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Galletta's 2007 Race #10: 8/5/2007 45-Lapper: Surviving a 1st lap flip onto another driver's kart,Dick Dann (in his Dickhead-Destroyer #86) penetrates Victory Lane to become the winner of the Mr. Galletta Speedway's 10,000 Rocks-to-Win 2007 (He is joined here by his teammate/son, Nick Dann). 17-drivers large, Mr. Dann proved to be a hard Dick to pass in the largest attending driver event in Galletta's Speedway history. Two extremely violent and scary wrecks occurred (and will be sure-fire hits on YouTube and this site).
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With the unprecedented amount of 1st-time rookie-rental drivers, we had to hold two elimination heats to determine who could qualify for the feature. The first heat was won by Jesse Vivlemore (Galletta's #5) and was followed by Andy Noto (Galletta's/Kelly #9), Russ Hockey (Galletta's #7), and Lil' Ken Lindsey (Galletta's #1) did not qualify due to too many cautions and a DNF.
The second heat was won by Buddy Cottom (Galletta's #6). He was followed by Big Ken Lindsey (Galletta's #2), Ryan Coleman (Galletta's #0), and Richard Hockey (Galletta's/Kelly-Mobile #9). The last two did not qualify due to to not enough rental karts available, though they raced well enough to get in if we simply had more karts. If they came any other week, they'd make the show! All of these rookies were very good and we'd love for them to all come back often!
The third heat was a doozy! All of the attending veterans were placed in a whopping 9-man, 10-lap heat! And man, did we put on a tremendous show! Nick Dann (Dick-Destroyer #68) took his pole position and held off a few challenges to take his second heat of his young career. He was followed by Matt (Galletta's #33) and Chris Stevens (Galletta's #8), MC Howell (Galletta's #6), Kyle Reuter (Galletta's #0), Dick Dann (Dick-Destroyer #86), Wes Stevens (Galletta's #4), Melissa Gabel (Galletta's #3), and Gary Miller Sr. (Miller #24). When Nick was asked why he was so fast, he responded, "I just can't help it."
Early on, the first lap was filled with some horrible accidents and had to be re-tried a few times, mirroring the Mr. SBS show the night before at Oswego. First, Dick Dann crashed hard in turn 1 and landed upside down on top of Melissa Gabel. Both were OK, but Dick was shaken up and damaged his helmet on Melissa's motor, one of Matt's back-ups.
The next attempt at lap one was even more scary then that! Nobody saw that a 1st-time driver Big Ken Lindsey stall the Galletta's #2 in a dark patch in the back straight, so nobody threw the caution flag. Going FULL-THROTTLE, a few of us missed him, but Matt slammed into him taking he and the Galletta's #33 airborne, landing backwards on Kyle Reuter's Galletta's #0, putting that kart out of commission with a broken carb. At the same time, MC Howell avoided them all and flew into the woods in a comical fashion. The Galletta's #2 was O.F.T.N. with a completely severed right rear axle & wheel. Matt hammered the drivewheel axle back into place and continued his sights on his 5th straight Galletta's Feature. Here are two camera angles (though the quality is poor and choppy here, so buy the DVD for high quality image and sound).
Second camera angle:
Another nasty accident took out both Jesse Vivlemore and Gary Miller when the spinning rookie Buddy Cottom collected them both. Gary's wrist was sore which forced him to retire for the evening, so Kyle Reuter then jumped into Gary's #24. Hence, although Kyle was some laps down, he was able to pick up extra points and get some racing action in after missing all of last week's. Here's a video. Owch!
Other than the nasty wrecks, the race was one to remember. Nick Dann was holding the lead for the first seventeen laps until his dad, Dick, jumped both he and then-2nd-place-running Chris Stevens for the lead on a restart. Ogre Stevens, Matt Stevens and MC Howell were all in hot pursuit, but Dick was too hard to pass.
Chris thought he had a little something for the #86, but when his right rear tire starting falling off, all he could do was hold off Matt and Nick until a late caution put him in the pits and he hopped into his backup #5. By then, though everybody was having some clean, smooth, and competitive racing throughout the field, Dick had the newfound horsepower to hold off Matt and take the feature win, his first ever points feature and 2nd career win (He also won a late-season non-points show in Fall 2006).
Mr. Galletta Speedway's 10,000 Rocks-To-Win 2007 Final Order Of Finish:
Name (Go-Karts Piloted)
Dick Dann (Team Dann #86)
Matt Stevens (Galletta's #33)
Wes "Ogre" Stevens (Galletta's #4)
Nick Dann (Team Dann #68)
Chris "ChrusherComix" Stevens (Galletta's #8, #5)
Mike "MC" Howell (Galletta's #6)
® Buddy Cottom (Galletta's #1)
Melissa Gabel (Galletta's #3)
® Russ Hockey (Galletta's #7)
Kyle Reuter (Galletta's #0, Miller-Time #24)
® Andy Noto (Kelly-Mobile/Galletta's #9) DNF
Gary Miller Sr. (Miller-Time #24) DNF
Jesse Vivlemore (Galletta's #5) DNF
® Big Ken Lindsey (Galletta's #2, #9)
® Ryan Coleman (Galletta's #0) DNQ/DNS
® Richard Hockey (Kelly-Mobile/Galletta's #9) DNQ/DNS
® Lil' Ken Lindsey (Galletta's #1) DNQ/DNS
Galletta's Go-Kart Club 2007 Point Standings
(for the 2007 Stock 5hp Championship of Oswego County)
After 10 events from 6/3/2007 to 8/5/2007:
Name & Go-Karts Piloted (^ = Timeouts used)
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The next Galletta's Speedway race is Sunday August 12th, 2007. Drivers not normally expected weekly need to arrive at no later than 6:15pm to secure your entrance into the events. Races start between 6:30-7:15pm (depending on enough drivers arriving). Drivers arriving between 6:15-6:45pm will race in the 1st heat and rookie/rusty races (if necessary). Drivers arriving after 6:59pm will race the 2nd heat with Matt, so get here early.
Galletta's @ Oswego Speedway's Dirt Oval : 8/2/2007:
On August 2nd, 2007, four members of the Galletta's Go-Karts Club raced in Oswego Speedway's Dirt Oval Kartway in the Gas Stocker Division (formerly known as the Super Yard Kart division). The heat was won by Eric Raponi in the Raponi #83, followed by Matt Stevens in the Galletta's #33, Joe Hayden in the Hayden #5, Mike "MC" Howell in the Galletta's #6, Oscar Berry in the Berry #11, and Missy Berry in the Galletta's #0. Xtreme Photo.
The 30 lap feature provided some excitement as Matt Stevens had to come from through the field 2 times after one of his own Galletta karts driven by MC Howell wrecked into him.
Here are some great pics of this race by Xtreme Photos.
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On the very last lap, Matt used his outside groove to pass Eric (by inches) and take his third race of the year on the last lap (2 times getting Eric at Oswego and 1 time getting Kyle Reuter at Galletta's). Following Matt and Eric were MC and Joe Hayden crashing across the finish line, followed by Missy Berry and Oscar Berry. Xtreme Photo.
Here are the updated points..
Oswego Speedway's "Gas Stock Kart" Points as of August 2nd, 2007:
Name (Motor type & Go-Karts Piloted)
Red = OHV (Larger Horsepower Motor)
Total Points (Place)
Average Points Per Event
Matt "Matty-Jo" Stevens (5hp FH Galletta's #33)
Eric Raponi (6.5hp OHV Raponi #83)
Joe Hayden (6.5hp OHV Hayden #5)
Wesley "Ogre" Stevens (5hp FH Galletta's #4)
Chris "Chrusher" Stevens (5hp FH Galletta's #8, #G5)