7/1/2008 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 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 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 Chevy8.255 07/01/2007
RWD Mark Woodruff, Arnold, MO 69 Nova 706 Chevy178.71 07/01/2007

4CYL Jon Huber, St. Louis, MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford 9.147 4/15/2008
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

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 140.52 9/11/2007

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

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

Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine ET MPH Date

EVENT 11 07/01/2008

1 Tony Huff Collinsville IL 57 Bel-Air 510 Chevy 8.379 161.61
2 Mark Woodruff Arnold MO 69 Nova 706 Chevy 8.474 178.71
3 Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy 8.670 157.19
4 Tony Tobnick Cedar Hill MO 91 Mustang 359 Ford 8.825 131.73
5 Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy 9.084 146.42
6 Tom Bantle, Jr. Lemay MO 92 Mustang 302 Ford 9.634 144.84
7 Joe Williams Maryville IL 72 Nova 468 Chevy 10.395 131.22
8 Rodney Overfelt St. Louis MO 65 Mustang 351 Ford 10.718 96.57
9 Steve Wrinkles Moscow Mills MO 69 Camaro 427 Chevy 10.732 130.92
10 Curtis Paulfrey Brighton IL 68 Camaro 468 Chevy 10.846 123.19
11 Nathan Grant Edwardsville IL 02 Camaro 346 Chevy 10.973 124.51
12 Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy 11.098 110.65
13 Adam Corbitt St. Charles MO 85 Golf 123 Volks 11.178 134.85
14 Zach Douglas Winfield MO 93 Mustang 306 Ford 11.305 121.80
15 Richard Cochran St. Louis MO 81 Camaro 355 Chevy 11.404 120.20
16 John Brawley Granite City IL 93 S-10 355 Chevy 11.418 116.93


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Mark Woodruff, Arnold, MO 1969 706 Nova 0.296 8.337 177.49
RU Tony Huff, Collinsville, IL 1957 510 Bel-Air 0.207 8.579 154.23

Three days after the largest one-day crowd in the track’s history rewrote the record books, Mark “Woody” Woodruff made his own history and raised performance levels to an astonishing new level while winning his first title in the 2008 Street Car Shootout Series at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. While fans from all over the Midwest enjoyed a flawless event during the filming of “PINKS! All Out” the previous weekend, the GIR crew offered more of the same in what, quite simply, was the best racing event in the four-year history of the SCSS. Spectators, racers and officials agreed the July 1st, 2008 edition of the SCSS was everything the series was originally conceived to be.

Records were shattered in all but one category and no less than forty-two percent of all entries recorded career-best performances in what was amazing weather for the first day of July. The air temperature never exceeded 84 degrees and, even in the worst conditions of the event, the corrected elevation never rose higher than 2127 feet above sea level. A cloudless sky put the track surface temperature at 131 degrees when qualifying began and made traction a tricky proposition until the starting line eventually found shade from the grandstand billboards. When the sun finally set, traction became plentiful and the “air” eventually dropped to a fantastic 1288 feet, a five-year best for the first week in July. The track temperature fell to 89 degrees after sunset but the performance parade actually began long before dark.

Twenty-five minutes after qualifying began, Tim “Moose” Mallicoat wheeled his familiar “Hellraiser” 565-cubic inch naturally-aspirated ‘68 Camaro to the starting line and proved traction was available with an 8.71-second pass at 157.19 miles per hour. Fans eagerly watched as Mark Woodruff, a regular Wednesday night competitor at GIR, pulled into the waterbox with his immaculate 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Nova SC. In itself, the orange behemoth was an SCSS record; using a monstrous 706-cubic inch Chevy powerplant produced by famed Pro Modified engine builder Charlie Buck, the nitrous oxide-injected machine utilized an electronic fuel injection unit created by drag racing’s best EFI engineer, Pro Modified racer Harold Martin. The 3250-pound Nova, built around a Yates chassis, launched hard but immediately fried the tires. “Woody” attempted to “pedal” out of the tire smoke and eventually got the car to hook up but finally aborted the run just past halftrack. Although the run appeared to be a disaster, only those who saw the timeslip were aware of the car’s surprising 123.25 mph eighth-mile speed even though the car was hardly ever under full power!

