This page documents the history
of The Oswego Kartway's (formerly known as Oswego Speedway's Dirt Track)
relationship with the Galletta's Karting Club of Oswego, NY. Since the
Kartway banished the club in January 2009 and deleted all references
of them shortly thereafter despite the club attending and supporting
the track since it's inception in 2006, this page is meant to keep a
record of the relationship between the track and the club and exactly
what happened. Why were the two parties disgruntled at each other? Why
was the club banned? Why did Oswego Kartway's operator and some of his
friends publicly mock Galletta's Karting Club founding members? Why
did the Galletta's Karting Club post harsh accusations against the Kartway
on their website? Realizing that rumors can get out of control, and
many people taking the side of the Kartway because they do not know
us and only know one side of the story, the Galletta's Karting Club
wishes to put out all of the facts on record for anybody to read. Instead
of cluttering up too many webpages with it, it's all documented here.
The Galletta's Karting Club at Oswego Kartway
Between 2006-2008, the Galletta's Kart Club ran 31 events at the
Kartway. For each of these races, we brought between 5-15 PAYING
customers to their track weekly, many of whom would never buy a $3,000-$7,000
go-kart just to race there with, so raced in our class where karts
cost around $300-$700 and have the same excitement of competitive
racing. Most of these races, we were forced to run mixed against a
different, more powerful motored class of OHV
Outlaws. Our complete archive of events at Oswego is here, many
with DVDs that contain partial program (some classes in 2007) or complete
program (All classes in 2008) race DVDs are available:
Now it would take quite some time to look at
every race from 1st to last (although they are all in the above window).
So, it has been recapped for you here:
the operator's friends used the new (at the time) Overhead Valve motors.
Galletta's allowed them on an experimental basis, provided that they
were box stock and 5.5hp and only for drivers in excess of the 190-200
lbs. range (most club regulars were in the 150-170 lbs range and drove
karts that were appropriately light or heavy to make up the difference).
However, these motors proved to be extremely powerful and were easily
overpowering the 5hp flatheads. As it was, the Galletta's Club rules
were altered to allow shaved heads, which equalized the competition
somewhat, until the OHV motors again got even faster. After the flatheads
proved no match for the 6.5hp OHVs, as novice/1st year drivers were
defeating veteran/10-15 year drivers on a regular basis by pure motor
it was discovered that the operator's friends were using 6.5hp OHV
motors with the stickers removed, in addition to other internal work,
the Galletta's Club decided that we should either have everyone use
the same flathead 5hp motor, or split the classes in two by motor
type (in essence have 5hp flatheads for drivers under 190 lbs., and
OHV motors for anyone over 190 lbs.). His friends were upset and unfortunately
never came back to race at Galletta's, which disappointed us greatly,
but the integrity of our rules had to come first to keep competition
equal and prices down, even if it meant we lost a few strong competitors.
2006 - Oswego Speedway's
Dirt Track Opens
late 2005, the Oswego Speedway Dirt Track was created. One Galletta's
Club driver tested it Labor Day Weekend 2005, and we felt that if
they allowed us to race in our own gas 5hp flathead 1-wheel-drive
class (AKA right-turn instead of the 2-wheel-drive karts usual left-turn),
it would be very fun to race at. In 2006, it opened to karting classes.
The Galletta's Club members were eager to try a new track in addition
to racing in back of the famed Oswego Speedway, the track that founders
Chris and Matt had attended on a near weekly basis for most of their
lives and based their races after. The first week was a success, we
enjoyed the experience of racing on a small track with a tight clay
surface (far different from our 2x's larger, looser Galletta's track)
and we were thrilled to have a second change-up track to race at,
so we agreed to go back. The second week, however, our friends with
OHV "Outlaws" were at the track and we were forced by the
track operators to race with them. We did, but there was some controversy
about allegedly purposeful wrecking, not obeying race rules by not
going to the back after a wreck, passing under caution and angry arguments
and motors. After one wreck, where the #18 flathead was spun out (according
to the driver of the then-leading #18 and several spectators) by an
OHV kart that the track operator forced us to race against, and after
the race the OHV drivers (OHV Outlaws) challenged the flathead drivers
(Galletta's Karting Club) to a fight in the pits. The track operator
was quoted saying that he hoped one of them would "pound the
piss out of" one of our club members, and that he never forgave
us for kicking his buddies out of Galletta's the prior year, which
was not true (they stopped coming when we decided to split motors
into classes). The track also allowed 'Open' methanol karts to run
in our class and even wreck some of our 'Gas Stock / Super Yard Kart'
drivers without penalty, which further disgruntled many of our club
members. We figured if that is how they allowed people to run on their
track, we wouldn't come back even if we did enjoy the different experience
of racing there. And many of our club members never did go back.
2007 - Growth & Expansion
2007, track operator Jim Losurdo invited us back, provided we adopted
slicks on our drivewheel tires. Initially we resisted after (1) what
happened last year with forcing us to run against bigger motors, (2)
the allowance of unpenalized and seemingly purposeful wrecks, and
(3) the fact that our inexpensive club would have to change tires
twice a week from treads on our backyard speedway to slicks on the
pay track, but decided to give it a chance. We
began videotaping the races at Oswego Kartway in '07, like we
have done at Galletta's for every "Klassic" since 1998 and
every weekly Galletta's race since 2005.
2007 Season YouTube Video Playlist Volume #1:
Jim was also gracious enough
to give Matt tips on how to improve Galletta's racing surface, and
let Matt borrow a grate to drag and smooth the track. Our track's
large size and without anywhere close to enough funds to buy clay,
so we make do and enjoy Oswego's tight clay surface, which is different
from our loose one, and gives a drastically different two-a-week race
season. However, we again had concerns about OHV Outlaws having too
much horsepower for our standard club motors. It was proven for much
of the year, with one
OHV kart not only having more power than anybody else, but also wrecking
and arguing with some of our club members. In fact, one wrecked
all of our members in one race alone.
of our club members refused to even go to the track anymore. But others
persisted and raced weekly, as they felt a good balance between the
top speed of the Galletta's 5hp flatheads and the low-end power of
the 6.5hp OHVs was at a somewhat workable middle ground.
2007 Season YouTube Video Playlist Volume #2:
culminated with the three original members of the Galletta's Karting
Club - Chris, Wes, and Matt Stevens - taking the top-three trophy
positions in the first ever Oswego Speedway Dirt Track Classic (Gas
Stock Division). All race recaps can be seen and DVDs can be purchased
via our archives located at the left side of this page.
2008 - Renamed Oswego Kartway
In the 2008 offseason, Galletta's agreed to
do weekly DVDs of all
of the races for $5 each per disc in '08, something that many
Kartway racers and family members were very happy about. In
addition, we agreed to do the logo and banners for the Kartway's new
website, and promotional materials (trophies, signs, pamphlets and
programs). I agreed to do them for a cheap price ($10-25 each
for banners, $50 for a logo to use everywhere) in comparison to most
graphic artists, as it's mixing my
profession with my
low-cost hobby, racing go-karts affordably. However, the fee for
the logo and banners went unpaid during the hectic season.
2008 Season YouTube Video Playlist Volume #1:
also attended the 2008 winter driver meeting. There, we agreed to
use the same rules that we used in 2007, which was gas Briggs 6.5hp
OHV motors (box stock except carb cast imperfection cleaning) for
the "Outlaw" team and gas Briggs 5hp Flatheads (stock parts
and shaved heads) for Team Galletta's, as in 2007, we felt that they
were at least close, even if the 6.5hps had a shade more power. However,
when week one lined up at the newly renamed Oswego Kartway, it was
apparent that the OHV Outlaws stepped up their game and had far more
horsepower than previous seasons. Many began to speculate immediately
that they were using Animal motors, which would be in violation of
our simple, yet effective rules
(of allowing them to use store-bought, stock Briggs Intek 6.5hp OHV
motors with a sputter-corrected carb as a weight handicap against
our 5.0hp Briggs flatheads with heads shaved).
A few weeks into the season, one race in particular, they were blowing
Galletta karts away, and smelled like they were burning fuel additives,
something that was also not allowed in Galletta's rules. After this,
we contemplated never coming back. Then, the track operator walked
into our kart garage at Galletta's Greenhouse and let us know face
to face of skullduggery - that the Outlaws indeed were using stock
Animal take-out parts (that he personally sold them, as he and his
Champ Kart Methanol Animal class removed and did not need) and fuel
boosters. He also told us to speed up our own karts and screw our
racing partners (at Galletta's, whatever we do to upgrade our karts,
we also do for all of our fellow racers, as we believe in equal competition
and fair sportsmanship, we do not cheat and abhor cheaters).
order to counteract this, Galletta's implemented something that they
had never done before. Legalize the use of some racing cams for all
drivers. Previously, only the heaviest Galletta's Club drivers were
allowed them, and we had to radically change our rules to adapt to
the Outlaws for the 3rd time in the last three years. This did temporarily
equalize the races again, but the disagreements continued. The two
divisions of the 1-WD Gas Stockers decided to mutually part ways and
split the division by motor, and the track operator reluctantly agreed.
In fact, a few weeks when Galletta's came forth to the Outlaws and
we agreed to run both classes on the same track (in order to have
one 9-12 kart race instead of two 4-6 kart races) but score them as
two different divisions, a few Outlaws were so angry with us over
the motor split that they refused to even do that.
2008 Season YouTube Video Playlist Volume #2:
Disrespect from track officials and other divisions
One of the biggest insults to our club came by the other divisions unwillingness to accept us as a racing division. Because (1) we drive the other way -- turn right instead of left --, and (2) our karts and engines cost 1/10th of theirs but yet we put on a show equal or better to the other classes (which we later on saw as cookie-cutter karts and kiddie classes in response to hearing the derision).
Then, there's this... the Oswego Speedway's Weekly Eagle Magazine:
Every divison winner's picture was posted. Except ours. And the track promoter made sure he made his pic in there. And his engine builder. And his engine builder's son. Well, at least Kyle got in there, a graduate of our division.
But here was our divison winner pic that week -- which THEY HAD and STILL got left out:
And it was easy! Why? Because our guy -- Matt Stevens, the founder of Galletta's Greenhouse Karting -- SWEPT TWO DIVISIONS THAT ONE NIGHT? The 1-WD Gas Flatheads and 1-WD Gas OHVs. Two birds with one stone to use this pic! And there was a HUGE, UGLY white box with HUGE letters in it's place! More than enough room for another pic and STILL post next week's race's date in big font with room to spare!
The track promoter at the time called it an honest mistake to forgot to add our victory photos. When it happened again, he forgot again, just a coincidence. But it happened all year. You know, guys, you can be honest. You just didn't like our "yard karts" putting on an equal-to-better show and you thought we downgraded the class" of the track. Just admit it. It's ok.
Or maybe it's because our guy SWEPT TWO DIVISIONS THAT WEEK? Maybe? Maybe... just maybe you had a problem that a lil' yard kart dude showed you up? Naw... can't be that. Otherwise, you'd put the winners to ALL OF THE CLASSES... right? Yeah, whatever. Thanks for the support.
