Racing points championship racing from 1996-current at Galletta's Greenhouse's Go-Kart Speedway
Sundays from June-August & Saturdays from September-October, and formerly summer Fridays/Thursdays at Oswego Speedway.
We race exclusively with limited-modified 5hp Briggs and Stratton flat-head motors all with affordable 100% stock parts at Galletta's, & 5-8hp motors at Oswego.
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DRIVER PROFILE FOR GARY MILLER SR. (2005-10)
Gary Miller Sr. (Galletta's/Gary Miller #24) won the first of two 30-lappers on 6/14/2009.
Gary Miller Sr.
Gary Miller Sr. (posing with his #1 fan & son, Collin Miller) after winning the 45-Lap opening event of 2007 consisting of fifteen karts! Gary's new #24, his former backup frame, was rebuilt by Dick Dann, the motor was purchased off eBay by Chris Stevens and tuned-up by Matt Stevens. He did not win a feature in 2008, but he took a Twin-30 feature on 6/14/2009 and won the 2010 Season Opener, albeit around 20-30 lbs. light based on our new minimum weight requirement rules. Also, Gary raced the 15th Annual 2010 Galletta's Karting Klassic 200, and did spend a most of the 200 lapper in the top-3 (leading many laps) and looked destined for a sure-fire top-5 finish when he angrily pulled off the track in 3rd, nearly hitting spectators (including his own son), and vowed to never come back. Gary came back the next day.
Gearin' Gary, Grumpy Gary, Grouchy Gary, Quitter Gary Miller, Backstabbing Gary, Gossipin' Gary
Although Gary raced several times there, he was never able to pick up a feature win at Oswego Speedway's small pay dirt kart track, and was the very 1st Galletta's Karting Club member to try the track out when it was just a rut in the ground -- problem was he tried a gas stock 1-WD flathead kart going the wrong way (against stagger) vs. 2-WD Racing-prepped methanol karts (properly staggered). Now, although he never won there, he did come close a few times and did rack up some decent points as seen in the Oswego Speedway Dirt Kartway All-Time Gas Stocker 1-WD/Racing Yard Kart/Gas Mixed-Motor Points Standings. However, the biggest reason why he did not win was because Gary alternated quitting it and getting barred from it. Gary quit it a handful of times because of his noted disdain of the track management arguing, "they don't care about you, they just want your money and shuffle you out of the track as fast as they can" (something that we agree with after the way they treated us for most of the three solid years we raced there and booted us after doing nothing wrong), the track operator banning him once and re-instating him (over allegedly having alcohol in/near the pits during a practice), quitting because the entrance fees, and finally coming back and re-quitting because he claimed his karts didn't handle well. Since then, the class was booted by the operator, so in the end, who cares?
One of the better drivers on track when he keeps his head. But...
Team Miller Brewery Old #24 & New #24. Often repaired/race-prepped by Matt Stevens for nothing, so we call it Galletta's/Miller #24. Occasionally drives a Galletta's rental, and seems to drive the Galletta's #0 better than his own karts.
Gary in one of his two #24 karts at the Galletta's Kart Klassic on 2006/09/23 - Photo by Gene Galletta, Remastered by Chris Stevens.
Career lowlights: Retired almost every single race that he didn't win in each of his seasons raced - 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Only one season, 2009, did he almost keep his head, but still angrily retired and came back. He often loses his head and gets too easily frustrated, which has cost him many high-scoring positions and even a few wins here and there. In 2009 he worked on this and was much better than he used to be, but reverted back to his old self in 2010.
Did you know? :
On Galletta's track lingo, when you "Pull a Gary Miller" means that you throw an angry temper tantrum, pull out of a race and leave, though Ed has also done it several times too (of course, we love those racing both of guys and wish they wouldn't do it). The habit has even spawned a parody of Gary when he asked me to take his name off of this website, so I did as a prank. You can see the comedic prank version here. Gary is always one of the top-runners and if he finished every race, he'd be in the top 3 to 5 in points competing for the title and have a handful of wins every single year if he just kept his cool and raced.
Gary occasionally lets his son Gary Miller Jr. race instead of him. But since Gary has 2 fast karts, and should race one and let his son race the other to form a potent 1-2-punch team. Gary moved to the Carolinas late in 2007, but returned to racing in 2008-09. He also plans to put his son Collin Miller behind the wheel of a kart that he has stored at Galletta's for over two years, but is yet to do so. Gary sold his #24 kart (which Matt repaired and stored for little to no thanks and less money) after the 2010 Klassic, and claims to be done with racing anything anywhere.
GALLETTA'S KARTING CLUB RACE ARCHIVE FROM 1996-2009: