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
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
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
JUNE 10th, 2008 STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES QUALIFIERS
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine ET MPH Date
EVENT 09 06/10/2008
1 Tony Huff Collinsville IL 57 Bel-Air 510 Chevy 8.559 157.36
2 Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy 8.681 156.68
3 Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy 9.343 143.35
4 Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy 9.461 147.04
5 Hal Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 406 Chevy 10.099 128.82
6 Brett Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 406 Chevy 10.243 134.12
7 Tim Kirkpatrick Troy MO 88 Mustang 393 Ford 10.349 127.33
8 Sutton McGee Granite City IL 63 Falcon 347 Ford 10.432 133.75
9 Aaron Cherepkai Roxana IL 83 Monte Carlo 383 Chevy 10.813 124.60
10 Ty Johnson Jerseyville IL 79 Malibu 454 Chevy 10.909 125.17
11 Curtis Paulfrey Brighton IL 68 Camaro 468 Chevy 11.031 123.41
12 Isaac St. Clair Troy MO 72 Chevelle 400 Chevy 11.110 122.96
13 Neil Tobnick Cedar Hill MO 91 Mustang 359 Ford 11.352 74.66
14 Nathan Grant Edwardsville IL 02 Camaro 346 Chevy 11.406 123.94
15 Tim Gregor St. Louis MO 01 Corvette 364 Chevy 11.497 128.46
16 Denny Christman Arnold MO 91 Talon 122 Eagle 11.615 121.94
JUNE 10th, 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 0.168 8.448 161.04
RU Tim Mallicoat, Collinsville, IL 1968 565 Camaro 0.132 8.672 157.03
For the second consecutive event, Tony Huff stopped defending series champion Tim Mallicoat in his tracks to score his third victory of the 2008 Street Car Shootout Series at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Despite the heat of early summer, Huff pushed his nitrous oxide-aided 1957 Bel-Air to the quickest and fastest runs ever clocked in SCSS competition by a Chevrolet product en route to his twenty-fifth career final round appearance. Mallicoat retained a slim one-point lead over Huff in the season championship but, for the first time recent memory, Mallicoat’s “Hellraiser” ‘68 Camaro was outqualified and outrun in every round of eliminations. After changes which tamed the car substantially, the Dale Huff Motorsports Chevy was tuned by Bill Silva to remarkably consistent and uneventful passes throughout the event.
After two weeks of rainstorms and lightning strikes which again forced the GIR staff to shut down the racetrack to rewire the facility, the SCSS program resumed in eighty-seven degree heat. With a corrected elevation of slightly more than three thousand feet above sea level, performances suffered in early timed trials but rebounded substantially after sunset when the weather turned nearly perfect for spectating. Eventually, the “air” dropped to 1865 feet above sea level and a surprising number of competitors actually clocked career-best runs near the end of qualifying. Despite large turnout of racers, no less than twenty-seven percent of the entries posted their best runs of the season.
In only the fourth pair of cars during early timed trials, Aaron Cherepkai’s white small block-powered ’83 Monte Carlo SS hit a surprising 1.68-second sixty-feet elapsed time and charged to a best-ever 10.90/124.57 to prove the racing surface was tolerable despite a track temperature of 137 degrees. When veteran Hal Marshall ran an “all motor” 10.66/128.43 with a 1.58-second “sixty” in his smallblock ’86 S-10 pickup, fears of a slippery track were quickly calmed.
When the official qualifying session began, Ty Johnson’s 454-cubic inch ’79 Malibu blasted out its first ten-second pass, a 10.90/125.17, which would stand for the event as its best. Kevin Autenrieth’s orange ’91 S-10 pickup also tested the waters without the benefit of nitrous oxide and ran 10.31/132.63. However, the 2007 SCSS Season Champion wasted no time in probing the limits of traction; Tim “Moose” Mallicoat staged his renowned black Camaro and, with a 1.33 “sixty”, thundered to an 8.75/156.68 to lead the field only twenty-four minutes into the qualifying period.
