For the ALL-GALLETTA race, all six contestants - all cousins of Galletta 's Kart Club founders Chris and Matt Stevens and grandchildren of Gallettas Greenhouse founder, the late John J. Galletta - drew for position. Brian Galletta - the only competitor who has had any substantial prior experience - drew the pole and led all 30 laps. His brother Kevin had 2nd for most of the race, except for a back-and-forth battle with his cousin Bob. Bob's brother Tim had the most passes, but also the worst luck, as two karts stalled out under him. He still managed fourth. Tim's son Justin and brother Gary rounded out the back of the field. All in all, everybody raced great and had no wrecks whatsoever, just a couple spins, showing that they all easily qualified for the veteran event later in the evening.
The 1st heat was dominated by Buddy Cottom after he took the lead on lap 1. He was followed by Chris Stevens, Dick Dann, and Melissa Gabel.
Russ Hockey and Matt Stevens put on a huge battle for the 2nd heat, but Matt couldnt make the pass. They were followed by Larry Phillips and Gary Miller. Although he qualified in the heat, Gary's mom, Nancy, just passed away and did not feel like racing the feature. Everyone at Galletta's prayers, thoughts, and well-wishes are with Gary and his family.
The Veteran Feature was fast and furious, with only two cautions. Russ Hockey passed both Dick Dann and Larry Phillips on lap one to take the lead and own the vast majority of this race. But on lap 36 of 40, Russ's dominance of the race came to an end when lapped traffic altered the outcome of the finish. Larry Phillips saw the passing flag and did what he was supposed to do - got out of the way, gave plenty of room for a pass and hold a good line. However, he stayed high and Russ thought he was going low to go. This left the opening that Matt was looking for, and he used it to pass Russ and take the lead. He didn't look back for the final four laps and scored his first feature win since week 2 - which was probably his longest winless streak since the 2000 season! Russ was understandably upset of the outcome, but that is racing.
August 23rd, 2009 40-Lap Finish:
1st. Matthew Stevens (Galletta's #3)
2nd. Russ Hockey (Hockey #00)
3rd. Buddy Cottom (Galletta's #5)
4th. Chris Stevens (Galletta's #8)
5th. Melissa Stevens (Stevens #80)
6th. Larry Phillips (L&K Small Engine #04; DNF)
7th. Dick Dann (Dann #68; DNF)
8th. Gary Miller (Miller #24; DNS)
9th. Brian Galletta (Galletta's #5; DNS)
10th. Kevin Galletta (Galletta's #0; DNS)
11th. Bob Galletta (Galletta's #4; DNS)
12th. Tim Galletta (Galletta's #9, 7, 2; DNS)
13th. Justin Galletta (Galletta's #1; DNS)
14th. Gary Galletta (Galletta's #6; DNS)
DNS = Did Not Start
DNF = Did Not Finish
Chris still holds the lead in the point standings, but Matt, Buddy, and Melissa are still within striking distance. Plus, with the MASSIVE point scoring monster that is our Gallettas Klassic 200 - the Gas Flathead Karting Championship Race of the Planet - anything can happen! Points are always found on our website:
Also, with a few of us testing out a GPS tracker, we were able to record our top speeds. Buddy Cottom used it during the feature and recorded a 48.9MPH reading. This backs up our theory that we were in the 45-50MPH range since using shaved heads and racing cams. When we were 100% box stock 5hps (1996-2004), we estimated that we were in the 35-40MPH range. An increase in over 2 seconds off our time trial times and around 10MPH on our top speeds. Impressive for karts that cost between $300-600 to build and probably $200 to buy used, can race on any kart track or backyard speedway, and can go 200 laps with 1 or less pit stops.
I apologize for the compressed, pixilated quality, my friends. But it takes a great deal of time to do, and my equipment doesn't always handle what I try to do. But, do not fret, as the DVD contains the full 2 hour show (high quality, uncompressed) and I sell the for only $5 each. For the DVDs, pictures, stats, and more on this website:
(C) Copyright 2009 Chris Stevens for Galletta's Karting Club, Oswego, NY
Edited, Narrated, and Produced by Chris "ChrusherComix" Stevens ( http://www.chrusher.com/ )
Assistant narration by RaYzor
Cameras by Rungnapha Stevens and Gene Galletta
Tons of races, videos, points, stats, pictures, and descriptions of our Ironman 1-WD Gas Flathead Karting club here: