8/21/2007 Gateway-SCSS Street Car Shootout RESULTS!

Bret Kepner

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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

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

4CYL Jon Huber, St. Louis, MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford 9.637 8/21/2007
4CYL Jon Huber, St. Louis, MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford 143.22 8/21/2007

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

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 20 08/21/2007

1 Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy 8.710 155.81
2 Jon Huber St. Louis MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford 9.637 143.22
3 Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy 10.125 134.39
4 Dan Shipley Augusta MO 91 Mustang 337 Ford 10.602 144.64
5 Allen Hannel Caseyville IL 86 S-10 383 Chevy 10.850 124.60
6 Richard Stocker Moro IL 87 S-10 400 Chevy 11.808 116.97
7 Rick Howie O'Fallon IL 94 Civic 112 Acura 12.120 119.27
8 Jason Politte Wentzville MO 86 Mustang 302 Ford 12.303 112.04
9 Al Ingram Belleville IL 90 Silverado 572 Chevy 12.563 109.24
10 Mark Yehling Granite City IL 97 Corvette 346 Chevy 12.602 109.15
11 Larry King Troy IL 99 Lightning 330 Ford 12.643 109.80
12 Mark Bretz Bonne Terre MO 84 Mustang 347 Ford 12.808 112.15
13 Aaron Hagen Fenton MO 01 Trans Am 346 Pont 13.121 105.79
14 Mike Muchow Spaulding IL 01 Mustang 306 Ford 13.131 100.12
15 Stephan Dudas Pevely MO 87 Mustang 302 Ford 13.237 104.10
16 Dan Freeman St. Paul MO 98 Mustang 281 Ford 13.241 104.37


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Tim Mallicoat, Collinsville, IL 1968 565 Camaro 0.247 8.693 156.63
RU Jon Huber, St. Louis, MO 1979 178 Mustang 0.088 9.858 141.45

The brutal heat of August, 2007, continued but so did the historic rampage of Tim “Moose” Mallicoat as a third straight week of oppressive weather conditions failed to stop the Collinsville, Illinois racer from winning his thirteenth consecutive event title in the 2007 SX Performance Street Car Shootout Series at Gateway International Raceway. Battling typically poor late-summer air quality, Mallicoat‘s naturally-aspirated ‘68 Camaro struggled along with his opponents but eventually emerged victorious with yet another eight-second blast on a blazing track surface.

After the 100-degree nightmare of the August 7th SCSS program, Gateway International Raceway track manager Jason Dukes was forced to cancel the August 14th program when a solid week of 105-degree temperatures led to a National Weather Service statement warning of excessive heat and threatening heat indices. Conditions failed to cool in the ensuing week off, however; when the gates opened for the August 21st event, the ambient temperature was still 96 degrees with a heat index of 103 degrees. The track surface temperature, which had been far beyond acceptable limits on August 7th, was still over 130 degrees. The corrected elevation ranged from 3132 feet above sea level to a best of 2158 feet during the final rounds. If not for a ten mph breeze from the southwest, conditions would have been nearly unbearable.

Predictably, early timed trials offered little in the way of impressive numbers. Of note was an appearance by one of the area’s most spectacular (and popular) machines, Jon Huber’s indescribable turbocharged four-cylinder ‘79 Mustang. The 178-cubic inch behemoth from his family’s St. Louis-based Huber Performance emporium staged up for the final pass before the official qualifying period began and, while fans expected little, stunned the assemblage with a 9.78-second charge at a ****ping 140.61 miles per hour! Despite the ghastly conditions, Huber’s four-banger not only clocked the quickest and fastest Sport Tuner run of the 2007 season but missed his own SCSS Four-Cylinder Track Records by only seven hundredths of a second and less than three miles per hour!

Mallicoat’s back Camaro made its first attempt only five minutes into the qualifying period. After a respectable 1.31-second sixty-feet elapsed time, the high-horsepower Chevy began wandering all over the right-hand lane, eventually forcing “Moose” to lift off the throttle and coast to a 9.44/127.20. Although the run led the qualifying list, it was obvious that Mallicoat was racing on a surface far below the adhesion demanded by his 565-cubic inch “rat motor”.

