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Welcome to the Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Club & Backyard Speedway’s website!

OCTOBER 2014 - TWENTY-THREE KARTS, ALL TIMING WITHIN 0.66 SECONDS OF EACH OTHER ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE 19TH RUNNING OF THE KLASSIC 200. MOST ARE UNFILLED. WHY DON'T YOU BECOME THE NEXT GALLETTA'S KARTING CLUB DRIVER AND TRY TO BECOME THE NEXT GALLETTA'S KLASSIC CHAMPION?

Over 23 arrive-and-drive Karts are available. All time trialed less than 1 second apart on a large track. Drivers needed to fill them in 45-60 lap point races every weekend between June through all Summer, culminating with our season finale in late-September – the 200-Lap Galletta’s Karting Klassic!

gallettaskarting2013logo200pxFounded in the early 1990s, Galletta’s Karting Club & Backyard Speedway was created to race go-karts as competitively as we can for as purposefully affordable as we can (via rules), using karts that are hybrid – something between a prefabricated racing kart and a yard kart that can race fast and safe on both pay tracks and backyard tracks alike, all the while having drivers that are highly talented and experienced racers WITHOUT spending wars. The original, longest-running, and largest karting class in the area, we are also the easiest to join – we have over 20 equally fast, feature-winning, arrive-and-drive karts to join into the weekly Summer-Fall races immediately, and if you like it, build or buy your own for a few hundred dollars to join and compete (instead of a few thousand like most pay track classes take to join and compete, as we CAP the type or parts and prices). And, some of the more experienced drivers at Galletta’s have been racing more than a decade before any of the local pay tracks were built and some have hundreds of more races under their belts. Come race where Kyle Reuter once called, “the Rucker Park of karting.” Read on to see our twenty year history of weekly points racing (with COMPLETE race videos and complete rundowns of each season since 1995 – and race from 2005) every June through October in Oswego, NY! Enjoy!


In Memoriam of Brian J. Galletta

Brian J. Galletta: March 13, 1977 - December 25, 2019

Brian J. Galletta: March 13, 1977 – December 25, 2019

March 13, 1977 – December 25, 2019

With great regret and sadness we wish to pass along the unexpected news that one of the original and longest-running members of our karting class has passed away. Brian Galletta was a 1st cousin to club founders Matt and Chris Stevens, a nephew of current Galletta’s Greenhouse owners Wes and Mary Stevens, a grandson of Galletta’s Greenhouse’s founder John Galletta, and family member and/or friend to many racers and spectators to our races here over the years.

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Brian Galletta’s Driver profile, which contains pictures and links to race videos of his triumphant wins and funny crashes — both of which he enjoyed sharing with all who cared to watch.

Brian had medical issues related to kidney disease — including a kidney transplant in his youth along with regular dialysis and seemingly countless related surgeries — throughout most of his life. Despite his health issues, he shook them off like they were nothing, something that always inspired us due to his bravery, cheerfulness, positivity, and unassuming toughness in the face of it. He was one of the 1st people to join our racing club in the early 1990s when it was only 1, 2, or 3 karts large, and basically only his health problems kept him away from racing on a weekly basis for decades like he wanted to.

His brother Kevin Galletta is also a long-time racer as well, and after Brian injured his legs in a fall that sadly forced him to fully retire from racing, he maintained ownership of some of his karts and motors for his sibling to run weekly. Even when he could not race, he often would help flag, count laps, and cheer his brother on (along with occasional heckling of his cousin, yours truly, Chris).

Brian always brought a smile to everyone’s face, as he had a great sense of humor and would always see the bright side of almost any situation. He won a handful of races during his sporadic career, but he was also known for having the misfortune of being in many wrecks that he, himself found humor in and enjoyed showing to everyone — so much so that he requested the site have them all posted in one place. Thus, his driver profile collects links to his victories AND his crashes (nearly all with full race videos) per his request. He really could put a smile on our faces when he would bounce up from a crazy accident with a smile and a joke.

We at Galletta’s share profound grief and overwhelming loss with everyone who knew him — friend and family alike. He is a rare soul, and we have no doubt he is smiling down from heaven with his no worries smirk and make us smile. We will miss him greatly. God bless.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 29, 2019, 1-3 PM at Nelson Funeral Home followed by a funeral service at 3-3:30 PM. More info here.

Sincerely,
Chris Stevens


Next race is Scheduled for: TBA – June 2020.

The track is open and races are scheduled almost every Summer Sunday (June-August) evenings and many a Fall Saturday (September-October) afternoons. However, due to driver availability, our scheduling is completely dependant on drivers showing up. Keep in touch for more details.

We race mostly ‘arrive-and-drive rental’ but also have ‘run-what-you-brung’ karts (classed only by motor type and weight handicaps; see Matt for details), and closed all other times. Exact timing TBA and based on active driver consensus. This is subject to change based on the weather’s effect of the track condition, and driver count. In addition, our schedule is flexible and depending on weather and driver availability, we can occasionally change to Fridays or Saturdays. But our go-to dates for racing are usually Summer Sundays and Fall Saturdays. Our class is a maximum of 20 qualifiers on track, and we’ve never had too many racers, but all too often not enough. Come on up!


COMPLETE GALLETTA’S CLUB SEASON RACE AND COMPLETE VIDEO COLLECTION APPENDIX — 1990s-current:

Enjoy each of over two decades worth of our competitive point-racing seasons with these over 200 race pages by clicking on the picture to each season. Each season will have its own list of pictured race descriptions, point standings, driver profiles and complete races on embedded YouTube videos to each race (as early as the 2002 Klassic and complete season videos dating back to mid-2005). This is exhaustively done, and I really hope you appreciate the work we put into the site and the hundreds of races we show you for no charge, just… all I ask is please don’t use ad-blockers to help cover the site and server costs (which it never does)! Thanks! -Chris


2019 Season Index - Klassic 200 Start

2019 Season Index

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Top 5 drivers of 2019 — Points and Klassic!

24th Season – 2019: Started slowly, with a lack of weekly drivers yet again. However, as the season progressed two batches of eager rookies joined the club and THEN the racing started taking off for the first time in a  few seasons. By the time that the 2019 Galletta’s Karting Klassic 200 rolled around, three rookies had won feature races are were taking aim at a Klassic win! In all, 24 different drivers ran in 15 regular features (we had many more “makeup races” which count as mega-point long heats as well), and  9 drivers took at least one feature win (vets Matt Stevens, Chris Stevens, Steve Sixberry, Adam Lytle, Josh Arnold, along with rookies Zach Blanchard, Greg Blanchard, Randy Baldwin, and last but not least — visiting driver track champ AND rookie-of-the year, Nicolas Olivares). When it was all said and done, Chris Stevens may have won only one feature, but spent so many laps in the top 3 all season that he narrowly edged his brother Matt for the 2019 Track Title, while Matt Stevens took a different kart — the Chrusher.com/oswegosushi.com/gallettasgreenhouse.com #74 that he co-owns with his brother — to win the 23rd running of the Galletta’s Klassic Championship race.

2019/9/29 – 24th Annual Galletta’s Greenhouse Go-Karting 200-Lap Klassic [+YouTube]

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Sunday, September 29th, 2019 – The 24th Annual Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 200 Lap 1-WD Championship of the Galaxy! Watch past Klassic Champions Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens and Kelly Miller battle it out for 200-laps with hard-charger newcomers Steve Sixberry, Nic Olivares, Zach Blanchard and several more! Plus, an unplanned Fall Bonus Point Race to boot! And we have it all here: Time Trials & The 24th Annual Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 200! Race rundown and race videos are found here!

Sadly, however, the year ended on a tragic note. During the offseason — on Christmas day — we all lost one of the original members of the GKC. Brian Galletta, who succumbed to a lifelong battle with kidney disease and it’s related medical procedures. We were all devastated by the news, a HUGE loss for our club and it’s morale, and look forward to finding a proper way to pay our respects to him in 2020 with a new memorial event in his honor. Stay tuned.

Galletta’s Greenhouse Speedway 2019 Point Standings [Final]

All races from 6/23/2019 – 10/20/2019 – Final for the year.

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2018 Season Index

23rd Season – 2018: Was a shortened season due to a lack of active weekly competitors. While we had 39 different drivers, due to most of them not racing weekly, we were forced to reduced to the usual 15-20 feature races to only 8. But after a long season of poor driver attendance, the drivers *finally* came through for the 23rd Annual Galletta’s Go-Kart 200-Lap Klassic Points Championship was held, 10-drivers strong! And, to show driver prowess — only FIVE cautions!

Matt Stevens dominated the season with 5 feature wins (Kevin Galletta, Josh Arnold and Kelly Miller each won 1), but was almost swept in both the Points AND Klassic titles when his winless-in-’18 brother — and decades-long constant rival — Chris Stevens led most of the race stealing a large amount of leader bonus points. However, Matt caught his fuel-conscious brother Chris off-guard in the latter stages to barely block the steal, seal Chris’ 1st winless season, and held on to win his 13th Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Speedway Klassic (His brother Chris has 7, while Wes Stevens, Kyle Reuter, and Kelly Miller each won 1). While Chris technically was winless in points races, he won the exhibition race (between he, Matt and Kelly Miller) held for Oswego Speedway Hall of Famer Doug Didero, but it was not counted for points (in hindsight, seeing how sparse our season was… it should have).

The final order of this year’s Klassic could not have been more cut and dried, as it was also the final order of the point standings as well, with Matt, Chris and impressive rookie-of-the-year Steve Sixberry sweeping the top 3 in each. Read more about every race of 2018 and watch all of the complete race videos here!


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2017 Season Index

22nd Season – 2017: Lasted from June 17th through October 13th, 2017, and was one of ups and downs. It started slowly due in part to weather and inability to get the track ready for our usual opener. After that, we had great difficulty keeping enough drivers on the track on a weekly basis. Half of the season was cancelled due to nothing other than not enough butts in kart seats. In the end, we did have 34 drivers racing in 17 features, but this number was inflated by both double-feature nights and many one-race-and-done racers. Only 4 of 34 drivers raced in every event, 21 of 34 drivers were rookies (most raced only once let alone even half the season), all 14 year record lows. And our 22nd Annual Galletta’s Go-Karts 200-Lap Klassic Championship was postponed after nearly a month of poor driver attendance & lousy weather. But the racing itself–when it happened– was exceptional. The story of the competition was the top 3 in points AND the Klassic as well: Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens, and Josh Arnold 1-2-3 DOMINATED the season, and because several regular veterans quit halfway into the season, 4th place wasn’t even close in either. Of the three who traded wins all year, Chris Stevens–despite not being the fastest kart at any point all season–benefitted by not wrecking a single time and staying in the top-3 all year, holding on to sweep both the Points Title and the Klassic by outlasting every other racer on a single tank of gas during the 200, a feat that he has somewhat made his specialty of late. Every race, with rundowns, points, and complete race ideos found here!]


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2016 Season Index

21st Season – 2016: From from Sunday, June 12th, 2016 through Saturday, September 24th, 2016, 30 drivers racing in 14 feature events won by 7 competitors (Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens, Kelly Miller, Josh Arnold, Keith Raymond, Kevin Galletta and Adam Lytle) for our 21st Points Season at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway. And for the 1st time in history, a driver challenged Chris and Matt Stevens’ vice-grip stranglehold on 1st and 2nd the point standings! Kelly Miller was lap for lap, pass for pass, point for point, win for win dead even with the brothers all season long, and the three leap-frogged each other every week leading up to our 21st Klassic to decide it all. Would Kelly become the 1st visiting driver to ever sweep the Points and Klassic titles? Or would the class-founding brothers retain 1st and 2nd for the 21st straight year? Well, why not see what went with our 200-Lap Klassic! Here are all the season pages, complete with all of our uploaded YouTube videos!


SEPTEMBER 2015 - TWENTIETH ANNUAL POINTS SEASON AND 200-LAP CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP OF ALL ***OVERALL*** OSWEGO DIRT KARTING!

2015 Season Index

20th Season – 2015: Our 20th Season was a relief from 2014’s barren finish. Due to a few groups of rookies joining, we had 42 different drivers racing in 20 feature events won by 8 different feature winners (Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens, Adam Lytle, Keith Raymond, Melissa Stevens, Kyle Reuter, Eric Woolworth and Tony Cimilluca). The season was extremely competitive from start to finish, and it came down to a tremendous battle in the Klassic 200 between Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens and Kyle Reuter — arguably the best three lifetime karters in Oswego (anybody who has a beef with this? Show us what you got. Show up, put up, or shut up, thanks! We know why some never come, we know.). Chris and Kyle were the only two leaders in this year’s event, with them trading the lead due to lapped traffic and empty fuel tanks. But late in the race, when Reuter passed the fuel-starved Chris Stevens, and Matt Stevens broke in a crash, Chris refueled and shocked all with a slingshot pass past Reuter on the final green-white-checker for the the most climatic win in the Galletta’s Klassic history, and clinched his clean sweep of both the 2015 200-Lap Klassic and the 2015 Points Championship! One of our most exciting seasons in our history, capped by a fantastic Klassic finish, and probably the most exciting in our history! All of our complete race videos are available for viewing on our complete season index found here.


OCTOBER 2014 - TWENTY-THREE KARTS, ALL TIMING WITHIN 0.66 SECONDS OF EACH OTHER ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE 19TH RUNNING OF THE KLASSIC 200. MOST ARE UNFILLED. WHY DON'T YOU BECOME THE NEXT GALLETTA'S KARTING CLUB DRIVER AND TRY TO BECOME THE NEXT GALLETTA'S KLASSIC CHAMPION?

2014 Season Index

19th Season – 2014:  Our 19th Season had 26 drivers compete in 15 feature events won by a staggering 8 different competitors (Matt Stevens, Chris Stevens, Adam Lytle, Kevin Galletta, Brian Galletta, Kelly Miller, Eric Woolworth, Kyle Reuter), but it did not end well. The season was tragically cut shorter than others due to low driver attendance by midsummer, a problem that caused self-inflicted wounds by making even gung-ho veteran drivers quit. Matt Stevens swept the driver-starved Klassic 200 (where he and Chris battled for over 80 straight green flag laps) and sadly short Season Points Championship, but it was perhaps our least-fulfilling season in well over a decade due to inconsistent and sparsely populated driver competition, despite the empirical fact that we had 20 karts on site all with near identical time trial speeds. The fact that it was the least-populated Klassic in THIRTEEN years, founders Matt and Chris Stevens worried all winter that without a new crop of drivers in 2015, we were left seriously doubting the future of the Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Karting Club . More on the complete YouTube Videos & Race Index.


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2013 Season Index

18th Season – 2013: The 2013 season was eventful, as 38 competitors raced in 24 features won by a staggering 12 different drivers (Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens, Eric Woolworth, Brian Galletta, Adam Lytle, Brandon “Tumor” Matott, Dave Spanfelner, Kevin Galletta, Joe Sereno, Ryan Palmer and Justin Galletta!)! And the most shocking surprise was the Klassic 200, where Kelly Miller became only the 2nd visiting driver (Kyle Reuter being the 1st) and 5th overall (counting Matt, Chris and Wes Stevens) to win a Galletta’s Klassic 200, having a duel for the ages with the ’13 track champion Chris Stevens and Oswego’s All-time winner/points earner Matt Stevens, where lapped traffic and kart wear took it’s toll and changed the outcome and made the finale an extremely exciting one. In fact, possibly the best 3-kart Klassic duel to date. The complete season is on YouTube video playlist and race pages, so go here for more.


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2012 Season Index

17th Season – 2012: Had 39 drivers racing in 27 feature events that were won by 9 different savvy competitors (Matt Stevens, Chris Stevens, David Spanfelner, Brian Galletta, Melissa Stevens, Joe Sereno, Randy Platt, Tim Galletta and Justin Galletta). Matt Stevens was the performer of the year as he took the 2013 Points Title, but the Klassic would have a controversial finale. The founding brothers of Matt and Chris Stevens battled back and forth in the late stages of the Klassic, neither having an edge and only passing each other via lapped traffic. The controversy came when Chris got passed by Matt when a lapped kart got in his way, Chris backed off rather than hit the traffic and Matt passed them both. Chris dogged his bro down until the same lapped traffic came up, and Matt bumped the lapped kart out of the way, knocking him into Chris’ way which then brought out the caution and prevented Chris from getting his brother back. Chris was furious, and Matt, exhausted, put himself in the back, leaving Chris was able to pull away for the uncontested win. Several people protested that Chris won, and Chris himself vacated the win, which their “uncle” (and Galletta’s Mascot) Ogie Stevens took credit for it all. The complete race videos, race results and points info are found here.


