Racing points championship racing from 1996-current at Galletta's Greenhouse's Go-Kart Speedway
Sundays from June-August & Saturdays from September-October (1990-now), and summer Thursdays &/or Fridays at Oswego Speedway's Kartway (2006-08).
We race exclusively with limited-modified 5hp Briggs and Stratton gas flathead motors all with affordable stock parts at Galletta's and Oswego tracks.
All-Time Points & Wins Leader in Oswego Karting:
Career Highlights, Victories & Profile Pictures:
2012 was another big year for Matt, but a bit of controversy in the Klassic ruined an otherwise excellent season for the undisputed winningest driver of Oswego Dirt Karting history. 11 feature wins and a disputed track title, as the taking himself out of the lead late in the Klassic wound up mucking up a near-perfect season...
2011 was another year of sharing championships with his brother for Matt, as he went into the Klassic with a leading six feature wins, but behind his brother Chris in the points. Therefore, Matt took an entirely new strategy, something he never did in the 16 year history of the Klassic... leading the whole race. And he almost did, until he had to refuel. Chris did not, and inherited the lead, and held Matt off for his 1st Klassic since 2001, but Matt won the track title with all those laps led...
Matt had his least successful season ever in 2010 (although that is still better than probably 99% of all other local karters on all local tracks and divisions). He only won 3 regular season features (and one postseason Fall Bonus Feature), lost the Point Standings to his brother Chris Stevens by 1/2 point, and during the Klassic, he wrecked into his brother while battling for the lead late and took both and his bro out of it in the 200-Lapper, which Kyle Reuter then won (the 1st time a non-founding driver won the big show at Galletta's). But that's fine... in sports you win and lose, Matt has won more than his fair share over the nearly two decades of racing, and even when he gets beat, he is still beat by karts and motors he set up, which is still a point of pride for him. What hurt Matt was what came on the final night of the season. To rub salt into the wounds, a family of drivers that Matt exhaustively helped for over two years betrayed him and the club and badmouthed backstabbing lies about us on facebook, spread by the false rumors of his own mother-in-law (a misunderstanding, but nonetheless hurtful). Indeed, after the hurtful betrayal by those he liked, loved, helped, and trusted, Matt almost felt like quitting racing... and that, my friends - even after being booted, mocked and threatened by the track in back of the one he watched, loved, and modeled his own karting club and speedway over - was a first. But like one of his heroes, Braveheart, he won't die that easily.
2009 was the first single-track season for the club in over three years, but don't think that the club suffered. In fact, as usual, we're more relaxed and less frantic without the traveling and dealing with hishonest, hateful people. Our club still thrives without the Kartway, as it did for over a decade before the Kartway was even conceived... and despite people at the Kartway calling us "GAYletta's", threatening to shut is down, and come out into our back yard and smash our skulls in with shovels (stay classy, Kartway!), the club was strengthened by some cousins coming out to race with us for the first time in years once they heard some rednecks were giving the family problems. Of course, the Kartway folks never showed. Matt won 7 out of 20 feature events, including the Klassic (seen below). But, his brother Chris did finally break Matt's streak of Track Point Championships in '09! Most of these pages have video clips from our DVDs via YouTube, so check them out!
We've never had to put an offseason in our highlight reels before now, but we had to for two polar opposite reasons!
|Oswego Kartway Bars Our Karting Division from Competition at the Oswego Speedway Dirt Track: The Oswego Kartway (AKA the Oswego Speedway's Dirt Track) barred our club from competition after three years of bringing 5-15 karts filled with paying customers to the track weekly from the track's 1st three seasons in 2006, 2007 and 2008 (also provided free website promotion, unpaid logos, and $5 full-race DVDs to the track) due to the track operator's personal grudge against Chris Stevens ("That f***in' website!") and Matt Stevens ("He wins too much and will never again win at this track!"). The ultimate slap-in-the-face at our club is not just when the Oswego Kartway barred our karting club, didn't pay for logos, demeaned our impressive wins at the track (the ONLY division that brought 15+ karts in the track's 1st 3 years, and not only raced in MIXED-MOTOR events, but WON with smaller motors in said class!) and mocked/threatened us on various websites, but they also erased all references to our club from their website! Despite the fact that we were the biggest class supporting and the only website promoting the track when nobody else even knew it existed! This website here is the only place you will ever find evidence that we raced at and dominated the competition at their small kiddie-track-out-back of the hallowed Oswego Speedway. And, although several of our current and former club members have gone there to win many races on the track in other divisions (Kyle Reuter, Dick Dann, Ryan Coleman, John "JP" Stepien, among others), as long as Jim Losurdo and his rednecks-with-too-much-expendable-income-and-too-high-opinions-of-themself cronies run it, our club will never again race there. We've been invited to race at a handful of other local/semi-local kart tracks, but traveling 15-50 miles to pay to race at tracks smaller and more far more expensive to race at than our own makes little sense to 70-90% of the club members (and, we note, most methanol kart and gas clone kart drivers quit after a few years too, so, whether they acknowledge that they intentionally agree with us or not, their actions speak louder than words). Without further notice, we only race at Galletta's, where anybody can join us without prejudice and unintentionally funny rich redneck bias! All the info you want to know and then some, here...|
|Congratulations to Matthew Stevens & Melissa Gabel Stevens, who were married on Saturday, November 8th, 2008! This means 'officially' one more member of the Team Galletta's racing. New pictures are up on his brother Chris' MySpace! Enjoy!|
Matt again had an impressive season on the two Oswego, NY Dirt Karting tracks in 2008. Most impressive. He won a combined 14 of the combined 27 feature races on the two tracks (including one "undecided tie"). In doing this, he also swept the 2008 Oswego Speedway Kartway Gas Stock Division Points, clinched in the 2008 Oswego Speedway Kartway Gas Stock Division 50-Lap Classic (that aforementioned "undecided tie", as the Classic race that Matt led and dominated was taken away from him by the track operator Jim Losurdo at the stripe under caution?!), the the 2008 Galletta's Greenhouse Speedway Points Title, and the 2008 Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Speedway 200-Lap Klassic. Most of these pages have video clips from our DVDs via YouTube, so check them out!
Matt Stevens posing with the Galletta's Greenhouse #33 before the 2008 Galletta's Klassic (9/21/2008).
|2008 Scheduled Race #36. GALLETTA'S: Sunday, September 21st, 2008. The 13th Annual Galletta's Kart Klassic: 200 laps!!! (Winner: Matt Stevens.) - At the GALLETTA'S GO-KART SPEEDWAY on a crisp and cool Sunday, September 21st, 2008, we held the Matt Stevens again proved his mastery of Oswego karting with yet another HUGE Championship win, the biggest kart race ever at Galletta's, the Oswego area (and probably everywhere else; we'd like to know if one is bigger anywhere). With his performance, he clinched the 2008 Galletta's Track Title to add to his Oswego Kartway 2008 Track Points Title (the only class that has done points every year of the Kartway, the Outlaws Gas Animal/Galletta's Gas Raptor Stockers), clinching the 2008 overall two-track title as well.|
|2008 Scheduled Race #34. GALLETTA'S: Sunday, September 7th, 2008: Twin 35s won by Matt Stevens & Gary Miller Jr. On SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th, 2008, we ran another Twin-Features Event at the John J. Galletta Memorial Yard Karting Speedway. The first 35-Lapper went to Matt Stevens in his Galletta's #3 Gas Stocker. The second 30-Lapper went to Gary Miller Jr. in the Galletta's #6 Gas Stocker; his first ever win! However, the event was marred when Chris Stevens (yours truly) took a wild flip driving the Galletta's #7 and got a bit shaken and bruised up during the 1st feature, and elected not to compete in the 2nd. He's all right, and will be ready to go for the next race - which may be the 13th Annual Galletta's Klassic 200. More...|
Chris, his dad Wesley, and bro Matt after again sweeping the top-3 positions in the 2008 Oswego Kartway Classic, the final race there before the belligerent, easily-angered, irrational and quite possibly rather insane track operator there barred our highly affordable and competitive Galletta's class from competition the following year for personal reasons in addition to trying to make room for a more expensive, yet supposedly "highly affordable" class, the OHV clones.
|2008 Scheduled Race #33. OSWEGO: Thursday, September 4th, 2008: 2nd ANNUAL OSWEGO SPEEDWAY DIRT TRACK CLASSIC!!! Winners: Top three trophy spots go to Wes, Matt, and Chris Stevens! On THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th, 2008, the Galletta's Karting Club participated in THE OSWEGO KARTWAY'S 2nd ANNUAL DIRT TRACK CLASSIC at THE OSWEGO SPEEDWAY. Again, the inventors of Galletta's Single-Wheel-Drive Gas Stocker Karting; Wes, Matt, and Chris Stevens sweep the top-3 spots in the Gas Stocker Classic for the 2nd year in a row (but not without some controversy on the final lap).|
|2008 Scheduled Race #32. OSWEGO: Thursday, August 28th, 2008: 2nd ANNUAL OSWEGO SPEEDWAY DIRT TRACK CLASSIC TIME TRIALS!!! The 2008 Classic at Oswego Kartway was supposed to happen... until rain showers shut the features down, postponed for one week, but we did get the trials in. Our Gas Flathead Division's 2-Lap results - Fast Time Winner: Dick Dann (Raptor Style Carb), Matt Stevens (Fun Power Style Carb).|
|2008 Scheduled Race #28. OSWEGO: Thursday, August 14th, 2008: 30-Lap Race (Matt Stevens winner in 5hp). This week, the Galletta's 5hp class planned to race another 2-in-1 show (two classes on the same track, though two different winners and points standings), but the 6.5hps voted and elected not to race with us. The Feature was won by Matt Stevens (Galletta's #33), and he was followed by Wes Stevens (Galletta's #4), Buddy Cottom (Galletta's #7), Dick Dann (Dann #86), Chris Stevens (Galletta's #8), Dick Dann (Dann #86), Gary Miller (Galletta's #9; DNF - Quit), and Russ Hockey (Hockey #00; DNF - Broken Chain). More...|
|2008 Scheduled Race #24. OSWEGO: Friday, August 1st, 2008: Matt wins TWO DIVISIONS' FEATURES at the Oswego Speedway Dirt Kartway! 40-Lap Money Race (Winner: Matt Stevens x2 in 5hp vs. 5hp and vs. 6.5hp)! Matt Stevens took his Galletta's #3 (his old backup kart that his fiancée Melissa Gabel usually drives) and entered the Gas 6.5hp "Outlaw" class. Matt did well in the heat, coming from last to second before getting loose and getting passed by a few drivers. He felt that his #3 had the motor, but not the stick, so he tried his #33 in the feature with softer tires. He came from last place and surprised all in attendance by winning the 6.5hp 40-Lap Feature with the only 5hp. He then entered the 5hp-only feature and proceeded to pick off people one-by-one, then passing his brother Chris a few feet before the finish line when the bumper pad on Chris' #8 broke free and blocked the wheel from turning in turn 4, giving Matt a wide-open lane for victory at the stripe after leading 39 & 4/5th laps of the race. Matt is not just good, he's also lucky! More...|
|2008 Scheduled Race #11. GALLETTA'S: Sunday, June 22nd, 2008. Twin-30s (Winners: Matt Stevens in 5hp & Ryan Coleman in 5hp+).
The Galletta's Karting Club Speedway held a Twin-30s night, both having 11-karts each! And all *gasp* with 5hp flathead motors! There were several almost, shoulda'-coulda' winners: Dick Dann, Russ Hockey, Nick Dann, and Chris Stevens all had race leads, but either a wreck or mechanical failure took them each out of the top spots. Though they each came so close to taking the features, it was Matt Stevens and Ryan Coleman that took the checkered flags to both using both great driving skill and a little luck. More...
|2008 Scheduled Race #9. GALLETTA'S: Sunday, June 15th, 2008. 50-Lap Race (Winner: Matt Stevens in 5hp+). The Galletta's Karting Club Speedway 2008 saw an exciting 11-kart and 50-lap race! "THE 2008 FATHER'S DAY 50" was won by defending track champion Matt Stevens in his Team Galletta's #33, who was hard pressed to fight off a swarming Chris Stevens (Galletta's #4) and just barely did so. A couple of controversial wrecks in addition to a huge pileup plagued the race. The heats were won by John Stepien (Galletta's #0), and Ryan Coleman (Galletta's #7). More...|
Matt in action racing at the Oswego Kartway in his Galletta's Greenhouse #33 Gas Stocker kart, where he is virtually unbeatable in. Unless, that is... people cheat. The reason we always had a hard time at the Oswego Kartway was... the track operator forced us to race against his friends... who all had STOCK ANIMAL Briggs motors (racing OHV engines that are rated far over 6.5hp). We had stock flathead 5hp Briggs with only shaved heads. Do the math. And this week was one of the weeks where Matt was hopelessly outmatched in terms of horsepower... but just kept fighting like a dog. His driving skills were never more apparent than when he raced against guys who had clearly wwaaayyyy more horsepower than him! Even when he loses... his talent, determination, and never-say-die attitude shows. I guess that's why his favorite movies are Braveheart and the Rocky series.
