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 Tony Tobnick, Cedar Hill, MO 91 Mustang 359 Ford 8.341 10/16/2007
RWD Tony Tobnick, Cedar Hill, MO 91 Mustang 359 Ford 166.11 10/16/2007
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
TRK Larry Richards, Hillsboro, MO 52 3100 427 Chevy 9.278 9/4/2007
TRK Larry Richards, Hillsboro, MO 52 3100 427 Chevy 149.07 9/4/2007
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 140.52 9/11/2007
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 11.057 10/16/2007
FWD Adam Corbitt, St. Charles, MO 85 Golf 123 Volks 131.91 10/16/2007
APRIL 22nd, 2008 STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES QUALIFIERS
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine ET MPH Date
EVENT 04 04/22/2008
1 Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy 8.716 156.92
2 Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy 9.524 137.81
3 Tony Tobnick Cedar Hill MO 91 Mustang 359 Ford 9.720 145.25
4 Tony Huff Collinsville IL 57 Bel-Air 600 Chevy 9.732 133.10
5 Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy 9.933 144.23
6 Mike Mester Valley Park MO 00 Firebird 402 Pont 9.935 136.30
7 Brett Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 406 Chevy 10.208 121.65
8 George Wahby Fenton MO 74 Pinto 350 Chevy 10.304 128.05
9 Hal Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 383 Chevy 10.457 129.02
10 Tom Bantle, Jr. St. Louis MO 92 Mustang 302 Ford 10.866 109.28
11 Nathan Grant Edwardsville IL 02 Camaro 346 Chevy 11.040 124.21
12 Chris Lambert Belleville IL 03 Mustang 281 Ford 11.231 117.51
13 Tim Gehrs Bethalto IL 81 Cutlass 350 Olds 11.345 120.87
14 Sutton McGee Granite City IL 63 Falcon 347 Ford 11.464 112.94
15 Curtis Paulfrey Brighton IL 68 Camaro 468 Chevy 11.633 113.89
16 John Brawley Granite City IL 93 S-10 355 Chevy 11.762 114.71
APRIL 22nd, 2008 STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES FINAL ROUND
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH
W Tim Mallicoat, Collinsville, IL 1968 565 Camaro -0.014 8.648 157.15
RU Ray Arthur, Edwardsville, IL 1967 496 Camaro Could Not Appear
Tim “Moose” Mallicoat finally returned to his 2007 Championship form by dominating the field en route to his first title of the 2008 Street Car Shootout Series at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. After a rough start to the new season, Mallicoat’s infamous “Hellraiser” ‘68 Camaro produced the performance which earned him sixteen event wins last year; the Collinsville, Illinois, racer was low qualifier and clocked Low Elapsed Time and Top Speed of the Meet. Ironically, Mallicoat took the victory on the basis of two solo runs when opponents failed to appear after experiencing mechanical problems.
The incredible atmospheric conditions of last week were replaced by typical spring weather which, although clear and warm, was almost two thousand feet worse in corrected elevation than seven days prior. While the corrected altitude ranged from 1637 feet above sea level to 1032 feet above, those numbers paled in comparison to the below sea level altitudes prevalent at two of the four events completed so far in 2008. Although several were recorded, personal best elapsed times and speeds were relatively rare and many competitors found themselves running up to two tenths of a second slower than previous ‘08 events. Regardless, the Super Sixteen field carried an 11.76-second “bump spot” and the top half of the field, (with eight cars under 10.31 seconds), was actually the fifth quickest ever in SCSS competition.
The GIR surface was in fine condition, however. No less than nine NHRA Pro Stock and Pro Modified teams spiced up the event with testing in preparation for the upcoming NHRA POWERade events at Commerce, Georgia, and Gateway’s own O’Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals on May 2-4. Pennsylvanian Kenny Koretsky’s new NitroFish Pontiac GXP was the quickest of the Pro Stockers at 6.75 seconds at 204.76 miles per hour while Indiana’s Brad Personett, the new driver of Ed Marx’s ‘53 Corvette Pro Mod, reset both ends of the track record for turbocharged machines at 6.38/228.77!
