Galletta's Karting Club 2009 Vol 13 - Labor Day 45 on 9/7/2009




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Published on Sep 10, 2009


On Labor Day, the original and still most experienced Oswego Karting League - the Galletta's Greenhouse Go-Kart Club - had the 13th week of their season, and with our 14th Annual 200-Lap "Klassic" coming, the racing is getting tougher and tougher!

The first 10-Lap Heat was won by Timothy Galletta. His first-ever win came in just his 3rd week of karting via by holding off Russell Hockey and Chris Stevens (who nearly tied for 2nd), followed by Melissa Stevens in her brand-new #19, rebuilt from a former backup Larry Phillips Chassis that he never used.

The second 10-Lap Heat saw a couple of wacky wrecks. The first one happened when Matt Stevens, Buddy Cottom, and Kevin Galletta went 3-wide into turn 3, and Kevin got airborne momentarily when he caught wheels with Buddy, who did a 360 himself. Then, Jesse Vivlemore was running away from anybody in the #0 when he had a funny flip in turn 2. Matt wound up winning, followed by Kevin, Buddy, and Jesse. Gary Miller was flagging, but decided to give the feature race a go.

9 karts lined up for the Labor Day 45-lap feature. Early on, Tim and Kevin held 1st and 2nd until Kevin spun and took Gary Miller out of the race early with a broken tie-rod. Gary used a time-out to make repairs and get back in the race. When the race resumed, Matt was able to sneak his little Galletta's #3 into the lead, and when Russ Hockey went too high and hit the grass patch in Turn 4, Chris used a well-timed slingshot to pass both he and Buddy, then followed Matt by Tim to set up the main battle of the evening.

A few times a year, Matt and Chris both find their way up to the front and put on a 1-on-1 battle that has happened sine the early 1990s, where it was just the two brothers dueling for endless laps. Matt tried running away and hiding from everyone else, but Chris stayed with him, only losing ground if his fast-but-loose #4 kart slipped out of the fast groove. Chris tracked down Matt late in traffic, and nearly caught him when Matt hit his wife Melissa (call 911, ha!), but the crafty "Master Matt" was able to sneak into the clear and hold on for his 4th feature win of the season, and gain a good chunk of points on his point-leading brother.

September 7th, 2009 45-Lap Feature Finish:
1st. Matthew Stevens (Galletta's #3)
2nd. Christopher Stevens (Galletta's #4)
3rd. Russ Hockey (Hockey #00)
4th. Buddy Cottom (Galletta's #5)
5th. Timothy Galletta (Galletta's #7)
6th. Kevin Galletta (Galletta's #9)
7th. Melissa Stevens (Stevens #19)
8th. Jesse Vivlemore (Galletta's #0; DNF)
9th. Gary Miller (Miller #24; DNF)

More details, pictures, points, and DVD of this race (the full 1 hour show - high quality, uncompressed - for only $5 each) check this webpage:

(C) Copyright 2009 Chris Stevens
Edited, Narrated, and Produced by Chris "ChrusherComix" Stevens ( http://www.chrusher.com/ )
Cameras by Rungnapha Stevens and Gene Galletta


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