Ray Arthur’s “Suspicion” ‘67 Camaro found the starting line loose enough to run 10.13/133.72 after a dismal 1.61-second sixty-feet ET; considering the car’s recent forays into the 9.70s, the weather alone was slowing Arthur more than a quarter-second. Mallicoat, refusing to believe he could not negotiate the GIR quarter-mile, quickly returned for a shot in the left lane and, after an easier 1.34-second sixty-feet ET, was forced to pedal the gas several times en route to an improved, (but still off-pace), 9.06/150.51.

Arthur made another slippery 10.75/133.51 and, like most teams, decided to defer any future attempts until after sundown when, presumably, the track surface would cool to less than 100 degrees. Huber had other plans, however. The Spectre Performance-sponsored four-cylinder Ford staged up just before dusk and, even with a sub-par 1.53-second sixty-feet ET, blasted out a 9.83 at 140.34 mph! Moments later, Augusta, Missourian Dan Shipley pulled into the water box with his renowned twin-turbocharged 337-inch ’91 Mustang. However, in its first SCSS appearance in more than a full year, Shipley’s immaculate maroon Ford was forced to return to the pits when the intercooler pipe shook off after a huge smoky burnout!

Although the track surface was still over 100 degrees, conditions after sundown were a vast improvement over the daylight hours. Shipley returned after effecting repairs and boiled the tires to a 10.60 at a ****ping 144.64 mph (!) but was followed five minutes later by Mallicoat who, running in the right-hand lane, hit a 1.28-second sixty feet ET and thundered to an 8.71 at 155.81 mph! The crowd collectively held its breath, however, when Huber’s miniscule four-cylinder Mustang again approached the starting line. On the launch, the silver Ford yanked the front end off the ground for the first time in the event and screamed to an incredible 9.63 at 143.22 miles per hour, resetting both of Huber’s own ten-month-old SCSS Four-Cylinder Track Records!

Ironically, Shipley and Huber were slated to race in the first round of eliminations. Both are entered in the upcoming Hot Rod Magazine Drag Week program, a week-long event in which Huber finished in second place in 2006. Cruising over 1,000 miles and competing at five dragstrips in five days, the 2007 edition of the event will be brutal but Shipley has won multiple events in both the NMRA and NMCA True Street Eliminators in which a 30-mile cruise is followed by three consecutive quarter-mile passes. While Huber’s 2006 Drag Week schedule forced the four-banger pilot to drive over 1,500 miles, he and Shipley are both aware of the logistics. “I’m trying to get this thing sorted out for the racing during Drag Week”, said Shipley, “and I’m pretty confident it’ll hold together in the cruising portion. A few folks have noticed the trailer hitch on the back of the Mustang under the parachute; we have to haul our own spare parts in our own trailer during the entire tour! Huber did it last year so there’s no reason we can’t do the same”. Ray Arthur, scheduled to meet Mallicoat in the opening round, was busy just trying to avoid the heat issues which forced him to withdraw from the August 7th event. “I’ve been drinking gallons of GatorAde”, said Arthur, “and I haven’t even touched a soda in the cooler. I learned the hard way two weeks ago that you have got to stay hydrated when you’re racing in this weather”.

When Huber and Shipley staged for the first match of the semi-finals, both drivers spent a good amount of time building boost before pulling into the beams. Upon launching, however, both drivers lost traction and pedaled for their lives. Although Shipley was the first to recover from the tirespin, a two-tenths of a second holeshot by Huber made a big difference. The four-cylinder stayed in front with a 10.41/140.05 to Shipley’s charging 10.56 at an amazing 147.46 mph! In the other half of the semis, Mallicoat took a tenth of a second advantage but again found his Camaro all over the track in the right-hand lane. He was still able to coast to a 9.50/126.20 win against Arthur’s 10.23/133.53.

Prior to the final round, Mallicoat knew he was vulnerable. If the white-on-black Camaro broke traction at midtrack again, Huber’s 9.6-second potential was enough to win the championship round. Regardless of the uncertainties, Mallicoat showed true sportsmanship by allowing Huber to build more boost than ever and stage first; Mallicoat could easily have “quickstaged” against the turbo car to rush Huber in the final. When Huber jumped to a sixteen-hundredths holeshot, The “Moose” found himself behind the Ford until the 330-feet mark. At that point, however, the Chevy was hooked solid and rocketed to a stunning 8.69/156.63 to score yet another SCSS trophy over Huber’s 9.85/141.45.

