5/11/2010 Gateway-SCSS Street Car Shootout RESULTS!
These results reflect the record holders, qualifiers, and final round contestants at each of the Street Car Shootout Series events held in conjunction with the NHRA Drags Street Legal Style presented by the American Automobile Association 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 the two official qualifying or championship rounds. The first official Street Car Shootout qualifying period begins at 6:00 PM with sessions continuing until 9:00 PM, (barring unforeseen circumstances). At 9:20 PM, the four quickest qualifiers meet in no-handicap eliminations advancing two winners to the championship final round. 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 St. Louis Drag Racing.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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2009 STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES TRACK RECORDS
Class Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine ET MPH Date
RWD Steve George, Arnold, MO 71 Nova 634 Chevy 7.648 03/30/2010
RWD Mark Woodruff, Arnold, MO 67 Corvette 565 Chevy 186.61 04/20/2010
TRK Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy 8.881 09/15/2009
TRK Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy 150.73 09/15/2009
4CYL Jon Huber, St. Louis, MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford 9.039 10/14/2008
4CYL Jon Huber, St. Louis, MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford 152.16 10/16/2007
6CYL Tony Shoaff, Mechanicsburg, IL 87 Regal 231 Buick 9.667 10/06/2009
6CYL Tony Shoaff, Mechanicsburg, IL 87 Regal 231 Buick 139.63 10/06/2009
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
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
MAY 11th, 2010 STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES QUALIFIERS Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine ET MPH Date
EVENT 07 05/11/2010
1 Daryl Jauernig St. Genevieve MO 89 Mustang 351 Ford 8.499 151.90
2 Orson Johnson House Springs MO 99 Mustang 281 Ford 8.703 171.66
3 Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy 8.784 145.55
4 Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy 9.175 144.15
5 David Perry Imperial MO 89 Mustang 427 Ford 9.390 111.12
6 Philip Carl Winfield MO 91 Mustang 302 Ford 9.898 150.26
7 Corey Stephens Wentzville MO 88 Mustang 372 Ford 10.217 134.63
8 Darrian Hickman St. Louis MO 99 Camaro 346 Chevy 10.651 117.18
9 Dan Schell St. Charles MO 93 Mustang 408 Ford 10.899 125.79
10 Tim Habel St. Louis MO 00 Camaro 346 Chevy 11.021 122.30
11 Ralph Dehne Red Bud IL 63 Impala 409 Chevy 11.026 123.10
12 Nathan Grant Glen Carbon IL 00 Camaro 346 Chevy 11.130 121.25
13 Greg Boschert St. Louis MO 66 Mustang 333 Ford 11.315 123.07
14 Damin Wood Millstadt IL 87 RX7 414 Chevy 11.333 126.32
15 Jon Huber St. Louis MO 79 Mustang 178 Ford 11.350 104.03
16 David Esparza Imperial MO 02 Camaro 346 Chevy 11.421 119.40
MAY 11th, 2010 STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES FINAL ROUND
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH
W Orson Johnson, House Springs, MO 1999 281 Mustang 0.458 9.886 170.71
RU Daryl Jauernig, Ste. Genevieve, MO 1989 351 Mustang Could Not Appear
Fifty-three weeks after earning his first victory, Orson Johnson returned to the winner’s circle in the Street Car Shootout Series held in conjunction with the NHRA Drags Street Legal Style presented by the American Automobile Association at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Johnson, best known as “O.J.“ to fans and fellow racers, piloted the series’ quickest and fastest smallblock-powered machine to his fifth career final round while slowly sorting out the problems which have plagued his red 1999 Mustang throughout the 2010 season.
The pace of the SCSS returned to normal during the seventh event of the thirty-race schedule. No less than four qualifying sessions plus timed trials after the field was set allowed plenty of runs for competitors. Clear skies kept the racing surface above eighty degrees for the entire program and the corrected elevation ranged from 1860 feet above sea level to 968 feet during the final rounds. Only two minimal delays detracted from an otherwise perfect event.