The Final Straw: The Oswego Kartway Classic Screw Job
2008 Classic was the final straw in the storied history of Galletta's
Club racing at Oswego Kartway from both sides (Most of the Galletta's
drivers and the track operator's). During the 2008 Classic, points
and wins leader Matt Stevens was leading the race by a straight-a-way
on the last lap. One
corner man held out the yellow flag, and Matt believed that the caution
came out and slowed. But the track operator threw the checker, and
when Matt's father Wes passed Matt at the finish line, the race was
awarded to then-2nd place Wesley. This confused everybody, and quite
frankly we didn't fully understand it until after the race was well
over and we reviewed the tape over and over. Matt was particularly
hurt and felt betrayed by the track operator, who called the
race under a caution and rewarded the to someone who did not lead
one single lap under green. But regardless, the founders of the Galletta's
Karting Club still swept the top three positions for the 2nd straight
year, but in a different order (Matt/Wes, and Chris). Again, all race
recaps can be seen and DVDs can be purchased via our archives located
at the left side of this page. We never have anything to hide, our
huge website covering every season from 1996 and every race from 2005,
our ever-growing supply of edited YouTube videos and unedited race
DVDs are all an open book, and we do not censor or threaten people
that we disagree with. After this, although 75-80% of the kart/driver
combos were all within 5 lbs. of each other in terms of weight, the
Galletta's drivers, based both on the operator's request in addition
to help our threeheaviestdrivers
at the time, enacted definite
weight/cam guidelines, and all agreed that we probably would only
go to a handful of shows at Oswego Kartway the following season due
to the annually increasing costs of racing there and the above noted
poor experiences with the track operator being unfair, biased against
us, disrespectful to our rules,
and even sometimes downright hateful and threatening to us despite
the fact that we - without special treatment or pay - brought the
biggest class of paying customers to his track throughout 2006, 2007,
Aww, you guys just don't like them because you can't race there like us real racers!
The Galletta's Karting Club raced in the first three seasons of the Oswego Speedway Dirt Track (which later became Oswego Kartway). In all three seasons, club founder Matt Stevens won all three track championships in the mixed-motor 1-WD division. And Matt, his brother Chris and father Wes SWEPT 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the first two Classics at Oswego Kartway - with the 2007 one still being the largest (15 karts), most diverse (Flatheads and OHVs, all weights and ages) and longest (50 laps) Classic to date on the track.
We had nothing else to prove before our division was removed from competition.
There was a 3 year open challenge during our stay there to any driver on the track in any division to step into any of our karts and beat us in them. We had no takers. Well.. we had one, who didn't do bad, but didn't beat us either. The challenge has still been out there since 2006 to today - come on out and race us at Galletta's. What it tells us is... they know their place.
The All-Time Oswego Kartway
Between 2006-2008, the Galletta's Kart
Club ran 31 events at the Kartway, many mixed with a different
class of OHV Outlaws.
Of 40 drivers who raced in the 'Gas Stocker / Racing Yard Kart'
division, nearly 30 were from Galletta's Karting Club and raced
our standard 5hp flathead motors. During this period, the class
was the only one to have 10-16 kart weekly races (of paying
customers I might add!) and count points and wins. We were one
of the original support classes for the track in 2006-07, as
when we were having 10-16 kart races, a few methanol classes
were a meager 1-5 karts each. Of course they grew, but never
thanked us, and disposed of us as soon as enough support classes
came in and we were deemed unnecessary or even a burden by the
track operator (see below). Here are the point and win
totals for the club at the track during that three year period.:
1-WD Gas Stocker Kart Points Standings
After every "Gas Stocker" event
held at OswegoKartway
-thru- 9/4/2008. This
class is the only non-open division at Oswego Kartway with two different
motors, as forced by the biased track operator. Red Text = 6.5
horsepower motor; Black Text = 5.0 horsepower
motor. Most of the below list is mixed-motors, however, there was
a split into two motor divisions during the 2008 season. After this
point, only 5hp Gas Stocker events were counted in this points series,
as it is the Galletta's-Legal motor from 1996-2009.
Name (Motor type & Go-Karts Piloted)
6.5hp OHV gas motors were handicap motors for heavier
drivers, and were allowed until midway through the 2008 season,
when the two sides could not agree on rules and agreed to split
into 2 classes; 5.0hp & 6.5hp.
(Team Galletta's #6)
5.0 horsepower motor
(Team Galletta's #9)
5.0 horsepower motor
* = Tied for Feature Win (Counted as 1 for each with asterisk).
~ = Includes 2008 Oswego Classic Fastest Time Trial win (with an illegal
carburetor allowed by track officials). Red Text = Raced Gas
Briggs & Stratton 6.5 horsepower Overhead Valve motor.
Black Text = Raced Gas Briggs & Stratton 5.0 horsepower Flathead motor.
guys, There will be no more yard kart racing at oswego kartway.We
will have a affordable class for those interested.Anyone interested
in this class or has any questions you may contact me at 592 1995 or
firstname.lastname@example.org" -Track Operator Jim Losurdo
"But,Chris you are right about 1 thing,I think you are a
sniffling little mommies boy,with a really lot to say on the
computer.Better be careful that might get you in trouble someday." -Track Operator Jim Losurdo
Needless to say, the thread continued with more
insults from people at the track, such as being called, "the biggest cry babies ive seen",by one racing family, followed
by"have fun racing your t.c. supply karts at that hay
field, no lights, UN safe track,"
and "you for sure proved that you will not be
back to oswego,or invited to hastings. your family/ group are a bunch
of nut jobs - wood chucks."Later in that same thread, we
were accused of being a business pocketing money illegally (everyone
who knows us knows that all donations go into the karts and track, never
one cent is made, and allowing people to use either
our own or their own
motorized vehicles on their property for free or nominal fees is legally
free to do so), and cheating (we abhor cheaters and all of our karts
were 100% the same and equalized from 1996-2007, and only the Kartway
changed our internal motor rules in 2008). We also instituted
progressive weight/cam classes within the same Galletta's class
in the 2008/2009 offseason. The same person said Dick was angry at us
at Galletta's, and at the time (mid-2008), yes he was angry because
Jim forced Matt to upgrade our stock cams to race cams to compete against
OHVs, something I did not agree with and the heavier drivers such as
Dick, Nick, and Larry strongly disapproved of, as they were previously
the only drivers allowed race cams to make up for weight differences.
