6/19/2007 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
SX Performance 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 SX Performance Fuel Systems. Additionally, the two quickest Sport Tuner drivers, (open to all passenger cars except Rear-Wheel-Drive vehicles with engines of six 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 Sam Moore, East Alton, IL 93 Mustang 352 Ford 8.584 9/26/2006
RWD Sam Moore, East Alton, IL 93 Mustang 352 Ford 161.25 7/18/2006

4CYL Jon Huber, St. Louis, MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford 9.714 10/3/2006
4CYL Jon Huber, St. Louis, MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford 143.17 10/3/2006

TRK Sam Moore, East Alton, IL 92 S-10 406 Chevy 9.613 10/17/2006
TRK Steven Gleghorn, Alton, IL 94 S-10 434 Chevy 140.44 9/26/2006

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

6CYL Rob Nolan, Granite City, IL 87 Regal 231 Buick 11.041 10/11/2005
6CYL Rob Nolan, Granite City, IL 87 Regal 231 Buick 124.56 4/11/2006

FWD Adam Corbitt, St. Charles, MO 85 Golf 123 Volks 11.198 6/19/2007
FWD Adam Corbitt, St. Charles, MO 85 Golf 123 Volks 130.10 6/19/2007

DSL Phillip Blackburn, Springfield, IL 03 2500 HD 403 Chevy 11.835 8/2/2005
DSL Phillip Blackburn, Springfield, IL 03 2500 HD 403 Chevy 114.29 8/2/2005

Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine ET MPH Date

EVENT 12 06/19/2007

1 Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy 8.704 157.28
2 Tony Huff Collinsville IL 69 Nova 468 Chevy 9.998 133.42
3 Tony Buhl Lebanon IL 89 Mustang 306 Ford 10.047 138.74
4 Jack Nungester Arnold MO 71 Camaro 454 Chevy 10.225 135.96
5 Mike McCombs Jacksonville IL 87 Mustang 418 Ford 10.231 133.30
6 Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 427 Chevy 10.443 134.89
7 Allen Hannel Caseyville IL 86 S-10 383 Chevy 10.563 126.15
8 Dan Meredith St. Louis MO 92 Mustang 302 Ford 10.635 127.19
9 Joe Williams Maryville IL 72 Nova 454 Chevy 11.048 120.77
10 Adam Corbitt St. Charles MO 85 Golf 123 Volks 11.198 130.10
11 Rick Howie O'Fallon IL 94 Civic 112 Acura 11.734 122.02
12 Ben Nungester Arnold MO 69 Camaro 400 Chevy 11.811 115.02
13 Phillip Hoback Collinsville IL 93 RX7 79 Mazda 11.950 131.59
14 George Giarmenitis St. Louis MO 68 Camaro 427 Chevy 12.124 112.90
15 Paul Pickering Warrenton MO 00 Camaro 383 Chevy 12.135 115.89
16 Eric Null St. Peters MO 03 Evo 8 122 Mitsu 12.194 121.42


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Tim Mallicoat, Collinsville, IL 1968 565 Camaro 0.194 8.727 154.63
RU Jack Nungester, Arnold, MO 1971 454 Camaro 0.580 10.158 136.18

It’s official; the dominance of Tim “Moose” Mallicoat has reached legendary proportions! Scoring an unprecedented seventh consecutive victory in the SX Performance Street Car Shootout Series, the Collinsville, Illinois racer eclipsed veteran Tony Huff as the winningest driver in the seventy-four event history of the series with his eighth title. Equally impressive is the fact Mallicoat has yet to be defeated in an SCSS final round. After reigning victorious at the wheel of Hal Marshall’s Chevy S-10 pickup last week after a flat tire sidelined his Camaro, Mallicoat returned to the helm of his naturally-aspirated ’68 Chevy to wreak havoc on the field with more eight-second blasts.

