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!

6/19/2011: Father's Day 45

Justin Galletta takes the #7 kart into victory lane at Galletta's Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway on 6/19/2011's Father's Day 45!

JUNE 19TH, 2011: Week 3 of the Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Club's 2011 Season saw Rookie Justin Galletta hold off challenges from several veterans, including his father Tim Galletta, and cousins-once-removed Matt and Chris Stevens to duplicate his brother's feat the prior weekend and win his first feature. The race was exciting and action packed, but all around the great action ON the track it seemed that everything else was... well... some say cursed by the Kevorka, as cameras, tapes, lights and caution lamps were all failing, and expected drivers who said they were coming failed to show on race day. As a result, we only have one camera angle of each race, although we were able to take a few shots with a backup handheld HD camera. Not much, but good angles of where we are hitting about 50-MPH, putting local methanol karts that cost 5-10x's as much to shame... (all that money on a short, Kiddie Kartway track makes no difference).

YOUTUBE VIDEO UPDATE: I am terribly sorry about our "DVD Highlight Videos" not getting completed and uploaded in time. Between day-to-day work and a problem with finished highlight reels not saving correctly, I haven't been able to upload them to YouTube. But I'm working on it troubleshooting and trying to find a solution. A few should be done this week (I hope). Regardless, DVDs of every race - complete and unedited - are always available, usually the day after the race's completion if you can't wait for me to finish the YouTube videos.

 

DVD Highlight YouTube Video

Galletta's Karting Club 2011/6/19 - Father's Day 45 + Motor Explosion & Nice Pileup

 

All picture captures & video clips are directly taken from our weekly DVDs.

DVD Menu to Volume 3 of Galletta's 2011 Karting collection!

Above is this race's menu. For a DVD copy of this race, please email or call Chris Stevens and ask for Galletta's Karting Club 2011 Volume #3. Each disc is chock full of between 1 to 3 hours of racing, predominantly from multiple angles and are only $5 each (discounts available for multiple copies). We accept PayPal or cash, and can either ship or arrange for pickup.

 

Race Results

Again, one of our cameras went down, and the other had a broken tape when heat 1 started, our coverage was incomplete at best. However, we still had at least one camera angle of most of the action. The pics and videos this week won't be as complete and diverse, but we still got some good shots.

Before the race coverage begins, we'd like to send our well-wishes and prayers to part-time Galletta's Karter and friend Larry Phillips, whose father is having surgery to remove a tumor. Obviously, between that and the loss of his grandchildren's father in his apartment building's fire last Fall, Larry has been going through some tough times of late and his mind has been far from racing. But we're thinking about him, praying for him, and hopes he feels up to racing soon. Now back to the racing coverage:

HEAT 1:

Starting Lineup for 1st 10-Lap Heat:

  1. Justin Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #7) {R}
  2. Randy Platt (Platt-num #28)
  3. Chris Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #4)
  4. Joe Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #5) {R}
    BONUS: Jason Platt (Galletta's Greenhouse #2) {R}*
    * = Make-up points for missing 6/12/2011 races.

Finish for 1st 10-Lap Heat:

  1. Randy Platt (Platt-num #28)
  2. Justin Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #7) {R}
  3. Chris Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #4)
  4. Joe Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #5) {R}
    BONUS: Jason Platt (Galletta's Greenhouse #2) {R}*
    * = Make-up points for missing 6/12/2011 races

Randy Platt passed Justin Galletta on the drop of the green flag and pulled away from the rest of the pack for an easy win in his Bobandi-mobile/Platt-num #28.

Snapshot from Heat 2, where we are hitting a sharp turn going in at speeds around 47-50MPH. Yes, that does mean our track is bigger and our karts go faster for 1/10th the cost of most pay karting tracks, at least the local ones. We just need more drivers butts in kart seats! ;) (Or fiberglass bodies that all look alike?)

HEAT 2:

Starting Lineup for 2nd 10-Lap Heat:

  1. Jason Platt (Galletta's Greenhouse #2) {R}
  2. Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54)
  3. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)
  4. Matt Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #3)

Finish for 2nd 10-Lap Heat:

  1. Jason Platt (Galletta's Greenhouse #2) {R}
  2. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)
  3. Matt Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #3)
  4. Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54)

Tim Galletta tested a different gear and found more power. However, he got sideways  in turn 2 which lost him a spot to Melissa, then trying to get Melissa back, Matt caught him. Rookie Jason Platt ran away unchallenged with the heat win, making a clean sweep of the heats by the Platt brothers.

