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
6CYL Tony Shoaff, Mechanicsburg, IL 87 Regal 231 Buick 9.894 9/30/2008
6CYL Tony Shoaff, Mechanicsburg, IL 87 Regal 231 Buick 136.32 9/30/2008
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
SEPTEMBER 30th, 2008 STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES QUALIFIERS
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine ET MPH Date
EVENT 22 09/30/2008
1 Tony Huff Collinsville IL 57 Bel-Air 510 Chevy 8.455 160.59
2 Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy 8.581 157.85
3 Rodney Overfelt St. Louis MO 65 Mustang 436 Ford 9.429 145.17
4 Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy 9.450 139.00
5 Tim Kirkpatrick Troy MO 88 Mustang 393 Ford 9.452 141.74
6 Mike McCombs Jacksonville IL 87 Mustang 418 Ford 9.812 136.70
7 Tony Shoaff Mechanicsburg IL 87 Regal 231 Buick 9.894 120.18
8 Hal Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 383 Chevy 10.041 132.84
9 Jeremy Heizer Crystal City MO 91 Firebird 402 Pont 10.233 136.23
10 Pat McNeish Granite City IL 86 Silverado 555 Chevy 10.347 104.74
11 Derrick Roeslein High Ridge MO 02 Camaro 383 Chevy 10.389 128.13
12 Jason Hill Jacksonville IL 92 Mustang 302 Ford 10.854 124.89
13 Nathan Grant Edwardsville IL 02 Camaro 346 Chevy 10.864 128.01
14 Mike Richardson Lemay MO 78 Fairmont 420 Ford 11.121 121.03
15 Phillip Van Booven St. Charles MO 92 Laser 122 Plym 11.267 125.40
16 Rob Schneider Imperial MO 00 Firebird 346 Pont 11.284 124.67
SEPTEMBER 30th, 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 0.181 8.656 154.39
RU Raymond Arthur, Edwardsville, IL 1967 496 Camaro 0.282 10.368 128.76
Although his hopes for a season championship have vanished, Tony Huff returned to competition with a vengeance to win his fifteenth career event title in the 2008 Street Car Shootout Series season point championship at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. The driver of the black 510-cubic inch 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air owned by his brother, Dale Huff, Tony earned his seventh trophy of the year in his first race since the team was sidelined with engine damage after winning the August 26th SCSS meet. Despite the fact the Bel-Air’s powerplant was still not running to the best of its ability, Huff managed to qualify at the top of the Super Sixteen field and recorded the quickest and fastest runs of the program during the night.
The biggest story of the event was the weather. With a high temperature of 66 degrees and surprisingly low humidity, the corrected elevation during the first runs of the race was 821 feet above sea level and the “air” plummeted to only 231 feet during the final rounds of competition. With the track surface receiving plenty of radiation under clear skies, the scenario was perfect for performance. The Super Sixteen field produced the eighth quickest “bump spot” yet, (11.28 seconds), while the top half of the field was the third best ever, (10.04 seconds), and even the thirty-second position was the fifth quickest in SCSS history, (12.27 seconds). Of the top fifty qualifiers, only six drivers did not record either a career-best elapsed time or speed!
Newly-crowned 2008 SCSS season champion, Tim “Moose” Mallicoat, made the first serious effort only six minutes into the official qualifying session and proved the worth of the Gateway starting line by pushing his 565-inch naturally-aspirated “Hellraiser“ ‘68 Camaro to an exceptional 1.27-second sixty-feet elapsed time en route to an 8.58 at 157.83 mph. Huff staged up twelve minutes later for his only qualifying attempt with what crewchief Bill Silva described as a “patched-up motor” and covered the first sixty feet in 1.31 seconds before running a 5.43/131.42 eighth-mile and a tremendous 8.45/160.59 quarter-mile. While the runs of Huff and Mallicoat would stand as the top two qualifying passes, a war was being waged for the other two semi-final berths.
In his first appearance since the July 1st event, Rod Overfelt’s magnificent blue ‘65 Mustang made several passes beginning with a shut-off 9.77/129.79. The St. Louisan’s 436-inch smallblock is the SCSS program’s quickest naturally-aspirated Ford while the car, for all intents and purposes, is a legal Hot Street Eliminator entry in the National Mustang Racers Association with the exception, of course, of its D.O.T. tires. Overfelt’s second pass, a 9.42/145.17, not only qualified third but came with a stout 6.07/117.44 eighth. The final position in eliminations was eventually determined by a paltry two thousandths of a second. Ray Arthur’s familiar “Suspicion” ‘68 496 Camaro ran 9.450/139.00 on its only qualifier and held the fourth spot despite numerous assaults by September 23rd SCSS runner-up Tim “Kirko” Kirkpatrick’s green flamed ‘88 393-inch Mustang which, when qualifying ended, sat fifth with a career-best 9.452 at 141.74!