Tony Tobnick, the SCSS ET and Speed record holder at 8.34/166.11, was the next threat to Mallicoat’s pole position. The McCoy-chassised nitrous small block ‘91 Mustang left the line with an easy 1.35-second sixty-feet elapsed time but a fuel delivery problem cut the power to the Ford before the finish line resulting in a coasting 9.34/131.31 effort. Minutes later, Tony Huff made his first attempt with the black 1957 Chevy Bel-Air in which he has chased Mallicoat throughout the year for the SCSS championship point lead. The 510-inch nitrous Chevy rocketed to a 1.246 “sixty” and poured on the power through an arrow-straight run. The Dale Huff Motorsports flagship covered the first 330 feet in 3.50 seconds, a new SCSS record. At the eighth-mile, Huff broke Tobnick’s 5.40 ET record with a blazing 5.37/131.48. At the finish line, the scoreboards reported a career-best 8.37...only three hundredths of a second from Tobnick’s SCSS record…at Huff’s fastest speed ever, 161.61 mph. The crowd roared its approval.

Huff’s near-record pass was made in daylight and few of the “hitters” made any more attempts until after sundown. After the track temp had dropped almost thirty degrees, Mallicoat made his second effort and the winningest SCSS driver improved to a 1.26-second “sixty” and a strong 8.67/155.83. Two pairs later, Woodruff returned to the starting line with few fans knowing what to expect. After another thundering burnout, “Woody” eased the Nova off the starting line with a 1.43 “sixty” and, by hafltrack, the car was still hooked up. Although his 5.70-second eighth-mile ET was strong, it was no record-breaker. However, there was a hint something amazing was happening; Woodruff’s eighth-mile speed was an ungodly 139.23 mph…more than five miles per hour faster than any eighth-mile in SCSS history!

When the scoreboard lit up with an 8.47 second elapsed time, the crowd gasped. The eyes of every racer and spectator remained on the boards, however, as each tried to comprehend the speed reading posted with the ET. As if everybody simultaneously realized it wasn‘t an electronic error or a practical joke, the crowd suddenly burst into cheers at the simply astonishing numbers. On D.O.T. tires, “Woody” Woodruff clocked a speed of 178.71 miles per hour…more than twelve and a half miles per hour faster than Tony Tobnick’s 166.11 record!

With only eight minutes remaining in the official qualifying period, Tobnick managed to squeeze into the fourth spot with another coasting run of 8.82/131.73 but even that pass represented another landmark in the SCSS program; Tobnick’s effort marked the first time that the top four qualifiers made the field in under nine seconds! As the qualifiers pulled in front of the main grandstands for eliminations, every other racer in the pit area headed for the stands, as well. It was evident that nobody wanted to miss what this battle.

Woodruff and Tobnick met in the first match of the semi-finals and the Ford racer did exactly what he needed to do; a brutal 0.045-second Reaction Time was more than a quarter of a second quicker than Woodruff and the Mustang began to stretch its advantage. In the first sixty feet, Tobnick was ahead by almost thirty feet. At 330 feet, the Mustang led the Nova by 47.4 feet and, at halftrack, Tobnick was still ahead by 35.2 feet. It was then that Woodruff’s 706-inch monster began to wake up. In a huge charge to the thousand feet mark, the Nova closed in on the Mustang. Even 320 feet before the finish line, the black Ford led the orange Chevy by 1.65 feet but Tobnick now could actually see the Nova. For the rest of the run, the Ford pilot could only watch as Woodruff not only won the match but shattered Tobnick’s own ET record with an astounding 8.255 at 178.54 mph. At the stripe, Tony Tobnick’s 8.67/158.37 was 39.64 feet behind the Nova; Woodruff made up the entire quarter-second holeshot in the second eight-mile of the race with a “backhalf“ time which was a quarter-second quicker than Tobnick‘s! Equally amazing was Woodruff’s record-breaking 140.78 mph eighth-mile speed. Tony Huff gained a slight two hundredths of a second holeshot over Mallicoat but, starting with a brilliant 1.24-second “sixty”, the ‘57 Chevy drove away from the Camaro’s 8.75/155.02 to an 8.43/160.58 victory while handing “Moose” only his fifth loss in forty-six career elimination rounds.

