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!

7/31/2011: The Winnor of Har-bore-fest 2011 has been crowned!

DVD Highlight YouTube Video

Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Club 2011 Season:
July 31st, 2011 | Harborfest Championship '11 - 50-Laps / 7-Karts

THE FULL RACE is now available to watch! Carefully edited from two camera angles showing all 50 laps. This race has a third angle from the start/finish line which is available only via DVD purchase ($5 per disc and unedited). 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 this race. Only $5 per disc ($3 w/o case).

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

OUR ANNUAL HARBORFEST CHAMPIONSHIP RACE:

Melissa Stevens wins Har-Bore-Fest '11 at Galletta's!

7/31/2011 - HAR-BORE-FEST! Oh, you saw what I did there, huh?7/31/2011 Harborfest race at Galletta's my niggahz!AUGUST 31st, 2011: You wanna' crown someone the winner of Har-bore-fest? We crowned 'em! The only local track with enough bawls to run ran and we crowned the champion to the city's annual gigantic waste of time cluttering the city's roads because it needed a champion. And got one it did. Melissa Stevens dominated the Har-Bore-Fest 50, and embarrassed your @$$, son. Details forthcoming for your fine self, my brahs!

 

 

Every year, while most of the city is involved with Harborfest madness, at the end of the festivities on Sunday evening, we still hold the Harborefest Championship Race out on our humble little big kart track in the Town of Oswego. As far as we know, we are the only local kart track of running on Harborfest, and have been doing so ever since the early 1990s, so yes, we do have the gall to call our winner the champion of Harborefest. If you have evidence of other races going on during Harborefest for as long as we have, you are welcome to debunk our claim.

We now have a third camera angle thanks to Melissa Stevens purchasing another camera. This one will be a stationary start/finish line angle, which makes those close-call, to-the-wire/photo-finish races a bit easier to call. Also, one could go back and time-trial any kart at any time if they desired to do so (it's all on the DVD). Not a bad extra feature that we do at Galletta's for free. Oh, and we will not charge you $60 for transponders either. We're cool like that. ;)

Wait... TWO MELISSA'S!? No, no, silly! That is her husband Matt Stevens, who was challenged to race what is believed the slowest and most ill-handling Galletta-kart in the armada, the Scissors-N-Fur #80. Melissa has had trouble getting the #80 to run as well as her #19, and both spun out and fell off the track a few times last year driving it. Doesn't stop that lil' crafty ol' Matt from challenging people for passes though, as here he is seen trying to get under Tim Galletta #54 and Chris Stevens (#4) early in the race. Joe Sereno started in 2nd, but spun out in turn 3 trying to pass Melissa for the lead.

Look at that tricky Matty-Joe go in his wife's #80! The #80 is actually a near-identical clone to his own #33 with more nerf bars and purple paint, but they can't get it to handle as good as the original #33 that it was cloned from, which is why Matt - with a comfortable lead in the points thus far - hopped behind the wheel to test it. It has a very strong, fresh motor, just has mysterious handling issues that Matt is trying to tame.

Here Melissa Stevens (#19) is seen leading the feature early. Our handicap system has been allowing tough veteran drivers to start up front because we don't have enough "new" rookies or non-winning experienced veterans returning, so today saw Melissa start on the pole. If just one non-winning veteran who has raced at least once this year showed, they would've started on the pole. Those old vets -- you are missing some really close, fast, and clean racing action. We know that a handful retired due to age, some race part-time (but haven't raced yet this season), and some both retired and were mutually barred for their actions late last season, but we've had some good drivers in the past few years just lose interest and retire. Come on back... the racing has never been better! This upcoming weekend should net a few returning drivers, so they have told us. This weekend left a few regulars short of money for gas this week. Do not forget: WE ARE RACING FRIDAY, NOT SUNDAY THIS WEEK.

Bumper-to-bumper for all 50 laps. Being so close, passes are hard to come by.

Chris Stevens and Tim Galletta racing into the 2nd turn shortly after passing a loose Justin Galletta (who then got train-passed by several drivers dropping him from 2nd place to 6th in one lap after he started losing tire pressure in his right rear tire. We are THAT close, where one mistake costs you spots.).

