DRIVER PROFILE FOR RUSS HOCKEY (2007-10)

Russell Hockey posing with his #00 kart after he time trialed on the pole and right before he led 152 out of 200 laps in the 2009 Galletta’s Klassic 200 on October 3rd, 2009. 

Name: 
Russ Hockey

Nicknames:
Rapid Russ and Roarin’ Russ (due to his bugle horn header he utilized in 2009).

Motto:
“My last name is Hockey, but I don’t puck around!”

Years Racing at Galletta’s: 
2007-2010.

Karts Raced: 

Raced the Galletta’s Greenhouse #0 before debuting his own Hockey-Mobile #00 at the 2007 Klassic.

Career Feature Victories:

Aug 31, 2009 8/31/2009 – Flippin’ Freddy Collins & Rapid Russ Hockey Win Twin 30s! (+YouTube)
Jul 12, 2009 7/12/2009 – Russ Hockey Dominates 50-Lapper, 6th Winner in 7 Features (+YouTube)
Oct 12, 2008 10/12/2008 – Russ Hockey & Matt Stevens win the 1st Fall Fury Twin-30s of ’08! [+YouTube Videos]

Career Rundown and Highlights:

  • Russ improved steadily every year he raced, and amassed an impressive points and wins record that still holds up in our All-Time Points & Wins list!
  • He was one of the only competitors who raced with us regularly at both Galletta’s and Oswego Kartway in this span. Even though he only raced three seasons, he raced more races in those three years than many others do due to us racing full time on two tracks. If we combined the two track point tallies, Russ would be higher on the All-time points list than he is.
  • Russ Hockey

    Russ couldn’t get a win at Oswego Kartway.

    Russ won three feature events at Galletta’s once he got a handle on his kart’s handling during his 2nd season. However, some of his most impressive races he did not win, as he broke down while leading on more than one occasion (including here for example), and perhaps his most impressive race in his career was when he led almost the entire 2009 Klassic 200 before running out of fuel late!
  • While he was a threat to win any race he entered at Galletta’s, he unfortunately could not find any success at Oswego Speedway’s Dirt Track. He never won one race at Oswego Kartway, a combination of reasons: the weird handicap starts, competition with OHV Outlaws with more horsepower, and most prevalent was he was never quite able to get his kart to handle very well on the smaller, less banked race surface during the very short races).
  • Russ’s son Richard Hockey raced on rare occasion as well.

The Sweetest Victories!

Below are shortcuts to Russ’ feature victories and Klassic 200 profile pictures at Galletta’s. Each picture will lead to complete coverage AND complete race videos! Enjoy!

2009



While Russ didn’t win it, perhaps his most impressive race in his career was when he dominated most of the 2009 Klassic 200 (he led 152 out of 200 laps and many by a wide margin) before running out of gas late! With a little better fuel management he may have well become the 1st visiting driver to ever win a Galletta’s Klassic 200 (a feat later accomplished by Kyle Reuter the following season, and then duplicated by Kelly Miller a few seasons after that).

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

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

Russ Hockey wins the 50-lap feature on 7/12/2009 at Galletta's Raceway
Russell Hockey won a 50-lapper on July 12th, 2009, his 2nd career win. Russ dominated most of the event. YouTube video highlights of the July 12th, 2009 event that Russ won, or follow the regular link to watch the full races on YouTube.

2008

Russ Hockey #00 at Galletta's '08 Klassic
Russ before the 13th Annual Galletta’s Klassic 200 on 9/21/2008 at Galletta’s.

Russ Hockey & Matt Stevens win the Twin-30s on 10/12/2008
Russ after his 1st career feature win on October 12th, 2008 – includes FULL RACE VIDEOS! Wait… Why didn’t he look happier?!


Russ unfortunately could not find any success at Oswego Speedway’s Dirt Track despite racing two full seasons there with our club (2007-2008). But while he never won single race at Oswego Kartway for a variety of reasons, but was there putting on a show every week.

2007

Russ Hockey and the Hockey #00
Rookie Russ Hockey posing with the Hockey-Mobile #00 at the 12th Annual Galletta’s 2007 Klassic (9/23/2007).

