Racing points championship racing from 1996-current at
Galletta's Greenhouse's "Racing Yard Kart"/Go-Kart Speedway
Every weekend from June-October at Galletta's, and formerly weekly all summer
at Oswego Speedway's Dirt
We race exclusively with limited-modified 5hp Briggs and Stratton flat-head
motors all with affordable 100% stock parts at Galletta's & Oswego
to make the most affordable karting league in the world - Racing yard karts,
AKA Single-Wheel-Drive Gas Stockers!
FOR MELISSA GABEL STEVENS (2007-up)
Stevens before the 17th Annual Oswego 200-Lap Karting Klassic Galletta's
Greenhouse Karting Speedway
10/6/2012. Also available via Facebook
Melissa Ann Stevens (Formerly Melissa Ann Gabel)
Briggs & Stratton gas 5hp-type flathead w/Galletta-Style racing enhacements
maintained by Matt Stevens.
Chassis: #19 - A former yard kart rebuilt into a Galletta's 1WD Gas Stocker
#80 - A 2008 Galletta's 1WD Race Chassis built by Melissa, Matt, and Wes
#3 - Originally a 1980's 1WD Manco yard kart, rebuilt for racing by Wesley
and Matt Stevens.
Assorted backup Galletta's Team Karts if the #3, #19, or #80 is OFN.
JULY 15th, 2012: Brian Galletta - one of the original members
of the Galletta's Karting Club - got his first feature win in eight years
by winning the 2nd 30-Lapper in his Plattitude #287 (chassis built by
Randy Platt, motor by Matt Stevens). And even though Dave Spanfelner,
Matt Stevens, and Chris Stevens all almost took the win in the first feature,
it was Melissa Stevens who evaded several spinning and wrecking karts
to take it in her Scissor's-n-Fur #19. Facebook discussion on the victory
photos are here
(Galletta's Karting Club Facebook) and here
(Brian Galletta's Facebook). As for the race, here is MORE...
Melissa before the 16th Annual 200-Lap Oswego Kart Klassic at Galletta's
Greenhouse Backyard Karting Speedway on 10/8/2011.
31st, 2011: You wanna' crown someone the winner of Har-bore-fest?
We crowned 'em! The only local track with enough bawls to run ran and
we crowned the champion to the city's annual gigantic waste of time
cluttering the city's roads because it needed a champion. And got one
it did. Melissa Stevens dominated the Har-Bore-Fest 50, and embarrassed
your @$$, son. Details forthcoming for your fine self, my brahs! 8/3/2011
PAGE IS UP
12/18/2011 Update: Complete
30+ minute race YOUTUBE VIDEO IS UP!
12TH, 2011: Twin 30s were in store for week two of the Galletta's
Greenhouse Karting Club Season. Rookie Joe Sereno won his first feature
in his 2nd race he's ever entered in the Galletta's Greenhouse
#5 kart, while Melissa Stevens took her Scissors-n-Fur #19 back into
victory lane in the second 30-lapper. Both features were close and action-packed!
6th, 2011 Update: Details, pictures, points up, and YouTube videos
Melissa before the
2010 (15th Annual) Galletta's Karting
Klassic 200-Lap Championship.
2010 Season, Event #5- Monday,
July 5th, 2010- Independence Day Twin-30s Night:The
2nd of two features went to Melissa Stevens in her Scissors
N' Fur #19 kart, keeping her streak of at least one feature win per season
alive, and she has now won in three karts - her husband's Galletta's #3,
and her own Scissors & Fur #80 and #19 karts.
Melissa Gabel with the brand-new Galletta's Greenhouse/Scissors-N-Fur
#80 at the Galletta's 2008 Klassic (9/21/2008).
CHALLENGE TWIN-30s at GALLETTA'S on OCTOBER 19th, 2008: Melissa
Gabel won the 1st 30-Lapper in her Scissors-N-Fur/Galletta's #80, the
2nd feature win of her career; while Dick Dann won the 2nd in his Dann
#68 kart (usually driven by his son Nick)
on October 19th, 2008.
Summer Series (June-September) is where the majority of your points and
victories are earned, but the Fall series has traditionally proved to
see some of the most competitive races of the year, and often new winners.
This cold night proved no different. Melissa Gabel led from start to finish
to win the 1st 30-Lapper, and Dick Dann passed Larry Phillips late in
the race to score the 2nd 30-Lapper. With all veterans in both races,
we only had 1 caution in 60 green laps. More here.
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 my MySpace! Enjoy!
Melissa Gabel with the Galletta's Greenhouse
#3 at the Galletta's 2007 Klassic (9/23/2007).
2007/07/01 - Photo by Chris & Rungnapha Stevens.
Accomplished her first win in 2007
after 10 of the 13 other drivers in the event either gave up and/or
wrecked in front of her. But she earned the win, holding off the 3 most
accomplished and experienced veterans, Matt, Chris, and Wes Stevens
for 2 laps to score the unbelievably exciting victory, further adding
to the lore of the Galletta's #3!
Melissa with kart owner and her (formerly fiancée, now husband), Matty-Jo
2007-09 Q&A with Melissa:
Melissa Stevens (formerly Gabel) Nickname:Mel
Hometown: Red Creek, NY
Birth date: 11-03-1980
Occupation: Teacher-Aide/Pet Groomer
Marital Status: Married
Year Started Racing: 2007
Year Started Racing at Galletta’s: 2007
Career Wins at Galletta’s: Three (2007-09)
What do you do when you are not racing and/or in the off-season? Bowling
and spending time with my Wonderful (formerly fiancée, now husband)
Matty! Karts: Galletta's
Greenhouse/Scissors-N-Fur #80, which is a virtual clone of Matt's Galletta's
#33, except for more bumpers. She also drove the Galletta's Greenhouse
#3, the very first and most legendary Galletta's Go-Kart in 2007 and
most of 2008.
facts about the Galletta's #3: It is her (formerly fiancée, now)
husband Matt Stevens' backup kart in which he won countless races
between 1990-2006 (including 7 Klassics) in. Matt still rips off track
record times in whenever he tests it. The kart used to belong to Chris'
childhood friend, David "Screw-a-not" Scruton, who sold it
to a small engine shop, who in turn took a good motor off of it, put
a crappy motor on it, and then sold it to Matt for a profit in 1990.
If Dave knew that Matt was shopping for a kart back then, he would have
sold it to him for the better price with a better motor and Matt would
have saved a few bucks. The kart has been rebuilt and painted so many
times that it no longer resembles its original neon-green Manco yard
kart form, but the ratty-looking old katrt has won more races than anything
foud at the Oswego Speedway Kartway or any other local karting track.
Period. Think it ain't all that? Come race against it with Matt behind
the wheel and see.