an expensive program was needed before you get a halfway decent video, and a newborn’s dad doesn’t have the most free time. Points and video may not be finished before next weekend’s race (and because I have a problem with this, the races are being threatened to get shut down and drivers are losing patience with it). UPDATE: Race video and points are finally finished! Please go and watch the unedited race video from two angles on this page here.


6/28/2018 – Exhibition Race for Doug Didero by Kelly Miller, Matt and Chris Stevens!

Thursday, June 28th, 2018 – Doug Didero–Oswego Speedway Hall of Famer (three time Oswego Supermodified track champ, two time Oswego Super Classic 200 winner and 9th all time in Oswego Super Feature wins), not to mention a veteran of many other forms of racing, (including NASCAR Busch, IRL, and more)–stopped by to watch a 3 kart exhibition by Kelly Miller, Matt and Chris Stevens. Chris and Matt have been fans of Doug since the early 1990s and finally got him up to check out our big backyard speedway as Kelly was able to pull him and his car owner away from his Super for a bit to check it out. He loved it and wanted to see 10-15 karts out there! (We wholeheartedly agree! Where have the drivers been?) Sorry for no video… our usual camera woman was preparing for an early morning c-section and another declined. NOTE: Kelly was saddened that he had to leave before we got a picture in.

(Also: Really cool of the Oswego Speedway to shout out this picture on Facebook and Twitter!)

No race next weekend, as Chris Stevens and his wife Rungnapha (the usual tower camera woman) welcomed their second daughter–Celeste Nicha-Bella Stevens–to the world on Friday and were in maternity all weekend.


6/24/2018 – Rain-Postponed Makeup Race won by Kelly Miller

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Sunday, June 24th, 2018 – In a strange string of bad luck for our race scheduling (which we have had an unbelievably large share of for around a year now), rain drenched the track most of the day and deterred several committed drivers from coming (while on the flip side, many weeks we have had great weekends and nobody make it up to race). But when the rain let up, Matt Stevens went to work and got the track suitable enough to run. Kelly Miller brought some racers up and we had a makeup points race (Matt will be scored for non-seasonal bonus points). We went live (stationary camera) AND tape delay (regular angle). Both videos and full race info are found here.

Next weekend’s race is up in the air. Club racer/co-founder/webmaster/statistician/video producer Chris Stevens will be welcoming his 2nd daughter to the world this weekend (with his wife–and usual camera woman, Rungnapha “Aou” Stevens). Due to this, we may not be able to have a race. It really is a wait-and-see approach. Chances are we will have to either skip the week’s race, schedule one mid-week, or if all else fails, just have another makeup race. We literally do not yet know. When we do, we’ll post it.

Now, remember: We race every Summer Sunday and Fall Saturday unless we do not have enough drivers (minimum is usually 6, and we have a max of 20).


6/17/2018 – Father’s Day is Cancelled! (The race, that is.)

Due to a lack of 6 committed drivers available and Father’s Day, we have again cancelled our racing action until next weekend. Now, remember: We race every Summer Sunday and Fall Saturday unless we do not have enough drivers (minimum is usually 6, and we have a max of 20). This means confirmed entrants, not aloof, non-committal/no-show people.


6/10/2018 – Josh Arnold wins the 23rd Annual Galletta’s Karting Season Opener [+YouTube]
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Josh wins opener!

Sunday, June 10th, 2018 – Well, our 23rd Season Opener at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Speedway occurred. And Josh Arnold continues his impressive ways of the last three years (two time defending Visitor’s Points Champion) and won (driving his father-in-law’s #29; his #93 was still in need of repairs for breaking during last year’s Klassic 200). Josh again is looking like the top visiting driver and also looking at being the 1st driver in our history to knock Matt and Chris out of their 1-2/2-1 perch on top the point standings for all 22 prior seasons. But it’s kind of easy for the top three drivers in the past two seasons when nobody else has the balls to show.
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Enjoy other seasons at Galletta’s! There are HUNDREDS to choose from with endless HOURS of complete season videos!