Mallicoat made a second qualifying shot and actually slowed to an 8.62/157.85 but appeared to be ready to meet Ray Arthur’s nitrous oxide-aided Camaro in the semi-final round of eliminations. All seemed well after Mallicoat’s burnout but, just prior to staging, something went awry. Mallicoat looked to his son, Tim, with his hands in the universally-recognized “I don’t know” position and then fumbled with the shifter in the cockpit. It quickly became apparent that the “Hellraiser” had no forward gear and, although the GIR starting line officials gave him ample time to get the car to the beams, Mallicoat finally dropped the window safety net and motioned for Arthur to take a solo pass into the final round. Ironically, Ray’s Camaro launched in its trademark wheelstand but headed for the retaining wall three hundred feet downtrack necessitating some serious throttle “pedaling”. Arthur eventually found the stripe on a 10.06/134.75 run.
In the other half of the semis, Huff took a tenth of a second holeshot against Overfelt’s Mustang and the nitrous-boosted Chevy was never headed on an 8.46/159.44 blast. Overfelt’s Ford did manage the quickest naturally-aspirated Ford run in SCSS annals, however, with a 9.37/145.31 initiated by a stellar 1.41-second “sixty”.
“The ’Moose’ knew he had me”, said Ray Arthur prior to the final round, “and I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with his car. I waited for him to stage but I could see Timmy motioning for me to go ahead and make the single. That’s not like ’Moose’ to have something break. We all know how consistent and reliable that car is”. Arthur, who scored a runner-up in the Super Truck Showdown on September 16th, hadn’t been in his Camaro since the September 9th SCSS event after damaging his own 496-inch engine. “We got it back together and, while warming it at the shop, heard some bad noises. We tore it down and found a metal shaving in a crankshaft bearing. It would’ve just come apart again if we had run it at the track! We got it back together again but I haven’t had a chance to really tune the thing at all; that’s why it doesn’t sound too good tonight“.
With six career runners-up but no victories in SCSS competition, Arthur could only hope for an opportunity to present itself in the championship dash. When Huff’s ’57 Chevy rolled to the staging beams, ominous amounts of smoke were emanating from underneath as both drivers purged their nitrous systems. For the second straight round, Huff grabbed a tenth off the line and held it for good, slowing to an 8.65/154.39 but taking his fifteenth SCSS title nonetheless. Arthur’s Camaro again launched with the front wheels high but headed for the wall again during an on-and-off-the-throttle 10.36/128.76.
“We bent just about every valve in the motor”, said crewchief Bill Silva in reference to the Bel-Air’s engine-destroying pass while winning the August 26th SCSS event when Mallicoat redlighted in the final round. “We just patched it up and put it back in to finish the season. Who knows if we hurt it again but we’re still racing!”. During trophy presentations in front of the main grandstands, owner Dale Huff agreed that he simply wanted to get the car back on the track. “We spent a lot of time getting it back together but there were a lot of things hurt”, said Dale, “so we got it in good enough shape that we thought we’d still be competitive and could make the runs. So far, so good!”.
NOTES FROM THE SCSS: Simply put, everybody ran career bests. The exceptions were few and far between. An interesting bit of trivia was the fact that more than half of the entire field ran quicker than 13.00 seconds and all but eleven cars ran quicker than 15.00 seconds!…The top half of the field could have easily been under ten seconds were it not for engine trouble in Ben Sharp’s new black 485-cubic inch ‘76 Nova. During early timed trials, Sharp clocked a 9.89 at a coasting 124.87 mph but the Chevy was parked immediately after the run with problems…Mike McCombs’ bronze ‘88 418-inch Mustang ran a best-ever 9.81/136.70 and only qualified sixth!…Jeremy Heizer’s green 402-inch ‘91 GTA ran a career-best 10.23 at 136.23...Derrick Roeslein’s well-known naturally-aspirated silver 383-inch 2002 Camaro thrilled the fans with the biggest wheelstands of the event, (maybe of the entire season!), and ran a best-ever 10.38/128.13...Rob Schneider’s 2000 Trans Am improved almost a half-second from its previous best with an 11.28/124.67 which held the bump spot…Jason Hill’s burgundy ‘88 302 Mustang became the one hundred seventh member of the SCSS 10-Second Club and was one of four new vehicles into the SCSS 120 MPH Club with a 10.85/124.89. Also gaining entry were Mike Richardson’s flawless 420-inch ’78 Fairmont, (11.12/121.03) and twenty-sixth qualifier Harold Swindle’s sleek black ’05 Mustang, (12.05/120.00), but the biggest news was thirty-third qualifier Dave Miller’s Villa Ridge, Missouri-based ’88 302 Mustang with a 12.53/120.61. Why such a big deal? The run made Miller the two hundredth member of the 120 MPH Club!…Two-time SCSS event winner Faisal Merghelani’s black ’03 Corvette Z06 ran a best-ever 11.30/122.30 but missed qualifying by twenty-four thousandths of a second…Bob McCreary’s silver ’04 Vette, (11.62/117.42), Gary Tadlock’s ‘03 ‘Vette, (12.18/116.32), and Mark Yehling’s all-white, all-stock ’97 Corvette, (11.94/114.32), also ran career-bests…Michael Hatleli missed his best ET by eight hundredths but his black ‘05 GTO hit an all-time 123.43 mph speed…Obed Kahn’s blue 474-inch Pontiac-powered ‘65 GTO ran bests of 11.65/117.84...Lee Edgar finally got his eleven-second timeslip; thrashing his all-stock ‘89 302 Mustang for years paid off with an 11.96/111.39...George Pocuca’s white 340-powered ‘65 Valiant also dipped under twelve seconds with an 11.99/110.73...Jerry Boschert’s blue 440-powered ‘69 Valiant also got its best, an 11.74/117.21...Kevin Knepper’s ‘03 Mustang ran a best-ever 11.73 at 120.39...Even MCP’s Kurt Borton got a best in the ‘06 Charger normally run by his dad, Gene; the big MoPar ran 12.15/113.12...There are only two SCSS events remaining on the 2008 GIR calender.
STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS (as of OCTOBER 1st, 2008)
Pos Points Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine
1 (33) Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy
2 (23) Tony Huff Collinsville IL 57 Bel-Air 510 Chevy
3 (15) Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy
4 (11) Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy
5 (11) Hal Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 383 Chevy
6 (11) Nathan Grant Edwardsville IL 02 Camaro 346 Chevy
7 (10) Jon Huber St. Louis MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford
8 (9) Tim Kirkpatrick Troy MO 88 Mustang 393 Ford
9 (8) Brett Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 406 Chevy
10 (8) John Brawley Granite City IL 93 S-10 355 Chevy
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 30th, 2008 STLSR.COM SPORT TUNER SHOWDOWN FINAL ROUND
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH
W Tony Shoaff, Mechanicsburg, IL 1987 231 Regal 0.293 10.179 136.32
RU Phillip Van Booven, St. Charles, MO 1992 122 Laser 0.031 11.363 123.71
When Rob Nolan’s thirty-three month-old 11.04-second record for Six-Cylinder machines was finally broken by Troy Doolady’s ’87 Buick Regal on August 19th, even Nolan couldn’t believe his mark had stood longer than any record in the history of the SCSS. However, nobody would’ve predicted the elapsed time record for six-bangers would get pounded five times in three weeks or that the speed mark would be shattered three times by Doolady alone. It can be said, without reservation, that not a soul would’ve guessed just how quick and fast that Six-Cylinder record would become on the last day of September.
Tony Shoaff’s gold ’87 Buick Regal Grand National made its first appearance in the St. Louis Street Racing.com Sport Tuner Showdown during the August 26th event and became the third six-banger under eleven seconds behind Doolady and David “D-Day” Day. Shoaff went to the final round at that race and lost to Day’s fourth record pass of the night, a blazing 10.69, with a 10.85. Tony Shoaff said he’d be back…and he wasn‘t kidding.
The gold turbocharged 231-inch V6 Buick, sponsored by Performance Transmissions in Clinton, Illinois, and Pat’s Performance Converters in Folsom, Pennsylvania, arrived early enough to take advantage of the timed trials which precede the official qualifying session. Intent on tapping both Day’s 10.69-second ET Record and Doolady‘s 131.10 mph speed mark, the Buick lauched with an easy 1.68-second sixty-feet elapsed time but then proceeded to shock every fan in attendance…and even Shoaff himself…with an incredible 10.07 at 137.12 miles per hour!
With an equally impressive 6.52/111.57 eighth-mile, Shoaff returned to the staging lanes when qualifying began. Massive tire spin on the next run, however, forced Shoaff to abort the effort but he returned within twenty-five minutes for another shot. When the Buick launched with a 1.49-second “sixty”, every fan took notice. Unknown to Shoaff, the Regal clocked an eighth-mile almost three tenths of a second quicker than on the first pass at 6.23/112.98; with boost at a maximum, Shoaff lifted off the throttle well before the finish line and coasted across the stripe at only 120.18 mph. The crowd erupted, however, when the scoreboards posted an ungodly 9.89-second elapsed time!
“I never expected the 10.07, let alone the 9.89!”, said a stunned Shoaff later in the event. “I changed the timing quite a bit for the third run but I had no idea it would affect the car that much. It was incredible!. Rick Lutz, who we call ‘Turbo-Bu-Rick‘, tuned this thing and it‘s quicker than I ever imagined it could be!”. After the 9.89 effort, Shoaff elected to head for the pits and wait for the championship bout with the low qualifying position secured.
