6/29/2010 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
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 14 06/29/2010

1 Orson Johnson House Springs MO 99 Mustang 281 Ford 8.574 174.37
2 Tim Mallicoat, Jr. Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy 8.603 158.56
3 Joe Rudy Kirkwood MO 69 Camaro 454 Chevy 8.891 153.95
4 Tom Bantle, Jr. Lemay MO 92 Mustang 420 Ford 9.202 165.90
5 Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy 9.274 144.33
6 Daryl Jauernig St. Genevieve MO 89 Mustang 351 Ford 9.282 169.04
7 Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 93 S-10 355 Chevy 9.337 144.64
8 Bo Peebles St. Louis MO 69 Charger 500 Dodge 9.455 150.60
9 Corey Stephens Wentzville MO 88 Mustang 372 Ford 9.647 140.36
10 Andrew Rhodes Hannibal MO 82 S-10 406 Chevy 10.381 129.79
11 Philip Carl Winfield MO 91 Mustang 393 Ford 10.413 146.32
12 Greg Boschert St. Louis MO 66 Mustang 333 Ford 10.957 123.66
13 Ben Schroeder Grafton IL 97 Mustang 306 Ford 11.107 127.09
14 Charles Whitehead Silex MO 03 Mustang 281 Ford 11.204 120.07
15 Jason Ebenrick Festus MO 97 Supra 181 Toyo 11.302 129.63
16 David Esparza Imperial MO 02 Camaro 346 Chevy 11.375 120.29


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Orson Johnson, House Springs, MO 1999 281 Mustang 0.421 9.293 172.28
RU Tom Bantle, Jr., Lemay, MO 1992 420 Mustang 0.267 9.536 120.46

Orson “O.J.“ Johnson, the popular driver of the area’s quickest and fastest convertible, earned his second victory of the season 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. After finishing seventh in the world championship standings during 2009 in Drag Radial Eliminator on the National Mustang Racers Association tour, Johnson has stayed close to his Missouri home this year but has appeared in three SCSS final rounds as he and crewchief Paul Schoelich inch closer to seven-second performances for the fabled red Mustang ragtop.

The fourteenth event in the 2010 series was a godsend for racers and fans after several weeks of ninety-degree heat. A cold front brought magnificent weather which included a high of eighty degrees, a low of seventy degrees, relatively low humidity and a high barometric pressure during the evening. The corrected elevation ranged from only 1828 feet above sea level to 1131 feet during the final rounds, (the lowest since May 18th), and a huge turnout of machines produced a number of career-best performances. In fact, the average speed for the qualifiers in the Super Sixteen field was the best ever posted through six years of SCSS competition at 143.66 miles per hour!

When qualifying began, the track temperature was still above 120 degrees and the cool air made for a tricky combination of plenty of horsepower and a track which required skill to negotiate. Johnson and Schoelich proved the point while making the quickest pass of the first qualifying session. The turbocharged 281-cubic inch “modular motor” in the ‘99 Cobra convertible produced gobs of power but the Ford spun its rear tires furiously off the starting line forcing Johnson to feather the throttle to gain traction. The result was a sub-par run of 9.71 seconds but at a whopping 172.21 mph!

Six-time 2010 SCSS event winner and current point leader Daryl “Dirty D” Jauernig suffered the same fate in the second qualifying session when his Mustang Muscle/Matheis Race Cars nitrous oxide-injected smallblock Ford-powered ’89 Mustang also blazed the tires to a 9.65/134.74 effort. In fact, it was Kevin Autenrieth’s nitrous-aided 434-inch orange ’91 S-10 pickup which moved into the qualifying lead at 9.32/144.33. In the third qualifying session, however, the setting sun allowed the track to cool and the standings changed drastically.

Tom Bantle, who earned his first SCSS “Fastest Street Car Qualifier” decal on July 6th, 2004, and finished third in the final point standings that first year of SCSS racing, staged his turbocharged 420-inch smallblock Ford-powered black ’92 Mustang coupe early in the session. After 8.6-second blasts at the most recent GIR Outlaw All Stars event, Bantle, whose Mustang races under Chris Watkins’ IRT Performance banner, shot to an easy 9.20 but at a great 165.90 mph. Johnson then returned for his second attempt and the Lo Pro Race Cars Ford launched with a soft 1.47-second sixty-feet elapsed time but improved tremendously to an 8.57 at booming 174.37 mph! Ray Arthur’s nitrous smallblock ”S-10 Revenge“ Chevy pickup bumped into the field with a 9.33/144.64.

