5/25/2010 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 09 05/25/2010

1 Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 555 Chevy 9.157 154.33
2 Shane Cochran St. Louis MO 71 Camaro 509 Chevy 9.258 145.45
3 Orson Johnson House Springs MO 99 Mustang 281 Ford 9.451 170.62
4 Mark Long, Sr. Caseyville IL 75 Firebird 505 Chevy 9.669 139.33
5 Daryl Jauernig St. Genevieve MO 89 Mustang 351 Ford 9.911 149.66
6 Jon Huber St. Louis MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford 9.951 137.43
7 Andrew Rhodes Hannibal MO 82 S-10 406 Chevy 10.421 129.42
8 Greg Boschert St. Louis MO 66 Mustang 333 Ford 11.040 123.80
9 Corey Stephens Wentzville MO 88 Mustang 372 Ford 11.210 120.76
10 Chris Koch Gillespie IL 89 Mustang 302 Ford 11.744 115.87
11 Dustin Weber St. Louis MO 06 Mustang 281 Ford 12.005 117.27
12 Stan Cain Sullivan MO 64 Nova 350 Chevy 12.211 111.74
13 Dennis Brandy Chesterfield MO 07 Corvette 427 Chevy 12.251 121.69
14 Paul Weishaar St. Louis MO 04 135i 183 BMW 12.295 117.56
15 Joel Mudd St. Peters MO 89 Mustang 302 Ford 12.333 109.19
16 Keith Flowers Farber MO 05 Mustang 281 Ford 12.501 113.53


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Shane Cochran, St. Louis, MO 1971 509 Camaro 0.134 9.207 145.23
RU Orson Johnson, House Springs, MO 1999 281 Mustang 0.425 15.067 61.19

Despite making his first final round appearance only six events ago, Shane Cochran quickly found the winner’s circle by scoring his first victory 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. Earning two runner-up finishes this year after three seasons of SCSS competition, (one on April 6th and another on May 4th), Cochran stopped the feared Mustang convertible of Orson “O.J.“ Johnson in the final round to gain his first championship title.

Racers and fans got a taste of summertime weather conditions with mid-eighty degree temperatures and humidity as high as seventy-one percent. The corrected elevation ranged from 2376 feet above sea level to 1685 feet and personal best performances were few and far between. Despite a surface temperature as high as 123 degrees, however, the track held its grip and traction was surprisingly good even though the starting line never cooled below 92 degrees during the entire evening!

With the ninth event of the thirty-race SCSS calendar sandwiched between the traditional graduation weekend and the long Memorial Day holiday, several new faces qualified for the Super Sixteen field. However, the regular point series contenders were also in attendance and at least two were impressive in their efforts to make the race.

Ray Arthur, who has waged a tight battle with Daryl Jauernig for the lead in the point championship, broke a piston in the 555 cubic-inch powerplant of his 8.7-second ”Suspicion” ’67 Camaro two weeks earlier and then blew the rearend out of his 8.9-second “S-10 Revenge” smallblock pickup at the most recent event, thrashed the red Camaro back together enough to make a qualifying attempt in hopes of earning the five-point bonus for making the sixteen-car field. Arthur made his shot in the first qualifying session and used a cautious launch to record a 9.15-second run but at a career-best speed of 154.33 miles per hour! The other display of serious dedication cam from Corey Stephens, whose blue Fessler Racing Engines/Midwest Trailers 372-inch ‘88 Mustang had burned a piston the previous week but returned to record an 11.21/120.76, (without its customary nitrous oxide injection system), to earn a spot in the field and remain the only driver to have qualified for every 2010 SCSS event!

Orson “O.J.“ Johnson was fresh off a career-best 8.16/175.84 from his turbocharged modular-motored ‘99 Mustang only three days earlier at GIR’s first Outlaw All Stars event of the season and crewchief Paul Schoelich was anticipating the ability to tune the car to even stronger numbers. The Lo Pro Race Cars team’s only qualifying run was stifled by tire spin, however; a 9.45 was still accompanied by a huge 170.62 mph top end charge. The biggest surprise came from three-time 2010 SCSS event winner and current point leader Jauernig, whose black nitrous-aided smallblock Mustang made its first pass in the second qualifying session. Jauernig was scheduled to take delivery of a new set of 315-series rear tires but, when the shipment never arrived, was forced to mount a set of smaller 275 D.O.T. rubber for the event. Launching with a subpar 1.56-second elapsed time for the first sixty feet, Jauernig’s attempt to control his new second stage of nitrous collided with the car’s inability to find traction. After “pedaling” the throttle repeatedly, “Dirty D’ finally got the car to hook but took a wild ride all over his lane on his way to the finish line. A 9.91/149.66 made the field but Jauernig wasn‘t pleased. “That was just a bit scary”, said a serious Jauernig after the run. “I didn’t like that one bit. There’s no way I can race on those tires tonight. I’m just going to take the points and park it”.