|2008 Scheduled Race #7. GALLETTA'S: Sunday, June 8th, 2008: 45-Lap Race (Winner: Matt Stevens in 5hp). The Galletta's Karting Club Speedway 2008 opener was held Sunday June 6th, and an exciting, 12-kart, 45-lap, clean, and fast-pace race! "THE CLAY HAS ARRIVED 45" was won by defending track champion Matt Stevens in his Team Galletta's #33, followed by Ryan Coleman (Galletta's #7), and Chris Stevens (Galletta's #4). The heats were won by AJ Russell (Galletta's #6), Chris Stevens (Galletta's #4), and Gary Miller (Miller #24). The clay is amazing and will only get better with more work. Due to the new clay, slicks-only rule, and Team Berry #11 mysteriously retiring from Galletta's races (abandoning the guys that got them all into racing and bought them motors, to just destroy them, and then get totally pwned by 6.5hp motors who spend way more money that our class does), the shows now run far more smoothly with far less cautions. Good luck. LOL! More...|
|2008 Scheduled Race #4. OSWEGO: Friday, May 30th, 2008: 35-Lap MONEY RACE! (Winner: Matt Stevens in 5hp). (Above) Calm, cool, and calculating, and collected Matt Stevens wins a mixed motor (5hp-6.5hp gas Stocker) money race at Oswego Speedway's Dirt Kartway in his trusty old all-time winning Gas Stocker #3, beating OHV karts that by all means he shouldn't be logically defeating (on 5/30/2008)!|
|2008 Scheduled Race #1. OSWEGO: Thursday, May 8th, 2008: 25-Lap Race (Winner: Matt Stevens in 5hp). In the first and perhaps only time in our club history, we raced in May! Because our sponsor/host/namesake is Galletta's Greenhouse, and we (Matt, Chris, Wes, Melissa, and Rungnapha) all work there. And May is BUSY SEASON. May is our pay day for work done February through August. Period. But the newly renamed Oswego Kartway's Track Operator Jim Losurdo INSISTED we race in May. And we did... at great cost to our work and sleep. But... something fishy was going on here with the OHV Outlaws... how did a 1st-time rookie and a 2nd year man who was pretty slow all last year get so fast? Faster than a bunch of seasoned veterans in our club? Way faster than multi-time feature winners who have raced for years? Hmm...|
Matt Stevens was a dynamo this season, as he raced a staggering 28 races on two tracks, winning 14 features (winning 5 out of 10 features at Oswego Speedway Dirt Track, and 9 out of 18 features at Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Speedway) a ridiculous 50% win percentage with races that had anywhere from 7-17 karts (not dinky 1-5 kart classes like many of the methanol divisions)! Add to that, at Oswego, he raced against larger 6.5hp motors with Stock Animal parts (hint: a lot more than 6.5hp)! The only imperfection on his season was getting involved in an astonishing wreck where his body flung through the air like a Muppet the week of the 2007 Oswego Classic, and although bruised and sore... still scoring a pedestal 3rd to his brother and father.
The 12th Annual Galletta's Go-Kart Klassic, now 175 laps (over 20 miles - and 200 laps counting caution laps), was held on Sunday, September 23d, 2007 was won by now 8-time Galletta's Klassic winner, Matt Stevens. Matt, the founder, owner, and mechanic of the 10 Galletta's Go-Karts again proved that he is the best karter in the solar system again with his incredible streak of winning championships in every racing field that he competes in! He also shattered the track record for his pole-winning time trial with a 15.82, which is basically an annual occurrence for the one known as the Supplement Boy. More->
Matt Stevens posing with the Galletta's Greenhouse #33 before the 12th Annual 2007 Galletta's Klassic 175 (on 9/23/2007).
2007 Fall Series: Klassic 65-Lapper on 10/6/2007: Matt Stevens won the Post-Klassic 65-Lapper on October 6th, 2007 in his trusty old backup, the Galletta's #3. Matt has more wins in this kart that probably almost every visiting driver combined.
|Galletta's 2007 Race #14 : 9/3/2007 45-Lapper: On September 3rd, 2007, Matt "Furlong" Stevens regains his usual form and wins the Galletta's 2007 Labor Day 45, a special yearly Monday race. Kyle Reuter led most of the 16-kart race in the Galletta's #5, but broke with 1 lap remaining. 2nd place went to the driver of the Galletta's #8, Chris "ChrusherComix" Stevens who has been in Kyle's shoes many times before, including earlier this year. Matt has won 50% of the Features that he has entered this season: 5 of 10 Oswego Speedway Features, and 7 of 14 Galletta's Features. Considering the amount of skilled drivers - anywhere between 6-16 karts per race - that is a staggering record. More...|
|On August 30th, 2007, the founders of the Town of Oswego Dirt Karting Club - better known as Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Club & Backyard Speedway; the track that started the idea for the Oswego Kartway - swept the top three spots at the Oswego Speedway Classic Weekend's largest and most experienced Dirt Karting Class, the 16-kart, 50-Lap 1-WD Gas Stock division Classic. Chris "ChrusherComix" Stevens won the Oswego Speedway Classic Weekend's Dirt Gas Stocker Kart Classic 50, his 1st Feature at Oswego since 2006, and his 3rd overall feature of 2007 in his Galletta's #8. His father Wesley Ogre Stevens took 2nd in the Galletta's #4, and his brother - and head mechanic of all 10 Galletta Go-Karts - Matt Stevens got 3rd in his Galletta's #33 (recovering from a kart LANDING ON HIM early in the race, and suffering from a somewhat loose setup and still sore from flying through the air and betting a bruised thigh the prior race at Galletta's), and clinched the 2007 Oswego Speedway Dirt Gas Stock Division Track Title (the track was renamed Oswego Kartway in 2008). In fact, the entire 15-kart field was involved in accidents at one time or another, which made this race a war of experience and attrition, and five or so drivers all had a legitimate shot... but experience, fast karts, and a little luck paid off for the trio.|
|8/30/2007: 1st Official Annual Oswego Speedway Kartway Classic 50 - Chris, Wes, and Matt Stevens sweep the top-3 in the Classic!: On August 30th, 2007, the three founders of Supermodified Yard Kart racing in the Oswego area swept the top three positions in the first annual Oswego Speedway Classic for the "Yard Kart" division. Chris "ChrusherComix" Stevens won the Oswego Speedway Classic Weekend's Dirt Supermodified Yard Kart Classic 50 in his Galletta's Greenhouse #8. His father Wesley Ogre Stevens took 2nd in the Galletta's #4, and his brother and head mechanic Matt Stevens got 3rd in his Galletta's #33. This makes the three originators of Oswego-area Yard Kart racing taking 1-2-3 in the first ever Oswego Yard Kart Classic! View more on this race here. And Matt is the mechanic of all of the podium-finishing motors! More->|
|On August 26th, 2007, Chris "ChrusherComix" Stevens wins his 2nd feature of the year in his Galletta's #8, a 45-lap, 12-kart event. But the motor has won 2 straight races, as last week Kyle Reuter won with it on the Galletta's #5! Chris thanks his brother Matt and Melissa Gabel for their diligent work on the track and karts during the week. So... if Chris won, then why is it featured in Matt's profile? Well.. the reason is because Matt he got tossed into the air like a rag doll and his #33 kart landed on his leg in a horrid collision with an unsafely parked Fred Collins in the scariest wreck we ever caught on tape in our club's history! See below...|
Matt's worst accident occurred on August 26th, 2007, and we dubbed it the...