45-LAP FEATURE EVENT:
As usual, our regular (non-Klassic) feature is handicapped by wins and points. Joe Sereno was leading the points after 2 weeks and tied for the most wins. The three rookies are doing very well, but with a handful of Galletta's veteran drivers retiring in the offseason, our numbers have been unusually down.

The race started out fast and furious, with polesitter Jason Platt pulling away from the rest of the field in the Galletta's Greenhouse #2 kart, much like he did in the heat. However, all by himself and pulling away, he spun himself out all alone in turn 2. Rookie mistake, as he may have easily won the race leading all 45 going away if not for that spin on lap 7. Randy Platt dropped out early with all kinds of bugs that are plaguing his fast-but-break-prone Platt-num #28, despite appearing to be the fastest kart of the night in his heat.

Joe Sereno, Chris Stevens, Matt Stevens, and  Jason Platt pileup.

For the first 27-laps, the battle to behold was between the father-and-son due of Justin Platt (Galletta's #7) and Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54), as Tim pressured Justin on every lap until the #54 sputtered to a stop on lap 28. Both Matt and Chris Stevens had to come back from a few accidents (Matt Stevens was plowed off of the track by a rookie in turn 2, and Chris Stevens was spun from behind by a rookie in turn 4, and Matt was also collected into that one as well, and shut his Galletta's #3 down for the night with busted steering.). Rookie mistakes are part of the growing pains of a new driver, and they should not let the wrecks bother them, just learn from them.

However, when the wily vet brothers of Chris and Matt Stevens (who have been racing karts since the early 1990s, and for points since 1996), finally made it to the front, it was they who were pressuring rookie leader Justin Galletta. For the final 15 laps, Matt and Chris Stevens passed each other back and forth trying to overtake Justin for the lead. But Justin held on for his 1st career feature win, and on the last lap, Chris got the outside groove on Matt and snipped him at the line for 2nd. Unfortunately, one thing marred the otherwise solid night of racing, other than only eight drivers showing up (I thought Oswego was filled with racers? Apparently, only ones who wuss out when it comes to our track), was when Jason Platt was black flagged for excessive cautions with only 2 laps to go (we are usually very lenient with the rule, but the flagger is given permission to throw it at 5 or more cautions, particularly if one driver is involved in all said cautions, is slowing the race down, and is potentially being dangerous), and stormed off angrily. You can't please everybody though, as the other drivers were upset that he wrecked into some of them, including 20-year-vet Matt Stevens who was very upset about being plowed off of turn 2 going full speed by a raw rookie. We hope cooler heads prevail and he'll be back. Rest assured, we only do this if we feel like people and equipment are being put into needless danger and being a hazard to themselves and others, so understand that it isn't a bias, it isn't BS, it's a safety decision. The black flag has only been thrown for less than a handful of drivers in the 20-year history of the track, and the excessive spinout/wreck rule has been in existence since the 2006 season, so we are very lenient with it, and only throw it when we absolutely have to.

Starting Lineup for the 45-Lap Feature:

  1. Jason Platt (Galletta's Greenhouse #2) {R}
  2. Justin Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #7) {R}
  3. Randy Platt (Platt-num #28)
  4. Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54)
  5. Chris Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #4)
  6. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)  [1 win]
  7. Matt Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #3)  [1 win]
  8. Joe Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #5) {R}  [1 win]

Final Order Of Finish  for 45-Lap Feature:

  1. Justin Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #7) {R}
  2. Chris Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #4)
  3. Matt Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #3)
  4. Joe Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #5) {R}
  5. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)
  6. Jason Platt (Galletta's Greenhouse #2) {R} [DNF]
  7. Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54) [DNF]
  8. Randy Platt (Platt-num #28) [DNF]
    _____________________________

  9. Jeff Tetro (Galletta's #9) [RETCON POINTS from 7/24/2011]
  10. Brian Galletta (Galletta's #6) [RETCON POINTS from 9/11/2011]

 

 

2011 Point Standings as of 6/19/2011 

Position

Name (Go-Karts Piloted)
[Most drivers have clickable Driver Profiles]

Total Points (Place)

Average Points Per Feature

Events

Features

Heat Wins

2011 Feature Wins

Career Feature Wins (2000-up)

Years Pro at Galletta's

1st

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

502.5

125.63

3

4

0

1

1

(R)