Tony Huff, whose ’57 Chevrolet had won the most recent event on May 20th when Mallicoat redlighted in the final round, pulled to the line only five minutes later. The 510-cubic inch rat-motored behemoth had proven to be a chore to control since its debut early in the season but crew chief Silva had used the two weeks of canceled racing to adjust the front suspension and install a new anti-sway bar on the rear of the Chevy. With the car’s least violent launch ever, Huff covered the first sixty feet in a mere 1.26 seconds, the eighth-mile in 5.48 seconds at 128.77 mph and eclipsed Mallicoat’s career-best 8.56-second pass from October 17th, 2007, with the quickest Chevy-powered run in SCSS history, an incredible 8.55 at 157.36 mph!
Ironically, Huff’s low qualifier position was far from guaranteed. In attendance was the SCSS Record-holding ’91 Mustang of the Tobnick brothers, (this time with Neil driving and Tony wrenching), which was more than capable of stealing the pole spot from Huff. The Tobnick machine, using a nitrous-injected smallblock Ford powerplant, rides on substantially narrower rubber than the Chevys of Huff and Mallicoat and spent much of early qualifying combating serious tirespin. Eventually, Tobnick’s best effort was a coasting 11.35 which actually made the field in the thirteenth position at one of the slowest speeds ever clocked for a Super Sixteen qualifier, 74.66 mph. It wasn‘t until late timed trials after the conclusion of qualifying that Tobnick got the Mustang to launch in a satisfactory fashion, (with a 1.33 “sixty“), but, even then, the car headed for the wall four hundred feet off the line and forced Tobnick to abort the run.
Autenrieth’s pickup used “the squeeze” to blast to a 1.34-second “sixty” and recorded the second quickest truck pass in SCSS history, a blistering 9.34/143.06, which held for the third spot in the field and Ray Arthur’s 496-inch “Suspicion” ’67 Camaro produced its quickest run of the season, a 9.46/147.04 to hold fourth. Mallicoat made one last attempt during qualifying to inch closer to Huff and improved by seven hundredths of a second to an 8.68/156.68 but remained behind Huff‘s solitary qualifying pass.
When eliminations began, Mallicoat allowed Autenrieth to gain almost a three-tenths of a second holeshot but ran down the smallblock truck in an 8.71/155.81 to 9.48/142.48 battle. Huff allowed Arthur an even larger advantage--a third of a second--in the other half of the semi-finals and found himself trailing the “Suspicion” Chevy almost to halftrack. Arthur picked a perfect time to make his quickest SCSS pass ever, a blazing 9.09/149.98, but Huff countered with an astonishing 8.47 at an historic 160.18 miles per hour, the fastest speed in SCSS history for a GM-powered machine on D.O.T. tires!
“It had a 1.25 ‘sixty’ on that pass and it’s as stable as it can be”, said Huff before the final round while preparing the car in front of the main grandstands. After consulting with brother Dale Huff and crew chief Silva, it was difficult to discern if the trio would simply leave the car alone against Mallicoat or attempt to run even quicker. However, reigning champ Mallicoat had no tricks up his sleeve; as one of the few naturally-aspirated racers in the eight-second zone, his previous 8.68 pace was about as quick as the “Hellraiser” Camaro was likely to run.
In the championship dash, Mallicoat grabbed a slight three hundredths of a second off the starting line but Huff ate up the difference in the first sixty feet. At the eighth-mile, Huff’s 5.42/130.63 was only two hundredths slower than Tony Tobnick’s SCSS 5.40 eighth-mile record and, at the finish line, 44.68 feet separated the two Chevys. Mallicoat’s 8.67/157.03 was a gallant effort but paled in comparison to Huff’s astounding 8.44 at 161.08 mph!
“That was certainly a little nicer than last time!”, said Silva in reference to the car’s giant out-of-control wheelstands during its May 20th victory. “It sure is a different car to drive”, admitted a smiling Huff during trophy presentations. “It’s smooth and it goes straight. Bill did a great job getting the car to settle down. Now, we can concentrate of winning rounds and chasing ‘Moose’. There’s definitely more in the car and now we can actually use it”.