An extremely scary accident took place early on in the feature when Wesley Ogre Stevens, Kyle, Matt, and Chris were battling in the middle of the field, side-by-side, 2-rows-deep. When Ogre and Kyle brushed wheels down the front stretch, it sent Kyle into Matt and then they both crashed extremely hard into Fred Collins, who had retired and nonsensically parked in the interior grass just barely off of the track. The crash was horrific, as Matt, Kyle and Fred all flipped over each other, but wouldn't have even been a footnote if someone wasn't parked in the interior of the track. This action is forbidden. A retired kart must park in the garage area, deep in the middle of the track, or the caution must come out. Luckily, thank God, they were all OK other than some bumps, scrapes and bruises.
The wreck has garnered many hits on YouTube, but also many (oddly hate-filled?) bashers, who call our karts slow and the wreck "lame" and "not that bad." We'd like to mention how most of these YouTube trolls (after watching an open wheel karting accident where 3 karts collide going around 35-45mph to a dead stop without seatbelts) are all desensitized people who have never actually strapped themselves into any racing vehicle, only raced a video game, and via disrespecting the idea of equalized and affordable racing, are just flamewar baiting.
|Galletta's @ Oswego Speedway's Dirt Oval : 8/16/2007: On August 16th, 2007, members of the Galletta's Karting Club raced in Oswego Speedway's Dirt Oval in the Clockwise Gas Stocker (formerly Super Yard Kart) division. And guess what? Matt wins again! He has won more races on both Galletta's and Oswego Speedway's Dirt Tracks than the other fifty+ Oswego-area dirt Go-Kart drivers ... COMBINED. He is the class of Oswego Yard Kart/Go-Kart races. Can he be stopped in the Oswego and Galletta's Classic races coming soon? Anything can happen, but the odds are not too %@$%^&* likely! But Kyle Reuter, who probably is right there on that all-time local karting win list with Matt (and Chris) list if you count his Quarter-Midget wins in that tally, won at Galletta's a few days later. More...|
|Galletta's 2007 Race #11 : 8/12/2007 35-Lapper: Precipitation made for a fun, but yet rain-shortened 16-kart (21 drivers?! 6 had to be eliminated in the heats!) event, and Matt Stevens took the checker (his 6th at Galletta's in '07) when his win-starved brother Chris Stevens (AKA me) nailed a pothole in turn 3 and then broke down while leading late. Curses! The Feature was 16 karts, and six people had to be eliminated in the heats because we didn't have enough extra karts available. With more karts, we could have had A TWENTY-ONE kart race! Yikes! More...|
Galletta's @ Oswego Speedway's Dirt Oval "Oswego Kartway" on 8/9/2007: On August 9th, 2007, five members of the Galletta's Go-Karts Club raced in Oswego Speedway's Dirt Oval Kartway in the Gas Stocker division (formerly known as the Super Yard Karts). The Feature was won by Matt Stevens in the Galletta's #33 (his 4th at Oswego Speedway in '07), and was followed by Kyle Reuter in the Galletta's #0, Mike "MC" Howell in the Galletta's #6, Eric Raponi in the OHV #83, Wes Ogre Stevens in the Galletta's #4, Missy Berry in the Galletta's #7, and Joe Hayden in the OHV #5 did not finish. More...
|Galletta's @ Oswego Speedway's Dirt Oval : 8/2/2007 - On August 2nd, 2007, four members of the Galletta's Go-Karts Club raced in Oswego Speedway's Dirt Oval Kartway in the Gas Stocker Division (formerly known as the Super Yard Kart division). On the very last lap, Matt used his outside groove to pass Eric Raponi (by inches) and take his third Oswego race of the year on the last lap (2 times getting Eric at Oswego and 1 time getting Kyle Reuter at Galletta's). Following Matt and Eric were MC and Joe Hayden crashing across the finish line, followed by Missy Berry and Oscar Berry. Matt's fighting spirit and never-say-die attitude even in the face of an assured defeat is much like one of his favorite movie characters, Rocky Balboa. Matt also scored 2nd in a 17-kart "10,000-Rocks-To-Win" race a few days later at Galletta's! More...|
Galletta's 2007 Race #9: 7/29/2007 13-kart / 40-Lapper: Damn him! Despite Chrusher's attempts to weigh him down by duct-taping 50 lbs. of weights under Matt's #33, the 13-driver, 40-lap Feature (his 5th of '07) was still again won by Matt Stevens in the Galletta's #0 after his #33's muffler broke off in the 2nd Heat. This makes his 4th Galletta's feature in a row and 5th of the year. This is why picking on Matt for being too dominant only makes things worse... he races even harder. Sheesh! Matt also made a good run at Raponi, but got 2nd to him in the Oswego Speedway Kart Track's Money show a few days earlier. More...
