6/28/2018 – Exhibition Race for Doug Didero by Kelly Miller, Matt & 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?) Also: Really cool of the Oswego Speedway to shout out this picture on Facebook and Twitter!

In hindsight, we have counted this race as a heat. Longest heat in our history, but a heat nonetheless. In fact, if I had a camera on it (usually Chris or Matt’s wives help with cameras, but Rungnapha was getting ready for a c-section the next day and Melissa flatly declined), I would have counted it as a feature.

START:
1. Kelly Miller (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
2. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/OswegoSushi.com/Chrusher.com #4)
3. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)

The trio were bumper to bumper the whole race, which was just supposed to be an exhibition, but we drove hard to show off to Didero. When Kelly Miller lost a wheel in the Galletta’s #7, the race was called with no passes, but one can see just how close and competitive we are.

FINISH:
1. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/OswegoSushi.com/Chrusher.com #4) +20 pts. & Heat Win
2. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #3) +18 pts.
3. DNF – Kelly Miller (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) +16 pts.

This race WAS very close–bumper to bumper 1st lap to last, and I would have loved to have a camera on it for the website video (especially after we got a little extra audience thanks to Oswego Speedway’s social media pages)! But… we didn’t.

Though that brings up a side note: The club charges no money for an audience, karts only cost nominal gas+parts to race, and our race videos we put up for free. It’s a club, not a business. This means it needs everyone to contribute to make it function, and when one leg doesn’t kick in… it doesn’t work. Matt preps karts and track, Chris does the videos, points and website, the drivers chip in with butts in karts, and usually our wives chip in with videos. Well, this week it was videos. We only have a few pictures for the website, which is sad. Hopefully that ends NEXT race, although our head camerawoman will be recovering from major surgery, so we’ll see if someone will step up. Time will tell. Stay tuned.

Next race is TBA, as Chris and his wife Rungnapha (the usual tower camera woman) welcomed their second daughter to the world on Friday (and did not come home until Monday) AND attendance has not exactly been great on top of that. Next week, let’s race!