Johnson, who spent most of the 2009 season on the National Mustang Racers Association tour in Drag Radial Eliminator competition, earned SCSS notoriety as the only driver to defeat Tim “Moose” Mallicoat during the entire year when he outran the legendary “Hellraiser” ‘68 Camaro on May 5th, 2009. In fact, Johnson advanced to the final round three consecutive weeks in that month before claiming a third runner-up on June 30th. In every instance, Johnson found Mallicoat in the other lane. While Mallicoat’s Camaro has been out of commission following an engine explosion during opening night of the 2010 SCSS, the competition has become substantially more intense in the new season with the Elapsed Time and Speed Records for the series pounded repeatedly in the first two months of the year.
Only eight minutes into the first qualifying session, three-time 2010 champion Daryl Jauernig struck the first blow in the evening’s battle with his renowned nitrous oxide-injected black 1989 Mustang. The 351-cubic inch Windsor-powered Ford covered the first sixty feet in an incredible 1.225 seconds and thundered to a run of 8.49 seconds at a slowing speed of only 151.90 miles per hour. In fact, using the progressive times from previous runs this season, Jauernig and his Mustang were most likely on an 8.43 pass at over 163 mph before “Dirty D” lifted off the throttle twelve hundred feet down track.
Jauernig’s effort was still leading the field during the second qualifying session when Ray Arthur, Jauernig’s closest point rival, pulled to the starting for the first run in his well-known ”Suspicion” ’67 Camaro since March 30th. After winning the first two events of 2010, Arthur’s nitrous-aided 496-inch Chevy had suffered damage and Arthur had driven his trusty small block-powered ’93 Chevy S-10 pickup in the interim. After launching with a less than spectacular 1.43-second sixty feet elapsed time, Arthur’s Camaro screamed to a career-best 8.78 at 145.55 mph to stun even its veteran driver. “I thought last week was wild!”, exclaimed Arthur in reference to his best-ever 8.90-second clocking in his truck one week ago, “but this run was just as shocking. I’ve been experimenting with not hitting the nitrous until I’m at least one hundred feet off the line to keep the car more calm off the line and, this time, it just took off like a rocket!”.
It wasn‘t until the third qualifying session when fans finally saw Johnson’s Mustang Cobra, the quickest convertible in the SCSS, pull to the starting line. While the turbocharged Ford has suffered tire-spinning launches through most of the season, crewchief Paul Schoelich, (whose Lo Pro Race Cars emporium also sponsors Johnson), stood in awe on the starting line as the Cobra launched into a towering wheelstand! Johnson feathered the throttle to bring the front end back to earth and blasted out an 8.70 at a whopping 171.66 mph to move into the second slot. The final qualifying spot was eventually claimed by SCSS Truck Record Holder Kevin Autenrieth, whose 434-inch small block ’91 S-10 returned from a naturally-aspirated 10.02/134.90 to clock 9.26/144.15 and 9.17/142.60 passes in its final two shots.
After his solitary 8.49 pass held as the low qualifier, Jauernig decided to make a timed trial after the conclusion of qualifying prior to eliminations. The black Mustang launched smoothly with the front wheels aloft and covered the first sixty feet in an astonishing 1.192 seconds, the first “sixty” in SCSS history under 1.20 seconds and one of the quickest ever recorded anywhere on D.O.T. tires, before charging to an 8.40 at 163.22 mph!
When the top qualifiers were called to report in front of the main grandstands for eliminations, the large crowd of spectators on hand anticipated two Ford-versus-Chevy wars in the semi-finals. However, Ray Arthur was forced to withdraw after finding a melted spark plug electrode. “It ran really lean in one cylinder on the 8.78”, noted Arthur when he announced he would be unable to compete, “and this is a fresh motor…that was its first run…so I really don’t want to take a chance on hurting it again without tracing the problem”. The first alternate was David Perry’s pale green turbocharged ’89 Mustang which had only run a shut-off best of 9.39/111.12 in the final qualifying session after recording a best-ever 9.09 the previous week. The sole Chevy pilot in eliminations, Autenrieth, elected to run in both SCSS and Super Truck Showdown competition as is his option.