2nd

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

465.0

116.25

3

4

0

0

54

16th

3rd

Matt Stevens ProfileMatt Stevens
(Galletta's #33, 3)

460.5

115.13

3

4

0

1

99

16th

4th

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

459.5

114.88

3

4

0

1

1

(R)

5th

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

446.5

111.63

3

4

0

1

5

5th

6th

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

426.5

106.63

3

4

0

0

3

3rd

7th

Randy "Bobandi" Platt in Platt-num #28 (2011)Randy "Bobandi" Platt
(Platt-num #28, Galletta's #2, 0)

400.5

100.13

3

4

2

0

3

3rd

8th

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

367.5

91.88

3

4

2

0

0

(R)

9th

AJ Nason in Racin' Nason #35 (2011)Arnold "AJ" Nason
(Nason #35, Galletta's #1)

283.0

94.33

2

3

1

0

1

2nd

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

 

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Location & Sponsor

John J. Galletta Memorial KartwayGalletta's Backyard Go-Kart Speedway is a free-to-race-on and free-to-watch 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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*OGIE'S POST-RACE RANTS*:  Where are all of the racers? Supposedly, Oswego is full of them!? Apparently, most just want to drink beer and watch, but of the ones who do want to race affordably, many prefer to spend a few grand to go racing 35mph for a few minutes on a tiny kiddie kartway to win a sticker in their prissy cookie-cutter karts in 3-10 kart divisions with hopes they will be spotted by a car owner on the real race track it resides in back of (but unless they or their daddies have money and sponsors, it ain't happening, son) instead of going 50mph racing for free for a few hours with a 8-15 kart division that only cost a few hundred on a large track where money can't buy you wins, but talent and a little bit of luck will. But keep dreaming doodes! (Oh, I forgot: Star in YouTube videos seen around the world, and not the kind that zoom in on one driver in a heat race or feature, amateurs! And you call yourselves racers? If you stand out in a group WITHOUT zooming in on yourself and also not getting in weekly ctrashes, THEN call yourself a racer!) Now, this rant  isn't for people who have raced with us in the recent past, present and future. No, not the ones who have defended us and stood by us. We love our guys who race with us and the people who respect what we do and understand that we put on great shows with some great drivers. This is for the people who know about us, think we're dangerous stupid redneck trash racing, and think our racing is beneath them. Open challenge: Try us. Nobody with that attitude has ever won a race on our track and never will. They often get their egos popped and wind up putting us down even more. Why? If you respect our talent and our karts, and have talent yourself, a patient, safe and smart driver can win on our track. But you can't buy a win (which is one reason why I believe we are mocked - WKA-esque tricks won't work in our division, wannabes.) And thank your lucky stars that our top drivers don't want to blow a few grand to race for a few minutes a week on small local pay tracks, otherwise you'd get shown up there, too. We raced at the most prominent local pay track for 3 years and swept every points title and top-3 trophy. So we aren't impressed by those who think they're better than us just because they are doing it AFTER our division no longer races at the track. So, guys and girls who look down on us -- race karts for 20+ years and win your points titles on multiple tracks like we have and THEN think you have what it takes. If you do, we'll give you your due. Otherwise, you know nothing, snot-nosed punks. And don't think a 2-WD kart is superior to our karts - a go-kart is a go-kart; a metal chassis, rubber tires, plastic, and a small engine - just some cost more. But drivers and drivers, and there are good and bad in every division, so wipe the superiority complex off of your faces. In fact, the one guy who has been schooling all of you in your premiere division is one of our guys, and ask him about us. He'll never say anything bad about us, and he'll tell you how much FUN we have racing, how hard it is to win a race here( and even harder still to win our 200-Lapper), and that we have some good drivers in our division. And guess what? The only people who care about little pay tracks are the people who race on them or have friends and family that race on them. Nobody else cares. Do you think Supermodified fans care? Yet, your leaders post on Super forums every week and nobody ever responds. Same with our backyard track - the only people who care are the people who race with us and know us. But at least we know it. And a special thanks to Monica Gable and Gary Miller Sr., two two-faced backbiting, backstabbing liars who have slandered us to friends and strangers. We lost friends and racers thanks to your lies, misperceptions, and petty hatred. Your stereotypical white-trash red-necked stupidity made all of us look bad. God sees what the two of you have done, and understand that. Not that you may not care what He thinks, but I assure you, it is important. Slander about someone is as deadly as murder in God's eyes. Your lies have hurt us, and you have never apologized. Thanks, and please do not come back!