7/29/2008 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 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 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

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 14 07/29/2008

1 Tony Huff Collinsville IL 57 Bel-Air 510 Chevy 8.524 160.58
2 Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy 8.730 156.14
3 Phil Kraus Glen Carbon IL 63 Nova 355 Chevy 11.770 121.41
4 Phillip Van Booven St. Charles MO 92 Laser 122 Plym 11.853 115.59
5 Bob McCreary St. Charles MO 04 Corvette 364 Chevy 11.974 114.69
6 Matt Gosch Bunker Hill IL 83 Regal Wagon 455 Buick 12.321 107.23
7 Jason Evans Smithton IL 88 S-15 383 Chevy 12.418 110.47
8 Mark Yehling Granite City IL 97 Corvette 346 Chevy 12.510 109.97
9 Gary Tadlock Granite City IL 03 Corvette 346 Chevy 12.542 113.67
10 Paul Pickering Warrenton MO 00 Camaro 383 Chevy 12.651 113.60
11 John Gerst St. Louis MO 64 Nova 350 Chevy 12.682 107.53
12 Joey Tarpeo St. Louis MO 62 Meteor 388 Chevy 12.789 105.41
13 Chris Maus Mount Pulaski IL 01 Firebird 346 Pont 12.849 105.94
14 Aaron Hagen Fenton MO 01 Trans Am 346 Pont 13.054 107.80
15 Drew Skyles Mehlville MO 99 Camaro 346 Chevy 13.137 107.62
16 Thomas Fears Wentzville MO 95 3000 GT 183 Mitsu 13.151 107.10


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Tony Huff, Collinsville, IL 1957 510 Bel-Air 0.167 9.211 138.57
RU Tim Mallicoat, Collinsville, IL 1968 565 Camaro -0.074 (foul) 14.495 58.97

In some of the most bizarre weather and in a mad dash to complete the event before an impending storm washed out the race, Tony Huff won his second straight event while appearing in a third straight final round in the 2008 Street Car Shootout Series at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. For the second straight week, Huff battled defending SCSS season champion Tim “Moose” Mallicoat and, also for the second time in seven days, Huff barely survived when Mallicoat fouled away his chances.

Only the most hardcore racers ventured out into blazing heat to compete in the fourteenth SCSS program of the year. When the gates opened, the temperature was 95 degrees and, with stifling 69% humidity, the corrected elevation was an abysmal 3,417 feet above sea level. An example of the horrifically poor air quality came from GIR High School Eliminator standout Aaron Hagen, whose stock 1999 Pontiac Formula clocked 12.56 seconds at 111.54 miles per hour during the SCSS season-opening event on April 1 in conditions which registered nearly dead sea level. In “air” almost two-thirds of a mile worse, Hagen’s red Firebird could run no faster than 13.05/107.80!

Likewise, a track temperature of over 130 degrees made traction a tricky proposition. Early timed trials produced only a handful of strong runs, (led by Phil Kraus and his new RTM Automotive-prepped ’63 Chevy Nova at 11.58/119.61), and the beginning of the official qualifying session wasn’t much better. Tim “Moose” Mallicoat made his first effort in his naturally-aspirated ’68 Camaro fifteen minutes after the period began and spun the tires to an off-pace 1.37-second sixty-feet elapsed time before the car headed for the centerline and forced an aborted 9.57/123.71. The only consolation for the 2007 SCSS Season Champ came in his first perfect reaction time on the pass.

Due to low attendance, the only serious threat to the low qualifying position came from twelve-time SCSS champion and July 22 winner Tony Huff, who waited on a rapidly approaching storm front to block the sun and cool the ambient temperature. Mallicoat’s “Hellraiser” returned after the skies became cloudy and improved drastically to a 1.29-second “sixty” and an 8.73/156.14...with an incredible 0.004 RT to follow his previous 0.000! At that point, Huff wheeled his brother’s Dale Huff Motorsports nitrous oxide-aided ‘57 Chevy Bel-Air to the staging lanes and, minutes later, launched with his own 1.29 “sixty” and blasted to an 8.52 at 160.58 mph to take the number one spot for good.

The storm front slowly headed for the GIR property and both Huff and Mallicoat never made another qualifying attempt. In fact, it seemed guaranteed the event would be rained out. Ninety minutes after qualifying began, the huge storm cell finally reached the vicinity of the track and, in a flash, conditions changed in amazingly dramatic fashion. In only ten minutes, the temperature dropped twenty degrees and, within twenty minutes, the correct elevation had fallen an astonishing two thousand feet to 1583 feet above sea level!

Incredibly, no rain fell and qualifying continued. When the quickest four drivers were called to report in front of the main grandstands for eliminations, however, ominous clouds were forming overhead and the winds increased substantially. Mallicoat was paired with local Corvette standout Bob McCreary, an alternate for Kraus, and survived a scare when his Camaro again headed for the centerline three hundred feet into the run. Only deft manipulation of the throttle kept Mallicoat ahead of McCreary’s ‘04 Z06 for a 10.79/135.84 to 11.96/114.69 win. In the other half of the semi-finals, Huff faced another alternate, Paul Pickering’s red show-quality 383-cubic inch 2000 Camaro SS, and the black ‘57 Chevy thundered to an 8.57/157.89 to win even though Pickering improved almost one second from his qualifying best to an 11.70/121.41.

As the two finalists returned in front of the main grandstands, the wind increased again and lightning appeared on the horizon. Event director Al DeVan quickly told both Huff and Mallicoat that, if they expected to determine a winner, they’d have to run the championship match immediately. The two Chevy pilots agreed, fired up their mounts and headed for the waterbox. In what has to be a footnote in SCSS history, both drivers reached the starting line only six minutes after they had completed their semi-final runs! As both drivers staged, Mallicoat’s Camaro began creeping past the starting line and eventually fouled by seventy-four thousandths on a second. The Camaro also headed for the wall and, within the first hundred feet, Mallicoat was off the throttle and coasting toward the finish line. To add insult to Mallicoat’s humiliation, Huff’s Bel-Air faltered and, popping and banging to the finish line, could muster only a 9.21/138.57 for his thirteenth career victory and his second straight win over the “Moose”!

“This wasn’t like last week when we ran out of nitrous”, insisted Huff’s crew chief, Bill Silva, in reference to the previous week’s finale when Mallicoat also redlighted while unaware that Huff was out of nitrous oxide. “Something else happened and I have no idea what it was”, continued Silva. “I thought maybe we hurt the engine but it sounded fine when Tony drove it up for the trophy presentation. It may have been a solenoid failure; I didn’t see any nitrous when Tony purged the system before he staged. We got lucky but we’ll take it”. Mallicoat had problems of his own, noting, “The LineLock is going bad. When I set the button on the line, the car began pulling me through the beams and I couldn’t hold it. Believe me, I tried. Whatever’s wrong, we’ll fix it. I’m getting really sick of this ‘second place’ stuff“.

NOTES FROM THE SCSS: While the heat and the later storms kept the number of entries down, there was no shortage of new machines attempting to qualify for the Super Sixteen field. Incredibly, only three of the eventual top sixteen drivers had previously qualified for a 2008 SCSS program, (Huff, Mallicoat and Phil Van Booven), allowing the total of point-earning drivers in ‘08 to grow to eighty-one…It had to happen sooner or later but it was still a shock; for the first time ever, not a single Ford qualified in the Super Sixteen field. Joey Tarpeo’s slick 1962 Mercury Meteor was close but it’s powered by a 388-inch small block Chevy. The quickest true FoMoCo product was Kenny Thurmond‘s gorgeous maroon Desoto, Missouri-based ‘88 302 Mustang at 13.36/102.24…Phil Kraus’ new red ‘63 Nova, with RTM Automotive’s Reggie Luter on hand to tune, became the one hundred seventy-ninth member of the SCSS 120 MPH Club with his qualifying effort of 11.77/121.41….Seventeen year-old Ashleigh Tepen won the High School Eliminator title while getting some payback. The Jerseyville (IL) High School racer took her ‘95 Camaro to the win over the driver who beat her in the June 17 final round, Matt Gosch and his wheelstanding ‘455 Buick-powered ‘83 Regal Wagon racing for Bunker Hill (IL) High.


Pos Points Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine

1 (19) Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy
2 (18) Tony Huff Collinsville IL 57 Bel-Air 510 Chevy
3 (11) Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy
4 (9) Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy
5 (8) Brett Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 406 Chevy
6 (7) Hal Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 383 Chevy
7 (6) Curtis Paulfrey Brighton IL 68 Camaro 468 Chevy
8 (6) John Brawley Granite City IL 93 S-10 355 Chevy
9 (5) Nathan Grant Edwardsville IL 02 Camaro 346 Chevy
10 (4) Dan Schell High Ridge MO 85 Monte Carlo 438 Chevy
11 (4) Jon Huber St. Louis MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford
12 (4) Mike Mester Valley Park MO 00 Firebird 402 Pont
13 (4) Tony Tobnick Cedar Hill MO 91 Mustang 359 Ford
14 (4) Denny Christman Arnold MO 91 Talon 122 Eagle

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 Phillip Van Booven, St. Charles, MO 1992 122 Laser 0.712 12.059 117.83
RU Edin Rakovic, St, Louis, MO 1997 183 3000 GT 0.381 14.087 103.83

One week after the debut of his eleven-second 1992 Plymouth Laser, Phil Van Booven earned his first win in the St. Louis Street Racing.com Sport Tuner Showdown in the first all-Diamond Star/Mitsubishi final round since the May 20 event. Van Booven’s new 4G63T-powered machine was easily the quickest and fastest Sport Tuner rig of the race.