Phil Van Booven, who won his third STSS title of the season on September 23rd, was yet another driver nailing a career-best at the helm of his silver turbocharged 122-inch ‘92 Plymouth Laser. The DSM pilot, a member of Gateway Sports Cars.com team, clocked an 11.26 at 125.40 mph to easily garner the other final-round berth. Among the other STSS qualifiers was Curtis Paulfrey, who parked his ten-second ‘68 Camaro to make an impressive debut with his 232-inch V6-powered ‘90 Thunderbird Super Coupe, (a strong 12.24/108.20), and Troy Spenard’s turbo V6 Buick Regal, (its first “twelve” at 12.80/107.61).
Only the second Sport Tuner in SCSS history under ten seconds, Shoaff knew well his advantage. Van Booven, on the other hand, was still looking for elapsed time. “There isn’t much I can do against this Buick”, said Van Booven, “I’m just thrilled to have qualified in the Super Sixteen again!“. The DSM racer staged shallow in the title match and then hit a quarter-second holeshot while Shoaff’s Regal again spun the tires! With a better “sixty” than Shoaff, (1.71 seconds), Van Booven was able to stay in front of the V6 until the 330-feet mark when Shoaff charged by on his way to a 10.17, (while breaking Doolady’s speed record with a 136.32 mph blast), against Van Booven’s 11.36/123.71.
“To get both records is awesome”, said an elated Tony Shoaff during winner’s circle ceremonies, “and with my wife, Amy, here it was as good as it gets. I have to thank a bunch of people including ‘Full Throttle’ Bob Bailey, Dan Strezo and the gang at DLS Engine Development, Colton’s Performance, and especially my Mom, Sue Tapscott, who has always been behind my racing efforts. This was a good night and we’ll definitely be back next week!”.
SEPTEMBER 30th, 2008 GATEWAYRACEWAY.COM SUPER TRUCK SHOWDOWN FINAL ROUND
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH
W Hal Marshall, Collinsville. IL 1986 406 S-10 0.135 10.045 129.88
RU Pat McNeish, Granite City, IL 1986 555 Silverado 0.770 9.989 133.30
By now, anybody even remotely interested in the Street Car Shootout Series knows that Hal Marshall is the winningest racer in the history of the program. Although he occasionally competes in the SCSS, Hal found a niche when the GatewayRaceway.com Super Truck Showdown was created and he scored a runner-up to James Johnson in the very first Truck race on May 10th, 2005. Although he eventually built a vehicle which could match the performance of just about any other truck, Hal hadn’t won twenty-seven of sixty-nine completed events, (and been in more than half of the final rounds), by horsepower alone. Every once in a while, Hal likes to remind folks of that fact.
When Pat McNeish debuted his Performance Parts Plus ‘86 Silverado at the September 23rd event with a victory, Hal wasn‘t in attendance. Fellow racer Tony Huff is busy building Hal’s new house and Hal had more pressing matters to attend. Hal returned, however, anxious to resume his winning ways after scoring the September 16th title. At the wheel of his familiar red-and-white S-10, Hal qualified with a 10.04/132.84 which held the pole against McNeish, who battled throttle problems throughout qualifying and managed a best of 10.34 at only 104.74 mph. Among other notable qualifiers was Jeff Avery’s astounding 403-inch diesel-powered Avery’s Diesel Performance street-legal ’06 Silverado 2500 HD which again clocked the quickest diesel runs of the season with a phenomenal 12.23/109.84 despite its nearly silent operation.
Realizing his opponent had plenty more power available, Hal did what he needed to do in the championship round and got the holeshot required to battle McNeish’s big Chevy. Still learning the transbrake and its button release, McNeish found himself far behind Hal’s S-10 and thundered down the track in pursuit. Pat McNeish had nowhere near enough track to make up the deficit and Hal won it on his reactions, 10.04 (again) to a quicker but losing 9.98 career-best. “Not bad for an old man!”, yelled Marshall’s crew chief, (and five-time Truck Showdown winner), Allen “Crabby” Hannell as Marshall returned in front of the main grandstands after the trophy dash. “See?”, said a grinning Marshall, “I can still play this game!”.
Photos of the September 30th Street Car Shootout Series event are now available for viewing at Bret Kepner Photos.com.
Tony Huff, Collinsville, IL 1957 510 Bel-Air
Ray Arthur, Edwardsville, IL 1967 496 Camaro
Tony Shoaff, Mechanicsburg, IL 1987 231 Regal Grand National
New SCSS Six-Cylinder Track Records at 9.89 seconds, 136.32 mph!
Phillip Van Booven, St. Charles, MO 1992 122 Laser
Hal Marshall, Collinsville, IL 1986 406 S-10
Pat McNeish, Granite City, IL 1986 555 Silverado