16th Annual Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Klassic 200 Start

2011 Season Index

16th Season – 2011: 25 competitors entered 21 feature events that were won by 8 different drivers (Matt Stevens, Chris Stevens, Tim Galletta, Melissa Stevens, Justin Galletta, Joe Sereno, Randy Platt and Jeff Tetro). Now while Matt Stevens won the track title and garnered the most wins (6), it was his big brother Chris Stevens that broke a decade-long dry spell to win his 1st Galletta’s Klassic since 2001 (and the 1st since it became 200 laps). And what more, he proved what many thought was impossible! Chris managed to run all 200 laps on one tank of gas while holding off his brother Matt (who had to refuel late after leading a fast-paced race battling with 2010 winner Kyle Reuter early on). It was one of the most strategic gambles in Klassic history to date, as if there were a few more laps, Chris would’ve been down to fumes with Matt ready to pounce on the lead. This is one of many reasons why the racers at Galletta’s feel you get more PURE RACING experience in our karts than any pay track’s 5-10 minute/20-50 lap races. 200 laps on a single 5hp Briggs stock gas tank… and WIN. Try that in any other karting division and get back to us, son. Complete YouTube Race Videos, results, driver profiles, points and pictures of every race found here…


2010 Season Index

15th Season: 2010: So it finally happened! Actually, TWO things! First, while we had a usual great season consisting of 29 drivers in 21 feature races, they were won won by a SHOCKING 15 different drivers (Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens, Melissa Stevens, Tim Galletta, George Russell, Shadoe Russell, Randy Platt, Arnold “AJ” Nason, Jeff Tetro, Mike “MC” Howell, Russ Bartlett, Gary Miller Sr., Kyle Reuter, Kelly Miller and Jared Halstead), with Chris Stevens surviving it all to achieve his 2nd track championship in a row. That shows parity amongst the karts! But the Klassic was the story of the season, as secondly, a visiting driver won a Galletta’s 200-Lap Klassic! Kyle Reuter became both the 1st non-founding/visiting driver to win a Galletta’s Klassic, and the 1st to win a one after climbing into a backup kart (The Galletta’s #0) after his starter kart the (Galletta’s #1) broke down around mid-race. While Kyle has countless Quarter-Midget and methanol flat-kart wins and championships under his belt, he said that this was, “the most fun I’ve ever had in a go-kart. WIth other classes, there’s a stress of the kart’s performance and sponsors… here, it’s just the pure fun of the race.” We agree, which is why we do this instead of dropping a few grand for stressful, expensive pay track racing. Kyle and the 14 other winners this season also proved an important point — Matt does not rig the karts for his (or his brother’s) advantage. In fact, if anything, he gives anybody the chance to race in a kart with equal or better power than his own. You just have to be a good enough driver to win it. This season, Kyle and the many other winners proved it can be done, and shut the critics up in more ways than one. Yet, why do so few show up still? More, including points, profiles, and complete race videos via YouTube here…

2009 Season Index


Our History at Oswego Kartway

14th Season – 2009: Our ’09 season was the 1st in 3 years without Oswego Speedway’s dirt track as our second “away” track escape, as our karting class were barred from the Oswego Kartway in the off-season due to differences with the track operator, further punctuated by members from the track mocking our family, family business, names, careers, and even threatening us with physical violence. But that does not mean that we didn’t have a fun and action-packed season at our “home” track (as we did for 10 years before Kartway existed anyway). These numbers speak for themselves: A startling 48 drivers raced in 22 feature events, with 12 of them winning features (Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens, Russ Hockey, Melissa Stevens, Buddy Cottom, Gary Miller Sr., Larry Phillips, Fred Collins, Jason Mills, Nick Dann, Brian Galletta, and Dick Dann). This is a single class, not a dozen classes of 3-10 drivers with only a one or two people dominating it. This large number in different winners shows how equal our racing division is, which some naysayers complained that the brothers rigged it for themselves (patently false… if you are a good driver, you can win and compete for championships in our class, period. Chris Stevens finally broke his brother Matt’s Points Title domination, winning his 1st Track Championship in nearly a decade, but Matt Stevens again showed that he is the toughest man to beat in a go-kart in Oswego, NY, as he took the Galletta’s 200-Lap Klassic once again. Full race videos (via YouTube), race results, points and driver profiles are all available here…


2008 Season Index

13th Season at Galletta’s – 2008: Between Galletta’s and Oswego Kartway, we race a combined 27 drivers racing in a combined 27 events won by 10 different drivers (Matt Stevens, Chris Stevens, Russ Hockey, Melissa Gabel, Buddy Cottom, Dick Dann, Nick Dann, and Gary Miller Jr.), but it again was Matt Stevens winning the Track Championships on both, and technically, he won both Oswego Classic 50 and Galletta’s Klassic 200 (although he needed to beat a very game Buddy Cottom tod do so), but there was a mystifying controversy to the Oswego one at least.

3rd Season at Oswego Kartway – 2008: 
 For the 3rd straight full season, the Galletta’s Greenhouse 1-WD Gas Flathead Racing Club raced two tracks. We started in May at Kartway where Matt Stevens again proved he is capable of taking a kart with less horsepower and beat larger karts that used stock Animal engines (forced in our group by decree of the track operator), and he won the Mixed Motor Gas Stocker Point standings at Kartway (which they erased from their website, so you’ll only see it and full race videos to every division here).

Galletta's @ Oswego Kartway on 5/30/2008

2008 Oswego Kartway Index

Chris, Wes, and Matt Stevens sweep top 3 spots 2 years in a row at Oswego Kartway Classic!

Oswego Kartway Classic Champs

While we had 14 feature events won by 7 drivers (Matt Stevens, Chris Stevens, Wes Stevens, Dick Dann, Joe Hayden, Dave Melfi, and Nick Dann), after many arguments, late in the season we split the two gas kart motors into separate divisions, which ended the conflict for the drivers but yet seemed to increased it for the track operator. Matt Stevens dominated the ’08 Kartway Classic (Gas Flathead 1-WDs), but last lap controversy had Wes Stevens take it (under a presumed yellow) and Chris Stevens take 3rd to sweep the pedestal spots for the 2nd year in a row. The track operator then saw that it to be the karting class’ last race at the track that we were a part of since (even before) it started. Season rundown, final points TONS of FULL race videos from ALL karting divisions at the Kartway AND Galletta’s, and the confusing ending to the ’08 Classic video found here…


Oswego Speedway Classic Kart Track Champs!

2007 Season Index

2nd Season at Oswego Speedway Kartway: 2007 & 12th Season at Galletta’s: 2007: Was by far one of our busiest, most competitive and talent-stacked. Between the Oswego Kartway (back then simply known as the Oswego Speedway Dirt Track) and our Galletta’s track, 57 different drivers ran a combined 28 features, but the dominant factor all season on both tracks was Matt Stevens, as he won 14 of the 28 Mixed Motor gas stocker features on the two tracks while 8 other drivers (Chris Stevens, Kyle Reuter, Dick Dann, Melissa Gabel, Ryan Coleman, Eric Raponi, Gary Miller Sr., and Joe Hayden) divided up the rest of the HARD fought victories. Again there was controversy between OHV and FH motors racing in the same class, and while Matt was the man to beat in a flathead, the OHVs were proving to be too powerful for anyone else to touch. That was until the Kartway’s 1st Classic, a 15-kart/50-Lap event for the mixed-motor 1-WD ‘Gas Stocker’ class, where a few drivers battled it out in an exciting race, but Chris Stevens emerged on top on lap 50 to avenge himself for getting wiped out several times earlier in the season by one of the OHV Outlaw karts in the race. It also contained one of the scariest wrecks in our history (and one that has garnered by FAR the most hits on YouTube of our hundreds of videos; albeit bloodthirsty YouTubers wanted more violence apparently). However, Matt Stevens defeated a VERY talented cast of characters (including his brother Chris, Kyle Reuter, Ryan Coleman, Buddy Cottom and Mike “MC” Howell amongst others) to win both track Championships and the 12th Annual showing of the Galletta’s Klassic 200, sweeping both track titles in the division (the other classes at the pay track weren’t even keeping points then)! The only true downer to the season was Wes ‘Ogre’ Stevens’ bone-busting crash in the ’07 Klassic, which forced him out of weekly competition. More (including detailed race descriptions and hundreds of race videos) can be found here.


2006 Season Index

Inaugural Oswego Speedway Dirt Season!

1st Season at Oswego Speedway’s Dirt Track: 2006: In our 1st season at Oswego Speedway’s Dirt Track (later renamed Oswego Kartway), we went with the understanding that our class would have our own division not be forced to race methanol karts and turn clockwise (as most race divisions used methanol and turned counter-clockwise with 2-Wheel Drive live axles, where we are gas fueled and 1-WD). While we got that, oddly enough, the track operators would not let us have our own Galletta’s-style division with 1-WD gas flatheads and forced us to run with the 1-WD gas OHVs (remaining themselves “Outlaws”), and we somewhat had a repeat of the same argument that we had last season: “You have too much power!” vs. “You are too light!” We ran 7 events, and with 2 wins, Matt Stevens won the 1st and only Track Championship at the Kartway, as the other divisions didn’t keep even track of wins or points. Wes Stevens, Chris Stevens, Brian Bortel, Mike Billion (OHV), and Mark Miller (OHV) also won features, with Wes winning a 40-Lap “Bumpy Track Classic” (the 1st and only one there in ’06) where every methanol division refused to run due to the track being less than ideal. “Yard Karts” – 1, “Methanol Karts” – 0.

11th Season at Galletta’s: 2006: 35 different drivers raced in 18 feature events in ’06 and while 9 drivers won (including Chris Stevens, Wes Stevens, Rob Jimenez, Ed Maynes, Gary Miller Sr., Billy Kuykendell, Kyle Reuter and Brian Bortel and a tie between Chris and Bill), it was Matt Stevens took 8 of those himself en route to another Track Championship and Galletta’s Klassic Victory! More here, including points, driver profiles, and FULL race vids to the whole season!


2005 Season Index

10th Season –  2005: With a staggering 50 drivers running in 28 feature events won by 10 different drivers (Matt, Chris and Wes Stevens, Gary Miller Sr., Mark Miller, Mike Billion, Ed Maynes, Jason Mills, Neil Gosch, and Brian Bortel). ’05 was the season that we created this website, and around mid-season we video recorded every single race (w/DVD-R copies available locally, then years later uploaded EVERY SINGLE RACE to YouTube for anybody around the world with internet to view). Unfortunately, an extremely competitive and intense racing season was marred by the 6.5hp OHV vs. 5.0hp Flathead engine controversy that began when Mark Miller brought a group of drivers with bigger motors into weekly races. While we loved racing them, the very clear motor power discrepancy led to hard feelings between them and the drivers that used smaller, stock 5.0hp flathead motors. Matt Stevens, however, improvised and beat everybody no matter what motor they had, and won 12 feature events and the Klassic 125 en route to yet another clean sweep of the track points title and Klassic Championships. Plus… a somewhat oddly angry driver who tried out our club (and friends with the 6.5hp OVHs), began creating a little dirt track behind Oswego Speedway, with rumors of allowing us our own division next season. Sounds like fun… right? Full Race Index Page & YouTube Race Videos here…


2004 Season Index

9th Season – 2004: Another excellent season, one of our biggest with a STAGGERING 47 drivers entering an impressive 33 events, with FINALLY a breakthrough in multiple fashions with 9 different competitors (Ed Maynes, Dan Murdock, Jason Mills, Mark Miller, Brian Galletta and Matt Frey joining Matt, Chris and Wes Stevens) in Victory Lane! Another dimension was added to our division was realized when a handful of drivers (such as Ed Maynes and Mark Miller) started bringing their own karts. While Maynes came closer than anyone to usurp Matt or Chris from Klassic dominance (he almost lapped the field before suffering multiple mechanical problems), it was Matt Stevens who again emerged winner of both the Klassic and Seasonal Points Titles. Once again, the entire Klassic video is available (along with all driver and points info) on this page…


2003 Season Index

8th Season –  2003: Only 14 events were held in our disappointingly sparsely populated 2003 season, because even though we had 28 different drivers, most of them only races in a few races each after last year’s crop of very promising rookies just flat out quit early in the season, wrecking karts before they did. In the end we only had three different winners (Matt, Chris and Wes). Without Brian Galletta helping us out by bringing several friends to join in as late-season rookies, we may not even have had a Klassic! In the 8 kart/100 lapper, Matt was able to get a late-race pass on his brother when Chris’ foot fell off a wet gas pedal while leading, which secured Matt a sweep the Klassic and Track Championship Points Title yet again. Klassic video, full driver points and pics are available here!


2002 Season Index

7th Season – 2002: Had 14 drivers racing in 18 feature events, with a batch of rookies giving us some good competition. A batch of eager rookies led by Tom Culeton, DJ Barnes, Dan Lupa, and Dan Allnut joined during the ’02 Galletta’s Season and Klassic. Culeton proved to be the best visiting driver at Galletta’s SuperYard Karting Speedway to that date, as he won two events and led the Klassic early in 2002. In fact, he was the 1st visiting driver to outright win a feature at Galletta’s Go-Kart event in years! But it was Matt Stevens who took the 20012 Track Championship and Klassic 80, holding off his brother in both points and the Klassic. Season review, driver points and full Klassic YouTube video available here.


2001 Season Index

6th Season – 2001: In 2001, we raced 22 regular season point events and amongst the 15 drivers trying out the racing were big track guest-stars! We raced with brother Oswego Speedway Limited Supermodified drivers Fran Rowe, Cameron Rowe and Gordon Smallidge, Supermodified driver Randy Ritskes, Super Stock driver Joe Miller, in addition to Syrell Supermodified team members Eric Syrell, Sean Stevens, and Brian Galletta. Cam helped Matt create stagger on the karts, which in past seasons, we had absolutely none. This increased the speeds about one second on our box stock 5hp karts. Cam also won a feature (becoming the 1st visitor to ever do so in our 1990-2001 history). More driver points and info here…


2000 Season Index

5th Season – 2000: After 33 feature races, Chris Stevens again emerged from the 2000 season as the track champ and Klassic champ with 15.5 feature wins (including 7 straight), this time in the newly built Galletta’s Greenhouse Racing #5 kart. Matt Stevens tried a new kart in the Klassic, the Galletta’s Greenhouse #6, and while winning 9.5 features, he was unable to repeat the success of the #3 for beat Chris in the new #5. Wes “Ogre” Stevens also garnered wins, but to date, no “visiting” driver has won a feature at Galletta’s yet, as Chris. Matt and Wes all live and work on the same property. More info here…


Chris Stevens wins his 1st Klassic in 1999 in the Galletta's #2 !

1999 Season Index

4th Season –  1999: Chris Stevens finally broke his little brother Matt’s three-year unbeaten streak in 1999 with the Galletta’s #2 kart when he was able to win both the Track Points Title and the Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic, although he battled all year with his bro Matt and dad Wes, who also acquired wins. Kart count improved to 4 karts (when the Galletta’s #1 became the 1st “built 100% from scratch” kart). Jesse Vivlemore, Ray Castaldo, and Brian Galletta joined us for a few races as well. Not a lot of pictures, but we do have videos (although most are yet to be uploaded). More info here…


1996 Season & Klassic!

1996 Season Index!

Matt dominates the 1998 Klassic in his Galletta's #3!

A young whippersnapper named Matt Stevens dominated 1996-98.

1st Three Seasons – 1996-98: The early years had No videos, but some grainy pictures and fuzzy memories listed here. Two brothers in their early 20s Matt and Chris started racing two yard karts (a converted Manco kart numbered #3, and a converted Thunder Island kart numbered #1), which later became three (a converted Manco yard kart numbered #4) leading to their dad Wes Stevens, the occasional friend (Jesse Vivlemore, Ray Castaldo, Dan Boyce) and/or some of their cousins (Brian and Kevin Galletta) occasionally joining in. Matt and his trusty #3 kart swept the 1st THREE Points Titles and 80-Lap Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassics in 1996, 1997 and 1998.


The Origins!

The Early Years: 1980’sOur karting club is named not just because it is hosted and sponsored by Galletta’s Greenhouse, but because founder John Galletta wanted to make a karting track in the late 1970s and never finished it. Then, his grandsons Matt and Chris Stevens — fans of Oswego Speedway Supermodified racing and veterans of vicious sledding and pedal cart wars in their childhoods — built one in the early 1990s, which amazed Mr. Galletta shortly before his passing in 1996. This is the tale with some hyperbole and humor thrown in (to throw off the small but weird group of trolls that our racing division picked up in ’06-’09).


ALL-TIME GALLETTA’S KARTING CLUB & SPEEDWAY ALL-TIME (2000-19) POINT STANDINGS:

Drivers all-time stats at two of Oswego, New York’s Dirt Karting Tracks: Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway (2000-2019), and the Oswego Kartway [1-WD Mixed Motor Gas Division] (2006-2008). You can scroll the chart left, right, up and down to see all 371 different drivers on record. NOTE: In-season points are not added to this total until season ends and pre-2000 Points & Wins are currently lost in storage (they will be added if located).

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Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Club & Backyard Speedway 2019 – Our 24th Season! Our 24th race season was held on a near-weekly basis from 6/23/2019 – 9/29/2019, with 24 drivers racing in 15 features & 9 different winners (not counting many […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...

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Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Club & Backyard Speedway 2019 – Our 24th Season!

Our 24th race season was held on a near-weekly basis from 6/23/2019 – 9/29/2019, with 24 drivers racing in 15 features & 9 different winners (not counting many make-up point heat races during and even one after the season), culminating with our 200-Lap Klassic! Every race had complete video coverage from our race tower and a helmet-cam, and all embedded on this site via YouTube to watch for free around the world.

Below is the reverse-chronological rundown of our season. For a chronological one, please go here.

2019/9/29 – 24th Annual Galletta’s Greenhouse Go-Karting 200-Lap Klassic [+YouTube]

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The top 5 drivers of 2019!

Sunday, September 29th, 2019 – The 24th Annual Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 200 Lap 1-WD Championship of the Galaxy! Watch past Klassic Champions Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens and Kelly Miller battle it out for 200-laps with hard-charger newcomers Steve Sixberry, Nic Olivares, Zach Blanchard and several more! Plus, an unplanned Fall Bonus Point Race to boot! And we have it all here: Time Trials & The 24th Annual Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 200! Race rundown and race videos are found here!

Galletta’s Greenhouse Speedway 2019 Point Standings [Final]

All races from 6/23/2019 – 10/20/2019 – Final for the year.

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However, our fun year of racing in 2019 sadly ended in the saddest news in the history of our racing group and speedway…

Brian J. Galletta: March 13, 1977 - December 25, 2019

Brian J. Galletta: March 13, 1977 – December 25, 2019

In Memoriam of Brian J. Galletta

March 13, 1977 – December 25, 2019

With great regret and sadness we wish to pass along the unexpected news that one of the original and longest-running members of our karting class has passed away. Brian Galletta was a 1st cousin to club founders Matt and Chris Stevens, a nephew of current Galletta’s Greenhouse owners Wes and Mary Stevens, a grandson of Galletta’s Greenhouse’s founder John Galletta, and family member and/or friend to many racers and spectators to our races here over the years.

Brian had medical issues related to kidney disease — including a kidney transplant in his youth along with regular dialysis and seemingly countless related surgeries — throughout most of his life. Despite his health issues, he shook them off like they were nothing, something that always inspired us due to his bravery, cheerfulness, positivity, and unassuming toughness in the face of it. He was one of the 1st people to join our racing club in the early 1990s when it was only 1, 2, or 3 karts large, and basically only his health problems kept him away from racing on a weekly basis for decades like he wanted to.

His brother Kevin Galletta is also a long-time racer as well, and after Brian injured his legs in a fall that sadly forced him to fully retire from racing, he maintained ownership of some of his karts and motors for his sibling to run weekly. Even when he could not race, he often would help flag, count laps, and cheer his brother on (along with occasional heckling of his cousin, yours truly, Chris).

Brian always brought a smile to everyone’s face, as he had a great sense of humor and would always see the bright side of almost any situation. He won a handful of races during his sporadic career, but he was also known for having the misfortune of being in many wrecks that he, himself found humor in and enjoyed showing to everyone — so much so that he requested the site have them all posted in one place. Thus, his driver profile collects links to his victories AND his crashes (nearly all with full race videos) per his request. He really could put a smile on our faces when he would bounce up from a crazy accident with a smile and a joke.

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Brian Galletta’s Driver profile, which contains pictures and links to race videos of his triumphant wins and funny crashes — both of which he enjoyed sharing with all who cared to watch.

We at Galletta’s share profound grief and overwhelming loss with everyone who knew him — friend and family alike. He is a rare soul, and we have no doubt he is smiling down from heaven with his no worries smirk and make us smile. We will miss him greatly. God bless.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 29, 2019, 1-3 PM at Nelson Funeral Home followed by a funeral service at 3-3:30 PM. More info here.

Sincerely,
Chris Stevens

Back to the reverse chronological rundown of the 2019 season:


9/2/2019 – Labor Day Twin-25 Features won by rookies Nicolas Olivares & Greg Blanchard!

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Monday, September 2nd, 2019 – We held a rookie make up race followed by a regular Twin-25 Lap Features for Labor Day ’19. And the two rookies who won the twin-25s — Nicolas Olivares and Greg Blanchard! The batch of rookies that have joined mid-summer are making big improvements weekly and any returning vets that mysteriously disappear will find that they will be hard-pressed to get any easy wins. Enjoy here!


8/25/2019 – Twin-25 Features won by rookies Zach Blanchard and Randy Baldwin!

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Sunday, August 25th, 2019 – Rain unfortunately set us back last weekend (and it was really a shame, as the track looked to be in better shape than it had been for maybe over a year). But it certainly held up reasonably well this week as well, as we had some nice, even racing in store! Again had a handful of rookies but… oh so scarce on vets. Sometimes it’s work, sometimes it’s family, sometimes… well sometimes it’s kind of… something else… haha. With only a few vets, the rookies have been getting a lot of track time in and two of them picked up feature wins! More here!


8/11/2019 – Twin-25 Feature, 10-Kart Battle Royale SWEPT by Matt Stevens; Steals both from bro, Chris! [+YouTube]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2019 – Oswego, NY – In what was the most populated race in the past year (and could have been the most in a few seasons if just a couple more vets just simply showed up), 10-drivers started and battled it out. And the racing was close and fun to behold. A LOT of side-by-side racing and more passes than usual. A handful of rookies that joined the club last weekend are getting the hang of it, and it made for some exciting race footage! However, the more things change, the more they stay the same, as win machine Matt Stevens stole BOTH features from his point-scoring, but win-starved brother Chris! TWO race videos (Tower Cam and Helmet Cam) with an edited video containing both cameras synched. Read more on this page!


8/4/2019 – All-Rookie Nite! Twin-15s & Another Flying Kart! [+YouTube]

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Sunday, August 4th, 2019 For some reason, ZERO regular veteran drivers showed up this week. While this would normally be a pretty big bummer, we had SIX 1st-timer rookies ready for action, so an all-rookie night it is! And they put on an entertaining show, with some good racing and a few funny incidents that include ANOTHER kart-hop accident right in front of our camera for the 2nd race event in a row. We may have gotten a few new regulars joining the veterans… that is… if the regular vets show up! Complete edited video with some contrast fixes and a 2nd camera from the rear turn and updated points are now up. More here!


7/21/2019 – Man Run Over during Twin-25s as Stevens Bros. Sweep [+YouTube]

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Sunday, July 21st, 2019 – Our Mr. Galletta’s Speedway (AKA 10,000-**cks-To-Win) was won by GKC founders Chris and Matt Stevens. For Matt, this makes 3-events-in-a-row where he won the 2nd of a Twin-25 in the #74 kart. Chris however, finally snapped a 21-month-and-8-days winless streak by taking the 1st checker of the night in the #4 kart. To judge how long that’s been, his-1-year-old daughter Celeste either didn’t even exist yet, or was just conceived around the time of his last feature win — the 2017 Klassic 200! Oh, and two rookies got into a scary wreck when Tony Hemingway literally kamikaze drove over fellow rookie Andy Hook in turn 1. Ouch! But look… why read my typing about it when you can just go and WATCH THE VIDEOS HERE?


7/14/2019 – 3rd Set of Twin-25s Go To… [+YouTube]

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20190714_210720 Galletta's Karting - Matt Stevens and Josh Arnold win! Sunday, July 21st, 2019 – After a week off for the fireworks of Independence day, the racing resumed at Galletta’s. And twin-25s made for another two winners: In the 1st feature, Josh Annold led all 25 laps from pole position in his #93 in a race that saw almost no passing. In the 2nd, Chris Stevens led almost the entire race until the Galletta’s #78 slipped off the track into some grass which enabled his brother Matt Stevens to capitalize and scoot by his brother in the Galletta’s/Chrusher.com/OswegoSushi.com #74 for the win. MORE INFO, POINTS & FULL RACE VIDEOS HERE.


6/30/2019 – Steve Sixberry & Matt Stevens Take Twin-25s [+YouTube]

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Sunday June 30th, 2019 – Two very competitive 25-lap features went to Steve Sixberry and Matt Stevens, although neither had it easy. But don’t take my word for it — go ahead and watch the video and view the point standings on this page here to find out!


6/23/2019 – Our 24th Annual Season Opener’s Twin-25 Wins Go To…

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Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 – Our 24th Annual Season Opener had been postponed three weeks week for several reasons — late growing/selling season in the greenhouse, track not ready, karts not ready, driver availability was spotty, Father’s Day, and the weather (needless to say all the rain), all played their part in the delays. But conditions wound up being excellent for some Twin-25s that finally kicked off our 2019 Season on Sunday, June 23rd, 2019! Complete Tower-cam race video and helmet-cam race videos will be forthcoming! Stay tuned on this page for complete race video and points!


COMPLETE GALLETTA’S CLUB SEASON RACE AND COMPLETE VIDEO COLLECTION APPENDIX — 1990s-current:

Enjoy each of over two decades worth of our competitive point-racing seasons with these over 200 race pages by clicking on the picture to each season. Each season will have its own list of pictured race descriptions, point standings, driver profiles and complete races on embedded YouTube videos to each race (as early as the 2002 Klassic and complete season videos dating back to mid-2005). This is exhaustively done, and I really hope you appreciate the work we put into the site and the hundreds of races we show you for no charge, just… all I ask is please don’t use ad-blockers to help cover the site and server costs (which it never does)! Thanks! -Chris


2018 Season Index

23rd Season – 2018: Was a shortened season due to a lack of active weekly competitors. While we had 39 different drivers, due to most of them not racing weekly, we were forced to reduced to the usual 15-20 feature races to only 8. But after a long season of poor driver attendance, the drivers *finally* came through for the 23rd Annual Galletta’s Go-Kart 200-Lap Klassic Points Championship was held, 10-drivers strong! And, to show driver prowess — only FIVE cautions!

Matt Stevens dominated the season with 5 feature wins (Kevin Galletta, Josh Arnold and Kelly Miller each won 1), but was almost swept in both the Points AND Klassic titles when his winless-in-’18 brother — and decades-long constant rival — Chris Stevens led most of the race stealing a large amount of leader bonus points. However, Matt caught his fuel-conscious brother Chris off-guard in the latter stages to barely block the steal, seal Chris’ 1st winless season, and held on to win his 13th Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Speedway Klassic (His brother Chris has 7, while Wes Stevens, Kyle Reuter, and Kelly Miller each won 1). While Chris technically was winless in points races, he won the exhibition race (between he, Matt and Kelly Miller) held for Oswego Speedway Hall of Famer Doug Didero, but it was not counted for points (in hindsight, seeing how sparse our season was… it should have).

The final order of this year’s Klassic could not have been more cut and dried, as it was also the final order of the point standings as well, with Matt, Chris and impressive rookie-of-the-year Steve Sixberry sweeping the top 3 in each. Read more about every race of 2018 and watch all of the complete race videos here!


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2017 Season Index

22nd Season – 2017: Lasted from June 17th through October 13th, 2017, and was one of ups and downs. It started slowly due in part to weather and inability to get the track ready for our usual opener. After that, we had great difficulty keeping enough drivers on the track on a weekly basis. Half of the season was cancelled due to nothing other than not enough butts in kart seats. In the end, we did have 34 drivers racing in 17 features, but this number was inflated by both double-feature nights and many one-race-and-done racers. Only 4 of 34 drivers raced in every event, 21 of 34 drivers were rookies (most raced only once let alone even half the season), all 14 year record lows. And our 22nd Annual Galletta’s Go-Karts 200-Lap Klassic Championship was postponed after nearly a month of poor driver attendance & lousy weather. But the racing itself–when it happened– was exceptional. The story of the competition was the top 3 in points AND the Klassic as well: Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens, and Josh Arnold 1-2-3 DOMINATED the season, and because several regular veterans quit halfway into the season, 4th place wasn’t even close in either. Of the three who traded wins all year, Chris Stevens–despite not being the fastest kart at any point all season–benefitted by not wrecking a single time and staying in the top-3 all year, holding on to sweep both the Points Title and the Klassic by outlasting every other racer on a single tank of gas during the 200, a feat that he has somewhat made his specialty of late. Every race, with rundowns, points, and complete race ideos found here!]


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2016 Season Index

21st Season – 2016: From from Sunday, June 12th, 2016 through Saturday, September 24th, 2016, 30 drivers racing in 14 feature events won by 7 competitors (Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens, Kelly Miller, Josh Arnold, Keith Raymond, Kevin Galletta and Adam Lytle) for our 21st Points Season at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway. And for the 1st time in history, a driver challenged Chris and Matt Stevens’ vice-grip stranglehold on 1st and 2nd the point standings! Kelly Miller was lap for lap, pass for pass, point for point, win for win dead even with the brothers all season long, and the three leap-frogged each other every week leading up to our 21st Klassic to decide it all. Would Kelly become the 1st visiting driver to ever sweep the Points and Klassic titles? Or would the class-founding brothers retain 1st and 2nd for the 21st straight year? Well, why not see what went with our 200-Lap Klassic! Here are all the season pages, complete with all of our uploaded YouTube videos!


SEPTEMBER 2015 - TWENTIETH ANNUAL POINTS SEASON AND 200-LAP CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP OF ALL ***OVERALL*** OSWEGO DIRT KARTING!

2015 Season Index

20th Season – 2015: Our 20th Season was a relief from 2014’s barren finish. Due to a few groups of rookies joining, we had 42 different drivers racing in 20 feature events won by 8 different feature winners (Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens, Adam Lytle, Keith Raymond, Melissa Stevens, Kyle Reuter, Eric Woolworth and Tony Cimilluca). The season was extremely competitive from start to finish, and it came down to a tremendous battle in the Klassic 200 between Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens and Kyle Reuter — arguably the best three lifetime karters in Oswego (anybody who has a beef with this? Show us what you got. Show up, put up, or shut up, thanks! We know why some never come, we know.). Chris and Kyle were the only two leaders in this year’s event, with them trading the lead due to lapped traffic and empty fuel tanks. But late in the race, when Reuter passed the fuel-starved Chris Stevens, and Matt Stevens broke in a crash, Chris refueled and shocked all with a slingshot pass past Reuter on the final green-white-checker for the the most climatic win in the Galletta’s Klassic history, and clinched his clean sweep of both the 2015 200-Lap Klassic and the 2015 Points Championship! One of our most exciting seasons in our history, capped by a fantastic Klassic finish, and probably the most exciting in our history! All of our complete race videos are available for viewing on our complete season index found here.


OCTOBER 2014 - TWENTY-THREE KARTS, ALL TIMING WITHIN 0.66 SECONDS OF EACH OTHER ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE 19TH RUNNING OF THE KLASSIC 200. MOST ARE UNFILLED. WHY DON'T YOU BECOME THE NEXT GALLETTA'S KARTING CLUB DRIVER AND TRY TO BECOME THE NEXT GALLETTA'S KLASSIC CHAMPION?

2014 Season Index

19th Season – 2014:  Our 19th Season had 26 drivers compete in 15 feature events won by a staggering 8 different competitors (Matt Stevens, Chris Stevens, Adam Lytle, Kevin Galletta, Brian Galletta, Kelly Miller, Eric Woolworth, Kyle Reuter), but it did not end well. The season was tragically cut shorter than others due to low driver attendance by midsummer, a problem that caused self-inflicted wounds by making even gung-ho veteran drivers quit. Matt Stevens swept the driver-starved Klassic 200 (where he and Chris battled for over 80 straight green flag laps) and sadly short Season Points Championship, but it was perhaps our least-fulfilling season in well over a decade due to inconsistent and sparsely populated driver competition, despite the empirical fact that we had 20 karts on site all with near identical time trial speeds. The fact that it was the least-populated Klassic in THIRTEEN years, founders Matt and Chris Stevens worried all winter that without a new crop of drivers in 2015, we were left seriously doubting the future of the Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Karting Club . More on the complete YouTube Videos & Race Index.


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2013 Season Index

18th Season – 2013: The 2013 season was eventful, as 38 competitors raced in 24 features won by a staggering 12 different drivers (Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens, Eric Woolworth, Brian Galletta, Adam Lytle, Brandon “Tumor” Matott, Dave Spanfelner, Kevin Galletta, Joe Sereno, Ryan Palmer and Justin Galletta!)! And the most shocking surprise was the Klassic 200, where Kelly Miller became only the 2nd visiting driver (Kyle Reuter being the 1st) and 5th overall (counting Matt, Chris and Wes Stevens) to win a Galletta’s Klassic 200, having a duel for the ages with the ’13 track champion Chris Stevens and Oswego’s All-time winner/points earner Matt Stevens, where lapped traffic and kart wear took it’s toll and changed the outcome and made the finale an extremely exciting one. In fact, possibly the best 3-kart Klassic duel to date. The complete season is on YouTube video playlist and race pages, so go here for more.


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2012 Season Index

17th Season – 2012: Had 39 drivers racing in 27 feature events that were won by 9 different savvy competitors (Matt Stevens, Chris Stevens, David Spanfelner, Brian Galletta, Melissa Stevens, Joe Sereno, Randy Platt, Tim Galletta and Justin Galletta). Matt Stevens was the performer of the year as he took the 2013 Points Title, but the Klassic would have a controversial finale. The founding brothers of Matt and Chris Stevens battled back and forth in the late stages of the Klassic, neither having an edge and only passing each other via lapped traffic. The controversy came when Chris got passed by Matt when a lapped kart got in his way, Chris backed off rather than hit the traffic and Matt passed them both. Chris dogged his bro down until the same lapped traffic came up, and Matt bumped the lapped kart out of the way, knocking him into Chris’ way which then brought out the caution and prevented Chris from getting his brother back. Chris was furious, and Matt, exhausted, put himself in the back, leaving Chris was able to pull away for the uncontested win. Several people protested that Chris won, and Chris himself vacated the win, which their “uncle” (and Galletta’s Mascot) Ogie Stevens took credit for it all. The complete race videos, race results and points info are found here.


