7/22/2009 Gateway-SCSS Street Car Shootout RESULTS!

Bret Kepner

New Member
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 14 07/22/2009

1 Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy 8.733 155.40
2 Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy 9.140 150.41
3 Jon Huber St. Louis MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford 9.212 151.00
4 Brett Heidgerken Decatur IL 67 Chevelle 505 Chevy 9.814 141.46
5 Curtis Paulfrey Brighton IL 68 Camaro 502 Chevy 10.241 133.28
6 Don Moore Pontoon Beach IL 91 S-10 468 Chevy 10.268 124.05
7 Ty Johnson Jerseyville IL 79 Malibu 454 Chevy 10.738 123.76
8 Greg Boschert St. Louis MO 66 Mustang 331 Ford 10.828 128.68
9 Thomas Commer O'Fallon MO 80 Cutlass 377 Chevy 11.079 122.17
10 Matt Mingus Florissant MO 62 Nova 355 Chevy 11.107 119.94
11 Jeremy Mifflin Collinsville IL 88 Mustang 427 Ford 11.436 87.96
12 Rodney Singleton Brighton IL 78 Firebird 400 Pont 11.568 117.51
13 Ralph Dehne Red Bud IL 63 Impala 409 Chevy 11.656 115.69
14 Greg Duclos Florissant MO 02 Corvette 346 Chevy 11.863 129.27
15 Darryl Reece St. Louis MO 68 Camaro 396 Chevy 11.909 114.60
16 Gary Crane East Alton IL 68 Camaro 496 Chevy 11.962 117.90


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Tim Mallicoat Collinsville, IL 68 565 Camaro 0.126 8.785 155.36
RU Raymond Arthur Edwardsville, IL 67 496 Camaro 0.402 9.163 142.66

The bulldozer known as Tim “Moose” Mallicoat once again plowed through the competition to earn his seventh consecutive victory in the 2009 Street Car Shootout Series at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Mallicoat’s naturally-aspirated, 555-cubic inch Chevy-powered M&M Automotive/Huff Motorsports “Hellraiser” 1968 Camaro is on a pace to threaten his own record of thirteen straight event titles, (set from April 17th through August 21st, 2007), and has been a finalist in every SCSS program this season with his only loss coming at the hands of Orson “O.J.“ Johnson’s Mustang back on May 5th.

After a week off for the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series event on the GIR oval, the unseasonably cool weather which has hit the Midwest continued. Rain pushed the fourteenth SCSS program of 2009 to its alternate Wednesday position but the ambient temperature remained between 78 and 67 degrees during the meet with the corrected elevation ranging from 1867 to 1441 feet above sea level…unheard-of in the area for late July racing.

Mallicoat staked his claim at the end of the first qualifying session with a run of 8.73 seconds at 155.40 miles per hour and parked his Camaro for the remainder of qualifying. Ray Arthur’s 496 cubic-inch nitrous-aided “Suspicion” ’67 Camaro returned after electrical problems caused a rare DNQ on July 7th and, with renewed power and trademark giant wheelstand, clocked an impressive 9.14 at the SCSS veteran’s first “century-and-a-half” speed; his 150.41 mph shot made Ray the nineteenth member of the 150 MPH Club! The event also featured the return of the first eight-second driver in SCSS history. Brett Heidgerken, whose familiar maroon ‘67 Chevelle clocked a record 8.87-second blast way back on October 11th, 2005, made his first appearance of 2009 with an easy 9.81/141.46 to qualify for the Super Sixteen field.

Curtis Paulfrey’s yellow 502-inch ‘68 Camaro and Don Moore’s black 468-inch ‘91 S-10 pickup waged quite a war for the a spot in the final four until Jon Huber staged up with three pairs of cars remaining in the final qualifying session. The intrepid St. Louisan’s amazing Huber Performance turbocharged four-cylinder ’79 Mustang was fresh off an incredible 8.97/154.60 during True Street Eliminator competition at the NMCA/NMRA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing the week before at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. During SCSS qualifying, however, his first two efforts were aborted after huge wheelstands. On his last shot, Huber managed to keep the SCSS Four-Cylinder Record Holder on the ground long enough to clock a 9.21 at a whopping 151.00 mph to secure a spot in the first round of eliminations.

Almost immediately after the run, however, Huber elected to sit out eliminations in both the SCSS and the Sport Tuner Showdown. Moore chose to compete only in the Super Truck Showdown and Paulfrey was already off the property and on his way to work. Ty Johnson‘s big block-powered ‘79 Malibu was also unable to make the call so Greg “Hook-N-Ladder“ Boschert‘s white ‘66 Mustang coupe, which had clocked a best of 10.82/128.68 on eight-inch D.O.T. rubber, filled the field as the fourth alternate.

The semi-finals opened with a battle between Heidgerken‘s Decatur, Illinois-based Chevelle and Arthur‘s revitalized Camaro but the race ended early when Heidgerken fouled by seventy-nine thousandths of a second. To add insult to injury, Arthur‘s ”Suspicion“ flew into a violent wheelstand which caused him to lift off the throttle to maintain control, slowing to a 9.79/136.97 against the Chevelle’s 10.03/132.35. In the other match, Mallicoat thundered to an 8.87 at only 150.90 mph while Boschert’s 333-inch smallblock Ford spun and ran out of nitrous oxide during an 11.08/123.15 effort.

The championship round was the eighth between Mallicoat and Arthur since 2007 with the “Moose” holding a perfect record. Arthur, struggling to score his first SCSS title in his tenth final round, carried the front wheels high to another solid 9.16/142.66 but fell short of Mallicoat’s 8.78/155.36. The action didn’t end on the track, however. After both finalists made their way back in front of the main grandstands for winner’s circle ceremonies, Arthur parked the ”Suspicion” and awaited his turn for trophy presentations and photos. When signaled to pull forward, Arthur cranked the nitrous oxide-aided bigblock and the resulting “KABOOM!” could be heard across the complex. A manifold explosion was followed by a brief fire which was quickly tended by GIR’s safety crew and fellow racers including St. Louis firefighter Boschert. While the red Camaro suffered surprisingly little body damage, the explosion packed enough punch to blow apart both valve covers on the 496-inch Chevy!

“That was more than just a backfire!”, said a stunned Arthur as he surveyed the damage. “It’s going to take some time to go through the motor and see how much damage was really done here. The explosion was incredibly loud and I saw the fire but, thanks to all the guys around me, we were able to get it out quickly. This is just one of those things in racing that you can’t predict but I think every one of us in line had a fire extinguisher in our cars and, with the track crew there, we were just lucky it wasn‘t worse”.

Mallicoat agreed, adding, “It stuns you that something like that can happen but that’s why all those safety rules have to be followed. We come out here to have fun but, in moments like this, you’re always reminded that this is no game. You have to be ready to for the worst. If you‘re not, you won’t be around long!”.

NOTES FROM THE SCSS: Tim “Kirko” Kirkpatrick got “reamed” by the GIR timing computer. The past SCSS event finalist aborted the first run in his green-and flamed 393-inch MD Performance-backed ‘88 Mustang but clocked a 10.18/140.24 during the third qualifying session. Although the master timing log clearly showed the run, the computer opted to leave the pass off the qualifying sheets. When Greg Boschert was called as an alternate, Kirkpatrick (rightfully) wondered why his name hadn’t been paged over the P.A. system. Tim took it all in stride, noting, “I would’ve been paired with ‘Moose’, anyway!“. However, during late timed trials, he pounded out a 9.65/143.87 to prove his point. GIR offers its apologies to “Kirko” and promises to smack the computer around until it wises up…Thomas Commer’s Complete Automotive-sponsored smallblock Chevy-powered ‘80 Olds Cutlass ran a career-best 11.07/122.17 to qualify for the Super Sixteen and become the 221st member of the SCSS 120 MPH Club…Greg Duclos also joined the 120 MPH Club as member number 222 when he pushed his 2002 Corvette to a best-ever 11.86 at a booming 129.27 mph!…Jeremy Mifflin spent the night making half-pass test runs in his Team Silva Bullet 427-inch ’88 Mustang coupe. Incredibly, the bronze Dart block-powered smallblock Ford still qualified with a coasting best of 11.43/87.96 but the eighth-mile numbers proved easy ten-second potential…Matt Mingus qualified his bright red smallblock ’62 Nova for the third time this season running a best of 11.10/119.94...Curtis Paulfrey did an admirable job of returning to competition in an attempt to hold off Ray Arthur for the second spot in the 2009 SCSS Point Championship standings. After destroying a transmission in a winning first round battle on July 7th, Paulfrey and his father/crew chief Joe towed their 502-inch Camaro straight to sponsor Winner’s Circle Tire and Auto who fixed them up with a new TH400 trans in short order. “We never would’ve gotten it back together so soon with those guys. They were just awesome ”, said Curtis…Darryl Reece earned his first “Fastest Street Car” qualifier decal by putting his 396-powered ‘68 Camaro in the field with a best-ever 11.90/114.60...Although he didn’t qualify, Mark Eckman impressed the MoPar fans with a 12.81/108.45 from his orange 2008 Dodge Challenger, easily the quickest of the new breed in SCSS racing…Gary Crane’s 468-inch ‘68 Camaro made the show for the second time in ‘09 despite running an off-pace 11.96/117.90...Ralph Dehne’s museum-quality aluminum-fendered ‘63 Impala ran 11.65/115.69 in its new “slowed“ configuration. Rather than cut up the extremely valuable car‘s interior to install a rollbar after running under 11.5 seconds last season, Dehne elected to simply detune the machine‘s wild 409-inch powerplant and keep on racing!…Jeremy McFarland‘s black ‘87 Mustang posted a stunning 8.85/153.91 in the first qualifying session but was found to be in violation of several hundred NHRA safety and licensing rules and was bounced from the event…The undisputed king of High School Eliminator this season, Derek Allen, has all but wrapped up the season championship going into the final HS event of the year. Racing for Waterloo (IL) High School, Allen drove his Gator Gumbo-sponsored ‘84 350 Cutlass past Aaron Worstell’s ‘89 302 Mustang from Union (MO) High School in the final round. For the second week in a row, Worstell produced a stunning 0.001-second Reaction Time! during eliminations!