Back in front of the main grandstands, Woodruff and his crew began making EFI changes on their laptop while Huff and crew chief Bill Silva simply waited for the signal to strap in and fire up. With only twelve hundredths of a second between the best elapsed times of each machine, twenty six-time SCSS finalist Huff knew well the power of the holeshot.

In fact, the fans were in for another incredible race. Huff grabbed a tenth of a second advantage off the line and, as Woodruff eased into the throttle again, stretched that lead to 22.2 feet at the ‘Tree by way of another great 1.24-second “sixty”. At 330 feet, the ‘57 Bel-Air had pulled ahead of the Nova by a staggering 45.1 feet and many fans felt there was no way “Woody” could make up the difference. However, the Nova began its haftrack charge and, at the eighth-mile, had come within 35.3 feet of the Bel-Air. At one thousand feet, Huff could hear the Nova only 5.65 feet behind. For the second time in as many rounds, Woodruff blasted past his opponent in the final 320 feet to win, clocking an 8.33 at 177.49 mph to Huff’s slowing 8.57/154.23!

“He just came by me like a tornado!”, said an impressed Huff after the final round. “I didn’t see him at all until the last second and, when I did see him, he was flying! I kept waiting to see him inch up next to me but he just came by like a freight train. There just wasn’t anything I could do!”. Woodruff admitted each of his elimination rounds were close. “We couldn’t get the nitrous to work before halftrack”, said “Woody” during trophy presentations in front of the main grandstand, “and that’s why it would fall back so far in the first eighth-mile. When the nitrous came on, so did the car but it was frustrating for us all night. I’m glad we got a chance to race the best in this series, though. It seemed like just about all the toughest cars were here and, if we’re going to win, we want to beat the best. This was a very tough field. We normally race at Ozark International Raceway in Springfield, Missouri, and we also run some ORSCA, (Outlaw Racing Street Car Association), events but we decided to put a set of radials on the car and come out to support our local event. It was quite a war!”.

NOTES FROM THE SCSS: It’s hard to believe for a race in July but there were a bunch of best-ever passes made during the event. Probably the most overdue was Nathan Grant’s first ten-second pass from his 2000 Camaro SS; the Edwardsville, Illinois, racer became the ninety-fifth member of the SCSS Ten Second Club with a 10.97/124.51 which was recorded in the worst air and on the hottest track of the event only thirteen minutes into the qualifying session…Tom Bantle’s newest rig, a 302-powered ‘91 Mustang, has become the longtime SCSS racer’s quickest ride. He joined the Nine Second Club, (thirty-eighth), and 140 MPH Club, (twenty-seventh), with a 9.63/144.84 and backed it up with a 9.69/144.12...Zach Douglas has made the trip from flood-ravaged Winfield, Missouri, to SCSS events for the past month and his ‘93 306 Mustang stepped up to a best-ever 11.30/1221.80 to qualify fourteenth and earn his first Super Sixteen Qualifier decal. In late timed trials, the Ford improved to an 11.13/122.79!…Four-time SCSS event champion Rod Overfelt appeared with his wild blue naturally-aspirated ‘65 351 Mustang but ran into problems on his only pass while still qualifying with a 10.71 at a coasting 96 mph…Kevin Autenrieth unloaded the quickest truck runs in SCSS history with his orange 434-inch S-10, hitting a best of 9.06/146.42...Past SCSS event winner Steve Wrinkles pushed his Matt Johnson Performance Center ‘69 427 Camaro to a 10.73/130.92 to join the 130 MPH Club and improved in late timed trials to a 10.71 at only 127.74...Ray Arthur’s “Suspicion” ‘67 Camaro suffered fuel delivery problems all night and could only manage a best of 11.09/110.65, far from its normal low nine-second pace…“Shane” Cochran ran more than a half-second quicker than his previous best in his smallblock ‘81 Z28, clocking an 11.40/120.20 best to become the 174th member of the 120 MPH Club…The 175th member of the 120 MPH Club didn’t even qualify for the Super Sixteen field; Kevin Knepper’s ‘03 Mustang only ran a best of 12.28 but at a ****ping 121.58 mph!…Curtis Paulfrey missed a career-best by two thousandths of a second with a 10.846/123.19 best from his yellow ‘68 468 Camaro…John Brawley qualified on the bump spot for the third time this season in Ray Arthur’s “S-10 Revenge” pickup but he did it with a best-ever 11.41/116.93...Not only were the top four qualifiers in the eight-second zone for the first time ever, every run in eliminations was quicker than 8.75!…High School Eliminator had a wild final round; Aaron Hagen won the event for Rockwood Summit (MO) H.S. when Matt Gosch of Bunker Hill (IL) H.S. fouled in his twelve-second Buick Regal wagon and Hagen’s twelve-second Firebird died just off the starting line. Hagen is currently leading the season point championship standings in both High School Eliminator and in GIR’s Street Eliminator on Saturdays…Several of the best drivers in the SCSS program put forth a tremendous exhibition of Tuesday night racing during the recent “PINKS! All Out” event. In front of a packed house, fans watched reigning SCSS season champion Tim “Moose” Mallicoat, Tony Huff, Ray Arthur, Steven Gentry’s eight-second Mercury Comet, John Brawley, Chris Calkins and his record-holding diesel Chevy pickup and Jon Huber’s always-amazing turbocharged four-cylinder Mustang. The crowd loved ‘em!


