5/18/2010 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 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 9:20 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 St. Louis Drag Racing.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 Steve George, Arnold, MO 71 Nova 634 Chevy 7.648 03/30/2010
RWD Mark Woodruff, Arnold, MO 67 Corvette 565 Chevy 186.61 04/20/2010

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

Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine ET MPH Date

EVENT 08 05/18/2010

1 Daryl Jauernig St. Genevieve MO 89 Mustang 351 Ford 8.511 171.40
2 Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy 9.006 146.78
3 Shane Cochran St. Louis MO 71 Camaro 509 Chevy 9.170 145.34
4 Mark Long, Sr. Caseyville IL 75 Firebird 505 Chevy 9.617 141.27
5 Andrew Rhodes Hannibal MO 82 S-10 406 Chevy 10.319 129.73
6 David Starns St. Louis MO 91 Mustang 418 Ford 10.427 129.90
7 Dustin Kurz Frankford MO 91 Mustang 366 Ford 10.491 96.50
8 Nathan Grant Glen Carbon IL 00 Camaro 346 Chevy 10.533 127.34
9 Kegan Hagedorn Rhineland MO 69 Chevelle 355 Chevy 11.041 121.45
10 Vincent Heuer Granite City IL 69 Corvette 468 Chevy 11.159 122.70
11 Dennis Winistoerfer Gerald MO 70 Duster 360 Plym 11.217 119.08
12 Chris Koch Gillespie IL 89 Mustang 302 Ford 11.422 122.36
13 Ken Hammelman Manchester MO 02 Camaro 440 Chevy 11.437 118.06
14 Corey Stephens Wentzville MO 88 Mustang 372 Ford 11.447 81.57
15 Nathan Depew Wood River IL 63 Falcon 347 Ford 11.759 111.91
16 Darryl Reece St. Louis MO 68 Camaro 454 Chevy 11.905 122.63


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Daryl Jauernig, Ste. Genevieve, MO 1989 351 Mustang 0.115 8.770 164.79
RU Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 1991 434 S-10 0.237 9.038 146.45

Daryl Jauernig continued his brutal 2010 campaign toward a season championship with his fourth win of the year’s eight completed events 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. The popular Ford racer known as “Dirty D” not only produced a dominating performance but gained a huge boost in the championship point standings when several of his closest rivals suffered through a night of carnage.

Along with being a perfect night for spectating at a drag race, exceptional atmospheric conditions made for great competition. Clear skies and a balmy seventy-degree temperature drew the second largest field of the year and an equally impressive contingent of fans. When qualifying for the “Super Sixteen” program began, the corrected elevation was 1218 feet above sea level but plunged to only 457 feet during the final rounds. Although racers got their first taste of summer humidity readings, (up to seventy-nine percent by the end of the event), the racing surface provided enough traction to break several drivelines.

Jauernig, (pronounced “journey”), threatened to install a second nitrous oxide system on his huge Windsor smallblock , (rumored to displace over 460 cubic inches), and chose the May 18th event to debut the “double juice” program. With previous best performances of 8.33 seconds and 167.91 miles per hour, “Dirty D” made his first attempt only thirty minutes after qualifying began and blasted to an 8.51/167.03 while covering the first sixty feet of the track in only 1.23 seconds. In the second qualifying session, the black 1989 Mustang lost traction slightly just off the starting line, (recording a 1.31-second “sixty”), and stumbled briefly when the second nitrous system was activated. Still, the Mustang Muscle-backed Ford shot to an 8.53 and a career-best 171.40 miles per hour!

For many other hopefuls, qualifying was a nightmare. Orson “O.J.” Johnson, whose turbocharged modular motor-powered ‘99 Mustang convertible won its first SCSS event in a full year only seven days earlier, never even staged his car; the Lo Pro Race Cars flagship was retired with major transmission converter problems encountered during the burnout on his first qualifying attempt. Ray Arthur, whose ”Suspicion” ’67 Camaro was again parked after cracking a piston on its career-best 8.78 pass one week ago, jumped in his 8.90-second “S-10 Revenge” small block pickup in an attempt to remain in a virtual tie with Jauernig in the point standings but broke the truck’s rearend on its second qualifying pass. Corey Stephens, who entered the event holding down third place in the point standings, was on what may have been the quickest pass ever for his blue Fessler Racing Engines/Midwest Trailers nitrous-aided 372-inch ‘88 Mustang, (clocking a 6.37-second eighth-mile), before burning a piston and slowing to an 11.44 at only 81.57 mph on his only run of the event.

In fact, SCSS Truck Division Record Holder Kevin Autenrieth eventually claimed the second spot in the qualifying list with a stout 9.00/146.78 in his 434-cubic inch orange Lowe Performance ‘91 Chevy S-10 followed by the amazingly consistent naturally-aspirated AMT Racing Engines/Memory Lane Customizing white ‘71 Camaro of Shane Cochran, (9.17/145.35), and a career-best performance for Mark Long’s gorgeous stock-appearing blue ‘75 Pontiac Trans Am at 9.61/141.27.

All four of the top qualifiers reported in front of the main grandstands and, for the first time in 2010, Jauernig’s Mustang was the only non-General Motors representative among the four semi-finalists. In the first battle of eliminations, Shane Cochran pushed the Christmas Tree against the low qualifier’s Ford but the 509-inch Camaro redlighted by a mere thirty-six thousandths of a second wasting a 9.21/144.89 effort. Jauernig regained the lost traction of his second qualifying shot with a 1.24-second “sixty” but the smallblock powerplant again had a tough time dealing with the second stage of nitrous oxide during its winning run of 8.66/164.27. In the other half of the semi-finals, Autenrieth’s wild pickup carried the front wheels high en route to its second straight 1.25 “sixty” while posting its first eight-second run of the year at 8.93/147.28 against Long’s 505-inch ‘75 Trans Am which scored another best-ever pass at 9.59/141.12!

The outcome of the final round seemed to be a foregone conclusion but Mother Nature had other plans. The humidity percentage skyrocketed during the final half-hour of the event and the track surface cooled from its high of 98 degrees to 79 degrees for the championship bout. Although Jauernig managed to grab a sizeable holeshot of twelve hundredths of a second against Autenrieth’s S-10, “Dirty D” found himself behind the truck at the 330-feet mark! Both the Mustang and the pickup spun their tires on the cooling track surface, (1.31 and 1.28 “sixties”, respectively), but Jauernig found himself losing traction again two hundred feet downtrack. As the Ford drifted to the left, Jauernig was forced to “pedal” the throttle and allowed Autenrieth to gain the lead by 1.54 feet! However, Jauernig straightened the car, hit the second nitrous system and, despite the popping and banging of the smallblock Ford’s protests, shot back around of the Chevy to clock an 8.77/164.79 victory against the truck’s 9.03/146.45.

“That was another race that was a lot closer than it should have been!”, said Jauernig during winner’s circle ceremonies in front of the main grandstands. “The track got cold and I could see the dew on my roof before the final but I didn’t expect it to spin that far downtrack. That 171 mph run really made us think we had the second nitrous stage figured out but it looks like we have to work on the timing because it shouldn’t be backfiring like it was. I’ve got a good bunch of guys, though, and we’ll get it sorted out. Between me, the guys and my crew chief, Joe “Mongoose” Voelkel, we’ll get it running right!”

NOTES FROM THE SCSS: It was only the eighth of thirty scheduled SCSS events but, when Ray Arthur failed to qualify in the Super Sixteen, the current point standings definitely changed. Arthur clocked an 8.78 in his [I[“Suspicion”[/I] ‘67 Camaro on May 11th but broke a piston so he returned with his 8.90-second ‘93 S-10 pickup. A sub-par 12.01/117.38 in the first session was followed by a destroyed rearend just off the starting line in the second period and, suddenly, the man who has qualified at more SCSS events than any other had his first DNQ of the year. By not earning the five points awarded for making the Super Sixteen, he fell behind Daryl Jauernig by more than the points available for one complete event. Making matters worse for Ray was the fact Corey Stephens did qualify even though he torched a piston in his blue Mustang and a coasting 11.44/81.57 barely held on for fourteenth in the show. Stephens has now moved up to within one point of Arthur and both are simply hoping for Jauernig to have a really, really bad week to make things even again…Another topic a conversation after the event was exactly which vehicle Arthur will repair first to enter next Tuesday…Andy Rhodes, whose show-quality burgundy-and-silver ‘82 S-10 has been in two Super Truck final rounds this season, used the nitrous on his 406-inch small block to run 10.31/129.73 but he also blew a rearend on the launch during the second qualifying session!…David Starns, whose nitrous-aided 418-inch silver Mustang has been an SCSS regular since the first year of the series in 2004, (he has earned a dozen “Fastest Street Car Qualifier” decals over the years), ran a best-ever 10.49 at a shut-off 119.54 mph but the car developed a nasty habit of hooking hard to the left at three hundred feet on each pass and was plenty scary during the event. Still, he made a late timed trial after qualifying had concluded and pounded out an even quicker 10.40 at a great 130.35 mph…Speaking of racers who were in SCSS competition seven seasons ago, Chris Koch returned to GIR with his ‘89 302 Mustang which earned seven “Fastest Street Car Qualifier” decals in the first year of the series. The Gillespie, Illinois, pilot made the program twelfth with a best-ever 11.42/122.36...Chassis builder Dustin Kurz got back behind the wheel of his MD Performance-backed turbocharged 366-inch ‘91 Mustang and qualified with a 10.49 at only 96.50 mph after a 6.15/110.89 eighth-mile…Nathan Grant spent a few weeks sorting out the chassis on his silver 2000 Camaro and then chose the event to “spray” his LS1-powered ride for the first time this year. The result was a sizeable wheelstand and a career-best 10.53 at 127.34 mph...SCSS Trivia: The slowest sixty-feet elapsed time in eliminations during the May 18th event was a 1.37 by Mark Long’s ‘75 Trans Am…Junior Dragster and High School Eliminator racer extraordinaire Kegan Hagedorn put his wheelstanding orange ‘69 Chevelle into the ninth spot at a best-ever 11.04/121.45 and became the two hundred sixty-ninth member of the 120 MPH Club…Vince Heuer made a rare appearance with his 468-inch yellow ’69 Corvette Stingray and fought a bogging engine but still qualified at an 11.15/122.70...Dennis Winistoerfer scored one for the MoPar fans by qualifying his white 360-inch ’70 Plymouth Duster in the field for the first time with a career-best 11.21/119.08...Ken Hammelman also earned his first qualifier decal by posting an 11.43/118.06 with his 440-inch 2002 Camaro…The wild silver ‘63 Falcon of Nathan Depew is always a crowd-pleaser but the little 302-owered Ford scored its first qualifying berth with a best-yet 11.75/111.91...St. Louis fire captain Darryl Reece returned to SCSS racing this season with his bigblock-powered ’69 Camaro and held on to the bump spot at 11.905/122.63...Jason Holik’s 2003 Mustang ran a best-ever 11.906/120.70 and became the two hundred seventieth member of the 120 MPH Club but missed the field by one thousandth of a second! Believe it or not, he‘s the fifth racer in SCSS history to fail to qualify by less than two thousandths!…“Big Shawn” McCauley has qualified seemingly dozens of different cars over the past decade but became 120 MPH Club member number two hunded seventy-one with a 12.11/120.17 pass in somebody’s 2001 Firebird…Past GIR High School Eliminator season champion Matt Gosch made it two in a row for Bunker Hill (IL) High School by winning the class in his twelve-second 455-powered ‘83 Buick Regal Wagon; he defeated Tim “Little Moose” Mallicoat in his thirteen-second ’91 S-10 pickup racing for Collinsville (IL) High…Remember the completely revised 2010 Gateway International Raceway Rules and Regulations are available at St. Louis Drag Racing.com by clicking HERESPECIAL EVENT NOTE: Fans can expect to see a huge variety of the nation’s top Pro Stock Eliminator teams on Tuesday, May 25th, as Gateway International Raceway again presents the Jerry Haas Race Cars Pro Stock Showdown in conjunction with the regular Tuesday night program. The NHRA’s finest will be testing at GIR all week between the Full Throttle tour events at Topeka, Kansas, and Joliet, Illinois.


Pos Points Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine

1 (51) Daryl Jauernig St. Genevieve MO 89 Mustang 351 Ford
2 (42) Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy
3 (41) Corey Stephens Wentzville MO 88 Mustang 372 Ford
4 (25) Shane Cochran St. Louis MO 71 Camaro 509 Chevy
5 (24) Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy
6 (22) David Perry Imperial MO 89 Mustang 427 Ford
7 (20) Orson Johnson House Springs MO 99 Mustang 281 Ford
8 (20) Ralph Dehne Red Bud IL 63 Impala 409 Chevy
9 (20) Greg Boschert St. Louis MO 66 Mustang 333 Ford
10 (18) Matt Martin St. Louis MO 86 Mustang 302 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.


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Dan Harris, St. Louis, MO 2004 232 Mustang 0.133 12.415 102.47
RU Paul Weishaar, St. Louis, MO 2004 183 BMW 135i 0.513 12.274 115.41

Dan Harris continued to prove he can win the St. Louis Street Racing.com Sport Tuner Showdown even when he‘s not the fastest guy on the property or, for that matter, even when he‘s not the fastest guy in the final round. The past GIR High School Eliminator season champion scored his third win in six finals this year but, more importantly, moved closer to overtaking SCSS Front-Wheel-Drive Record Holder Adam Corbitt as the winningest Tuner driver ever, (eleven victories), with his ninth career title.

Dwight Seaton made his first runs in several seasons and snared the low qualifer position with his turbocharged 231-inch V6 1987 Buick Regal running the first eleven-second six-cylinder run of the year at 11.96/110.11 while Harris pushed his nitrous-injected 232-inch V6-powered 2004 Mustang to strong 12.07/111.08. The rest of the Top Five included May 11th STSS runner-up Paul Weishaar’s black all-wheel-drive turbo’d six-cylinder 2004 BMW 135i, (a career-best 12.14/116.28), Almir Efendic’s turbo’d 4G67-powered 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, (a best-ever 12.63/107.73), and two-time STSS finalist Rene Lupercio’s turbo’d red ‘94 Acura Integra, (an off-pace 13.08/110.95).

When the finalists were called to report in front of the main grandstands, Seaton’s Grand National failed to appear. That opened the door for Weishaar, who was called as first alternate, and forced a rematch of the May 11th final round. Weishaar had made a late timed trial after the conclusion of qualifying and posted a consistent 12.36/114.31 but Harris saved his “SixBangStang“, carrying new graphics for sponsor Memory Lane Customizing, for the trophy dash. In the final round, Harris stabbed Weishaar in the heart with a holeshot of almost four tenths of a second and managed to use a 12.41 at a slowing 102.47 mph to hold off Weishaar’s far quicker and faster 12.27/115.41...and still get to the stripe first by 35.96 feet!

“Someday, I’ll beat that guy”, said a chuckling Weishaar during trophy presentations. “The car hasn’t been responding well when it builds up heat but I’ve got a new intercooler coming for next week which should solve that problem. It still ran quicker than ever so I can’t complain”. Harris never returned for winner’s circle ceremonies and for good reason; the Mustang blew out two spark plugs on the run and was stranded at the last turn-off road of the GIR shutdown area. When he finally arrived to claim his trophy, Harris added, “I needed every bit of that holeshot because it never even got to the finish line under power. Paul has won these things before, too. I may have won the last two in a row but he did beat me back on April 13th, you know!“.


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 1991 434 S-10 0.360 9.855 137.36
RU John Bunn, New London, MO 1970 406 C-10 0.173 12.422 107.70

With fifteen event titles in the St. Louis Drag Racing.com Super Truck Showdown, Kevin Autenrieth trails only Hal Marshall for the title of winningest Super Truck racer. Autenreith and his renowned orange ‘91 S-10 pickup also earned a victory in the Street Car Shootout Series back in the first year of the program on September 28th, 2004, eight months before the Super Truck category made its debut. Six years later, he has now become only the third driver to place the same vehicle in two different final rounds in the same night. After a risky decision, Kevin Autenrieth almost pulled off a rare “double”.

Autenrieth led Super Truck qualifying with runs of 9.05/146.18 and 9.00/146.78 but breakage took out his two closest opponents. Two-time finalist Andy Rhodes, (who qualified second at 10.31/129.73), and seven-time finalist Ray Arthur, (who ran a best of 12.01/117.38), both grenaded rearends during the qualifying sessions leaving fourth qualifier John Bunn to race Autenrieth in the final round. Bunn’s impressive all-steel 1970 Chevrolet C-10, using a naturally-aspirated 406-inch smallblock Chevy engine, ran a career-best 12.48/107.48 to qualify fourth ahead of Joel Neal’s 6.7-liter Hemi-powered 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee, (13.22/102.95).

However, since he qualified second in the SCSS program, Autenrieth made the decision to compete in both classes which required making a possible three elimination runs in less than thirty minutes. The pilot of the 434-cubic inch Lowe Performance record-holder won the first round of SCSS competition with a blistering 8.93/147.28 and returned thirteen minutes later for the Super Truck battle with Bunn. In an attempt to save the engine from abuse, Autenrieth ran Bunn without nitrous oxide injection and drove around Bunn’s quarter-second holeshot to win, 9.85/137.36 to a losing but best-ever 12.42/107.70. Eleven minutes after that run, Autenrieth crossed the finish line second against Daryl Jauernig’s Mustang on a 9.03/146.45 pass in the SCSS final!

“That was a pretty wild half-hour!”, laughed Autenrieth as he celebrated the double trophy presentation with family and friends. “We made five runs and four of them were between 9.05 and 8.93. Really, I couldn’t be happier with that kind of consistency. It gets hectic when you’re running two classes but we had a legitimate chance to win both so it was worth a shot. We didn’t win both but we had a lot of fun and the truck’s not broke. That’s a pretty cool way to spend a night!“

Photos of the May 18th Street Car Shootout Series event are now available for viewing at Bret Kepner Photos.com.


Daryl Jauernig, Ste. Genevieve, MO 1989 351 Mustang


Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 1991 434 S-10


Dan Harris, St. Louis, MO 2004 232 Mustang


Paul Weishaar, St. Louis, MO 2004 183 BMW 135i


Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 1991 434 S-10


John Bunn, New London, MO 1970 406 C-10