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!

7/3/2011: Independence Day 70-Lap Night

The Founding Bros. of the Galletta's Karting Club - Chris & Matt Stevens take the Twin--35s on 7/3/2011!

JULY 3RD, 2011: Although we took a week off, the racing did not miss a beat for the Sunday, June 3rd, 2011 show. In fact, so far this season, we had some of the most fun and clean racing that we've had in years, with today's show being possibly the best yet! Tim Galletta and Chris Stevens debuted new motors and were flying. But Tim had an accident in lapped traffic while leading the 1st 35-Lapper, enabling Chris Stevens to take the lead and the win, with Matt pressuring him. Tim also was leading late in the 2nd 35-Lapper, but a bump knocked his foot off the gas, which enabled Matt Stevens (this time pressured by Chris) to sneak by him for the win of the 2nd Feature, as fireworks cracked downtown in Oswego.

 

DVD Highlight YouTube Video

Galletta's Karting Club 2011/7/3 | Independence Day 70 -Part 1 - 1st 35-Lapper

 

Galletta's Karting Club 2011/7/3 | Independence Day 70 -Part 2 - 2nd 35-Lapper

 

YouTube video to this race is currently being produced and is forthcoming. All picture captures & video clips are directly taken from our weekly DVDs, which are almost always available to buy the day after the race.

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 e-mail 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

Since 2010 season, we have allowed drivers who have missed at least one show to enter "Retcon" races when they are here. These are short heat races that are designed to be "make-up" races. Running this event will place each driver in the points as if they ran the show, but be scored at the back of the pack of the drivers who did attend and run (and shall be scored (a) in the order they raced a make-up race and (b) the order they finished the make-up race). We do this because we want everyone to have a good shot in the points race, and feel as though "dropping" your worst performances, or not counting certain shows for points is &@\/. We held a 2nd retcon race on 7/5/2011 when Chris Doviak, Joe Sereno and Andrew Pullen rented the track for some hot laps:

RETCON RACES:

Starting Lineup for 5-Lap Retcon Bonus Point Heat:

  1. Jeff Tetro (Galletta's Greenhouse #9)
    Retcon Race held on 7/3/2011
    earned points for 6/5/2011.
  2. [R] Chris Doviak (Galletta's Greenhouse #1)
    Retcon Race held on 7/3/2011
    earned points for 6/5/2011.

    Starting Lineup for Retcon Bonus Point Heat on 7/5:

  3. [R] Andrew Pullen (Galletta's Greenhouse #1)
    Retcon Race held on 7/5/2011
    earned points for 6/5/2011.
  4. [R] Chris Doviak (Galletta's Greenhouse #9)
    Retcon Race held on 7/5/2011
    earned points for 6/12/2011.

Finish for 5-Lap Retcon Bonus Point Heat:

  1. Jeff Tetro (Galletta's Greenhouse #9)
    Retcon Race held on 7/3/2011
    earned points for 6/5/2011.
  2. [R] Chris Doviak (Galletta's Greenhouse #1)
    Retcon Race held on 7/3/2011
    earned points for 6/5/2011.

    Finish for Retcon Bonus Point Heat on 7/5:

  3. [R] Andrew Pullen (Galletta's Greenhouse #1)
    Retcon Race held on 7/5/2011
    earned points for 6/5/2011.
  4. [R] Chris Doviak (Galletta's Greenhouse #9)
    Retcon Race held on 7/5/2011
    earned points for 6/12/2011

35-LAP FEATURE EVENT #1:
Since we took the week off last weekend (unlike many karting classes, we had less than 8 and will only run a feature with a minimum of 8 karts. We prefer 10-15, as we believe the best drivers show their stuff in traffic, and quite frankly, founders Matt and Chris are bored by racing with only a few karts on a track, much like an audience finds such small races on any track in any racing division in the world boring as well), we decided to run 70 laps via Twin-35 lap features. They are popular with the drivers because the competition is so close and passing is so tough that when the field gets flipped, making for a good chance for two different winners (and in the track history, we have not yet had a clean sweep of any to date).

The first feature had Tim Galletta sitting on the pole with his brand-new, never-before-used I/C that he purchased on eBay and had race-tuned by his cousin and master motor builder, Matt Stevens. And Timmy was hauling @$$!