NOTES FROM THE SCSS: One would’ve thought there was a $1000 bonus for the event’s best burnout at the June 10th SCSS meet. The GIR timing tower was repeatedly fogged in by some of the most outrageous tire-heaters of the season. The final round found both Huff and Mallicoat all but obscuring the starting line with smoke…Tim Kirkpatrick ran a career-best 10.34/127.33 to qualify his wild green 393-inch ‘88 Mustang and then hit 10.38/126.64 and 10.33/126.01 runs in late timed trials…Sutton McGee’s silver 347-inch ‘63 Ford Falcon screamed to a 10.43/133.75 during qualifying to become the nintieth member of the SCSS 10-Second Club and the fifty-sixth member of the 130 MPH Club. In late timed trials, he blasted out a 10.34/132.01!…For the second time this season, Brad Kimbler’s amazing naturally-aspirated 2000 Camaro missed the Super Sixteen field in the seventeenth spot. This time, his best in qualifying was an 11.77/117.22; he later ran 11.70/117.10 after qualifying ended.,,Although his best during the official session was an 11.03/123.41, Curtis Paulfrey’s yellow ‘68 Camaro dipped into the tens in the cooler night air with a 10.97/124.50...Joe Williams had a chance to make the 11.61-second “bump spot” even quicker but his yellow ten-second bigblock ‘68 Nova wounded its transmission on its only pass…Dick Cerame’s magnificent black ‘69 Torino is always a crowd pleaser but the 582-cubic inch FE “side oiler” monster charged to a best-ever 11.84/116.74 during qualifying…Another ride which grabbed plenty of attention was Derek Lewis’ exceptionally efficient black ‘89 Trans Am. Looking bone stock, the car hit repeated 1.7-second “sixties” and ran a best of 12.02/112.70...Young Matt Gosch had one of the worst nights of his life; his wheel standing ‘83 Buick Regal Station Wagon broke something on five different runs and spent most of the event being pushed off the starting line. He did manage a best of 12.20/108.34...Tom Pierce of Marietta, Georgia, had plenty of folks around his car in the pits. Pierce made the first runs at GIR with a new Pontiac G8, clocking 14.61/98.61.
STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS (as of JUNE 11th, 2008)
Pos Points Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine
1 (11) Tim Mallicoat Collinsville IL 68 Camaro 565 Chevy
2 (10) Tony Huff Collinsville IL 57 Bel-Air 510 Chevy
3 (8) Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy
4 (7) Brett Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 406 Chevy
5 (6) Hal Marshall Collinsville IL 86 S-10 406 Chevy
6 (4) Dan Schell High Ridge MO 85 Monte Carlo 438 Chevy
7 (4) Jon Huber St. Louis MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford
8 (4) Mike Mester Valley Park MO 00 Firebird 402 Pont
9 (4) Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy
10 (4) Curtis Paulfrey Brighton IL 68 Camaro 468 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.
JUNE 10th, 2008 STLSR.COM SPORT TUNER SHOWDOWN FINAL ROUND
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH
W Scott Keller, St. Louis, MO 1987 231 Regal 0.396 11.817 114.27
RU Adam Usher, Florissant, MO 1993 79 RX7 0.171 12.539 115.99
It had been eleven months since Mat Tallman’s first and only victory for a Buick in the St. Louis Street Racing.com Sport Tuner Showdown but Scott Keller took advantage of a 2008 rules revision and scored the first title for the venerable T-Type Regal in SCSS racing. Prior to this year, rear-wheel-drive six-cylinder machines competed in the Street Car Shootout and weren’t eligible for the Tuner program. When the RWD sixes were moved into the Sport Tuner ranks, it allowed the mid-80s Regals and Grand Nationals to battle against more contemporary non-V8s.
Denny Christman, the season’s only two-time winner, actually qualified low with an 11.61/121.94 from his HillCo Axles-sponsored AWD ‘91 Eagle Talon. Christman made several runs during the event including an 11.48/121.29 after qualifying concluded. However, Christman reported to tech officials that he would be unable to contest the final round after that pass and asked that an alternate be called in his place.