|Galletta's 2007 Race #8: 7/22/2007 50-Lapper: Matty-Jo Stevens steals his fourth Galletta's Speedway feature of 2007 from the clutches of defeat by passing his brother Chris Stevens with three laps to go and then catching the race-leading Kyle Reuter at the finish line. Matt was then profusely beaten upon after the race by Chris and Kyle for stealing the win because this means he has tied the collective wins of all other drivers at 4-4. Dick Dann led a large chunk of the race and looked like he was going to be victorious until be blew a drivewheel tire with 15 to go. Pics, videos, and details are here...|
|Galletta's 2007 Race #7: 7/15/2007 50-Lapper: Matty-Joey Stevens takes his third Galletta's Speedway feature of 2007 at to add to his two Oswego Speedway features. He dispatched the rest of the 13-kart field with his trademark inside passes and then held off late challenges by Gary Miller Sr., Kyle Reuter, Jason Mills, and Chris Stevens to take command of the points standings. His brother Chris gave him a late charge, but to no avail. Nobody in the stock 5hp class can stop Matt! The track was smoother than it has ever been and... More...|
|July 13th, 2007 at Oswego Speedway's Supermodified Yard Kart Class: Matt Stevens (in the Galletta's #33), Wes Stevens (in the Galletta's #4) and Kyle Reuter (in the Galletta's #5) of the Galletta's Go-Kart Club raced at Oswego Speedway's Dirt Track. Chris Stevens and several others stayed home in protest against the actions of Eric Raponi (OHV Outlaw #83) last week and the track's lack of punishment against him. The feature was dominated early by Wes Stevens and Kyle Reuter who got into a loose patch and he and the Ogre wrecked together in lapped traffic. This then set up the battle that it has been coming down to all year in Oswego Speedway's Supermodified Yard Kart division: Eric Raponi vs. Matt Stevens. On the final lap, Matt was able to dive under Eric and capture the close win. Matt and Eric were followed by Wes Stevens, Kyle Reuter, Mark Miller, Joe Hayden and Mike Billion, got a DNF after wrecking with 2 laps to go. More...|
|Galletta's 7/8/2007 Matt Stevens again showed why he is the all-time winningest go-kart racer (stock 5hp or otherwise) in Oswego County and probably points beyond during this 15 driver event. Matt passed six karts in four laps and held off challenges from front-runners Kyle Reuter, Chris Stevens and Dick Dann to win his second feature of the season at Galletta's. Much better on our own track where we are not intentionally wrecked by people without punishment from his good buddy, the *COUGH* OSWEGO SPEEDWAY KARTWAY OPERATOR *COUGH!*... Read on!
|July 1st, 2007 14-kart/35-lap race at Galletta's: Matt's old kart, the #3 won. But Matt was defeated... with his old #3 by his girlfriend and fellow racer, Melissa Gabel! Melissa survived the war of attrition when everybody broke down, and then Matt, Chris and Wes Stevens all wrecked up battling for the lead. Rookie Melissa drove the slower low groove all the way around the track, and it seems as if her guy was blocking his bro and dad for her, but it didn't matter, she won to become the first female to win a feature at Galletta's! More...|
|Galletta's 2007 Race #3: 6/17/2007 45-Lapper: Matt Stevens wins 3 of 4 races he entered this weekend in his Galletta's #33, as he follows up his Oswego Speedway Dirt Track victory by taking the 3rd feature of the year at Galletta's after he caught Dick Dann (in his Dickhead #86) in traffic. Dick Dann was followed by Chris Stevens (in the Galletta's #8), Wesley "Ogre" Stevens (Galletta's #4), and Nick Dann (Dickhead #02) and others who all survived the grueling and exciting 14-kart event. More...|
Oswego Speedway Dirt Track Race #1 6/15/2007 35-Lapper: Track Operator Jim Losurdo requested the Galletta's Karting Club's presence as a support class for a special Tobias Slingshots event at the Speedway's Dirt Track. And our club founder/head mechanic Matt Stevens, swept the heat and the 35-lap feature at the mixed motor gas stock division at Oswego Speedway's Dirt Track in his Silver Bullet #33, the first time it has ever made the journey to Oswego Speedway. Always amazing when anybody in a shaved-head 5hp Galletta's kart can defeat any OHV Outlaws considering they all race 6.5hp Briggs Animal and 6.5hp Honda motors! More...
Matt ran his busiest season to that date in 2006, racing two tracks while being the track operator to one and head mechanic on both. Matt not only won eight features racing in his familiar Galletta's Backyard Speedway, but also raced at Oswego Speedway's backyard on their new dirt track, later to be named the Oswego Kartway, winning two features there. He also took the Track Point Championship on both tracks, although his father Wes "Ogre" Stevens held him off for the Galletta's Klassic 150 win!
Galletta's Speedway Race 2006 #16: On 9/23/2006, The 11th Annual Galletta's Klassic 150! Matt Stevens was the man to beat, being the fastest kart all day, blowing everyone away in time-trails. But it only matters if you pass the finish line in 1st on the last lap (something that many quitters just flat out never learn... like over and over and over again). Well, Matt was leading... but then broke down and had to take a time-out and come from the back. He didn't make it all the way, and despite Matt almost getting him on the last lap (and losing 2 spots during the attempt), his pop Wesley got the win! He finally, after 11 years, FINALLY broke his two boys streak of Galletta's Klassic Championship race domination! Driving the same Galletta's #4 with the same $20 eBay-won motor he has had since around mid-season, Ogre led early, dropped back, took the lead and then held off serious challenges by Rob Jimenez, Matt Stevens and Chris Stevens (driving Matt's #3 after his own #8 dropped out with mechanical problems... again!) to take an impressive 150-Lap win! Wes' most patient and well-run race in his career of under achieving and rookie-like mistakes! Matty-Joey did clinch the '06 Regular Season Points Title, however. More...
2006 Fall Series: #17-23: Post-Klassic, we always hold a few Fall-Point Series races. 2006, we held four. Despite Chris challenging Matt for the lead on a late-race restart and had a couple of runs, Matt found a groove in his new #33 and pulled away for yet another win, his first since pre-Klassic. Mattie-Jo again extends his lead and pads his slightly eroded lead in the total/overall/Summer/Fall points standings. More...