COMPLETE LISTINGS OF ALL GALLETTA’S AND OSWEGO KARTWAY RACES ENTERED BY RUSS HOCKEY

Galletta’s documents every race in our history, and with complete video coverage whenever possible. All of Russ’s races on both Galletta’s and Oswego Speedway’s Kartway were video recorded and can be watched in their entirety via the below links:

Sep 12, 2010 9/12/2010 – Randy “Hard As F*** Bobandi” Platt Wins 11-kart/45-Lap Feature Event [+YouTube]
Aug 29, 2010 8/29/2010 – Matt Stevens Passes Shadoe Russell Late to Seal Yet Another 12-kart/45-Lap Win! +YouTube CRASH Video!
Aug 15, 2010 8/15/2010 – 12-Kart/45-Lapper Winner Matt Stevens Attracts Goose to the Party (+YouTube Videos)
Aug 01, 2010 8/1/2010 – 15-Kart/45-Lap Mr. Oswego Karting Race goes to Matt Stevens for his 1st win of ’10! (+YouTube)
Jul 18, 2010 7/18/2010 – Jeff Tetro wins 15-kart/45-Lapper – his 1st & the 8th winner in 8 races! (+YouTubes)
Jul 11, 2010 7/11/2010 – 7th Winner in 7 Races, George Russell Takes Career 1st in Galletta’s #6, 13-karts, 45-laps (+YouTube)
Jul 05, 2010 7/5/2010 – DJ Mike “mc” Howell & Melissa Stevens take the 11-Kart/Twin-30s (+YouTube Videos)
Jun 27, 2010 6/27/2010 – Russ Bartlett wins 12-kart/45-Lapper in Galletta’s #9! (+YouTube)
Jun 14, 2010 6/14/2010 – Tim Galletta Wins His 1st, a 12-Kart, 55-Lap Feature! (+YouTube Videos)
Oct 03, 2009 10/3/2009 – 200-Lap 14th Annual Galletta’s Karting Championship of Oswego! (+YouTube)
Sep 19, 2009 9/19/2009 – Russ Hockey led until breaking, thus could not stop The Greatest Karter in Oswego, NY, Bar none… Professor Speedmonkey (+YouTube)
Sep 13, 2009 9/13/2009 – Matt Stevens wins 12-kart/45-Lap Feature as 200-Lap Klassic Approaches (+YouTube)
Sep 07, 2009 9/7/2009 – Matt Stevens survives intense bumper-to-bumper battle with bro Chris in 9-kart/45-lapper! (+YouTube)
Aug 31, 2009 8/31/2009 – Flippin’ Freddy Collins & Rapid Russ Hockey Win Twin 30s! (+YouTube)
Aug 23, 2009 8/23/2009 – Galletta ’09 Family Reunion 15-Kart Races Won by Brian Galletta & Matt Stevens (+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 12, 2009 7/12/2009 – Russ Hockey Dominates 50-Lapper, 6th Winner in 7 Features (+YouTube)
Jun 22, 2009 6/22/2009 – Jason “The Hammer” Mills Dominates 11-kart/45-Lapper in Galletta’s #2! (+YouTube)
Jun 16, 2009 6/16/2009 – Greenhouse or Go-Karts? by NCC News reporter Zachary James reports on the Galletta’s Karting Club (w/footage from 6/14/2009)
Jun 14, 2009 6/14/2009 – NCC News Report Night Twin-30s won by Gary Miller Sr. & Matt Stevens! (+YouTube)
Jun 07, 2009 6/7/2009 – The 14th Annual Season Opener, 45-Laps/10-Karts won by Matt Stevens (+YouTube)
Oct 24, 2008 10/24/2008 – Nick Dann & Chris Stevens win at “Rumor Has It Oswego Booted Your GaYlletta Asses Out” Twin 30s Night! [+YouTube Videos]
Oct 12, 2008 10/12/2008 – Russ Hockey & Matt Stevens win the 1st Fall Fury Twin-30s of ’08! [+YouTube Videos]
Sep 21, 2008 9/21/2008 – 13th Annual 200-Lap Karting Klassic goes to Matt Stevens in Galletta’s Greenhouse #33, Buddy Cottom, Chris Stevens & Russ Hockey round top-4! +YouTube Video!
Sep 07, 2008 9/7/2008 – Gary Miller Jr. & Matt Stevens win the “Chris Flips Violently Twin 30s” Night! +YouTube Videos!
Sep 04, 2008 9/4/2008 – Oswego Kartway Classic swept by Wes, Matt & Chris Stevens, take top-3 in largest class for 2nd year in a row in Final Appearance! (+YouTube Videos of ALL CLASSES!)
Aug 28, 2008 8/28/2008 – Oswego Kartway Classic rains out! Time Trials All in (+YouTube of ALL Classes) [+Dick Dann uses illegal carb to win the Gas Flathead Classic Time Trials before rain sets in!]