Keller was the second qualifier having clocked a best of 12.09/114.50 with his white T-Type Regal and, ironically, had shut out the quickest of all Tuners, Jon Huber and the World’s Fastest Four-Cylinder Mustang. Huber’s only qualifying attempt came with a troubled launch which led to a crazy 12.35 at a ****ping 146.78 mph; although the run qualified third and could’ve been good enough to race for the trophy as the first alternate, Huber had long since headed back to his St. Louis shop. That allowed the second alternate into the final round and Adam Usher, debuting his new ’93 RX7, was up to the task.
Usher, best known for his insanely quick turbocharged ’89 Dodge Colt wagon, unveiled his Speed & Sound-tuned twin-turbocharged rotary with several solid twelve-second passes including a best of 12.55/113.82. Fifth in the field was Asim Chupufuri’s ’03 Mitsubishi Evo, (12.871/110.43), followed by Mehrshad Bashi’s strong ’93 3000GT, (12.875/111.90), and Rene Luperedo’s surprising 2000 Integra GS-R, (13.17 at a booming 114.19 mph).
In the title bout, Usher jumped to a quarter-second holeshot but the Buick made its strongest move of the night in the first sixty feet. Both drivers recorded their best runs of the event but Keller’s 11.81/114.27 overpowered Usher’s 12.53/115.99. “This was my first night out with ET Street radials”, said Keller during trophy presentations, “and I was finally getting traction. Now, I have to figure out how to get it more power. It had a 1.72 ’sixty’ in the final but it should be quicker than that. It’s just a matter of figuring it all out”.
JUNE 10th, 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 0.071 10.070 120.23
RU Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 1991 434 S-10 0.027 10.258 132.39
Hal Marshall welcomed break in the action after the May 20th event. It was during that race in which Hal pitched the entire rearend assembly out of his new red-and-white ‘86 S-10 pickup just off the starting line and gave Hal, son Brett, and crew chief/racing partner Allen “Crabby” Hannel plenty to do for a few days. “Crabby welded in a whole new four-link suspension and we replaced everything in the back of the truck. It won’t be breaking like that again anytime soon”, said Marshall. Marshall’s first runs in the revamped truck produced 10.3-second efforts which put him back in thick of things until Brett Marshall, still at the helm of Hal’s original white ’86 S-10, put down a 10.24/134.12 to take a final round berth ahead of Dad.
However, Dad is a crafty guy. The veteran of thirty-four final rounds simply made one final qualifying attempt and hit a 10.09/118.38 to take back his rightful place in the championship battle. Both father and son were chasing Kevin Autenrieth’s Lowe Performance ‘91 S-10 pickup which shot to a 9.34/143.06, only seven hundredths of a second from Larry Richards SCSS Truck ET Record. Autenrieth elected to compete in both the SCSS battle and the Truck Showdown and ran 9.48/142.48 in a losing semi-final match with Tony Huff but appeared to have more than enough to stop Marshall for the Truck division honors.
In the final, Marshall jumped to a great 0.071 Reaction Time only to be stung by Autenrieth’s tremendous 0.027 RT. A funny thing happened on the way to finish line, however; Autenrieth couldn’t seem to pass the old guy in the other lane. When Marshall’s win light illuminated atop the scoreboard, it was definitely a surprise. Marshall’s 10.07/120.23 had outrun Autenrieth’s 10.25/132.39 and Hal made history in the process by winning his twenty-fifth Tuesday night title to become the first to achieve that goal.
So what happened to Autenrieth? “I ran out of nitrous after that run with Tony Huff”, laughed the five-time champion. “This was one of the first nights I made more than two or three runs and I just ran out. I was pretty sure I could still run with him but Hal got me this time”. Hal was just as stunned as his fan club, who cheered even louder than normal in the stands when Hal got his first win of 2008. “I expected the race to be over right off the line but it lasted all the way to the finish line!”, said Hal surrounded, as always, by family and friends. “It’s good to be back!”.
Photos of the June 10th 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
Scott Keller, St. Louis, MO 1987 231 Regal
Adam Usher, Florissant, MO 1993 79 RX7
Hal Marshall, Collinsville, IL 1986 406 S-10
Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 1991 434 S-10