2006 #14-15 - 9/9/2006 & 9/16/2006: Supplement Boy Mattie-Jo Stevens psychologically and physically dominates/owns/rules/schools/destroys the competition (easily I might add) with his brand-new Ogre/Ogre Jr. Chassis #33 Galletta's Go-Kart. (We just used the same photo for the 9/9 and 9/16 races because... well... it was kind of almost the same thing. Except for a hysterical flip by wrack-master Oscar Berry in one of the shows.) As if his already veeerry-tough-to-beat Galletta's Greenhouse #3 wasn't bad enough, Matt unveils this secretive brand-new weapon. Without a paint-job, and with no number pained on yet, looking like a rusty bullet, Matt treats the field like jobbers, making it look so easy. The paint comes on for next week's Klassic 150! Watchoutnow...
|2006 #11 - 8/20/2006: Matt dominated the show as everybody else found passing difficult in the slick back straight... Matt blew by everybody effortlessly and coasted to an easy win. Matt is also running away with the points standings to boot, as he has 6 wins and everybody else has 5 wins COMBINED. More...|
|2006 #10- 8/13/2006: Matt Stevens (in his Galletta's #3) got a clean sweep of the weekend's racing, as he added his 4th Galletta's win of the year after also winning his 2nd feature at Oswego Speedway on Friday. Matt showed that a little balance and tire-pressure was all that he needed to resume his complete dominance over the field, as he bobbed and wove through the close battles and near-wrecks to then blow the field away after passing Ogre late. Meanwhile, Ed Maynes was to be counted as another shocked driver to find out that after his own Team Maynes #43 kart broke down, a relatively ignored/rejected Team Galletta's backup (The Galletta's/Pitsley Racing #10) was proven to be a beast as he flew up through the field in it! More...|
Matt Stevens gets his 2nd career win at Oswego Speedway's Dirt Track in his crusty, old, but FAST Galletta's Greenhouse #3 kart!
|8/11/2006 at Oswego Speedway Dirt Track: As the B&D picture shows, Matt Stevens (the founder, architect, head mechanic, and most-winningest driver of the Galletta's Go-Kart racing club - and possibly all karting classes in the general area), won the 15-17 kart/mixed class 20-lap feature in his trusty old Galletta's Greenhouse #3, which is the oldest, and original "Galletta's Go-kart", and probably the oldest kart on the entire premises. The race included around 15 or 17 go-karts of mixed weights and engines. Matt again proved that a well-tuned stock 5hp flathead is still the best speed for the money, beating larger 5.5-8hp OHV motors and even a raptor with expensive aftermarket racing parts. We run these exhibitions at Oswego Speedway every Friday all summer. Following Matt were Wesley "Ogre" Stevens (#4), Robbie Jimenez (#5), and Chris Stevens (#8). More...|
|2006 #7 - 7/23/2006 | July 23rd, 2006: Matt seemed off his game for a few weeks, possibly he was a bit bummed after the OHV Outlaws and the assistant track operator ruined the club's fun at the Oswego Speedway Dirt Track by invading our races, wrecking Galletta's racers out of competition, arguing/mocking/threatening fights with our club drivers (and the assistant operator and failed Galletta's karter Jim Losurdo admittedly relishing in the purposeful wrecks and near-fights), followed by a run by a few good drivers winning races for a few weeks, Matt stepped back into victory lane at Galletta's in a highly-competitive 11-kart/40-lapper! More...|
|2006 #4 - 7/2/2006 | July 2nd, 2006: After Ed Maynes looked like the man to beat in his highly impressive heat-and-feature sweepin' win at the Oswego Speedway's brand-spanking-new Dirt Track a couple of days earlier, and everybody also seemed wicked fast all night long, it was that calm-cool-&-collected/crafty/lucky/good Matt Stevens that wound up taking the 12-kart/50-lapper at Galletta's, surviving a war of attrition as all of Matt's top competitors broke down or wrecked out of his way for an easy win, coasting around most of the track going away. More...|
|6/23/2006 at the Debut of the Oswego Speedway's NEW Dirt Track! On Friday, June 23rd 2006, Matt Stevens won the 1st Galletta's Karting Club Race at the Inaugural event at the Oswego Speedway's dirt track - the track that the Stevens brothers boys grew up watching (and emulating in matchbox cars, pedal-karts, and later go-karts)! The track was christened by our club and a handful of veeerrry small methanol kart classes, but our Galletta's Karting club was the biggest and most exciting class that held a race at the track (a fact that I think many methanol kart drivers didn't like us for). This would become a usual happening during the next three seasons. Matt won both the heat and the feature - passing Gary Miller on the last lap, but it didn't count for points. Also there are a fledgling amount of WKA-spec methanol kart classes. We are more than happy to help support the track as a stable, 10-16 kart "affordable" pump gas, stock motor class, as it gives us a secondary track to run, maybe entice some new drivers to join us, and also show off that our veteran drivers are just as good (and in many cases, FAR more experienced and better, which could be proven with any videotape, any spectator, and any driver that watched or raced in both) as any other karting class around as well. More...|
|JUNE 11th, 2006 - 11TH ANNUAL GALLETTA'S SEASON OPENER: The opening race of '06 saw Jason Mills dominate the majority of the race in the rental Galletta's #0, scoring either 1st or 2nd place for all but the first five laps. However, continuing tradition, Matt Stevens still managed to score the win. Still, Jason was clearly faster at race end and all over the #3's back bumper, still scored more "lap led" points and holds a slim lead in the points standings. The only logical explanation for Matt winning was Jason attempting to help out Team Maynes teammate Ed Maynes in his #43, but his plan backfired when Ed, leading at the time, almost wrecked himself and lost three positions. The top four positions battled back and forth all night, and any of them could have won it minus a mistake or two each, but Matt needled out a close victory, as he so often has in his Galletta's #3. More...|
In 2005, Matt Stevens won twelve features including the '05 Klassic 150 during our first and only full season of allowing controversial mixed-motors at Galletta's - making them even more meaningful as he was beating drivers with way more motor than him, and again won the Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Speedway Track Championship. His undisputed mastery of the only dirt track and dirt karting class in Oswego was soon about to open up to a new dimension, as a dirt kart track in back of the Oswego Speedway was being built by a somewhat disgruntled former Galletta's racer, Jim Losurdo (and rookie Galletta's racer Gary Miller even tested his Galletta's-type kart - against stagger and with a gas stock motor against methanol racing karts - not a fair match - on it on Labor Day weekend)! More...