“We really had to figure out how to hook this car up tonight”, said Mallicoat during winner’s circle festivities in front of the main grandstand. The driver who is still undefeated in the 2007 season made a quick decision before the final pass. “The track was just too hot for my normal routine to work but I didn’t want to change too much. Just before the last round, I made the call to drop the rear tire pressure to eight and a half pounds…the lowest I’ve ever run. Luckily the track cooled down just a bit more and that pressure worked. Some people might think this stuff is easy but there’s an awful lot of strategy and decision-making that goes on before every run. It keeps you on your toes!”.

NOTES FROM THE SCSS: Tony Huff’s 2007 season has been horrible but it’s looking better. The all-time winningest SCSS driver returned to the track after rotator cuff surgery and an operation to repair two torn shoulder muscles. Huff said he plans to return to the seat again when the Street Car Shootout Series resumes on September 1st…Gateway International Raceway’s dragstrip will be closed next week while the facility is reconfigured for the upcoming Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200 on the GIR oval on Labor Day weekendDan “Iceman” Harris won his fourth High School Eliminator event and locked up the 2007 High School Eliminator Season Championship for DeSmet High School with his unique nitrous-aided 232-inch V6 Thunderbird SuperCoupe. Harris earned the honor of representing DeSmet and GIR at the NHRA Division III Finals in Indianapolis in September for a shot at the National Title. 2006 season champ Aaron Hagen of Rockwood Summit took second place for the season, and Tony Huff’s daughter, Paige Huff, scored her third runner-up of 2007 in the final event of the year with her Camaro ragtop from Collinsville High…Greg “Hook-n-Ladder” Boschert wasn’t in attendance but made sure he got his SCSS results with a post-race phone call to announcer “Radical Rich” Tivitt in the GIR timing tower complex. Boschert was lounging on a south Florida beach where, presumably, he’ll be reading the Wednesday Morning Report on his laptop.


Pos Points Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine

1 (26) Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy
2 (20) 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 (9) Allen Hannel Caseyville IL 86 S-10 383 Chevy
6 (8) Joe Williams Maryville IL 72 Nova 454 Chevy
7 (6) Hal Marshall Collinsville 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 (5) Greg Boschert St. Louis MO 66 Mustang 331 Ford
11 (5) Rick Howie O'Fallon IL 94 Civic 112 Acura

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 Rick Howie, O'Fallon IL 1992 112 Civic 0.405 12.689 108.39
RU Jesse Rosenthal, Manchester, MO 2002 122 RSX 0.166 13.898 87.11

While Jon Huber annihilated his own SCSS Four-Cylinder Track Records and unseated Adnan Omerovic as the quickest and fastest Sport Tuner driver of the season, Huber made the decision early in the event to concentrate on the Street Car Shootout division. The Ford pilot had the option to run either the Street Car category or the Sport Tuner class or both with his 178-inch turbo Mustang but elected to vacate the Tuner qualifying list. That move allowed Rick Howie, absent from the St. Louis Street Racing.com Sport Tuner Showdown since his victory in the June 19th event, to score his fifth STSS trophy of the year in his seventh final round appearance.

The O’Fallon, Illinois racer’s two-litre Acura-powered ‘94 Civic managed the victory despite stumbles beyond the weather. Still the Bi-state area’s quickest and fastest Honda, the refrigerator-white hatchback showed with its turbocharger header exiting through the right front fender. “I’ve changed a lot of stuff”, said Howie, “including adding a manifold I fabricated myself. It seems to be working fine despite the weather but I‘ve still got a clutch issue I can’t seem to sort out. It only gives me problems going into fourth gear and I’ve tried just about everything but the problem’s still there”.

Off his normal 11.7-second, 120 mph pace, Howie made multiple qualifying attempts and managed a best of 12.12 at 119.27...still impressive for the conditions. Along with the shifting problems, Howie’s 1.9-second sixty-feet ETs were a solid two-tenths slower than normal due to tirespin. Qualified behind the Honda were Jeff Smith’s always-impressive 1.6-litre ’95 Honda Del Sol, (a best-ever 13.54 ET at a 109.48 mph speed, slower than his 112 mph best), August 7th runner-up Jesse Rosenthal’s Lowe’s Performance-sponsored silver 2002 Acura RSX Type S, (13.55/103.40), Shawn Stoll’s stealthy “olive drab” ‘90 CRX, (a best-ever 13.63/102.77), and Terry Gardner’s red 4G63-powered ‘05 Mitsubishi Lancer, (another best-ever 14.14/99.97).

