Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Club, located in Oswego, NY, is a go-kart racing club that specializes on racing as professionally as we can for as economically as possible. In the early 1990s, we developed a style of kart racing that is different, but no less competitive than any national karting organization. Our biggest difference is affordability. Our club is free to join and race in, and the only thing anybody pays for is gas and parts. We are the largest and longest-running dirt karting class in the local area, as we were founded in the early 1990s and our average feature is 45-Laps usually consisting of 10-15 karts, with a 200-Lap "Klassic" Championship at Summer's end deciding an Annual Points Champion. We race homemade 1-Wheel-Drive racing karts that can race on professional karting tracks and backyard speedways alike. We have karts rebuilt from used racing chassis, used yard karts and some built from scratch. We have ONE class to ensure a true overall track champion, and not have several smaller classes of divisional champions with no clear winner. We race used 5hp Briggs Flathead motors fueled by pump gas, sped-up by hand-shaved heads and select racing cams, and regulated by stock Fun Power-type carburetors instead of expensive pre-fabricated 2-WD chassis powered by high-priced methanol-fueled motors. On our own backyard oval speedway, we turn clockwise with our top speeds approximately 45-50MPH. Although we all run in the same division, in addition to a minimum weight requirement, we have something unique to our inclusive class -- a weight-to-power-allowance scale to allow heavier drivers more horsepower via stronger racing cams and more powerful gear ratios, a system proven to be successful as we have the tightest competition and most varied winner's circle locally over the last few years. This way our one class is bigger than the higher-priced karting classes, because heavier and lighter drivers can race equally and having the same chance of winning as the next guy. Racing experience, starting position, and a little bit of luck usually decides the outcome, and money and kart price play no role. To ensure this, we have an expert motor builder -- club co-founder Matt Stevens - who oversees that all of the motors are legal, equalized, and competitive, and does so for no cost - just to have people to race with! Join us and find out what many people, including semi-pro drivers from local racetracks say - we have the most fun and spend the least money of likely any competitive motorsport class in the world! The club races every Sunday afternoon all summer starting on the first Sunday in June annually in back of Galletta's Greenhouse and running every wekend until the weather stops us in the Fall. We race qualifiers and a 45-Lap feature most weeks, but change up to occasional Twin-30s or the occasional 55-Lapper. All races count for points and are tallied at the end of each season to determine the track champion. The season concludes with the 200-Lap Galletta's Karting Klassic in late-September or early-October. Our club is free to watch and free to join, and runs 100% off donations of the racers. You can race a Galletta's Team Kart for a nominal gas & parts donation, or race your own. We will help you either way, whether it be using a Galletta-kart or building one for yourself. We're not in this to make money and we're not in it to further a career in racing. We are in this to have fun racing with friends and family and be mini-superstars on our lil' website for as little money as humanly possible. And can your $1,000-$7,000 methanol racing kart go over 20 miles reaching speeds between 30-50MPH per lap in one race on one tank of pump gas? No? Well, we can. Join us! Enjoy the site!

The 16th  Annual Season Opener - 6/5/2011!

Matt Stevens wins the 16th Annual Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Club Season Opener on 6/5/2011!

JUNE 5TH, 2011: The Galletta's Karting Club kicked off it's 16th Points Season (and 21st season of racing overall) with a bang. Literally a few! Nine karts battled it out, with five of the drivers battled to five different lead changes during the 55-Lap feature, with Randy Platt going for a wild ride off the track in his new "Platt-num" #28, and Chris Stevens blowing the motor on the Galletta's #8 while leading with only 4 laps to go. This left Matt Stevens to capture the first feature of the season when he inherited the lead late, coming back from a couple early cautions! Plus three rookies drove an impressive race on top of all that!