Jim didn't care about them though, and told Matt not to care about them
either, as during the 2008 season said to Matt, "just speed
up your own kart and screw the other drivers. They don't care about
you! Just make your own kart go as fast as you can make it to go beat
those (OHV Outlaw) guys, and tell your brother to spend less time typing
away on his website and more time helping you work on the karts!"
(Oddly enough, in hindsight, although a selfish, rude, and dishonest
thing to tell Matt to do, Jim was right about them not caring about
us, because a fewofthedrivers
that Matt helped without pay for years defected, turned their backs
on us, never raced with us anymore, and raced exclusively at Oswego
"Watch your back," warned their webmaster to one of
our members who was rightfully angry about us being called whiners,
nutjobs, and crybabies, and this is the same person that still never
paid for the logos - and quickly swapped them for a new one as soon
as my wife asked why I had not yet been paid.
Yet, the people who called us whiners, cheats,
crybabies, altered the name of our half-century strong family business
to include the word "gay" in it, and implied that we were
poor or mamma's boys or whatever other insults they threw at us, would
probably start swinging if they or their children were the ones forced
to race against bigger motors then mocked and threatened when they protested.
I would bet cash on that. But the track was number one, so we were dispensable.
So, regardless, you get the general idea. This wasn't just about phasing
out "yard karts." Jim knew we weren't yard karts (as he helped
devise the name "Gas Stockers" that we used in 2008) and used
that yard kart term disrespectfully towards our class and all the drivers
in it. Both
the Galletta's Club (1-WD 5hp gas flatheads) and the Outlaws (1-WD 6.5hp
gas OHVs) were determined to be eliminated from the Oswego Kartway's
weekly schedule by the track operator. Both classes were immediately
phased out in favor of the 2-WD Box Stock Clone motors (called pro stocks
on their track as apparently a backhanded remark to us). The clones
feature the same expensive prefabricated race chassis as other WKA/NKA-esque
classes at Oswego, but use gas clone motors (that are, after their standard
enhancements, around the same price as - if not a little more than -
our gas flatheads). There have been disputes about just how "box
stock" and "clone" these motors are (as they have instituted
race cams for example, and some drivers left the division claiming that
they signed up to be box stock and then had new race parts forced upon
them - hmm... sounds a little familiar, doesn't it?), but that is no
longer our concern, as our tried-and-true affordable deviation (founded
in the 1990s when their track was still nothing more than a parking
lot for Oswego Speedway Classic 200 back grandstand spectators) are
barred. In the year following our banishment, our 10-15 kart classes
of affordable homemade karts were effectively ostracized on their forums
in addition to being barred. Here is the club's official, and
somewhat angry postings after the announcement was made:
DUES: Oswego Speedway's Dirt Track - Oswego Kartway track operator,
our 1-WD Gas Stocker class from competition at the Oswego Kartway,
did not pay for logos used for one year, and people from the Oswego
Kartway childishly mocked us
and physically threatened our lives on a public forum. In
discriminating against our established and affordable class--which
had fully supported the track bringing 6-15 karts (with paying customers)
per week ever since it's inception ( 2006-08), gave free promotion
to, produced high quality weekly DVDs
of their events for, created professional uncompensated and over
a year later, STILL unpaid logos
and banners for, never
fought at, never had one severe crash or injury at, and raced at despite
the track operator's irrational refusal to acknowledge - and even
irrational rebellion against - our simple points & rule
set--was never answered in either a logical, fair, calm, nor
rational manner by one person, including the track operator. Did I
mention how that in addition to barring us, during our three years
there, they intentionally allowed some people in our class to cheat
and have larger horsepower motors and race-enhancements. He also called
us many angry & childish names and did not act like a professional
track operator, nor respectful person should. The Galletta's
Kart club will race on our own track and all local tracks that
allow us our simple
rule set and points system formula upon invite only. You can read
about and discuss
the situation in this large message board thread here, and see
results to our final race there here.
All comments, debate points, and opinions on all sides are welcome,
and will not be deleted. We believe in freedom of speech & debate,
and not deleting anything that isn't 100% positive. Think I'm
at how their track officials treat people who disagree with them -
with cowardly anonymous IDs that do personal attacks, mockery and
threats of bashing skulls in with a sharpened shovel even after we
were already long gone for nearly a year! However, considering
their annual price increases, the Galletta's Kart Club (a class
averaging between 6-15 weekly competitors) has - making it one of
the largest single karting classes in the area - estimated that we
will collectively save $2,000-$3,000 in entrance fees by racing
on our own track exclusively for the majority of our points series
instead of two tracks like we have been doing the past three years
(What they do with all that money is a mystery to me, especially since
they still didn't pay for their logo yet)! This news means more
enhancements to our own karts and own track with professional AND
fun racing, and less problems with dishonest people ruining their
parent track's name...
with their weak simulation of a professional track - no points, no
DVDs, no names, booting people, not paying people for work - just
the big track's name and money in it. Keep screwing people, keep
mocking people, keep fighting, and keep thinking your races are important
only because of your location. If a $5,000 kart can only go 27-30MPH,
it is nothing more than a glorified Kiddie Kartway in the shadow of
a famous track, which is the reason why anybody even goes there. Keep
your huge entrance fees and your transponders and and we'll keep our
money and still have a bigger class field and more fun, thanks. In
case you're wondering, this stays on our main page until I are paid
up, and your threats are being closely monitored by the authorities.
