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!

7/24/2011: Photo Finish to the 10-Kart/55-Lapper!

Jeff Tetro nips Matt Stevens at the finish line for the 55-lap win on 7/24/2011 at Galletta's Greenhouse, as Russ Bartlett and Rob Clarke look on!

7/24/2011 photo finish!7/24/2011JULY 24TH, 2011: Every week it seems as we say, "What a great race! Close, fast, competitive and clean!" Well, we had another one, as 10 competitors battled it out during the 55-lap feature on July 24th, 2011. One of the original members of the GKC, Brian Galletta led early, challenged by Melissa Stevens and Jeff Tetro. But Tetro got the pass on a good restart and looked tough to catch until Matt Stevens worked his way to 2nd to test Jeff. They battled through lapped traffic, even splitting it 3-wide more than once. And although Matt nearly got him three of four times, Jeff snipped (or is it nipped?) Matt at the finish line for the closest finish of the year! As Russ Bartlett said, "Those last few laps were worth the price of admission!" Good show, and finally, we got to double-digits in 2011! Thanks to all who raced and congrats to Jeff!

 

DVD Highlight YouTube Video

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 this week's race. 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

RETCON / MAKE-UP RACES:

Friday, July 22nd, 2011 Retcon Start:

  1. Brian Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #1/Platt #28)
    - Points Credited for 13th place on 6/5/2011

Sunday, July 24th, 2011 Retcon Start:

  1. Brian Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #1)
    - Points Credited for 12th place on 6/12/2011
  2. Jeff Tetro (Galletta's Greenhouse #9)
    - Points Credited for 9th place on 6/19/2011
  3. Rob Clarke (Galletta's Greenhouse #2)
    - Points Credited for 14th place on 6/5/2011
  4. [R] Chase Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #6)
    - Points Credited for 15th place on 6/5/2011

Friday, July 22nd, 2011 Retcon Finish:

  1. Brian Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #1/Platt #28)
    - Points Credited for 13th place on 6/5/2011

Sunday, July 24th, 2011 Retcon Finish:

  1. Jeff Tetro (Galletta's Greenhouse #9)
    - Points Credited for 9th place on 6/19/2011
  2. Rob Clarke (Galletta's Greenhouse #2)
    - Points Credited for 14th place on 6/5/2011
  3. Brian Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #1)
    - Points Credited for 12th place on 6/12/2011
  4. [R] Chase Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #6)
    - Points Credited for 15th place on 6/5/2011


55-LAP FEATURE EVENT:

Brian Galletta (#1) looks over to see Melissa Stevens (#19) get a great start to jump from 3rd to almost 1st as the green flag dropped.

Brian Galletta (#1) looks over to see Melissa Stevens (#19) get a great start to jump from 3rd to almost 1st as the green flag dropped.

Opening lap of our 55-lapper. You won't find better competition for a cheaper price. Because we race for free, and run on donations for gas & parts! And if you go to any pay karting facility/track in the world, you will not find better competition in classes that cost 3-10 times as much. Ours is equal or bgetter for a fraction of the cost. If you don't believe us, come on out and try it.

Opening lap of our 55-lapper. You won't find better competition for a cheaper price. Because we race for free, and run on donations for gas & parts! And if you go to any pay karting facility/track in the world, you will not find better competition in classes that cost 3-10 times as much. Ours is equal or better for a fraction of the cost. If you don't believe us, come on out and try it.

Early on Melissa Stevens held 2nd while Jeff Tetro (#9) and several other competitors battled wheel-to-wheel. And despite this... NO WRECKS.

Early on Melissa Stevens held 2nd while Jeff Tetro (#9) and several other competitors battled wheel-to-wheel. And despite this... NO WRECKS.

Melissa holding off Tetro during the 1st few laps, who in turn is holding off Justin Galletta (#7), Joe Sereno (#5), Tim Galletta (#54), Matt Stevens (#33), and Chris Stevens (#8).

Melissa holding off Tetro during the 1st few laps, who in turn is holding off Justin Galletta (#7), Joe Sereno (#5), Tim Galletta (#54), Matt Stevens (#33), and Chris Stevens (#8).