The first feature had Tim Galletta's #54 sitting on the pole with his brand-new, never-before-used I/C that he purchased on eBay and had race-tuned by his cousin and master motor builder, Matt Stevens. And Timmy was hauling @$$!

However, Timmy had Chris Stevens starting behind him, and he too had a brand-new motor, one that he purchased back from AJ Nason (after Chris bought it for AJ last season, and AJ's purchase of the former Russell motor made the motor expendable to AJ). AJ's loss is Chris' gain, as he too was flying in the Galletta's #8, it's first time out since its motor blew in the opener.

However, Timmy had Chris Stevens starting behind him, and he too had a brand-new motor, one that he purchased back from AJ Nason (after Chris bought it for AJ last season, and AJ's purchase of the former Russell motor made the motor expendable to AJ). AJ's loss is Chris' gain, as after a Matt-tune, he too was flying in the Galletta's #8, it's first time out since its motor blew in the opener.

However, Chris was also pressured by Matt Stevens, who decided to change motors to one that he hadn't used since last season. Matt was hauling butt as well, and due to a lack of cautions, Tim, Chris and Matt just kept eating up ground and came upon lapped traffic.

However, Chris was also pressured by Matt Stevens, who decided to change motors to one that he hadn't used since last season. Matt was hauling butt as well, doing his usual slingshot pass attempts on his brother and cousin. And due to a lack of cautions, Tim, Chris and Matt just kept eating up ground and came upon lapped traffic. Due to our 1-WD karts effectiveness at performing slingshot passes, we had considered calling our karts "Slingshot", but Tobias beat us to the name.

Rookie Joe Sereno in the Galletta's #5 (which we discovered after the race suffering from a slowly-wearing clutch sprocket and a cracked head), was off the pace and could not get by the lapped traffic of 1st-time rookie Chris Doviak in the Galletta's #1. This bottle-necked the track as Tim, Chris and Matt battled fiercely behind them.

Rookie Joe Sereno in the Galletta's #5 (which we discovered after the race suffering from a slowly-wearing clutch sprocket and a cracked head), was off the pace and could not get by the lapped traffic of 1st-time rookie Chris Doviak in the Galletta's #1. This bottlenecked the track as Tim, Chris and Matt battled fiercely behind them.

The bottleneck of traffic altered the outcome of the race tremendously when Tim Galletta tried to get under both Sereno and Doviak to lap them, and caught tires with the #5. Matt then snuck under everyone and would have taken the lead of the race with Chris in 2nd and Tim 3rd if not for the caution being thrown. Because of the yellow, this put Chris into the lead (leading Matt on the last completed lap) and Tim had to go to the rear.

The bottleneck of traffic altered the outcome of the race tremendously when Tim Galletta tried to get under both Sereno and Doviak to lap them, and caught tires with the #5. Matt then snuck under everyone and would have taken the lead of the race with Chris in 2nd and Tim 3rd if not for the caution being thrown. Because of the yellow, this put Chris into the lead (leading Matt on the last completed lap) and Tim had to go to the rear.

Chris then held off Matt for the rest of the race to take his first feature win since 8/2010 and his first win in the #8 since 8/2009.

Starting Lineup for the 1st 35-Lap Feature:

  1. Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54)
  2. Chris Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #8)
  3. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)  [1 win]
  4. Joe Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #5) {R} [1 win]
  5. Matt Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #3)  [1 win]
  6. Justin Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #7) {R} [1 win]
  7. Jeff Tetro (Galletta's Greenhouse #9)
  8. Chris Doviak (Galletta's Greenhouse #1) {R}

    {R} = Rookie

Final Order Of Finish for the 1st 35-Lap Feature:

  1. Chris Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #8) [1 win]
  2. Matt Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #3)  [1 win]
  3. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)  [1 win]
  4. Justin Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #7) {R} [1 win]
  5. Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54)
  6. Jeff Tetro (Galletta's Greenhouse #9)
  7. Joe Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #5) {R} [1 win]
  8. Chris Doviak (Galletta's Greenhouse #1) {R}

    Retcon Make-up Point Earnings:
  9. Randy Platt (Galletta's Greenhouse #2)
    Credit from 1st on 8/22/2011's Makeup Race
  10. Brian Galletta (Platt-itude #287)
    Credit from 2nd on 10/30/2011's Makeup Race

    {R} = Rookie

35-LAP FEATURE EVENT #2:
The 2nd feature started with some exciting action. Jeff Tetro, back for his first race since his impressive 3rd place finish in the 2010 Klassic pressured Joe Sereno for the lead, and nearly had him until he got caught in the slower low groove and got passed by several competitors. Joe--who, again, did not know the Galletta's #5 had a worn clutch and a cracked head--was fighting valiantly, but did not have enough to hold off the same 3 hard-chargers from the 1st feature - Tim, Matt and Chris.

