10/14/2008 Gateway-SCSS Street Car Shootout RESULTS!

Bret Kepner

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Apr 1, 2004

These results reflect the record holders, qualifiers, and final round contestants at each of the
Street Car Shootout Series events held each Tuesday at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois.

All vehicles compete utilizing Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) approved tires. All other modifications are permitted. Tuesday SCSS Track Records can be set during official qualifying or championship rounds. The Official Street Car Shootout qualifying period begins at 6:30 PM and concludes at 9:00 PM, (barring unforeseen circumstances). At 9:20 PM, the four quickest qualifiers meet in no-handicap eliminations with the championship final round held at 9:45 PM. Each of the Top 16 qualifiers receives a "Fastest Street Car Qualifier" decal. The SCSS trophies and decals are presented by Gateway Raceway.com. Additionally, the two quickest Sport Tuner drivers, (open to all passenger cars except Rear-Wheel-Drive vehicles with engines of eight cylinders or more), also meet in a no-handicap championship round for trophies presented by St. Louis Street Racers.com and the two quickest Super Truck drivers, (open to all trucks and utility vehicles), meet in a no-handicap championship round for trophies presented by Gateway Raceway.com. All finalists in all categories also receive free digital images from the event courtesy of Bret Kepner Photos.com and one free entry to a future SCSS event.



Class Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine ET MPH Date
RWD Mark Woodruff, Arnold, MO 69 Nova 706 Chevy 8.255 07/01/2008
RWD Mark Woodruff, Arnold, MO 69 Nova 706 Chevy 178.71 07/01/2008

4CYL Jon Huber, St. Louis, MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford 9.039 10/14/2008
4CYL Jon Huber, St. Louis, MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford 152.16 10/16/2007

TRK Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy 9.065 07/01/2008
TRK Larry Richards, Hillsboro, MO 52 3100 427 Chevy 149.07 9/4/2007

6CYL Tony Shoaff, Mechanicsburg, IL 87 Regal 231 Buick 9.848 10/14/2008
6CYL Tony Shoaff, Mechanicsburg, IL 87 Regal 231 Buick 136.69 10/14/2008

DSL Chris Calkins, Union, MO 70 C-10 403 Chevy 9.875 9/25/2007
DSL Chris Calkins, Union, MO 70 C-10 403 Chevy 139.41 9/25/2007

RTY Eric Cheatham, Belleville, IL 93 RX-7 79 Mazda 10.048 9/26/2006
RTY Eric Cheatham, Belleville, IL 93 RX-7 79 Mazda 137.95 9/26/2006

AWD Adnan Omerovic, St. Louis, MO 95 Talon 122 Eagle 10.234 9/11/2007
AWD Adnan Omerovic, St. Louis, MO 95 Talon 122 Eagle 141.50 7/22/2008

FWD Adam Corbitt, St. Charles, MO 85 Golf 123 Volks 10.989 05/06/2008
FWD Adam Corbitt, St. Charles, MO 85 Golf 123 Volks 134.87 05/06/2008

Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine ET MPH Date

EVENT 24 10/14/2008

1 Tony Huff Collinsville IL 57 Bel-Air 510 Chevy 8.412 160.21
2 Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy 8.656 157.63
3 Jon Huber St. Louis MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford 9.039 152.02
4 James Landis Oreana IL 80 AMX 420 AMC 9.571 141.71
5 Tim Kirkpatrick Troy MO 88 Mustang 393 Ford 9.579 145.88
6 Scott Compton O'Fallon IL 70 Nova 572 Chevy 9.646 141.83
7 Ryan Dunn O'Fallon MO 88 Mustang 400 Ford 9.661 154.67
8 Pat McNeish Granite City IL 86 Silverado 555 Chevy 9.821 137.41
9 Tony Shoaff Mechanicsburg IL 87 Regal 231 Buick 9.943 135.52
10 Curtis Paulfrey Brighton IL 68 Camaro 502 Chevy 10.188 133.18
11 Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy 10.516 129.45
12 Philip Car Winfield MO 91 Mustang 366 Ford 10.818 129.33
13 Nathan Grant Edwardsville IL 02 Camaro 346 Chevy 10.847 127.93
14 Larry Bell Moro IL 66 Monza 455 Buick 10.966 122.76
15 Brett Evans Glen Carbon IL 70 Firebird 541 Pont 11.026 127.47
16 Joe Stabinsky Freeburg IL 03 Mustang 281 Ford 11.053 125.45


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Scott Compton, O'Fallon, IL 1970 572 Nova 0.348 9.249 140.04
RU Ryan Dunn, O'Fallon, MO 1988 400 Mustang Could Not Appear

With a full moon helping to produce one of the strangest upset-riddled events in the five-year history of the program, the final event of the 2008 Street Car Shootout Series was completed at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. With two first-time winners, three new SCSS records and an amazing array of personal-best performances, the season-closing race had plot twists galore and plenty of new faces to keep the fans planted in the grandstands throughout the night. In the end, Steve Compton earned his first SCSS event championship over fellow first-time finalist Ryan Dunn in a battle between two drivers who, before the event began, had never won a single round of SCSS competition!

After rain washed out the next-to-last race on the schedule, a forecast of more precipitation for the final event almost kept many regulars in the garage. However, skies cleared late in the afternoon and the pits eventually filled to produce the fourth quickest Super Sixteen field. Although conditions were not extraordinary, (the corrected elevation during the event varied from 1156 feet above sea level to 632 feet during the final rounds), the traditional final-race “push” by competitors eventually allowed a majority of drivers, (over fifty-six percent!), to record their best runs of the season. In fact, the top eight “bump spot” in the Super Sixteen field was the third quickest ever and even the top thirty-two cars were among the five quickest in series history. The field also included a record-tying four cars over 150 miles per hour and no less than nine entries under ten seconds.

SCSS Superstar Jon Huber took his amazing turbocharged 178-cubic inch four-cylinder to the first serious effort only fourteen minutes after the official qualifying session began by erasing his one-year-old 9.14-second track record for four-bangers with a huge wheelstanding launch and a blistering 9.10-second, 151.46 mph run. Eight minutes later, newly crowned 2008 SCSS Season Point Champion Tim “Moose” Mallicoat’s “Hellraiser” ‘68 Camaro clocked an 8.65/157.63 which ended with a mushroom cloud of smoke past the finish line. Upon returning to the pit area, Mallicoat found a ruptured seal at the back of the intake manifold on his 565-inch naturally-aspirated Chevy engine and immediately set out to clean the car of oil and fix the leak. Huber returned within thirty minutes in an assault on the eight-second zone and produced his second consecutive SCSS Four-Cylinder Elapsed Time Record run, a 9.05/151.17! Tony Huff, the winner of the most recent event on September 30th, launched to a brilliant 1.26-second sixty-feet E.T. in his Dale Huff Motorsports nitrous oxide-aided 1957 Bel-Air but an ignition problem downtrack held the black Chevy to a 9.00/148.01.

Huber took another shot at an eight-second pass on D.O.T. tires and broke the Four-Cylinder Record for a third time with an incredible 9.03/152.02. Huff, however, made the very last run of the official qualifying session in a final attempt to steal the pole position from Mallicoat and, with a 1.25-second “sixty” and a tremendous 5.38/130.82 eighth-mile, he pushed the black ‘57 Chevy to an 8.41/160.21 to earn his nineteenth career pole qualifying spot! Word quickly came from the top end of the track, however, that Huff’s mount left a trail of oil on the return road. At that point, things got weird.

