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!

7/10/2011: 50-Lap Feature

Matt nipped Joe Sereno in traffic for this exciting win on 7/10/2011!

JULY 10TH, 2011: Seven competitors battled it out on 7/10/2011, and although we have had the smallest summer fields in our recent history, the racing is as close and exciting as ever, and perhaps cleaner. Where else can you see open-wheel go-karts race side-by-side, sometimes three-wide, and race clean and run 50 laps (plus 8 lap heats) with barely a caution all evening? Sure, Matt Stevens won, but it wasn't easy.

DVD Highlights - Our FREE Karting YouTube Video

Galletta's 2011/7/10 Karting - Great Finish during Fiffy-Lappah Race!

 

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 for this week's race

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

Heat One:

Starting Lineup for 8-Lap Heat 1:

  1. Jeff Tetro (Galletta's Greenhouse #9)
  2. Joe Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #5)
  3. Justin Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #7)
  4. Matt Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #3

Finish for 8-Lap Heat 1:

    1. Jeff Tetro (Galletta's Greenhouse #9)
    2. Matt Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #3
    3. Justin Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #7)
    4. Joe Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #5)

Jeff Tetro led this one from start to finish. Joe and Justin tangled in turns 3 and 4 for Matt to shoot under them for 2nd.

Heat Two:

Starting Lineup for 8-Lap Heat 2:

  1. Tim Galletta (Galletta #54)
  2. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n' Fur #80)
  3. Chris Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #4)

    Run for Retcon Points:

    Jeff Tetro (Galletta's Greenhouse #9)
    Retcon Race held on 7/10/2011 earned points for 6/12/2011.

Finish for 8-Lap Heat 2:

  1. Tim Galletta (Galletta #54)
  2. Melissa Stevens (Scissors n' Fur #80)
  3. Chris Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #4)

    Run for Retcon Points:

    Jeff Tetro (Galletta's Greenhouse #9)
    Retcon Race held on 7/10/2011 earned points for 6/12/2011.

Tim Galletta won the 2nd heat. Now this one had zero passing, and both heats were fairly boring in comparison to the feature, which was one of the most exciting in years:

50-LAP FEATURE EVENT:
We usually do 10-lap heats and 45-lap features, but decided to leave the extra racing for the feature and ran 8-lap heats and a 50-lap feature. Besides, with only 7 competitors, the races usually run smoother and quicker. The more drivers does increase chances for accidents (bad thing), but also provides more competition and usually harder to get passes and we usually get a bigger and more varied winner's circle (good thing), so we prefer more people out there.

Polesitter Jeff Tetro looked like the winner early, pulling away and looking like he'd lap the field, but bad luck struck as he a blew a drive tire on the #9. He climbed into the #0 for the rest of the event. Tim Galletta looked poised to win by inheriting the lead with a fast kart, but pitted to adjust tire pressure while in the lead and had to go to the rear.

Late leader Joe Sereno had a half-track lead for a large percentage of the race (and earned many leader bonus points from that lead), as Melissa Stevens held off the rest of the field in her #80 kart. Here she is seen holding off Justin Galletta (#7), Chris Stevens (#4) and Matt Stevens (#3).

Late leader Joe Sereno had a half-track lead for a large percentage of the race (and earned many leader bonus points from that lead), as Melissa Stevens held off the rest of the field (in her #80 kart). Here she is seen holding off Justin Galletta (#7), Chris Stevens (#4) and Matt Stevens (#3).

However, once Matt and Chris got by Melissa, they began to hunt down Joe. It may not have happened if not for but a caution and then traffic did rookie in, as Matt - who himself had to fight off his brother the whole race - snuck by him with three laps to go in a pack of 7 karts bottled up wheel-to-wheel to barely pick up the win. These above and below pictures showed how Matt was able to trap Joe in the outer groove using traffic. Joe and Chris then trapped each other back and forth as they both tried to get Matt back, but the laps ran out.

However, once Matt and Chris got by Melissa, they began to hunt down Joe. It may not have happened if not for but a caution and then traffic did rookie in, as Matt - who himself had to fight off his brother the whole race - snuck by him with three laps to go in a pack of 7 karts bottled up wheel-to-wheel to barely pick up the win. These above and below pictures showed how Matt was able to trap Joe in the outer groove using traffic. Joe and Chris then trapped each other back and forth as they both tried to get Matt back, but the laps ran out.

The two camera-persons - Aou Stevens and Gene Galletta - said that it was the best race in maybe years because of the tight, wheel-to-wheel, clean racing, and close finish that needed traffic to alter the outcome!

Starting Lineup for the 50-Lap Feature:

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

    {R} = Rookie

Final Order Of Finish for the 50-Lap Feature:

  1. Matt Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #3)  [3 wins]
  2. Joe Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #5) {R} [1 win]
  3. Chris Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #4) [1 win]
  4. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)  [1 win]
  5. Tim Galletta (Sid Harvey #54)
  6. Justin Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #7) {R} [1 win]
  7. Jeff Tetro (Galletta's Greenhouse #9, #0)

    RETCON POINT EARNINGS:
  8. Randy Platt (Platt-Num #187)
    -Credit from 8/29/2011 Retcon Race

    {R} = Rookie

Several race-ready, feature-winning karts again sat idle without drivers, and it is easier for Matt to pick off a seven or eight drivers and win than it is for him to do so with ten to fifteen drivers. So we need more -- come on out! So if you are sick of seeing Matt win so much, then do something about it and race him like the rest of us active GKC drivers are doing. If you did, you'd see why he's the most winningest driver in the area. Weighed down, same motor as everyone else, older chassis than anybody else, starts in last almost every week... and he still triumphs. Racing more expensive karts on kiddie tracks doesn't mean you're a better driver. Just means you're afraid. Yes, that does mean local racers who read this page, can race with us, but never show up on race day. We have heard that Oswego is a race fan town. We have seen the crowds at the big track, and had been amongst them for decades. We have raced on two local tracks, won on both, had good races on both. So, we know racers and race-fans do exist here. So where are they? Sunday a bad day? Race other types of karts and look down on our division? Heard people gossiping about us? I report *everything* on this website - good, bad, or indifferent - so if you don't read it here, then it is probably untrue. Aspiring racer but afraid to try? Nonsense... we race clean, safe, and always have fun. Come on out! Everyone who has raced here knows that you cannot race this competitively cheaper anywhere. So what's the excuse? You think you have ideas and suggestions? Tell us. You think you can race? Great! Let's race and we'll see!

2011 Point Standings as of 7/10/2011 

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

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

859.0

122.71

5

7

0

3

101

16th

2nd

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

846.5

120.93

5

7

0

1

55

16th

3rd

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

805.0

115.00

5

7

0

1

1

(R)

4th

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

791.0

113.0

5

7

1

0

3

3rd

5th

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

785.0

112.14

5

7

0

1

1

(R)

6th

Melissa Gabel Stevens profileMelissa Stevens
(Scissors 'n Fur #19, 80)

769.5

109.93

5

7

0

1

5

5th

7th

Jeff Tetro (Galletta's #9 - 7/2010 Pic)Jeff Tetro
(Galletta's #9, 0
) @@

465.5

93.10

2

5

1

0

1

2nd

8th

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

9th

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

367.5

91.88

3

4

2

0

0

(R)

10th

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

328.0

65.60

1

3

0

0

0

(R)

11th

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

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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7/17/2011 Twin 30s!

7/17/2011
Twin-30s

Handicap Start Order for the Next Race (7/17/2011):

As usual with all GKC Regular Season events, starts are handicapped via (1) Wins and (2) Points-per-race. Exceptions are:
(a) 2nd of a Twin-Feature [Starting Grid for 2nd will be inverted from finish of the 1st], and
(b) Annual Klassic Championship 200 [Starting Grid is set via time trial speed, time trial order is set by total points].

Driver

Wins

Points-Per-Race

Jason Platt (R2)
0
91.88
Jeff Tetro
0 93.10
AJ Nason
0 94.33
Randy Platt
0 100.13
Tim Galletta
0 113.00
Melissa Stevens
1 109.93
Justin Galletta (R2)
1 112.14
Joe Sereno (R2)
1 115.00
Chris Stevens
1 120.93
Matt Stevens
3 122.71
Chris Doviak (R1)
0 65.60
Any Additional New Entrants
0 0.00

(R1) = Raw Rookie
(R2) = Experienced Rookie

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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 homemade or re-built go-karts 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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