Interestingly, Jauernig recanted and put a set of slicks on the Ford and actually clocked an 8.48/167.49 during the open testing part of the race. Meanwhile, Mark Long’s naturally-aspirated 505-inch ’75 Trans Am posted a 9.66/139.33 to qualify and, in the final qualifying session, Cochran pulled to the line. Also naturally-aspirated, his 509-inch ’71 Camaro has proven to be the most consistent vehicle in the 2010 series seldom varying between 9.17 and 9.22 seconds on any night of racing. In much worse conditions than previous events, Cochran launched with the night’s best sixty-feet ET, (1.33 seconds), and shot to a 9.25/145.45 to qualify second and bump Jauernig from the top four spots! Suprisingly, three of the top four qualifiers made timed trials after qualifying ended. Cochran hit a 9.24/145.36, Long ran 9.82/137.83 and Johnson stumbled to a disappointing 11.45 at only 92.87 mph.

When the top qualifiers were called to report in front of the main grandstands for eliminations, GIR officials had already received word from Ray Arthur the ”Suspicion” ’67 Camaro would not be racing. “We really rushed to get the car back together just give me something to race”, said Arthur of his R&R Towing Service crew. “I needed to make one good qualifying run to get in the show for the points and that 154 mph speed was really encouraging but we don’t need to lean on it yet. We really need to just sit this one out”. That allowed Jauernig to be called as first alternate but he’d already made clear his intentions not to race. However, once he heard his name called over the public address system, Jauernig and crewchief Joe “Mongoose” Voelkel quickly went to work mounting the 275 tires for eliminations!

In the first match of the semi-finals, Cochran and Long proved the traction was still there with great “sixties” of 1.33 and 1.34, respectively. However, Cochran’s brutally consistent Camaro gained a slight holeshot of seven hundredths of a second against Long’s immaculate Pontiac and charged to a 9.22/146.27 win over Long’s 9.72/138.80. The battle between Jauernig and Johnson, however, was far from “clean”; Jauernig got a solid tenth of a second advantage but both cars simply fried the rear tires and the race became a “pedal fest” to see who could regain traction. It was Johnson’s red convertible which found traction first but both drivers used up most of their lanes in an all-out battle. Johnson crossed the stripe at 9.10/170.36 ahead of Jauernig’s 9.51/150.21.

Schoelich knew the Mustang needed to be “tamed” for the conditions and Cochran knew his amazing repeatability was his best attribute in the championship dash. If the Camaro pilot could simply post another low nine-second run, the pressure would be on Johnson to make no errors. Cochran waited patiently for Schoelich to complete his tuning adjustments and, just prior to the last run, asked track officials to “drag the track” to prepare it in the midst of increasing humidity. In the title bout, Cochran launched to a brilliant 1.30 “sixty” and never had to concern himself with the Ford. Johnson instantly
lost traction and eventually put the Mustang completely sideways in an effort to make up lost ground but finally threw in the towel against Cochran’s 9.20/145.33.

“I just did the only thing I could do”, said a modest Cochran while celebrating his first victory with girlfriend/crewmember Vanessa Coe and crew chief, (and frequent SCSS competitor), Matt Mingus. “I needed to get a holeshot and make another solid run and hope O.J. hadn’t figured out the track yet. The track prep by the Gateway crew before the final really helped and the car hooked about as good as its going to in these conditions. We recently put a shorter set of front tires on the car to help a bit with leveling the car and that seemed to keep the float bowls happy which had been a problem the last few weeks. Doug Albietz at AMT Racing Engines has built a great engine for this car; it just runs the same pass after pass. The folks at Memory Lane Customizing help me out a lot but I really couldn’t do any of this without the St. Louis Carpenters’ Union. They’re the ones who really make all this possible”.