George Wahby’s unique LT1 Chevy-powered ‘72 Ford Pinto was the quickest car in early timed trials with a 10.49/127.10 and that number was matched at the beginning of the official timed trial session by Hal Marshall’s red S-10 pickup on a 128.69 mph pass. The very next run, however, was Mallicoat’s first effort. The naturally-aspirated 565-cubic inch Camaro leaped to a 1.33-second sixty-feet ET and blasted out an arrow-straight 8.82 at 156.21 mph to claim the low qualifier position. Although Ray Arthur’s “Suspicion” ’67 Camaro hit a 9.93/144.43 to prove its worthiness, it quickly became apparent that Mallicoat might face a battle for the pole qualifying position. In its first appearance since rocketing to an 8.34/166.11 to shatter the SCSS Records in October of ’07, Tony Tobnick’s nitrous oxide-aided smallblock ’91 Mustang pulled to the line. Although off “the juice”, Tobnick’s first pass of 9.72/145.25 drew plenty of notice.
Also of note was the 9.73/133.10 by Tony Huff’s newest ride, a primered ’57 Bel-Air stuffed with 600 cubic inches of Chevy power. Having debuted last week, the new combination was still in need of several checkout runs before Huff and crewchief Bill Silva elect to “let ’er eat”. Mallicoat returned with an 8.86/155.44 but returned to the pit area intent on resetting the timing on the single four-barrel carbed gas-burner. Meanwhile, Kevin Autenrieth’s familiar orange ’91 S-10 pickup unleashed its first nitrous pass of the event and scored a 9.52/137.81 as the second quickest entry behind the black Camaro. With a rare third qualifying run, Mallicoat proved his decision was correct; the Chevy improved a full tenth of a second to an 8.71/156.92. With only five minutes remaining in qualifying, Mike Mester’s white LS1-powered 2000 Trans Am became the sixth machine at the event under ten seconds with a tremendous 9.93/136.80 career-best.
Tobnick’s Mustang was in the staging lanes when the official qualifying period ended but elected to make another “all motor” pass. With another easy 1.54-second sixty-feet ET, the Andy McCoy-chassised Ford hit a consistent 9.74/143.61. When told the team had qualified, brother Neil Tobnick hinted at what was to come, noting, “We’re gonna spray it next pass”. Ray Arthur also made a late timed trial effort and stepped up to a 9.66/143.20.
When the qualifiers were called to report in front of the main grandstands for the semi-finals, however, Tobnick never appeared and word came from the pits the brothers were thrashing to repair a timing belt problem. Arthur’s Camaro was called in as an alternate when Autenrieth announced he would be running only in the Super Truck Showdown for which he was low qualifier. Eventually, time ran out on Tobnick’s record-holding Mustang and Mallicoat drew a solo pass on which he laid down a brutal 8.65 at 157.17 mph, (with a 1.29-second sixty feet ET), to advance to the final round. Arthur, meanwhile, staged up against Huff’s new ’57 Chevy and, after grabbing a holeshot of eight hundredths of a second, simply outran the ailing Bel-Air by a 9.94/138.00 to 10.18/129.90 margin.
As Arthur returned in front of the main grandstands before the final battle, he was greeted by announcer Jason Phillips who asked Arthur’s gameplan against Mallicoat in the trophy dash. “I don’t even think I can run the last round”, came the surprising answer. “On the return road, the oil pressure first went way down and then began fluctuating all over the place”, admitted Arthur. “For the motor’s sake and the sake of the track, I think I’d better pull out and just take it home to tear it down”. Phillips asked Mallicoat if he agreed with Arthur’s decision but the “Moose” laughed and replied, “I’d run it but that’s just me!“.
