These results reflect the record holders, qualifiers, and final round contestants at each of the
Street Car Shootout Series events held in conjunction with the NHRA Drags Street Legal Style presented by the American Automobile Association 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 the two official qualifying or championship rounds. The first official Street Car Shootout qualifying period begins at 6:00 PM with sessions continuing until 9:00 PM, (barring unforeseen circumstances). At 10:00 PM, the four quickest qualifiers meet in no-handicap eliminations advancing two winners to the championship final round. 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.
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2009 STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES TRACK RECORDS
Class Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine ET MPH Date
RWD Steve George, Arnold, MO 71 Nova 634 Chevy 7.648 03/30/2010
RWD Steve George, Arnold, MO 71 Nova 634 Chevy 184.27 03/30/2010
TRK Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy 8.881 09/15/2009
TRK Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy 150.73 09/15/2009
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
6CYL Tony Shoaff, Mechanicsburg, IL 87 Regal 231 Buick 9.667 10/06/2009
6CYL Tony Shoaff, Mechanicsburg, IL 87 Regal 231 Buick 139.63 10/06/2009
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
APRIL 13th, 2010 STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES QUALIFIERS
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine ET MPH Date
EVENT 04 04/13/2010
1 Daryl Jauernig St. Genevieve MO 89 Mustang 351 Ford 8.410 152.66
2 Orson Johnson House Springs MO 99 Mustang 281 Ford 8.596 164.69
3 Matt Martin St. Louis MO 86 Mustang 377 Ford 8.868 154.79
4 Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 93 S-10 355 Chevy 9.231 146.73
5 Mike Mester Valley Park MO 00 Firebird 402 Pont 9.933 139.07
6 Jeff Cannon Alton IL 69 Chevelle 540 Chevy 10.273 133.41
7 Dave Perry Imperial MO 89 Mustang 427 Ford 10.307 123.47
8 Jason Singleton Granite City IL 00 Camaro 346 Chevy 10.458 128.51
9 Corey Stephens Wentzville MO 88 Mustang 351 Ford 10.580 130.28
10 Ben Craven St. Charles MO 06 Mustang 281 Ford 10.727 134.98
11 Charles Bewen Wildwood MO 67 Firebird 383 Pont 10.768 124.64
12 Greg Boschert St. Louis MO 66 Mustang 333 Ford 11.083 123.85
13 Rodney Singleton Brighton IL 78 Firebird 400 Pont 11.529 117.99
14 Dave Coleman St. Louis MO 78 Camaro 383 Chevy 11.972 115.45
15 Chris Macklin St. Louis MO 70 Camaro 454 Chevy 12.014 110.79
16 Nick Cain Sullivan MO 69 Chevelle 350 Chevy 12.024 116.77
APRIL 13th, 2010 STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES FINAL ROUND
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH
W Daryl Jauernig, Ste. Genevieve, MO 1989 351 Mustang 0.426 9.179 153.75
RU Mike Mester, Valley Park. MO 2000 402 Firebird 0.126 10.094 139.62
For the second consecutive week, Ford Mustang racer Daryl Jauernig dominated both qualifying and eliminations to score another title in the Street Car Shootout Series held in conjunction with the NHRA Drags Street Legal Style presented by the American Automobile Association at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Jauernig, who has worked incessantly to perfect his 1989 Mustang‘s launching characteristics, pushed his black steed to astonishing numbers and equally impressive consistency while claiming his fifth career SCSS victory.
A massive turnout of both machines and fans made for a hectic qualifying schedule. Beautiful weather, (between 80 and 67 degrees), surprisingly dry air and high barometric pressure placed the corrected elevation between 1629 feet and 738 feet above sea level. The increase in temperature from last week’s event kept most racers within a few hundredths of a second, (in some cases, a few thousandths of a second!), of their efforts seven days prior. Although minimal downtime effected the schedule, driveline breakage was again prevalent on Gateway’s exceptionally sticky starting line.