Johnson and the series’ quickest modular-motored Mustang met Perry and got strapped with a holeshot of seventeen hundredths of a second but the red ragtop once again carried the front end high and quickly regained the lead before clocking an 8.73/170.06 while Perry again struggled with no power at the finish line on a 9.38/130.63 pass. “We’re trying to get the boost right”, said Perry of his turbo’d 427, “but it keeps blowing out the spark before the finish line”. In the other half of the semi-finals, Autenrieth made adjustments to his orange truck but then threw any advantage out the window with a huge redlight start and an off-pace 9.44/143.35 while Jauernig launched into his highest wheelstand of the event, clocking a 1.214 “sixty” and shutting off early to a 9.01/138.76.
In the pit area prior to the final round, Jauernig made a quick check of his Mustang’s chassis prior to his fourth final round appearance of the season, noting, “I heard a noise when it landed the front end that almost sounded like I crunched a header tube”. Upon inspection, Jauernig found far worse; the rebound from the wheelstand actually crushed the oil pan enough to create a leak which couldn’t be sufficiently repaired in time for the final round. He sent word to Schoelich and Johnson he would not be returning for the trophy dash. Johnson’s victorious solo run only added insult to Jauernig’s oil pan injury when the Cobra convertible spun its tire furiously on the starting line and Johnson “pedaled” his way to a sub-par 9.08/170.71.
“That wasn’t the track’s fault”, said a humbled Johnson during winner’s circle ceremonies. “That was caused by us. We ’hopped it up’ for the final round and it was too much. I can’t say we deserved that win but it’s certainly good to see some results from what we’re trying to accomplish. This car still uses a stock modular block with stock heads and we’ve got plenty of power. The trick is getting it to the ground consistently and we made some headway. Of course, we have to thank the folks who’ve helped us for so long like Andy McCoy Race Cars, Dan “Wheelie” Saitz at Hyperformance Motorsports, Todd and Mike at Phase II, Tim at HP Powdercoatings. Oh…and my buddy, Paul, too!”. Schoelich noted he’s been busy with projects other than the Mustang, adding, “I’ve just about finished my new 5,000-square feet shop so Lo Pro Race Cars will be bigger than ever. It’s located at 1203 Old Smelter Road in Union, Missouri, and I‘ll now be able to offer a lot more services to my customers. Thanks to everybody who has made the expansion possible!”.
NOTES FROM THE SCSS: The qualified field might have looked substantially different had Mark “Woody” Woodruff not been stalked by gremlins during the event. The current SCSS Speed Record Holder attended the event with the nitrous-equipped 706-inch orange ‘69 Yenko Nova which previously held both ends of the standard at 8.25/178.71. However, a mysterious oil leak forced the popular St. Louis driver to abort two qualifying attempts and the team eventually parked the car to diagnose the problem…The 2010 SCSS Point Championship battle continues to be a see-saw affair. After Ray Arthur withdrew from competition, Daryl Jauernig’s first round victory gave him a one point lead in the standings…...Philip Carl and chassis builder Dustin Kurz only made one qualifying run with their Winfield, Missouri-based MD Performance 393-inch ‘91 Mustang but it produced a 9.89 at 150.26 mph to make Philip the twenty-eighth member of the 150 MPH Club…Corey Stephens also only made one pass in his blue Fessler Racing Engines/Midwest Trailers nitrous-aided 372-inch ‘88 Mustang but he qualified in the Super Sixteen with a 10.21/134.63. Stephens and Arthur are still the only two drivers who have qualified for every 2010 SCSS event…After hitting a best-ever 10.59/132.40 last week, Darrian Hickman’s 346-inch ‘99 Camaro made the show but failed to reach the finish line under power with a best of 10.65/117.18. However, after qualifying concluded he got one good shot down the track in late timed trials and punched up a great 10.32/131.90...Dan Schell, who has already wheeled his black nine-second ‘85 Monte Carlo and his ten-second 2002 Camaro to qualifying spots in SCSS racing over the past three years, showed with a silver 408-inch ‘93 Mustang and clocked a 10.89/125.79 best…Last week, Tim Habel was making licensing runs in his new nine-second blue ProCharger-equipped 2000 Firehawk; this week, he returned with his well-known silver 2000 Camaro “daily driver” which