FROM OSWEGO KARTWAY:
The above point tallies are likely the finalized ones, as the Oswego
Kartway - led by track operator Jim Losurdo - banned our 1-WD Modified
Gas Stock Flatheads (Formerly Super-Yard Kart) class from competition.
This is utterly incomprehensible considering that our karting club has
(1) brought 5-15 karts with paying customers nearly every single week
between 2006-2008, (2) gave free promotion via this website, our business
and word of mouth, (3) produced weekly DVDs of nearly all of the races
between 2007-2008, (4) provided uncompensated logos and banners for
their website, trophies, and printed materials, (5) respectfully obeyed
and broke no track rules, (6) had no fights, (7) had no injuries or
even remotely shaken-up drivers, (8) had less accidents than any other
class on nearly every week, (9) had, on average, some of the biggest
(10-15 karts) and most competitive fields (handicapped starts and multiple
passes every race) in the Kartway's history. No other kart team or person
can take claim to all of the above except the Galletta's Karting Club,
as their "70 karts" is 1-5 karts per class in several classes
(maybe 8-10 maximum in one or two classes on rare nights, usually just
for money or trophy races - meaning Galletta's still has the largest
(8-15 weekly) and longest-running (since the early 1990s) dirt karting
class in Central NY and probably points far beyond), and often watered-down
competition, arrogant attitudes, no real champion decided, and fights
galore. The reasons given have been weak, laughable, biased, refuted,
and identified as personal hatred and even delusional paranoia. Furthering
their bias towards us, members of the Oswego Kartway taunted, mocked
and even threatened us publicly, in message board forums and on YouTube
for approximately a year afterwards. In addition to never receiving
an apology from anybody at the Kartway, they also removed all links
and notes to us on their website. Tim Kelly - Kartway's webmaster and
spokesperson - may want to erase all records of us being there and ignore
our contributions to the track, including artwork, DVDs of complete
races in 2007-2008, photos and graphics of mine that they never paid
for, but people remember. And good family tracks with class and integrity
do not treat people the way they treated us, as other than a disagreement
about rules in our class with Jim Losurdo (we have rules,
Jim wanted to force us to do rules more like WKA, which would effectively
defeat the purpose of our club to have affordable karts ($300-$700 range
instead of $3,000-$7,000 range) and allowances for heavier drivers to
have more horsepower via race cams and approved extras (instead of dividing
classes via a strict weight requirement), we never once did anything
disrespectful towards the track and only defended ourselves after we
were banned, mocked and ostracized. With the costs rising, more classes
being created every year, races remaining short and fielding a competitive
kart being expensive, we probably were only going to race a handful
of times during the season anyway, but our class's banishment and malicious
public mockery assured that it would be none since 2008. If you're buddies
with the guys up top, though, you'll do fine. Just don't get on their
bad side and be prepared to pay a lot of money. All we ever wanted was
a public apology and payment for some graphics that the track and website
used for a season, but we got neither, which is why we put up a video
that exposes how some (but not all) fairly prominent people at the track
act and it's not all family goodness and honest, good-natured competition
like they proclaim.
Shortly after Galletta's was barred from Oswego,
we were approached by a student reporter from Syracuse University. We
probably would have brought them with us to get footage at Oswego and Galletta's, but
since we were freshly barred, the reporter decided to cover us alone
Attack of the Kartway:
The above two videos apparently roused much anger from some
folks at the Kartway during the summer of 2009. We really didn't understand it, because here we
were, a small group of karters who race affordable homemade karts in our backyard
in back of our small family business and no longer raced there so they
could have more track time for more expensive classes. Sure, we defended
our names and we were upset at our banishment and the track's
unwillingness to pay for logos used. Still, we shouldn't be that
offensive to them. Yet, the Kartway was treating us like
competition and being cutthroat against us with comments such as these.:
"i lost all respect for you chris you fu%cking clown you post that video on the internet you my friend are a f&ckin loser and a low life get a real job and stop drawing comics at 30 something years old and your karting buisness with one phone call can and will be shut down and if you doubt me for one second you F&ckig loser you and your karting will be no more...... and what so called racing u have is nothing to compare to the kartway or any other track the only national attention you have is on youtube you guys struggle to get no more than 10-11 guys its becasue u guys are wine @sses nobody cares for you and redneck s%it. the day someobody gets serously hurt is the day your karting will be no more...... go ahead track my fuking i.p. address you f&^ckin nerd
you can laugh and say oh this dont hurt me but really chris it p!$$es you off inside... hurts your feelings you annoying lil w!ne @$$
NOBODY LIKES ANY OF YOU A$$HOLES
tips of growing up
1.get out of mamas house
2. get a real job
3. stop drawing comics your not getting anywhere
d.c. comics dont want your @$$ your hopeless "
-Anonymous Disgruntled Kartway Supporter
Obviously, that was pretty nasty. But it went
along with people from there calling us "Gaylettas" and equating our
races with lawnmower races (which would backhandedly insult some lawn
mower racers in addition to us) on their since deleted message board
(although the comments were not deleted for weeks). Whoever the person
was, our website and videos offended them so much that they began to
personally attack me as a struggling freelance commercial artist, likely
a dig exposing why they never paid me, disrespect bordering on hatred.
Nice, huh? It continued:
"awhhh did i hurt chris's feelings where he would have to ban me. ok so i skimmed threw all of these post i idnt have the time to read them all so ill just fire back right now
hhahaha obsever his comics didnt get hime a house he hasnt gotten anywhere and he never will f&^kin nerd that he is.
the main reason you guys are not wanted anywhere haha because you guys cry about everything so muc maybe if you guys would of sucked it up and race with what was given to you them you would probably still race. f^%kin clown ahahah you say im washed up lmao haha ok buddy im out working looking to buy my first house while lil christopher is still living with momma lol im the loser no buddy reality check you and your "clique" at the famed gallettas speedway are the losers half of you guys dont have teeth some of you guys cant keep a job or your kids hahah free ride in life oh please again i got bills im paying a kid lovely fiance and house im buying free ride you f&cking loser . lmao
oh and you did you say something about my family HEY F%CK HEAD YOU DONT KNOW $H!T ABOUT ME F&CKING KEEP RUNNING YOUR MOUTH ILL FIND YOU ALONG WITH MY POINTED SHOVEL ALONG YOUR HEAD COME ON PISS ME OFF ILL SHOW UP ON SUNDAYS AND STRAIGHTEN ALL YOUR TEETH OUT FOR YOU GUYS
YOU GUYS ARE NEVER HAVE BEENS NEVER WILL BES YOU WONT BE MISSED WHEN YOU DECIDE TO LAY 6 FEET UNDER NOBODY CARES ABOUT ANY OF YOU YOUR ALL LIL HOBBITS... YOU ALL CRAWL OUT OF YOUR HOLES FOR ONE DAY A WEEK TO RACE
kool1- what are you ten "fartway"? stfu hang yourself
kok - you say that ohh you are mad cuase we can beat you at your own game HA you f**king guys cant race twenty laps without someobody storming off crying hahah YOU JUST MADE ME LAUGH TILL A TEAR CAME TO MY EYE
we have 70 karts a week
your lucky to get 10-11 a race
and you dont think i can have you shut down?????!!?! aaha we will see what gallettas go karts future has in store" -Anonymous Disgruntled Kartway
It should be noted that we are one class that
gets 10-15 guys, which either matches or even outnumbers the Kartway's
(their classes are anywhere from 5-10 karts, but they simply count all
of their classes together, which is not a comparison!). Apparently our
homemade karts putting on an equal or better show for a fraction of
the cost, nearly matching their speeds and and getting as much recognition
as their so-called professional karts really irked them to the point
of mocking our livelihoods and threatening violence. And "living with momma" is quite humorous, as Chris and his wife small business owners saving money to build their own house on family property. Meanwhile, the shovel stalker hid behind a made-up internet address and never once gave his real name, showing his absolute cowardice, and, by default, exposed the fact that he is probably an unmarried punk loser on welfare with no kids and/or a child rapist. The onus to prove otherwise is on him.
Mind you that we
never did get an apology from these people, they never bothered showing
up with their pointed shovels, and the authorities were made aware of
the threats and were monitoring the situation. In fact, charges could
have been brought up on some people who the police believed were to
be involved if I forced the issue, but when the threats and postings
stopped, the authorities decided to just lay off any charges unless
more threats occurred. So, lucky for the shoveler--on so many levels--that
they never did stop by to back up the threat. So not only was this person
exceedingly insulting to us, and particularly so to me, they were also
a gutless coward who never admitted to the posting, and neither apologized
nor offered to say it to my face and risk their cowardly butts by putting
their money where their mouth was. You are an embarrassment to humanity,
sir or ma'am.
We aren't in Competition, but...
It struck us as odd that some people believe
that we are a competing track and lashed out against us simply because
we don't race at Kartway anymore. Huh? We're just one karting division.
We existed FIFTEEN YEARS before the Oswego Kartway did! And we are a private backyard karting club, not a pay track. If anything, they took drivers from us, not vice versa. We used to race there, but were barred to make room for others. Our
facility isn't a pay track. We're just a free, donation-run backyard
karting track, and we have never tried charging money to people. We
ask for donations to pay for gas and parts, and that's it. Free to watch,
free to enter a race. If we did this for money, or for fame, we would
have stopped in the early 1990s back when it was just 2-3 karts total.
Yet, many aspiring and hobbyist drivers fill the Kartway every week,
and pay high prices to do so. Although their classes are smaller than
ours on average (1-6, although some average 7-10), they do get 60-70
drivers combined, while we get 8-12. Before Kartway existed, we averaged
10-18, so they did effect our numbers. And, 7-8 drivers who race there
semi or full time got their start with us and no longer race here, which
is hurtful. We don't care if someone races on other tracks, but why
not support your friends who got you into the local karting sport too?
We'd like 10-20 on track, and our track is large enough to support so
many karts on track, but it never happens, despite being no charge and
having arrive-and-drive karts. We are not in competition with the Kartway,
but we are wondering why despite Oswego being a racing town, we don't
get more people a week racing? Especially when you compare us.
Comparison between Oswego's
Pay Karting track and Galletta's free Backyard Karting Track.
A Local Pay Track
Average Kart Cost
$1,000 (Last Place) - $7,000 (Top
$200 (Used) - $600 (New)
Arrive-And-Drive Race-Ready Karts?
Yes. (Several. All feature-winning
karts, just donate for gas and go!)
Yes, from May until around Labor
Yes, from June through October+.
Weekly Entrance Fees
$15 - $35
Free (Donations welcome)
$60? $70 Annually? + Transponders?
Free. Just race once, you're in
Average Class Size
1-8 (10-12 Kart max limit)
8-12 (24 Kart max limit)
Varies. Small tracks get 35mph tops.
45mph - 50mph on our track
Varies. Locally, very small.
Football field sized. Big for a
Feature Race Length
20-25 Laps Per Class Weekly
45-70 Laps Per Class Weekly
Average Race Time
5-10 minutes of green flag racing
a week. (Do the math.)
