Precipitation made for a fun, but yet rain-shortened event, and Matt Stevens took the checker when his win-starved brother Chris Stevens (AKA me) nailed a pothole in turn 3 and then broke down while leading late. Curses! The Feature was 16 karts, and six people had to be eliminated in the heats because we didn't have enough extra karts available. With more karts, we could have had A TWENTY-ONE kart race! Yikes! We've now had 46 different drivers race at our track this year with a couple of months of racing action to go, and that don't even count the OHV karts that race at Oswego with us! Awesome! We need more karts! Build 'em, find 'em and bring 'em 'em! And come to the Galletta's Klassic Championship Race in mid-September to make it the biggest race in Galletta's Racing Club History (Let's beat last year's 16 this year!)! All pictures and video clips are from the Galletta's Go-Karts 2007 Volume #11 DVD. Buy one today.
The back cover of this week's DVD. Click here for a printable version. Other weeks made to order.
Here's the starting lineup to the 5 kart Rookie Qualifier Heat #1, won by Russ Bartlett. George Russell also qualified. Buddy Cottom also qualified via time trial for the last Galletta's Backup, my own #5.
Here's a 5 kart Rookie Qualifier Heat #2, which was essentially a tie between Lil' Kenny Lindsey and Ryan Coleman, to which they both qualified for the feature.
All of the other rookies that didn't qualify did well (not too many wrecks and raced fairly clean), but we just don't have enough backup karts to rent out. If we can get some more (I know Ed Meynes has a few fast karts that may be for sale, and Gary Miller wants to sell his fast, feature-winning engine, and Ken Pitsley wants to sell his stepson Rob Jimenez's feature-winning & 3rd fastest 2006 Klassic Time Trial engine from last year), we can have some huge races! Inquire with Chris and Matt or the above noted people for details.
Here's a clip of Ryan Coleman flipping the #s9 after getting hit by Big Ken Lindsey in the 2nd heat.
Here's a shot from Heat #3, an 11 karts all piloted by experienced veteran drivers. This wound up being a fast and furious race filled with a lot of driving talent. One of the best heat races we've ever had here.
Kyle Reuter attempted passing Oscar Berry and took a nasty flip. Here is one of the two camera angles from the DVD.
Dick Dann got the checker in this heat. Believe it or not, Matt and Chris finished in the rear of the field, showing you just how competitive this race was and how difficult it is to win.
Starting lineup of the Feature Event that was supposed to go 45 but shortened to 35 as the race progressed and the track conditions deteriorated. The rain already started, but Galletta's Go-Kart Club races don't stop for a few raindrops, you sissies! We rule!
Chris Stevens (yours truly) came from the rear of the field after a wreck to pass Matt Stevens and Brian Bortel for the lead on lap 10. Chris half the lead until lap 22 (which this video clip here), where he hit a huge pothole in turn 3, which almost sent him flying off of the kart and damaged his drive-wheel, slowing him greatly and then breaking the chain a lap later.
On August 9th, 2007, five 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 Karts). (Above photo by Xtreme Photography).
The Feature was won by Matt Stevens in the Galletta's #33, and was followed by Kyle Reuter in the Galletta's #0, Mike "MC" Howell in the Galletta's #6, Eric Raponi in the OHV #83, Wes Ogre Stevens in the Galletta's #4, Missy Berry in the Galletta's #7, and Joe Hayden in the OHV #5 did not finish. The heat was won by Eric Raponi in the OHV #83, followed by Kyle Reuter in the Galletta's #0, Matt Stevens in the Galletta's #33, Mike "MC" Howell in the Galletta's #6, Joe Hayden in the OHV #5, Wes Ogre Stevens in the Galletta's #4, and Missy Berry in the Galletta's #7.
The next Oswego Speedway Gas Stocker Kart race is Thursday, August 16th, 2007 afternoon behind the back grandstand at Oswego Speedway. The next Galletta's Speedway Points race is set for Sunday, August 19th, 2006 behind Galletta's Greenhouse. The racing is set to begin at 6:30pm, but if you are a rookie or an irregular competitor and you plan to rent (or if you have your own kart and plan to enter the show) please get here around 6:00pm and sign in to speed things up. We love having tons of racers, so keep coming! Thanks!
For our "Gas Stocker division" at Oswego, the rules are: (1) Gas only, (2) Racing slicks, (3) No more than 8 horsepower motor. The awards for all classes will be: 1st Place - A pass to the International Classic Weekend and a big trophy. 2nd Place -Friday Pass to the ISMA nationals, and a trophy. 3rd Place -Saturday Pass to the Modified 125, and a trophy. Now, here are the...
Oswego Speedway Dirt Oval "Gas Stocker Kart" Points Standings as of 8/9/2007:
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 "Ram" Raponi (6.5hp OHV Raponi #83)
Joe Hayden (6.5hp OHV Hayden #5)
Wesley "Ogre" Stevens (5hp FH Galletta's #4)
Kyle Reuter (5hp FH Galletta's #0, #G5)
Chris "Chrusher" Stevens (5hp FH Galletta's #8, #G5)
AUGUST 14-15th UPDATE: Oscar Berry, one of our most regular members of the Galletta's Go-Karts Racing Club, suffered what was initially diagnosed as a mild heart attack and had surgery yesterday. Apparently, everything checked out well, and it was just acid reflux, his heart appears to be fine. Our prayers, thoughts, and well-wishes are all with Oscar, and we hope he will make a speedy recovery. God bless. And now unto next week's race:
Our race club and backyard speedway is headquartered at: Galletta's Greenhouses
60 County Route 20
Oswego, NY 13126-6512
(315) 343-0879 or (315) 343-4281 Need directions? Here's: