The Gas Flathead Ironman Karting Championship Series of The Planet continued on
Sunday, August 16th, 2009 at John J. Galletta Memorial Backyard Speedway:
Points-leader Chris Stevens survives The Night of a Thousand Cautions, AKA The Accidental Winner 45 on August 16th, 2009 and took a win that fell right into his lap! 12 drivers using 15 karts, 15 cautions, and only 5 made it to the end in this war of attrition. The feature had many cautions due to the dry track conditions, and perhaps the most evidence of this was Matt Stevens and Kenny Lindsley both broke while leading, not to mention Russell Hockeys left-rear drive-wheel broke at the axle and went into the woods (or buckwheat as Fred says). Russ was the hard charger of the night, and probably would have taken the win if not for falling off the track a handful of times and then losing the aforementioned rear axle.
Heat 1 was an "all-1st-time-rookie" heat that went to Brian Paul followed by Ken Pierce. 2nd heat was taken by Jesse Vivlemore, followed by Melissa Stevens, Chris Stevens, Fred Collins, and Larry Phillips. The third heat was the most exciting, as there was a 3-way battle for the lead, but it went to Matt Stevens when Russ passed both Matt and Gary Miller and then slid off the track to lose the two spots and take 3rd. They were followed by Buddy Cottom and Kenny Lindsley III.
August 16th, 2009 45-Lap Finish:
1st. Chris Stevens (Galletta's #4, 8)
2nd. Melissa Stevens (Stevens #80)
3rd. Fred Collins (Galletta's #9)
4th. Larry Phillips (L&K Small Engine #04)
5th. Kenny Lindsley III (Galletta's #2, 1; DNF)
6th. Russ Hockey (Hockey #00; DNF)
7th. Matthew Stevens (Galletta's #3, 33 -7L)
8th. Jesse Vivlemore (Galletta's #0; DNF)
9th. Gary Miller (Miller #24; DNF)
10th. Buddy Cottom (Galletta's #6, 5; DNF)
11th. Brian Paul (Galletta's #1, 7; DNF ®)
12th. Ken Pierce (Galletta's #7; DNF ®)
DNF = Did Not Finish
® = Rookie
The points are TIGHT!
2009 Dirt Gas Flathead 1WD Karting National Championship Series
After 10 combined events from 6/8/2009 -thru- 8/16/2009:
1st. Chris Stevens | 1,524.5 pts. | 3 wins
2nd. Matt Stevens | 1,412.5 pts. | 2 wins
3rd. Melissa Stevens | 1,351.5 pts. | 1 win
4th. Buddy Cottom | 1,345.5 pts. | 1 win
5th. Gary Miller Sr. | 1,269.5 pts. | 1 win
6th. Russ Hockey | 1,195.5 pts. | 1 win
7th. Larry Phillips | 980.0 pts. | 1 win
8th. Fred Collins | 939.5 pts. | 1 win
9th. Jason Mills | 482.5 pts. | 1 win
10th. Nick Dann | 460.5 pts. | 1 win
For 11th. thru 32nd, see our website:
MORE ABOUT US: Galletta's Karting Club is a that race1-WD gas flathead motors on simple, affordable "racing-modified" go-karts - which cost around $300-500 each instead of WKA/NKA-type karts which usually cost 10 times as much for a slight bit more speed and performance on a flat track. We race every weekend behind Galletta's Greenhouse in Oswego, NY, a not-for-profit, free-of-charge dirt backyard speedway that sponsors the karts and hosts the clubs free races, and other tracks with invitation and acceptance of our simple, yet effective rules. We usually race 8-15 karts in 30-200 lap races all summer and into the fall, counting points and wins for each race since the mid-1990s. We're always welcoming new drivers to join the club, as it has grown to two brothers racing to a whole group of friends and family racing and having affordable fun! If you live or near in Oswego, NY and like affordable and competitive racing, then come on out!
Our website is updated after every race with statistics, pictures, and videos.
Video (c) Copyright 2009 Chris Stevens
Cameras by Rungnapha Stevens and Gene Galletta.
Edited and narrated by Chris ChrusherComix Stevens.