7/27/2009,Fred Collins,Winner,Galletta's #9

Fred Collins after his historic first feature win on 7/27/2009, after he came back from a wild flip in the first 30-lap feature of the night, shook it off, and then led the majority of the second 30-lapper in the Galletta’s #9! Five years of winless racing, wild accidents, and close calls with victory lane falling short finally paid off for Fred!

Fred Collins

Fearlessly Fast Flippin’ Freddie, Wild-man of the Woods Wrecks, Wild Werewolf, Bionic Hip Hipster.

STOLEN! (But… why?!)

Galletta’s Go-Karts #9, #2, #7 or #1. Bought Howard Seabrook’s Spongebob Squarepants machine in 2007, but oddly never raced it once anywhere, and had it stolen from him. Also bought one of Ed Maynes old karts, but, again, never raced it anywhere and apparently a neighbor burned it and his ex-girlfriend took it from him and tried to sell it to us (which she asked too high of a price for). Poor Fred always has bad luck! Well, at least he won some races in 2009!

Years Racing Go-karts at Galletta’s:
2004-current (sporadic because he can’t afford parts and gas money). Fred retired after the 2009 season due to lack of funds. He would race more if he had more money, sponsors, and rides to the track.

Career highlights:

Aug 31, 2009 8/31/2009 – Flippin’ Freddy Collins & Rapid Russ Hockey Win Twin 30s! (+YouTube)
Jul 27, 2009 7/27/2009 – Flippin’ Freddy Collins & Nick Dann win 15-kart Twin 30s to become 8th and 9th different winners in 10 features thus far in ’09! (+YouTube)

Won in 2009. Led a large portion of the 2005 Klassic. Finished well in 2005 and 2006 Klassics. Excellent attendance until he broke his hip in an off-season snowmobile accident. Always finishes well in the Point Standings. All-Time Career leader in flips. 


Russ Hockey and Fred Collins took the Twin 30s on 8/31/2009 at Galletta's!

70 green-flag laps, 13 karts, and two feature winners were in store for Monday, August 31st, 2009 – a Twin-30s Night! Rapid Rollin’ Russell Hockey took the first feature of the night, followed by Furiously Fast Fred Collins taking the second.

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7/27/2009,Fred Collins,Winner,Galletta's #9Fred’s career highlight to date was on 7/27/2009 as seen in this YouTube video, where he flipped in the first 30-lap feature, yet came back and won the second 30-lap feature – his career first after five long years of racing!


7/27/2009,Nick Dann,Winner,Galletta's #0

July 27th, 2009, Oswego, N.Y. — This has been the closest season of racing so far in Galletta’s Backyard Speedway history. We have 9 different winners in 10 features so far this season at Galletta’s, with the racing bumper-to-bumper throughout, and the points race is closer than ever before this far into a season. And with 15-kart event in store, the first 30-lap feature saw Nick Dann emerge as the winner of the first 30-lapper in the Galletta’s #0. It also saw Fred Collins flip. The 2nd 30-lap feature saw Fred come back from his flip and shake it off to take his first ever feature win in the Galletta’s #9! Five years of winless racing, wild accidents, and close calls of getting into victory lane falling short finally paid off for Fred!

Compressed highlight reels are cool, but view the higher quality and COMPLETE race video by clicking here.


Notes:  Fred’s wife’ passed away in the winter of 2008. Visit this message board thread to view well-wishes and prayers.


Did you know?:
That Fred broke his hip in a snowmobile accident before the 2007 season and has raced with a slow-healing broken hip. Has flipped and/or flown off of his kart countless times. Here’s one from 7/8/2007, where yours truly had to pull him off of the ground after he fell off of his kart .:

Then Fred had possibly the scariest accident ever in Galletta’s raceway history. Matt Stevens, Wes Stevens, and Kyle Reuter caught tires, and going 35-45 mph, Matt and Kyle, out of control, drove directly into Fred Collins, who parked in the middle of the track at the start of the race. Even though the wreck was horrific, video-watching dolts on YouTube constantly give it poor ratings because they mistake it for the Worst Wreck on YouTube. It isn’t. It was the worst wreck on Galletta’s Backyard Speedway caught on tape. Nice that I get wrath because of all the low IQ-ed people out there in YouTube land. Observe:


Visually, the worst wreck at Galletta’s. More here–>.
THE... CRASH FROM HELL! - Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket


Fred Collins & The Galletta's #2 Go-Kart before the 2006 Klassic 150!
2006/09/23 before the 150-lap 2006 Klassic – Photo by Gene Galletta, Prepared by Chris Stevens.

Still seeking his first win. Galletta’s All-Time Leader of most career races without a single win of any kind, heat or feature (before 2009).


Fred joined Galletta’s Karting late in 2005. A first, we thought he was a Werewolf, as he came to race with shaggy hair and howling at the sky during his races (and wrecks).


Aug 19, 2012 8/19/2012: “Chris Stevens On A Tear” 45-Lapper +YouTube Videos
Jul 29, 2012 7/29/2012: Justin’s Got Soft, He’s In Love 45
Aug 31, 2009 8/31/2009 – Flippin’ Freddy Collins & Rapid Russ Hockey Win Twin 30s! (+YouTube)
Aug 16, 2009 8/16/2009 – Chris Stevens endures the 12-kart “Night of A Thousand Cautions” 45 for win! (+YouTube)
Aug 09, 2009 8/9/2009 – Chris Stevens wins the 10-kart “The Runs 45” lap Feature! (+YouTube)
Aug 03, 2009 8/3/2009 – Melissa Stevens wins The Oswego Kartway Shovel Stalker Pussied Out 50 & becomes 10th different winner in 11 features in ’09! (+YouTube)
Jul 27, 2009 7/27/2009 – Flippin’ Freddy Collins & Nick Dann win 15-kart Twin 30s to become 8th and 9th different winners in 10 features thus far in ’09! (+YouTube)
Jul 19, 2009 7/19/2009 – Larry Phillips puts L&K Small Engine #04 Into Victory Lane after 9-kart/45-lapper! (+YouTube)
Jul 12, 2009 7/12/2009 – Russ Hockey Dominates 50-Lapper, 6th Winner in 7 Features (+YouTube)
Jul 05, 2009 7/5/2009 – Buddy Cottom & Chris Stevens take the ’09 Independence Twin-30s! (+YouTube)
Jun 08, 2008 6/8/2008 – 13th Annual Galletta’s’ Karting Speedway Opener – The 12-kart CLAY HAS ARRIVED 45! +YouTube
Nov 28, 2007 2007 Season Recap: 12th Galletta’s Season & 2nd Oswego Speedway Dirt Season DVDs! [+ Complete YouTube Playlists]
Aug 26, 2007 8/26/2007 – Chris Stevens Wins “Worst Wreck on Tape In Track History” 12-Kart/45-Lapper (+YouTube)
Jul 08, 2007 7/8/2007 – 15-kart, Wreck-Filled Extravaganza won by Matt Stevens [+YouTube!]
Jun 17, 2007 6/17/2007 – Matt Stevens Storms Through the 14-kart field for Feature Triumph! +YouTube
Jun 10, 2007 6/10/2007 – Chris Stevens Impressive in 14-Kart/45-Lap Win! +YouTube!
Jun 03, 2007 6/3/2007 – Gary Miller Sr. wins 12th Annual Opener (15-karts, 45-laps) +YouTube
Dec 31, 2006 2006 Recap | 11th Point Season & Annual Klassic 150 [+YouTube Season Video Playlist]
Dec 31, 2006 2006 Season & 11th Annual Klassic 150 Recap & DVD Store [+Complete Season On YouTube!]
Nov 26, 2006 9/30 – 11/26/2006 | ’06 Post-Klassic Fall Bonus Points Series (9 Features – Kyle Reuter, Matt Stevens, Dick Dann and Josh Schute score wins!) +YouTube
Sep 23, 2006 9/23/2006 – 11th Annual Klassic Championship – 150-Laps/16 Karts | Wes “Ogre” Stevens wins! +YouTube
Sep 16, 2006 9/10 – 9/16/2006 – Matt Stevens in the BRAND NEW Silver Bullet #33 sweeps the Pre-Klassic Events (+ Oscar Berry Flips!) +YouTube
Aug 27, 2006 8/27/2006 – Chris Stevens wins 13-kart/40-Lap “Bicker-Fest Forty” feature! +YouTube
Aug 20, 2006 8/20/2006 – Matt Dominating Oswego’s 2 Kart Tracks with 7th Win! (50-Laps/10-Karts) +YouTube
Aug 13, 2006 8/13/2006 – Matt Stevens wins 13-kart/50-Lap Feature win at Galletta’s, following up his Oswego Kartway win! +YouTube
Aug 06, 2006 8/6/2006 – Chris Stevens ties Billy Kuykendell at the stripe to sweep this week’s features on both Oswego Tracks! +YouTube
Jul 30, 2006 7/30/2006 – Wesley “Ogre” Stevens wins HarBOREmess ’06 Championship (12-karts, 40-Laps) +YouTube
Jul 23, 2006 7/23/2006 – 11-Kart, 40-Lapper goes to Winningest Oswego Karter, Matt Stevens +YouTube
Jul 16, 2006 7/16/2006 – Hot Pink Ed Maynes Wins & 7/14 Oswego Speedway Dirt Conquered by Brian Bortel +YouTube
Jul 09, 2006 7/9/2006 – Brian Bortel wins 14-kart 40-Lapper (+ Oswego Speedway Dirt UFC Fight Night Near-Brawl on 7/7/2006) +YouTube
Jul 02, 2006 7/2/2006 – Matt Stevens Wins 12-Kart at Galletta’s & Ed Maynes Wins 5-Kart Oswego Speedway Dirt Feature on 6/30/2006 +YouTube
Jun 25, 2006 6/25/2006 – Chris Stevens Wins 16-Kart 40-Lapper + Oswego Speedway Inaugural Dirt Gas Karting Event won by Matt Stevens! +YouTube
Jun 18, 2006 6/18/2006 – Gary Miller Sr. Leads all 50-Laps in 14-Kart Feature! +YouTube
Jun 11, 2006 6/11/2006 – Matt Stevens steals win from Jason Mills in the 14-kart 11th Annual Season Opener
Nov 28, 2005 2005 Season & 10th Annual Klassic 130 – RECAP! [+YouTube Season Playlist]
Sep 24, 2005 9/24/2005 – 10th Annual Galletta’s Klassic | Original Oswego Dirt Karting Championship (130-Laps/13 Karts) +YouTube!
Sep 18, 2005 9/18/2005 – Gary Miller Sr. wins 12-kart Non-Winner’s Feature as Galletta’s Karting Score Tower Unveiled! +YouTube
Sep 11, 2005 9/10 – 9/11/2005 – Matt Stevens Twin-40 Triumph Weekend Marred by Injury & Several “OHV Outlaw” Drivers Quitting the Club [+YouTube]
Sep 05, 2005 9/5/2005- Mark Miller won a fast & furious 14-kart/40-lapper!
Aug 28, 2005 8/28/2005 – Chris Stevens wins vs. biggest field in Galletta’s History (18-karts/40-Laps)! +YouTube video!
Aug 21, 2005 8/21/2005 – Matt Stevens wins 15-kart/50-Lapper as Mark Miller & Mike Billion’s tempers flare over wreck! +YouTube
Aug 14, 2005 8/14/2005 – Chris Stevens wins 13-kart, Mixed-Motor, 40-Lap Feature [Video Stolen]
Aug 03, 2005 8/3/2005 – 12-Kart, 40-Lap, Mid-Week Mixed Motor Feature goes to Matt Stevens
Jul 31, 2005 7/31/2005 – Mike Billion wins 8-kart/40-Lap Mixed Motor Feature
Jul 24, 2005 7/24/2005 – 15-Kart Race won by Matt Stevens (15 Mixed Motors, 40-Laps)
Jul 17, 2005 7/17/2005 – Maynes Wins after Billion wrecks leader Stevens on hot 16-kart 50-Lapper!
Jul 10, 2005 7/10/2005 – Mark Miller wins 13-kart feature in his WICKED fast tank-mobile!
Jul 05, 2005 7/03/2005 – Neil Gosch wins 14-kart race in mysteriously powerful OHV machine!
Jun 26, 2005 6/26/2005 – Mark Miller takes another 15-kart Mixed-Motor Feature!
Jun 12, 2005 6/12/2005 – Mark Miller Leads the OHV Invasion & Dominates the 14-Kart Field!
Jun 05, 2005 6/5/2005 – Ed Maynes takes the ’05 Season Opener (40-Laps/10-karts) 

Jun 05, 2005Fred Collins joins after the 2004 Season & 9th Annual

Jun 05, 2005Fred Collins joins after