Huff’s crew chief, Bill Silva, announced that the black ‘57 Chevy would not be returning for eliminations. Then, Huber discovered a transmission converter problem which forced him to park the World’s Quickest Four-Cylinder Ford street car. Soon after, Mallicoat admitted, “We can run our car but not without the probability of oiling the track and it’s just not worth the risk”. Within minutes, the top three qualifiers were out of the program! However, when the fourth through seventh qualifying positions were inspected closely, it became apparent the fans had a real drag race on their hands. Jim Landis, whose amazing manually-shifted 420-inch naturally-aspirated AMC-powered ‘80 AMX was last seen at the August 26th event, qualified fourth with a 9.571/141.71 which was only nine thousandths of a second ahead of September 23rd runner-up Tim “Kirko” Kirkpatrick’s green flamed ‘88 Mustang. Only six hundredths behind Kirkpatrick was Scott Compton’s black ‘70 Nova which last qualified on June 17th and only fifteen thousandths of a second slower was first-time qualifier Ryan Dunn’s blue ‘88 Mustang!

Landis and the three alternates assembled in front of the main grandstand and each knew that a holeshot could win either of the semi-final matches. “This might be the closest pair of races this series has ever had. Any of these cars could win this!”, said Landis as he prepared his lime green Rambler. Landis met unheralded Compton in the opening round, pitting his rare 420-inch AMC against a nitrous-aided 572-inch Chevy. Landis grabbed a tenth of a second holeshot and banged perfectly through the gears. The AMX was ahead at the eighth-mile mark by 5.84 feet but Compton‘s Nova moved alongside just before the thousand-feet marker and eventually shot to a career-best 9.30 at a booming 151.36 mph to beat Landis’ 9.56/141.67 by 34.38 feet.

In the other half of the semi-finals, Dunn’s Mustang was unable to escape tire spin on any of its qualifying runs and the Missouri racer knew an advantage off the line was mandatory. With a brilliant 0.012 Reaction Time, Dunn jumped to a two-tenths of a second lead over Kirkpatrick in a battle of nitrous smallblock Fords and thus began one of the most outrageous races in SCSS history. Dunn eased off the starting line in order to find traction and led Kirkpatrick at the sixty-feet mark by 5.19 feet. Just past the sixty-feet timer, however, the blue Ford began to spin the tires and Dunn was forced to “pedal” the throttle to hook the tires. In the process, Dunn handed the lead back to Kirkpatrick and, at the 330-feet mark, the green Mustang was ahead by almost a full car length, (17.46 feet). “Kirko” stayed ahead at the eighth by nearly the same margin, (20.36 feet), although Dunn was running three miles per hour faster at halftrack. At the thousand-feet mark, Kirkpatrick was still a half-car ahead, (9.54 feet), but Dunn’s stronger top end was reeling in the flamed Ford. In the last fifty feet of the track, Dunn pulled alongside Kirko and the two remained glued together across the finish line. Dunn’s holeshot won it even though he never led the race from the sixty-feet mark until just before the stripe; a 9.68 at a huge 154.85 mph stopped Kirkpatrick’s quicker 9.50/146.40 by a mere twenty-six thousandths of a second…a true win-margin of 6.09 feet!

Dunn, who has worked closely with Bill Silva during the season, returned in front of the grandstands to prepare for the final battle with Compton. Competing most recently in the St. Louis Street Racing.com Battle of the Boards for the Lethal-1320.com team during Gateway’s final Midnight Madness event, Dunn was wary of running his new 400-inch powerplant with only twelve minutes of cooldown time. “It’s going to kill me”, said Dunn only minutes before the championship final, “but Bill and I think it might be wiser to not run the final round rather than beat the engine up so soon. This thing’s on the ragged edge already. It’s only got a set of Vic (Edelbrock) Junior heads and a relatively small nitrous system. We just aren’t hooking up well enough to be safe with the motor. I’ve had a lot of help from the guys at Illegal Performance.net and I’d really hate to let them down by killing it right away!“.