The only mishap of the night happened when the racing was SO CLOSE that Chris, Tim, and Matt all plowed like a train off it's tracks off of turn 2 and, "into the buckwheat" (as vet Fred Collins - who is semi-retired due to a lack of funds - used to say). Joe Sereno gave Matt a little help which assisted in pushing all three to go off. While the tape didn't conclude that the #9's hit wasn't the reason that forced the three off as Matt had originally believed, but enough contact was made to qualify as being part of the accident. As a result, the four all went to the back in the order that they were in when they wrecked, so essentially nobody lost their spot except Justin Galletta, who survived any entanglements, inherited 2nd place that he lost earlier in the race. Justin, who pitted to re-inflate his tire earlier in the race, lost pressure a second time, but was still able to hold off everyone else en route to Melissa's 2nd win.

Starting Lineup:

  1. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)  [1 win]
  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. Tim Galletta (Galletta #54) [1 win]
  6. Matt Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #80)  [3 wins]
  7. Chase Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #9) {NR}

    {R} = 1st Season Rookie
    {NR} = Newbie Rookie

Final Order Of Finish:

  1. Melissa Stevens (Scissors N Fur #19)  [2 wins]
  2. Justin Galletta (Galletta's Greenhouse #7) {R} [1 win]
  3. Chris Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #4) [1 win]
  4. Joe Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #5, 9) {R} [1 win]
  5. Matt Stevens (Galletta's Greenhouse #80)  [3 wins]
  6. Tim Galletta (Galletta #54) [1 win]
  7. Chase Sereno (Galletta's Greenhouse #9) {NR} DNF

    {R} = 1st Season Rookie
    {NR} = Newbie Rookie
    [DNF] = Did Not Finish
    2nd Kart in same race = -5 pt. penalty

I GOT TWO WORDS FOR YA' WESLEY....

After the race, Ogie Stevens interviewed his twin brother Wesley "Ogre" Stevens on how he felt his flagging was. Wes was not very accomodating in the interview. At all.

Our next race will be FRIDAY, AUGUST 5th, 2011 after all regular drivers are out of work and arrive.

As for the points - are you kidding me?! We have never had a points race this close this late before. 2nd through 6th are all within 100 points aof each other, and with bonus points for those who score a lot of lead laps, 100 points can be eaten up in no time. One or two good races up front can surpass that easy. Matt still has a bit of a lead on 2nd, but it isn't insurmountable. That is... if we have enough good drivers on track to make sure that Matt has enough competition.

2011 Point Standings as of 7/31/2011 

Pos.

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

Total Points (Place)

Average Points Per Feature

2011
Events

2011
Features

2011
Heat Wins

2011 Feature Wins

Career Feature Wins (2000-up)

Years Pro at GKC

1st

Matt Stevens ProfileMaster Matt Stevens
(Galletta's #33, 3, 80)

1,326.5

120.59

8

11

0

4

102

16th

2nd

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

1,284.0

116.73

8

11

0

1

55

16th

3rd

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

1,258.0

114.36

8

11

0

2

6

5th

4th

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

1,255.0

114.09

8

11

1

1

4

3rd

5th

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

1,228.0

111.64

8

11

0

1

1

1st

6th

Joe Sereno in the Galletta's #5 (2011)Joe Sereno
(Galletta's #5, 1, 9)

1,184.0

107.64

8

11

0

1

1

1st

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, 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

Chase Sereno in Galletta's #6Chase Sereno
(Galletta's #6, 9)
@
283.0
94.33
1
2
0
0
0
(R)

14th

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

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
(R) = 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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7/24/2011
55-Lap Photo Finish

Next Race->
8/5/2011 - Friday Night Twin 30s
8/5/2011
10,000 Rocks-to-Win Twin-30s

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
76.80
Jason Platt
0
91.88
AJ Nason
0 94.33
Robert Clarke
0 97.00
Randy Platt
0 100.13
Jeff Tetro
1 95.44
Joe Sereno
1 107.64
Justin Galletta
1 111.64
Tim Galletta
1 114.09
Chris Stevens
1 116.73
Melissa Stevens
2 114.36
Matt Stevens
4 121.05
Any Additional New Veteran Entrants/Rookies
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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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