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. 

Russ Hockey

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

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

Years Racing at Galletta’s: 

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
Jul 12, 2009
Oct 12, 2008

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!


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.


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.


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).


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
Aug 29, 2010
Aug 15, 2010
Aug 01, 2010
Jul 18, 2010
Jul 11, 2010
Jul 05, 2010
Jun 27, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
Oct 03, 2009
Sep 19, 2009
Sep 13, 2009
Sep 07, 2009
Aug 31, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
Aug 09, 2009
Aug 03, 2009
Jul 27, 2009
Jul 12, 2009
Jun 22, 2009
Jun 16, 2009
Jun 14, 2009
Jun 07, 2009
Oct 24, 2008
Oct 12, 2008
Sep 21, 2008
Sep 07, 2008
Sep 04, 2008
Aug 28, 2008
Aug 21, 2008
Aug 17, 2008
Aug 14, 2008
Aug 07, 2008
Aug 03, 2008
Aug 01, 2008
Jul 18, 2008
Jul 10, 2008
Jul 04, 2008
Jun 22, 2008
Jun 19, 2008
Jun 15, 2008
Jun 12, 2008
Jun 08, 2008
Jun 05, 2008
May 30, 2008
May 15, 2008
May 08, 2008
Nov 28, 2007
Nov 04, 2007
Sep 23, 2007
Sep 10, 2007
Sep 03, 2007
Aug 05, 2007

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.