MIKE BILLION – #57:
Mike Billion - OHV Outlaw #57

Name:
Mike Billion

Years Active:
2005-2007

Kart:
Team OHV Outlaw #57

Motor(s) used:
5.5hp Briggs & Stratton OHV (when Galletta’s ran Box Stock 5hp)
6.5hp Briggs & Stratton OHV (?) (when Galletta’s ran Shaved Head stock 5hp)
6.5hp Yamaha or Honda OHV (?) (when Galletta’s ran Shaved Head stock 5hp)

Ranking in the All-Time Points & Wins Lists:
Galletta’s Backyard Karting Speedway
Oswego Speedway Kartway (Right-Turn / Gas Stocker Division)

Fun Facts:
Mike was always a hard-charger in his #57 tank-mobile and also won some features at both tracks, but retired in 2007.

Career Highlight at Galletta’s:
Mike won a feature on Jul 31, 2005 at Gallettta’s:
7/31/2005 – Mike Billion wins 8-kart/40-Lap Mixed Motor Feature

OVERHEAD VALVE MOTOR “OUTLAWS”:

Mike was a part of a group of slightly heavier drivers and far heavier karts that brought OHV motors to our races and called themselves “The Outlaws” after Galletta’s Karting Club racers (whom all had 5hp Flatheads) voted against racing against the OHV motors feeling like the OHVs had *WAY* too much power to compete with. There were multiple drivers who raced with us over the years in this style of motor (as documented in our All-Time Galletta’s Backyard Speedway Points and All-Time Oswego Kartway Points).

Now while we had some some irreconcilable disagreements about motors with these drivers, we always enjoyed racing with these guys, as we felt that they were passionate racers that we thoroughly enjoyed competing against. We want serious racers to race with. We just could not agree on motors, gears and weights, and it created hard feelings where there should have been none, and it got to the point where we even felt as if the track operator was purposely trying to get us mad at each other after a while…

Too Bad They Quit…

Shortly later on, in late-2008 and up, we *did* create broader weight and power rules for our club so that heavier drivers could compete against lighter ones (weights on lighter drivers and some extra powered cams and gears on the heavier ones) WITHOUT using completely different motors that were impossible to truly equalize (OHVs always put out more power). It worked on equalizing the races more than ever before, as we had the largest amount of winners in a single season that we ever had after the rules were enacted (including a handful of drivers who were all way heavier than Mark!), as seen immediately in 200920102011 and onward! Sadly, the Kartway excluded our club and the Outlaws never came back to experience our new weight/power rules. They would have doubtlessly excelled!

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