7/31/2007 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
SX Performance 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 SX Performance Fuel Systems. Additionally, the two quickest Sport Tuner drivers, (open to all passenger cars except Rear-Wheel-Drive vehicles with engines of six 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 Sam Moore, East Alton, IL 93 Mustang 352 Ford 8.584 9/26/2006
RWD Sam Moore, East Alton, IL 93 Mustang 352 Ford 161.25 7/18/2006

4CYL Jon Huber, St. Louis, MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford 9.714 10/3/2006
4CYL Jon Huber, St. Louis, MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford 143.17 10/3/2006

TRK Sam Moore, East Alton, IL 92 S-10 406 Chevy 9.613 10/17/2006
TRK Steven Gleghorn, Alton, IL 94 S-10 434 Chevy 140.44 9/26/2006

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

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

FWD Adam Corbitt, St. Charles, MO 85 Golf 123 Volks 11.198 6/19/2007
FWD Adam Corbitt, St. Charles, MO 85 Golf 123 Volks 130.10 6/19/2007

DSL Phillip Blackburn, Springfield, IL 03 2500 HD 403 Chevy 11.835 8/2/2005
DSL Phillip Blackburn, Springfield, IL 03 2500 HD 403 Chevy 114.29 8/2/2005

Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine ET MPH Date

EVENT 17 07/31/2007

1 Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy 8.668 157.56
2 Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy 9.753 138.84
3 Tony Buhl Lebanon IL 89 Mustang 306 Ford 10.023 138.60
4 Matt Crittendon St. Louis MO 65 Chevelle 409 Chevy 10.095 132.32
5 Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy 10.250 131.96
6 Allen Hannel Caseyville IL 86 S-10 383 Chevy 10.344 128.73
7 Rick McKee Brighton IL 87 Monte Carlo 468 Chevy 10.423 134.32
8 Ben Nungester Arnold MO 69 Camaro 400 Chevy 10.476 131.51
9 Joe Williams Maryville IL 72 Nova 454 Chevy 10.540 126.54
10 Adnan Omerovic St. Louis MO 95 Talon 122 Eagle 10.839 138.58
11 Kevin Linebaugh Foristell MO 70 RoadRunner 383 Plym 10.945 124.56
12 Greg Boschert St. Louis MO 66 Mustang 331 Ford 11.624 123.38
13 Isaac St. Clair Troy MO 72 Chevelle 400 Chevy 11.813 112.61
14 Mike Gasho Millstadt IL 69 Camaro 427 Chevy 11.937 114.22
15 Lori Van Zandt St. Louis MO 71 LeMans 434 Pont 11.942 112.75
16 Andy Park Sparta IL 69 Chevelle 454 Chevy 12.192 109.87


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Tim Mallicoat, Collinsville, IL 1968 565 Camaro 0.010 8.707 156.64
RU Ray Arthur, Edwardsville, IL 1967 496 Camaro Could Not Appear

The domination continued for the eleventh straight event as Tim “Moose” Mallicoat swept his eleventh title in the SX Performance Street Car Shootout Series at Gateway International Raceway. Now unbeaten in twenty-two conecutive rounds of eliminations since April 17th, Mallicoat conquered the dragstrip’s first real “summer surface” of the 2007 season during an event filled with drama an surprises.

Faced with a track temperature of 134 degrees when timed trials began, the race was the first in which track conditions dictated a knowledgeable approach to applying power. Ironically, a high pressure system moving into the area allowed conditions to improve dramatically after sunset; the corrected elevation, spurred by an ambient temperature of 93 degrees, reached almost 3000 feet above sea level but dropped to a surprising 1349 feet by the meet’s conclusion. The drivers who knew how to race on a superheated surface actually managed to produce a surprising numbers of career-best performances during the evening. An example was set by Dean Goforth, the Oklahoman whose 820-cubic inch Chevy Cobalt currently holds the GIR Outlaw Pro Stock track records, who streaked to a 6.47-second, 215.92 mph clocking late in the event. Equally impressive was the fact the event produced the second-quickest “top half” of the Super Sixteen field ever with the top eight qualifiers all under 10.48 seconds!