Tim was again hauling, but again had Matt and Chris to fight off. And for most of the race, it appeared that Tim was going to hold off Matt for his 1st feature win of 2011. However, one mistake is all it takes when the racing is that close. And Tim's foot fell off the gas, enabling Matt to sneak by him. A couple laps later, Tim's foot aain fell off the gas, which then anabled Chris to get the pass. A rough night for Tim, who had a great shot at winning either of these features, but he was happy with the power of his brand new motor, and is eagerly awaiting next week's race.

Tim was again hauling, but again had Matt and Chris to fight off. And for most of the race, it appeared that Tim was going to hold off Matt for his 1st feature win of 2011. However, one mistake is all it takes when the racing is that close. And Tim's foot fell off the gas in turn 2, enabling Matt to sneak by him. A couple laps later, Tim's foot again fell off the gas in 2, which then enabled Chris to get the pass. Chris has been there before, as in leading late in the 2003 Galletta's Klassic Championship, his foot fell off the pedal once in the same 2nd corner, allowing Matt Stevens to pass him (and eventually win) and fall off a second time in turn 2 to allow Wes Stevens to then take 2nd. A rough night for Tim, who had a great shot at winning either of these features, but he was happy with the power of his brand new motor, and is eagerly awaiting next week's race.

Starting Lineup for the 2nd 35-Lap Feature:

  1. Joe Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #5) {R} [1 win]
  2. Jeff Tetro (Galletta's Greenhouse #9)
  3. Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54)
  4. Justin Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #6) {R} [1 win]
  5. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)  [1 win]
  6. Matt Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #3)  [1 win]
  7. Chris Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #8) [1 win]
  8. Chris Doviak (Galletta's Greenhouse #1) {R}

Final Order Of Finish for the 2nd 35-Lap Feature:

  1. Matt Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #3)  [2 wins]
  2. Chris Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #8) [1 win]
  3. Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54)
  4. Jeff Tetro (Galletta's Greenhouse #9)
  5. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)  [1 win]
  6. Chris Doviak (Galletta's Greenhouse #1) {R}
  7. Justin Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #6) {R} [1 win] DNF
  8. Joe Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #5) {R} [1 win] DNF

    Retcon Make-up Point Earnings:
  9. Randy Platt (Galletta's Greenhouse #2)
    Credit from 1st on 8/22/2011's Makeup
  10. Brian Galletta (Platt-itude #287)
    Credit from 2nd on 10/30/2011's Makeup Race


    {R} = Rookie

    DNF = Did Not Finish

2011 Point Standings as of 7/3/2011 

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

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

687.0

114.50

4

6

0

1

55

16th

2nd

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

684.0

114.00

4

6

0

2

100

16th

3rd

Justin Galletta in the Galletta's Greenhouse #7 (2011)Justin Galletta
(Galletta's #7, 6)

653.5

108.92

4

6

0

1

1

(R)

4th

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

649.5

108.25

4

6

0

0

3

3rd

5th

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

622.0

103.67

4

6

0

1

5

5th

6th

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

613.0

102.17

4

6

0

1

1

(R)

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

Chris Doviak - Galletta's #1 (7/3/2011)Chris Doviak
(Galletta's #1, 9) @@

328.0

65.60

1

3

0

0

0

(R)

10th

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

11th

Jeff Tetro (Galletta's #9 - 7/2010 Pic)Jeff Tetro
(Galletta's #9
) @

241.5

80.5

1

3

0

0

1

2nd

12th

Andrew Pullen in Galletta's #1 (7/5/2011)Andrew Pullen
(Galletta's #1) @

80.0

80.00

1

1

0

0

0

(R)

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.


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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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