Many teams took advantage of the early qualifying periods before the staging lanes became packed with over one hundred twenty hopefuls in the third and fourth sessions. The first qualifying session saw the return of the only 2009 SCSS winner not named Mallicoat; Orson “O.J.” Johnson, whose turbocharged red ’99 Mustang convertible spent most of last season chasing points in the National Mustang Racers Association’s Drag Radial Eliminator, pulled to the starting line only thirty minutes after qualifying began. Crewchief Paul Schoelich, whose Lo Pro Race Cars is responsible for much of the red Cobra’s tuning, watched as Johnson briefly lost traction but “pedaled” the throttle masterfully to a brilliant run of 8.59 seconds at 164.69 miles per hour! Two minutes later, Matt Martin launched his turbo’d powder-blue ‘86 Mustang coupe in a wild, twisting wheelstand and blasted to a career-best 8.86/154.32!
Jauernig, (pronounced “journey”), didn’t take to the track until the beginning of the third qualifying session and, with the track temperature dropping from its one hundred-degree high, took full advantage of the ambient conditions. The nitrous oxide-injected smallblock Ford left the starting line with front wheels two feet off the ground and shattered a two year-old SCSS record within the first one hundred feet of racetrack. On a nearly perfect launch, Jauernig covered the first sixty feet in an astonishing 1.223 seconds, obliterating the 1.232 mark held by Tony Huff in Dale Huff’s flamed purple ‘66 Chevelle since April 1st, 2008! The Mustang settled gently and streaked on only to succumb to fuel delivery problems in the final one hundred feet while clocking an 8.41 at only 152.66 mph to lead the field! The final qualifying session also saw Martin lose a tenth of a second in the “sixty” with traction issues and slow to a 9.12/154.79 but Ray Arthur, still behind the wheel of his show-quality “S-10 Revenge” smallblock-powered pickup while his “Suspicion” 1967 Camaro awaits fresh parts, took a lone qualifying shot to maintain his second place point position behind Jauernig and grabbed the fourth spot with a career-best from the “sprayed” truck at 9.23/146.73.
When the four quickest machines were called to report in front of the main grandstands for eliminations, Ray Arthur sent word he had withdrawn from competition. Arthur made his qualifying attempt while suffering from the flu and simply felt too bad to continue. The vacancy was filled by first alternate Mike Mester, whose familiar nuclear-white 2000 Trans Am had earned the fifth position with a 9.93 at a best-ever 139.07 mph and actually made a timed trial after qualifying concluded in which the Pontiac improved to within one hundredth of a second of its SCSS best at 9.89/139.86. The Valley Park, Missouri, contender, whom had previously only competed in SCSS eliminations on May 20th, 2008, gladly accepted the spot.
The sole General Motors representative, Mester met Orson Johnson’s Cobra ragtop in the opening round. Johnson had made a second qualifying attempt but found a distinct problem in which the turbocharged failed to develop any boost on a dismal 10.59/156.97 effort leading Schoelich to admit after the pass, “We may have cooked the turbo on that one!”. In fact, when Johnson moved to the starting line alongside Mester, thick smoke was pouring from under the red Ford which complicated the staging process. At one point, Johnson was completely overstaged but managed to inadvertently back into the staging beam. However, when the ‘Tree counted down, the massively “deep staged” Ford drew a redlight start by six hundredths of second and then stumbled to a 10.80/124.07 against Mester’s victorious 9.99 at his fastest speed yet, 140.18 mph. Jauernig and Martin then produced what may have been the cleanest race in recent SCSS history. Martin’s turbocharged Ford gained a huge holeshot of twenty-two hundredths of a second and was ahead of Jauernig for the first two hundred feet but the nitrous-aided black Mustang rocketed to a 1.227-second “sixty”, a 5.35/131.14 eighth-mile and a blazing 8.33/164.19 to stop Martin‘s career-best 8.80/157.45!
While Mester seemed hopelessly outclassed in his first SCSS championship round, he prepped his nitrous oxide-injected LS2-powered Firebird with intent to battle the Ford pilot to the end. Amazingly, the Pontiac shocked the fans when both finalists briefly lost traction and, in a “pedal fest” recover traction, the white Trans Am surged ahead! Jauernig was forced to back completely off the throttle after giving up three-tenths of second to Mester at the starting line. The Poncho was ahead by a full car length, (17.51 feet), at the sixty feet mark and actually stretched that lead to 19.21 feet at three hundred thirty feet! Just before half-track, Jauernig finally pulled alongside Mester and drove on to the win with an off-pace 9.17/153.75 to stop Mester’s 10.09/139.62.
