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 prefabricated 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 weekend 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!

7/17/2011: 60-Lap Night (Twin-30s Again!)

Tim Galletta and Matt Stevens win the 7/17/2011 Twin 30s!

JULY 17TH, 2011: The undisputed winningest karter in Central New York did it again. Matt Stevens won the 2nd Twin-30 of the night, leading all 30 laps, but did so by actually coming in last in the first 30-lapper, which was won by his cousin Tim Galletta, who also led all 30 laps in the first feature. Our racing is so close, that passing is at a premium and one mistake can be the difference between first and last. 60 laps of racing only saw 1 caution for one spinout. Clean, competitive racing from green to checker. Come back later today and again all week for more updates. Also, we are looking at Saturday race for next weekend to get more drivers (per request of some drivers who WILL come opposed to leaving Sundays open for a few drivers who used to and might come, but don't anymore), as so far this season, 7-9 drivers per class a week may be cool beans for gyno-exam-seat seat cookie-cutter kiddie kart classes, but it is not how grown men (and woman) drivers like to race. Contact us and more will be posted soon. Read more: [ YOUTUBE VIDEO COMING SOON: PLEASE CHECK BACK!]

DVD Highlight YouTube Video

Galletta's 2011/7/17 Karting - 60-Lap Night - 1st Twin 30

 

Galletta's 2011/7/17 Karting - 60-Lap Night - 2nd Twin 30

 

Note: The 2nd video was accidentally processed in 16:9 widescreen, but both camera angles are both 4:3 standard screen. Sorry about that. Other than that, it still came out pretty nice.

As usual, all of our YouTube videos are LOW-RESOLUTION, heavily edited and COMPRESSED highlghts from our weekly DVDs, which are of standard DVD quality and unedited. Also, all YouTube highlight reels are compiled on "Year In Review" DVDs at a rate of 1 or 2 volumes per year. Please ask me if you want a copy of any DVD in our library (just tell me the date and/or who won) for $3 each (in plastic baggie), $4 each (in paper disc sleeve), or $5 each (in plastic disc cover).

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

1st 30-LAP FEATURE EVENT:

Early on in the show, Joe Sereno tried to get under his brother Justin Galletta and spun out. This would be the only caution of the night.

Here Justin Galletta (#7) holds off his cousins-once-removed Matt (#33) and Chris Stevens (#8) while his dad Tim charges in the lead up ahead.

And as can be seen on the video, Timmy (#54) had a tow-in and yet was able to maintain the lead.

Yep, for 30 laps, this is essentially how close the racing was. Beat that gyno-cookie-cutter-kiddie-track karts! ;)

Late in the race, Joe Sereno was able to recover from his early spin and get Matt back with a couple of laps to go. And on the last lap, Chris Stevens barely snipped Justin at the line for 3rd, after Justin had maintained the position for the first 29 laps! That's how close our racing is, folks. And clean, family-friendly racing at that!

Starting Lineup:

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

    {R} = Rookie
    [DNS] = Did Not Start

Final Order Of Finish:

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

    RETCON MAKE-UP POINTS:
  8. Randy Platt (Plattitude #187) credit from 10/30/211 Make-up Race

    {R} = Rookie
    [DNS] = Did Not Start

One of the original Galletta's Club karters made it out to get some laps in! Brian Galletta wasn't dressed, but he took the #9 out for a few laps at the start of the feature to get into the points and work into the handicap for maybe next race. Brian used to race with us all the time, was visiting points champ for many of our late-90s/early 2000s seasons and has won two features, and if his arm can handle it (arm surgery effected his ability to run weekly), he could be a weekly threat at picking up some wins.

2nd 30-LAP FEATURE EVENT:

The 2nd feature, as usual with twin-feature races at Galletta's - started inverted from the finish of the 1st. But... OOPS... Matt came in last. Oh, f***!

Matt pulled away from everyone for a relatively easy win, although when Matt ran into lapped traffic, Joe Sereno (#5) was reeling them in, but simply ran out of laps before he could try and trap Matt behind a slower kart - usually the only way Matt is ever caught and passed... ever. He's that good. In the open, he's usually gone. The best race of this 2nd feature was a rematch between Justin and Chris, and although Chris tested him from first lap to last, even getting a few ties in at the finish line, but this time Justin held him off for 3rd. Another clean, quick, fun race! Just too bad that Matt got to start on the pole and get his 4th win of the season with relative ease. More drivers on the track means more people to be buffers between Matt and last, so where are the racers? Come on out, pu$$ies! :)

Starting Lineup:

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

    {R} = Rookie

Final Order Of Finish:

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

    RETCON MAKE-UP POINTS:
  8. Randy Platt (Plattitude #187) credit from 10/30/211 Make-up Race

    {R} = Rookie
    [DNF] = Did Not Finish

Next weekend's racing is going to be an experiment. We will be holding a Saturday race for rookies and drivers who have missed at least one race so far this year - a Rookie/Retcon race. Then, our standard race (which can also have rookies and retcons) will take place Sunday.

2011 Point Standings as of 7/17/2011 

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)

1,033.0

122.71

6

9

0

4

102

16th

2nd

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

991.5

110.17

6

9

0

1

55

16th

3rd

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

965.0

107.22

6

9

1

1

4

3rd

4th

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

964.0

107.11

6

9

0

1

1

(R)

5th

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

958.5

106.50

6

9

0

1

1

(R)

6th

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

928.5

103.17

6

9

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

Our Cousin Brian Galletta - 2003 Klassic (No bio)Brian Galletta
(Galletta's #9)

118.0

59.00

1

2

0

0

2

5th

13th

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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Handicap Start Order for the Next Race:

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

2011 Wins

2011 Points-Per-Race

Brian Galletta
0
59.00
Jason Platt (R2)
0
91.88
Jeff Tetro
0 93.10
AJ Nason
0 94.33
Randy Platt
0 100.13
Melissa Stevens
1 103.17
Justin Galletta (R2)
1 106.50
Joe Sereno (R2)
1 107.11
Tim Galletta
1 107.22
Chris Stevens
1 110.17
Matt Stevens
4 114.78
Any Additional New Entrants
0 0.00

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

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WTF?!
With only six people to start the night, something's wrong. How, in the alleged race town of Oswego, NY - with all the buzz about the Steel Palace getting new owners and a facelift (odd... we went there weekly for the better part of the past three decades, why only now are people going back?), and many people who are then getting the race-bug and looking into karting - we can only get 6-8 people to show up to race? With several arrive-and-drive karts sitting idle? Any of which a veteran driver could hop in and win any given feature? With flexible rules that allow bigger people to race evenly with smaller people instead of splitting it into dozens of meaningless divisions by weight, motor and age? Really? Even when we purposefully schedule around local tracks in order to try and squeeze a few local race-lovers in? Really? There are people out there, likely reading this, who know one reason why. But former friends with childish and warrant-less vendettas who become disgruntled, gossipy back-stabbers aren't the only issue. Holding Sunday races to get a few Oswego fans out (that don't care to stop by), is getting nowhere, because people out of town have work the next day and can't make it. So, now we are going to attempt some Saturday races in order to get some people from outside of Oswego to race, because it appears that too many local race fans are looking lustily at a converted parking lot as a dreamy stepping stone to the Steel Palace -- and getting utterly fleeced for five minute races-- instead of looking at evenings of good, clean, affordable racing with good drivers and equal equipment.

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 rebuilt 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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