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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, Week 2:
Sunday, June 14th, 2009 in Oswego, NY
Above are highlights of the Twin-30 races on 6/14/2009 at John J. Galletta Memorial Backyard Karting Speedway.
Below is a report on our racing club by Zachary James, taped during these races on 6/14/2009.
The Galletta's Kart Club 2009 Volume #2 DVD:
Two camera angles of the races held on June 14th, 2009. Eleven drivers, rookie heat and twin 30-lap features. One hour & 15 minutes 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.
Twin 30s night was in store for a beautiful June day at Galletta's Greenhouse's at John J. Galletta Memorial Karting Speedway - the original and still the biggest, most banked, most fun, least PC-butt-kissing, and best dirt karting track in Oswego, NY. We had 11 karters today, including two 1st-time rookies and a returning veteran driver! And unlike other puny tracks, we don't set 10-kart limits nor make 50 different divisions so that each class only has a handful of karts. 20 with the same motor and a reasonable weight show up, 20 get on the track. Oh, by the way, Sorry for taking so long to update the website folks, webmaster has a day job and produces some books (from scratch to publication) to boot, but I will not fail my loyal website readers!
(Left) This weekend we had a special guest reporter covering our racing and giving interviews, Zach James Janiszewski, a Syracuse University student/NCC News reporter. His report is on this blog. (Right) A nice shot of Gary Miller, Buddy Cottom, and Russ Hockey in warm-ups.
The two rookies were granted a free practice followed by a rookie heat race. Todd Sharp won (in the Galletta's #9), followed by Tony Gonyeau (Galletta's #1). One of the all-stars of Galletta's Karting history is Jason "Hammer" Mills, who returned from taking a year and a half off to drive the recently re-built Galletta's #2. The first thirty lap feature then followed, which saw Larry Phillips charge out to an early lead before Gary Miller worked him over to take the lead from him. At Galletta's, we don't draw from a hat, which is unprofessional, can be rigged, and is unfair for pretty much everybody - fast or slow, experienced or inexperienced, those that won and those who never have. We handicap via inverting the points-per-event and total wins, which ensures that the race will be fair to all at hand - giving the guys and gals who haven't won a good chance at getting some wins, and making the people who have won to work for it.
The racing was close in both features, as one can see in our above YouTube video. Nobody really pulled away, and there was a lot of bumper-to-bumper racing between the most experienced vets, showing how close the competition is once you get enough races under your belt. Russ Hockey, Jason Mills, Buddy Cottom, and Chris Stevens all had some great shots at winning, but in the end, the wins went to...
The first 30-lapper went to Gary Miller Sr. (Galletta's/Gary Miller #24), who won his first feature since opening weekend in 2007! Gary was followed by Buddy Cottom (Galletta's #6), Chris Stevens (Galletta's #8), Matt Stevens (Galletta's #3), Jason Mills (Galletta's #2), Nick Dann (Galletta's #7), Melissa Stevens (Galletta's #80), rookie Todd Sharp (Galletta's #9), Russ Hockey (Hockey #00- DNF), rookie Tony Gonyeau (Galletta's #1 - DNF), and Larry Phillips (L&K Engine #04 - DNF).
The second 30-lapper started as an inverted field from the first feature, which shook up the very close, bumper-to-bumper action. The early going saw Russ Hockey storm off to a commanding lead in his #00, really only challenged once by Jason Mills, who nearly passed him in the Galletta's #2. However, Russ saw his night come to an end when his chain broke for the 2nd time in two features, and he sat the rest of the way. The train was then Matt Stevens, Chris Stevens, Buddy Cottom, and Gary Miller for nearly all of the way until Buddy also lost a chain when his tire went flat on the Galletta's #6. He resumed in the Galletta's #4 and stormed back as many positions as he could before the checked flag fell.
The second 30-lapper went to Matt Stevens (Galletta's #3 - even with weight, he still emerges on top, so take that doubters at "der Kartway" that always say "he's too light"), followed closely by Chris Stevens (Galletta's #8), Gary Miller Sr. (Galletta's/Gary Miller #24), Buddy Cottom (Galletta's #6/4), Jason Mills (Galletta's #2), Nick Dann (Galletta's #7), Melissa Stevens (Galletta's #80), rookie Todd Sharp (Galletta's #9), Russ Hockey (Hockey #00- DNF), rookie Tony Gonyeau (Galletta's #1 - DNF), and Larry Phillips (L&K Engine #04 - DNF).
NOTE: All karts are 1-WD and all Motors are 1-WD 5hp-type Gas Flatheads with Stock '90s Carb, shaved head, and select pre-approved "Hot Stock" Dyno Racing Cams. Our karts can reach speeds close to a $4,000 go-kart for ten times less the cost. If "tap" wants to mock, he has no balls and would never dare to race us on our own terms... because he is a punk.
® = Rookie driver.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - Report on our 6/14/2009 event:
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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
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60 County Route 20 Oswego, NY, USA
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