“It wasn’t the track’s fault that I spun”, said Jauernig during winner’s circle ceremonies in fron tof the main grandstands after the final round. “That was totally me. I wasn‘t keeping a close enough eye on the nitrous bottle pressure and it creeped up on me. That caused it to overpower the tires. I may have looked like I got greedy but I was happy to leave it alone for the final. I don’t think I can get much better than a 1.22 ‘sixty’ on these tires. There aren’t many cars on D.O.T. tires anywhere which have had sixty-feet times like that so I’m plenty happy. The important thing is we‘ve lined out the launch on the car to the point I‘ll feel a lot more comfortable using a second stage of nitrous now. We‘ll see what happens next week!“. Mester was equally pleased, adding, “I kept looking for him and he wasn‘t there. I wondered when he was going to come around me and, at about the eighth-mile, there he was! My nitrous is timed to open the second stage about three seconds into the run and it never did engage during the whole night. I still need to thank Joe Donovan at Performance by Joe and Josh Bommer for all the tuning help they’ve given me. The only bad part of the night was that my girlfriend, Cindy McConnville, and my son, Aaron, both had to leave early but it was great just to be in my first final round!”.
NOTES FROM THE SCSS: For the second straight week, the Super Sixteen field was evenly split between FoMoCo and General Motors products but you’d have to go all the way back to July 11th, 2006, to find the last SCSS event in which three Fords qualified in the top four positions…Other than Daryl Jauernig’s pole positions during the last two events, Orson Johnson was the last Ford pilot to lead an SCSS field on May 19th, 2009...Shane Cochran, whose naturally-aspirated 509-cubic inch ’71 Camaro was runner-up at the April 6th event, got trapped in the staging lanes and was unable to make a run during an official qualifying session. He clocked runs of 9.17/146.71 and 9.21/145.16 in late timed trials, either of which would’ve been good enough to make the show…Another entry which failed to get a run in during the official sessions was Philip Carl at the helm of chassis builder Dustin Kurz’s Winfield, Missouri-based MD Performance 393-inch ‘91 Mustang which made a shut-off late timed trial of 10.84 at only 98.20 mph with a 6.56/113.49 eighth-mile…Jeff Cannon debuted his yellow 540-inch ‘69 Chevelle with a best of 10.27/133.41 to qualify for the field and become the one hundred fifty-second member of the Ten Second Club and the eighty-seventh in the 130 MPH Club…Mike Mester’s semi-final pass made him the thirty-ninth member of the 140 MPH Club…Dave Perry’s ‘89 Mustang was unable to match its 9.3-second pace of April 6th but did manage to qualify for the second straight week…Jason Singleton repaired the blown rearend in his turbocharged red 2000 Camaro and returned to clock a best-ever 10.45 at 128.21 mph and, in late timed trials after qualifying had concluded, hit a quicker 10.43/128.51…The beautiful blue nitrous-injected ‘88 Mustang of Corey Stevens was off-pace a bit with a 10.58/130.28 best but the team got the car sorted out before the end of the event. In late timed trials, Stevens screamed to a career-best 10.05/134.40! The Fessler Racing Engines/Midwest Trailers has now qualified for every event this season!…Ben Craven’s crowd-pleasing Pur Performance-backed white 2006 Mustang blasted a career-best 10.72 to make the field and hit 134.98 mph…Charles Bewen made his first runs of the season in his well-known blue smallblock-powered ‘67 Firebird and made the show with a 10.76/124.64 best…Rodney Singleton’s silver 400-inch ’78 Firebird ran its quickest and fastest pass ever at 11.56/117.99 to qualify thirteenth…The final three drivers in the Super Sixteen program, Dave Coleman and his smallblock ‘78 Camaro, Chris Macklin’s bigblock ‘70 version and Nick Cain’s 350-powered ‘69 Chevelle, each qualified for their first SCSS event…Greg “Hook ’n Ladder” Boschert eclipsed Hal Marshall for fifth on the all-time list for earning his forty-third “Fastest Street Car Qualifier” decal but suffered an ignition problem which held his nitrous-aided 333-inch smallblock Ford to a best run of 11.08/123.85...Mark Yehling’s white 1997 Corvette had qualified for every SCSS show in 2010 until April 13th when he missed the cut by a mere seventy-four thousandths of a second with a 12.09/112.09. His best run actually came in late timed trials after qualifying had concluded at 12.04/112.45...In an obscure bit of trivia, Matt Martin was the one hundred first different driver to compete in SCSS eliminations….Past GIR Junior Dragster Track Champion Kegan “Speedy” Hagedorn won his first High School Eliminator title of the season racing for Hermann (MO) High School; he defeated John Hartmann’s ‘91 Mustang from Arnold (MO) High School using his “back-up race car”, a bone-stock Pontiac Grand Am. Kegan’s dad, Larry, was busy making 11.0-second test runs in Kegan’s regular ride, his wheelstanding orange ‘68 Chevelle…Remember the completely revised 2010 Gateway International Raceway Rules and Regulations are available at St. Louis Drag Racing.com by clicking HERE.
