4/8/2009 Gateway-SCSS Street Car Shootout RESULTS!

Bret Kepner

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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 the two official qualifying or championship rounds. The first official Street Car Shootout qualifying period begins at 6:30 PM and the second official qualifying begins at approximately 8:00 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.



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 02 04/08/2008

1 Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy 8.707 154.56
2 Orson Johnson House Springs MO 99 Mustang 281 Ford 9.751 150.30
3 Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy 9.901 140.53
4 Curtis Paulfrey Brighton IL 68 Camaro 502 Chevy 10.156 134.48
5 Ryan Dunn O'Fallon MO 72 Nova 454 Chevy 10.665 126.64
6 David Starns St. Louis MO 91 Mustang 355 Ford 10.668 128.29
7 Kurt Borton Creve Coeur MO 82 Fairmont 325 Ford 10.989 134.71
8 Brian Orsborn Granite City IL 04 Neon 146 Dodge 11.945 122.05
9 Mark Yehling Granite City IL 97 Corvette 346 Chevy 11.959 114.07
10 Denny Christman Arnold MO 91 Talon 122 Eagle 12.125 115.80
11 Gary Tadlock Granite City IL 03 Corvette 346 Chevy 12.177 116.30
12 Matt Gosch Bunker Hill IL 83 Regal Wagon 455 Buick 12.242 106.77
13 Jeremy Garner St. Louis MO 01 Firebird 346 Pont 12.278 108.28
14 Aaron Worstell Union MO 94 Mustang 302 Ford 12.320 108.62
15 Nick Snyder Fenton MO 98 Firebird 346 Pont 12.340 111.68
16 Don Russo St. Ann MO 85 C-10 406 Chevy 12.432 104.92


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Tim Mallicoat Collinsville, IL 68 565 Camaro 0.199 8.811 152.64
RU Raymond Arthur Edwardsville, IL 67 496 Camaro 0.959 9.259 141.46

Despite beginning the year with a new format, new rules and an entirely new program, the first event of the 2009 Street Car Shootout Series finished with a familiar winner at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Tim “Moose” Mallicoat, the only two-time season champion in the five-year history of the series, kicked off his pursuit of a third straight title with a convincing victory in a SCSS program filled with revisions for the coming year.

With the integration of GIR’s traditional Wednesday racing program into the SCSS Tuesday night series, a new event format was devised to incorporate the Street Bike Shootout and timed trials for machines equipped with slicks to equitably share the racetrack. The new system worked flawlessly in its debut with more than enough timed trials and testing for racers in all disciplines. In fact, most racers received far more runs than was thought possible under the new timetable planned for the event.

For the street-tire crowd, the official qualifying period for the SCSS now has two sessions only prior to the start of eliminations with open timed trials continuing long after the determination of the SCSS field. With only two shots to make the Super Sixteen, the pressure was evident on those seeking a “Fastest Street Car” qualifier decal.

Likewise, the SCSS program will now be rescheduled to Wednesday on any week in which the Tuesday night series is cancelled due to weather conditions and that scenario was a key element of the first completed event. While the season-opening March 31st SCSS race was revised to an open timed trial program after the installation of a new fiber-optic timing system, the debut of the new 2009 format, (originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 7th), was rained out and the first battle of the year actually took place on Wednesday, April 8th.

During early timed trials prior to the first official qualifying session, David Starns’ silver 351 Windsor-powered ‘91 Mustang was the performance leader with a clocking of 10.57 seconds at 127.50 miles per hour. However, Mallicoat, whose infamous black 1968 Camaro had been “freshened up” during the winter months, was ready to start the season. In the very first pair of qualifiers at 6:31 PM, the naturally-aspirated 565-cubic inch Chevy rumbled to life and, after a completely sideways tire-heating burnout, charged to 1.28-second sixty-feet elapsed time and an 8.70 at 154.56 mph to secure a lead which was never relinquished for the remainder of the night! Ray Arthur’s popular “Suspicion” ‘67 Camaro ran 10.02/134.58 on a squirrely run and Curtis Paulfrey’s yellow Winner’s Circle Tire and Auto-sponsored ‘68 Camaro hit an off-pace 10.37/133.65. Starns rounded out the top four with a 10.67/126.73 until the very end of the first qualifying session when one of the most anticipated machines of the year pulled into the water box.

Orson “O.J.” Johnson, whose outrageous modular engine-powered ‘99 Mustang convertible was fresh off a career-best 8.53-second, 164.98 mph blast and quarter-final Drag Radial Eliminator finish at the National Mustang Racers Association season-opener in Bradenton, Florida, was considered by many fans to be Mallicoat’s toughest opposition. After a hard wheels-up launch, however, the turbocharged Ford unloaded the rear tires and forced Johnson to lift off the throttle to regain traction, carding a 9.75 at a booming 150.30 mph.

The second qualifying session found Arthur improving to a 9.90/140.53 despite a fuel delivery problem and Paulfrey stepping up to a respectable 10.15/134.48. However, attempts by Ryan Dunn‘s brand new Silva Bullet team-backed ‘72 454 Nova, (10.665/126.64), and Starns’ Mustang, (10.668/128.29), failed to threaten the top four. The big showdown for the pole position between Johnson and Mallicoat ended quickly when Johnson’s ragtop Ford again spun the tires and then developed a major timing issue on its second attempt. Paul Schoelich, a past SCSS finalist and Johnson’s crewchief whose Lo Pro Race Cars is responsible for much of the red Cobra’s recent transformation, watched the car coast to the finish line and then quickly announced, “After that, we definitely won’t be coming back for eliminations!”. Having made the first official qualifying run of the year, Mallicoat took the last pass in the second and final qualifying session and produced an 8.80 at 153.04 mph.

With qualifying complete, Dunn’s new Nova was called as the first alternate to replace Johnson but the runner-up at the 2008 SCSS season finale declined to compete. That allowed Starns into the final four as the sole Ford representative. The semi-finals opened with Paulfrey, competing in eliminations for the first time, staging up against the two-time season champ. The Brighton, Illinois, pilot strapped the seventh-best reaction time in SCSS history, a brilliant 0.004 RT, on “the Moose” and was leading the “Hellraiser” Camaro for the first three hundred feet. Mallicoat prevailed, however, with an early shut-off 8.91 at only 144.70 mph to outrun Paulfrey’s 10.33/134.38. In the other half of the semis, Starns laid an even bigger holeshot on Arthur’s wheelstanding “Suspicion” Chevy. The red Camaro thundered to the finish line on its first decent pass of the event, a career-best 9.02 at 146.65, to stop the Mustang’s 10.73/127.19.

The final round, therefore, pitted the winningest SCSS racer ever against the most-overdue driver in the series. Mallicoat’s twenty-five career titles vastly overshadowed Arthur’s seven runners-up but, for the first time, Arthur was within killing distance of the “Hellraiser”. “On the first run, it carried the front wheels over to the centerline and I got in the loose stuff”, explained Ray as he prepared for the title bout in front of the main grandstands, “and I could never get it to hook back up. On the second run, I ‘got after’ the tune-up a bit but it was just way too fat. The 9.02 pass, though…that was nice. If I can get in the eights and hit the ‘Tree on time, I can hold my own against the Moose”. For the first trophy of the season, however, the battle was brief. As Mallicoat launched straight and true, Arthur’s Camaro never moved from the starting line until the black Camaro was nearly at the Christmas Tree. Mallicoat won the match with an 8.81 at 152.64 mph but was over one second ahead of the “Suspicion” Camaro’s 9.25/141.46 at the finish line.

“The car shuddered just a bit as soon as I staged”, recalled Arthur after the final round, “and I looked down to make sure I had it in first gear. I guess I got confused because the shifter looked right and I expected it to be in second gear or something. When I looked up, the green light was on! I knew I was dead meat”. During winner’s circle ceremonies in front of the main grandstand, Mallicoat admitted he was vulnerable in the championship dash. “We freshened the engine over the winter and this was the first time it was run. Something wasn‘t quite right, though, because it wasn‘t pulling like it should and I actually shut it off early in the first round and in the final. I didn’t want to drive it to the stripe but I was a little concerned about Ray; when I didn’t hear him, I got out of it. We’re still with Dale Huff Motorsports this season and he’s helped us all winter and I know he’ll help us get it right for next week”.

Ironically, the best part of the event was yet to come. Mallicoat could never have dreamed that his name would appear as the winner of another category of competition at the conclusion of the Super Truck Showdown.

NOTES FROM THE SCSS: Several new rides appeared in the first event of the new season but Ryan Dunn’s immaculate 454-powered ‘72 Yenko/SC Nova drew the most raves. After scoring a runner-up in his 8.6-second ‘88 Mustang at the 2008 SCSS finale on October 14th, the O’Fallon, Missouri, racer debuted the Nova during the early season testing events at GIR. Working with famed crew chief/tuner Bill Silva, Dunn ran a best of 10.66/126.64 during qualifying but, after a late timed trial of 10.95/125.95, elected to park the car and work out the bugs next week…Kurt Borton, who operates Mid Coast Performance with his father, Gene, in St. Charles, Missouri, qualified seventh with a 10.98/134.71 best from his outrageous turbocharged 325-inch ‘82 Ford Fairmont. Borton bought the bone-stock Futura with less than 20,000 original miles and has completely rebuilt the car to compete in NMRA True Street competition. Like “O.J.” Johnson, Borton attended the NMRA opener in Florida where he clocked 10.53 and 10.58...Mark Yehling’s nuclear-blast-white ‘97 Corvette just missed his 11.94 career-best with an 11.95/114.07 during qualifying. However, taking advantage of atmospheric conditions which dropped to a corrected seventy-two feet below sea level near the end of the event, he posted an 11.93/113.66 in late timed trials. Yehling’s ‘Vette is basically stock with the addition of headers and an new airbox…Aaron Worstell installed new upper and lower control arms during the winter on the ‘89 Mustang he debuted last year and qualified with a 12.32/108.82 best but that wasn’t the biggest news for the eighteen year-old from Union, Missouri; he defeated Ashleigh Tepen’s ‘95 Camaro for the first High School Eliminator title of the season and he did it while recording not one but TWO PERFECT REACTION TIMES during eliminations! That’s a boast few racers can make. Ashleigh had a 0.007 RT in the second round, herself!…The SCSS now features a revised point system to determine the 2009 Season Champion. The new format will ensure a tighter point spread without detracting from strong eliminations performances. The full details can be found under the current point standings…It’s important to remember Gateway‘s weather criteria for opening the gates differ for day and night events. For daytime races, the forecasted high temperature must be 40 degrees or higher twenty-four hours before gates open. For night events, the forecasted high must be 50 degrees or higher. High winds and cloudy skies also affect whether the event will be cancelled. However, with the new option to reschedule each Tuesday program to the following day, always check Gateway Raceway.com before you head to the track.


Pos Points Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine

1 (8) Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy
2 (7) Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy
3 (6) Orson Johnson House Springs MO 99 Mustang 281 Ford
4 (6) Curtis Paulfrey Brighton IL 68 Camaro 502 Chevy
5 (5) Ryan Dunn O'Fallon MO 72 Nova 454 Chevy
6 (5) David Starns St. Louis MO 91 Mustang 355 Ford
7 (5) Kurt Borton Creve Coeur MO 82 Fairmont 325 Ford
8 (5) Brian Orsborn Granite City IL 04 Neon 146 Dodge
9 (5) Mark Yehling Granite City IL 97 Corvette 346 Chevy
10 (5) Denny Christman Arnold MO 91 Talon 122 Eagle

NOTE: Points toward the 2009 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.


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Brian Orsborn Granite City, IL 04 122 Neon 0.286 12.323 120.21
RU James Hoffmann Bellleville, IL 93 116 SC-1 0.196 14.093 96.70

He hadn’t been in a championship round since April 4th, 2006, but six-time finalist Brian Orsborn put his renowned red Dodge Neon SRT back into the winner’s circle for a fourth career victory in the St. Louis Street Racing.com Sport Tuner Showdown. After a dominant 2005 season and a strong start to the following year, Orsborn made only sporadic appearances since ‘06 but proved his turbocharged MoPar hasn’t lost any of its substantial horsepower.

Orsborn made one early timed trial but hardly drew a glance; the eyes of the Sport Tuner fans were squarely on Denny Christman’s ‘91 Talon which, carrying the HillCo Axles banner, scored three event wins in 2008. Christman‘s first effort came only five minutes into the early timed trial session during which his turbocharged all-wheel-drive Eagle screamed to a career-best 10.61 at a ****ping 135.62 mph to become the second quickest and fastest AWD machine in SCSS history! As a teammate of nine-time Sport Tuner event winner Adnan “Otto” Omerovic, Christman had made major power gains during the winter. During the official qualifying sessions, however, Christman clocked only a 12.12/115.80 and then blew a coil on his second run before conceding to breakage.

Orsborn hit a strong 11.94/122.05 best on qualifying to lead the Sport Tuner field ahead of Christman, Dan Harris and his 232-cubic inch V6-powered ‘04 Mustang (12.49/107.55), and Richard Harris, (Dan’s younger brother in his rookie season of competition), in the family’s similarly-powered ‘97 Thunderbird (13.57/95.64). After Christman’s withdrawal, both Harris family Fords failed to appear as alternates which allowed fifth qualifier James Hoffman a berth in the final round with his unique ’93 Saturn SC-1 which clicked off a career-best 13.69/101.65 to become the second-quickest Saturn in series history.

When Orsborn and Hoffman met in the championship battle, Hoffman was dead late on the starting line but Orsborn inexplicably redlighted away a 12.47/120.21. Upon returning in front of the main grandstands for winner’s circle ceremonies, Orsborn and Hoffman discussed the start of the race and both agreed something seemed amiss with the countdown of the Christmas Tree. Although no other problems were reported during the event, Hoffman made the supreme gesture of racing sportsmanship by offering to rerun the final round which, although it is the winning competitor’s option of any race, is seldom exercised.

On the second attempt, Hoffman gained a tenth-of-a-second holeshot but Orsborn’s Neon thundered past the Saturn to win, 12.32/120.21 to 14.06/96.70. “Rerunning that race was a heck of a thing to do”, said Orsborn after the second run, “but we both really thought the first match was messed up. I certainly never would’ve asked him to rerun because I redlighted but he offered before I ever said anything. He’s a great guy for doing that”. As for his recent absence, Orsborn offered, “I haven’t really changed the car at all and just was busy with other things but I plan to come out as much as possible again. I still have (five-time STSS winner) Justin Bondurant from JMB Performance helping with the tuning so, hopefully, we can get it back into the 11.70s where it was four years ago!“.

Hoffman, who competes with daughter, Amanda, in a pair of Saturns, was just happy to be in the final round. “Amanda’s going to love the fact that I raced for the trophy”, he said after the event, “and the rerun was no big deal; it just seemed like the right thing to do. I’m already holding a trophy bigger than any Amanda’s ever seen so she’ll get a kick out of that. I’d like to dedicate this to Amanda’s late friend, Kate, too. She’s always riding with us.“


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Tim Mallicoat, Jr. Collinsville, IL 92 350 S-10 0.067 14.368 91.59
RU Mark Dury St. Louis, MO 95 351 F-150 0.269 16.336 83.89

The winner’s name should seem more than familiar but close inspection will reveal the title “Junior” behind the Tim Mallicoat listed as the season’s first champion in the GatewayRaceway.com Super Truck Showdown. It was a huge night for the Mallicoat family as a new “Moose” generation joined an already storied drag racing team. In his first heads-up event ever, sixteen year-old Tim Mallicoat, Jr., scored his first win…and did it on a night when his father won the Street Car Shootout!

“Little Moose” was competing in both the Super Truck Showdown and High School Eliminator and, although he went out early to a redlight start while racing for Collinsville (IL) High School, he made up for it with a once-in-a-lifetime victory to share the winner’s circle with his dad. As the senior “Moose” has often noted, the entire Mallicoat family attends each Tuesday night event and Tim, Jr., has been there from the start. Insanely anxious for his sixteenth birthday so he could begin competing, he took great pleasure in driving his father’s eight-second ride back to the trailer after any of dad’s twenty-five previous SCSS victories. This time, “Moose” had to take his Camaro back to the “box” himself.

Putting together a 350-inch small block Chevy for his blue ‘92 S-10 at his dad’s M&M Automotive, Tim started testing on opening day and was ready for his first battle. Ironically, he didn’t qualify for the Super Truck Showdown and was called as fourth alternate to race for the trophy! Qualifying was led by Don Russo’s white 406-powered ‘85 C-10 (12.43/104.92), followed by Matthew Cox’s red-on-white 355-inch ‘93 S-10 (12.77/103.36). When neither appeared for the final round, alternates were called until Mallicoat and sixth alternate Mark Dury’s burgundy ‘95 Ford F-150 finally appeared. Eric St. John’s red ‘08 Trailblazer, (13.93/98.36), could have made the call but, unfortunately, was trapped in the staging lanes when the alternates were listed.

Mallicoat gained a substantial advantage off the starting line in his first trophy dash and hit a career-best 14.36/91.59 en route to the win. “We finally got it to hook up in the final”, said “Little Moose” during winner’s circle activities. “It had been spinning all night but we made a few changes and they worked. It’s just cool that both my dad and I can be in the winner’s circle on the same night. I didn’t expect that”.

The senior Mallicoat may have been even more excited than “Little Moose”. “He’s wanted this for a long time, man“, said the proud papa. “I think he probably dreamed about it all winter. For him and I to win on the first night of the year, though…that’s pretty special. I’m definitely proud of him tonight”.

Photos of the April 8th Street Car Shootout Series event are now available for viewing at Bret Kepner Photos.com.


Tim “Moose” Mallicoat, Collinsville, IL 1968 565 Camaro


Ray Arthur, Edwardsville, IL 1967 496 Camaro


Brian Orsborn, Granite City, IL 2004 122 Neon SRT-4


James Hoffman, Belleville, IL 1993 116 Saturn SC-1


Tim Mallicoat, Jr., Collinsville, IL 1992 350 S-10


Mark Dury, St. Louis, MO 1995 351 F-150