25-60 minutes of green flag racing.
Regular Season Win
Sticker & Picture
Picture with Ogie & Belt
30-50 laps depending on division
200 Lap marathon
Championship Race Win
Trophy, Sticker & Picture
Picture with Ogie & Belt (Open
for trophy via donations?)
Can accommodate 1-WD (or as they say,
No. Once did, but barred them.
Can accommodate flat-karts
Unlikely. Not enough donors/sponsors
to invest in enough clay. If we did have sponsors and help, we would
gladly open up to them.
Allows Right turn in addition to Left-turn
Nope. Used to.
We have right-turn, 1-WD karts.
If 2-WD karts wanted to turn right in their own class, bring 'em
This page has demonstrated at least
the most grievous examples, but there has been more that we did
If ever we said anything, it was
always in defense for a snide remark we overheard, or mockery they
said or posted somewhere on their forums or ours. The rest is showing
light to what they said about us, which they then consider to be
an attack on them worthy of more attacks. How ironic!
Ever hear them? "Best facility",
"Future Supermodified drivers training!" Really? For 10
minutes a week on a small track with 3-8 competitors (some of whom
are outspent and can't show their stuff). You can use it as a stepping
stone... no, not really. It won't help at all, and the only way
to get on the big track is just like everybody else on the big track:
If you have the funds, sponsorship, help, and know all the right
butts to kiss.
We know we're affordable. Why do
some consider that an insult? And although our best drivers have
been racing longer than many of the Kartway drivers have been alive,
and many of the Kartway's best have raced with us and never shocked
us out of our socks like some of them think they would've, we don't
profess to be the next big track driver. We race for affordable
fun competing against friends and family.
In addition, while there are a few gas classes, methanol is the preferred
fuel of choice for most pay track racing classes. While many lament
the price of gas, and claim that it is more per gallon than methanol,
gas burns *MUCH* slower. Can a methanol kart go 200 laps with a standard,
stock small engine tank on a large track without refueling? One tank
of methanol goes how many laps on a short track? Do the math. Wise-up
and stop using redneck logic in an attempt to put us down.
Well, there you have the story of Galletta's &
Oswego Speedway's small dirt track, the Kartway. We used to enjoy racing there, but our banishment and ostracism
against us put an end to that. None of us hold any grudges against people who
race there (other than maybe a
handful of people who mocked and threatened us on our own webforum
in addition to their since-deleted message board), and we have good
friends who race there and still sometimes race with us in our club,
particularly track helpers and current and former racers from our club.
We also recognize the good young drivers and excellent karting equipment
that is displayed there every week. We never had a problem with any of
them and wished them well, even admired them.
But this isn't about the people who go there
every week looking for a good place to race. Not at all. This is about
the Oswego Speedway Kartway management still never paid for
that often happens, and often so because artists are upfront and
idealistic, while clients disrespect the fact that art is work and time
that the artists employ to get the product done needs pay), nor
did they ever apologize publicly or privately for their childish banishment
and hateful mockery that they posted, tolerated and seemingly
encouraged. We still race weekly all summer and into fall at our own
track at Galletta's Greenhouse in the Town of Oswego just outside of
Minetto, just as we always have since the early 1990s and always will
until we get bored of it. Racing is not a career for us, it is an affordable
hobby. But most of us have other hobbies and aren't into the 'spend
every cent of extra cash you have on a go-kart for a 5-minute race.'
We didn't need to go there, we did to both support the track and have
a secondary track to run on. It was difficult for us to load 3-10 karts
and truck them down every week, and all we got back was cause us to
be publicly humiliated by people who apparently thought our homemade
karts racing was an insult to them and their $2,000-$6,000 karts.
Judge as you may, but at least
you have the whole story, and not gossip. I have taken a lot of flack
for being a documentarian on our club events, and some things the track
management would have preferred to keep under wraps, even if it meant
lying and threatening. But we love that documentary aspect of our racing
club. In fact, none of this negativity would have ever had
to be shown if (1) we got paid for our logos and banners used during the
2008 season (I only asked for $75 - $20 for the banners and only $55 for
the logo!), and (2) we never received a public nor private apology for
being mocked, ostracized and threatened before and after we were barred.
Thank you for reading.
But is any of this all that surprising? Typical of the parent track in
general, that eats its own best drivers and car builders, and it's more
than just the economy why their attendance is suffering and the car
counts are dwindling. It lost these lifetime customers, and we grew up
loving Supermodified racing since the late 1970s.
Welcome! We are a Karting Club that invented and races extremely affordable 5hp, Single Wheel Drive "Gas stocker" karts for a Points championship every summer at Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Speedway and a Gas Stocker division at Oswego Speedway's Clay Kartway. We also record weekly dirt karting classes in the Oswego area and make them available on DVD! Join us racing by either building your own or renting one of our team backup karts. Or just watch in person, or by buying our DVDs. Please read on and learn more about our extremely affordable brand of highly competitive racing!
THE GALLETTA'S BACKYARD KARTING SPEEDWAY ALL-TIME
POINT STANDINGS are found
The Galletta's & Oswego Kartway Gas Stocker Kart 2-Track
Total Point Standings from 2000-2008 are found
The Galletta's Kart Club All-Time Win totals are
The Galletta's Go-Karting Club was founded by brothers Matt and Chris Stevens in the early 1990s when they modified yard karts for racing purposes. They are the inventors of "clockwise 5hp flathead gas stocker kart" racing, and have a 13-kart race team that includes several backup karts available to be rented and raced at both Galletta's and Oswego Speedway all summer. Invented with specifically single wheel drive and "gas stock 5hp motor" rules so that a person doesn't have to spend thousands of dollars to race in extremely competitive racing events, the class grows in talent and competition every single year. Join us by building your own kart for around $500 or rent one of our team karts on Summer Thursdays or Summer Sundays in Oswego, NY!