Mallicoat saved his best for last, leaving the starting line within fourteen thousandths of a second and charging to the quickest run of the event, an impressive 8.64/157.15, with a 1.28-second sixty-feet ET. During trophy presentations in front of the grandstands, Mallicoat was quick to offer the reasons the low-slung M&M Automotive “Hellraiser” was no longer darting towards the retaining walls as it had in the first two events of the season. “We made a lot of changes to the chassis over the winter”, said the eighteen-time event champion, “and some of the changes just weren’t right. After last week, we went home and moved some chassis bars back to their original location from last year and came out last Wednesday and ran 8.60s just like we always did. We had to compensate a little for the air tonight but, as you saw, its right back to where it used to be. I think I’ll leave it alone for a while”.
NOTES FROM THE SCSS: After his 9.73-second qualifying run, Tony Huff earned a record fiftieth “Fastest Street Car” qualifier decal. The Collinsville, Illinois, veteran of five years of SCSS competition has now qualified in the Super Sixteen at 56.17% of all SCSS events held since April 6th, 2004, a total of eighty-nine events. Huff earned his first qualifying decal at the third SCSS event on April 20th, 2004, with a run of 13.24/104.15 in his original black ‘67 Camaro. The low qualifier that night was Andy Wilhoit’s familiar blue ‘86 302 Mustang at 11.59/113.31!…”Moose” Mallicoat’s win/loss record in eliminations is now 36-2, a round-win average of 94.74%…Five of the top six positions in the 2008 SCSS Championship point standings are held by drivers from Collinsville, Illinois. Third through sixth spots are held by S-10 pickups!…George Wahby’s smallblock Chevy-powered ’72 Pinto eventually clocked several career-bests during qualifying, ending up at a 10.30/128.05...While an earlier 10.03/135.46 made him the fifty-fourth member of the SCSS 130 MPH Club, Mike Mester’s 9.93 Trans Am blast earned him the thirty-fourth spot in the SCSS Nine-Second Club…Nathan Grant’s silver ’00 Camaro SS inched closer to the ten-second zone with a best-ever 11.04/124.21...Tom Bantle appeared not with the ten-second maroon ’81 Malibu he raced in late 2007 but with a brand-new ‘92 302 Mustang which qualified with a coasting 10.86 at only 109.28 mph. In late timed trials, Bantle’s new Ford ran 10.69/124.49!…The radical Procharger-equipped ‘81 Cutlass of Tim Gehrs, which uses an honest-to-goodness Olds 350 powerplant, became the 160th member of the SCSS 120 MPH Club on a career-best 11.34/120.87...First alternate Josh Ash’s ‘98 346 Camaro barely missed the Super Sixteen field but joined the 120 MPH Club as number 161 when it hit an 11.92/124.20...Sutton McGee’s first run in early timed trials with his well-known silver ‘63 347 Falcon ended on the burnout when a fire broke out under the hood. The blaze was extinguished quickly and McGee returned to qualify with an 11.46/112.94 before a late timed trial yielded an 11.33/117.30...Former Sport Tuner competitor Curtis Paulfrey earned his first qualifier decal with a best of 11.63/113.89 from his yellow ‘67 468 Camaro…John Brawley qualified Ray Arthur’s new “S-10 Revenge” pickup on the bump spot for the second consecutive week and has now qualified for every event it has entered. The truck’s best runs at each of the first three events of the season have been 11.753, 11.767 and 11.762!…Several racers were yanking the front wheels at the event but the most entertaining were the wild, twisting launches from the ‘83 Regal Wagon of young Matt Gosch; the 455 Buick-powered behemoth ran a best of 12.16/109.30...The “Most Exotic Machine of the Week” was the 2007 Lotus Elise of Ben Novel. The $70,000 ride, powered by a 1.8 litre Yamaha four-cylinder, ran 14.08 at 100.00 mph…Another massive High School Eliminator program was won by the 2006 Season Champion, Aaron Hagen of Rockwood Summit H.S. in his red ’99 350 Formula Firebird. Hagen ousted Tim Rall of Vianney H.S. in the final round; Rall carried the banner of Southside City Speed Shop to the title bout in his ’95 3.1 Grand Prix.
