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.
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2008 STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES TRACK RECORDS
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
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
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
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
6CYL David Day, Bunker Hill, IL 87 Regal 249 Buick 10.690 8/26/2008
6CYL Troy Doolady, Columbia, MO 87 Regal 231 Buick 131.10 8/19/2008
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
AUGUST 26th, 2008 STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES QUALIFIERS
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine ET MPH Date
EVENT 18 08/26/2008
1 Steven Gentry Festus MO 65 Comet 557 Ford 8.303 162.41
2 Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy 8.657 156.70
3 Tony Huff Collinsville IL 57 Bel-Air 510 Chevy 8.837 149.61
4 Jon Huber St. Louis MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford 9.332 149.10
5 James Landis Oreana IL 80 AMX 420 AMC 9.591 141.27
6 Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy 10.124 146.21
7 Mark Long, Sr. Caseyville IL 75 Firebird 505 Chevy 10.405 104.93
8 David Day Bunker Hill IL 87 Regal 249 Buick 10.732 126.48
9 Javan Gonzalez St. Charles MO 98 Corvette 346 Chevy 10.748 129.07
10 Kurtis Pitts Leadwood MO 93 S-10 421 Chevy 10.795 126.71
11 Charles Bewen Wildwood MO 67 Firebird 383 Pont 10.860 123.22
12 Tony Shoaff Mechanicsburg IL 87 Regal 231 Buick 10.988 122.48
13 Nathan Grant Edwardsville IL 02 Camaro 346 Chevy 10.999 122.02
14 Randy Christy, Sr. Granite City IL 04 Corvette 346 Chevy 11.077 124.65
15 Brandon Carter High Ridge MO 03 Mustang 281 Ford 11.102 136.97
16 Andy Park Sparta IL 69 Chevelle 462 Chevy 11.153 118.55
AUGUST 26th, 2008 STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES FINAL ROUND
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH
W Tony Huff, Collinsville, IL 1957 510 Bel-Air 0.063 11.051 80.19
RU Tim Mallicoat, Collinsville, IL 1968 565 Camaro -0.082 (foul) 8.607 157.36
In a tremendous celebration of the end of summer, a large crowd watched a massive field of entries battle in nearly perfect weather at an event which culminated in Tony Huff winning his sixth title of the season in the 2008 Street Car Shootout Series at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Appearing in a record-setting twenty-ninth final round, Huff wheeled his brother Dale’s black 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air to a fourteenth career event win defeating the only driver who has amassed more victories in the series, archrival Tim “Moose” Mallicoat.
The eighteenth SCSS race of the year produced incredible numbers which included several series records. With atmospheric conditions seldom seen in late August, (a high temperature of 80 degrees and a corrected elevation which dropped to 1539 feet above sea level during the final rounds), spectators witnessed not only one of the largest SCSS fields in 2008 but multiple runs by some of drag racing’s most renowned professionals involved in a gigantic test session prior to the upcoming 54th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Clermont, Indiana. Richie Stevens drove Kenny Koretsky’s NitroFish Chevy Cobalt to the best Pro Stock numbers at 6.72 seconds, 205.79 miles per hour but the biggest thrill came from current American Drag Racing League Xtreme 10.5 star Bill Glidden. Wheeling his Mickey Thompson Tires 2007 Pontiac GTO powered by a carbureted, nitrous oxide-aided 393-cubic inch smallblock Ford engine and riding on 10.5-inch rear tires, Glidden destroyed Tim Lynch’s 6.62-second 10.5W track elapsed time record with consecutive runs of 6.56/208.14 and 6.56/211.76!
Steven Gentry, whose silver ‘65 Mercury Comet has long been one of the most formidable Ford-powered machines in SCSS racing, opened the official qualifying session with an off-pace 9.03/141.36 but the run was initiated by an exceptional 1.28-second sixty-feet elapsed time. Mallicoat, whose naturally-aspirated Hellraiser ‘68 Camaro had won back-to-back event titles on August 12th and August 19th, quickly stole the pole qualifying position from Gentry with an 8.65/156.70 which included one of the quickest sixty-feet ETs ever from the “Moose” at 1.26 seconds. Crowd favorite and SCSS Four-Cylinder Record Holder Jon Huber jumped into the fray for the top four spots with his infamous turbocharged 178-cubic inch ‘79 Mustang and hit a 9.33/148.85. Huff waited until almost one hour into the qualifying period before making his first effort, a subpar 8.83/149.61 on which the black Bel-Air sounded less than healthy.
Gentry returned with his 557-cubic inch Comet and, after one of his trademark fogbank burnouts, launched with a best-ever 1.24-second “sixty”. At 330 feet, Gentry clocked 3.51 seconds, only one hundredth from Huff’s track record 3.504. The Mercury’s momentum steadily dropped, however, to a final verdict of 8.68/158.37 which remained second behind Mallicoat. In fact, the “Moose” was confident enough to stay in the pits for the remainder of the qualifying period while Huff Motorsports crewchief Bill Silva spent the rest of the session trying to diagnose the problems in the black ‘57 Chevy. Gentry, however, wasn’t done yet.
The nitrous-aided Comet made another appearance with only twenty-three minutes remaining in qualifying. Again Gentry fogged in the starting line on the burnout and again the Mercury covered the first sixty feet in 1.24 seconds. This time, however, its momentum carried past the Christmas Tree. Gentry obliterated Huff’s 330-feet ET record by five hundredths of a second with a 3.45 clocking. He bombed Huff’s 5.37 eighth-mile ET mark with a stunning 5.31 and then destroyed SCSS Record Holder Matt Giblin’s 6.97-second 1000-feet ET standard with an incredible 6.92!
At the end of the quarter-mile, Gentry tied his own career-best speed of 162.41 mph but the elapsed time was the quickest ever for a Ford-powered machine on D.O.T. tires in SCSS competition and the second quickest run in the four-year history of the Street Car Shootout Series. The crowd erupted when the scoreboard reported an 8.30-second blast!
With the exception of a 9.35/149.10 pass by Huber’s four-cylinder Ford, no other substantial attempts on the top four qualified positions came before the end of the qualifying session. When the qualifiers were called to report in front of the main grandstands to prepare for eliminations, Mallicoat and Huff pulled in front of the fans but Huber, unsatisfied with his Mustang’s performance, (considering its recent back-to-back eight-second runs at the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl in Joliet, Illinois), elected to withdraw from competition. First alternate Jim Landis, whose astonishing 420-inch AMC-powered 1980 AMX clocked a best of 9.59/141.27, reported immediately but Gentry’s Comet remained in the pit area. While questions raced through the crowd concerning the Comet’s status, a second alternate was called to the staging area. Finally, word reached the other qualifiers that Gateway International Raceway’s Chief Technical Inspector, “Big Al” DeVan, had disqualified Gentry on the basis that his chassis was not certified under NHRA/SFI specifications to run quicker than 8.50 seconds. While Gentry took the news hard, the other qualifiers could only admit that the ruling was just. “It’s a shame because it’s a very cool car”, said Dale Huff, “but we all have to follow the rulebook when it comes to this stuff. We spent a lot of money making sure our cars are legal to run this fast and, in a situation like this, everybody has to conform to those rules. It’s that simple”.
Amazingly, the search for the next alternate became the biggest story of the event. Driver after driver was paged to the front of the grandstands but every single team in the Super Sixteen field had a viable excuse which kept them from reporting for eliminations. Ray Arthur’s “Suspicion” ’68 Camaro lost a radiator hose. Mark Long hadn’t yet completed his licensing procedures. David Day, the quickest Sport Tuner qualifier and new SCSS Six-Cylinder ET Record Holder, was low on fuel in his ’87 Grand National and elected to compete only in the Tuner Showdown. For only the second time in four years, officials were forced to draw from outside the sixteen-car qualified field for a replacement and, for the second time in two weeks, Greg “Hook-and-Ladder” Boschert’s white ’66 Mustang coupe made the field.
The St. Louis fireman’s smallblock Ford gained a three-quarter second holeshot on Huff’s ’57 Chevy when eliminations began but Boschert’s 11.26/121.81, (on eight-inch-wide tires, no less!), offered little resistance when Huff proved his problems had been solved, storming to a brutal 8.47/159.97. In the other half of the semi-finals, Landis nailed a nearly-perfect 0.004-second Reaction Time but the manually-shifted, naturally-aspirated AMX’s 9.63/140.68 was quickly caught by Mallicoat’s 8.61/157.13.
Mallicoat and Huff, the two most prolific racers in SCSS annals, then prepared to face each other for the sixth time this season. Each had five wins in 2008 and, between them, accounted for fifty-seven final round appearances, (more than half of all SCSS events), although Mallicoat had not defeated Huff in a championship finale since May 6th! Ironically, Mallicoat had fouled in the past three meetings with Huff in final rounds and, each time, Huff experienced problems which would’ve made him an instant loser against Mallicoat’s notorious 8.6-second consistency. When the two black Chevys staged and the Christmas Tree countdown began, the crowd gasped when Mallicoat’s Camaro moved eight hundredths of a second too soon. With the redlight glowing in his lane, Mallicoat stormed to his second-quickest run of the year, an 8.607/157.36, but the fans groaned when Huff’s 510-inch powerplant suddenly stopped running at halftrack! For the fourth time in 2008, only a redlight could’ve kept “Moose” from winning.
“I heard a bang and it just shut off”, said Huff during trophy presentations, “but I have to tell you that we noticed some really horrible noises coming from around the timing chain before the final round. I turned to Bill (Silva) and he said, ‘It’s either gonna blow up or it’s not gonna blow up. Run it and see.’ I guess it blew up! God forbid Bill should miss a chance to win a Shootout event!”. Mallicoat was far less consolable. “It was the same transbrake button problem I had before. I staged at four thousand RPM, set the button and it lurched forward a few inches. That put me deep enough to go red. When I staged on earlier runs at three thousand, it was fine. I really can’t believe this happened again. I mean I really can’t believe it”.
NOTES FROM THE SCSS: The 11.15-second “bump spot” for the Super Sixteen field was the fifth quickest ever….Career-bests? Forty-two percent of all machines ran their best runs ever during the event…The Super Sixteen field included Ford, Chevy, Pontiac, Buick and AMC representatives…Mark Long’s slick blue 505-inch ’75 Trans Am still hasn’t made it to the finish line under power yet but its best of 10.40 at only 104 mph included a 6.42/112.56 eighth-mile which shows 9.90/140 potential…Javan Gonzalez put down the quickest Corvette pass of the season with his ’98 model at 10.74/129.07. The run also made Gonzalez the one hundredth member of the SCSS 10-Second Club…Randy Christy, Sr., made the second quickest ’Vette pass of the year with an official 11.07/124.65 and clocked an 11.06/124.25 in late timed trials…After reconfiguring his suspension, Nathan Grant’s silver 2000 Camaro SS returned to the ten-second zone by a thousandth of a second with a 10.999/122.02...Brandon Carter’s new silver ‘03 Cobra spent the event launching easy but still produced a best of 11.10 at an insane 136.97 mph, one of the fastest SCSS speeds ever for a modular-motored Ford…Another big speed came from Chris Boerger’s 2000 Camaro which improved on its best-ever from last week with an 11.40/127.47...There are six SCSS events remaining on the 2008 GIR schedule and the next event will be something special!
SPECIAL NOTE: As per the posted schedule, there will be NO DRAG RACING at Gateway International Raceway from Saturday, August 30, through Monday, September 8, due to the Labor Day holiday weekend and subsequent facility reconfiguration for the Gateway 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event on the GIR oval on September 5 and 6. The Street Car Shootout Series will resume on Tuesday, September 9, 2008.
STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS (as of AUGUST 27th, 2008)
Pos Points Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine
1 (25) Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy
2 (21) Tony Huff Collinsville IL 57 Bel-Air 510 Chevy
3 (11) Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy
4 (11) Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy
5 (8) Brett Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 406 Chevy
6 (8) John Brawley Granite City IL 93 S-10 355 Chevy
7 (8) Jon Huber St. Louis MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford
8 (7) Hal Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 383 Chevy
9 (6) Curtis Paulfrey Brighton IL 68 Camaro 468 Chevy
10 (7) 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.
AUGUST 26th, 2008 STLSR.COM SPORT TUNER SHOWDOWN FINAL ROUND
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH
W David Day, Bunker Hill, IL 1987 249 Regal 0.013 10.690 126.09
RU Tony Shoaff, Mechanicsburg, IL 1987 231 Regal 0.289 10.859 121.33
Considering they were the oldest records on the books, it’s hard to believe the SCSS Six-Cylinder Elapsed Time and Speed marks have been reset a total of eight times in the past eight days! During the August 19th event, Troy Doolady from Columbia, Missouri, pushed his turbocharged 231-inch V6-powered ‘87 Buick Regal Grand National past Rob Nolan’s thirty-three month-old 11.04 record with a 10.91 best and blasted Nolan’s twenty-eight month-old 124.56 mph speed mark with a series of 129.77, 130.09 and 131.10 shots. Incredibly, the ET record dropped four more times during the August 26th event in a veritable Grand National attack of the St. Louis Street Racing.com Sport Tuner Showdown.
Doolady’s shattering of Nolan’s long-standing marks came on the heels of rumors that Nolan had finally sold his dark blue T-Type Regal and was followed by hints that David “D-Day” Day was preparing to bring out his own record-breaker Grand National. After chatter on TurboBuick.com indicated that Day was ready to make his debut, little did Tuner fans realize that no less than a half-dozen of the beasts were preparing to descend on GIR.