 

Race Highlight Videos on YouTube

PART 1 -  HEATS & QUALIFIERS:
Oswego Karting - Galletta's 2011/6/5 Funny Crash & Qualifiers for 16th Annual Opener (Part 1 of 2)

PART 2 - QUALIFIER RECAP & FEATURE EVENT:
Oswego Karting - 2011/6/5 Galletta's 16th Annual Opener 50-Lap Feature & Blown Motor (Part 2 of 2)

All picture captures & video clips are of reduced quality and directly taken from our weekly DVDs.:

For a DVD copy of this race, please email or call Chris Stevens and ask for Galletta's Karting Club 2011 Volume #1. Above is this race's menu. Each disc is chock full of around 2 hours of racing and are only $5 each (discounts available for multiple copies). We can ship or arrange for pickup, and accept PayPal or cash.

 

Race Results

The opening race was a rookie qualifier won by Jason Platt in the Galletta's Greenhouse #2, followed by Joe Sereno (Galletta's #1) and Justin Galletta (Galletta's #7). This earned the rookies bonus points and qualified them into the main events.

Heat 1 saw Randy Platt dominate in his #28. The battle of the race were cousins Matt Stevens and Tim Galletta. Tim edged him at the line.

Heat 1 saw Randy Platt dominate in his brand-spanking-new Platt-num #28 that he built from scratch a couple months ago. The battle of this race was Matt Stevens (Galletta's #33) and Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54). Tim edged his cousin at the line, with rookie Jason Platt (#2) surviving a flip in turn 2 and rounding out the field.

HEAT 1 FINISH:

  1. Randy Platt (Platt-num #28)
  2. Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54)
  3. Matt Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #33)
  4. Jason Platt  (Galletta's Greenhouse #2) {R}

Heat 2 saw AJ Nason and Chris Stevens race side-by-ide for several laps. But AJ held Chris off for the win.

Heat 2 saw AJ Nason (Nason Motorsports #35) and Chris Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #8) in a great battle, racing side-by-side for several laps in a row. AJ got wise to Chris' slingshot pass attempts and held him off on the final lap.

HEAT 2 FINISH:
1st. AJ Nason (Nason #35)
2nd. Chris Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #8)
3rd. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n' Fur #19)
4th. Joe Sereno (Galletta's #1)
5th. Justin Galletta (Galletta's #7)

The early going of the 50-Lap Feature was led by AJ Nason, who started on the pole. The field started as follows...

50-Lap Feature Starting Lineup:

  1. AJ Nason (D&S Roofing #35)
  2. Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54)
  3. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N' Fur #19)
  4. Randy Platt (Platt-num #28)
  5. Chris Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #8)
  6. Matt Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #33)
  7. Jason Platt  (Galletta's Greenhouse #2) {R}
  8. Joe Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #1) {R}
  9. Justin Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #7) {R}
    {R} = Rookie

Another shot from our 16th Annual Season Opener. We were all somewhat perplexed that a group of rookies who purchased several Galletta's-Type 1WD karts (the Dick Dann #86, the Russell Hockey #00, the Gary Miller #24, and the Billion #57) did not show up

AJ Nason led until lap 18, when Tim Galletta went for a pass. AJ then tried to pass Tim back with a slingshot maneuver, but he and Matt Stevens - who was also attempting a slingshot pass - made contact and both spun. AJ pulled into the pits shortly thereafter due to ill handling kart.

Randy Platt took his sparkling Platt-num #28 for a wild ride when the steering rod broke and sent him directly into the woods in turn 2 on lap 25. If Chris Stevens had a helmet cam, we would have had some outstanding footage, as he had the best seat in the house for that one. Matt commented that the former lumberjack Randy should stick to chainsaws when cutting trees down, as the front end of the #28 lost the battle with a tree. Shortly after this, then-leader Tim Galletta retired from the race when the gas pedal on the Sid Hervey #54 broke. Melissa Stevens then led for 4 laps and spun out, putting Chris Stevens in the lead on lap 34. Lead laps were scarce for Chris in 2010, as he won the '10 point standings by scoring so many 2nd & 3rd place laps, and the only race he led last year, he won.

The race was fast and furious between the founding bros of the Galletta's Karting Club, who have been battling since the early 1990s when Galletta's Backyard Speedway was just a 2-kart battleground built around their makeshift football field that hosted neighborhood backyard football games when the duo were in high school (yes, that means the track is 100-yards long from turn to turn). But as Chris crossed the finish line to complete lap 46, the motor on the Galletta's #8 blew, and parts went flying everywhere. If we had not pushed the race to 50 laps for our opener, Chris would have won and the motor would still be in one piece.

This set up Matt in the lead and he never looked back for the 1st win of the 2011 season. We ran 5 extra laps due to cautions, and scored them as bonus points.

Final Order of Finish
 

Place

Name (Go-Karts Piloted in race)

1st

Matt Stevens ProfileMatt Stevens
(Galletta's #33)
4 Laps Led

2nd

Joe Sereno in the Galletta's #1 (2011)Joe Sereno (R)
(Galletta's #1, 5)

3rd

Justin Galletta in the Galletta's Greenhouse #7 (2011)Justin Galletta (R)
(Galletta's #7)

4th

Chris StevensChris "Chrusher" Stevens
(Galletta's #8, 4)
19 Laps Led

5th

Jason Platt in the Galletta's #2 (2011)Jason Platt (R)
(Galletta's #2)

6th

Melissa Gabel Stevens profileMelissa Stevens
(Scissors 'n Fur #19)
4 Laps Led

7th

Timmy Galletta (in Galletta's #9)Tim Galletta
(Sid Harvey #54)
10 Laps Led; DNF

8th

AJ Nason in Racin' Nason #35 (2011)Arnold "AJ" Nason
(Nason #35)
18 Laps Led; DNF

9th

Randy "Bobandi" Platt in Platt-num #28 (2011)Randy "Bobandi" Platt
(Platt-num #28, Galletta's #0)
DNF

At Galletta's, we give every possible advantage to help keep people in our points races. We aren't cutthroat drivers seeking to move-up to a more expensive or more visible racing division at other people's expense (no cheating or outspending competitors in our league). The total opposite. We help our drivers race with the same exact same karts as us, and often allow heavier and less-experienced drivers karts with even more gearing to help them. And we don't care. We race, and have fun. We like the challenge of good drivers and strong karts to race against. Where is the fun in winning if you cheat? None. We wish other tracks followed this code, but we know that some do not. So... we assist those who missed a race in by rescheduling events to get the most possible drivers to making "make-up" races, which we call retcon points. Usually a heat, semi, consi, or B-Main that runs before the regular feature (or sometimes, in rare cases, on off-days), they will be tallied in as if they finished behind all of the drivers that were in attendance and qualified to run. Order is determined by which driver attends a make-up race first, then by order of finish in the make-up race. After each race, depending on how many a driver uses, will be placed at the end, and "retconned" into it like they ran the race and finished in back.

RETCON BONUS POINTS:
The following drivers raced in a make-up point race, also called a "retcon" race. They are scored in the following positions.

10th. Jeff Tetro (Galletta's Greenhouse #9) - Credit from Retcon Race held on 7/3/2011
11th. [R] Chris Doviak (Galletta's Greenhouse #1) - Credit from Retcon Race held on 7/3/2011
12th. [R] Andrew Pullen (Galletta's Greenhouse #1) - Credit from Retcon Race held on 7/5/2011
13th. Brian Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #1) - Credit from Retcon Race held on 7/22/2011
14th. Rob Clarke (Galletta's Greenhouse #2) - Credit from Retcon Race led on 7/24/2011
15th. [R] Chase Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #6) - Credit from Retcon Race held on 7/24/2011
16th. [R] Harold "Hal" Borland (Galletta's Greenhouse #6) {NR} - Credit from Retcon Race held on 8/22/2011

17th. Mike Howell (Galletta's Greenhouse #6) - Credit from Retcon Race held on 8/29/2011
18th. Ken Lindsley III (Galletta's Greenhouse #0) - Credit from Retcon Race held on 8/29/2011
19th. Ken Lindsley Jr. (Galletta's Greenhouse #1) - Credit from Retcon Race held on 8/29/2011
20th. [R] Nicholas Kazmierski (Galletta's Greenhouse #2) - Credit from Retcon Race held on 9/11/2011
21st. [R] Josh Hartley (Galletta's Greenhouse #9) - Credit from Retcon Race held on 9/11/2011
22nd. Kyle Reuter (Galletta's Greenhouse #1) - Credit from Retcon Race held on 9/11/2011