SPECIAL NOTE: Due to facility reconfiguration for the NHRA O’Reilly Midwest Nationals on May 2nd through May 4th, Gateway International Raceway will be closed from Monday, April 28th through Thursday, May 1st. The Street Car Shootout Series at Gateway International Raceway will resume on Tuesday, May 6th.
STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS (as of APRIL 23rd, 2008)
Pos Points Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine
1 (5) Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy
2 (4) Tony Huff Collinsville IL 57 Bel-Air 600 Chevy
3 (4) Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy
4 (4) Brett Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 406 Chevy
5 (4) Hal Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 383 Chevy
6 (3) John Brawley Granite City IL 93 S-10 355 Chevy
7 (2) Dan Schell High Ridge MO 85 Monte Carlo 438 Chevy
8 (2) Jon Huber St. Louis MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford
9 (2) Gary Tripp Imperial MO 69 Camaro 496 Chevy
10 (2) Asmir Catic St. Louis MO 03 Mustang 281 Ford
11 (2) Denny Christman Arnold MO 91 Talon 122 Eagle
12 (2) Tony Tobnick Cedar Hill MO 91 Mustang 359 Ford
13 (2) Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy
14 (2) George Wahby Fenton MO 74 Pinto 350 Chevy
15 (2) Chris Lambert Belleville IL 03 Mustang 281 Ford
16 (2) 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.
APRIL 22nd, 2008 STLSR.COM SPORT TUNER SHOWDOWN FINAL ROUND
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH
W Tim Weis, House Springs, MO 2003 146 Neon SRT-4 0.060 13.023 114.21
RU Ryan Sedej, Pontoon Beach, IL 2004 146 Neon SRT-4 0.190 13.486 112.22
While many competitors struggled in the warm, humid conditions to run within two tenths of second of last week’s times, the finalists in the St. Louis Street Racing.com Sport Tuner Showdown were putting down their best numbers ever. In the first all-Dodge Neon final round since the August 22nd, 2006, championship, Tim Weis and Ryan Sedej also presented a clean sweep for St. Louis SRT Club and five-time Sport Tuner Showdown Champion Justin Bondurant‘s JMB Performance and Powdercoat.
Both finalists drove JMB-prepared Neon SRT-4 MoPars and each gave thanks to Bondurant, whose own legendary blue SRT-4 became the first SCSS Sport Tuner driver under twelve seconds on June 7th, 2005. While Sedej had displayed impressive performance gains at each event this season, only Weis was a previous finalist having scored a runner-up to Bondurant himself almost three years ago on May 24th, 2005. Incredibly, the two waged war during qualifying to produce the tightest spread between the top two qualifiers ever…one thousandth of a second! When qualifying was completed, Sedej’s career-best 13.096/113.78 was almost dead-even with Weis’ 13.097 at a booming 115.47 mph. The rest of the field included yet another Neon SRT-4 of Jason Grubb, (13.54/105.17), April 15th runner-up Blaine Finnegan’s black 2007 BMW 335i, (again the event’s quickest six-cylinder at 13.71/106.24), Tom Sitek’s ‘96 Nissan 240SX, (13.76/105.16), and Steve Russell’s ‘04 Mitsubishi Galant VR4, (13.81/100.79).
