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Galletta's 2007 Race #9: 7/29/2007 40-Lapper:
Damn him! Despite Chrusher's attempts to weigh him down by duct-taping 50 lbs. of weights under Matt's #33, the 13-driver, 40-lap Feature was still again won by Matt Stevens in the Galletta's #0 after his #33's muffler broke off in the 2nd Heat. This makes his 4th Galletta's feature in a row and 5th of the year.
In all strangeness to add to the full moon of racing, Werewolf Fred Collins (still a bit too sore to run due to his hip) flagged but didn't race, yet the two original Galletta's Go-Karts visiting drivers from back in the early 1990s, "Bowser" Brian Galletta and Jesse "The Body" Vivlemore both showed up and they DID race! Both used to race a lot back in the beginning days of the track and love the enhancements we've done over the years.
In the first heat, which doubled as a rookie/rusty refresher race, Brian Galletta (in the Galletta's #7) defeated 1st-timer Lisa Roberts (in the Galletta's #1). Jesse Vivlemore started a few laps down (in the Galletta's #5) and passed Lisa, but collected third. He plans to be back to race on a regular basis soon.
Here is the hilarious prank by yours truly, The Chrusher. Hysterical it was, as Matt warmed up the Galletta's #33 to hear metal clanging and scraping. Too bad I didn't do a better job tying the 30-50 lbs. of weights to Matt's seat, as he probably wouldn't have known! Curses! Matt foiled my plans yet again!
Dick Dann won the 2nd heat, as he and Chris" Chrusher" Stevens pulled away from Nick Dann, Barrelin' Brian Bortel, Lisa Roberts, and Missy Berry.
In a surprise, Brian Galletta won the 3rd heat, after Matt's #33 lost a muffler while leading, and then Wesley "Ogre" Stevens wrecked with Mike "MC" Howell while battling for the lead. Brian showed that he isn't too rusty, and with handicapping, he'll be a force to be reckoned with. He was followed by Ogre, MC, Melissa Gabel, Oscar Berry, and the DNF'ed Matty-Jo.
What a great 13-man Feature event! Battles taking place right off the bat! Matt Stevens had to use a backup and chose the Galletta's #0 because his #33 broke. Kyle Reuter, the regular driver of the #0, was out of town for the weekend.
However, as the feature wore on, it wound up being a 4-kart battle pulling away from the rest of the pack, as Wesley Stevens held off Matt Stevens, Dick Dann, and Chris Stevens.
But Dick Dann dropped out and Wesley James got shuffled out of the lead leading to a tremendous 2-kart battle between Matt and his brother Chris. Matt pulled about 2 kart lengths on Chris, until they ran into traffic, which made things close. A few times the brothers were bumper to bumper, but Matt was able to hold his brother off and get the last laugh winning his 4th straight Feature and his 5th of the year. Damn! When will be able to stop Matt's win streak? This weekend, I say! After the race, Matt then got profusely beaten by several competitors, then cowardly counter-attacked his awesome brother Chris afterwards!
July 29th, 2007 "Harborfest-Avoidance 40-lap" Feature Final order of finish:
Name (Go-Karts Piloted)
Matt Stevens (Galletta's #0/#33 in heat)
Chris "ChrusherComix" Stevens (Galletta's #8)
Wes "Ogre" Stevens (Galletta's #4)
Melissa Gabel (Galletta's #3)
Mike "MC" Howell (Galletta's #6)
Missy Berry (Team Oz #m11)
Oscar "Flyin' Ozz" Berry (Team Oz #11) DNF
Nick Dann (Team Dann #68) DNF
Dick Dann (Team Dann #86) DNF
Barrelin' Brian Bortel (Barrelin' #15) DNF
Brian Galletta (Galletta's F.U. #7) DNF
® Lisa Roberts (Galletta's #1) DNF
Jesse Vivlemeore (Galletta's #5) DNS
The points are now updated!
Galletta's Go-Kart Club 2007 Point Standings
(for the 2007 Stock 5hp Championship of Oswego County)
After 9 events from 6/3/2007 to 7/29/2007:
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Oswego Speedway's Kartway - Gas Stocker Division - July 26th, 2007:
Four of the Galletta's 5hp Go-Kart Crew (Matt, Chris, and Wes Stevens, along with Dick Dann) decided to take a shot at the "Super-Yard-Kart" money race at Oswego Speedway's dirt track on Thursday, July 26th, 2007. Here is the opening lineup of the heat. The fields have been small because the flathead 5hps feel it is unfair to race against 6.5hps with racing parts. But Matt is a trooper who loves racing no matter the odds, and his racing spirit gets others of the Galletta's Racing Club to join him.
The opening lineup of the Feature event (Wes Stevens #4; Eric Raponi #83; Matt Stevens #33; Chris Stevens #8; Dick Dann #86; Joe Hayden #5 [off-cam]). Xtreme Photos pics.
Here are some great pics of this race by XTREME PHOTOGRAPHY below! Please buy their prints!
The race was won by Eric Raponi in his 6.5hp, pumping his fist like he won the International Classic 200! Clearly a simple 6-man, 20-lap, $1 per lap race was exciting to him. Even so, it was too bad that the race was rain-shortened, as both of the smaller horsepowered Matt and Chris Stevens were gaining on him and licking their chops at the oncoming traffic, which would have made things more interesting.
Oswego Speedway's "Gas Stocker Kart" Points as of July 26th, 2007:
Total Points (Place)
Average Points Per Event
Name (Motor type & Go-Karts Piloted)
Red = OHV (Different motor with more Horsepower)
Matt "Mush" Stevens (5hp FH Galletta's #33)
Eric "Rammer" Raponi (6.5hp OHV Raponi #83)
Wesley "Ogre" Stevens (5hp FH Galletta's #4)
Joe Hayden (6.5hp OHV Hayden #5)
Chris "Chrusher" Stevens (5hp FH Galletta's #8, #G5)
Kyle Reuter (5hp FH Galletta's #0, #G5)
Lee Bartlett (6.5hp OHV Bartlett #924)
Mike Billion (6.5hp OHV Billion #57)
Mark Miller (6.5hp OHV M-Miller #00)
Dick Dann (5hp FH Dann #86)
Oscar "Flyin' Oz" Berry (5hp FH Oz #11)
Gary Miller Sr. (5hp FH G-Miller #24)
Nick Dann (5hp FH Dann #68)
HANDICAPPING FOR NEXT RACE (If used and not drawn): Average Points/Total Points/Events/Feature Wins/Name (Motor/Go-Karts):
63.00 63.00 1 0 Nick Dann (5hp FH Dann #68)
69.00 138.00 2 0 Dick Dann (5hp FH Dann #86)
72.67 218.00 3 0 Lee Bartlett (6.5hp OHV Bartlett #924)
76.00 76.00 1 0 Gary Miller Sr. (5hp FH G-Miller #24)
80.00 80.00 1 0 Oscar "Flyin' Oz" Berry (5hp FH Oz #11)
81.40 407.00 5 0 Chris "Chrusher" Stevens (5hp FH Galletta's #8, #G5)
82.33 494.00 6 0 Wesley "Ogre" Stevens (5hp FH Galletta's #4)
84.50 169.00 2 0 Mark Miller (6.5hp OHV M-Miller #00)
88.75 355.00 4 0 Kyle Reuter (5hp FH Galletta's #0, #G5)
96.00 192.00 2 0 Mike Billion (6.5hp OHV Billion #57)
74.83 449.00 6 1 Joe Hayden (6.5hp OHV Hayden #5)
95.50 573.00 6 2 Matt "Mush" Stevens (5hp FH Galletta's #33)
89.33 536.00 6 3 Eric "Rammer" Raponi (6.5hp OHV Raponi #83)
The next Galletta's Points race is set for Sunday, August 5th, 2007. We were able to take a grate to it so it is much smoother than it has been all year, but still awaiting the clay (we may side against clay at all unless it comes quicker). Qualifying events (Rookie/Novice Qualifier Race and/or Veteran Heats) will begin at 6:00pm if enough competitors arrive by then, and the final heat &/or Feature will begin shortly after 7pm (two Galletta's regulars cannot arrive before then). The grill will be fired up if enough spectators arrive, so come on out! Bring your own stock 5hp kart or rent one of our Galletta's backup/rentals. As for further updates, and communication with us and other Galletta's Karting Race Club drivers, please join our Galletta's Go-Karts Message Board!