NOTES FROM THE SCSS: With the Herculean efforts of Ray Arthur and Corey Stephens just to make it to the track with functioning vehicles, the point series is getting tight. Daryl Jauernig remains in the lead but both Arthur and Stephens are still on his tail and Shane Cochran’s win moved him to fourth place…Stephens got his repaired smallblock Ford sorted out to “no juice” runs of 11.08/123.43, 11.01/124.98 and 10.96/123.41 in late timed trials after qualifying concluded…The last year of SCSS racing in which there were five different winners in the first nine events was 2006!…It seems incredible but, despite the fact he has qualified for the Super Sixteen field more than any other racer, (sixty-eight times in one hundred twenty eight completed events), this was Ray Arthur’s first race as the low qualifier!…Orson Johnson admitted he and crew chief Paul Schoelich simply did not take enough power out of their Mustang before the final round. Said Johnson, “Tuning for conditions means adding or taking away power to get the car down the track. It wasn‘t the track‘s fault. We screwed it up.“…Greg “Hook ’n Ladder” Boschert “pedaled” his nitrous-aided 333-inch smallblock Ford-powered white ’66 Mustang coupe to perfection and qualified at 11.04/123.80. On eight-inch-wide D.O.T. rear rubber, Boschert’s car is affected by track and weather conditions more than most machines and requires a serious amount of skill to launch. If you want to learn how to launch an overpowered car on a tricky track, watch the Fireman…Chris Koch qualified his gorgeous green flamed ’89 302 Mustang for the second straight week at 11.74/115.87...Dustin Weber’s silver 2006 Mustang made the field for the first time ever with a 12.00 at a big 117.27 mph speed. Five years ago, Weber campaigned a Mitsubishi Eclipse in Sport Tuner Showdown competition…Joe Rudy, whose yellow ‘69 Camaro has not attempted to qualify in the SCSS since an engine explosion late last season, has a new nitrous-aided bigblock Chevy engine of unknown displacement and spent the event testing on D.O.T. tires but did not enter the SCSS battle. He clocked a best of 8.95/152.26 and says he’ll be back in SCSS competition as soon as his new chassis and engine combination is sorted out…Stan Cain was another first time recipient of a Fastest Street Car Qualifier decal; his red ’64 350 Nova ran a best of 12.21/111.74...Dennis Brandy also qualified for the first time but his 2007 Corvette also became the two hundred seventy-second member of the 120 MPH Club with a 121.69 top end…Joel Mudd’s wild wheelstanding white ’89 302 Mustang ragtop made the show for the first time since August 4th, 2009, with a 12.33/109.19...Keith Flowers was another first-time qualifier in his black 2005 Mustang at 12.50/113.53...Alan Noes didn’t make the field but his ’98 346 Camaro ran a 12.77 at a ridiculous 122.18 mph to become 120 MPH Club member number two hundred seventy-three. Noes got the Chevy to hook up a bit better in late timed trials with an 11.97/121.43...Derek Allen returned to the winner’s circle in High School Eliminator with his twelve-second ‘84 355 Cutlass, defeating Erik Lipka and his equally-quick wheel standing 2002 Camaro. Allen was racing for Waterloo (IL) High School while Lipka raced for Fort Zummwalt West (MO)…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 77 contenders as of MAY 26th, 2010)

Pos Points Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine

1 (56) Daryl Jauernig St. Genevieve MO 89 Mustang 351 Ford
2 (48) Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 555 Chevy
3 (46) Corey Stephens Wentzville MO 88 Mustang 372 Ford
4 (33) Shane Cochran St. Louis MO 71 Camaro 509 Chevy
5 (27) Orson Johnson House Springs MO 99 Mustang 281 Ford
6 (25) Greg Boschert St. Louis MO 66 Mustang 333 Ford
7 (24) Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy
8 (22) David Perry Imperial MO 89 Mustang 427 Ford
9 (20) Ralph Dehne Red Bud IL 63 Impala 409 Chevy
10 (20) Andrew Rhodes Hannibal MO 82 S-10 406 Chevy

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 Paul Weishaar, St. Louis, MO 2004 183 BMW 135i 0.403 12.364 117.89
RU Joshua Hill, Collinsville, IL 2008 152 Impreza 0.036 14.114 105.25

After two straight runner-up finishes to Dan Harris, the menacing black BMW of Paul Weishaar finally returned to the winner’s circle with his second victory of the season in the St. Louis Street Racing.com Sport Tuner Showdown. Weishaar spent the event relentlessly thrashing his 135i with no less than eight runs during the evening in an attempt to work on the consistency of his turbocharged three-liter six-cylinder.