|The 130-lap Dan Murdock Memorial "Galletta's Klassic Championship" was run on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon. Matt Stevens broke his brother Chris Steven's two-year streak of pole positions by breaking the official track record with a blistering 16:60! As if the rest of the competitors didn't already know, Matt and his Galletta's #3 kart was going to be even more difficult to beat than usual after seeing that it was hooked up better than ever for the biggest race of the year. However, Matt didn't even need to give it full power, as he was taking it easy and everyone wrecked in front of him to wind up only needing to pass a game Jason "The Hammer" Mills, although Chris nearly caught him when he was trying to pass Mills! Matt Stevens also won two more features in the 2005 Fall Series, sweeping the post-Klassic Fall Bonus Point feature races held on 10/1/2005 and 10/2/2005.|
|Week #16 - 9/11/2005: Matt Stevens sweeps both the mixed-motor race and the 5hp-only races this weekend On the 4th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Matt Stevens (in his Galletta's #3) patriotically won two races in two nights by blowing by nearly the entire field in four laps during the first race and then passing Gary Miller (and his #24) after the #24 led the first twenty-four laps in the second "5-hp only" race. (Matt, under the suggestion from fellow Galletta's Karter Jason "The Hammer" Mills, a few weeks earlier instituted a new rule allowing our box stock 5hp flathead karts to now have hand-shaved heads to equalize the competition after suspicions arose of the 5.5hp OHV karts actually had 6.5hp motors with Dremel-tool shaved heads, as Jim Losurdo admitted to.) Matt was only challenged by one driver. Mark Miller (in his #00) closely followed Matt in Saturday's event, but after the race stormed off the track accusing Matt of cheating, which everybody believes Mark did (running OHV 6.5hps with shaved heads when he was only supposed to run box stock OHV 5.5hps.|
|Race #10 - 8/03/2005: In a hotly contested midweek race, Matt Stevens (in his Galletta's #3) collected his 3rd win of the year passing the entire field in twelve laps. Mark Miller (in his #007) and Mike Billion (in his #57) followed with more strong performances in their mysterious
Event #13 - 8/21/2005: Matt Stevens (in his Galletta's #3) won his fifth race of the year and widened his lead in the points standings by leading the final thirty-four laps of the high-scoring fifty lap event, even clocking scorching 16.9s on the final circuits. His brother Chris stayed close, but could not muster enough to get the pass. The race was somewhat marred by Mark Miller and Mike Billion wrecking and almost coming to fisticuffs, stemming from an incident that happened the prior weekend between them that sent Mark into a VIOLENT pinwheel wreck (a tape that Mark has, but never returned to Galletta's!). They left the premises, then came back to watch the end of the race.
|Event #8 on 7/24/2005 bore witness to Matt Stevens (in his Galletta's #3) winning one of the oddest races in recent history. For the past five to six seasons, the outside groove was the fastest groove on the track. Almost all of the passing was done on the outside, and many times the lower-middle to inside was rarely to never used successfully. Just the way our track ran, opposite of most speedways, but we've never been normal motor racing, have we? However, with the dry summer that Oswego has had, along with the
|Event #3 - 6/19/2005, Matt Stevens (in his 5hp Galletta's #3) got his first win of the year today but it wasn't easy. First he had to follow Neil Gosch (and his brand new #44 with a WICKED fast
|In 2004, although both Chris and rookie Ed Maynes time-trialed into the '04 100-Lap Classic faster than Matt, they both broke down and Matt only got stronger, and he won it going away to clinch another Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Speedway Track Championship (for several consecutive years), winning eleven features overall in the first season that visiting competitors started bringing their own karts in addition to the Galletta's Greenhouse house karts! More...|
|In 2003, Matt Stevens won seven features including the '03 Galletta's Go-Karts Klassic to win yet another Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Speedway Track Championship. Damn. More...|
|In 2002, Matt Stevens won seven features - including a victory in the '02 Galletta's Go-Karts 80-Lap Klassic - to take the '01 Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Speedway Track Championship. Matt was again on a multi-year win streak. More...|
|In 2001, Matt Stevens utilized big-track help from rookie Galletta's Karters and SBS (Limited / AKA Small Block Supermodified) racers Fran and Cameron Rowe setting up the karts for quicker cornering, mostly using stagger, which they never used before. Matt won eleven features and won the '01 Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Speedway Track Championship. He also won in the 2001 Galletta's Go-Karts 80-Lap Klassic, effectively stopping his brother's 3-year streak. Will this make for Matt going on another 3-year sweep? More...|
|In 2000, Matt Stevens won an impressive nine features (and one tie) and placed 2nd overall (behind his bro Chris) in the Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Speedway Track Championship. Matt ran into the buzzsaw that was Chris in the Galletta's Greenhouse #5, the newest kart in the fleet... and what a dominant kart it was, as Chris took 15 (and a tie) features including 7 straight and a Classic win to take the '00 points title. More...|
"Galletta's Go-Karts" started when Matt Stevens bought a used Manco 2-seater yard kart from a local small engine shop in 1989 in Minetto. When Chris' lifelong childhood classmate & friend Dave Scruton came over for a visit, he realized that Matt purchased HIS old yard kart, which he sold to the small engine shop. In fact, the small engine shop took a good motor off of it, put a crappy motor on it, and sold it for a profit! If only Matt and Dave communicated sooner' they could have given each other a better deal without the middle man! After Dave helped Chris score his own kart in 1990 (a former Thunder Island kart that Dave's cousin sold to him), they started racing!
In 1999, Matt's streak was finally snapped. He got 2nd in the Track Points Title and Classic Championships as his brother Chris utilized a victory in the '99 Galletta's Go-Kart Classic to propel himself to 1st place overall in the '99 Point Standings. The Galletta's #2's finest hour, as Chris used it as the primary weapon in defeating Matt and his trusty ol' #3. (Left) Here is Chris before winning the 1999 Klassic in the Galletta's #2 - ending his brother's 3-year reign as Galletta's Klassic Champion. However, he didn't just break his brother's Klassic/Track Championship winning streak in 1999, he also started his own...