Pos Points Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine

1 (15) Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy
2 (14) Tony Huff Collinsville IL 57 Bel-Air 510 Chevy
3 (11) Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy
4 (8) Brett Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 406 Chevy
5 (7) Hal Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 406 Chevy
6 (7) Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy
7 (6) Curtis Paulfrey Brighton IL 68 Camaro 468 Chevy
8 (5) John Brawley Granite City IL 93 S-10 355 Chevy
9 (4) Dan Schell High Ridge MO 85 Monte Carlo 438 Chevy
10 (4) Jon Huber St. Louis MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford
11 (4) Mike Mester Valley Park MO 00 Firebird 402 Pont
12 (4) Tony Tobnick Cedar Hill MO 91 Mustang 359 Ford
13 (4) Nathan Grant Edwardsville IL 02 Camaro 346 Chevy

NOTE: Points toward the 2008 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. 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 Adam Corbitt, St. Charles, MO 1985 123 Golf Gti 0.203 11.222 132.41
RU David Neibert, St. Charles, MO 1991 232 Thunderbird 0.662 12.062 115.90

After a long weekend competing in the “PINKS! All Out” program, Adam Corbitt returned to his roots and made history of his own by becoming the winningest driver ever in the St. Louis Street Racing.com Sport Tuner Showdown. At the helm of the Corbitt Brothers/Polk Audio turbocharged ‘85 Volkswagen Golf Gti, Corbitt endured the frustration of missing a chance to reset his own STSS Front-Wheel-Drive Speed Record by a mere two hundredths of a mile per hour but eased the pain by surpassing Adnan “Otto” Omerovic on the all-time winner’s list and becoming the first Sport Tuner driver to amass ten event victories.

Racing on D.O.T. street tires for the first time since his STSS win on May 6th, Adam and brother/crewchief Dave made the event a family outing and led qualifying from the start with a best of 11.17/134.85 on their own 10.98/134.87 SCSS FWD records. They faced a challenge from a most unique entry, however, in David and Cathy Neibert’s amazing supercharged 232-cubic inch V6-powered ‘91 Thunderbird Super Coupe. Using a compressor-style 1.7-litre blower, the bone stock-appearing white T-Bird stunned onlookers with a best of 12.07 at an incredible 116.00 mph. Neibert outqualified June 17th runner-up Robert Baldwin’s turbocharged 116-inch ‘69 VW Beetle, (a career-best 12.41/108.29 followed by a late timed trial effort of 12.28/109.30), Corey Geiger’s strong ‘05 Mitsubishi Evo, (12.68/108.99), and fellow Thunderbird campaigner Chris Wise, whose ‘95 232 V6 Super Coupe hit a best of 13.28/105.13. Also in the fray were the turbocharged flat six-powered ‘01 Posche 911 Super Carrera of Sean Williamson, (13.30/106.06), and yet another member of the
Thunderbird Underground team, Rob Maksimovich and his unusual 298-inch V6 ’90 Cougar XR7, (13.38/103.77).