With remarkably good atmospheric conditions for mid-June, (the corrected elevation ranged from 2184 feet above sea level to an exceptional 1350 feet during the final rounds), no less than eleven of the Super Sixteen qualifiers recorded career-best elapsed times as did all but three of the first twenty-one alternates! In fact, the event included the first SCSS Elapsed Time and Speed Records set in the 2007 season, (recorded in the Front-Wheel-Drive division). A tremendously hard-hooking track surface also took out at least three entries from driveline breakage.

Initially, Mike McCombs’ Jacksonville, Illinois-based small block ‘87 Mustang clocked the best run of early timed trials at 10.65 seconds and 128.63 miles per hour. Only three minutes before qualifying got underway, however, Mallicoat made a test pass and posted an 8.81 at 155.92 mph. Qualifying began with 2006 SCSS Season Champion Tony Buhl, (making his return to competition after a week off to fix a mysterious electrical glitch), in his supercharged 306-cubic inch ‘89 Mustang recording a 10.08/138.74 effort. Jack Nungester’s show-quality ‘71 Camaro unloaded a career-best 10.22 at a ****ping 135.89 mph while McCombs’ bronze Ford quickly returned to hit a best-ever 10.23/133.30. Only thirty-eight minutes into the official qualifying period, however, Mallicoat’s black Camaro rocketed to the pole position with a brutal 8.70 at 157.28 mph on a run which included the second-best sixty-feet elapsed time in SCSS competition at 1.282 seconds! Although slightly slower than the 8.67/157.43 clocked during timed trials last week before the Camaro was parked with a flat, it was more than enough to demoralize the rest of the field.

Buhl returned with a slightly improving 10.04/138.03 while Tony Huff’s well-known silver Nova returned to Gateway International Raceway after the fire which wiped out its electrical system on May 29th and, using its two-year-old 468-inch power plant, cruised to an off-pace 10.67/125.34. From that point, things began to literally fall apart for most of the quickest contenders.

First, McCombs discovered a broken line which effectively wiped out his nitrous oxide system. Then, Buhl’s Mustang suddenly fell victim to the same bizarre electrical nightmare which randomly killed the power to his Vortech-blown Mustang during each successive run. A variety of other maladies struck no less than half the field and, for the second half of the qualifying period, improvements in qualifying position among the top eight were few and far between.

An exception was Huff, whose silver Nova managed to squeeze out a 9.99/133.42 to move into the second qualifying position behind Mallicoat but, on its next attempt, Huff’s Chevy stumbled with a nitrous oxide delivery problem which crew chief Bill Silva described as “something weird that’s keeping us from getting the nitrous to the nozzles quick enough”. Buhl’s troubles were enough to force the reigning season champ to throw in the towel for another week; his announcement that the burgundy Mustang would not return for eliminations allowed McCombs into the Final Four as the first alternate. McCombs responded that he’d make the call while admitting he’d be running without “the juice”.

Paired with Mallicoat, McCombs knew his only chance would be a holeshot. After deep-staging, the Mustang pilot left the line almost two-tenths of a second too soon only to have his 10.62/130.53 erased nonetheless by the Camaro’s 8.73/157.32. Nungester, who had actually qualified in the top four after making eliminations as an alternate at his last three events, needed the same advantage against Huff’s low nine-second potential. As the two performed their tire-heating burnouts, crewchief Silva was asked if Huff’s Nova had overcome its previous problems. A direct “No” was the response quickly followed by, “and it just lost the alternator belt on the burnout, too”. Sure enough, the belt was hanging under the car as Huff purged the nitrous system on the starting line. At the green, Nungester hit a great 0.054 RT but Huff was brilliant with an even better 0.016! Huff stayed in the lead until the 300-feet mark when the nitrous failed to make a difference and Nungester thundered to a career-best 10.10/136.80 en route to his first SCSS final-round appearance against Huff’s 10.52/132.30.