Early timed trials, conducted in the worst conditions of the day, yielded few impressive runs. Mallicoat, however, opted to make the first attempt with his undefeated ‘68 Camaro only three pairs into the official qualifying period. The naturally aspirated 565-cubic inch Chevy launched with a cautious 1.30-second sixty-feet elapsed time but thundered to a shocking 8.66 at 157.56 mph, only two hundredths of a second from his best run ever! Allen “Crabby” Hannel pushed Hal Marshall’s white S-10 pickup to a 10.41/127.62 alongside the black Camaro.

Reigning SCSS Season Champion Tony Buhl’s supercharged Ford Mustang opened with a 10.02/138.60 pass. The biggest impression of qualifying, however, was made by two-time SCSS runner-up Ray Arthur, whose “Suspicion” ’67 Camaro was coming off its first nine-second effort, (a 9.98/135.43), last week. After acknowledging that his stock points-actuated distributor was his car’s Achilles Heel, Arthur admitted that he invested $950 in a brand-new MSD electronic ignition system immediately after the event. The red Chevy’s first run was aborted when the initial settings for the new system were found to be lacking. After adjustments were made, however, Arthur’s second pass proved his expenditure was worth every penny; with nary a miss detectable during the entire run, the “Suspicion” classic screamed to a 9.75 at 138.84 mph!

Also drawing attention was the resurrection of the original ride of one of the Bi-state area’s best-known racers. Matt Crittendon, a regular since the inception of the SCSS who has won everything from the Street Car Shootout to the Super Truck Showdown, wheeled his ungainly gold ‘65 Chevelle into the water box with an unfamiliar sound eminating from under the hood. The “sleeper” Chevelle was now powered by a 409-cubic inch small block Chevy with a monstrous 106mm turbocharger and, on the car’s first quarter-mile run in many moons, clocked a 10.09 at 132.32 mph.

Although Mallicoat, Arthur, Buhl and Crittendon held the top four positions at the end of qualifying, the semi-finals eventually included sixth qualifier, (second alternate), Hannel. Buhl’s Mustang, which had suffered from an electrical problem for more than a month but appeared to be back in nine-second form last week, once again fell victim to the same gremlins and was withdrawn from eliminations. With cooler air but a still-sky-high 94-degree track surface, the quartet began the battle. Mallicoat had a brief scare on his second qualifying effort when his Camaro overpowered the surface in the left lane and came perilously close to crossing the centerline; the “Moose” returned to his favored right lane, however, to clock a brutal 8.67/156.90 with a surprisingly strong 1.28-second sixty-feet ET. Not convinced that the surface would hold full power, Mallicoat still combined a brilliant 0.045-second Reaction Time with a 1.29-second sixty-footer en route to an 8.702/154.62 win over Hannel’s gallant 10.22/129.84.

The second match of the semi-finals, however, was wild. Arthur’s Camaro strapped a tenth of a second holeshot on Crittendon’s whooshmobile and carded another flawless career-best at 9.71; the 140.39 mph speed made Ray the eighteenth member of the SCSS 140 MPH Club. In the other lane, Crittendon spun the tires briefly and then charged to a 10.25 at a ****ping 138.19 mph. Right at the finish line, the elderly Chevelle’s rear window had enough 140 mph wind pressure and took flight, sailing high into the air and crashing into a billon pieces of safety glass. Upon returning in front of the main grandstands, Crittendon got a surprise. “I didn’t know anything had happened until I heard announcer Rich Tivitt telling the crowd that I’d lost the window!“, said a bewildered Crittendon. “I walked to the back of the car and, sure enough…there was nothing there!“.

While the GIR Safety Crew worked to vacuum the glass off the racetrack, Arthur’s third career final round appearance was suddenly in question. “We’ve got a problem”, Arthur said with a worried look as he slid underneath the front end of the Camaro. After a few seconds under the car, Arthur announced, “Well, I’m done”. A pinpoint-sized hole in the oilpan of the 396-inch “rat motor” was leaking oil and hinted at far worse problems. “I can’t tell what it is just yet”, said a concerned Arthur, “but it’s enough to tell Moose to go make a single run”. Minutes later, Mallicoat staged, hit an amazing 0.010 RT and cruised to another 8.707/156.64. As Arthur watched the solo run, in the process becoming the only driver in the SCSS to have appeared in three final rounds without a single win, he admitted, “We never would’ve beaten that combination, anyway”.

Mallicoat was elated to keep alive the longest win streak in series history but almost casually mentioned, “Well, it’s time for the motor to come out. The oil pressure was getting low on the last two passes and there’s something that needs fixin’. Don’t worry, though; we’ll be back next week. You can count on it”.

NOTES FROM THE SCSS: One week after qualifying with an 11.11/126.45, Steve George’s black ’71 Nova failed to make the cut with multiple tire-spinning passes including one which came within inches of the wall. Late in qualifying, George again struggled through tire spin but got back into the throttle to run a 13.81--at an incredible 144.33 miles per hour! The Arnold, Missouri, racer got back into the staging lanes and made the last timed trial pass of the event, on which the Precision Construction Chevy stay hooked and blasted out a 9.48 at 148.27 mph!…For the first time in over a year, Tony Huff did not enter the event. The all-time record holder for SCSS Fastest Street Car Qualifier decals, (46!), dropped two positions in the 2007 SCSS Point Championship standings at the conclusion of the event…The point standings were shuffled but second place actually changed three times during the meet. Huff held second place behind Mallicoat when the gates opened but Buhl’s Mustang overtook Huff during qualifying. Arthur’s Camaro moved into third behind Buhl. Since point ties are broken by the best elapsed time of the season fro each driver, Arthur’s 9.71 in the semi-finals overtook Buhl for second place by three-hundredths of a second!…The event’s biggest wheel stands came from the impressive dark burgundy ’87 Monte Carlo Aero Coupe of Rick McKee, who also joined the 10-Second and 130 MPH Clubs with the 468-inch big block racer…Ben Nungester clocked a career-best speed for the second consecutive week, (131.51), with his 10.4-second smallblock ’69 Camaro and jumped ahead of his father in the point standings. Dad Jack was back at the track for the first time since back surgery last month…After last week’s rearend problems, Joe Williams’ yellow ’72 Nova hit its quickest pass of the year at 10.52/126.54...Kevin Linebaugh jumped into the saddle of his ‘70 383 RoadRunner, (currently being drive by son Matt in High School Eliminator), and joined the 10-Second Club with a 10.94/124.56...Lori Van Zandt, who became the first female to earn an SCSS Fastest Street Car Qualifier decal on September 6th, 2005, got her second sticker with an 11.94/112.75 effort in Bryan Volmert’s ‘71 LeMans…Andy Park’s violent ‘69 Chevelle qualified on the bump spot at 12.19/109.87 but actually ran a 12.18/110.48 in the second pair of cars down the track!…Isaac St. Clair and Mike Gasho both qualified in the Super Sixteen field for the first time…For the second time in 2007, the SCSS program included intra-club racing among area Corvette enthusiasts. Although none qualified for the Super Sixteen, Tom Heeley’s 2002 ‘Vette was the quickest of the attendees with a 12.25/113.08 best during qualifying which fell in the seventeenth spot! Chris Haglan’s ‘01 Z06 was eighteenth with a 12.37/114.56 and SCSS regular Mark Yehling’s all-white ‘97 model was twentieth with a 12.40/112.17 effort……Drew Skyles’ racing for Melville (MO) High School, won his first High School Eliminator title over Dan “the Iceman” Harris of DeSmet (MO) H.S. in a Camaro-versus-Thunderbird battle…Only two Fords, the Mustangs of Tony Buhl and Greg “Hook-n-Ladder” Boschert, qualified for the sixteen-car field.