hit naturally-aspirated best of 11.02/122.30 in qualifying to become the two hundred sixty- seventh member of the 120 MPH Club before blasting out a 10.92/122.83 in late timed trials…Speaking of silver Camaros, Nathan Grant’s street-driven 2000 version has returned to SCSS competition and, while not yet hitting the Hyperspace Button, Grant ran a best of 11.13/121.25 with only Mother Nature’s help…Ralph Dehne’s crowd-pleasing maroon ’63 409 Impala masterpiece ran a best of 11.02/123.10...Greg “Hook ’n Ladder” Boschert and his nitrous-aided 333-inch smallblock Ford on eight-inch D.O.T. rubber only ran a best of 11.13/121.25 in qualifying and an 11.20/124.04 in late timed trials but the St. Louis fireman swears he has his “Problems of the Week” ironed out…After years of competing only at GIR’s popular Midnight Madness events, Damin Wood finally attended an SCSS race and qualified his unique 414-inch smallblock Chevy-powered ‘89 Mazda RX7 in its debut with an 11.33/126.32 while becoming 120 MPH Club member two hundred sixty-eight; he also ran an 11.27/126.87 in late timed trials...David Esparza also earned his first “Fastest Street Car Qualifier” decal with his 2002 Camaro in claiming the “bump spot” of the field at 11.42/119.40...Past GIR High School Eliminator season champion Matt Gosch scored another win for Bunker Hill (IL) High School with his twelve-second 455-powered ‘83 Buick Regal Wagon defeating Hermann (MO) High’s Kegan “Speedy” Hagedorn at the helm of his equally-quick orange ’68 Chevelle…Remember the completely revised 2010 Gateway International Raceway Rules and Regulations are available at St. Louis Drag Racing.com by clicking HERE.
2010 STREET CAR SHOOTOUT SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS (Top 10 of 62 as of MAY 12th, 2010)
Pos Points Name Hometown ST Vehicle Engine
1 (43) Daryl Jauernig St. Genevieve MO 89 Mustang 351 Ford
2 (42) Raymond Arthur Edwardsville IL 67 Camaro 496 Chevy
3 (36) Corey Stephens Wentzville MO 88 Mustang 372 Ford
4 (22) David Perry Imperial MO 89 Mustang 427 Ford
5 (20) Orson Johnson House Springs MO 99 Mustang 281 Ford
6 (20) Ralph Dehne Red Bud IL 63 Impala 409 Chevy
7 (20) Greg Boschert St. Louis MO 66 Mustang 333 Ford
8 (19) Shane Cochran St. Louis MO 71 Camaro 509 Chevy
9 (18) Matt Martin St. Louis MO 86 Mustang 302 Ford
10 (17) Kevin Autenrieth Bethalto IL 91 S-10 434 Chevy
NOTE: Points toward the 2010 Street Car Shootout Series Season Championship are awarded on the basis of five (5) points for qualifying in the Super Sixteen field with one (1) bonus point awarded for qualifying in the top four positions. One (1) additional point is earned for each round win during eliminations. 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.
MAY 11th, 2010 STLSR.COM SPORT TUNER SHOWDOWN FINAL ROUND
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH
W Dan Harris, St. Louis, MO 2004 232 Mustang 0.149 12.044 111.65
RU Paul Weishaar, St. Louis, MO 2004 183 BMW 135i 0.286 12.329 116.95
The fact he wasn‘t in attendance one week ago was big news but Dan Harris returned to collect his eighth career victory in a record-breaking eighteenth career final round in the St. Louis Street Racing.comSport Tuner Showdown. While Harris was in much better health than during the previous week’s event, (which he spent “at home puking my guts out”), the St. Louisan’s V6-powered 2004 Mustang even seemed to feel better by pounding out its quickest elapsed time ever in STSS competition in the championship round.
Jon Huber‘s always amazing turbocharged 178-cubic inch four-cylinder silver ’79 Mustang from his Huber Performance shop actually lead qualifying with an 11.35 at only 104.03 mph but Huber quickly retired after the run, which was marked by plenty of popping and banging, proved there were substantial problems to be cured. Harris actually qualified in the second spot at 12.23/111.31 followed by April 13th STSS winner Paul Weishaar’s black all-wheel-drive turbo’d six-cylinder 2004 BMW 135i, (a career-best 12.36/116.16), two-time 2010 STSS finalist Rene Lupercio and his turbocharged red ‘94 Acura Integra, (an off-pace 13.11/111.38 which was followed after the qualifying sessions by a late timed trial of 12.55/113.57), and Steve Bunge’s unique 231-inch Buick V6-powered ’87 Pontiac Fiero, (a career-best 13.63/102.59), Of note was the 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo of Aldin Turan which suffered problems during qualifying but returned during late timed trials to clock an impressive 12.68/107.20.