2011 Point Standings as of 6/5/2011 

Matt Stevens wins the opener and takes a lead after the long offseason. Chris Stevens scored enough top-3 bonus point laps to retain second despite blowing a motor while leading late. Rookies Justin Galletta and Joe Sereno were impressive scoring 2nd and 3rd in the feature and 3rd and 4th most points after week one, and fellow rookie Jason Platt also did well. AJ Nason and Randy Platt hurt themselves badly via scoring DNFs despite winning their heat races and being up front in the early going of the feature.

Position

Name (Go-Karts Piloted in 2011)
[Hyperlinked Borders have Driver Profile]
t = Timeouts used; @ = Makeup races run

Total Points (Place)

Average Points Per Feature

Events

Features

Heat Wins

2011
Feature Wins

Years Pro at Galletta's

1st

Matt Stevens ProfileMatt Stevens
(Galletta's #33)

185.5

185.50

1

1

0

1

16th

2nd

Chris StevensChris "Chrusher" Stevens
(Galletta's #8, 4)

175.0

175.00

1

1

0

0

16th

3rd

Justin Galletta in the Galletta's Greenhouse #7 (2011)Justin Galletta
(Galletta's #7)

164.5

164.50

1

1

0

0

(R)

4th

Joe Sereno in the Galletta's #1 (2011)Joe Sereno
(Galletta's #1, 5)

163.5

163.50

1

1

0

0

(R)

5th

Melissa Gabel Stevens profileMelissa Stevens
(Scissors 'n Fur #19)

161.5

161.50

1

1

0

0

5th

6th

Timmy Galletta (in Galletta's #9)Tim Galletta
(Sid Harvey #54)

155.0

155.00

1

1

0

0

3rd

7th

Jason Platt in the Galletta's #2 (2011)Jason Platt
(Galletta's #2)

147.5

147.50

1

1

1

0

(R)

8th

AJ Nason in Racin' Nason #35 (2011)Arnold "AJ" Nason
(Nason #35)

145.0

145.00

1

1

1

0

2nd

9th

Randy "Bobandi" Platt in Platt-num #28 (2011)Randy "Bobandi" Platt
(Platt-num #28, Galletta's #0)

137.0

137.00

1

1

1

0

3rd

Key:
@ = Used Make-up Races
T = Used Time-Outs (3 per driver per season)
L = Raced Light in handicap kart
® = Rookie (less than 1 full season at Galletta's)

Notes:
Scoring: Point scoring scale is found on our scoring page in addition to our rules page, heats are bonus points, and more bonus points are awarded for each lap run in 1st place (1 point per lap) and 2nd & 3rd place (0.5 points per lap).
Starts: Regular season race starts are handicapped via inverting (a) feature wins and (b) points-per-race. 2nd of a Twin-30 start is inverted from the 1st finish. Klassic is started via time-trials.


VISIT THE 2000-2010 GALLETTA'S WINS & POINTS STANDINGS, TALLIED AFTER EACH COMPLETED SEASON

 


All pictures & videos are snapshots from our weekly DVDs.

 

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John J. Galletta Memorial KartwayGalletta's Backyard Go-Kart Speedway is a 0.133887 mile dirt oval with 20-degree banked turns. It is located behind Galletta's Greenhouse in Oswego, NY, and can be seen from outer space! The single-wheel-drive gasoline-fueled flathead motor karts take the track between 15-17 seconds per lap which averages over 30 mph (approximately 45-50 mph top speed in the straights). Our speeds are comparable to alcohol/methanol-fueled karts that cost 8 times as much because we use mostly stock parts and gas on a large track; leading to more karts, more competition, and more fun. Our class is usually the largest and most competitive in the area. Thanks to Google Earth for this Spring 2006 photo. Our karting club's home track is located in back of:
Galletta's Greenhouse of Oswego NY (Official website)

Galletta's Greenhouses
60 County Route 20
Oswego, NY 13126-6512
(315) 343-0879 or (315) 343-4281

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