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

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 photo 2018-09-22-01h00m50s290.jpgSaturday, September 22nd, 2018 – The 23rd Annual Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Club’s Klassic Championship–which is always the longest race, most point-earning race and usually the final points race of the race year–occurred on the end to the last day of Summer (as it does most years, with occasional exceptions made for driver attendance and weather). Unfortunately, this was only the 8th regular feature of the 2018 season, leaving the option open to have more points races POST-Klassic, which is unusual, but our unusually poorly attended year (mid-2017 through ALL of 2018) may have forced it. But with ten drivers available today, and only one of whom was a 1st-time newbie driver, we were able to have our 200-Lapper on a beautiful September weekend!

Time Trials

All regular season races at Galletta’s are handicapped by inverting (firstly) feature wins and (secondly) points-per-race. However, the 200 lapper is special — our race division’s Super Bowl if you will — and we treat it as much. Fastest time trials determine the starting grid.

  1. 16.16 – Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)
  2. 16.35 – Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
  3. 16.40 – Kevin Galletta (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #43)
  4. 16.41 – Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/OswegoSushi.com #4)
  5. 16.68 – Tim Galletta (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
  6. 16.79 – Josh Arnold (Arnie Racing #93)
  7. 16.94 – Keith Raymond (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
  8. 17.79 – (NR) Jason Tanner (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
  9. 18.15 – Jason Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
  10. 00.00 – Melissa (w/unborn Sarah) Stevens (Scissors n’ Fur #19)
  11.  –.– –  Open Seat (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #2)
  12.  –.– –  Open Seat (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
  13.  –.– –  Open Seat [Chris Stevens’ Backup] (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/OswegoSushi.com #8)
  14.  –.– –  Open Seat No Show: Chris Smith (Smith Racing #24c)
  15.  –.– –  Open Seat [Kevin Galletta’s Backup] (Team B&K Galletta Bros. #28)
  16.  –.– –  Open Seat [Not Available: Lee Gleason] (Gleason Racing #29)
  17.  –.– –  Open Seat [Matt Stevens’ Backup] (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
  18.  –.– –  Open Seat (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c)
  19.  –.– –  Open Seat (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/OswegoSushi.com #74)
  20.  –.– –  Open Seat [Melissa Stevens’ Backup] (Scissors n’ Fur #80)(NR) = Newbie Rookie in 1st race

Every year I post the “open seats” because although some of them are backup karts, we could potentially have a twenty kart race every single week (if kart owners let people into their backups, and I’d dare say if the driver was trusted enough, the owners would). Why don’t we have a 15-20 kart race every single week?

Because people don’t show up and race.

These are arrive-and-drive karts, all race ready, all capable of winning any given feature with a driver who knows what he’s doing (and every single one HAS won features over the years and IS maintained to be as competitive as any other kart). So if you think you can race, have nothing else to do on race day, and have $20 to donate for gas & maintenance… what is your excuse? Only you know, because we sure don’t.

Starting Grid

Klassic starts double-file, outside is the quicker line at Galletta’s, so outside-in.

  1.  photo 20180922_182223_Matt_Stevens_3.jpg | 2. Steve Sixberry #7 ( photo 20180922_182235)
  2.  photo 20180922_182247_Kevin_Galletta_43.jpg |  photo 20180922_182311_Chris_Stevens_4.jpg
  3.  photo 20180922_182506_Tim_Galletta_9.jpg |  photo 20180922_182402_Josh_Arnold.jpg
  4.  photo 20180922_182747_Keith_Raymond_0.jpg |  photo 20180922_182419_Jason_Tanner_1.jpg
  5.  photo 20180922_182445_Jason_Sixberry_6.jpg |  photo 20180922_182756_Melissa_amp_Sara_Stevens_80.jpg
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Unedited Race Footage via 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) Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Klassic Championship Races!

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Larger Version

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 have 1. The final order of this year’s Klassic could not have been more cut and dried, as it was also the (probable) final order of the point standings as well (not yet officially finalized), 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.


Points, final order of finish, pictures, and a finished video are forthcoming! Stay tuned! -Chris