6/30/2009 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 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 9:45 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 12 06/30/2009

1 Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy 8.829 154.03
2 Kevin Giblin Festus MO 69 Nova 600 Chevy 9.059 156.57
3 Jon Huber St. Louis MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford 9.108 150.36
4 Orson Johnson House Springs MO 99 Mustang 281 Ford 9.271 161.25
5 Joe Rudy Kirkwood MO 69 Camaro 454 Chevy 9.549 138.02
6 Phil McGrath St. Louis MO 85 Blazer 388 Chevy 9.903 135.36
7 Jim Allen St. Ann MO 71 Maverick 351 Ford 10.284 131.42
8 Curtis Paulfrey Brighton IL 68 Camaro 502 Chevy 10.298 131.90
9 Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy 10.586 129.32
10 Rick McCarter Dittmer MO 92 S-15 414 Chevy 10.819 125.30
11 Randy Christy, Sr. Granite City IL 04 Corvette 346 Chevy 11.028 123.81
12 Darrel Ambro St. Peters MO 80 Malibu 454 Chevy 11.052 119.58
13 John Brawley Granite City IL 93 S-10 355 Chevy 11.186 118.85
14 Greg Boschert St. Louis MO 66 Mustang 331 Ford 11.225 123.83
15 Randy Morgan Granite City IL 91 S-10 355 Chevy 11.453 114.96
16 Darin Wilson Hannibal MO 95 Mustang 302 Ford 11.612 116.10


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Tim Mallicoat Collinsville, IL 68 565 Camaro 0.225 8.706 155.49
RU Orson Johnson House Springs, MO 99 281 Mustang 0.193 10.010 166.13

While there is no question Tim “Moose” Mallicoat is the dominant figure in the Street Car Shootout Series at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois, fans often overlook the fact the driver of the the M&M Automotive/Huff Motorsports “Hellraiser” 1968 Camaro is never guaranteed an event victory. En route to his eighth win of the 2009 season, Mallicoat had to overcome serious challenges from opponents more than capable of outrunning the Collinsville, Illinois, SCSS star. As Mallicoat is fond of reminding detractors, “It ain’t getting’ any easier out here!”.

The season’s largest turnout of entries, (well over two hundred vehicles), led to the year’s quickest SCSS Super Sixteen field and the program could’ve been much quicker if not for a tremendous amount of breakage which held some teams to only one qualifying effort. It should be noted that several drivers were able to grab four shots at the field but those who weren‘t among the early arrivals were trapped in the staging lanes while the GIR safety crew cleaned up a plethora of broken axles, rear ends and even a top-end fire during the first half of the event. Incredibly, none of the seemingly dozens of mushroom clouds from expiring engines accounted for any oildown time of consequence but the show was certainly not without delays.

The racing surface was strong enough to hold several sub-one second sixty-feet elapsed times from members of the Al-Anabi/Speedtech Pro Modified team including a stellar 0.972-second launch from the brand new nitrous oxide-injected 1970 Camaro of New York’s Mike Castellana driven on its first runs by multi-World Championship winner Shannon “The Iceman” Jenkins. However, the sheer number of racers on the track took its toll on starting line conditions and, by the end of the evening, it required more than just horsepower and a heavy foot to negotiate the GIR starting line. Atmospheric conditions were better than average for a late June event; the corrected elevation ranged from 2561 feet above sea level to 1690 feet during the final rounds although the track surface started out at over 110 degrees.

Even Mallicoat was surprised when his only qualifying attempt, a slower-than-normal 8.82-second, effort clocked in the first hour of qualifying at 154.03 miles per hour, held through the night to earn a record thirty-first career pole position. His naturally-aspirated 565-cubic inch Chevy powerplant struggled to breathe and the sixty-feet ET, a 1.30-second shot, proved the “Hellraiser” was not completely hooking up its D.O.T.-approved Mickey Thompson tires. However, the number of cars in attendance which easily could have out qualified Mallicoat was surprising. Current SCSS ET and MPH Record Holder Mark “Woody” Woodruff” never got a clean run from his renowned 706-inch nitrous-fed orange 1969 Yenko Nova and Kevin Giblin, at the helm of the past ET Record-Holding gold Giblin Brothers 600-inch nitrous ’69 Nova, managed only a 9.05/156.57 best. Orson “O.J.” Johnson, whose turbocharged, modular-motored ’99 Mustang convertible is the second quickest car in series history with an 8.26 clocked earlier in the season, returned from his successful qualifying effort at the recent National Mustang Racers Association event in Milan, Michigan, but lost traction early on his only qualifying effort. Johnson “pedaled” the Ford perfectly, however, and salvaged a 9.27 at a blazing 161.25 mph to qualify.

In fact, the only truly impressive effort came from arguably the most popular machine in the SCSS, St. Louisan Jon Huber’s incredible turbocharged four-cylinder ’79 Mustang. The 178-inch Huber Performance rocketship clocked a 9.36/146.04 effort to start and returned late in qualifying to wheelstand its way to a blistering 9.10 at a ****ping 150.36 mph; the run was the quickest the street-driven Ford had produced on D.O.T. tires since it set the SCSS Four-Cylinder ET Track Record at 9.03 in October 2008 and its fastest pass since it set the SCSS 4-Cyl MPH Track Record at 152.16 in October, 2007!

Huber was so pleased with his two efforts that he immediately parked the car! Preparing for the upcoming NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois, Huber didn’t want to risk damaging what is obviously a strong combination and withdrew from both SCSS and Sport Tuner Showdown eliminations. That opened the door for first alternate Joe Rudy, whose nitrous oxide-aided bright yellow ‘69 Camaro had made its first series appearance on June 10th with a stunning 8.99/150.38 clocking. During qualifying for the June 30th event, however, Rudy ran into fuel delivery problems and produced only a 9.54/138.02. When the qualifiers were called to stage in front of the main grandstands, Kevin Giblin also declined after his disappointing qualifying attempts and the search went out for the next available driver. After nearly every team had reported they were unable to appear, fourteenth qualifier Greg Boschert drove his 333-inch nitrous-fed smallblock Ford-powered white ‘66 Mustang coupe to the lanes to fill the field.

When eliminations began, Mallicoat was anything but the guaranteed winner. His first opponent, Joe Rudy, had already fixed the fuel problem on his McNamara Towing Camaro and crewchief Chris Webster, Super Street Eliminator champion at the inaugural Outlaw All Stars event in May), was confident the Chevy could return to its eight-second capabilities. When Mallicoat left the starting line against Rudy in the opening battle of the semi-finals, he was at a decided disadvantage; Rudy strapped a huge holeshot of two tenths of a second on “Moose” and was 4.54 feet in front at the sixty-feet mark. By the 330 feet pylon, Rudy was 5.42 feet ahead and, at the eighth-mile, the yellow Camaro was still leading Mallicoat by 3.12 feet. The wheel-to-wheel battle continued through the second half of the quarter-mile and it was only nearing the thousand-feet point that Mallicoat finally pulled alongside Rudy and grabbed the lead by 4.81 feet. At the finish line, Mallicoat prevailed with an 8.72/155.11 which nipped Rudy’s impressive 8.98/150.30 by only sixty-six thousandths of a second…a margin of 15.26 feet.

The other semi-final match was just as wild; on its miniscule eight-inch-wide tires, Boschert’s Mustang launched more than a quarter-second ahead but Johnson once against lost traction almost immediately. Feathering the throttle but still blazing the tires, Johnson finally lifted off the gas pedal altogether just past half-track and coasted across the finish line only seventy thousandths of a second, (10.99 feet), ahead of Boschert. Ironically, neither driver was aware that “Hook-N-Ladder” Boschert had fouled by only four thousandths of a second and, if not for the redlight start, may have had a chance for the biggest upset in recent SCSS history!

Mallicoat once again showed sportsmanship by waiting as Johnson and crewchief Paul Schoelich made adjustments prior to the final round. However, the 2009 SCSS season has proven the
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Mustang can turn from a tire-smoking carnival ride to an eight-second beast in the span of one round of competition. In fact, Johnson took a slight three hundredths of a second advantage in the championship bout but the holeshot was brief; the Ford once again fried its drag radials and Mallicoat stormed to Low ET of the Meet at 8.70/155.49 for a record-breaking thirty-third career SCSS victory. Johnson never gave up his pursuit of the black Camaro, clocking a losing 10.01 at a monstrous 166.13 miles per hour!

“This was another one of those races which just goes to show that you never know what can happen”, said a happy but relieved Mallicoat during winner’s circle ceremonies in front of the main grandstand. “Both cars I ran could’ve beaten me and Johnson always has the power to run low eights. Our biggest advantage is our consistency; we don’t have to fool around with nitrous or blowers or turbos. We pretty much know what we’re going to run and it’s up to the guy in the other lane to beat our number. We’re lucky in that we never get into a situation where we can out-think ourselves”.

Paul Schoelich of Lo Pro Race Cars, the subject of a recent feature article in Race Pages magazine while the same publication, (in the same issue!), covered Johnson in a personality profile, admitted the team never had a chance to tune the smallblock turbo car to the track. “We really never got a handle on anything tonight”, said Schoelich, “but, with one more run, we might have been able to tune it down enough to hook it up. Still, we always learn something when we run the car and, somewhere down the road, the info we got tonight will help us tune the car in another situation. That‘s what it‘s all about“.

NOTES FROM THE SCSS: Ford fans were talking about the wild orange 1971 Ford Maverick Grabber of Jim Allen. The St. Ann, Missouri, racer debuted his smallblock Ford-powered showpiece with a slew of great runs including a best of 10.28/131.42 to qualify for the Super Sixteen field in its first appearance. In the process, Allen became the 125th member of the SCSS Ten-Second Club and the 73rd member of the 130 MPH Club…Joe Rudy’s official 8.98/150.30 semi-final blast put the Kirkwood, Missouri racer into the exclusive 8-Second Club as the lucky 13th member and made him the 18th member of the 150 MPH Club. Crewchief Chris Webster begged Rudy to “up the shot” on the nitrous system before battling “Moose” Mallicoat but Rudy stuck with his original combination only to be passed in the last four hundred feet…The Super Sixteen field included four truck qualifiers led by Phil McGrath’s outrageous blue Blazer which broke into the nines to become the 49th driver to do so in SCSS racing…Curtis Paulfrey’s yellow Winner’s Circle Automotive-sponsored 502-inch naturally-aspirated ‘68 Camaro appeared with several more changes to its suspension and made the field just ahead of Ray Arthur’s “Suspicion” ‘67 Camaro; the two drivers are separated by only one point in a battle for second place in the 2009 SCSS Point Standings…Randy Christy, Sr., the first SCSS competitor to run in the nine-second zone, (back on April 27th, 2004!), put his 2004 Corvette into the quick field with an 11.02/123.81 effort…Darrel Ambro also qualified for his first SCSS program with an 11.05/119.58 from his bright orange ‘80 Malibu…A big stunner in late timed trials was the 10.49/141.34 by Terry Lindahl’s new Lo Pro Race Cars 2003 Cobra which should easily be a qualifier in its next outing…Isaac St. Clair, whose ‘72 400 Chevelle has dipped below eleven seconds flat, struggled during qualifying and was another of the many drivers who would’ve made the bump spot infinitely quicker if they’d run within a quarter-second of their potential…Kegan Hagedorn, a past GIR Junior Dragster season champion, piloted his wheelstanding twelve-second orange ‘68 Chevelle to High School Eliminator honors for Hermann (MO) H.S. defeating Ashley Tepin’s ‘86 Camaro from Jerseyville (IL) H.S. in the final round.


Pos Points Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine

1 (71) Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy
2 (54) Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy
3 (53) Curtis Paulfrey Brighton IL 68 Camaro 502 Chevy
4 (40) Orson Johnson House Springs MO 99 Mustang 281 Ford
5 (25) John Brawley Granite City IL 93 S-10 355 Chevy
6 (20) Greg Boschert St. Louis MO 66 Mustang 331 Ford
7 (17) Kurt Borton Creve Coeur MO 82 Fairmont 325 Ford
8 (15) Dan Harris St. Louis MO 04 Mustang 232 Ford
9 (12) Jon Huber St. Louis MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford
10 (11) Don Moore Pontoon Beach IL 91 S-10 468 Chevy

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 Dan Harris St. Louis MO 04 232 Mustang 0.096 12.540 106.64
RU Brian Detert St. Louis MO 05 195 Crossfire 0.411 12.293 113.39

Since April 24th, Dan Harris has appeared in every championship dash in the 2009 St. Louis Street Racing.com Sport Tuner Showdown. His fourth season victory, however, put the driver of the 232-cubic inch V6-powered “Six Bang ‘Stang” in exclusive company as only the sixth driver in the division’s history to score two consecutive event wins. Only famed MoPar tuner Justin Bondurant, (of JMB Performance), has earned three straight winner trophies in the Tuner Showdown performing the feat between June 14th and July 5th, 2005.

Although the June 30th final round was a repeat of the June 16th bout, Harris needed every bit of the driving skill with which he earned the 2007 GIR High School Eliminator season championship to top Brian Detert’s wild 2005 Chrysler Crossfire. In fact, both racers needed a bit of luck just to appear in the final round!

St. Louisan Jon Huber’s amazing Huber Performance turbocharged four-cylinder ’79 Mustang led the field with the quickest Sport Tuner run in almost eight months at a tremendous 9.10/150.30 but elected to withdraw from competition before the final round. The winningest Sport Tuner Showdown competitor ever, eleven-time titlist Adam Corbitt, clocked an off-pace 12.08/125.09 in the Corbitt Brothers/Polk Audio/Dub Werks turbocharged ‘85 Volkswagen Golf Gti but the current SCSS Front-Wheel-Drive Record Holder discovered engine damage which put him out of the show.

Detert, who clocked a 12.34/112.30 in his rear-wheel drive supercharged six-cylinder Crossfire, and Harris, whose nitrous oxide-aided RWD6 Mustang had run 12.56/107.33, were called as alternates to the staging area in front of the grandstands to compete in the trophy match. Neither thought they had qualified, let alone believed they would be paired for the second straight week. The rest of the qualifiers included Matt Dennyberry’s ‘96 Neon, (an impressive 12.95/105.49), Chris O’Donovan’s St. Louis Club Grand Prix supercharged 2003 Pontiac GTP, (13.36/103.36), Tyler Elder’s turbocharged ‘97 Mitsubishi Eclipse, (13.55/100.56), and Arin Fisher’s 2005 Neon SRT-4, (13.73/103.92), for what was easily the quickest field of the season.

The final round had little to do with performance and everything to do with reaction time. Harris left the starting line almost three tenths of a second ahead of Detert and, while it appeared the silver Crossfire would overtake the Mustang at some point before the finish line, it never did. Harris scored one the biggest holeshot victories in SCSS history by using a 12.54/106.64 to defeat the exceptional 12.29/113.39 for Detert. The Ford reached the stripe sixty-eight thousandths of a second before the Chrysler for a true win-margin of 10.84 feet. Even Harris was stunned.

“I expected him to come around me at any point”, said Harris while accepting his fourth winner’s trophy, “and it was pretty close at the finish line but I was still shocked to see my win light come on. That Crossfire is fast and it‘s faster than us. I had no doubt he’d drive away from me”.

Detert’s final round elapsed time was comparable to his best, (a 12.20 recorded on May 19th), but was recorded in far worse conditions. Likewise, his 113.39 mph speed in the last round was his fastest yet. How did he do it? “I took almost 170 pounds out of the car since last week”, said Detert as he motioned to the interior of the Crossfire now devoid of passenger seat. “I really worked to get the weight out because it’s the cheapest performance increase you can get. It worked, too. If I had been on time, it would’ve been a different outcome!”.


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Rick McCarter Dittmer MO 92 414 S-15 0.030 10.880 125.69
RU Phil McGrath St. Louis MO 85 388 Blazer -0.031 (foul) 10.225 112.29

The GatewayRaceway.com Super Truck Showdown was an absolute free-for-all. Like the other two divisions, the Truck class featured its quickest field of the season to date and several of the category‘s strongest runners weren‘t even in competition! Don Moore, the most recent Super Truck winner on June 16th, was in attendance but the engine in his Morgan Racing-sponsored black ‘91 S-10 pickup was being rebuilt. Two-time winner Pat McNeish was driving his Performance Parts Plus ’86 555 Silverado to solid 9.9-second runs but was busy completing his NHRA licensing runs and was ineligible for competition. Regardless, the field was plenty tight.

Phil McGrath, whose gorgeous blue M&B Hot Rods ‘85 Blazer won its first title on May 12th, rode out his trademark wheelstands on his way to a best-ever 9.90/135.36 to lead the field. He was followed by newcomer Rick McCarter’s downright violent 1992 GMC Sonoma with a 10.81/125.30 which not only qualified for the final round but made the Dittmer, Missouri, driver the 126th member of the SCSS 10-Second Club and the 218th member (!) of the 120 MPH Club. The rest of the qualified field included ten-time Super Truck finalist John Brawley in the “S-10 Revenge” showpiece of Ray Arthur, (an off-pace 11.18/118.85), Randy Morgan’s beautiful 1991 S-10, (a best-ever 11.45/114.96), and Gary Nichelson‘s 1970 C-10, (another best at 12.63/106.21). Each of the top five qualifiers used smallblock Chevy powerplants.

McGrath made a late qualifying run which resulted in the loss of a header collector and a massive amount of smoke emanating from beneath his candy blue Chevy. The team removed the collector for the final round against McCarter’s S-10 but even more smoke poured from McGrath’s rig as it launched which, incredibly, occurred thirty-one thousandths of a second before the green light! McCarter thundered to his first Super Truck title with a 10.88/125.69.

After watching its decidedly outrageous launches, most folks in the winner’s circle area were surprised to find that McCarter’s S-15 was naturally-aspirated rather than nitrous-aided. “It’s a 414-inch smallblock with a single 4-bbl carburetor and 18-degree NASCAR cylinder heads“, said a proud McCarter. “The motor was built by Steve Morley who raced here with my dad, Rick, Sr., years ago. It’s a fully streetable truck and it better be. I have to drive it sixty miles home tonight!”.

Photos of the June 30th Street Car Shootout Series event are now available for viewing at Bret Kepner Photos.com.


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


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


Dan Harris, St. Louis, MO 2004 232 Mustang


Brian Detert, St. Louis, MO 2005 195 Crossfire


Rick McCarter, Dittmer, MO 1992 414 S-15


Phil McGrath, St. Louis, MO 1985 388 Blazer