7/21/2019 – Man Run Over during Twin-25s as Stevens Bros. Sweep [+YouTube]

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Sunday, July 21st, 2019 – Our Mr. Galletta’s Speedway (AKA 10,000-**cks-To-Win) was won by GKC founders Chris and Matt Stevens. For Matt, this makes 3-events-in-a-row where he won the 2nd of a Twin-25 in the #74 kart. Chris however, finally snapped a 21-month-and-8-days winless streak by taking the 1st checker of the night in the #4 kart. To judge how long that’s been, his-1-year-old daughter Celeste either didn’t even exist yet, or was just conceived around the time of his last feature win — the 2017 Klassic 200!

Oh, and two rookies got into a scary wreck when Tony Hemingway literally kamikaze drove over fellow rookie Andy Hook in turn 1. Ouch! But look… why read my typing about it when you can just go and WATCH THE VIDEOS HERE?


Rookie/Makeup Point Heat Race

At GKC, we allow drivers who have missed races to try and catch up in the points with Summer-only heat races that count as makeup points. Driver will be counted in last place of the 1st race event that they missed.

START:
1. Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
2. Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
3. Nolan Goessl (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)

vlcsnap-2019-07-21-rooks-360s Things that happen during all-rookie races

FINISH:
1. Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) = BANKED for next race missed (or 20 pts. heat at Season’s end)
2. Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6) = BANKED for next race missed (or 18 pts. heat at Season’s end)
3. Nolan Goessl (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) = 9th in 6/23/2019 Twin-25’s


Twin 25-Lap Feature #1

1st feature is handicapped by inverting wins and points-per-race for the season.

START:
1. ® Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
2. ® Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
3. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/R&C Sushi #4)
4. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
5. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
6. ® Nolan Goessl (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
7. Melissa Stevens (SNF #19)

Unedited Race Footage of both features from R&C Sushi’s Helmet-mounted GoPro driven by Chris Stevens

The story of the 1st feature was Chris Stevens finally getting a piece of the lead when Andrew Hook lost control of his kart and then Tony Hemingway spun while leading. Chris was able to hold off his brother Matt, who then lost a spot to Steve Sixberry after he failed to pass his brother. Chris broke his over 21 month dry spell without a feature win. Mind you, we only race once a week 4-5 months out of the year, but since then, he has a 1-year-old daughter!

FINISH:
1. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/R&C Sushi #4)
2. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
3. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
4. ® Nolan Goessl (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
5. ® Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
6. ® Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
7. DNF – Melissa Stevens (SNF #19)


Twin 25-Lap Feature #2

2nd feature inverts the finish of the 1st except current season’s non-winners get priority. Rookies who finished 1st race get choice of front or back.

START:
1. ® Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
2. ® Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
3. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/R&C Sushi #74)
4. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
5. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/R&C Sushi #4)
6. ® Nolan Goessl (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
7. DNS – Melissa Stevens (SNF #19)

Unedited Race Footage from both features from the Galletta’s Greenhouse Race Scoring Tower

The 2nd feature was somewhat similar to the 1st, but so sudden that starter Wes Stevens made a mistake that handed all-time winningest Oswego Karter Matt Stevens an easy win! Leader Tony Hemingway again spun out while leading, but did so on lap zero, and instead of a caution that goes to the last completed lap (and puts Andrew Hook in the lead), Matt Stevens takes the lead before lap 1 and has little difficulty navigating the bumpy track better than the other karts to take his 3rd win of the season — all the 2nd of a twin-25 and all in the #74!

However, the dreaded Kamikaze pass attempt had another casualty. For around 15 years, dive-bombing your kart low in turn 1 and making contact with the kart in the outer groove has been dictated a dangerous one on our backyard track due to MULTIPLE scary incidents and a few noteworthy injuries because of it. If the kart cannot be kept in the lower groove (most vets can do this, but rookies usually do not) and pushes up with all that downhill momentum, it’s like you and your kart are a manned rocket crashing into something that has almost no place to go. This happened again when rookie Tony Hemingway literally ran over fellow rookie Andrew Hook. Tony and the #7 literally hopped the #78′ right rear tire and ran over Andy’s shoulder and steering wheel.

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Andrew suffered some scrapes, abrasions and bruises and barely avoided more, as his hand narrowly avoided getting ran over by the drive wheel and it’s dangerous chain-sprocket system. Strangely, Tony lost a chain, popped it back on and amazingly recovered for 3rd after his long night of 6 spins and using a fellow driver as a speed bump.

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Andy is OK, but the #78 suffered a mangled steering wheel and a rip in a front tire that left a comical bulging inner-tube out of it. Memories of the 1st turn kamikaze wreck where…

…wrecks came to mind and we must stress how this move is utterly banned at the track and you will be penalized if you do it — accident or not.

FINISH:
1. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/R&C Sushi #74)
2. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/R&C Sushi #4)
3. ® Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
4. ® Nolan Goessl (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
5. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
6. DNF – ® Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6, 78)
7. DNS – Melissa Stevens (SNF #19)

® = Rookie
DNS = Did Not Start
DNF = Did Not Finish


2019 Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Speedway Point Standings

After 6/23/2019 through 7/21/2019 events:


KEY:
m = Makeup points race run
® = Rookie/1st Season Driver


Handicap Starting Order for Next Race

Order is inverted by (1) 2019 Wins, (2) 2019 Point Average, and (3) when no wins in 2019, All-Time wins take priority.
Returning vets inverted by (1) All-Time Wins, (2) All-Time Point Average. Newbie Rookies inverted by weight.

Pos.
Driver
Wins

Avg.Points

All-Time Wins
1st
Tony Hemingway
0
51.38
0
2nd
Nolan Goessl
0
51.50
0
3rd
Andrew Hook
0
55.69
0
4th
Gary Miller Jr.
0
54.63
1
5th
Adam Lytle
1
74.13
10
6th
Josh Arnold
1
74.88
6
7th
Chris Stevens
1
76.00
84
8th
Steve Sixberry
2
69.13
2
9th
Matt Stevens
3
72.81
145
10th
Returning Veterans
11th
Newbie Rookies
12th
Melissa Stevens
0
50.00
8

7/21/2019 – Man Run Over during Twin-25s as Stevens Bros. Sweep [+FULL race videos embedded from…

Posted by Galletta’s Karting Club on Saturday, July 27, 2019


7/20/2019 – Oswego Speedway $10,000-to-Win Supermodified Feature (Front Grandstands on a Cellphone Camera)

Where do we get our inspiration for racing karts from? Easy…

Yes, we usually only post our go-kart race videos that we have been doing basically weekly every Summer-Fall since the 1990s. But our dedication and passion for racing karts for around 30 years, (and pedal carts before that, AND what we scaled-down based them on) began as little kids watching Supermodified racing at Oswego Speedway starting in the late-1970s to now. We don’t go as much as we once did (in the early 1980s and the 1990s-2000s, we used to go EVERY WEEK), but we still get in races from time to time, especially when our favorite drivers are there (two or three of which retired, which shows how old we are, haha). This is not great footage — just on a Samsung Galaxy sitting in the crowded grandstands — but I thought I’d share it anyways! Enjoy the weekly racing at the Oswego Speedway all Summer! Basically we do what we do because the Speedway inspired us to have fun racing from childhood on. Enjoy!