In the final round, Corbitt grabbed a huge holeshot and was never headed; his 11.22/132.41 was more than enough to handle Neibert’s consistent 12.06/115.90. “We spent the whole PINKS! weekend with the guys from our new sponsor, Dub Werks”, said Dave Corbitt during winner‘s circle ceremonies. “We‘ve had a great time with those guys all year and we‘ve been racing at a few of their Import events up around the Chicago area. We’ve been racing on slicks for a while this season and we spun a little bit tonight so we’ll probably put a bigger set of D.O.T. rubber from M&H Tires since they‘ve been helping us this year, too”. Adam agreed, noting, “The bigger tires should help us a lot when we run here on Tuesday nights in the STSS events. Now that we‘re the winningest team in the history of the series, we‘ll have to be here more often!”.


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 1991 434 S-10 0.567 9.065 146.18
RU John Brawley, Granite City, IL 1993 355 S-10 -0.011 (foul) 11.656 115.86

After resetting the SCSS Truck Elapsed Time Record to 9.23 seconds during the June 17th event, Kevin Autenrieth was on top of the world going into the “PINKS! All Out” event. The driver of the orange S-10 pickup which has won three races in the 2008 GatewayRaceway.com Super Truck Showdown Series was hoping to improve on that record pass when the SCSS resumed and, after his customary “all motor” checkout run, (10.29/132.37), he hit a 9.44/142.45 in the daylight hours to qualify on the pole for the Truck Showdown. After sunset on a much cooler track, Autenrieth made another pass; a 1.29-second “sixty” gave notice that he was, indeed, within range of the 9.23 record. However, even Autenrieth himself wasn‘t prepared for a timeslip which read 9.08 seconds at 146.42 mph! Blasting his own record by a tenth and a half, (not to mention running a best-ever speed by almost three miles per hour), the driver of the Lowe Performance flagship was more than content to head for the pits and wait to see who else showed up for the final round.

John Brawley, the driver of Ray Arthur’s “S-10 Revenge” showpiece, was the only other truck pilot to qualify for the Super Sixteen although it was somewhat ironic that Autenrieth’s record-setting pass wasn’t quick enough to secure a top four position for the Street Car Shootout. Brawley’s 11.41 career-best at 116.93 mph took the other finalist berth over Sean Cobb’s GMC S-15, (a career-best 12.00/110.57).

In the championship bout, Brawley pushed the ‘Tree and came up red by only eleven thousandths of a second on his way to an 11.65/115.86. In the other lane, however, Autenrieth continued the evening’s history-making pace. An incredible 1.25-second “sixty”, making his S-10 one of the quickest-launching vehicles of any kind in SCSS history, was followed by a 5.73/118.97 eighth-mile and yet another new Super Truck ET record of 9.06 at 146.18. “We only changed one thing since June 17th”, said an elated Autenrieth during trophy presentations in front of the main grandstand, “and that was to switch back to an NX Nitrous plate system. We’re only using a 200 hp ‘shot’ and it picked up almost two tenths from its performance two weeks ago! My new goal is to get it in the eights and I can‘t see why that won‘t happen soon“. And what of Brawley’s improvement of two tenths of a second? “Believe it or not”, said a grinning Brawley, “we switched from race gas to regular old 92 octane pump gas. Seriously…it’s just stuff out of the pump. The truck likes it, though. It’s not often you can pick up two tenths and save money at the same time!“.

Photos of the July 1st Street Car Shootout Series event are now available for viewing at Bret Kepner Photos.com.


Mark “Woody” Woodruff, Arnold, MO 1969 706 Nova SC
New SCSS Record Holder at 8.255 seconds, 178.71 mph!


Tony Huff, Collinsville, IL 1957 510 Bel-Air


Adam Corbitt, St. Charles, MO 1985 123 Golf GTi


David Neibert, St. Charles, MO 1991 232 Thunderbird SC


Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 1991 434 S-10
New SCSS Truck Elapsed Time Record at 9.065 seconds!


John Brawley, Granite City, IL 1993 355 S-10