Due to the fact that the karts are so affordable and the oldest veterans have been racing for nearly two decades, it is one of the most difficult karting divisions to win at, but yet you can be instantly competitive for just a couple hundred dollars IF you're a good driver. You can't outspend your opponent due to our gas-powered stock-only rule, so you must out-race them and out-setup them. In fact, nobody has ever defeated Matt & Chris in the open challenge: race a stock 5hp flathead and stop them from scoring 1st & 2nd in a points season. Though hundreds of people have tried in hundreds of races since the early 1990s, Chris and Matt have scored 1 & 2 every year. But it's not just them you have to race. Our regular drivers are all talented and experienced. You can prove your skills against the winningest karters in the local area AND you won't even have to spend a lot of money to get started!
We dare you to try! Make your own or rent one of our racing team karts. Sound like fun? Read on, explore the website, and join us!
More Galletta's Go-Karting flips, crashes and tight racing carting highlights on:
SCHEDULE: We race every Summer Sunday and in late August, we switch to every Fall Saturday. When we have possible weather issues and/or driver scheduling conflicts, we will occasionally race on Fridays or Saturdays during Summer (and on rare occasions, weekdays). Due to our greenhouse, early summer we race after 6pm, but as the summer goes along, we can race in the late afternoon. Regular driver attendance will dictate the exact dates and times. Contact us for more info. Our Point Season Finale - our annual "Upstate New York Karters Invitational 200-Lap Galletta's Backyard Karting Speedway Klassic" is scheduled for a late September Saturday annually.
This season we raced Summer Fridays (with occasional Saturdays or Sundays). Date & time is subject to change due to driver availability (if we have more than 8 drivers, we race, if we don't, we'll re-schedule. With 23 karts on site, we don't run with less, as it isn't an accomplishment to race in or win anything less if you're an adult.).
Again, events may be preemptively re-scheduled or postponed due to weather and regular driver availability, but we NEVER miss a week of racing - unless we don't have enough drivers , so come on up! Spectators are free and racers donate nominally to the track and karts to race. Stay tuned, and navigate through our hundreds of race pages dating back to the 1990s and YouTube videos dating back to 2007!
COMPLETE RACE ARCHIVE (1995-2016)
That's right! Every single season since 1995, every "Klassic" since 2002, and very single points race and YouTube video we have since 2005 to now are ALL available to view for free right here!
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Past Season Archives
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DONATIONS / FEES / RENTAL KARTS:
Arrive-and-drive karts may be rented. Rental donation is bare-bones, covering gas and parts wear only! Galletta's operates on a nominal "donation fees to keep the track ready and karts running. Anything you can donate to the track and karts helps. We also allow drivers to race with us provided they agree to sign a waiver, and the land owner allows recreational karts to run under the New York Recreational Use Statute.
We run 1-wheel-drive gas flathead motors with some racing enhancements all done on site.
Bring your own kart:
- $5 donation to enter your own kart (donation to Matt for his track work, donation waived if you bring multiple racers to rent). If Matt or Wes works on YOUR owned kart, please give him MORE than this $5 bare bones tip. It's worth it, as you will NOT find another karting division ANYWHERE where the top driver and mechanic will help you have a kart capable of beating them on any given race day for so little.We LOVE racing, and we sacrifice our own karts by helping our friends, relatives and total strangers to compete against us!
Galletta's Team Kart for Regular Event (40-70 laps):
We have over 15 arrive-and-drive karts on-site, all competitive feature winners and waiting for drivers to pilot them.
- Regular Driver / Returning Veteran: $20
- Newbie Driver / Rookie Driver: $25
Ask Matt about a full-year membership rental, or rent a kart with your own motor/drive system, which would be considerably less than weekly AND have that kart reserved for you every week.
Galletta's Team Kart for Regular Event (200 laps + qualifiers):
Klassic rental will be more. Contact Matt, as deals can be made, depending on how many laps you run and if you don't break the karts!
We can help you build your own Galletta's-style kart for only a few hundred dollars. From time to time, some drivers sell their Galletta's-style karts for $200-300 as well. You will NOT be able to spend that little on a competitive, feature-winning kart in any other karting division around. Period.
- Spectators are free to watch! (But stay safely away from the track!)
- Pose with a kart and be counted in our points race via 1 lap? Free! Just ask!
The above countdown is usually updated as soon as news breaks (rain-dates, postponements, reschedules, etc.), so pay attention to this sidebar.
If you have not raced with us before, you are welcome to join! We have many arrive-and-drive karts available, and you will not race with a more talented karting group, empirically proven on this website (and erased from the local pay track website because of how good of a show we put on for bottom dollar)! Even if just a lap to earn points, or race in a newbie qualifier... give it a shot. 99% of the time, people love it! 2014 will now have membership, which will help regular drivers race the full season. Contact us.
Galletta's Backyard Go-Kart Speedway is a free-to-race-on and free-to-watch 0.133887 mile dirt oval with 20-degree banked turns . It is located behind Galletta's Greenhouse in Oswego, NY, and can be seen from outer space! The single-wheel-drive gasoline-fueled flathead motor karts take the track between 15-17 seconds per lap which averages over 30 mph (approximately 45-50 mph top speed in the straights). Our speeds are comparable to alcohol/methanol-fueled karts that cost 8 times as much because we use mostly homemade or rebuilt go-karts and gas on a large track; leading to more karts, more competition, and more fun. Our class is usually the largest and most competitive in the area. Thanks to Google Earth for this Spring 2006 photo. Our karting club's home track is located in back of: