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Welcome! We are a Karting Club that invented and races extremely affordable 5hp flathead, Single Wheel Drive "Gas stocker" karts for a Points championship every summer at Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Speedway and a traveling points show at other local area tracks. Hybrid between a yard kart (but much stronger and faster than one) and a WKA kart (similar speeds, but far less cost) and built to race anywhere (backyard speedways or race facilities) - the cheapest competitive karting series in the world! We also have recorded weekly dirt karting classes in the Oswego area and make them available on DVD! Enjoy the site.
Galletta's Kart Club - 2009 Season Opener:
Sunday, June 7th, 2009 in Oswego, NY
The Galletta's Kart Club 2009 Volume #1 DVD:
Two camera angles of the races held on June 7th, 2009. Ten drivers, two 10-lap heats and a 45-lap feature. One hour in highest-quality resolution. 16:9 Anamorphic widescreen video, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Surround, and two camera angles of all of the action. Price $5.
A great night lead to a great opener at John J. Galletta Memorial Karting Speedway - the original and still the biggest, most banked, and best dirt karting track in Oswego, NY. And, as can be seen in the above video clips and snapshots below, the racing was clean, the track was smooth, and the tradition of professional, yet highly affordable 1-WD Gas Karting at Galletta's in Oswego, NY continues...
The first heat saw Russ Hockey collect the win, followed by Larry Phillips, Nick Dann, and Chris Stevens. The second heat saw Buddy Cottom's newly redesigned Galletta's #6 take the win, followed by Melissa Stevens, Matt Stevens, and Andrew Miller. Buddy's radical new system allows us to change the handling of each kart by dropping or rising the frame in three areas, and works similar to how torsion bars and suspension works on larger racing vehicles - minus the cost. The revolutionary system is a success, and more karts will be adapted as the season progresses.
The forty-five lap feature event was filled with a fast-paced, clean, and highly competitive field of ten drivers. Larry Phillips started on the pole in his L&K Engine #04, and led the first two laps until Russ Hockey took over the lead on lap two.
Here we see some fantastic battles from our new camera angle in the back turn. Matt Stevens (#33), Chris Stevens (Galletta's #5), Buddy Cottom (#6), Nick Dann (#7) are featured in these shots. The track was as smooth as glass, but a little loose, and we can see some skillful loose driving in the back turns.
But in the end, Matt Stevens took over the lead on lap fifteen and led the rest of the way, although Russ hunted him down in traffic and made a race of it late. The track was smooth, and the clay held up well, only being just a bit loose. Although Matt broke a dry spell dating back to last Fall with a win (and will now have more weight strapped onto his kart which should only make things closer), the racing was overall very close, especially considering that there was only a couple of cautions during the whole 45-lap event, which is impressive and speaks highly of all of our driver's skills.
Another great night at the original, biggest, and still the best dirt karting track in Oswego - and the only track in Oswego that does not allow cheaters, biased rule-making, and class-ism. The final order of finish is the same as the point standings below. There was some confusion due to a lack of volunteers flagging - the tape had to be closely reviewed for Chris, Buddy, Melissa, and Larry to know where they finally finished - so anybody wants to come out and help, it would be appreciated. We're sorry we don't have the "big track's" name and funds supporting us, so we have to make do with people who are genuinely looking to have fun racing karts, and not necessarily just doing it to try to forward racing careers and forcing people out who don't buy into their racket. We could probably get Ogre out of retirement if we had people flagging. Now for the...
In previous years, we only 100% box stock cams (but were forced into more expensive cams by Oswego Speedway's rather inconsistent and unprofessional dirt track - which then removed our class after we were forced into the upgrades. Nice, huh? typical of their kind.). Hence, by default, we will now allow specially installed cams (all of the karts within the weight limit must have a Dyno 94-SS - which is a stronger cam than WKA-legal karts are allowed to legally use, but they are legal in OUR rules, except for heavier-competitor drivers over the weight limit who are allowed an stronger cam - but you MUST see Matt for details on if you want to race but are over 210 lbs. ONLY... all others must have a Dyno-94-SS). See Matt, he will show you any and all motors, karts, setups, and practice if desired. We value transparency on our track, no secrets withheld from others, everybody who races here is a friend, and no racer has ever been asked to leave in the twenty year history of our track, unlike other local tracks, which force good drivers out.
This year, we are open to more classes racing on our track. Contrary to certain people - who we have never met, nor have ever visited here, nor have ever raced here--slandering our track on 4-Cycle.com and word-of-mouth--our track is flat enough for flatkarts, it is safe (twenty years of racing and in all of that time only one case of broken bones - a freak accident which could have been avoided with some extra protective padding - whereas people have died racing methanol karts simply because of the raw speed), and we allow other classes outside of our 1-WD Gas Flathead class, and unlike local tracks that have since booted us, cheats are not allowed, no politics, no "big name" stars get special treatment, and no matter who is a buddy with the track operator or property owner. Anybody and everybody has a chance to win on our track, and all of our karts are competitive and can win on any given night, as proven by our extensive winners list, and, in general, the people who raced often enough to gain experience win, and the drivers who only race a few times, don't win, as seen on this chart. The only thing that Galletta's is guilty of "rigging" is doing our best to make sure every single one of our karts is fast and the racing is very close. This is proven over and over as one person will drive a kart and say, "it's slow, you guys are cheating" and then someone with more racing experience climbs in that very same kart during that very same race and either wins in it or comes close. It's also proven by how someone will come to Matt and ask to tune up their kart, Matt does so, and they are one of - if not the - fastest karts out there, even beating Matt himself! He helps people to beat him. This means we do not make our personal karts faster than everybody else's, because we want people to race against us. Rather, we help out our competition all of the time because we believe in affordable and fair racing. Chris and Matt have raced for so long (they've been racing karts since 1988!), they are quite confident in their racing abilities, and really don't care if another kart is faster than theirs, as many times is the case (why else would they take on people with larger-horsepowered karts between 2004-2008?), but rather they WANT people racing with them to be talented and fast. They appended their rules to allow drivers over the weight limit to have extra horsepower. It has worked great, besides when people used entirely different motors altogether (but that subject has been beaten to death on earlier pages between 2005-2008). They want the challenge, and love it. The only rule they have is obey the rules, use the same motor, and race your heart out safely and fairly. So, this is a rule of thumb that you can use whenever you hear someone speaking badly about the racing here at Galletta's: "One: It is absolutely not true, as we are transparent and let everybody know everything we do on this website and in person - which is the reason why a small handful of vocal people dislike us so strongly, and Two: they themselves are almost certainly guilty of the very charge they bring against us - and then some, and their guilt and jealousy makes them say such things."
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Our karting club's home track is located in back of: Galletta's Greenhouses
60 County Route 20
Oswego, NY 13126-6512
(315) 343-0879 or (315) 343-4281 Need directions? Here they are!
Please visit Galletta's Speedway racer/co-founder/co-owner Chris "Crusher Comics" Stevens' other websites containing his new graphic novel, children's book, and his old old cartoon strips & comic books:
Galletta's Greenhouse & Karting Team
60 County Route 20 Oswego, NY, USA
(315) 343-0879 or
(Ask for Matt or Chris only!) Directions