Once again, Jon Huber‘s astonishing turbocharged 178-cubic inch four-cylinder silver ’79 Mustang from his Huber Performance shop actually led qualifying with a 9.95/137.43 but the SCSS Four-Cylinder Record Holder was again dissatisfied with the little Ford’s performance and withdrew from competition almost immediately after the run. Weishaar qualified his BMW second with a 12.29/117.56 blast followed by Joshua Hill’s turbocharged four-cylinder silver 2008 Subaru Impreza Sti, (a best-ever 13.63/107.04), Chris Phelps in his six-cylinder 2009 Nissan 370Z, (a career-best 13.73/101.90), and Jacob Wilson’s 2003 Nissan 350Z six-cylinder, (another best-ever at 14.28/98.16).

When Huber failed to return, Joshua Hill got the call to race in the trophy dash as the first alternate and became the first Subaru representative in a Sport Tuner final round since April 14th, 2007! Weishaar had made serious progress in his string of timed trials after qualifying concluded, (carding a best of 12.22 at a tremendous 118.45 mph), but gave up a huge holeshot advantage of more than a third of a second to Hill. The BMW’s power saved the day, however, with a 12.36/117.89 win over Hill, who missed a gear change and slowed to a 14.11/105.25. Still, Hill was elated to receive the runner-up awards, noting, “This was the first time I’ve run in the Sport Tuner program and it was pretty cool! I’ve worked on the injectors and the turbo on the car but there’s still a lot left to tune. I was just hoping to make a few good runs but to get a trophy and disc of photos and a free pass out of this is great!”.


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Andrew Rhodes, Hannibal, MO 1992 406 S-10 0.527 10.408 130.18
RU Douglas Wolff, St. Louis, MO 1989 366 S-10 0.173 16.135 87.27

Seven days earlier, Andy Rhodes beautiful maroon and silver ‘92 S-10 was being rolled off the GIR starting line with a floor jack after it destroyed a rearend right at the launch of what would have been another low ten-second run. A week later, Rhodes was holding his second championship trophy of the season after winning the St. Louis Drag Racing.com Super Truck Showdown.

The Hannibal, Missouri, racer had scored his first career victory on March 30th taking a holeshot victory from good friend Gary Nichelson. On May 4th, he appeared in his second championship final round but lost out to Ray Arthur‘s career-best 8.90-second charge. This time, Rhodes met Doug Wolff‘s unique ‘89 S-10 and, after qualifying first in the field at 10.42/129.42, clocked an even quicker 10.40/130.18 when Wolff‘s sleek blue pickup lost traction after qualifying at 13.41/103.71. “We really had to work to get the rear fixed because it really ate up a lot of stuff“, said Rhodes during trophy presentations in front of the main grandstands. “I wasn‘t sure if the transmission was hurt but, when we realized only the rearend was broke, we were able to get it done during the week. It’s definitely nice to work that hard and come back with a win, though!”. Wolff’s S-10 is one of the more unusual in the field; rather than utilizing the traditional, (and successful), smallblock 350 Chevy and a PowerGlide transmission, Wolff went against most theories with his own. “It’s actually powered by a late-model six-liter V8 from a Chevy 2500HD”, said Wolff after his first final round appearance. “We converted it to a carburetor and mated it with a 700R4 automatic. It’s very good on the street and it can run pretty well, too. Everybody expects it to be a 350 but, when I lift the hood, they really don’t know what to think!“.

Photos of the May 25th Street Car Shootout Series event are now available for viewing at Bret Kepner Photos.com.


Shane Cochran, St. Louis, MO 1971 509 Camaro


Orson “O.J.“ Johnson, House Springs, MO 1999 281 Mustang


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


Joshua Hill, Collinsville, IL 2008 152 Impreza STi


Andrew Rhodes, Hannibal, MO 1992 406 S-10


Douglas Wolff, St. Louis, MO 1989 366 S-10