For around half the race, the primary battle was Jeff Tetro fighting off Matt Stevens for the lead. You can see them race side-by-side for many laps, with Jeff barely holding on after a few close calls. Matt almost cleared him for a clean pass a few times, but gave Jeff enough room to battle back. You won't find any competitive racing this clean, courteous and close anywhere.

Here is the snapshot of the "photo finish"! Tetro pumps his fist in triumph as he holds that tricky karting master Matt off by literally the front bumper to secure his 1st feature win of the year, while barely blocking Matt from scoring his 4th feature win of 2011 (to the sigh of relief from the rest of the competitors who are trailing Matt in the points and slipping even further behind)!

Here is the snapshot of the "photo finish"! Tetro pumps his fist in triumph as he holds that tricky karting master Matt off by literally the front bumper to secure his 1st feature win of the year, while barely blocking Matt from scoring his 5th feature win of 10 thus far in 2011 (to the sigh of relief from the rest of the competitors who are trailing Matt in the points and slipping even further behind)!

Starting Lineup:

  1. Brian Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #1)
  2. Jeff Tetro (Galletta's Greenhouse #9)
  3. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)  [1 win]
  4. Justin Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #7) {R} [1 win]
  5. Joe Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #5) {R} [1 win]
  6. Tim Galletta (Galletta #54) [1 win]
  7. Chris Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #8) [1 win]
  8. Matt Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #3)  [3 wins]
  9. Rob Clarke (Galletta's Greenhouse #2)
  10. Chase Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #6) {NR}

    {R} = Rookie
    {NR} = Newbie Rookie

Final Order Of Finish:

  1. Jeff Tetro (Galletta's Greenhouse #9) [1 win]
  2. Matt Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #3)  [3 wins]
  3. Tim Galletta (Galletta #54) [1 win]
  4. Chris Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #8, 4) [1 win]
  5. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)  [1 win]
  6. Rob Clarke (Galletta's Greenhouse #2)
  7. Justin Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #7) {R} [1 win] DNF
  8. Chase Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #6) {NR} -4 laps
  9. Joe Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #5) {R} [1 win] DNF
  10. Brian Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #1, Platt #28) DNF

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

Jeff's strong run (plus make-up races) has him catching the group that has been here all season. Meanwhile, as Justin and Joe flip spots every week, Tim has caught and passed Chris, and the primary reason is that Chris broke late and needed a kart change after he got Tim in traffic! That's how close the racing is, folks! One break, one position, one pass means that much! Close race thus far, except Matt is creeping away. We must unite to stop the one-man-karting crew!

2011 Point Standings as of 7/24/2011 

Pos.

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

1,210.5

121.05

7

10

0

4

102

16th

2nd

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

1,134.5

113.45

7

10

1

1

4

3rd

3rd

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

1,129.0

112.90

7

10

0

1

55

16th

4th

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

1,076.5

107.65

7

10

0

1

1

1st

5th

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

1,072.0

107.20

7

10

0

1

1

1st

6th

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

1,064.0

106.40

7

10

0

1

5

5th

7th

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

763.5

95.44

3

8

2

1

2

3rd

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

Brian Galletta - one of the original GKC members!Brian Galletta
(Galletta's #1, 9, Platt #28)

@@@

384.0

76.80

2

5

0

0

2

5th

10th

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

367.5

91.88

3

4

2

0

0

(R)

11th

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

328.0

65.60

1

3

0

0

0

(R)

12th

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

13th

Rob Clarke in Galletta's #2Rob Clarke
(Galletta's #2)
@
194.0
97.00
1
2
0
0
0
2nd

14th

Chase Sereno in Galletta's #6Chase Sereno
(Galletta's #6)
@
177.0
88.50
1
2
0
0
0
(R)

15th

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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Comments:

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
0
76.80
AJ Nason
0 94.33
Robert Clarke
0 97.00
Randy Platt
0 100.13
Jeff Tetro
1 95.44
Melissa Stevens
1 106.40
Joe Sereno
1 107.20
Justin Galletta
1 107.65
Chris Stevens
1 112.90
Tim Galletta
1 113.45
Matt Stevens
4 121.05
Any Additional New Veteran Entrants/Rookies
0 0.00

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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 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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