Only two runs in the last session affected the final qualifying order. Both Tim Mallicoat, Jr., and Joe Rudy chose to make only one qualifying attempt each but they paired up in a side-by-side, do-or-die match which gave the fans a heck of a drag race. Both cars launched with sixty-feet ETs under 1.30 seconds and both made the field with Mallicoat’s naturally-aspirated black ‘68 Camaro beating Rudy’s nitrous-assisted yellow ‘69 Camaro, 8.60/158.56 to 8.89/153.95! In a shocker, Jauernig’s Mustang spun its tires hard on its last shot at making the top four spots while clocking a 9.28 at 169.04 mph which only placed sixth in the Super Sixteen field but Jauernig later admitted he was in dire need of new rear rubber.

The semi-final pairings made for two Ford-vs.-Chevy battles and all four teams reported in front of the main grandstands for eliminations. The fans rightfully assumed the advantage in the first race was held by young Mallicoat’s M&M Automotive/Dale Huff Motorsports 565-inch “Hellraiser” Camaro but Tom Bantle and his turbo’d Ford had other ideas. The Mustang grabbed a seven hundredths of a second holeshot but lost it almost immediately when Mallicoat covered the first sixty feet in 1.23 seconds to lead, at that point, by 5.66 feet. At the 330-feet mark, the Chevy had stretched the lead to 9.44 feet but the Mustang was just beginning its top-end charge. At half-track, Bantle pulled in front by 14.54 feet as both cars clocked 5.45-second eighth-mile ETs and then the Ford simply rocketed to the finish line to erase Mallicoat’s 8.55/157.23 with a phenomenal 8.25 at 174.57 miles per hour! The run was a career-best for Bantle by four tenths of a second and eight miles per hour! In the other half of the semi-finals, Rudy’s McNamara Towing-backed nitrous bigblock Camaro left the line sixty-three thousandths of a second too soon, (as crewchief Chris Webster threw up his hands in disgust), and shut off to a 9.20 at only 113.15 mph despite clocking eighth-mile numbers which indicated a probable 8.71/155.80 pass. In the other lane, however, Johnson’s turbo ragtop launched with its best “sixty” of the event, (1.33), and blasted to an eighth-mile clocking two tenths of a second quicker than on its 8.57 qualifying effort and coasted across the finish line with a shut-off 8.51 at only 148.18 mph!

As the two teams prepared their mounts in front of the grandstands, onlookers knew the final round could be one of the wildest in SCSS history of both cars hooked up…and even wilder if they didn’t! The air was heavy with anticipation as Bantle, who had never won an SCSS title, pulled to the line against six-time finalist Johnson. In an instant, Bantle stole a huge holeshot of sixteen hundredths of a second from the red Mustang and launched to his best “sixty” of the night, (1.32), while “O.J.” fried the tires in the other lane! The race was apparently over as Bantle blasted to a 330-feet ET eleven hundredths of a second quicker than on his 8.25 pass but the crowd gasped as the black Mustang headed for the centerline and then toward the retaining wall. Meanwhile, Johnson “pedaled” the throttle in his Cobra trying to find traction and, even though he was behind by ten car lengths, (182.93 feet), at the eighth-mile, he saw Bantle’s problems and began the chase. At 1000 feet, Bantle was still in the lead by an incredible 118.61 feet but Johnson was charging toward the finish line. At the stripe, the difference was a mere 22.61 feet but the crowd roared when the win light came on in O.J. Johnson’s lane! Johnson’s “never surrender” 9.29 at a whopping 172.28 mph barely nipped Bantle’s struggling 9.53/120.46.