Aug 21, 2008 8/21/2008 – Wes “Ogre” Stevens triumphs at Oswego Kartway’s final race before Oswego Speedway Classic Weekend ’08! (+YouTube of ALL Classes)
Aug 17, 2008 8/17/2008 – Twin 30s go to Buddy Cottom (Hot Stock) & Chris Stevens (Box Stock) at Galletta’s! +YouTube
Aug 14, 2008 8/14/2008 – Oswego Kartway 2008 DVD Volume #13 by Galletta’s Karting Club (+YouTube All classes) Matt Stevens wins!
Aug 07, 2008 8/7/2008 – Final Mixed Motor Race & Oswego Kartway Fight Video (AKA Thursday Night Smackdown at Oswego Speedway’s Dirt Track!) – Hayden and Chris Stevens win! +YouTube!
Aug 03, 2008 8/3/2008 – Buddy Cottom Wins 55-Lapper in Galletta’s Greenhouse #6 Kart as Gary Miller’s Butt Hangs Off Kart & He Hits The Wall! +YouTube
Aug 01, 2008 8/1/2008 – Matt Stevens DOMINATES Oswego Kartway, sweeps 2 classes in Galletta’s Greenhouse #3 & #33! +YouTube Videos of the domination!
Jul 18, 2008 7/18/2008 – Chris ‘Cerebral Chrusher’ Stevens wins 10-kart “Friday Night 45” +YouTube
Jul 10, 2008 7/10/2008 – Galletta’s Kart Club at Oswego Kartway race won by Chris ‘Chrusher’ Stevens +YouTube
Jul 04, 2008 7/4/2008 – Oswego Kartway Friday Night Lights 9 Divisions + Supers Vs. SBS Drivers Special, Nick Wins, Dick Dann Takes The Money & Runs! +YouTube
Jun 22, 2008 6/22/2008 – Ryan Coleman & Matt Stevens win the Twin 30s! (11-karts) +YouTube Video
Jun 19, 2008 6/19/2008 at Oswego Kartway – The Final Mixed-Motor Gas Stocker Event! +YouTube Videos (All Classes)
Jun 15, 2008 6/15/2008 – Matt Stevens Survives Pileup to win 11-kart/50-Lap Father’s Day ’08 Race! +YouTube Vid!
Jun 12, 2008 6/12/2008 – This Week in Oswego Karting 2008 DVDs Volume # 4 & 5: Melfi & Hayden Sweep for OHV Outlaws! +YouTube
Jun 08, 2008 6/8/2008 – 13th Annual Galletta’s’ Karting Speedway Opener – The 12-kart CLAY HAS ARRIVED 45! +YouTube
Jun 05, 2008 6/5/2008 – Rain Postpones Oswego Kartway Features +YouTube
May 30, 2008 5/30/2008 – Matt Stevens Wins Mixed-Motor Oswego Kartway Money Show (+All Classes on DVD +YouTube)!
May 15, 2008 5/15/2008 – This Week In Oswego Dirt Karting DVD (2008 Vol. #2 – at Oswego Kartway) – Hayden takes win! +YouTube
May 08, 2008 5/8/2008: Oswego Kartway DVD 2008 Volume 1 – Matt Stevens still All-Time Oswego Dirt’s winningest kart driver! +YouTube
Nov 28, 2007 2007 Season Recap: 12th Galletta’s Season & 2nd Oswego Speedway Dirt Season DVDs! [+ Complete YouTube Playlists]
Nov 04, 2007 11/4/2007 – Chris Stevens wins the Gary Miller & Wes Ogre Stevens Retirement 45 (Galletta’s ’07 Race #18; +YouTube)
Sep 23, 2007 9/23/2007 – 12th Annual Kart Klassic 200-Lap Championship of Oswego County Karting won by Matt Stevens, Marred as father Wes injured! (+YouTube/11-Karts/200-Laps)
Sep 10, 2007 9/10/2007 – Ryan Coleman holds off Stevens Bros, Reuter & Cottom for the Buddy’s Story 40 win! +YouTube Video
Sep 03, 2007 9/3/2007 – 16-Kart/45-Lap Labor Day Race, Reuter breaks leaving Matt Stevens taking of 12th of 24 Oswego’s 2 track’s Features! +YouTube
Aug 05, 2007 8/5/2007 – 17 Large, Dick Dann Penetrates the Threshold of Victory Lane after flipping on his head, wins 17-kart/45-Lap 10,000 Rocks-To-Win race! (+YouTube)

Retirement from racing:
Russ had to retire from racing in 2011 due to a handful of unrelated medical issues. He misses it, as we miss him. 

His kart will go on and on!
Russ sadly sold his kart when medical issues forced his retirement from the sport. It was lost as it apparently got bought and sold a handful of times.

… But then … without warning, it wound up showing up as the #x00 years later, driven by Tyler Buskey in the 2015 Klassic 200! It is part of the Buskey race team, but unfortunately, they race only very sporadically.