Compton happily obliged and made the single run for his first SCSS event victory with a best-ever 9.20 at a slowing 140.04 mph which included a mushroom cloud of its own past the finish line. Returning for winner’s circle ceremonies in front of the main grandstand, Compton admitted, “I don’t know what we hurt but there’s oil everywhere now! Still we accomplished a lot tonight and we finally have a decent baseline.” Car owner Kevin Dedmon, who competed in the original Pro Street Eliminator at the old St. Louis International Raceway, (on which the SCSS program is based), with a similar nine-second Nova more than twenty-five years ago, was elated. “The folks at Wise Speed Shop have helped us out immensely with this car. I bought it a few years ago and we put a GM 572 ‘crate motor’ in it with a single four-barrel carburetor and nitrous. We’re having fun and we’ll definitely be back in 2009!“.

NOTES FROM THE SCSS: The final round, which featured the sixth and seventh qualifiers, was history in itself. No matter who would win, the victor would come from the highest qualified position ever. The previous record was set by 2005 SCSS Season Champion Kevin Kolkmeyer when he won the May 31st, 2005, event from the fifth qualifying spot over the pole qualifier, Greg ElliottCurtis Paulfrey pounded out a best-ever 10.18/133.18 in his yellow Winner’s Circle Tire & Auto 502-inch ‘68 Camaro to become the sixty-eighth member of the SCSS 130 MPH Club. The Brighton, Illinois, racer also secured a Top Ten finish in the season point standings in his first full year of SCSS racing…Philip Car drove Dustin Kurtz’s ‘91 Mustang to a best -ever 10.81/129.33 during qualifying to become one of three new members of the 120 MPH Club and then blasted out a 10.59/133.41 in late timed trials!…Larry Bell, whose wild 455 Buick-powered ‘67 Corvair Monza hadn’t been seen at a SCSS event since June 28th, 2005, returned to the series with a best-ever 10.96/122.76 to follow Car into the Ten-Second Club as member number 109...Joe Stabinsky’s modular-motored 2003 Cobra ran a best-ever 11.05/125.45 to anchor the Super Sixteen field…Brett Evans just missed a ten-second timeslip with his 541-inch ’70 Trans Am on a career-best 11.02/127.47...The very last pass of late timed trials for the 2008 season resulted in a best-ever 11.71/117.71 for Jerry Boschert’s 440-powered ’69 Valiant…Of the seventeenth through fiftieth qualifiers, three did not run career-bests…Past St. Louis area star “Big Shawn” McCauley made the trip from Overland Park, Kansas, to run an 11.81/122.30 during qualifying in his 2006 Viper and finished out the year with an 11.66/122.49 in late timed trials…Nathan Grant’s silver 2000 Camaro SS made more ten-second runs during the final event than it did over the entire 2008 season!…Three late entries may have changed the final standings for 2008’s “Most Expensive Tuesday Night Racer”. Shawn Vinson’s twin-turbocharged 366-inch V12-powered ’05 Mercedes-Benz SL65 used its factory-produced 604 horsepower to run a best of 12.30/117.99. The ride cost $179,900 when it was new. Bill Hensley’s supercharged 336-inch V8-powered ’03 E55 AMG ran 12.70/111.22 for a paltry $76,000 new-car tag and Tim Seibel, Gateway’s only two-time winner of the prestigious Earl Liverpool Memorial Award, wheeled a 2007 E63 AMG, a naturally-aspirated all-aluminum V8-powered beast with a variable intake manifold, to a 12.76/110.62. It could be had last year for a mere $97,640...And then, there was the greatest drag racing match race of all time as the featured attraction of the final SCSS event of 2008. Two drivers in identical cars, one from California and one from Virginia, decided to meet in the middle of the country to determine, once and for all, who was the baddest man on the planet. Two side-by-side, wheel-to-wheel races decided it, drawing the loudest crowd response of the night. You’ll just have to wait for the 2008 SCSS Season In Review, coming to a message board near you during the holiday season, to get the full report…Thanks from Bret Kepner Photos.com to every racer and fan who made the fifth season of the Gateway International Raceway Street Car Shootout Series a fifth straight success!