Pos Points Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine

1 (22) Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy
2 (16) Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy
3 (16) Tony Buhl Lebanon IL 89 Mustang 306 Ford
4 (15) Tony Huff Collinsville IL 69 Nova 468 Chevy
5 (8) Joe Williams Maryville IL 72 Nova 454 Chevy
6 (6) Hal Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 383 Chevy
7 (6) Allen Hannel Caseyville IL 86 S-10 383 Chevy
8 (6) Ben Nungester Arnold MO 69 Camaro 400 Chevy
9 (5) Jack Nungester Arnold MO 71 Camaro 454 Chevy
10 (4) Rick Cardinale Florissant MO 66 Nova 421 Chevy
11 (4) Rick Howie O'Fallon IL 94 Civic 112 Acura
12 (4) Steven Gentry Festus MO 65 Comet 557 Ford
13 (4) Brandon Carter High Ridge MO 86 Mustang 306 Ford
14 (4) Chris Gosch Bunker Hill IL 07 Mustang 330 Ford
15 (4) Greg Boschert St. Louis MO 66 Mustang 331 Ford
16 (4) Adnan Omerovic St. Louis MO 95 Talon 122 Eagle

NOTE: Points toward the 2007 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.


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Adnan Omerovic, St. Louis, MO 1995 122 Talon 0.269 12.115 120.87
RU Jacob Rudolphi, St. Louis, MO 1992 122 240SX 0.383 16.308 97.87

Absent from the St. Louis Street Racing.com Sport Tuner Showdown for more than a month, Adnan “Otto“ Omerovic finally returned to competition, (complete with a new roll cage), after his monumental 10.52/138.10 pass at the 2007 NDRA/NOPI Nationals at GIR in June. Hands down the quickest All-Wheel-Drive machine in the STSS, Omerovic actually had not run quicker than 11.06/137.53 in GIR’s Tuesday night wars. An early timed trial effort in which Omerovic’s turbocharged ’95 Talon blazed all four tires didn’t bid well for an improvement on his career-best numbers, either.

All that changed on Otto’s official qualifying pass. With one of his most aggressive launches yet, the two-litre Eagle unleashed a 10.83 at an amazing 138.58 miles per hour to instantly become the quickest and fastest Sport Tuner of the 2007 season. With the pass, Omerovic was content to park the black beast and wait to see who would qualify to run against it in the final round. As it turned out, the battle for the other finalist position was impressive. Eventually, Jacob Rudolphi’s immaculate white ‘92 Nissan 240SX hit a 13.502/101.89 to squeeze past a best-ever 13.505/101.08 by Jesse Rosenthal’s ‘02 Acura RS-X by a mere three thousandths of a second. Close behind were best-ever performances from Jason Hanson’s ‘98 Eclipse, (13.61 at a booming 100.17 mph), and Jason Menne’s ‘04 SRT-4 Neon, (13.63/102.65).

Rudolphi’s Rear-Wheel-Drive four cylinder Nissan, racing with the large contingent of Certified Performance team cars, uses the Silvia-based turbocharged SR20DET power plant, and like Omerovic’s 4G63T Mitsubishi motor, was more than capable of overpowering the still-hot racetrack. In the final, both drivers blazed the tires and only Omerovic eventually recovered, even with a missed gear change, to a 12.11/120.87 for the win. However, it was no ordinary event victory for the World’s Fastest Bosnian; with event title number eight, Adnan finally broke his three-way tie with Patrick Jacobsmeyer and Adam Corbitt to become the winningest driver in the history of the Sport Tuner Showdown. Although Jacobsmeyer has a total of eleven final round appearances, Omerovic has won eight of his ten title bouts.

“I won’t be here next week”, said a smiling Omerovic during the winner’s circle festivities in front of the main grandstand. “I’m going on vacation…somewhere out of the country. When I get back, we’re going to run this thing hard. I want to see just how quick this car can go”.


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 1991 434 S-10 0.169 10.153 132.56
RU Allen Hannel, Caseyville, IL 1986 383 S-10 0.105 10.263 129.33

It’s not a typo. For the first time since May 29th and for only the third time in 2007, the white S-10 pickup of Hal Marshall and Allen Hannel did not win the GatewayRaceway.com Super Truck Showdown. Having earned event victories this season with three different drivers, the winningest vehicle in the history of the Tuesday Night Series was the overwhelming favorite to with the July 31st trophy…the fiftieth Super Truck event held to date…as well. It took the original truck champion and the closest race in the history of the division to turn the tide, if only for one week.