In 1998, Matt scored several feature wins and a dominant win in the '98 Galletta's Go-Kart 80-Lap Classic to score 1st place overall in the '98 Point Standings, completing a perfect 3-year sweep of the two titles in their 1st three years of existence. (Left) Matt dominating his brother and father. (Right) Matt after his triumphant win, complete with long hair! And no, that's not a trophy girl, that is RaYzor Castaldo, who although is a man, has womanly hair.
|Galletta's Karting Club started in the early 1980s with pedal-powered carts! Chris and Matt were not satisfied with such slow speeds from pedal power... and so they jumped outside of them and pushed them around the track quicker. This original track was in their front yard. In the winter, the bros also raced sleds down the steep hills on each side of Galletta's Greenhouse as well. Matt's favorite Oswego Speedway drivers as a kid were Bentley Warren, Richie Evans, Steve Gioia Jr., Mike Ordway, Randy Ritskes, and Doug Didero.|
Track Points Championship Place (# of drivers)
"Classic" / Klassic Race Place (# of drivers)
|1996||Galletta's Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway||1st overall (of 5?)||1st Place (of 3)|
|1997||Galletta's Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway||1st overall (of 6?)||1st Place (of 3)|
|1998||Galletta's Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway||1st overall (of 7?)||1st Place (of 4)|
|1999||Galletta's Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway||2nd overall (of 7?)||2nd Place (of 5)|
|2000||Galletta's Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway||2nd overall (of 8)||2nd Place (of 5)|
|2001||Galletta's Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway||2nd overall (of 15)||2nd Place (of 8)|
|2002||Galletta's Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway||1st overall (of 14)||1st Place (of 8)|
|2003||Galletta's Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway||1st overall (of 29)||1st Place (of 8)|
|2004||Galletta's Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway||1st overall (of 48)||1st Place (of 10)|
|2005||Galletta's Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway||1st overall (of 50)||1st Place (of 13)|
|2006||Oswego Speedway Dirt (1-WD Gas Stock Division)||1st overall (of 18)||None held|
|2006||Galletta's Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway||1st overall (of 35)||4th Place (of 16)|
|2007||Oswego Speedway Dirt (1-WD Gas Stock Division)||1st overall (of 22)||3rd Place (of 15)|
|2007||Galletta's Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway||1st overall (of 49)||1st Place (of 11)|
|2008||Oswego Kartway (1-WD Gas Stock Division)||1st overall (of 24)||Tied 1st Place (of 13)|
|2008||Galletta's Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway||1st overall (of 21)||1st Place (of 10)|
|2009||Galletta's Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway||2nd overall (of 47)||1st Place (of 9)|
|2010||Galletta's Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway||2nd overall (of 29)||2nd Place (of 14)|
|2011||Galletta's Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway||1st overall (of 25)||2nd Place (of 13)|
|2012||Galletta's Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway||1st overall (of 39)||Tied 6th Place/1st Place (of 14)|
Matt, Mighty Matt, Mush, Mushaluphagus, Supplement Boy, Ogre Junior, The Boy-Boss, 'Da Boy, Matty, BraveMatt, Matty-Jo, Matina Josephina, The Dyed-Blonde Bomber, The Muscle-Boy, The Rock, Number 72, Galletta's Boy, Mr. Galletta, Matt Furlong, That-son-of-a-b***-that-keeps-winning-every-race!
Owner & head mechanic all of the Galletta's Go-Karts (driven the #3 from 1990-2006; co-built new #33 for 2006). All have stock 5hp Briggs & Stratton flathead motors and all have won races at different times. Has won races in almost all of the Galletta's House Karts, not just his favorite two (his favorite wins usually come in karts that everybody else swear are slow, and he climbs in and beats everybody in them).
The most winningest local driver in any known class. Matt has won an astounding combined 98 out of 231 Feature events between 2000-2008 at Galletta's and Oswego Speedways gas karting divisions, each race containing anywhere between 6-17 karts per event (and mostly between 8-13). An astonishing record that hovers around a 43% win ratio! Most karters have two desires: To try as hard as they can to beat him or to just forget about it and never enter a race with him in it. His record speaks for itself.
Galletta's Track Championships in 1996-1998, 2002-2008
(2nd place only to his brother Chris every year not listed).
"Galletta's Klassic" Championship Race Victories in 1996-1998, 2002-2005 and 2007. Only his brother Chris and father Wes have beat him in "Classic championship" races at Galletta's and Oswego. Won so many races at Galletta's and Oswego Kartway that methanol classes have actually mocked him, even though they're afraid to race him.
Oswego Kartway Gas Stocker Class Wins/Points Champion (2006, 2007 and 2008). Countless career Feature victories at Galletta's stock 5hp class since 1992 and Oswego Speedway's mixed-class dirt go-kart track since 2006. Distant career leader in wins on both tracks. Won in several different karts throughout career, including most of the Galletta's karts at different times - In addition to the countless races won in his #3 and #33, he will occasionally jump into a backup that everybody thinks sucks and rejected (like, they race it and give up and say the kart is crap and say Matt's kart is illegal) to then beat them in the kart they rejected just to prove that he doesn't cheat by making his own karts faster. Although this refutes people that call him a cheat, people still say it anyway. Some people can't ever be proven wrong... they don't like it.
Matt is the (1996-2010) All-Time Points & Wins Leader at Galletta's Backyard Karting Speedway and also the (2006-2008) All-Time Points & Wins Leader at Oswego Kartway (Gas Kart Division, 2006-2008), even years after the club's class was dropped. He is so dominant in both classes that either everybody that tries to beat him bend rules in order to beat him and gives up when that doesn't work, or never even tries to beat him out of cowardice.
The only big karting race that Matt has never won outright is the Oswego Kartway Classic. He finished 3rd to his brother and father in 2007, and a technical 2nd in 2008 after a false yellow flag came out on the last lap while leading by a large margin and a checker fell during a caution with has dad passing him on the line. The only people to ever beat him in either Galletta's "Klassic" or Oswego "Classic" are his brother Chris and father Wes, and a flagman. The Oswego Kartway operator Jimbo "The Dimbo" Losurdo guaranteed he would never win, and kept his word, as he banished the Galletta's Karting Club's Division from the track. Technically, however, Matt has never been defeated in a points series or "Championship" race other than his brother and dad in karts that he is the head mechanic on. Hence, he is the best driver/head-of-crew karter around, and if any karter does want to try to beat him, by all means try. Just, obey the rules, please? Been there, done that, won't be going back to a track where they let that happen (even though Matt still beat the cheats!).
Himself; Oswego Supermodified drivers Doug Didero, Mike Ordway, Bentley Warren, Randy Ritskes, Joe Gosek & several other Oswego Speedway veterans. Everybody who races with us, races clean, and has a great time is also a favorite driver of Matt.
Hobbies & interests:
Being with family & friends; spending time with his girlfriend; greenhouse operation (Galletta's Greenhouse); go-kart maintenance & racing; exercise, health and nutrition; watching the races at Oswego Speedway; fan of Portland Trailblazers, whatever team Ray Allen plays for, which is the Boston Celtics (NBA) and Miami Dolphins (NFL). Christian. His brother Chris' ChrusherComix (which he is parodied in, co-stars in, and actually even drew some guest/fan-art for). Pets: Cats, turtles.
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