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2011 Season Index

16th Season – 2011: 25 competitors entered 21 feature events that were won by 8 different drivers (Matt Stevens, Chris Stevens, Tim Galletta, Melissa Stevens, Justin Galletta, Joe Sereno, Randy Platt and Jeff Tetro). Now while Matt Stevens won the track title and garnered the most wins (6), it was his big brother Chris Stevens that broke a decade-long dry spell to win his 1st Galletta’s Klassic since 2001 (and the 1st since it became 200 laps). And what more, he proved what many thought was impossible! Chris managed to run all 200 laps on one tank of gas while holding off his brother Matt (who had to refuel late after leading a fast-paced race battling with 2010 winner Kyle Reuter early on). It was one of the most strategic gambles in Klassic history to date, as if there were a few more laps, Chris would’ve been down to fumes with Matt ready to pounce on the lead. This is one of many reasons why the racers at Galletta’s feel you get more PURE RACING experience in our karts than any pay track’s 5-10 minute/20-50 lap races. 200 laps on a single 5hp Briggs stock gas tank… and WIN. Try that in any other karting division and get back to us, son. Complete YouTube Race Videos, results, driver profiles, points and pictures of every race found here…


2010 Season Index

15th Season: 2010: So it finally happened! Actually, TWO things! First, while we had a usual great season consisting of 29 drivers in 21 feature races, they were won won by a SHOCKING 15 different drivers (Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens, Melissa Stevens, Tim Galletta, George Russell, Shadoe Russell, Randy Platt, Arnold “AJ” Nason, Jeff Tetro, Mike “MC” Howell, Russ Bartlett, Gary Miller Sr., Kyle Reuter, Kelly Miller and Jared Halstead), with Chris Stevens surviving it all to achieve his 2nd track championship in a row. That shows parity amongst the karts! But the Klassic was the story of the season, as secondly, a visiting driver won a Galletta’s 200-Lap Klassic! Kyle Reuter became both the 1st non-founding/visiting driver to win a Galletta’s Klassic, and the 1st to win a one after climbing into a backup kart (The Galletta’s #0) after his starter kart the (Galletta’s #1) broke down around mid-race. While Kyle has countless Quarter-Midget and methanol flat-kart wins and championships under his belt, he said that this was, “the most fun I’ve ever had in a go-kart. WIth other classes, there’s a stress of the kart’s performance and sponsors… here, it’s just the pure fun of the race.” We agree, which is why we do this instead of dropping a few grand for stressful, expensive pay track racing. Kyle and the 14 other winners this season also proved an important point — Matt does not rig the karts for his (or his brother’s) advantage. In fact, if anything, he gives anybody the chance to race in a kart with equal or better power than his own. You just have to be a good enough driver to win it. This season, Kyle and the many other winners proved it can be done, and shut the critics up in more ways than one. Yet, why do so few show up still? More, including points, profiles, and complete race videos via YouTube here…

2009 Season Index


Our History at Oswego Kartway

14th Season – 2009: Our ’09 season was the 1st in 3 years without Oswego Speedway’s dirt track as our second “away” track escape, as our karting class were barred from the Oswego Kartway in the off-season due to differences with the track operator, further punctuated by members from the track mocking our family, family business, names, careers, and even threatening us with physical violence. But that does not mean that we didn’t have a fun and action-packed season at our “home” track (as we did for 10 years before Kartway existed anyway). These numbers speak for themselves: A startling 48 drivers raced in 22 feature events, with 12 of them winning features (Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens, Russ Hockey, Melissa Stevens, Buddy Cottom, Gary Miller Sr., Larry Phillips, Fred Collins, Jason Mills, Nick Dann, Brian Galletta, and Dick Dann). This is a single class, not a dozen classes of 3-10 drivers with only a one or two people dominating it. This large number in different winners shows how equal our racing division is, which some naysayers complained that the brothers rigged it for themselves (patently false… if you are a good driver, you can win and compete for championships in our class, period. Chris Stevens finally broke his brother Matt’s Points Title domination, winning his 1st Track Championship in nearly a decade, but Matt Stevens again showed that he is the toughest man to beat in a go-kart in Oswego, NY, as he took the Galletta’s 200-Lap Klassic once again. Full race videos (via YouTube), race results, points and driver profiles are all available here…


2008 Season Index

13th Season at Galletta’s – 2008: Between Galletta’s and Oswego Kartway, we race a combined 27 drivers racing in a combined 27 events won by 10 different drivers (Matt Stevens, Chris Stevens, Russ Hockey, Melissa Gabel, Buddy Cottom, Dick Dann, Nick Dann, and Gary Miller Jr.), but it again was Matt Stevens winning the Track Championships on both, and technically, he won both Oswego Classic 50 and Galletta’s Klassic 200 (although he needed to beat a very game Buddy Cottom tod do so), but there was a mystifying controversy to the Oswego one at least.

3rd Season at Oswego Kartway – 2008: 
 For the 3rd straight full season, the Galletta’s Greenhouse 1-WD Gas Flathead Racing Club raced two tracks. We started in May at Kartway where Matt Stevens again proved he is capable of taking a kart with less horsepower and beat larger karts that used stock Animal engines (forced in our group by decree of the track operator), and he won the Mixed Motor Gas Stocker Point standings at Kartway (which they erased from their website, so you’ll only see it and full race videos to every division here).

Galletta's @ Oswego Kartway on 5/30/2008

2008 Oswego Kartway Index

Chris, Wes, and Matt Stevens sweep top 3 spots 2 years in a row at Oswego Kartway Classic!

Oswego Kartway Classic Champs

While we had 14 feature events won by 7 drivers (Matt Stevens, Chris Stevens, Wes Stevens, Dick Dann, Joe Hayden, Dave Melfi, and Nick Dann), after many arguments, late in the season we split the two gas kart motors into separate divisions, which ended the conflict for the drivers but yet seemed to increased it for the track operator. Matt Stevens dominated the ’08 Kartway Classic (Gas Flathead 1-WDs), but last lap controversy had Wes Stevens take it (under a presumed yellow) and Chris Stevens take 3rd to sweep the pedestal spots for the 2nd year in a row. The track operator then saw that it to be the karting class’ last race at the track that we were a part of since (even before) it started. Season rundown, final points TONS of FULL race videos from ALL karting divisions at the Kartway AND Galletta’s, and the confusing ending to the ’08 Classic video found here…


Oswego Speedway Classic Kart Track Champs!

2007 Season Index

2nd Season at Oswego Speedway Kartway: 2007 & 12th Season at Galletta’s: 2007: Was by far one of our busiest, most competitive and talent-stacked. Between the Oswego Kartway (back then simply known as the Oswego Speedway Dirt Track) and our Galletta’s track, 57 different drivers ran a combined 28 features, but the dominant factor all season on both tracks was Matt Stevens, as he won 14 of the 28 Mixed Motor gas stocker features on the two tracks while 8 other drivers (Chris Stevens, Kyle Reuter, Dick Dann, Melissa Gabel, Ryan Coleman, Eric Raponi, Gary Miller Sr., and Joe Hayden) divided up the rest of the HARD fought victories. Again there was controversy between OHV and FH motors racing in the same class, and while Matt was the man to beat in a flathead, the OHVs were proving to be too powerful for anyone else to touch. That was until the Kartway’s 1st Classic, a 15-kart/50-Lap event for the mixed-motor 1-WD ‘Gas Stocker’ class, where a few drivers battled it out in an exciting race, but Chris Stevens emerged on top on lap 50 to avenge himself for getting wiped out several times earlier in the season by one of the OHV Outlaw karts in the race. It also contained one of the scariest wrecks in our history (and one that has garnered by FAR the most hits on YouTube of our hundreds of videos; albeit bloodthirsty YouTubers wanted more violence apparently). However, Matt Stevens defeated a VERY talented cast of characters (including his brother Chris, Kyle Reuter, Ryan Coleman, Buddy Cottom and Mike “MC” Howell amongst others) to win both track Championships and the 12th Annual showing of the Galletta’s Klassic 200, sweeping both track titles in the division (the other classes at the pay track weren’t even keeping points then)! The only true downer to the season was Wes ‘Ogre’ Stevens’ bone-busting crash in the ’07 Klassic, which forced him out of weekly competition. More (including detailed race descriptions and hundreds of race videos) can be found here.


2006 Season Index

Inaugural Oswego Speedway Dirt Season!

1st Season at Oswego Speedway’s Dirt Track: 2006: In our 1st season at Oswego Speedway’s Dirt Track (later renamed Oswego Kartway), we went with the understanding that our class would have our own division not be forced to race methanol karts and turn clockwise (as most race divisions used methanol and turned counter-clockwise with 2-Wheel Drive live axles, where we are gas fueled and 1-WD). While we got that, oddly enough, the track operators would not let us have our own Galletta’s-style division with 1-WD gas flatheads and forced us to run with the 1-WD gas OHVs (remaining themselves “Outlaws”), and we somewhat had a repeat of the same argument that we had last season: “You have too much power!” vs. “You are too light!” We ran 7 events, and with 2 wins, Matt Stevens won the 1st and only Track Championship at the Kartway, as the other divisions didn’t keep even track of wins or points. Wes Stevens, Chris Stevens, Brian Bortel, Mike Billion (OHV), and Mark Miller (OHV) also won features, with Wes winning a 40-Lap “Bumpy Track Classic” (the 1st and only one there in ’06) where every methanol division refused to run due to the track being less than ideal. “Yard Karts” – 1, “Methanol Karts” – 0.

11th Season at Galletta’s: 2006: 35 different drivers raced in 18 feature events in ’06 and while 9 drivers won (including Chris Stevens, Wes Stevens, Rob Jimenez, Ed Maynes, Gary Miller Sr., Billy Kuykendell, Kyle Reuter and Brian Bortel and a tie between Chris and Bill), it was Matt Stevens took 8 of those himself en route to another Track Championship and Galletta’s Klassic Victory! More here, including points, driver profiles, and FULL race vids to the whole season!


2005 Season Index

10th Season –  2005: With a staggering 50 drivers running in 28 feature events won by 10 different drivers (Matt, Chris and Wes Stevens, Gary Miller Sr., Mark Miller, Mike Billion, Ed Maynes, Jason Mills, Neil Gosch, and Brian Bortel). ’05 was the season that we created this website, and around mid-season we video recorded every single race (w/DVD-R copies available locally, then years later uploaded EVERY SINGLE RACE to YouTube for anybody around the world with internet to view). Unfortunately, an extremely competitive and intense racing season was marred by the 6.5hp OHV vs. 5.0hp Flathead engine controversy that began when Mark Miller brought a group of drivers with bigger motors into weekly races. While we loved racing them, the very clear motor power discrepancy led to hard feelings between them and the drivers that used smaller, stock 5.0hp flathead motors. Matt Stevens, however, improvised and beat everybody no matter what motor they had, and won 12 feature events and the Klassic 125 en route to yet another clean sweep of the track points title and Klassic Championships. Plus… a somewhat oddly angry driver who tried out our club (and friends with the 6.5hp OVHs), began creating a little dirt track behind Oswego Speedway, with rumors of allowing us our own division next season. Sounds like fun… right? Full Race Index Page & YouTube Race Videos here…


2004 Season Index

9th Season – 2004: Another excellent season, one of our biggest with a STAGGERING 47 drivers entering an impressive 33 events, with FINALLY a breakthrough in multiple fashions with 9 different competitors (Ed Maynes, Dan Murdock, Jason Mills, Mark Miller, Brian Galletta and Matt Frey joining Matt, Chris and Wes Stevens) in Victory Lane! Another dimension was added to our division was realized when a handful of drivers (such as Ed Maynes and Mark Miller) started bringing their own karts. While Maynes came closer than anyone to usurp Matt or Chris from Klassic dominance (he almost lapped the field before suffering multiple mechanical problems), it was Matt Stevens who again emerged winner of both the Klassic and Seasonal Points Titles. Once again, the entire Klassic video is available (along with all driver and points info) on this page…


2003 Season Index

8th Season –  2003: Only 14 events were held in our disappointingly sparsely populated 2003 season, because even though we had 28 different drivers, most of them only races in a few races each after last year’s crop of very promising rookies just flat out quit early in the season, wrecking karts before they did. In the end we only had three different winners (Matt, Chris and Wes). Without Brian Galletta helping us out by bringing several friends to join in as late-season rookies, we may not even have had a Klassic! In the 8 kart/100 lapper, Matt was able to get a late-race pass on his brother when Chris’ foot fell off a wet gas pedal while leading, which secured Matt a sweep the Klassic and Track Championship Points Title yet again. Klassic video, full driver points and pics are available here!


2002 Season Index

7th Season – 2002: Had 14 drivers racing in 18 feature events, with a batch of rookies giving us some good competition. A batch of eager rookies led by Tom Culeton, DJ Barnes, Dan Lupa, and Dan Allnut joined during the ’02 Galletta’s Season and Klassic. Culeton proved to be the best visiting driver at Galletta’s SuperYard Karting Speedway to that date, as he won two events and led the Klassic early in 2002. In fact, he was the 1st visiting driver to outright win a feature at Galletta’s Go-Kart event in years! But it was Matt Stevens who took the 20012 Track Championship and Klassic 80, holding off his brother in both points and the Klassic. Season review, driver points and full Klassic YouTube video available here.


2001 Season Index

6th Season – 2001: In 2001, we raced 22 regular season point events and amongst the 15 drivers trying out the racing were big track guest-stars! We raced with brother Oswego Speedway Limited Supermodified drivers Fran Rowe, Cameron Rowe and Gordon Smallidge, Supermodified driver Randy Ritskes, Super Stock driver Joe Miller, in addition to Syrell Supermodified team members Eric Syrell, Sean Stevens, and Brian Galletta. Cam helped Matt create stagger on the karts, which in past seasons, we had absolutely none. This increased the speeds about one second on our box stock 5hp karts. Cam also won a feature (becoming the 1st visitor to ever do so in our 1990-2001 history). More driver points and info here…


2000 Season Index

5th Season – 2000: After 33 feature races, Chris Stevens again emerged from the 2000 season as the track champ and Klassic champ with 15.5 feature wins (including 7 straight), this time in the newly built Galletta’s Greenhouse Racing #5 kart. Matt Stevens tried a new kart in the Klassic, the Galletta’s Greenhouse #6, and while winning 9.5 features, he was unable to repeat the success of the #3 for beat Chris in the new #5. Wes “Ogre” Stevens also garnered wins, but to date, no “visiting” driver has won a feature at Galletta’s yet, as Chris. Matt and Wes all live and work on the same property. More info here…


Chris Stevens wins his 1st Klassic in 1999 in the Galletta's #2 !

1999 Season Index

4th Season –  1999: Chris Stevens finally broke his little brother Matt’s three-year unbeaten streak in 1999 with the Galletta’s #2 kart when he was able to win both the Track Points Title and the Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic, although he battled all year with his bro Matt and dad Wes, who also acquired wins. Kart count improved to 4 karts (when the Galletta’s #1 became the 1st “built 100% from scratch” kart). Jesse Vivlemore, Ray Castaldo, and Brian Galletta joined us for a few races as well. Not a lot of pictures, but we do have videos (although most are yet to be uploaded). More info here…


1996 Season & Klassic!

1996 Season Index!

Matt dominates the 1998 Klassic in his Galletta's #3!

A young whippersnapper named Matt Stevens dominated 1996-98.

1st Three Seasons – 1996-98: The early years had No videos, but some grainy pictures and fuzzy memories listed here. Two brothers in their early 20s Matt and Chris started racing two yard karts (a converted Manco kart numbered #3, and a converted Thunder Island kart numbered #1), which later became three (a converted Manco yard kart numbered #4) leading to their dad Wes Stevens, the occasional friend (Jesse Vivlemore, Ray Castaldo, Dan Boyce) and/or some of their cousins (Brian and Kevin Galletta) occasionally joining in. Matt and his trusty #3 kart swept the 1st THREE Points Titles and 80-Lap Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassics in 1996, 1997 and 1998.


The Origins!

The Early Years: 1980’sOur karting club is named not just because it is hosted and sponsored by Galletta’s Greenhouse, but because founder John Galletta wanted to make a karting track in the late 1970s and never finished it. Then, his grandsons Matt and Chris Stevens — fans of Oswego Speedway Supermodified racing and veterans of vicious sledding and pedal cart wars in their childhoods — built one in the early 1990s, which amazed Mr. Galletta shortly before his passing in 1996. This is the tale with some hyperbole and humor thrown in (to throw off the small but weird group of trolls that our racing division picked up in ’06-’09).


ALL-TIME GALLETTA’S KARTING CLUB & SPEEDWAY ALL-TIME (2000-18) POINT STANDINGS:

Drivers all-time stats at two of Oswego, New York’s Dirt Karting Tracks: Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway (2000-2018), and the Oswego Kartway [1-WD Mixed Motor Gas Division] (2006-2008). You can scroll the chart left, right, up and down to see all 357 different drivers on record. NOTE: 2019 season points are not added to this total until season end and pre-2000 Points & Wins are currently lost in storage.

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Complete Season Playlists on YouTube

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2019/9/29 – 24th Annual Galletta’s Greenhouse Go-Karting 200-Lap Klassic [+YouTube] Sunday, September 29th, 2019 – The 24th Annual Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 200 Lap 1-WD Championship of the Galaxy! Schedule of events: Friday, September 27th, 2019 – Late Night: Matt’s Personal Annual […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...

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2019/9/29 – 24th Annual Galletta’s Greenhouse Go-Karting 200-Lap Klassic [+YouTube]

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Sunday, September 29th, 2019 – The 24th Annual Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 200 Lap 1-WD Championship of the Galaxy!

Schedule of events:

2019/9/28 – Time Trial Session #1 & 2019/9/29 – Time Trial Session #2

Our 24th Annual Galletta’s Klassic Time Trial session was held over two days. Saturday the 28th was our original ideal date for the 200, but afternoon showers forced us to reschedule to Sunday the 29th. But we got the 1st round of Time Trials out of the way on Saturday when the weather was good. We almost thought we made the wrong choice until heavy showers rolled through shortly after the conclusion of the1st round. Before the 200 on Sunday, three additional drivers timed into the field to total 12 karts and make for our biggest field in a handful of seasons!

Kart – Driver
Lap 1
Lap 2
#74 – Matt Stevens
00:16.29
00:16.34
#4 – Chris Stevens
00:16.30
00:16.14
#33c – Greg Blanchard
00:18.12
00:21.62
#28 – Zach Blanchard
00:17.00
00:16.73
#7 – Steve Sixberry
00:16.88
00:16.18
#6 – Tony Hemingway
00:17.32
00:17.00
#78 – Andy Hook
00:17.69
00:17.21
#80 – Melissa Stevens
00:17.09
00:17.00
#43 – Kevin Galletta
00:16.59
00:16.80
#1 – Nicolas Olivares
00:16.47
00:16.63
#5 – Travis Bartlett
00:16.95
00:17.20
#9 – Kelly Miller
00:16.68
00:16.58

 

STARTING GRID FOR THE 2019 200-LAP KLASSIC!

At Galletta’s, outside line is the quicker line.

Outside Row
Inside Row
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1st. Chris Stevens – Galletta’s #4
00:16.30 | 00:16.14
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2nd. Steve Sixberry – Galletta’s #7
00:16.88 | 00:16.18
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3rd. Matt Stevens – Galletta’s #74
00:16.29 | 00:16.34
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4th. Nicolas Olivares ® – Galletta’s #1
00:16.47 | 00:16.63
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5th. Kelly Miller – Galletta’s #9
00:16.68 | 00:16.58
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6th. Kevin Galletta – Galletta’s #43
00:16.59 | 00:16.80
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7th. Zach Blanchard ® – Gallettas #28
00:17.00 | 00:16.73
20190929_161934_Travis_Bartlett_5
8th. Travis Bartlett ®® – Galletta’s #5
00:16.95 | 00:17.20
20190929_161942_Tony_Hemingway_6
9th. Tony Hemingway ® – Galletta’s #6
00:17.32 | 00:17.00
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10th. Melissa Stevens – Galletta’s #19
00:17.09 |  00:17.00
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11th. Andrew Hook ® – Galletta’s #78
00:17.69 | 00:17.21
20190929_162000_Greg_Blanchard_33c
12th. Greg Blanchard ® – Galletta’s #33c
00:18.12 | 00:21.62

® = Rookie at Galletta’s Greenhouse Speedway.
®® = Rookie at Galletta’s Greenhouse Speedway AND 1st time on track!
NOTES & Klassic-special rules found in the comment section.

Chris Stevens GoPro Helmet Cam of the Klassic 200

Chris Stevens completed his 1st season with the R&C Sushi Bar LLC at SUNY Oswego helmet cam. Here is the complete unedited footage from the entire race (except for two spots, including the end, when the battery twice died and needed replacement during the race).

RACE DESCRIPTION

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The 2019 Galletta’s Karting Klassic 200’s Starting Lineup!

The early stages of the race were led by former Klassic-winner, and this year’s points-leader and pole-sitter Chris Stevens, who was setting a very slow pace in the Galletta’s #4 until Steve Sixberry drove a little too close in turn two, the #4’s rear and Galletta’s 7’s front bumpers hooked and they collected each other on lap 21.

Hot shoe rookie Nicolas Olivares then led in the Galletta’s #1 until a lap 69 stoppage, when the #1’s pull-cord rope snapped on the restart. He was fairly upset and Chris let him know that very same thing cost him a couple Klassic leads in the past as well, and while it certainly sucks, but not the end of the world — it happened early enough in the 200 that it is something  that one can recover from.

After that, former Klassic winner Kelly Miller stormed off in the Galletta’s #9 and led a large portion of the race, with guest SBS driver Travis Bartlett (in his 1st race at Galletta’s) staying with him the entire time driving the Galletta’s #5. However, during this period, cautions became an issue, as Kelly was employing unusual crawl-speed caution laps before flooring it in turn 3 on the restarts. Technically, leader does set the pace, just as long as it’s not too fast nor too slow. Usually the leader speeds up between 3 and 4 and be at full speed coming out of 4. Nobody can pass until the leader crosses the pylons in turn 4, so there is no need to worry about getting jumped, but flooring it too early leaves the drivers in the back behind in a serious deficit, sometimes a half-track or more. And starting too slow creates a problem of stalling for karts with lower idles (a problem the #4 and #1 were having, and on one restart, the #4 indeed did stall, AND at some point in the race, Chris strained his right forearm, making restarting his kart extremely difficult). However, we HAVE changed our restart rules in the past and are willing to take suggestions. But any restart that leaves everyone but the leader in the dust is not good for competition.

Chris Stevens slowly made it up to 2nd, and to avoid stalling the #4 during the snail-paced restarts, he decided to try and pressure Kelly and see if he could take the lead. However, while Chris was in 2nd, the motor in the #4 broke down forcing him to jump into his backup, the #8. Shortly before that, Steve Sixberry also had to hop into the #2 due to the #7 breaking down as well, so both drivers lost a lap and needed to have the same amount of fuel in the backup as the did in the starter kart.

Chris and Steve then both elected NOT to refuel at the optional refuel stoppage, which then enabled them to pass the entire field. This enabled them to regain their lost lap, but still restart in the rear with low fuel. Kelly did not appreciate this lucky-dog loophole, but it used to be the said driver would not lose a lap at all after a kart change, and we enacted the rule to make someone work for it if they needed a fresher kart. After the next caution, the two were able to take on gas, which was Miller’s concern. We may have to refine this rule a bit if people have an issue with it, but this is the very 1st year that anyone has been able to use this loophole and regain a lap (and two people did it), and to date only a single driver won a Klassic after switching karts (Kyle Reuter, who did so before we had the lost-lap rule).

Kelly held command of the Klassic until lap 159, when his faster pace caught up with him and the drive-wheel system gave way. This is a significant danger for every kart, especially during the 200 lapper, when the main groove gets destroyed in the turns. While this was sad for Kelly, it made for the most interesting and competitive part of the event, as it set up the best battle of the race: Nic Olivares regained the lead and had none other than Matt Stevens (who had been seemingly coasting near the rear for most of the race in the Galletta’s #74), Chris Stevens (in the #8) and Steve Sixberry (in the #2) in hot pursuit.

Nic held strong despite the track being a mess for several laps, as Chris and Matt both turned up the gas and passed each other behind him, with Steve behind them looking for a crease to get through. Chris nearly got him in the front stretch on one lap, but when he didn’t, Matt (as usual) capitalized and passed both, barely eeking by Nic in the back stretch. As soon as Matt got the pass, the #1’s drive-wheel system also succumbed to the damaged track as well. This set up 12-time Klassic winner Matt Stevens in the lead with a relatively fresh kart and only roughly a regular feature race to go, and Nic hopped into the #78 (that fellow rookie Andrew Hook had to abandon early on due to work), but going a lap down this late in the race is not a good scenario for a third comeback into the lead.

And so it was — Matt Stevens showed his ability to drive a razor’s edge in turn 1, putting his drive-wheel on a thin line that was relatively undamaged by the action. Others tried to follow, but to no avail, and Chris even had the #8’s tie-rod snap loose trying to find a line in the turn late (a timeout repair to resume but had to settle for 4th). Only Matt found it, and he completely dominated the final act of the race, not only winning, but doing to running away. Another driver who was very quiet during the race yet took care of his kart and wound up in 2nd — rookie Zachary Blanchard!

LAP-BY-LAP SCORECARD

At Galletta’s, during regular season races (Summer features consisting of at least a few veterans and regular drivers) and the Klassic 200 have bonus points.

Leader gets 1 bonus point per lap, 2nd and 3rd get a half-point per lap.
(Heats, Makeup features, and Fall Bonus Point races do not get scored for bonus points.)

FINAL ORDER OF FINISH for the 2019 KLASSIC

1st. Matt Stevens – Galletta’s #74 (Laps 1-203)
2nd. Zach Blanchard ® – Galletta’s #28 (Laps 1-203)
3rd. Steve Sixberry – Galletta’s #7 (Laps 1-123), #2 (Laps 124-203)
4th. Chris Stevens – Galletta’s #4 (Laps 1-149), #8 (Laps 141-203)
5th. Nicolas Olivares ® – Galletta’s #1 (Laps 1-150), #78 (Laps 150-203; -2L)
6th. Tony Hemingway ® – Galletta’s #6 (Laps 1-195; -1L)
7th. Travis Bartlett ®® – Galletta’s #5 (Laps 1-173)
8th. Kelly Miller – Galletta’s #9 (Laps 1-173)
9th. Greg Blanchard ® – Galletta’s #33c (Laps 1-106)
10th. Kevin Galletta – Galletta’s #43 (Laps 1-92)
11th. Andrew Hook ® – Galletta’s #78 (Laps 1-22)
12th. Melissa Stevens – Galletta’s #19 (Lap 1)

NOTES:

  • Counting cautions and green flags, we went 203 total laps (179 green, 23 yellow) based on my count.
    [The laps are difficult for Starter Wesley Stevens to count, as we count cautions (but at least the last 5 must be green), and keeping an eye on the action looking for the leader and possibly accidents is daunting, especially since he is slowed by Parkinson’s. It’s even hard counting them on video replay with the option to re-watch it at will! Try it, and if I’m wrong, please send me a note and I’ll correct it if possible! Since we’re a minimal cost backyard karting league, we don’t have transponders, all by eye and hand.]
  • Only two drivers made it all 203 laps in a single kart (Matt Stevens & Zach Blanchard). Not surprisingly, they also took it easy for large chunks of the race and wound up taking 1st and 2nd. (Now while Matt is the winningest Oswego Karter and he’s run possibly hundreds of thousands of laps on this track, but Zach is a 1st season rookie and did it! Extremely impressive run!)
  • Two drivers lost a lap changing karts (after OTFN breakdowns), but then got it back after a skipping the optional refuel stop for a Galletta’s Klassic-style lucky dog scenario (Steve Sixberry & Chris Stevens, although much to Kelly Miller’s chagrin for some reason!). Unfortunately, Nic missed that chance, as he broke and changed karts after everyone else already refilled.

THE 2019 KLASSIC 200 CHAMPION – MATT STEVENS!

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Matt Stevens was the survivor of a magnificent late-race battle between Nic, Chris, Steve and himself to eek out the top spot and lead the last 32 laps of the race relatively unchallenged. Now while Matt may have won many Galletta’s Klassic 200’s in his karting career, but this is the 1st time anyone has piloted the GallettasGreenhouse.com / Chrusher.com / OswegoSushi.com #74 in a Klassic 200, let alone win in it! In fact, the kart (co-owned by Chris and Matt) sat idle for a DECADE and was never entered in a single Klassic before this one — despite it sitting there available for rent in around a decade of past Klassics. Matt is usually the man to beat, but it doesn’t always mean he has the best kart. He’s capable of winning in any kart. Although the #74, being a rebuilt formerly live-axle racing chassis rebuilt into a single-wheel kart, which does make it a little different than all the other Galletta’s-type chassis.

THE 2019 KLASSIC TOP-4!

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However, despite Matt securing another Galletta’s Klassic win (his 14th!) and his 5th Feature win in the 2019 Season at Galletta’s, he did not accomplish a clean sweep of the accolades. His brother Chris secured his 10th Galletta’s Track Championship despite only winning a single feature in ’19! He did so by racking up the most bonus laps and pedestal finishes during the entire season. Chris feels that if he didn’t get spun out while leading early on and then have the #4’s engine bow out on him while challenging for the lead later on in the race, he would have swept the two titles, as he claimed, “That felt like it was the most pure motor power I ever had in all the years racing these karts. Problem was, that old saying of an engine fastest before it blows rang true again today. I’m convinced I likely win that if it didn’t give out.”

In addition, mid-season newcomer Nic Olivares took full advantage of utilizing our makeup race option at Galletta’s to not only secure rookie-of-the-year (over an impressive group of rookies), but also take the Visitor’s Points Title as well! Nic was up front in most races he entered this year and was competing for the Klassic win before the #1 broke, which is quite rare for 1st year drivers. Watch out for Nic next year!

As usual, Klassic ends our Annual Summer Points Series, but we’re always open to Fall Races for bonus points if track conditions and driver attendance warrants so. And we did get one in…


10/20/2019 – Fall Twin-25 Makeup Features for Fall Bonus Points

Kelly Miller was unable to race all summer, but brought a few friends up to race a rare post-Klassic Fall race event. Due to Chris and Aou being at work, there was nobody available to volunteer to video-record the event (despite someone being right there and demanding points scored for a single lap every race, who has a near-identical camera to mine AND I bought new SD cards for), so the only evidence of its existence was documented by Matt.

NEW EXPERIMENT: TIRES BLOCKING THE MAIN GROOVE:

Sorry, no video or pictures from this event.

Due to the condition of the track’s main line in the 1st turn (which was, per usual, decimated during the Klassic 200), Kelly Miller requested Supermodified tires be placed in the beat up groove so nobody could take that line, and they tried it. This led to an interesting race with nobody able to venture into it, thus every driver had to learn a different, lower line through the 1st turn (Chris wished it was like that in the last 20-50 laps of the Klassic, he may have been able to compete for the win instead of settling for 4th, as HE DID stay in the lower groove through the end of the event while all ahead of him braved the potholes (see video).

We had previously done this in practice/warm ups in the mid 2000’s to save the track for the actual race, and Matt thinks we may bring this idea into regular season AND potentially Klassic 200 play, with the possibility of removing the tires later on in the race. The reasoning is that the track gets BEAT in the 200, and most drivers drop out because their kart drive chain systems bend and break because of the nasty bumps. This may be a solution to solve our Klassics losing most entrants AND getting out too late. It’s either that, or pave the track, lol.

1st 25-LAPPER START:
1st. Travis Bartlett (#5)
2nd. Andrew Hook (#78)
3rd. Kelly Miller (#9)
4th. Matt Stevens (#3)
5th. Dennis Richmond (#33c)
1st 25-LAPPER FINISH:
1st. Travis Bartlett (#5) +68
2nd. Kelly Miller (#9) +65
3rd. Matt Stevens (#3) +0
4th. Andrew Hook (#78) +59
5th. Dennis Richmond (#33c) +53
2nd 25-LAPPER START:
1st. Andrew Hook (#78)
2nd. Kelly Miller (#9)
3rd. Matt Stevens (#3)
4th. Travis Bartlett (#5)
5th. Dennis Richmond (#33c)
2nd 25-LAPPER FINISH:
1st. Kelly Miller (#9) +68
2nd. Matt Stevens (#3) +0
3rd. Dennis Richmond (#33c) +62
4th. Travis Bartlett (#5) +59
5th. Andrew Hook (#2) +53

Since none of the drivers (except Matt) raced every race in the regular season, we will count this as makeup point Fall Series races. Judging by weather and driver availability, it indeed was the only post-Klassic Fall Bonus points race. It will be scored as a regular Twin-25 lap features and no leader lap bonus points (due to no video AND post-Klassic), with Matt’s points not counting due to the regular points title wrapped up at Klassic, and Chris Stevens was not available to race or video-record the event. Matt was just a wild-card points-stealer in this exhibition.

Due to work, watching our kids, and seasonal activities, I had been unable to count the laps, add up the points and post the finalized point standings or narrated Klassic video for this year yet. Until a month after the last race! And here it is!

Galletta’s Greenhouse Speedway 2019 Point Standings [Final]

All races from 6/23/2019 – 10/20/2019 – Final for the year.


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9/2/2019 – Labor Day Twin-25 Features won by Nicolas Olivares & Greg Blanchard! [+YouTube] https://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20190902-labor-day-swept-by-rookies-youtube/ https://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20190902-labor-day-swept-by-rookies-youtube/#respond Tue, 03 Sep 2019 03:59:51 +0000 http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/?post_type=comic&p=6031

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9/2/2019 – Labor Day Twin-25 Features won by Nicolas Olivares & Greg Blanchard!

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Monday, September 2nd, 2019 – We held a rookie make up race followed by a regular Twin-25 Lap Features for Labor Day ’19. And the two rookies who won the twin-15 Rookie races earlier this season won the regular twin-25s today — Nicolas Olivares and Greg Blanchard! The batch of rookies that have joined mid-summer are making big improvements weekly and any returning vets that mysteriously disappear will find that they will be hard-pressed to get any more handicap wins… IF they ever come back. But they don’t. Oh, well. On to the racing with the guys who show up!

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Higher-res pic.

Webmaster’s Note: Due to work, I (racer, video producer, point counter, and webmaster), AND my wife (the only willing camera person we’ve had for around 15 years… thank her for 98% of the videos on this website) work on Sunday – thru – Wednesdays (and occasionally more) AND have two young children, the time I have to work on these website pages and videos is significantly reduced. I have most of the summers off and it’s a hobby I enjoy, so that’s why this website and everything on it exists. I spend easily half the week or more working on them — without pay (ads USED to barely pay for the hosting maybe 10 years ago, but not for years. it now comes completely out of my pocket). I do it because I love doing it WHEN I have the time to do so, not because it makes money (-$200 a year) or fame (more like infamy according to some). So, I do what I can, and finish up when I can find the time and energy.

In the meantime, enjoy this unedited video until I have time to finish more later this week!

– Chris


ROOKIE MAKEUP POINTS HEAT RACE


– Unedited Rookie/Makeup Point Race Video

FINAL & EARNED POINTS:

  1. 8th in 7/21/2109 Twin 25s: Greg Blanchard (Galletta’s #33c) [R] — 47 x 2 = 94
  2. 9th in 7/21/2109 Twin 25s: Zach Blanchard (Galletta’s #28) [R] — 44 x 2 = 88
  3. 14th in 6/30/2019 Twin 25s: Bob Failmezger (Galletta’s #0) [R] — 28 x 2 = 56
  4. 15th in 6/30/2019 Twin 25s: Riley Baldwin (Galletta’s #9) [R] — 25 x 2 = 50
  5. 16th in 6/30/2019 Twin 25s: Andrew Failmezger (Galletta’s #2) [R] — 22 x 2 = 44
  6. 10th in 7/21/2109 Twin 25s: Nicolas Olivares (Galletta’s #1) [R] — 41 x 2 = 82

TWIN 25 LAP FEATURE #1


– Unedited Twin 25 Lapper Footage (BOTH Tower & Helmet-Cam angles of BOTH features)

1st FEATURE START
(Start is handicapped via inverting by wins and points-per-race, with 1st-timer rookies in the rear.)