“I was definitely staged up out of the ‘groove’ and I knew it”, said a disappointed Bantle during trophy presentations in front of the main grandstand. “I didn’t worry about it when the car launched so hard but it headed for the centerline and I had to lift. Then, it went toward the wall and I might have overcorrected; I’m not sure. Either way, I saw him comin’ in my mirror so I got back in the throttle a couple of times but the car wasn‘t completely straightened out yet and it got pretty crazy. I was really trying to get back on it but the last thing I wanted was to hit the poor guy!”. Johnson and Schoelich also took blame for their insane final run. “When the track was still hot during qualifying, we had to take power out of it to keep from spinning”, said Johnson, “but, when it cooled off, we made a great run in the semi-finals so we put more power to it for the final thinking the track would hold it. It was obviously too much power because it just blew the tires off when I launched. Then, I looked up and saw Tommy all over the place and thought, ‘Wait a minute!’ and I just pedaled it ’til it hooked. After that I just kept chasing him but it seemed like there was no way I’d catch him. I swear I didn’t pass him until we were a car-length from the stripe! Along with Paul and Lo Pro Race Cars, I still have to thank Andy McCoy Race Cars, Hyperformance Motorsports, and HP Powdercoatings for all their help. It was a wild one, that’s for sure!”.

NOTES FROM THE SCSS: The incredible 8.25/174.57 by Tommy Bantle in the semi-finals made the veteran SCSS racer the fourth member of the 170 MPH Club and the twenty-third driver in the 8-Second Club. His earlier 9.20/165.90 qualifying run earned him the thirteenth spot in the 160 MPH Club, as well. Bantle was already a member of the 150, 140, 130 and 120 MPH Clubs and the 10-Second and 9-Second Clubs…After Joe Rudy fell to a redlight start in the semi-finals of the Shootout, he managed to squeeze in a late timed trial and his “sprayed” big-inch yellow ‘69 Camaro unloaded a career-best 8.70 at 158.43 mph…MoPar fans were elated to see the return of the always-amazing 1969 Dodge Charger of St. Louisan Bo Peebles. The show-quality MoPar was built by Andy McCoy Race Cars and is powered by an all-aluminum 500 cubic-inch Dodge wedge assembled by AMT Racing Engines and equipped with twin 78mm turbochargers installed and tuned by midwestern turbo wizard Dan Saitz at Hyperformance Motorsports. Peebles qualified eighth with a 9.45/150.60 and it remains the quickest and fastest Chrysler product in SCSS history...Corey Stephens is at number fourteen and hanging in there; the Wentzville, Missouri, racer has qualified for every SCSS event this year and his Fessler Racing Engines/Midwest Trailers/FueLab Digital Fuel Delivery nitrous-fed 372-inch smallblock Ford-powered blue ‘88 Mustang is still third in the season point standings. Stephens qualified with a career-best 9.64 at 140.36 and returned during late timed trials after qualifying had concluded to run 9.63/140.21…Curtis Paulfrey, the second-place SCSS point earner in 2009, looked like he was competing in his familiar 511-inch naturally-aspirated Winner’s Circle Tire and Auto yellow ’68 Camaro but he wasn’t. Curtis was at work and sponsor Danny Michael was at the helm with Curtis’ dad, Joe, still acting as crewchief. The duo elected to run outside of the qualifying sessions but still clocked several runs of 9.92/136...Philip Carl at the helm of chassis builder Dustin Kurz’s Winfield, Missouri-based MD Performance 393-inch ‘91 Mustang qualified at an off-pace 10.41/146.32 but moved back into the SCSS Top Ten in points. Carl and Kurz swap regularly driving chores but still haven’t solved the turbo boost problems on their green Ford…Greg “Hook ’n Ladder” Boschert was pleased with the weather; his nitrous-injected 333-inch smallblock Ford-powered white ’66 Mustang coupe returned to the ten-second zone while qualifying twelfth at 10.95/123.66 on eight inch-wide D.O.T. tires…Newcomer Ben Schroder not only earned his first “Fastest Street Car Qualifier” decal with his 306-inch black ‘97 Mustang LX but also became 120 MPH Club member number two hundred eighty when he made the show at 11.10/127.09, In late timed trials, he clocked an 11.24/128.32...Likewise, Charles Whitehead qualified for his first SCSS event ever with his modular-motored red 2003 Mustang Cobra convertible and became the two hundred eight-first member of the 120 MPH Club at 11.20/120.07...David Esparza qualified his 346-inch 2002 Camaro Z28 for the second time this season, (on the “bump” at both events!), and ran a best-ever 11.37/120.29 to be the two hundred eighty-second driver in the 120 MPH Club. A late timed trial netted an even quicker 11.35/119.47…Dan Saitz was busy helping several customers of his Hyperformance Motorsports but also was seen tuning Kenny Allgeyer’s nine-second supercharged 347-inch blue ‘91 Mustang. Unfortunately, Kenny ran into terminal fuel delivery problems during qualifying and retired early…Derek Allen returned to the winner’s circle for Waterloo (IL) H.S. in High School Eliminator with his twelve-second ‘84 355 Cutlass, defeating first-time finalist Cody Hanner in his thirteen-second ‘93 Mustang from Alton (IL) High School. Allen was brutal in eliminations winning the final with a “dead-on with a zero” while Hanner may be the first High School finalist to drive a manually-shifted machine in a long, long time…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 100 contenders as of JUNE 30th, 2010)

Pos Points Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine

1 (89) Daryl Jauernig St. Genevieve MO 89 Mustang 351 Ford
2 (76) Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 555 Chevy
3 (71) Corey Stephens Wentzville MO 88 Mustang 372 Ford
4 (45) Andrew Rhodes Hannibal MO 82 S-10 406 Chevy
5 (45) Greg Boschert St. Louis MO 66 Mustang 333 Ford
6 (42) Tim Mallicoat, Jr. Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy
7 (35) Orson Johnson House Springs MO 99 Mustang 281 Ford
8 (35) Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy
9 (33) Shane Cochran St. Louis MO 71 Camaro 509 Chevy
10 (30) Philip Carl Winfield MO 91 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 0.115 12.052 115.24
RU Robert Baldwin, Glen Carbon, IL 1969 146 Beetle 0.119 12.640 107.28

It was his eleventh career victory but it came with the only “eleven” he really wanted; Dan Harris finally broke the twelve-second barrier en route to his fifth win of the season in the St. Louis Street Racing.com Sport Tuner Showdown. The driver of the Memory Lane Customizing and Fabrication/Pur Performance nitrous oxide-injected 232-inch V6-powered Mustang also tied Adam Corbitt for the most STSS wins ever and still leads for the most final round appearances in the Tuner division at twenty-one.

Harris’ quest for an eleven-second timeslip came on the heels of his career-best 12.00/115.08 during the previous week’s final round. His first qualifying effort was a disappointing 12.15/113.00 but his second shot, (during the final qualifying session), started with a great 1.68-second sixty-feet elapsed time and culminated in an 11.87 at 115.48 mph which sent his father and crewchief, Daniel, into an instant celebration on the starting line. Ironically, Harris was not the low qualifier; longtime STSS campaigner Jason Ebenrick clocked an 11.30 at a whopping 129.63 mph in his turbocharged 183-inch six-cylinder ‘97 Toyota Supra but, since Ebenrick was racing without a single piece of required safety equipment, was disqualified from further competition.

Harris inherited the pole position and was followed by the same machine which finished runner-up to his Ford during the previous week’s event; Bob Baldwin pushed his turbocharged four-cylinder 2.4-liter ‘69 Volkswagen Beetle to the second spot at 12.38/107.93. The rest of the Top Five qualifiers included the ageless Bill Page at the wheel of his turbocharged 231-inch V6-powered ’87 Buick Regal Grand National, (12.44/108.48), two-time STSS finalist Brian Wallace in his turbocharged Front-Wheel-Drive 2009 Chevy Cobalt, (13.48 at a best-ever 108.60 mph), and Ian Moeller’s turbo’d All-Wheel-Drive 2.4-liter 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX, (a career-best 13.78/101.02).

Ford the second straight week, the “Six Bang ‘Stang” and the lime-green VW staged for the championship dash and, for the second straight week, Harris and the Ford emerged victorious. This time, the Mustang clocked a 12.05/115.24 against the Bug’s 12.64/107.28. “The eleven-second run was just a perfect pass”, said an obviously-satisfied Harris during winner’s circle festivities. “The launch was perfect, the nitrous came in perfect and it just ran perfect. The fact it was an 11.87 and not an 11.99 pretty much shows just how perfect it was. I really couldn’t have asked for more than that. I’m just glad to get it out of the way. We’ve chased that number for so long and missed so many times. I’m just glad to be done with it!”.


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 1991 434 S-10 0.285 9.189 144.94
RU Raymond Arthur, Edwardsville, IL 1993 355 S-10 0.166 9.358 143.43

Kevin Autenrieth’s new work schedule has kept him away from several weeks of competition this season but his Lowe Performance-sponsored ‘91 S-10 pickup Is still capable of winning when it’s on the track. The renowned pilot pushed his 434-inch nitrous-aided rig to the win in the quickest and fastest single race ever contested in the five-year history of the St. Louis Drag Racing.com Super Truck Showdown.

Autenrieth made two qualifying shots and, while each was accompanied by his trademark “rolling fogbank” burnouts, neither was initiated by the 1.2-second sixty-feet elapsed times which are standard fare for the SCSS Truck ET and Speed Record Holder. An initial 9.32/144.33 had a 1.32-second “sixty” and a later improved 9.27/144.13 had a slower launch at 1.33 seconds. Autenrieth’s toughest opponent in 2010, Ray Arthur’s R&R Towing nitrous-fed 355-inch ”S-10 Revenge“ ‘93 S-10 also took two runs to qualify. The current second-place SCSS point racer ran an off-pace 10.26/143.11 to start but returned with a great 9.33/144.64. The rest of the truly star-studded Top Five included four-time 2010 Super Truck winner Andy Rhodes’ beautiful “Insain“ 406-inch nitrous S-10, (10.38/129.79), three-time finalist Jimmy Price’s radical naturally-aspirated 464-inch Buick-powered ’84 El Camino, (a best-ever 12.18/109.26), and March 30th finalist Gary Nichelson’s 406-inch ‘70 C-10 pickup which qualified “off the bottle” at 12.51/105.74 and returned “on the spray” only to blow the rearend apart while in the midst of the blue Chevy’s biggest wheelstand ever! Special mention should be made of Andy Strauss’ amazing 372-inch Hemi-powered 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee which qualified sixth at a 12.95/105.40 but returned during late timed trials to clock an incredible 11.78/115.75!

The trophy dash was a heck of a battle. Arthur strapped a holeshot of eleven hundredths of a second on Autenrieth and led the orange truck by ten thousandths of a second, (10.62 inches), at the sixty-feet marker. At the 330 pylon, Autenrieth came back to pass Arthur’s “S-10 Revenge” by 8.85 feet. At half-track, Autenrieth was still ahead by 9.32 feet with both trucks traveling 117 miles per hour. At 1000 feet, Arthur began creeping back toward Autenrieth, who was then leading by only 7.78 feet. The two smallblock Chevy pickups stayed glued together and, at the finish line, Autenrieth took the win by a mere fifty thousandths of a second, (10.84 feet), in a tremendous 9.18/144.64 to 9.35/143.43 drag race.

“Man! I saw him all the way down there”, said an exhilarated Autenrieth in the winner’s circle after his season-leading fifth victory. “That was one of the closest races I’ve ever had, by far. My tires must be worn out because I never had a ‘sixty’ better then 1.32 all night and this truck normally hits 1.25s all night long. I felt it spin in the final again and that surprised me because we can usually tune to this track pretty good. I was just hoping Ray didn’t have some new trick up his sleeve because I couldn’t shake him. He was right there the whole way. That run was what drag racing is all about!”.

Photos of the June 29th Street Car Shootout Series event are now available for viewing at Bret Kepner Photos.com.


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


Tom Bantle, Jr., Lemay, MO 1992 420 Mustang


Dan Harris, St. Louis, MO 2004 232 Mustang


Bob Baldwin, Glen Carbon, IL 1969 147 Beetle


Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 1991 434 S-10


Ray Arthur, Edwardsville, IL 1992 355 S-10