While Jon Huber’s amazing turbocharged 178-cubic inch ‘79 Mustang again led the field with runs of 9.33/148.85 and 9.35/149.10, his withdrawal from eliminations made the Tuner program a Buick wonderland. The previously unseen gold ’87 Grand National of Illini Tony Shoaff gave a hint of things to come with a problem-plagued 11.59/117.53 in early timed trials but Day’s very first run ended all speculation with a record-shattering 10.74/125.78. The black Bunker Hill, Illinois, Grand National then clocked amazingly consistent runs of 10.739/126.48 and 10.732/125.71! Shoaff spent most of qualifying adjusting turbo boost to keep from spinning the tires three hundred feet down track and eventually scored his own 10.98/122.48 effort to become only the second six-cylinder Tuner under eleven seconds.
The rest of the field included August 19th Tuner Showdown champion Phil Van Booven’s 4G63T-powered ’92 Laser, (an off-pace 11.61/124.93 after several stumbling qualifying attempts), Aaron Corn’s immaculate gold ’87 T-Type Regal, (a stout best-ever 12.19/112.90), Mehrshad Bashi’s strong ’93 3000GT VR4, (a career-best 12.60/110.52), and past GIR High School Champion Dan Harris in his six-banger ‘03 Mustang, (13.06/101.97).
The final round was the first all-Buick V6 title bout in Sport Tuner Showdown history due mainly to the rules revision in 2008 which moved all rear-wheel-drive six-cylinder vehicles into the division. In the trophy dash, Day unloaded both barrels on Shoaff; a 0.013-second Reaction Time put a quarter-second holeshot on the gold GN and yet another SCSS Six-Cylinder ET Record, a tremendous 10.69/126.09, ran away from Shoaff’s fairly incredible 10.85/121.33 in what was a far quicker final than most fans would’ve believed possible at the beginning of the season. After borrowing a fresh set of D.O.T. rubber from friend Chris Gosch for the event, (whose son, Matt, won the 2008 GIR High School Eliminator point championship during the August 19th event), Day offered his thanks. “Chris and I have been friends for years”, said Day during winner’s circle ceremonies, “and those are his tires I used tonight. The engine is 249 inches now and I built it myself spending a long time to get it right. I’ve been wanting a shot at that record and the car was flawless even with relatively low boost at eighteen pounds. Now, I can start leaning on it!”.
AUGUST 26th, 2008 GATEWAYRACEWAY.COM SUPER TRUCK SHOWDOWN FINAL ROUND
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH
W Kurtis Pitts, Leadwood, MO 1993 421 S-10 0.680 10.718 125.46
RU John Brawley, Granite City, IL 1993 355 S-10 0.194 11.556 115.54
After a second straight victory during the August 19th event, John Brawley was looking to the possibility of a rare three-peat in the GatewayRaceway.com Super Truck Showdown. Despite the success enjoyed by the Granite City, Illinois, racer in Ray Arthur’s S-10 Revenge, however, he was blindsided by a surprising newcomer named Kurtis Pitts. At the helm of a naturally-aspirated 421-inch small block ‘93 S-10 pickup similar to Brawley’s ride, Pitts pushed his nondescript grey Chevy to an impressive 10.79/126.71 to lead the truck field ahead of Brawley‘s 11.63/115.16.
While the rest of the top qualifiers included Don Hildebrand’s wild white 455 Olds-powered ‘67 C-10, (a best-ever 12.37/103.74), Don Russo’s Missouri ’85 355 S-10, (an offpace 13.14/100.14), and Tom Gregory’s powerful ’04 Dodge 2500 diesel, (a career-best 13.32/105.64), Pitts managed to hook solidly on every pass with the help of plenty of properly-secured lead ballast over the rearend including some tailgate weight in the shape of dumbbells. In the title bout, Pitts gave up nearly a half-second off the line but improved to a 10.71/125.46 to secure his first Truck Showdown victory.
“This truck actually raced quite a bit at other tracks like Sikeston (MO) and Benton (MO) in the Drag Radial class”, said Pitts while receiving his first Truck trophy. “It did have nitrous on it at one time but I’ve taken it off for the time being. It’s a really reliable piece and I want to keep it that way. I’d like to give a shout out to the guys on Lethal1320.com, too. They’re good guys who’ve always offered me plenty of help”.
Photos of the August 26th 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
David “D-Day” Day, Bunker Hill, IL 1987 249 Regal Grand National
New SCSS Six-Cylinder Elapsed Time Record at 10.690 seconds!
Tony Shoaff, Mechanicsburg, IL 1987 231 Regal Grand National
Kurtis Pitts, Leadwood, MO 1993 421 S-10
John Brawley, Granite City, IL 1993 355 S-10
Steven Gentry, Festus, MO 1965 521 Comet
Second Quickest Run In SCSS History at 8.30 seconds!