2010 STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS (Top 10 of 43 as of APRIL 14th, 2010)
Pos Points Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine
1 (28) Daryl Jauernig St. Genevieve MO 89 Mustang 351 Ford
2 (26) Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 93 S-10 355 Chevy
3 (20) Corey Stephens Wentzville MO 88 Mustang 351 Ford
4 (15) Mark Yehling Granite City IL 97 Corvette 346 Chevy
5 (12) Matt Martin St. Louis MO 86 Mustang 302 Ford
6 (11) Dave Perry Imperial MO 89 Mustang 427 Ford
7 (11) Mike Mester Valley Park MO 00 Firebird 402 Pont
8 (10) Bill Kurrus Pevely MO 07 Corvette 364 Chevy
9 (10) David Bross Wentzville MO 04 Mustang 281 Ford
10 (10) Ralph Dehne Red Bud IL 63 Impala 409 Chevy
11 (10) Dan Harris St. Louis MO 04 Mustang 232 Ford
12 (10) Jason Singleton Granite City IL 00 Camaro 346 Chevy
13 (10) Ben Craven St. Charles MO 06 Mustang 281 Ford
14 (10) Greg Boschert St. Louis MO 66 Mustang 333 Ford
NOTE: Points toward the 2010 Street Car Shootout Series Season Championship are awarded on the basis of five (5) points for qualifying in the Super Sixteen field with one (1) bonus point awarded for qualifying in the top four positions. One (1) additional point is earned for each round win during eliminations. 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.
APRIL 13th, 2010 STLSR.COM SPORT TUNER SHOWDOWN FINAL ROUND
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH
W Paul Weishaar, St. Louis, MO 2004 183 BMW 135i 0.114 12.442 117.08
RU Dan Harris, St. Louis, MO 2004 232 Mustang 0.012 15.580 73.77
Paul Weishaar came close on September 22nd, 2009, but he gained a measure of revenge against good friend Dan Harris and became the first driver to wheel a BMW to victory in the St. Louis Street Racing.com Sport Tuner Showdown. Although not the first to pilot a BMW to a final round, (an honor earned by Blaine Finnegan on April 15th, 2008), Weishaar improved on his runner-up last fall and pushed his unique black 135i to some amazing speeds en route.
Harris, whose nitrous oxide-assisted 232-cubic inch V6-powered 2004 Mustang has been in the last three consecutive Sport Tuner Finals, led qualifying with a 12.40/110.34 but Weishaar’s twin-turbocharged 183-cubic inch inline six-cylinder was close behind at 12.57 with a best-ever 115.51 mph charge. The rest of the Tuner Top Five included six-time Sport Tuner champ Rick Howie‘s new front-wheel-drive 1.8-litre Acura-powered blue ‘94 Honda Civic, (an improving 12.93 at a wild 117.30 mph topped during late timed trials by a 119.49 pass!), April 6th Tuner champion Kyle Crangle’s turbocharged four-cylinder ’97 Nissan 240SX from JDMHookUp.com, (13.14/107.39), and Mike O’Mara’s similar rear-wheel-drive turbo’d four-cylinder ‘93 Nissan 240SX, (13.30/104.01).
