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.
GATEWAY INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY, MADISON, ILLINOIS
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
SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2008 STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES QUALIFIERS
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine ET MPH Date
EVENT 21 09/23/2008
1 Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy 8.626 157.71
2 Rich Terry House Springs MO 99 Camaro 427 Chevy 8.914 152.19
3 Orson Johnson House Springs MO 99 Mustang 281 Ford 9.286 152.83
4 Tim Kirkpatrick Troy MO 88 Mustang 393 Ford 9.879 135.17
5 Pat McNeish Granite City IL 86 Silverado 555 Chevy 10.104 133.78
6 Dan Novara St. Louis MO 69 Nova 496 Chevy 10.326 104.03
7 Bob Herzing Maryville IL 71 Camaro 454 Chevy 10.342 129.45
8 Curtis Paulfrey Brighton IL 68 Camaro 502 Chevy 10.374 128.57
9 Nathan Grant Edwardsville IL 02 Camaro 346 Chevy 10.680 127.68
10 Randy Christy, Sr. Granite City IL 04 Corvette 346 Chevy 10.899 126.61
11 Mike Mester Valley Park MO 00 Firebird 402 Pont 10.962 123.93
12 Jason Moore St. Louis MO 88 Camaro 355 Chevy 11.527 118.02
13 Phillip Van Booven St. Charles MO 92 Laser 122 Plym 11.558 124.09
14 Michael Hatleli O'Fallon MO 05 GTO 346 Pont 11.584 123.08
15 Brad Kimbler Washington MO 00 Camaro 346 Chevy 11.633 116.23
16 Dan Batz Florissant MO 00 Camaro 346 Chevy 11.667 129.05
SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2008 STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES FINAL ROUND
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH
W Tim Mallicoat, Collinsville, IL 1968 565 Camaro 0.123 8.627 157.63
RU Tim Kirkpatrick, Troy, MO 1988 393 Mustang Could Not Appear
Winning a record twenty-fifth event title after leading the qualified field for the twenty-fourth time, it seemed like another rout by Tim “Moose” Mallicoat. However, by qualifying for the Super Sixteen program, the driver of the “Hellraiser” 1968 Camaro achieved yet another goal by winning the 2008 Street Car Shootout Series season point championship at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Along with securing the title with three events remaining on the 2008 GIR calender, Mallicoat successfully defended his 2007 season title to become the first competitor to win two SCSS championships and the first to win in consecutive years. Mallicoat will again be awarded the SCSS Gold Card, (good for free car and driver entry for all 2009 events), the leather champion’s jacket and the huge SCSS Championship trophy during the Gateway Racers Championship celebration on Saturday, October 4th.
The event was marked by surprising performances of several new entries despite warm and muggy conditions. Although the humidity reached ninety percent saturation during the final rounds, twenty-two percent of the field recorded career-best runs during the event. The corrected elevation actually dropped to 868 feet above sea level in the final moments of the race which started at almost 1800 feet on an 83-degree afternoon. While the GIR track crew spent more time on starting line maintenance than at any SCSS meet in recent memory, the high humidity definitely affected several competitors through the night.
Early timed trials presented some exceptional runs. Curtis Paulfrey, whose yellow 502-cubic inch ‘68 Camaro hit a best-ever 10.33/128.95 upon its return to competition during the September 16th event, blasted to a 10.29 at 132.45 mph. Paulfrey’s run was overshadowed, however, by the return of Orson “O.J.” Johnson, whose turbocharged 281-inch modular-motored ’99 Mustang Cobra convertible had spent the past few weeks in licensing procedures. Even with an easy 1.55-second sixty-feet elapsed time, the red Ford, (for years a solid ten-second street machine), stunned even Johnson when it unleashed a 9.11-second run at an astounding 160.69 miles per hour! Mallicoat made a rare timed trial prior to the start of qualifying, pushing his black Camaro to a 1.26-second “sixty” and a tremendous 8.57/158.41, his second-quickest pass of the season. Tim “Kirko” Kirkpatrick, whose lime green ‘88 Mustang had recently dipped under ten seconds, continued his licensing runs with consistent 6.3-second, 109 mph eighth-mile times.
When qualifying for the Super Sixteen field officially began, O.J. Johnson made another attempt and, with a 1.54-second “sixty”, slowed to a 9.28/152.83 but gained entry to both the SCSS 9-Second and 150 MPH Clubs. As announcer Scott Rose explained to the fans that Mallicoat needed only to qualify for the field to earn enough points to shut out his closest opponent in the battle for the track championship, (Tony Huff), the “Moose” staged up for the run which would secure his second straight title. After a 1.30 “sixty”, Mallicoat’s naturally-aspirated Chevy neared the eighth-mile when the engine suddenly went silent; the Camaro coasted to an 11.05 at only 82.35 mph. “When I shifted into high gear, the motor just went flat”, said an irritated Mallicoat after the run, “so I shut it off immediately. I have no idea what broke but we’re going to have to start looking for the problem because an 11.05 may not even stay in the field!”. As Mallicoat and his M&M Automotive team began removing the valve covers, the rest of the field continued through the qualifying period.
Kirkpatrick eventually improved to 9.97/135.17 and 9.87/133.86 efforts to become, surprisingly, the only Ford other than Johnson’s ragtop to qualify for the field. Johnson began increasing turbocharger boost and ran into traction issues with a 10.60 at 150.45 mph (!). The biggest shock of late qualifying came from Rich Terry, making only his second SCSS appearance in his blue Boyer’s Towing-sponsored nitrous oxide-aided ‘99 427 Camaro. After a strong 9.21/151.12 in the first thirty minutes of the qualifying period, Terry returned to hit a spectacular 8.91/152.19 to become only the eleventh member of the SCSS 8-Second Club. Qualifying closed with Mallicoat, who could find nothing wrong with his 565-inch carbureted, gasoline-burning “rat motor”, staging up and knocking Terry right off the pole position with a last-minute 8.62/157.71!
When the four quickest qualifiers were paged to report in front of the main grandstands, Mallicoat, Terry, Johnson and Kirkpatrick all made the call. Kirkpatrick and Terry raced first in a Ford-versus-Chevy nitrous car battle. Both cars launched into wild wheelstands with Kirkpatrick’s violent enough to pitch the left tailight housing right out of the car! Terry’s blue Chevy left the starting line first with a brilliant 0.031-second reaction time and a tenth of a second holeshot. The Mustang struggled to make up the deficit all the way down the track; at one thousand feet, Kirkpatrick was still 3.3 feet behind. In the final three hundred feet, however, the green Lethal 1320.com Mustang barely drove around the Camaro with a career-best 9.54/142.51 to Terry’s 9.68/140.34! The winning margin was only 9.2 feet. In the other semi-final bout, Mallicoat gave seven hundredths of second to Johnson but the red Ford ragtop spun the tires one hundred feet off the line and slowed to a 10.97/113.95 against Mallicoat’s 8.69/157.12. “I really owe a lot of this car’s success to Paul”, said Johnson, referring to crewchief and past SCSS finalist Paul Schoelich. “His Lo Pro Race Cars shop did most of the work and he’s out here helping me, as well. We were getting 25 pounds of boost and we finally had it at 10 pounds off the starting line but the track just wouldn’t hold it. Still, we accomplished a lot with a modular motor on street tires out here tonight”.
As the crowd gathered at the fence in front of the grandstands to watch the two finalists fire up for the final round, they experienced firsthand the frustration of Tim Kirkpatrick when his Mustang simply wouldn’t crank for his first SCSS championship dash. “I can’t believe it!”, exclaimed Kirkpatrick as he exited his Ford. “Of all the things that I could’ve had fail, it had to be a battery! Doesn’t that just figure?”. Kirkpatrick walked to the retaining wall to watch Mallicoat make a single run at 8.62/157.63 for the victory.
“I still have no idea what went wrong on that first qualifying run”, chuckled Mallicoat during trophy presentations. “We checked the valves and looked a lot of other places and found absolutely nothing. Oil pressure, fuel pressure…everything was fine!. I can’t complain, though; you‘ve heard me say all year long this ol’ engine is just plain tired. It really has been good to us and I just have to figure it’s gonna go away sooner or later”. When asked if winning the 2008 Championship was more difficult than the fight for the 2007 title, Mallicoat replied, “You know, we knew there would be quicker and faster cars out here this year but, in the end, it all came down to week-to-week consistency. I sure wasn‘t the quickest or fastest car in the series and I wasn’t last year, either. It takes a lot of work and effort to run in the low eights at over 160 mph but, to be honest, I think it’s tougher to be able to run mid-eights every week out here in all kinds of conditions. Winning these championships has been a lot of work for me, my team and my whole family. Luckily, the whole family is here every week because we love it and it’s something we can do together. That’s probably the best part of the whole thing. We did it together…every week!”.