His very first qualifying effort, made in the worst conditions of the race, eclipsed his 11.97 best of a week ago with a strong 11.85...at only 108.39 mph. A phenomenal 1.64-second sixty feet elapsed time also proved Van Booven’s All-Wheel-Drive Laser could launch with virtually no tire spin even on the most difficult starting line. A second run of 12.05/115.59 came with a 1.70 “sixty” and eighth-mile numbers two hundredths of a second and two mph slower than on the coasting 11.85 pass.

Van Booven qualified ahead of the red 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT of Thomas Fears, (which clocked a best of 13.15/107.10), reigning High School season champion Dan Harris’ six-cylinder ‘94 Mustang, (14.04/99.10), Edin Rakovic’s red ‘97 3000GT, (14.09/104.29), Brendan Drummer‘s ‘03 Nissan 350Z, (14.70/98.33), and Seth Hanlon‘s bizarre 2.2-litre Mazda-powered ‘89 Ford Probe GT, (14.77/94.95). When neither Fears nor Harris made the call for the final round, Rakovic’s ’97 VR4 was inserted for the championship bout as second alternate and, despite a sizeable holeshot, lost to Van Booven in a 12.05/117.83 to 14.08/103.83 battle.

Having scored a runner-up back on May 30, 2006, in his previous ride, a twelve-second 2003 Mitsubishi Evolution VIII, Van Booven was pleased with the new Laser’s performance. “The 11.85 was coasting at the finish line because I never used fourth gear on that pass”, said Van Booven during winner’s circle ceremonies, “and the reason I never got it back in the elevens is because I’m still learning to drive this thing! The guys from HPT in Arnold, Missouri, have really helped me get the car sorted out and the helped me build and install the rollcage, too. I’m only using a 30 mm turbocharger right now but we have a bigger turbo coming for it. Right now, I just have to learn to drive it!”. Rakovic was just happy to be in the trophy dash, adding, “This is my daily driver; it’s totally stock other than wheels and exhaust and it has over ninety thousand miles. I just take good care of it and keep it maintained. I didn’t think I’d be in the final but it was definitely cool racing for the trophy!”. Van Booven became the thirtieth different winner in the seventy-one event history of the Sport Tuner Showdown and Rakovic was its sixty-fourth different finalist.


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Jason Evans, Smithton, IL 1988 383 S-15 0.548 12.368 108.83
RU Dean Werges, Warrenton, MO 2006 330 F-150 0.212 15.433 88.03

A surprisingly light field of trucks enabled two first-time finalists to battle for the gold in the GatewayRaceway.com Super Truck Showdown. Jason Evans, whose immaculate crystal blue ’88 GMC S-15 has competed in previous STSS meets, took his first victory after outqualifying the second-quickest truck in the event, Dean Werges’ wild WhippleCharger-equipped 2006 Ford F-150 XLT at 15.28/92.22, by almost three seconds.

After a best of 12.41/110.47 in qualifying, Evans drove around a holeshot by Werges in the final round to run an even quicker 12.36/108.83. Evans became the twenty-third different winner in the sixty-seven event history of the Super Truck Showdown while Werges was its fifty-third different finalist. “I’ve run 11.90s before”, said Evans during his trophy presentation, “but the air tonight kept me far short of that. It’s got a 383 small block Chevy in it with a Demon carburetor but I don’t use nitrous so I just have to deal with the air when it gets bad. It’s a very streetable truck, though; I did all the work myself with the help of my dad, Albert”. Answering the most common question he’s asked, Evans noted, “I painted it myself in my garage!”.

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


Tony Huff, Collinsville, IL 1957 510 Bel-Air


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


Phillip Van Booven, St. Charles, MO 1992 122 Laser


Edin Rakovic, St. Louis, MO 1997 183 3000GT VR4


Jason Evans, Smithton, IL 1988 383 S-15


Dean Werges, Warrenton, MO 2006 330 F-150