Kevin Autenrieth‘s orange ‘91 S-10 pickup was the first truck to win a Tuesday night trophy back on September 28th, 2004, long before the Super Truck Showdown debuted on May 10th of the following year. At that 2004 event, Autenrieth’s smallblock pickup qualified on the pole of the Street Car Shootout with a 9.77-second, 135 mph blast which would stand as the SCSS Truck Record for more than a year and eventually beat Laurence Bass’ Mustang, the first SCSS Season Point Champion, in the final round. After infrequent appearances in both 2005 and 2006, Autenrieth’s Lowe’s Performance pickup returned on the night of the fiftieth event sporting a brand-new single 4-bbl 434-inch power plant by fabled engine master Scott Shafiroff. “I’ve been spending a lot of money on this thing”, said a grinning Autenrieth.

Of course, Allen “Crabby” Hannel was still the man to beat. Opening with a 10.34/128.75 to take the pole in the first minutes of qualifying, Hannel assumed his customary position atop the field for all of ten minutes. When Autenrieth’s first pass resulted in a 10.251/123.94, Hal Marshall could be seen in the grandstands staring blankly into space. It looked like a drag race was brewing.

Hannel came back with a 10.44/128.44 but Autenrieth returned with an amazingly consistent 10.250/131.96. On one final attempt, Hannel made a test pass without nitrous oxide injection and clocked an 11.03/125.48. The only trucks close to the two ten-second contenders were the 408-inch ‘99 Dakota of Randy Christy, Jr., (12.76/197.27), and the black Ford Lightning of Ed Kramer, (13.08/104.13).

Autenrieth was actually called as an alternate for the Street Car Shootout but elected to race strictly in the Truck Showdown. Hannel, however, took the alternate spot at ran a 10.22129.84 with the “juice” turned back on, losing to Tim Mallicoat in the semi-finals. Watching the run from in front of the grandstands, a grin came over Autenrieth’s face as he saw the numbers posted by the white S-10. Even Autenrieth knew the final round was going to be good.

When the two Chevys staged for the final round, there was no way to determine a favorite. Separated by only three hundredths of a second in best performance, it became obvious that reaction time could play the biggest role in the trophy dash. When the tree went green, it was Hannel, the rookie driver of Marshall’s monster, who grabbed a six-hundredths of a second advantage. At sixty feet, Hannel led by 3.23 feet. At the 330-feet mark, the white S-10 which had won 28 of 49 events was in front by 2.78 feet. At half-track, the orange S-10 was still behind by 2.65 feet. The eighth-mile speeds were 106 mph for both vehicles and not a fan on the property could tell who was ahead.

At the thousand-feet mark, it was the best drag race ever seen in the Super Truck Showdown; to anybody watching, it was an absolute war to the finish line. Not even the two drivers could tell that Autenrieth was 18.96 inches out on Hannel. At the finish line, only Hannel, who was racing from his choice of the right lane, could barely notice that the orange truck was pulling away. In a 10.15/132.56 to 10.26/129.33 match, Autenrieth won by 9.09 feet. For the first time in his five-event career, the win light did NOT come on in Allen Hannel’s lane.

“That was an amazing race!”, said a smiling Autenrieth while accepting his first Super Truck Showdown trophy. “It just couldn’t have been any closer. I still don’t have nitrous on the truck yet but, once we get the right gear ratio worked out, we’ll put it on. I think I’ll probably be back next week to do this again!”.

Photos of the July 31st SX Performance 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


Adnan Omerovic, St. Louis, MO 1995 122 Talon


Jacob Rudolphi, St. Louis, MO 1992 122 240SX


Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 1991 434 S-10


Allen “Crabby” Hannel, Caseyville, IL 1986 383 S-10


Autenrieth versus Hannel in the closest Super Truck Showdown final round ever: 9.09 feet at the finish line!