1. Greg Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c) [R]
2. Nicolas Olivares (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) [R]
3. Randy Baldwin (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) [R]
4. Zachary Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28) [R]
5. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/OswegoSushi.com #4)
6. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
7. Bob Failmezger (Galletta’s #0) [R]
8. Riley Baldwin (Galletta’s #9) [R]
9. Andrew Failmezger (Galletta’s #2) [R]
10. Mel Stevens (SNF #19)

POINT SCORING:
(1st gets 1 pt.; 2nd & 3rd get 0.5pt. per lap.)

  1. 33c, 1, 7
  2. 33c, 1, 7
  3. 33c, 1, 7
  4. 33c, 1, 7
  5. 33c, 1, 7
  6. 33c, 1, 7
  7. 33c, 1, 7
  8. 33c, 1, 7
  9. 33c, 1, 7
  10. 33c, 1, 7
  11. 33c, 1, 7
  12. 33c, 1, 7 (Caution: #2->#5)
  13. 33c, 1, 7
  14. 33c, 1, 7
  15. 33c, 1, 7
  16. 1, 33c, 7
  17. 1, 33c, 4 (Caution: #7 off track)
  18. 1, 33c, 4
  19. 1, 33c, 4
  20. 1, 33c, 4
  21. 1, 33c, 4
  22. 1, 33c, 4
  23. 1, 33c, 4 (Caution: #9?)
  24. 1, 4, 28 (Caution #33c)
  25. 1, 4, 28
  26. * 1, 4, 28, 0, 5, 33, 33c, 7, 9* = Starter Wes Stevens must’ve missed one, so we went one extra lap. Counts as bonus points for the top 3.

1st FEATURE FINISH

1. Nicolas Olivares (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) [R]
2. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/OswegoSushi.com #4)
3. Zachary Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28) [R]
4. Bob Failmezger (Galletta’s #0) [R]
5. Andrew Failmezger (Galletta’s #2 -> #5) [R]
6. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
7. Greg Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c) [R]
8. Randy Baldwin (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) [R]
9. Riley Baldwin (Galletta’s #9) [R]
10. DNF – Mel Stevens (SNF #19)


2nd FEATURE START
(Invert the finish of prior feature except all prior winners in the rear and 1st-timers behind them).

  1. Greg Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c) [R]
  2. Randy Baldwin (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) [R]
  3. Zachary Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28) [R]
  4. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/OswegoSushi.com #74)
  5. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/OswegoSushi.com #8)
  6. Nicolas Olivares (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6) [R]
  7. Bob Failmezger (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0) [R]
  8. DNS – Andrew Failmezger (Galletta’s #5) [R]
  9. DNS – Riley Baldwin (Galletta’s #9)
  10. DNS – Mel Stevens (SNF #19)

POINT SCORING:
(1st gets 1 pt.; 2nd & 3rd get 0.5pt. per lap.)

  1. 33c, 7, 28
  2. 33c, 7, 28
  3. 33c, 7, 28
  4. 33c, 7, 28
  5. 33c, 7, 28
  6. 33c, 7, 28
  7. 33c, 7, 28
  8. 33c, 7, 28
  9. 33c, 7, 28
  10. 33c, 7, 28 (Caution: #6 & #0)
  11. 33c, 7, 28
  12. 33c, 7, 28
  13. 33c, 7, 28
  14. 33c, 7, 28
  15. 33c, 7, 28
  16. 33c, 7, 28
  17. 33c, 7, 28
  18. 33c, 7, 28
  19. 33c, 7, 28 (Caution #0->#5)
  20. 33c, 7, 28
  21. 33c, 7, 28
  22. 33c, 7, 28
  23. 33c, 7, 28
  24. 33c, 7, 28
  25. 33c, 7, 28, 74, 8, 6, 5

While there was passing, a wreck and an almost flip (Chris got on TWO WHEELS in the rear corner on the last lap) prevented any position changes. The race ended EXACTLY as it started. This may be a record for our racing! The race finished exactly how it started!

2nd FEATURE FINISH

  1. Greg Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c) [R]
  2. Randy Baldwin (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) [R]
  3. Zachary Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28) [R]
  4. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/OswegoSushi.com #74)
  5. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/OswegoSushi.com #8)
  6. Nicolas Olivares (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6) [R]
  7. Bob Failmezger (Galletta’s Greenhouse #0->#5) [R]
  8. DNS – Andrew Failmezger (Galletta’s #5) [R]
  9. DNS – Riley Baldwin (Galletta’s #9)
  10. DNS – Mel Stevens (SNF #19)

2019 Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Speedway Point Standings

After 6/23/2019 through 9/2/2019 events:


KEY:
m = Makeup points race run
® = Rookie/1st Season Driver

Next Race Handicap Order

Pos.
Driver
Average
2019
Points
2019 Wins
2019
Win %
1st
Tony Hemingway
49.17
0
0%
2nd
Andrew Hook
52.65
0
0%
3rd
Shane Evans
42.75
0
0%
4th
Nolan Goessl
51.50
0
0%
5th
Bob Failmezger
40.50
0
0%
6th
Andrew Failmezger
35.50
0
0%
7th
Riley Baldwin
34.50
0
0%
8th
Jesse Evans
34.00
0
0%
9th
Gary Miller Jr.
54.63
0
0%
10th
Randy Baldwin
46.29
1
8%
11th
Zachary Blanchard
50.14
1
7%
12th
Greg Blanchard
50.57
1
7%
13th
Nicolas Olivares
52.68
1
7%
14th
Adam Lytle
60.69
1
13%
15th
Steve Sixberry
65.70
2
20%
16th
Josh Arnold
74.88
1
25%
17th
Chris Stevens
75.04*
1
7%
18th
Matt Stevens
70.00
5*
36%*
19th
Kirstie Potter
31.00
0
0%
20th
Melissa Stevens
47.00
0
0%
21st
Returning Veterans
00.00
0
0%
22nd
Newbie Rookies
00.00
0
0%

* = Highest rating in category.

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8/25/2019 – Twin-25 Features won by…..

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Sunday, August 25th, 2019 – Rain unfortunately set us back last weekend and it was really a shame, as the track looked to be in better shape than it had been for maybe over a year. But it certainly held up reasonably well this week as well, as we had some nice, even racing in store! Again had a handful of rookies but… oh so scarce on vets. Sometimes it’s work, sometimes it’s family, sometimes… well sometimes it’s kind of… something else… haha. Well, we held a make-up point heat and twin 25 lap features, which you can watch  below!

NOTE: When I (website operator, video editor, statistician and racer) get back to work in late August, I sometimes run out of enough time to fully edit, repair and narrate each race video in a weekly fashion like I do most of the summer (which I mostly have off). Rest assured, I’ll eventually get to it sometime (as this website shows, I eventually got pretty much EVERY race we’ve ever raced in since mid-2005 on the site). In the meantime, unedited video footage and points are still calculated. Thank you for your understanding. -Chris


8/25/2019 – Rookie/Makeup Points Heat:

Unedited Tower Cam Footage (Makeup Heat & Both 25-Lap Features)

Due to the camera operators/website operator/racer (myself) getting home late from work (one reason why we switch from Sundays to Saturdays this time of year), we missed the very opening of the heat race. But a few wrecks (including one that happened right before I got there, so I missed) made things a little more interesting than the average heat race, as Zachary Blanchard flipped and Adam Lytle got a little upset that a rookie got on the brakes too hard when the caution came out, which caused a tangle that bent up the #33c’s tie-rod. Regardless, the #28 and #33c were both repaired in time for the feature.

FINISH:

1. Nicolas Olivares (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
2. Randy Baldwin (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
3. Greg Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
4. DNF – Adam Lytle (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c)
5. DNF – Zachary Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28)

Makeup heat race points count toward a race missed. In this case, the 7/14/2019 Twin-25s:

CREDITED WITH:
8th in 7/14/2019 Twin-25s: Nicolas Olivares
9th in 7/14/2019 Twin-25s: Randy Baldwin
10th in 7/14/2019 Twin-25s: Greg Blanchard
11th in 7/14/2019 Twin-25s: Zachary Blanchard
12th in 7/14/2019 Twin-25s: Adam Lytle

Additional Bonus Point Scoring Notes:

  • Andrew Hook is retroactively credited with 11th in the 8/1/2019 Twin-25s via points banked in the 7/21/2019 Makeup Heat.
  • Tony Hemingway is retroactively credited with 9th in THIS week’s Twin-25s via points banked in the 7/21/2019 Makeup Heat.

Sunday August 25th, 2019 – 25-Lap Feature #1 of 2

START:

1. Zachary Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28)
2. Greg Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
3. Randy Baldwin (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
4. Nicolas Olivares (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
5. Adam Lytle (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c)
6. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #4)
7. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #3)
8. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n Fur #19)

LAP-BY-LAP SCORING:
01. 28, 5, 7
02. 28, 5, 7 (5, 7, 1)
03. 28, 33c, 4
04. 28, 33c, 4
05. 28, 33c, 4 (5?)
06. 28, 33c, 4
07. 28, 33c, 4
08. 28, 33c, 4
09. 28, 33c, 4
10. 28, 33c, 4
11. 28, 33c, 4
12. 28, 33c, 4
13. 28, 33c, 4 (5?)
14. 28, 33c, 4
15. 28, 33c, 4
16. 28, 33c, 4
17. 28, 33c, 4
18. 28, 33c, 4
19. 28, 33c, 4
20. 28, 33c, 4
21. 28, 33c, 4
22. 28, 33c, 4
23. 28, 33c, 4
24. 28, 33c, 4
25. 28, 33c, 4
26. 28, 33c, 4, 3, 1, 7, 5, 19

Rookie Zach Blanchard recovered from a nasty flip in the makeup heat race to lead green to checker, holding off constant pressure from the only three veterans on the track, particularly a hard-charging Adam Lytle.

FINISH:
1. Zachary Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28)
2. Adam Lytle (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c)
3. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #4)
4. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
5. Nicolas Olivares (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
6. Randy Baldwin (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
7. Greg Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
8. DNF – Melissa Stevens (Scissors n Fur #19)

RETCON MAKEUP POINTS:
9. 7/21/2019 Makeup Heat: Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)

NOTE: Due to a 95% completed lap, scorer Wes Stevens didn’t count it, but I’m scoring it, so everyone in the top 3 get one more lap bonus points. I (and Wes, actually) usually DO count such laps as completed, but this time he didn’t.


Sunday August 25th, 2019 – 25-Lap Feature #2 of 2

START:
1. Greg Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
2. Randy Baldwin (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
3. Nicolas Olivares (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
4. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #74)
5. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #4)
6. Zachary Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28)
7. DNS – Adam Lytle (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c)
8. DNS – Melissa Stevens (Scissors n Fur #19)

GoPro Helmet Camera Footage by Chris Stevens | Sponsored by R&C Sushi LLC at SUNY Oswego (Both 25-Lap Features)

(NOTE: Chris Stevens’ R&C Sushi LLC Helmet-Camera Includes both 25-lap Features.)

LAP-BY-LAP SCORING:
01. 7, 1, 4,
02. 7, 1, 4,
03. 7, 1, 74,
04. 7, 1, 74,
05. 7, 1, 74/4,
06. 7, 1, 4,
07. 7, 1, 4,
08. 7, 1, 4,
09. 7, 1, 4,
10. 7, 1, 74/4,
11. 7, 1, 4,
12. 7, 1, 4,
13. 7, 4, 1,
14. 7, 4, 1,
15. 7, 4, 1,
16. 7, 4, 1,
17. 7, 4, 1,
18. 7, 4, 1,
19. 7, 4, 1,
20. 7, 4, 1,
21. 7, 4, 1,
22. 7, 4, 1,
23. 7, 4, 1,
24. 7, 4, 1,
25. 7, 4, 74, 1, 5, 28, 33c, 19

Rookie Greg Blanchard has been having trouble keeping the kart straight and it has been costing him. After he spun and lost the lead on the first circuit, another rookie capitalized! Randy Baldwin led all 25 laps, holding off challenges from fellow rookie Nicolas Olivares and vet Chris Stevens. The #4 started running out of gas on the final lap, and barely held on for 2nd, but in the process, Nic got trapped behind Chris enabling Matt to do his patented lat lap low-line sneak to the stripe to steal 3rd from him.

FINISH:
1. Randy Baldwin (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
2. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #4)
3. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #74)
4. Nicolas Olivares (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
5. Greg Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
6. Zachary Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28)
7. DNS – Adam Lytle (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c)
8. DNS – Melissa Stevens (Scissors n Fur #19)
RETCON MAKEUP POINTS:
9. 7/21/2019 Makeup Heat: Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)

POINTS:
1. Zach Blanchard—– 68 + 53 + 26 + (00) = 147 + 38 + 38 = 223 (1/4)
2. Adam AJ Lytle —– 65 + 44 + 00 + (24) 12 = 121 + 34 + 34 = 189 (0/4)
3. Chris Stevens —— 62 + 65 + 00 + (47) 23.5 = 150.5 (0/2)
4. Matt Stevens ——- 59 + 62 + 00 + (7) 3.5 = 124.5 (0/2)
5. Nic Olivares ——– 56 + 59 + 00 + (24) 12 = 127 + 47 + 47 = 94 = 221 (0/4)
6. Randy Baldwin —- 53 + 68 + 25 + (02) 01.0 = 147 + 44 + 44 = 88 = 235 (0/4)
7. Greg Blanchard — 50 + 56 + 00 + (02) 01.0 = 107 + 41 + 41 = 189 (0/4)
8. Melissa Stevens — 47 + 47 + 00 + (00) = 94 (0/2)
9. Tony Hemingway— 44 + 44 + 00 + (00) = 88 (0/2)
====RETCON===
-. Andrew Hook = 38 x 2 = 76 (0/2)

More coming this week, but busy with work might mean a delay in the edited video and point standings update! I’ll do my best to finish it ASAP. Stay tuned!

8/29/2019 Update: And… got the points done! Whew!


2019 Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Speedway Point Standings

After 6/23/2019 through 8/25/2019 events:


KEY:
m = Makeup points race run
® = Rookie/1st Season Driver

NEXT RACE HANDICAP ORDER

Pos.
Driver

Avg. Points

’19
Wins
Win %
All-Time Wins
1st
Shane Evans
42.75
0
0%
0
2nd
Greg Blanchard
45.20
0
0%
0
3rd
Tony Hemingway
49.17
0
0%
0
4th
Nicolas Olivares
51.60
0
0%
0
5th
Andrew Hook
52.65
0
0%
0
6th
Gary Miller Jr.
54.63
0
0%
1
7th
Randy Baldwin
46.69
1
13%
0
8th
Zachary Blanchard
47.60
1
10%
0
9th
Adam Lytle
60.69
1
13%
10
10th
Steve Sixberry
65.70
2
20%
2
11th
Josh Arnold
74.88
1
25%
6
12th
Chris Stevens
77.04
1
8%
84
13th
Matt Stevens
72.33
5
42%
147
14th
Nolan Goessl
51.50
0
0%
0
15th
Kirstie Potter
31.00
0
0%
0
16th
Jesse Evans
34.00
0
0%
0
17th
Melissa Stevens
48.00
0
0%
8
18th
Returning Vets
–.–
-%
19th
Newbies
–.–
-%

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8/11/2019 – Twin-25 Feature, 10-Kart Battle Royale SWEPT by Matt Stevens; Steals both from bro, Chris! [+YouTube] https://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20190811-10-kart-twin-25s-youtube/ https://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20190811-10-kart-twin-25s-youtube/#comments Mon, 12 Aug 2019 03:59:06 +0000 http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/?post_type=comic&p=5980

8/11/2019 – Twin-25 Feature, 10-Kart Battle Royale SWEPT by Matt Stevens; Steals both from bro, Chris! [+YouTube] Sunday, August 11th, 2019 – Oswego, NY – In what was the most populated race in the past few seasons, 10-drivers started and […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...

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8/11/2019 – Twin-25 Feature, 10-Kart Battle Royale SWEPT by Matt Stevens; Steals both from bro, Chris! [+YouTube]

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Sunday, August 11th, 2019 – Oswego, NY – In what was the most populated race in the past few seasons, 10-drivers started and battled it out. And the racing was close and fun to behold. A handful of rookies that joined the club last weekend are getting the hang of it, and it made for some exciting race footage! Matt Stevens stole BOTH features from his brother Chris! And while this may seem glorious, a quirk in our handicap system assures Chris keeps scoring more points than Matt but still will keep starting in front of him because total wins take precedent over total points! This has Matt considering a rule change because he’s simply not happy with just WINNING ALMOST EVERY RACE AND OUTCLASSING EVERY SINGLE KARTER IN ALL-TIME OSWEGO KARTING HISTORY. TWO race videos (Tower Cam and Helmet Cam) with an edited video containing both cameras synched. Read on!

8/12/2019 NOTE: I apologize for being exceedingly late with this week’s race page. My wife and I were busy with daughter’s 5th birthday party and important paperwork for work this week. – Chris

8/20/2019 NOTE: Everything should now be fully up to date! – Chris


8/11/2019 – Rookie/Makeup Points Heat #1:

Last week’s batch of new rookies are back (with another newbie) and set to join the regular veteran races after a quick makeup point heat race! This will score makeup points for the week #2’s 6/30/2019 show.

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Full-res victory pic.


START:
1. Nicolas Olivares (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
2. Shane Evans (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
3. Greg Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
4. Zachary Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28)
5. Randy Baldwin (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
6. Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c)

FINISH:
1. Nicolas Olivares (Galletta’s #1) = 9th in 6/30/2019 Twin 25s
2. Greg Blanchard (Galletta’s #5) = 10th in 6/30/2019 Twin 25s
3. Randy Baldwin (Galletta’s #7) = 11th in 6/30/2019 Twin 25s
4. Zach Blanchard (Galletta’s #28) = 12th in 6/30/2019 Twin 25s
5. Shane Evans (Galletta’s #6) = 13th in 6/30/2019 Twin 25s
6. DNF – Tony Hemingway (Galletta’s #33c) = Stored Bonus Points (if needed)


20190811-Oswego-Karting-YouTube-SplashSunday August 11th, 2019 – 25-Lap Feature #1 of 2

We started a little late due to several unforeseen circumstances (three late arrivals, one of whom was myself, as I had to run off to get a last second birthday cakes for my daughter’s 5th birthday party. Our apologies and all further races should start earlier).

START:

1. Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c)
2. Zachary Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28)
3. Shane Evans (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
4. Greg Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
5. Nicolas Olivares (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
6. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #8)
7. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
8. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
9. Randy Baldwin (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
10. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n Fur #80)

Unedited Tower Cam Footage

(NOTE: Includes Rookie Makeup Heat & both 25-lap Features)

Newcomers Shane Evans and Nicolas Olivares were the early 1-2 leader combo, but their the three vets of Chris Stevens, Steve Sixberry and Matt Stevens found their way around them. Then track conditions played a role next as Chris Stevens had to correct trajectory after he hit a pothole (and his foot fell off the gas pedal), and as Steve Sixberry got caught bumper-to-bumper behind him, that opportunist Matt snuck by the both of them. He seems to have solved his #33’s hard handling as once he got into the lead, he pulled away from the rest for the win.

FINISH:
1. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
2. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #8)
3. Nicolas Olivares (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
4. Zachary Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28)
5. Greg Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
6. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
7. Shane Evans (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
8. Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c)
9. Randy Baldwin (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
10. DNF – Melissa Stevens (Scissors n Fur #80)

     MAKEUP RACE POINTS:
11th. via 7/21/2019 Makeup Heat: Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)


Sunday August 11th, 2019 – 25-Lap Feature #2 of 2

2nd of a Twin-feature inverts the finish of the 1st except those who have won at least one feature are inverted in the very back.

START:

1. Shane Evans (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
2. Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c)
3. Randy Baldwin (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
4. Greg Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
5. Zachary Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28)
6. Nicolas Olivares (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
7. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
8. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #4)
9. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #74)
10. DNS – Melissa Stevens (Scissors n Fur #80)

Unedited GoPro – Chris Stevens Helmet Camera


(NOTE: Battery died before the finish of the 2nd feature in the GoPro camera angle.)

Again, newbie Shane Evans held strong in the early going, but Chris and Matt Stevens again capitalized on rookie inconsistencies to pull into 1st and 2nd. Chris controlled the rest of the show driving a defensive line due to the bumps, but this cost him as Matt used a last corner slingshot to pull alongside his brother Chris and nip the win by a bumper. Chris blamed the track conditions as he was driving a bit too conservatively — especially in the final corner, where Matt ALWAYS attempts a slingshot to take a spot at the finish line. This makes at least three features this season where Matt has barely snuck by his big brother to steal his win, all entirely thanks to bad track conditions (two this weekend)! Meanwhile, Nicolas Olivares was able to recover from a broken kart and score 3rd, as he and all of the new rookies are getting better and better every race! If only more vets would show up — the racing will be shockingly good! Hey vets… where the **** are you?

FINISH:

1. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #74)
2. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #4)
3. Nicolas Olivares (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1, #0)
4. Greg Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
5. Randy Baldwin (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
6. Zachary Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28)
7. Shane Evans (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
8. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9, #2)
9. Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c)
10. DNS – Melissa Stevens (Scissors n Fur #80)
     MAKEUP RACE POINTS:
11th. via 7/21/2019 Makeup Heat: Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)


2019 Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Speedway Point Standings

After 6/23/2019 through 8/11/2019 events:


KEY:
m = Makeup points race run
® = Rookie/1st Season Driver

Next Week’s Handicap Starting Order

Regular season races start via inverting by wins, then points-per-race. However, we are adding a few new caveats to the rule. See below the chart for more.

Pos.
Driver
Avg. Pts.
2019
Wins
Win %
1st
Zachary Blanchard
42.17
0
0%
2nd
Shane Evans
42.75
0
0%
3rd
Greg Blanchard
43.83
0
0%
4th
Randy Baldwin
46.13
0
0%
5th
Nicolas Olivares
49.17
0
0%
6th
Tony Hemingway
50.20
0
0%
7th
Nolan Goessl
51.50
0
0%
8th
Andrew Hook
56.31
0
0%
9th
Gary Miller Jr.
54.63
0
0%
10th
Steve Sixberry
65.70
2
20%
11th
Adam Lytle
74.13
1
25%
12th
Josh Arnold
74.88
1
25%
13th
Chris Stevens
77.40
1
10%
14th
Matt Stevens
74.35
5
50%
15th
Kirstie Potter
31.00
0
0%
16th
Jesse Evans
34.00
0
0%
17th
Returning Vets
00.00
0
0%
18th
Newbie Rookies
00.00
0
0%
19th
Melissa Stevens
48.20
0
0%

Discussion over potential new handicap start rules – including a new one:

As noted in the victory picture caption, our race start handicap system is usually extremely good at handicapping by (1) wins and (2) points to ensure that the race is going to be as competitive as possible. People who have won and scored the most points will always have the most work cut out for them by starting in the back, and the people who have won and scored the least need only to hold off people, which is usually how they learn how to take the track and be able to win.

However, little caveats show up that bring up a point about little inconsistencies and loopholes that sometimes force us to do slight alterations o the rules.

  • Those with 25% win percentage (or more) are still handicapped by total wins 1st, no matter their points.

  • Those with 24% win percentage (or less) are still handicapped by points-per-race first, then wins.

  • Those with 0 wins are still handicapped ahead of those with wins, no matter their points-per-race.

To read the elaborated, bloviated reasons (as many who know me will say, is typical of when I try to explain things) for this rule, scroll below to the comment section.

-Chris

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8/4/2019 – All-Rookie Nite! Twin-15s & Another Flying Kart – Nicolas Olivares & Greg Blanchard Win! [+YouTube] https://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20190804-all-rookie-nite-youtube/ https://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20190804-all-rookie-nite-youtube/#respond Mon, 05 Aug 2019 03:59:51 +0000 http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/?post_type=comic&p=5956

8/4/2019 – All-Rookie Nite! Twin-15s & Another Flying Kart! [+YouTube] Sunday, August 4th, 2019 – For some reason, ZERO regular veteran drivers showed up this week. While this would normally be a pretty big bummer, we had SIX 1st-timer rookies […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...

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8/4/2019 – All-Rookie Nite! Twin-15s & Another Flying Kart! [+YouTube]

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Sunday, August 4th, 2019 – 20190804_213817-Vic-PicFor some reason, ZERO regular veteran drivers showed up this week. While this would normally be a pretty big bummer, we had SIX 1st-timer rookies ready for action, so an all-rookie night it is! And they put on an entertaining show, with some good racing and a few funny incidents that include ANOTHER kart-hop accident right in front of our camera for the 2nd race event in a row. We may have gotten a few new regulars joining the veterans… that is… if the regular vets show up! Within the next 1-2 days, we’ll have a complete edited video with some contrast fixes, a 2nd camera from the rear turn and updated points! For the meantime, enjoy this above unedited video from the regular tower camera angle.


15-Lap Rookie/Makeup Feature #1:

START:
1. Nicolas Olivares (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
2. Zachary Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28)
3. Kirstie Potter (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #78)
4. Shane Evans (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
5. Greg Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
6. Jesse Evans (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)

FINISH:
1. Nicolas Olivares (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
2. Shane Evans (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
3. Greg Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5 #9)
4. Jesse Evans (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
5. Zachary Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28)
6. DNF – Kirstie Potter (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #78)

15-Lap Rookie/Makeup Feature #2:

START:
1. Zachary Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #2)
2. Jesse Evans (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
3. Greg Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
4. Shane Evans (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
5. Nicolas Olivares (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
6. DNS – Kirstie Potter (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #78)

FINISH:
1. Greg Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
2. Nicolas Olivares (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
3. Zachary Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28)
4. DNF – Shane Evans (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
5. DNF – Jesse Evans (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
6. DNS – Kirstie Potter (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #78)

DNF – Did Not Finish
DNS – Did Not Start

SPECIAL SCORING NOTE:
Upon further review, we have decided to grant the drivers of this race as tagged on to the end of the 6/23/2019 Opener, but with special bonus points for the twin 15-lappers instead of the 11th-16th place points!

Unedited Tower Camera

2019 Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Speedway Point Standings

After 6/23/2019 through 8/4/2019 events:


KEY:
m = Makeup points race run
® = Rookie/1st Season Driver

Handicap Starting Order for Next Race

Pos.
Driver
Wins

Avg. Points
Per
Event

All-Time Wins
1st
Tony Hemingway
0
51.38
0
2nd
Nolan Goessl
0
51.50
0
3rd
Andrew Hook
0
55.69
0
4th
Zachary Blanchard
0
35.00
0
5th
Shane Evans
0
37.00
0
6th
Greg Blanchard
0
39.00
0
7th
Nicolas Olivares
0
40.00
0
8th
Jesse Evans
0
34.00
0
9th
Gary Miller Jr.
0
54.63
1
10th
Adam Lytle
1
74.13
10
11th
Josh Arnold
1
74.88
6
12th
Chris Stevens
1
76.00
84
13th
Steve Sixberry
2
69.13
2
14th
Matt Stevens
3
72.81
145
Returning Veterans
Newbie Rookies
Kirstie Potter
0
31.00
0
Melissa Stevens
0
50.00
8

Our starting order looks complicated, but it’s really extremely simple. Order is inverted by:

  • (1st) 2019 Wins,
    (2nd) 2019 Point Average, and
    (3rd) when no wins in 2019, (3a) prior season wins and (3b) All-Time wins.
  • Returning vets not yet raced in current season are inverted by (1) All-Time Wins, (2) All-Time Point Average in back of current season’s competitors.
  • 1st timer Newbie Rookies inverted by weight and/or choice (some are more comfortable in the back until they get the hang of it).
  • Returning rookies are handicapped based on experienced drivers judging their ability to race close and hold a line without getting into others and causing a wreck. This is for EVERYONE’S safety, as many pileup wrecks have occured when drivers started up front when they were not experienced enough to yet. Once deemed that they can, they enter the regular inverted via wins/PPR handicap. It’s as simple as holding a line, not crashing into others, and not routinely spinning out.
  • All drivers have a choice of starting in the rear until get the hang of it (usually the best choice for newbie rookies).
  • Anybody is welcomed to start in the rear and take 1 slow lap for points and pull off. All that is required is (1) a kart available and (2) a helmet.

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7/21/2019 – Man Run Over during Twin-25s as Stevens Bros. Sweep [+YouTube] https://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20190721-man-run-over-youtube/ https://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20190721-man-run-over-youtube/#comments Mon, 22 Jul 2019 03:59:40 +0000 http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/?post_type=comic&p=5898

7/21/2019 – Man Run Over during Twin-25s as Stevens Bros. Sweep [+YouTube] Sunday, July 21st, 2019 – Our Mr. Galletta’s Speedway (AKA 10,000-**cks-To-Win) was won by GKC founders Chris and Matt Stevens. For Matt, this makes 3-events-in-a-row where he won […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...

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Sunday, July 21st, 2019 – Our Mr. Galletta’s Speedway (AKA 10,000-**cks-To-Win) was won by GKC founders Chris and Matt Stevens. For Matt, this makes 3-events-in-a-row where he won the 2nd of a Twin-25 in the #74 kart. Chris however, finally snapped a 21-month-and-8-days winless streak by taking the 1st checker of the night in the #4 kart. To judge how long that’s been, his-1-year-old daughter Celeste either didn’t even exist yet, or was just conceived around the time of his last feature win — the 2017 Klassic 200!

Oh, and two rookies got into a scary wreck when Tony Hemingway literally kamikaze drove over fellow rookie Andy Hook in turn 1. Ouch! But look… why read my typing about it when you can just go and WATCH THE VIDEOS HERE?


Rookie/Makeup Point Heat Race

At GKC, we allow drivers who have missed races to try and catch up in the points with Summer-only heat races that count as makeup points. Driver will be counted in last place of the 1st race event that they missed.

START:
1. Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
2. Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
3. Nolan Goessl (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)

vlcsnap-2019-07-21-rooks-360s Things that happen during all-rookie races

FINISH:
1. Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) = BANKED for next race missed: 9th in the 8/25/2019‘s Twin-25s
2. Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6) = BANKED for next race missed: 11th in the 8/1/2019 Twin-25s
3. Nolan Goessl (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) = 9th in 6/23/2019 Twin-25’s


Twin 25-Lap Feature #1

1st feature is handicapped by inverting wins and points-per-race for the season.

START:
1. ® Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
2. ® Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
3. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/R&C Sushi #4)
4. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
5. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
6. ® Nolan Goessl (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
7. Melissa Stevens (SNF #19)

Unedited Race Footage of both features from R&C Sushi’s Helmet-mounted GoPro driven by Chris Stevens

The story of the 1st feature was Chris Stevens finally getting a piece of the lead when Andrew Hook lost control of his kart and then Tony Hemingway spun while leading. Chris was able to hold off his brother Matt, who then lost a spot to Steve Sixberry after he failed to pass his brother. Chris broke his over 21 month dry spell without a feature win. Mind you, we only race once a week 4-5 months out of the year, but since then, he has a 1-year-old daughter!

FINISH:
1. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/R&C Sushi #4)
2. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
3. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
4. ® Nolan Goessl (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
5. ® Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
6. ® Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
7. DNF – Melissa Stevens (SNF #19)
RETCON MAKEUP POINTS:
8. 9/2/2109 Heat Race: Greg Blanchard (Galletta’s #33c) [R]
9. 9/2/2109 Heat Race: Zach Blanchard (Galletta’s #28) [R]
10. 9/2/2109 Heat Race: Nicolas Olivares (Galletta’s #1) [R]


Twin 25-Lap Feature #2

2nd feature inverts the finish of the 1st except current season’s non-winners get priority. Rookies who finished 1st race get choice of front or back.

START:
1. ® Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
2. ® Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6)
3. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/R&C Sushi #74)
4. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
5. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/R&C Sushi #4)
6. ® Nolan Goessl (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
7. DNS – Melissa Stevens (SNF #19)

Unedited Race Footage from both features from the Galletta’s Greenhouse Race Scoring Tower

The 2nd feature was somewhat similar to the 1st, but so sudden that starter Wes Stevens made a mistake that handed all-time winningest Oswego Karter Matt Stevens an easy win! Leader Tony Hemingway again spun out while leading, but did so on lap zero, and instead of a caution that goes to the last completed lap (and puts Andrew Hook in the lead), Matt Stevens takes the lead before lap 1 and has little difficulty navigating the bumpy track better than the other karts to take his 3rd win of the season — all the 2nd of a twin-25 and all in the #74!

However, the dreaded Kamikaze pass attempt had another casualty. For around 15 years, dive-bombing your kart low in turn 1 and making contact with the kart in the outer groove has been dictated a dangerous one on our backyard track due to MULTIPLE scary incidents and a few noteworthy injuries because of it. If the kart cannot be kept in the lower groove (most vets can do this, but rookies usually do not) and pushes up with all that downhill momentum, it’s like you and your kart are a manned rocket crashing into something that has almost no place to go. This happened again when rookie Tony Hemingway literally ran over fellow rookie Andrew Hook. Tony and the #7 literally hopped the #78′ right rear tire and ran over Andy’s shoulder and steering wheel.

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Andrew suffered some scrapes, abrasions and bruises and barely avoided more, as his hand narrowly avoided getting ran over by the drive wheel and it’s dangerous chain-sprocket system. Strangely, Tony lost a chain, popped it back on and amazingly recovered for 3rd after his long night of 6 spins and using a fellow driver as a speed bump.

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Andy is OK, but the #78 suffered a mangled steering wheel and a rip in a front tire that left a comical bulging inner-tube out of it. Memories of the 1st turn kamikaze wreck where…

…wrecks came to mind and we must stress how this move is utterly banned at the track and you will be penalized if you do it — accident or not.

FINISH:
1. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/R&C Sushi #74)
2. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/R&C Sushi #4)
3. ® Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
4. ® Nolan Goessl (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5)
5. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
6. DNF – ® Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #6, 78)
7. DNS – Melissa Stevens (SNF #19)
RETCON MAKEUP POINTS:
8. 9/2/2109 Heat Race: Greg Blanchard (Galletta’s #33c) [R]
9. 9/2/2109 Heat Race: Zach Blanchard (Galletta’s #28) [R]
10. 9/2/2109 Heat Race: Nicolas Olivares (Galletta’s #1) [R]

® or [R] = Rookie
DNS = Did Not Start
DNF = Did Not Finish


2019 Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Speedway Point Standings

After 6/23/2019 through 7/21/2019 events:


KEY:
m = Makeup points race run
® = Rookie/1st Season Driver


Handicap Starting Order for Next Race

Order is inverted by (1) 2019 Wins, (2) 2019 Point Average, and (3) when no wins in 2019, All-Time wins take priority.
Returning vets inverted by (1) All-Time Wins, (2) All-Time Point Average. Newbie Rookies inverted by weight.

Pos.
Driver
Wins

Avg.Points

All-Time Wins
1st
Tony Hemingway
0
51.38
0
2nd
Nolan Goessl
0
51.50
0
3rd
Andrew Hook
0
55.69
0
4th
Gary Miller Jr.
0
54.63
1
5th
Adam Lytle
1
74.13
10
6th
Josh Arnold
1
74.88
6
7th
Chris Stevens
1
76.00
84
8th
Steve Sixberry
2
69.13
2
9th
Matt Stevens
3
72.81
145
10th
Returning Veterans
11th
Newbie Rookies
12th
Melissa Stevens
0
50.00
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7/21/2019 – Man Run Over during Twin-25s as Stevens Bros. Sweep [+FULL race videos embedded from…

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7/20/2019 – Oswego Speedway $10,000-to-Win Supermodified Feature (Front Grandstands on a Cellphone Camera)

Where do we get our inspiration for racing karts from? Easy…

Yes, we usually only post our go-kart race videos that we have been doing basically weekly every Summer-Fall since the 1990s. But our dedication and passion for racing karts for around 30 years, (and pedal carts before that, AND what we scaled-down based them on) began as little kids watching Supermodified racing at Oswego Speedway starting in the late-1970s to now. We don’t go as much as we once did (in the early 1980s and the 1990s-2000s, we used to go EVERY WEEK), but we still get in races from time to time, especially when our favorite drivers are there (two or three of which retired, which shows how old we are, haha). This is not great footage — just on a Samsung Galaxy sitting in the crowded grandstands — but I thought I’d share it anyways! Enjoy the weekly racing at the Oswego Speedway all Summer! Basically we do what we do because the Speedway inspired us to have fun racing from childhood on. Enjoy!

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7/14/2019 – 3rd Set of Twin-25s Go To Josh Arnold & Matt Stevens [+YouTube] https://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20190714-josh-arnold-matt-stevens-win-on-youtube/ https://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20190714-josh-arnold-matt-stevens-win-on-youtube/#comments Mon, 15 Jul 2019 03:59:48 +0000 http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/?post_type=comic&p=5869

7/14/2019 – 3rd Set of Twin-25s Go To… [+YouTube] Sunday, July 21st, 2019 – After a week off for the fireworks of Independence day, the racing resumed at Galletta’s. And twin-25s made for another two winners: In the 1st feature, […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...

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20190714_210720 Galletta's Karting - Matt Stevens and Josh Arnold win!

20190714_210720 Galletta's Karting - Matt Stevens and Josh Arnold win!

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Sunday, July 21st, 2019 – After a week off for the fireworks of Independence day, the racing resumed at Galletta’s. And twin-25s made for another two winners: In the 1st feature, Josh Annold led all 25 laps from pole position in his #93 in a race that saw almost no passing. In the 2nd, Chris Stevens led almost the entire race until the Galletta’s #78 slipped off the track into some grass which enabled his brother Matt Stevens to capitalize and scoot by his brother in the Galletta’s/Chrusher.com/OswegoSushi.com #74 for the win.


Twin 25-Lap Feature #1

1st feature is handicapped by inverting wins and points-per-race for the season.

START:
1. Josh Arnold (Arnie Racing #93)
2. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #78)
3. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
4. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
5. Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta Boys #28) [Rookie]
6. Melissa Stevens (SNF #19)

Unedited Race Footage from both features from the Galletta’s Greenhouse Race Scoring Tower

Josh Arnold started on the pole and held off every competitor for all 25 laps en route to the win. Matt Stevens challenged his brother Chris for 2nd but had the door slammed shut on him and got passed by Steve Sixberry. That was basically the story of the entire race.

FINISH:
1. Josh Arnold (Arnie Racing #93)
2. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #78)
3. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
4. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33)
5. Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta Boys #28) [Rookie]
6. DNF – Melissa Stevens (SNF #19)

    RETCON BONUS MAKEUP POINTS:
7. 6/30/2019: Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) [R]
8. 8/25/2019: Nicolas Olivares (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) [R]
9. 8/25/2019: Randy Baldwin (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) [R]
10. 8/25/2019: Greg Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) [R]
11. 8/25/2019: Zachary Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28) [R]
12. 8/25/2019: Adam Lytle (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c)


Twin 25-Lap Feature #2

2nd feature inverts the finish of the 1st except current season’s non-winners get priority.

START:
1. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #78)
2. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/Oswegosushi.com #74)
3. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7)
4. Josh Arnold (Arnie Racing #93)
5. Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta Boys #28) [Rookie]
6. DNS – Melissa Stevens (SNF #19)

Unedited Race Footage of both features from R&C Sushi’s Helmet-mounted GoPro driven by Chris Stevens

2nd feature always inverts the finish of the 1st minus the caveat of non-winners up front. Chris Stevens, who hasn’t won since the 2017 Klassic 200, started on the pole in the Galletta’s #78 kart (formerly owned by 7 or 8 drivers) and looked to end his now 21-month winless streak — the longest drought of his 24+ year karting career!

But as his helmet cam video showed, the #78 was very fast but was also very loose, and Matt pressured him nearly every lap in their co-owned #74 kart until with 5-to-go, when the kart momentarily slipped into the grass coming out of turn 4. That was all Matt needed to shoot by like a rocket, hold off Chris on the last restart and pick up his 2nd win of the season, his 144th win at Galletta’s since 2000! The #78 badly needs a fresher drive wheel tire.

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YouTube Splash Pic

FINISH:
1. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/Chrusher.com/Oswegosushi.com #74)
2. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #78)
3. Josh Arnold (Arnie Racing #93)
4. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7, 6)
5. Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta Boys #28) [R]
6. DNS – Melissa Stevens (SNF #19)

    RETCON BONUS MAKEUP POINTS:
7. 6/30/2019: Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) [R]
8. 8/25/2019: Nicolas Olivares (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1) [R]
9. 8/25/2019: Randy Baldwin (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #7) [R]
10. 8/25/2019: Greg Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) [R]
11. 8/25/2019: Zachary Blanchard (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #28) [R]
12. 8/25/2019: Adam Lytle (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c)

[R] = Rookie


2019 Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Speedway Point Standings

After 6/23/2019 through 7/14/2019 events:


KEY:
m = Makeup points race run
® = Rookie/1st Season Driver

Notes on the points:

  • Adam “AJ” Lytle was the point leader going into the event, but getting called into work on Sunday badly hurt him in the point standings, going from 1st to 8th! I am unsure I have ever seen a drop THAT bad in a single week of racing, ever. Both Adam and Josh need a makeup race to put them back into the thick of things, and if they both come next week, we can rectify that. Gary Miller Jr. as well… if we can contact him.
  • Andrew Hook also missed this week’s race as he was out of town, but he was helped by the fact that he had a banked makeup race in the form of last week’s 6/30/2019 Makeup Points/Rookie/Refresher Heat Race.
  • Chris Stevens was the benefactor of the handicap system that puts non-winners up front ast 1st priority, as he scored every lap in either 2nd or 1st this week. People have a problem with Chris starting up front? Blame Matt! Matt stole what would have been Chris’ 1st feature win since 10/13/2017 when he passed his elder bro with a handful of laps to go in the 2nd feature — a drought of now 21 months, his longest dry streak of his career! This will also ensure him starting up front next race as well — at least until he wins one!

Handicap for next race:

Handicap start via inverting via tiebreakers in this order of importance: (1st) Seasonal Wins, (2nd) Seasonal Points-per-race, (3rd) All-Time Wins, (4th) All-Time Points, then (5th) weight.

Driver
Average
Features
Wins
Tony Hemingway
51.00
6
0
Gary Miller Jr.
54.63
4
0
Andrew Hook
56.67
6
0
Chris Stevens
73.67
6
0
Adam Lytle
74.13
4
1
Josh Arnold
74.88
4
1
Steve Sixberry
68.17
6
2
Matt Stevens
69.50
6
2
Returning Vets
00.00
0
0
New Rookies
00.00
0
0
Melissa Stevens
50.00
6
0

More Points on… Points?

  • Why do we put a priority of inverting by wins before points-per-race? It wasn’t always that way. We had to adapt the rules to favor non-winners over just points-per-race because of the Gary Miller Sr. rule (Gary would quit many of the races that he didn’t win, meaning he had a low points-per-race average despite the fact that he was able to pick up many wins because kept starting up front, which many felt was an abuse of the handicap system). However, a weakness in this is drivers who don’t win get a lot of bonus points starting up front every week. Until someone thinks of something better, we’ll stick with it. Perhaps alternate between PPR and wins? If anybody has any ideas, let us know.

Next race is scheduled for Sunday, July 21st, 2019 at 6:30 pm, oops no 7:30 pm, argh no, finally 8:30 pm!

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6/30/2019 – Steve Sixberry & Matt Stevens Take Twin-25s [+YouTube] https://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20190630-steve-sixberry-and-matt-stevens-win/ https://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/race/20190630-steve-sixberry-and-matt-stevens-win/#respond Mon, 01 Jul 2019 03:59:11 +0000 http://karting.gallettasgreenhouse.com/?post_type=comic&p=5832

6/30/2019 – Steve Sixberry & Matt Stevens Take Twin-25s [+YouTube] Sunday June 30th, 2019 – Two very competitive 25-lap features went to Steve Sixberry and Matt Stevens, although neither had it easy. Sixberry had to come from the back to […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...

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6/30/2019 – Steve Sixberry & Matt Stevens Take Twin-25s [+YouTube]

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20190630_215822_thumb Sunday June 30th, 2019 – Two very competitive 25-lap features went to Steve Sixberry and Matt Stevens, although neither had it easy. Sixberry had to come from the back to take the 1st feature, while in the 2nd, an under-the-weather Matt started on the pole (from finishing last in the 1st) and had to hold off challenges by his brother Chris and points leader Adam Lytle. Sixberry and Lytle have been controlling the season thus far! Want to see how? Great. Just like 99.9% of every race in you can watch the video here to find out!


8-Lap Rookie & Refresher Heat

A heat was run for two rookies and the returning veteran, former feature winner Gary Miller Jr., to shake off some rust. Heats are also scored for bonus points, and occasionally (when multiple drivers who have missed at least one points event that year), makeup race.

START:
1. Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) [Rookie]
2. Gary Miller Jr. (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
3. Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta Boys #28) [Newbie Rookie]

Unedited Race Footage from the Heat Race

FINISH:
1. Gary Miller Jr. (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #0) = 8th in 6/23/2019 Twin 25s.
2. Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) [Rookie] = Banked for 7th in 7/14/2019 Twin-25s.
3. Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta Boys #28) [Newbie Rookie] = 9th in 6/23/2019 Twin 25s.

NOTE: Makeup races can only be done without asking in the summer and more than one driver in need of them. After that, I do not have the time to add the points up due to work, and won’t be counted unless specifically requested by a driver who has missed at least one event and needs it. That being said, I am counting Gary and Tony as a make-up race and Andrew as banked points for either last in the 1st race he misses, or if he misses none, 18 points (2nd for heat) at year’s end.

Twin 25 #1

Remember: All video recorded races are counted for points (scale is seen here). In addition to the finishing order points, the top 3 get 1, 0.5 and 0.5 bonus points per lap respectively on top.

START:
1. Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) [Rookie]
2. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse/OswegoSushi.com/Chrusher.com #4)
3. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
4. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
5. Adam Lytle (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c)
6. Gary Miller Jr. (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
7. Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta Boys #28) [Newbie Rookie]
8. Melissa Stevens (SNF #19)

Unedited footage of the 1st Feature:

F1 Laps:
01. 5, 4, 1
02. 5, 4, 1
03. 5, 4, 1
04. 5, 4, 1
05. 5, 4, 1
06. 5, 4, 1
07. 5, 4, 1
08. 5, 4, 1
09. 5, 4, 1
10. 5, 4, 1
11. 5, 4, 1
12. 5, 4, 1
13. 5, 4, 1
14. 5, 9, 33c
15. 5, 9, 33c (Caution 28 spin, 4->78)
–. (Caution 0, 78 crash)
16. 5, 9, 33c
17. 5, 9, 33c
18. 5, 9, 33c
19. 5, 9, 33c
–. (Caution #5 off track)
20. 9, 1, 33c
21. 9, 1, 33c
–. (Caution #1 out, broken drive wheel)
22. 9, 33c, 0
23. 9, 33c, 0
24. 9, 33c, 0
25. 9, 33c, 0

FINISH:
1. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
2. Adam Lytle (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c)
3. Gary Miller Jr. (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
4. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #4 / #78)
5. Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) [Rookie]
6. Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta Boys #28) [Newbie Rookie]
7. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #1)
8. Melissa Stevens (SNF #19)
   RETCON MAKEUP POINTS:
9. 1st in 8/11/2019 makeup heat: Nicolas Olivares (Galletta’s #1)
10. 2nd in 8/11/2019 makeup heat: Greg Blanchard (Galletta’s #5)
11. 3rd in 8/11/2019 makeup heat: Randy Baldwin (Galletta’s #7)
12. 4th in 8/11/2019 makeup heat: Zachary Blanchard (Galletta’s #28)
13. 5th in 8/11/2019 makeup heat: Shane Evans (Galletta’s #6)
14. 3rd in 9/2/2019 makeup heat: Bob Failmezger (Galletta’s #0) [R]
15. 4th in 9/2/2019 makeup heat: Riley Baldwin (Galletta’s #9) [R]
16. 5th in 9/2/2019 makeup heat: Andrew Failmezger (Galletta’s #2) [R]

NOTE: Makeup Points for this race are closed after 9/2/2019 event.

Unedited wreck footage of the 1st Feature. After the leaders bunched up on a restart, Gary Miller Jr. got sideways and Chris Stevens crashed into him. Everyone was okay.:

Twin 25 #2

START:
1. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #74) :-O NOT FAIR!
2. Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) [Rookie]
3. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #78)
4. Gary Miller Jr. (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
5. Adam Lytle (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c)
6. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
7. Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta Boys #28) [Newbie Rookie]
8. DNS – Melissa Stevens (SNF #19)

Unedited footage of the 2nd Feature:

F2 Laps:
01. 74, 5, 78
02. 74, 5, 78 (#5 off track, no caution?)
03. 74, 78, 0
04. 74, 78, 0
05. 74, 78, 0
06. 74, 78, 33c
07. 74, 78, 33c
08. 74, 78, 33c
09. 74, 78, 33c
10. 74, 78, 33c
–. (Caution for? Who???)
11. 74, 78, 33c
12. 74, 78, 33c
13. 74, 78, 33c
14. 74, 78, 33c
15. 74, 78, 33c
16. 74, 78, 33c
17. 74, 78, 33c
18. 74, 78, 33c
19. 74, 78, 33c
20. 74, 78, 33c (33c Banzai)
21. 74, 33c, 78
22. 74, 33c, 78
23. 74, 33c, 78
24. 74, 33c, 78
25. 74, 33c, 78 (Bonus Lap?)

2nd 25-Lapper FINISH:
1. Matt Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #74) :-O NOT FAIR!
2. Adam Lytle (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #33c)
3. Chris Stevens (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #78)
4. Gary Miller Jr. (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #0)
5. Steve Sixberry (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #9)
6. Tony Hemingway (Team Galletta Boys #28) [Newbie Rookie]
7. Andrew Hook (Team Galletta’s Greenhouse #5) [Rookie]
8. DNS – Melissa Stevens (SNF #19)
   RETCON MAKEUP POINTS:
9. 1st in 8/11/2019 makeup heat: Nicolas Olivares (Galletta’s #1)
10. 2nd in 8/11/2019 makeup heat: Greg Blanchard (Galletta’s #5)
11. 3rd in 8/11/2019 makeup heat: Randy Baldwin (Galletta’s #7)
12. 4th in 8/11/2019 makeup heat: Zachary Blanchard (Galletta’s #28)
13. 5th in 8/11/2019 makeup heat: Shane Evans (Galletta’s #6)
14. 3rd in 9/2/2019 makeup heat: Bob Failmezger (Galletta’s #0) [R]
15. 4th in 9/2/2019 makeup heat: Riley Baldwin (Galletta’s #9) [R]
16. 5th in 9/2/2019 makeup heat: Andrew Failmezger (Galletta’s #2) [R]

NOTE: Makeup Points for this race are closed after 9/2/2019 event.

2019 Galletta’s Greenhouse Speedway Point Standings

After 6/23/2019 through 6/30/2019 events:

The season is proving to be competitive thus far and we hope it continues! Adam Lytle and Steve Sixberry have both had an amazing start to the season, leading the points and taking 3 of the 1st 4 feature wins. Matt Stevens finally broke out of the winless crowd in ’19, but started on the pole and was pressured the whole time, so not as dominant as he has been his whole career. Chris Stevens’ feature winless streak is still going strong — his last victory was the 2017 Klassic 200 minus the non-point 3-kart exhibition for Doug Didero last season. Driver attendance has been good, but we are literally a couple of drivers away from having a good 10-12 kart races every week. If we can all get on the same page, the racing, as good as it’s been, will be even better!

Handicap order for next race

DRIVER
POINT AVG.
RACES
WINS
Gary Miller Jr.
54.63
4
0
Andrew Hook
60.00
4
0
Josh Arnold
66.50
2
0
Chris Stevens
69.25
4
0
Matt Stevens
67.38
4
1
Adam Lytle
74.13
4
1
Steve Sixberry
71.25
4
2
Tony Hemingway
48.50
4
0
Melissa Stevens
48.50
4
0
Returning Veterans
–.–
Newbie Rookies
–.–

Handicap order at Galletta’s goes by inverting the following in order of importance:
(1) Current Season Feature Wins, then by (2) Current Season Points-Per-Race. Tiebreakers after that are (3) All-Time Wins, then (4) All-Time Points-Per-Race, and if STILL a tie, finally, by (5) Weight.


7/7/2019 – Father’s Day 75 Cancelled due to Not Enough Drivers Matt and Melissa Stevens Scheduling

We usually have a race on Father’s Day Weekend at Galletta’s, but Matt and Melissa Stevens cancelled the race in favor of sitting in the same spot for roughly 3 hours at Breitbeck Park to watch fireworks with the kids. Next week should resume to normal scheduling! Hope to see you all then!

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