Pos Points Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine

1 (35) Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy
2 (25) Tony Huff Collinsville IL 57 Bel-Air 510 Chevy
3 (15) Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy
4 (12) Jon Huber St. Louis MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford
5 (12) Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy
6 (12) Nathan Grant Edwardsville IL 02 Camaro 346 Chevy
7 (11) Hal Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 383 Chevy
8 (10) Tim Kirkpatrick Troy MO 88 Mustang 393 Ford
9 (9) Curtis Paulfrey Brighton IL 68 Camaro 502 Chevy
10 (8) Brett Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 406 Chevy

NOTE: Points toward the 2008 Street Car Shootout Series Season Championship are awarded on the basis of one (1) point for qualifying in the Super Sixteen field with one (1) bonus point awarded for qualifying in the top four positions. Ties are broken by (1) the earliest date upon which the final point total is earned, (2) quickest elapsed time recorded during the current SCSS season and (3) fastest speed recorded during the current SCSS season.


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Tony Shoaff, Mechanicsburg, IL 1987 231 Regal 0.073 9.848 136.69
RU Bill Buell, Fenton, MO 1993 176 3000GT 0.002 12.044 120.52

While Jon Huber reset the SCSS Four-Cylinder Elapsed Time Track Record on three consecutive runs with a best of 9.03/152.02 to lead the field in the St. Louis Street Racing.com Sport Tuner Showdown, the terrifying turbocharged 178-inch Mustang was forced to withdraw with transmission problems. Once the silver Ford was out of the picture, the door was wide open for a repeat performance from Tony Shoaff’s wild gold turbocharged V6-powered ‘87 Buick Regal Grand National.

The runner-up on August 19th, returned to score his first STSS victory on September 30th while resetting the SCSS Six-Cylinder Records below ten seconds and above 135 mph for the first time. Shoaff looked forward to another shot at a trophy on October 7th but, when rain cancelled the event, the Mechanicsburg, Illinois, Buick pilot had to wait another week. His opening effort, a tremendous 9.94/135.52, came only minutes after Huber’s initial 9.10/151.46 and only a few more minutes before Huber’s 9.05/151.17. At that point, Shoaff knew he was guaranteed a spot in the final round but was looking like anything but a favorite to win a second straight title.

When Huber withdrew, the bottom fell out of the Sport Tuner field. For only the second time in series history, the Top Five Tuner qualifiers were under twelve seconds but Phil Van Booven, whose turbocharged All-Wheel-Drive ‘92 Laser was runner-up to Shoaff on September 30th after three prior victories in 2008, was the next to succumb to breakage. After Van Booven’s number three qualifier of 11.49/122.56 came Bill Buell’s all-white AWD ‘93 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4, (a career-best 11.926/123.00), Kurt Kreisz’s RWD 232-inch V6-powered ‘92 Thunderbird Super Coupe, (a best-ever 11.928/114.38), and Mehrshad Bashi’s ‘93 3000GT VR-4, ( a best-ever 12.46/112.02). When the call went out for Buell to report in front of the main grandstand as the second alternate, even he was in trouble; a faulty battery forced him to keep the three-litre DSM running at all times!

Buell, whose only STSS final round appearance came in a runner-up effort on August 8th, 2006, could only hope for a holeshot of extraordinary magnitude…and he got it! With the second-best Reaction Time in SCSS history, an incredible 0.002 RT, Buell’s Morgan Motorsports 3000GT actually held off the Regal GN for three hundred feet. After that, however, Shoaff was literal history. Breaking his own six-cylinder records from two weeks prior, Shoaff clocked a career-best 9.84 at 136.69 mph to handle Buell’s 12.04/120.52. “All the same people I mentioned two weeks ago were responsible for this win, too”, said Shoaff during trophy presentations. “Performance Transmissions in Clinton, Illinois, and Pat’s Performance Converters in Folsom, Pennsylvania, ‘Full Throttle’ Bob Bailey, Dan Strezo at DLS Engine Development, Colton’s Performance, all those people helped us break the records again and close out the season with another win. I got to thinking after the first trophy two weeks ago that, without my Dad, none of this could’ve ever happened. I guess he’s the one I really need to thank for all this!”.