NOTES FROM THE SCSS: Had Dan Novara figured things out fifteen minutes sooner, the entire Shootout might’ve been different. The St. Louisan’s gun-metal grey ‘69 Nova, a part of the Boyer’s Towing team, had been testing most of the season on Wednesday nights wearing slicks but the team decided to enter the SCSS for the first time with D.O.T. rubber. The first four runs were ugly; the ProCharger-equipped 496-inch bigblock couldn’t find traction anywhere and shut off on every pass with a best in qualifying of 10.32 at only 104.03 mph. Fifteen minutes after qualifying concluded, however, Novara finally got the Nova to hook. A 1.34 “sixty” was followed by a 5.49/132.44 eighth-mile before Novara shut it down and coasted to an 8.96 at only 118.90 mph! The progressives convert to a probable 8.45/164!…After his loss in the semi-finals, Rich Terry made one more pass in late timed trials and treated the fans to the event’s tallest wheelstand, a bumper-scraper which ended in a shower of sparks upon landing. The blue ‘99 Camaro still ran 9.91/151.60!…Michael Hatleli, whose black ‘05 GTO hit 12.32/120.79 during the September 16 event, dropped three-quarters of a second and gained three mph in seven days. In a match-up with “Smokin’ Joe” Adams’ ‘05 GTO during qualifying, Hatleli won the race, 11.58/123.08 to 11.67/118.28 in what was easily the quickest and fastest side-by-side late-model GTO battle in SCSS racing…Nathan Grant’s new nitrous system was worth almost four tenths of a second; the silver 2000 Camaro SS from Edwardsville, Illinois, ran a career-best 10.68/127.68 on the one run in which Nathan didn’t get greedy off the starting line…Dan Batz pushed his 2000 Camaro Z28 to a best-ever 11.66 at an insane 129.05 mph to qualify on the bump spot…September 9th SCSS runner-up Bob Herzing made only one qualifying run with his Dale Huff Motorsports 477-inch ‘71 Camaro at 10.34/129.45 and parked it for the rest of the event…Jason Moore’s TPI 355-powered ‘88 Camaro put down a best-ever 11.52/118.02 and gained him his first “Fastest Street Car” qualifier decal…Rodney Singleton’s silver ‘78 400 Formula Firebird ran a career-best 11.72/116.66...A late-season entry in the battle for the year’s “Most Expensive Tuesday Night Racer” came from the 2004 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG of Haralobmus Tsiakliv, (we don’t make ‘em up, folks, we just copy ‘em off the tech cards). The supercharged 335-inch V8 makes a reported 467 horsepower and it ran 13.35/106.19. The original sale price in ‘04 was $90,385...There are three SCSS events remaining on the 2008 GIR calender.
STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS (as of SEPTEMBER 24th, 2008)
Pos Points Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine
1 (31) Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy
2 (21) Tony Huff Collinsville IL 57 Bel-Air 510 Chevy
3 (13) Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy
4 (11) Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy
5 (10) Jon Huber St. Louis MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford
6 (10) Hal Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 383 Chevy
7 (10) Nathan Grant Edwardsville IL 02 Camaro 346 Chevy
8 (8) Brett Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 406 Chevy
9 (8) John Brawley Granite City IL 93 S-10 355 Chevy
10 (8) Tim Kirkpatrick Troy MO 88 Mustang 393 Ford
11 (8) Curtis Paulfrey Brighton IL 68 Camaro 502 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.
SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2008 STLSR.COM SPORT TUNER SHOWDOWN FINAL ROUND
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH
W Phil Van Booven, St. Charles, MO 1992 122 Laser 0.071 11.758 123.93
RU Aaron Corn, St. Louis, MO 1987 231 Regal 0.115 12.260 114.00
While he is still racing with what he considers his “little motor”, Phil Van Booven has had a banner year in the St. Louis Street Racing.com Sport Tuner Showdown. With his runner-up on May 30th, 2006, to Adam Corbitt, as his only final round appearance prior to the 2008 season, his third title of the year at the helm of his new 1992 Chrysler Laser DSM made the St. Charles, Missouri, racer one of only ten competitors with three or more victories in the series. Leading qualifying with a strong 11.55/124.09, the turbocharged two-liter held a sizeable advantage on the rest of the pack.
Longtime STSS contender Aaron Corn had been closing in on the eleven-second zone with his gorgoues ‘87 Regal Limited but the evening’s high humidity kept the gold Buick to a best of 12.33/113.35. That was enough, however, to stay ahead of Rick Poepping’s familiar bronze 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix which returned to the track with a vengeance, clocking its quickest and fastest numbers yet with a best of 12.61/107.75 to become the third quickest front-wheel-drive six-cylinder machine in STSS history, (behind Mike Bobelak and Mat Tallman). “I‘d been taking my new Corvette to Joe Donovan at Performance by Joe and we decided to step up the Grand Prix, too”, said Poepping. “Joe did a lot of work to it which has obviously improved the car dramatically”. The remaining top five qualifiers were Grant Harbron’s ‘03 Mitsubishi Evolution, (a best-ever 13.03/107.21), Tray Spenard’s ‘87 Regal T-Type turbo V6, (13.36/103.02), and Aaron Hannibal’s ‘90 Eagle Talon, (13.40/110.24).