Weishaar made the trophy match as the first alternate for Huber and certainly could have expected his career-best 12.32 at a wild 116.95 mph to be competitive with Harris and the “SixBangStang“ but, in fact, Harris grabbed a holeshot of fourteen hundredths of a second and ran a best-ever 12.04/111.65 in the final to win 69.5 feet! “We changed the RevLimiter so it could go across the finish line at higher RPM“, said Harris during trophy presentations in front of the main grandstands, “but it still was on the limiter way before the finish. We’ve worked so hard to get this thing in the elevens…it has run 12.01 at the Outlaw All Stars…but we’re really confused by the fact the car is launching slower right now and still running this good. Last year, we had sixty-feet times in the 1.60s; that 12.04 run had a 1.77. I don’t really know what’s going on but at least it’s going quicker!“.
MAY 11th, 2010 ST. LOUIS DRAG RACING.COM SUPER TRUCK SHOWDOWN FINAL ROUND
Pos Name Hometown ST Vehicle R.T. ET MPH
W Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 1991 434 S-10 0.453 9.079 145.88
RU Tim Mallicoat, Jr., Collinsville, IL 1992 350 S-10 -0.051 (foul) 13.818 101.40
Kevin Autenrieth is happy just to be racing his orange S-10 pickup without problems but, with his second title in three events in the St. Louis Drag Racing.comSuper Truck Showdown, he is also in a position to begin leaning on his machine in an attempt to reset his own SCSS Truck Elapsed Time and Speed records.
Autenrieth has always appreciated the effort required for any of his previous sixteen final round appearances but few have come in the rare situation he faced during the May 11th event. There was, in all honesty, a distinct lack of trucks on the property. However, that certainly isn’t meant to insinuate Autenrieth didn’t deserve the title; he produced more than enough representative runs to make his point. His initial pass in the his 434-cubic inch Lowe Performance banner-carrier came without the aid of nitrous oxide injection at 10.02/134.90 and was followed by back-to-back nitrous laps of 9.26/144.15 and 9.17/142.60. Autenrieth also continued the truck’s reputation as one of the quickest in SCSS competition in the first sixty feet, clocking a best of 1.257 seconds.
Autenrieth elected to compete in both the SCSS and the Super Truck division but an experiment in the semi-finals of the overall eliminator resulted in an off-pace 9.44/143.35. His closest opponent in Super Truck qualifying was Tim “Little Moose” Mallicoat’s primered ‘91 350 S-10 at 13.89/101.63 and, while Mallicoat is a veteran of three previous Super Truck final rounds, he was no match for Autenrieth’s trophy-winning 9.07/145.88. “After Ray’s 8.90 last week, I knew I’d better be here this week”, laughed Autenrieth, referring to Ray Arthur’s career-best run in the May 5th Super Truck final which narrowly missed Autenrieth’s 8.88 class record. “I actually messed up what was probably close to an eight-second run on that last pass. It spun the tires for the first time all night and that slowed the ‘sixty’ down to a 1.29. Still, we made a lot of runs and found out a few things that will help us get back to consistent eight-second runs this year. If we’re leaving with a win and the truck’s not broken, it was a good night!”.
Photos of the May 11th Street Car Shootout Series event are now available for viewing at Bret Kepner Photos.com.
Orson “O.J.“ Johnson, House Springs, MO 1999 281 Mustang
Daryl Jauernig, Ste. Genevieve, MO 1989 351 Mustang
Dan Harris, St. Louis, MO 2004 232 Mustang
Paul Weishaar, St. Louis, MO 2004 183 BMW 135i
Kevin Autenrieth, Bethalto, IL 1991 434 S-10
Tim “Little Moose” Mallicoat, Jr., Collinsville, IL 1992 350 S-10