When Smith failed to make the call for the final round, Rosenthal found himself in his second consecutive STSS championship round. However, Rosenthal’s Integra was also running slower than his 105 mph passes of two weeks ago, clocking a 103 mph run but spending most of the event under the century mark. “I’ve got a vacuum leak that’s costing me a lot of boost on the top end”, noted Rosenthal before the title bout, “and it’s noticeable down near the finish line”. Regardless, Rosenthal spent most of qualifying experimenting with staging techniques and launch RPM adjustments trying to work with what the Integra offered. Ironically, the problems of both drivers came to a head in the trophy dash; Howie thrashed with his shifter during most of the race but a 12.68/108.39 was enough to overcome Rosenthal’s quarter-second holeshot and coasting 13.89/87.11. If nothing else, the win put Howie ahead of Omerovic in total wins for the season and the Honda racer is now one final round appearance away from knocking the legendary Justin Bondurant from the Top Four in STSS all-time finals.


Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH

W Allen Hannel, Caseyville, IL 1986 383 S-10 0.558 11.067 124.30
RU Richard Stocker, Moro, IL 1987 400 S-10 0.408 11.532 118.07

The last time Allen “Crabby” Hannel was heating the tires in the GIR waterbox, he heard the sickening sound made by a smallblock Chevy in its death throes. After destroying the 383-cubic inch “stroker motor” in Hal Marshall’s infamous white ‘86 S-10 during the August 7th GatewayRaceway.com Super Truck Showdown, Hannel had his work cut out for him. “Well, we knew it kicked a rod through the oilpan”, said Hannel upon his return, “That was obvious by the seven quarts of oil on the track under the truck. We went home and tore it down, hoping to at least salvage the cylinder heads. Unfortunately, we found a bent valve in there, too. Eventually, we just started putting together a new engine from pieces we had laying around in the shop. We thrashed until late Monday night to get it ready for the August 14th and then, of course, that race was cancelled because of the heat!”.

During qualifying, Hannel eased into the new powerplant with an opening 11.18/120.44, a 10.85/124.40, and a 10.95/124.60. However, the event featured a brand-new S-10 in the field. Richard Stocker, who usually acts as crew chief on Kevin Autenreith’s Lowe’s Performance-sponsored orange S-10 which defeated Hannel in the closest Super Truck final round ever on July 31st, decided to enter the fray in his own black ’87 model. The 400-cubic inch smallblock-powered “daily driver” hit several eleven-second passes and a best of 11.80/116.97 to qualify for the championship round ahead of three-time finalist Al Ingram‘s 572-inch ’90 Silverado, (12.56 at a best-ever 109.24 mph), August 7th winner Larry King‘s white ’99 Lightning, (12.64/109.80), Nick Langley’s slick blue ’03 Lightning, (13.66/104.48), and August 7th runner-up Tony Cimino’s showstopping ’04 Lightning, (13.73/101.64).

Hannel held a decided performance advantage in the trophy battle but ran into problems trying to wet the tires for his final-round burnout. Unable to significantly heat the rubber, Hannel rolled to the starting line and purged the nitrous oxide system, anyway. When the green light flashed, Hannel spun the tires furiously as Stocker jumped to a fifteen hundredths holeshot. The white Chevy was actually behind the black S-10 until the eighth-mile mark when Hannel finally pulled ahead and stayed in front on an 11.06/124.30 ride. Stocker gave chase with nitrous power of his own, hitting his best run of the event at 11.53/118.07! “I actually ran this truck here about three years ago”, said first-time finalist Stocker after the match, “and it really is a ‘daily driver‘. I drove it to work this morning!”.

Photos of the August 21st 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


Jon Huber. St. Louis, MO 1979 178 Mustang


Rick Howie, O’Fallon, IL 1994 112 Civic


Jesse Rosenthal, Manchester, MO 2002 122 RXS Type-S


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


Richard Stocker, Moro, IL 1987 400 S-10


Dan “Iceman” Harris, St. Louis, MO DeSmet High School 1987 232 Thunderbird