Prior to the championship match, the fifty-six year-old Nungester explained his surprising absence at the June 12th SCSS event. “I’ve been having back issues”, said the patriarch of the two-car Nungester family team, “and this event will be my last for a while since I’ll be having back surgery soon. We had low nitrous pressure problems earlier tonight and, at least once, I was a little too quick on the ‘spray’ but that 10.10 shows we have it figured out now”. In the final round, Mallicoat’s massive third-of-a-second holeshot made Nungester’s 10.15/136.18 a moot point. It would have taken an 8.24-second elapsed time for the ’71 Camaro to get around Mallicoat’s amazingly consistent 8.72/154.63.

“You know”, said Mallicoat during trophy presentations in front of the main grandstand, “this is actually eight wins in a row if you count the two we won last week. These guys are really giving me grief about the car but all they have to do is beat me. I’m still not the quickest car the series has ever had and there are cars out there quicker than this one. All they have to do is show up!”.

NOTES FROM THE SCSS: While Jack Nungester qualified for the Final Four, son Ben also qualified in the Super Sixteen with his immaculate orange ‘69 smallblock Camaro. Ben’s nitrous oxide system was one of many which failed during the event keeping the ten-second ride in the high-elevens…Ray Arthur’s “Suspicion” ‘67 427 Camaro had never been faster than 128.43 mph until the Edwardsville, Illinois racer unleashed a 10.44 at 134.89 mph during qualifying!…“Pee Wee Junior”, better known as Dan Meredith, punched into the ten-second zone with a 10.63/127.19 from his 302-powered green ’92 Mustang. His father, past NHRA Winternationals champion Dave “Pee Wee” Meredith, was on hand performing the tuning…Joe Williams, whose yellow ’70 Nova earned its first runner-up last week, ran a 10.96/119.12 during early timed trials but was unable to better an 11.04/120.77 in qualifying. A new distributor apparently didn’t fix last week‘s problems…George Giarmentitis’ gorgeous yellow 427-powered ‘68 Camaro SS qualified for the first time with a best-ever 12.12/112.90...The Super Sixteen almost featured two father-and-son teams; Paul Pickering’s 2000 Camaro qualified at 12.13/115.89 while son Kevin was third alternate, (19th qualifier), in his ’99 Camaro at 12.38/112.00...The quickest of the six-cylinder machines was James Pisorkiewicz’s ‘90 Nissan 300ZX with a 13.51/108.40 best. The Z car was followed by Michael Davey’s ’02 BMW M3, (13.72/103.06), Blaine Finnegan’s twin-turbocharged ’07 BMW 335i, (13.80/105.60), and Anthony Augustine’s ’02 Pontiac GTP, (14.03/98.51)…“Most Expensive Car of the Event” honors went to Kyle Wentz‘s ‘98 Mercedes-Benz SL500 which sold for $79,900 ten years ago. The 5.0-litre V8 ran a best of 14.46/96.94...Dan Harris took his nitrous-aided V6 ‘97 Thunderbird to another win in High School Eliminator defeating the daughter of Tony Huff, Paige Huff, in her ‘97 Camaro…For the third time this year, less than four Ford-powered machines qualified for the Super Sixteen. In 2006, only one event featured less than four FoMoCo qualifiers. Twice in 2005, only two Fords made the field. The most Fords ever to qualify in one show was eleven.


Pos Points Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine

1 (14) Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy
2 (13) Tony Huff Collinsville IL 69 Nova 468 Chevy
3 (10) Tony Buhl Lebanon IL 89 Mustang 306 Ford
4 (8) Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 427 Chevy
5 (6) Hal Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 383 Chevy
6 (6) Joe Williams Maryville IL 72 Nova 454 Chevy
7 (5) Jack Nungester Arnold MO 71 Camaro 454 Chevy
8 (4) Rick Cardinale Florissant IL 66 Nova 421 Chevy
9 (4) Rick Howie O'Fallon IL 94 Civic 112 Acura
10 (4) Ben Nungester Arnold MO 69 Camaro 400 Chevy
11 (3) Chris Gosch Bunker Hill IL 06 Corvette 346 Chevy
12 (3) George Wahby Fenton MO 74 Pinto 350 Chevy
13 (3) Robert Obermoeller Imperial MO 87 Camaro 350 Chevy
14 (3) Marc Arnold St. Peters MO 93 Mustang 359 Ford
15 (3) Adnan Omerovic St. Louis MO 95 Talon 122 Eagle

NOTE: Points toward the 2007 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.


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Rick Howie, O'Fallon, IL 1992 112 Civic 0.076 12.738 94.80
RU Adam Corbitt, St. Charles, MO 1985 123 Golf -0.439 Broke At Start

While Rick Howie’s streak of seven final round appearances has now tied Justin Bondurant’s legendary stretch from May 17th to July 5th of 2005, the Bi-State area’s hottest Honda racer scored his fourth career title in the St. Louis Street Racing.com Sport Tuner Showdown by way of perseverance and a bit of luck. To those unaware of the developments leading to the final round, the outcome seemed bizarre. The folks who paid attention, however, witnessed one of the most entertaining trophy bouts of the year.

Howie nearly ran the doors off his Civic hatchback, making no less than nine trips down the GIR quarter-mile before the final match. The turbo’d two-litre just missed its best numbers ever with an 11.73/122.02 which led the Sport Tuner ranks for most of qualifying and earned Howie another SX Performance “Fastest Street Car Qualifier” decal. During most of the event, Howie was pursued by Phil Hoback’s black ‘93 Mazda RX7; the rotary had clocked a best of 12.02 at over 127 mph during the May 22nd STSS battle but buried those standards with an 11.95 at an amazing 131.59 mph.

With less than thirty minutes remaining in qualifying, however, everything changed. Fresh from an incredible 11.17-second, 130 mph blast at the recent NOPI/NDRA Nationals, the late-arriving ’85 Volkswagen Golf of the Corbitt brothers pulled to the starting line. The Polk Audio/Wheels America team’s first pass erased their nine-month-old, 11.47-second SCSS Front-Wheel-Drive Elapsed Time Record with an 11.37 and bombed their fifty-four week-old FWD Speed Record of 126.95 mph with a 129.16 mph charge! With only eight minutes remaining in qualifying, driver Adam Corbitt returned to hit an even more incredible 11.19 at 130.10 mph!

While Hoback took one more shot in the next-to-last pair of qualifiers, (missing the final round with a 12.08/130.45), both Corbitt and Howie made timed trials before the final round. In both instances, the two quickest Sport Compact drivers appeared to simply miss gear changes during the runs. However, the was more to the story.

Howie pulled in front of the main grandstand to wait for the final round but was caught by announcer Jason Phillips while fumbling with what appeared to be a balky shifter. When asked if there was a problem, Howie indicated there was something amiss with the transmission. When asked by Phillips if Howie wanted to allow an alternate run in his place, Howie politely answered over the public address system, “No, thanks. I’ll go ahead and race”.

Hoback, meanwhile, was the first alternate and ready to race. Watching intently from the fence, the rotary pilot waited knowing that the other alternates were also standing by. While the non-qualifiers included last week‘s runner-up Andy Lemons and his SRT-4 Neon, (12.50/111.54), and Jeff Smith’s insanely fast Honda Del Sol, (13.84 at 110.49 mph), one car in particular stood out. Eric Null’s black ’03 Mitsubishi Evo VIII had qualified on the bump spot of the Super Sixteen with a great 12.19/121.42 but on successive passes in late timed trials, the AWD monster clocked runs as quick as 11.45 at 122.88 mph! Phillips was soon informed that Adam Corbitt was thrashing in the pits and also might not make the call to the starting line. Hoback was about to go get his 130 mph RX7 and prepare to race in the final when the white VW Golf idled out to meet Howie.

In truth, both Howie’s Honda and Corbitt’s VW were mortally wounded. “Something happened on that last timed trial”, said Dave Corbitt, “We don’t know what. We just know something isn’t right in the transmission”. Howie also intimated that things were looking grim. “Right now, it has no reverse”, said the Honda driver, “and I have to release the clutch to be able to change gears. It’s definitely hurt”. Although neither knew of the other’s problems, they both pulled into the water box hoping for some fluke of luck to help them win.

For Corbitt, a bit of history was riding on the outcome. In a three-way tie with Adnan Omerovic and Patrick Jacobsmeyer for the most Sport Tuner wins ever, a victory would make the area’s fastest Volkswagen the winningest Tuner ever. With both drivers knowing they‘d probably never make it to the finish line under power, they staged. Incredibly, the record-holding turbo Golf left the line eighteen hundredths of a second too soon and fouled; a millisecond later, the Golf spit most of its transmission on the ground! Howie, meanwhile, could only make it through two gears before his transmission locked up as he coasted to a 94 mph win.

“I saw him redlight”, said a confused but relieved Howie during trophy presentations, “so I knew I didn’t have to run it out but then my transmission went out, too. I don’t know if it’s a fork problem or what. I’m just glad I decided to stay and run the final. You never know what can happen!”.


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Allen Hannel, Caseyville, IL 1986 383 S-10 0.180 10.263 131.20
RU Brian Kinworthy, Fenton, MO 1971 454 C-10 -0.017 13.251 98.34

The vehicle in this week’s winner photo below sure looks like Hal Marshall’s truck but who in the heck is Allen Hannel? “He’s one of my oldest and closest friends”, said Marshall when asked that question. “In fact, he built this truck. I figured it was time I let him drive it”.

Hannel, nicknamed “Crabby” for what he insists are “obvious reasons”, campaigned a variety of racecars in the days of the old St. Louis International Raceway but had been out of the seat for quite a while. “I had no problems driving it”, said Hannel, “but with Hal’s recent health problems he still wanted to continue to run the truck with another driver so I jumped in it”. After a series of mid-ten second runs, Hannel’s best of 10.56/126.15 put the infamous white S-10 pickup right where it always has been…at the top of the GatewayRaceway.com Super Truck Showdown.

The battle for the second final-round berth was a tough one. Matt Hamilton’s silver ’05 Dodge Ram waged a war with Brian Kinworthy’s white ’71 Chevy C-10 in which the second qualifying position changed several times. Kinworthy’s slick 454-powered C-cab finally stepped up with a 13.27/101.81 to secure a spot in the title bout over Hamilton, (13.53/102.02), and Larry Stribling’s ’07 Hemi-powered Jeep Cherokee, (13.74/100.33).

Kinworthy’s large entourage of friends insisted that he needed a reaction time advantage to have a prayer; a redlight start by only seventeen thousandths of a second was a gallant attempt. Hannel’s final 10.26/131.20 pass was almost exactly what the truck had clocked with Tim Mallicoat at the wheel last week and the ‘71 Chevy clocked a best-ever 13.25 in final, to boot.

Although Hal Marshall insists that he’ll be out of the seat for a while, his trusty S-10 doesn’t seem to know the difference; three wins in three weeks with three different drivers certainly proves it’s still the truck to beat.

Photos of the June 19th SX Performance Street Car Shootout Series event are now available for viewing at Bret Kepner Photos.com.


Tim Mallicoat, Collinsville, IL 1968 565 Camaro


Jack Nungester, Arnold, MO 1971 454 Camaro


Rick Howie, O’Fallon, IL 1994 112 Civic


Adam Corbitt, St. Charles, MO 1985 123 Golf


Allen “Crabby” Hannel, Caseyville, IL 1986 383 S-10


Brian Kinworthy, Fenton, MO 1971 454 C-10