In the championship battle, Weis gained a solid advantage of thirteen hundredths of a second off the starting line and never looked back, hitting a 13.02/114.21 to Redej’s off-pace 13.48/112.22. “I finally got a decent Reaction Time and a good sixty-feet ET”, said an elated Weis during winner’s circle ceremonies. “I sure wish it had gone in the twelves but I was pretty happy with the 13.02. Justin helped me with a 50-trim turbo on the car and he tuned it for me. If the air had just been a little bit better it would gone under thirteen flat”. Redej’s “Blue Beast” Neon uses a smaller ported and polished Stage III turbo but it was no secret who prepared it. “Justin gave me a lot of the parts he ran on his original blue SRT-4”, said Redej, “and they still work real well. Actually, I ran quicker during the early part of the night and the car was slowing down a bit as qualifying went on. It’s pretty obvious that this car can run into the twelves, too…sooner or later”.
APRIL 22nd, 2008 GATEWAYRACEWAY.COM SUPER TRUCK SHOWDOWN FINAL ROUND
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH
W Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 1991 434 S-10 0.286 10.103 135.54
RU Brett Marshall, Collinsville, IL 1986 406 S-10 0.202 10.247 107.05
Kevin Autenrieth’s strong 9.52/137.61 blast from his orange S-10 was no surprise to those who watched the four-time GatewayRaceway.com Super Truck Showdown winner thunder to a 9.21 during the season-opening Icebreaker testing event in mineshaft conditions. The Scott Shafiroff-built 434-inch small block housed in the engine bay of the pride of the Lowe Performance team was still charging in the less-than-perfect atmosphere but, prior to the final round, Autenrieth made an unusual offer to his opponent, Brett Marshall.
The son of the “Tuesday Night God”, Hal Marshall, had won every Super Truck title of the 2008 season in his rookie year of competition after taking over his father‘s renowned white ‘86 S-10. Despite its nine-second performance, however, Marshall’s truck is not certified for runs under ten seconds. Both Brett and Hal Marshall spent qualified lifting off the throttles of their S-10s in order to remain slower than ten seconds flat or risk disqualification. Brett ended up second on the qualifying list at 10.20/112.46 followed by Hal’s 10.45/129.09. The rest of the field included the simply astonishing 2006 Chevy Trailblazer of Daniel Rynders, (which stunned the fans with a 12.97/108.67 best), and the quickest diesel-powered effort of the new season from the 359-inch Cummins-powered ‘06 Dodge Ram 2500 of Doug Cossidosi, (13.14/109.11).
As the two awaited their trophy match in front of the main grandstands, Autenrieth made a simple offer to Brett Marshall. “I told him he could use his nitrous and I wouldn’t use mine”, Autenrieth recalled later. I knew I could run right at ten seconds flat and I knew he HAD to run slower than ten seconds flat so I thought it might make for a good race”. When the two staged up for the battle, Marshall jumped to an eight hundredths of a second holeshot and began to drive away from Autenrieth’s truck. A two-tenths lead at the 330 feet mark stretched to a full quarter-second at halftrack. By the thousand-feet pylon, Marshall was still a quarter-second ahead and Autenrieth wasn’t gaining any ground. “About that time, I reached up to turn on the juice”, laughed Autenrieth, “but then I saw him get off the gas and I thought I might be able to catch him”. Sure enough, Marshall hit the brakes and Autenrieth zipped past the white S-10 by a mere sixty thousandths of a second at the stripe…a margin of 11.99 feet!
Autenrieth’s 10.10/135.54 nipped Marshall’s 10.24 but only because Marshall was only running 107.05 mph at the finish. “ I hate to race it this way”, said Marshall during trophy presentations, “but it would cost an awful lot of money to make this truck legal for nine-second runs and, for now, it’s gonna have to stay as it is”. Autenrieth, meanwhile, still has his sights set on the current 9.27-second Super Truck Showdown elapsed time record. “If we can get the weather”, said Autenrieth, “I think we can do it. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens”.
Photos of the April 22nd 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
Tim Weis, House Springs, MO 2003 146 Neon SRT-4
Ryan Sedej, Pontoon Beach, IL 2004 146 Neon SRT-4
Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 1991 434 S-10
Brett Marshall, Collinsville, IL 1986 406 S-10