In the final round, Van Booven grabbed a four hundredths advantage and drove away to an 11.75/123.93 victory while Corn produced his quickest run of the event, a 12.26, at a best-ever 114.00 mph speed. “This really is a very heavy car”, said Corn, who, as owner of Acorn Graphix, is one of the area’s most progressive graphic designers. “It’s the Regal Limited which was actually more of a luxury car. It has the heavily-padded vinyl roof, a fully-appointed interior and a trunk full of my stuff! Buick only made 1,035 of them with the turbocharged 231-inch V6 and even fewer were made with the gold paint and trim. I still think I might be able to get an eleven-second pass out of it before the end of the year, though”. For Van Booven, the “big motor” probably won’t be out until next season. “I’ve been trying different turbo settings and learning how to drive it with a bit less power”, said Van Booven during trophy presentations in front of the main grandstands, “but the other motor will have a ton of horsepower and I’ll probably have to learn everything over again. I’m having a lot of fun with this engine but it might be a different story next year”.
SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2008 GATEWAYRACEWAY.COM SUPER TRUCK SHOWDOWN FINAL ROUND
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH
W Pat McNeish, Granite City, IL 1986 555 Silverado 1.585 10.021 136.32
RU Sean Cobb, Alton, IL 1986 350 S-15 0.726 13.366 104.96
Pat McNeish has always been more than just a racer. His Performance Parts Plus shop in Granite City, Illinois, is known as much for its hardcore racer parts as for its hardcore racer support. McNeish has been responsible for the careers of dozens of local racers and he spends the majority of his free time making certain his friends and customers get to the racetrack with the equipment they need. That‘s why it’s rare to see him behind the wheel of his own machinery when the gates open at the track.
McNeish purchased a 1986 Silverado several years with the intent to compete in the GatewayRaceway.com Super Truck Showdown but he eventually took the nitrous-aided 496-inch big block out of his own truck when longtime SCSS campaigner Ray Arthur needed an engine for his “Suspicion“ ‘68 Camaro. It was only recently that McNeish found the time to drop a 555-inch, four barrel-carbureted Chevy into the truck and finally got it ready to race. After several hesitant efforts during early qualifying, McNeish finally felt comfortable enough to make a full run and, when he did, even he was surprised at the truck‘s performance when it hit a 10.10 at 133.78 mph. The run was head and shoulders quicker than August 12th runner-up Sean Cobb‘s ‘86 S-15, (12.34/105.77), Travis Kawalec‘s gorgeous blue ‘91 454 S-10, (12.39/106.64), and Zac Bitzer’s black 200 Lightning, (13.86/98.43).
Although he qualified for the final round, Cobb’s last two qualifying efforts found his S-15 dropping out of first gear just off the starting line. “The transmission doesn’t seem to be broken”, said Cobb before the championship dash, “but I can’t get it back into gear very quickly. I guess I’ll just have to stage up against Pat and hope he redlights!”. Cobb was also concerned about replaying his August 12th nightmare in which his truck succumbed to a dead battery. Luckily, his truck fired for this championship battle and, despite his performance disadvantage, Cobb took a huge three-quarter second lead when McNeish faltered on the line. Between McNeish’s horsepower and Cobb’s tranny problems, the race was over quickly; McNeish hit a great 10.02/136.32 to Cobb’s slowing 13.36/104.96.
“I’m not used to the transbrake button at all”, said a grinning McNeish surrounded by friends during winner’s circle ceremonies, “and I’m not used to the truck yet, either. Still, for the first time out, it was great! I really wanted to get out and race before the end of the year and it sure is fun to be doing it again. To win is even better; this is why we all do this and it sure feels great!”.
Photos of the September 23rd Street Car Shootout Series event are now available for viewing at Bret Kepner Photos.com.
Tim “Moose” Mallicoat, Collinsville, IL 1968 565 Camaro
2008 Street Car Shootout Series Season Champion
First Driver To Win Two SCSS Point Championships
Tim “Kirko” Kirkpatrick, Troy, MO 1988 393 Mustang
Phillip Van Booven, St. Charles, MO 1992 122 Laser
Aaron Corn, St. Louis, MO 1987 231 Regal Limited
Pat McNeish, Granite City, IL 1986 555 Silverado
Sean Cobb, Alton, IL 1986 350 S-15