Last September, Weishaar and Harris staged an epic battle in which Weishaar fouled by five thousandths of a second, Harris had a “green” Reaction Time of four thousandths of a second and both cars ran within five hundredths of a second! This time, Harris held the advantage but, in the trophy dash, elected to change his normal strategy and use the nitrous on the launch instead of thirty feet off the starting line. Harris strapped a solid holeshot of one tenth of a second on the Bavarian Motor Works beast and the rear-wheel-drive Mustang yanked the left front wheel but immediately hooked to the right. Weishaar quickly passed the Ford and streaked to a best-ever 12.44 at a stout 117.08 mph to win the title.
Harris diagnosed his problem almost immediately and relayed the information during trophy presentations for his record-setting sixteenth final round appearance, noting, “It hooked so hard toward the wall in the final that I really had to yank the wheel to get it to avoid it. I knew right then it broke an axle“, said Harris. Weishaar was thrilled with his BMW’s performance and elated with his first Sport Tuner win. “The only changes I made from last season were the addition of new downtubes and some injection work to switch to methanol. For it to run 117 miles per hour was a shock but that’s the kind of performance I’ve been looking for. This car rarely spins the tires and, after not qualifying in the top two last week, I made a few relatively small adjustments and it really came around. I honestly think there’s more left in there, too!“.
APRIL 13th, 2010 ST. LOUIS DRAG RACING.COM SUPER TRUCK SHOWDOWN FINAL ROUND
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH
W Randy Christy, Jr., Granite City, IL 1999 408 Dakota 0.286 12.216 111.45
RU Ryan Hellrung, O'Fallon, MO 2002 346 Silverado 0.035 13.805 98.73
With two straight wins in three final rounds, Randy Christy, Jr., has finally “turned the corner” with his familiar yellow ’99 Dodge Dakota pickup. After his latest victory in the St. Louis Drag Racing.com Super Truck Showdown his 408-inch MoPar is now ready for the “next step“.
Ray Arthur was forced to withdraw with a bad case of the flu despite pacing the Super Truck field with a career-best 9.23/146.73 from his immaculate “S-10 Revenge” nitrous-aided ‘93 S-10 pickup which left Christy, whose 12.31/111.31 qualified for the final, as the quickest remaining entry. The event should have been only the second all-MoPar final in series history but third qualifier Corey Bowling’s 360-powered ‘96 Dakota, (12.91/100.93), failed to appear for eliminations. For the second straight week, Ryan Hellrung’s beautiful flamed blue 2002 Chevy Silverado got called for the trophy dash as second alternate!
Hellrung’s wild Chevy uses a bizarre PowerDyne supercharger, (usually found on Cadillac Escalades as a dealer-installed option), atop a bored 4.8-liter GM powerplant. It’s actually the tow vehicle for his supercharged Chevy Nova race car but Hellrung managed to squeeze a best-ever 13.66/101.76 from the truck in qualifying. A consistent 13.80/98.73 was no match for Christy’s 12.21/111.45 in the final round, however, and Christy proved his Dodge had fully recovered from its fuel delivery problems encountered during the previous week’s win. “I added a fuel pressure regulator”, said Christy in the winner’s circle, “and was able to tune the fuel system much better. This week, we fouled no spark plugs and it stayed consistent. I use a fuel manifold log that I redesigned and now it think it’s finally ready for nitrous oxide. I’ve run nitrous on the truck before but not with the engine in its current configuration. Next week, though, I think it’s time for the ‘juice’”!.
Photos of the April 13th Street Car Shootout Series event are now available for viewing at Bret Kepner Photos.com.
Daryl Jauernig, Ste. Genevieve, MO 1989 351 Mustang
Mike Mester, Valley Park, MO 2000 402 Trans Am
Paul Weishaar, St. Louis, MO 2004 183 BMW 135i
Dan Harris, St. Louis, MO 2004 232 Mustang
Randy Christy, Jr., Granite City, IL 1999 408 Dakota R/T
Ryan Hellrung, O’Fallon, MO 2002 346 Silverado