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Brandon McAllister, St. Peters, MO 2006 346 Trailblazer 0.411 14.562 95.62
RU Pat McNeish, Granite City, IL 1986 555 Silverado FOUL 15.969 92.39

While the upsets and surprises of the Street Car Shootout Series and the Sport Tuner Showdown were wild, they couldn’t compare to the unpredictable outcome of the GatewayRaceway.com Super Truck Showdown final event. In fact, not even the winner himself could believe it. Brandon McAllister walked away with the season’s final trophy in an event which included nearly all of the quickest trucks in the series and, like Scott Compton, he won from the highest qualified position ever for a Sport Truck champion.

Initially, the field was led by SCSS Truck E.T. Record Holder Kevin Autenrieth, whose orange Lowe Performance ‘91 S-10 pickup was in attendance for the first time since July 1st. After his initial off-pace 10.51/129.45, however, Autenrieth immediately sensed a problem with his truck. “It was hurt back in July”, said Autenrieth, “but we never got a chance to properly fix it. Now, it’s hurt more. That’ll teach us!”. Pat McNeish, who has taken his new Performance Parts Plus ‘86 Silverado to the final round in every event since its debut on September 23rd, made multiple nine-second efforts with a career-best qualifying pass of 9.82/137.41. Hal Marshall, the twenty-eight time winner, suffered through handling problems which kept him third at 11.87/120.11. After thrashing in the pits through most of the event, Hal made one last timed trial to sort the truck out but things only got worse. “Somethin’ ain’t right”, said Hal, “and that was the most driving I’ve ever had to do in this truck”.

When announcer Scott Rose began calling for alternates, Steve Henson’s 2006 Duramax Diesel Silverado, (13.77/99.97), and Andy Inman’s ‘97 F250 diesel, (14.30/91.05), also failed to show. That left sixth qualifier McAllister, whose white 2006 Chevy Trailblazer SS ran a best of 14.33/96.96, to answer the bell against McNeish’s 555-cubic inch, nine-second behemoth. As the two staged up, McNeish attempted to set the transbrake button, (something which he has admitted has been difficult to learn), and missed the mark, allowing the Silverado to roll through the staging beams for an automatic disqualification. McAllister looked at chief starter Chuck Westcoat, who signaled for McAllister to head for the finish line as the winner.

“I couldn‘t believe it!”, said a stunned McAllister during winner‘s circle ceremonies. “I didn‘t realize that he fouled out and was waiting for the starter to tell me to wait for him to restage or something. When he motioned that I won, it was crazy!”. When McAllister found out the victory also included a complimentary pass to a 2009 SCSS event, a disc of digital images, and the trophy, he was ecstatic. “This is awesome!”, said McAllister. “I’ll definitely be doing this again!”.

Photos of the October 14th Street Car Shootout Series event are now available for viewing at Bret Kepner Photos.com.


Scott Compton, O’Fallon, IL 1970 572 Nova


Ryan Dunn, O’Fallon, MO 1988 400 Mustang


Tony Shoaff, Mechanicsburg, IL 1987 231 Regal Grand National
New SCSS Six-Cylinder Track Records at 9.84 seconds, 136.69 mph!


Bill Buell, Fenton, MO 1993 176 3000GT VR-4


Brandon McAllister, St. Peters, MO 2006 346 Trailblazer SS


Pat McNeish, Granite City, IL 1986 555 Silverado


Jon Huber, St. Louis, MO 1979 178 Mustang
New SCSS Four-Cylinder Track Record at 9.03 seconds!
Thanks Brett! Have a safe and Happy Holiday season. I will see you nex't year:) Hopefully my Atomic Gn can run with Jon's Mustang??