Pos Points Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine

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

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 Kurt Kreisz St. Louis, MO 92 232 Thunderbird 0.270 12.050 112.69
RU Dan Harris St. Louis, MO 04 232 Mustang 0.100 12.308 107.35

It was a night of total Ford domination in the St. Louis Street Racing.com Sport Tuner Showdown with the crowning of the division’s thirty-fifth different champion after the category’s first all-Ford V6 final round. Kurt Kreisz, whose 232-cubic inch V6 Thunderbird Super Coupe which dipped into the eleven-second zone in STSS competition in October of 2008, scored his first winner’s trophy over fellow 232 Ford campaigner Dan Harris.

Although Jon Huber led qualifying in his Huber Performance turbocharged 178-inch four-cylinder ’79 Mustang with his aforementioned 9.21/151.00 blast, he elected to forego competition in eliminations. Kreisz had produced a 12.17/112.29 best for the second spot followed by Harris’ well-known 2004 Mustang only a tenth of a second behind at 12.27/107.94 after replacing the broken rearend which cost him a shot at the July 7th title. When Huber dropped out, Harris got the call to report for the final round. The rest of the top five included an amazing career-best 12.51/110.93 from Jim Garrison’s silver Front-Wheel-Drive 2004 Dodge Neon SRT-4 turbo four-banger, a strong 13.08/107.43 from Andy Crompton’s Springfield, Illinois-based FWD supercharged six-cylinder-powered 2000 Monte Carlo and a 13.18/105.98 best from Shane Hinds’ Rear-Wheel-Drive six-cylinder 2008 Pontiac G8 GT.

The Sport Tuner final round was the best race of the night. Harris, whose ”Six Bang ‘Stang” was appearing in a record ninth consecutive STSS final round, launched with a holeshot of seventeen hundredths of a second over the blue supercharged Thunderbird. Kreisz matched Harris’ 1.69-second sixty-feet elapsed time but was still behind and actually fell farther back at the 330-feet mark. At half-track, the ‘Bird was still 12.05 feet behind the ‘Stang but Kreisz began a tremendous charge which closed the gap to mere two thousandths of a second, (3.63 inches!), at 1000 feet! Just before the finish line, Kreisz charged past Harris to win in a 12.05/112.69 to 12.30/107.35 battle with only 14.64 feet between the two Fords!

“That was definitely a race!”, said Kreisz during winner’s circle ceremonies in front of the main grandstands. His methanol-injected V6 had clocked eleven-second runs in True Street Eliminator competition at the NMCA/NMRA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing the week before at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois, and is one of many area team members of Thunderbird Underground who’ve claimed titles is STSS racing with the supercharged V6 Thunderbird/Cougar platform. “I really have to give a shout out to the gang at TBU”, added Kreisz. “We’re a really tight group with some really fast cars and the members have been a lot of help with this car over the years”.


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Don Moore, Pontoon Beach IL 91 468 S-10 0.464 10.219 123.91
RU Joe Patzus, St. Louis, MO 85 355 Blazer 0.577 12.225 102.49

Don Moore pulled off a third 2009 victory in the GatewayRaceway.com Super Truck Showdown but the Illinois racer made it clear he won’t be back for a while to continue what has become a rampage in the class after four final round appearances in five events.

Moore took his nitrous oxide-aided 468-inch ‘91 S-10 pickup to the pole qualifying position at 10.26/124.05 and then watched as his closest opponent, John Brawley, broke a transmisison during the burnout of his first qualifying attempt. Brawley, also a four-time finalist this season at the helm of Ray Arthur’s “S-10 Revenge”, was forced to withdraw from competition and opened the door for third qualifier Joe Patzus to make his first championship final round.

Patzus, wheeling his green ‘85 Blazer, qualified with a 12.34/110.65 and improved to a 12.22/102.49 in the trophy dash but fell to Moore’s consistent 10.21/123.91. “I can’t complain”, said Patzus while accepting his first Super Truck trophy. “It’s a real street-driven truck which I built myself with a 355-inch small block, a single Holley double-pumper and no power adders. We‘ll definitely be back“. Moore, however, announced a “summer break” while accepting his third winner’s trophy of the season, noting, “We’re going to take some time off until September and just relax at the house a bit. We’ll be back in September but, for now, I’m just gonna enjoy this weather!”.

Photos of the July 22nd Street Car Shootout Series event are now available for viewing at Bret Kepner Photos.com.


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


Ray Arthur, Edwardsville, IL 1967 496 Camaro


Kurt Kreisz, St. Louis, MO 1992 232 Thunderbird SC


Dan Harris, St. Louis, MO 2004 232 Mustang


Don Moore, Pontoon Beach, IL 1991 468 S-10


Joe Patzus, St. Louis, MO 1985 355 Blazer


The result of Ray Arthur’s manifold explosion; do YOU have a fire extinguisher in your vehicle?