PRICES: Galletta's Kart Club is a free, not-for-profit, backyard racetrack. We operate
as a weekly point series raceway (Summer Sundays) only on nominal, bare-bones donations. For a regular-season race:
Spectator = Free. Donations welcome. Race your own kart =
$3-5 donation to Matt, or donated goods/services. Race a Galletta's Kart = Veteran: $15 donation. Rookie: $15-20 donation. (Why?
Rookies wreck more and race TWO features if they qualify!) A copy of
your own race's DVD = $5
Each DVD contains the
entire evening of racing from up to two camera angles (and sometimes
These are not fees.
The nominal Donations cover the gas and parts for 12 equalized Galletta-type racing karts, in addition to electricity for lights, water, and
none of the above ever cover a tip for Matt's work for the track. Matt prepares 12 racing karts out of his own wallet every single year,
always in the red, and the donations never once have covered gas and parts.
We run for no profit. Why do we do it? (1) the fun of economical,
equalized racing and (2) avoidance of kart tracks that only exist to
make money and allow unethical biases, cheating, and fighting.
Galletta's Karting Club - 2010 Season,
- Tuesday, August 24th, 2010:
2010 Season, Event #12- Tuesday, August
24th, 2010 - Sunday and Monday got rained out, so an
almost perfect track awaited us on Tuesday for a 55-Lap Feature
Event. This one was dominated by 2009 defending Track Champion
in the Galletta's
Greenhouse #4 kart, long overdue for a win due to
the fact that it was his 1st feature win since last
summer at Galletta's Greenhouse Speedway. His lovely wife
Rungnapha, and cat Carlee posed with the handsome, talented,
ingenious and powerful triumphant expert victor (also the
More details/points/pics/vids forthcoming.
Per usual, other than posing pictures, all in-action race snapshots
are screen captures directly from our weekly race
document the entire race from usually two camera angles, usually are
anywhere between 1 - 2 & 1/2 hours, and are only $5 each, in higher
quality resolution than our YouTube vids which they are made
from. Just like the donations that run all of the karts, all
proceeds go back into the club (in this case the DVDRs and the
website). Every regular season race has been videotaped since
mid-2005-and-up, and every Galletta's Karting Klassic has been
videotaped since 1998-and-up. Order any DVD directly from Chris
(email, phone, in-person, mail) anytime.
55-LAP FEATURE EVENT: We knew it would be the case, but after Sunday and Monday both saw
several extended bouts of rain mixed with a rather autumn-feeling chill in the
air, the track was just too sloppy and cold to even think about racing on.
However, when a beautiful sunny Tuesday rolled around, the track cured
perfectly, and the race was on. Again, predictably, due to the mid-week
rain-date, only 8 drivers could make it. Usually, being the longest-running and
largest karting division in the area, we usually prefer to only run with 10+
drivers and two cameras,
but absolute minimum is 8 drivers and one camera, so this race made the cut. However, due to only 8
competitors (all experienced veterans), we cut the heats and added 10-laps to
the standard 45-lap feature. We also only had one camera due to the odd date.
Usually, Summer Sundays and Fall Saturdays are best for our attendance.
Shadoe Russell was pumped all week about his new motor,
rebuilt kart, and points handicapping leading to his pole starting position all
coming together. Doe-boy fresh was indeed fast, pulling away from Chris Stevens
-- starting usually up front due to not yet winning this season and so few
drivers making it -- in the straights.
However, Doe's #26 slipped just enough on the
4th turn on 2nd circuit for Chris Stevens (Galletta's #4), Russell Bartlett
(Galletta's #9), and Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54) to
all get the pass on the outside.
Chris, in his first lead laps since the 2009
regular season, then slowly pulled away for the remainder of the event. Late in
the race, Shadoe Russell lost a clutch in the Doe #26 and then piloted the
Galletta's #6, while Matt developed a tire leak in the Galletta's #3 and then
piloted the #33. A kart change is a 5-point deduction.
A controversy erupted
when the passing flag did not come out when leader Chris Stevens approached
Melissa Stevens, who then proceeded to block the track on the leader. For this,
we will review the meanings of each flag below the finalized point standings.
The only other major position changes where Russ Bartlett spinning the #9 while
in 2nd for most of the race, and Matt Stevens passing Randy "Bambi-Killin'-Bobandi" Platt
finish line for 4th, pumping his fist as triumphantly as he had won the Klassic. Chris gained a large amount of points and closed the gap
between he and his brother as the regular season nears an end and the Klassic
Championship -- the 200 lapper that finalizes the annual summer point standings
at Galletta's -- approaches. The racing was very competitive with only two cautions
in what was supposed to be 55 laps. However, in review of the footage, we went
60 laps, which upped the points bracket for the race.
55-Lap Feature Handicap
Start: 1st. Shadoe Russell (Doe #26)
2nd. Chris Stevens (Galletta's #4)
3rd. Russell Bartlett (Galletta's #9)
4th. Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey's #54)
Melissa Stevens (SNF #19)
6th. George Russell (Galletta's #7)
7th. Randy Platt (Platt #187)
8th. Matt Stevens (Galletta's #3)