Words and photos by Bret
is alive and well in Gateway International
Raceway's new Street Car Shootout program.
With nineteen events completed, the series
has crowned fourteen different champions and
has featured one hundred sixty-four different
qualifiers out of over two thousand seven hundred
entries. The series has also attracted over
fourteen hundred registered racers. Adding
to the success of the new program is the fact
Fords and Chevrolets have each won fifty percent
of the nineteen Shootout final rounds.
The Street Car Shootout program, sponsored
by St. Louisans Dwayne Rall and Rob Gibbons
with their Southside City Speed Shop, (5616
Gravois, 314-481-7500), features a simple format.
Held during GIR's Tuesday Night Street Car
Drags, all entries are given a permanent driver's
number and a laminated driver's ID card. During
the event, (an open timed trial affair for
$15 entry), all drivers are automatically ranked
by elapsed time using the track's CompULink
timing system. When qualifying concludes at
10:00 p.m., each of the sixteen quickest qualifiers
is awarded a large "Fastest Street Car
Shootout Qualifier" decal and the two
quickest qualifiers (or alternates, if needed)
race heads-up for Winner and Runner-Up trophies.
While the decals and trophies are provided
by Rall and Gibbons, it's interesting to note
that both have competed...and won Qualifier
stickers...in cars prepared by their own Southside
City Speed Shop!
Drag Racing Online has taken a keen interest
in the program, noting that qualifiers to date
have included 409-powered '63 Impalas, Eagle
Talons and Mitsubishi Eclipses, Ford Fairmonts,
Toyota Supras, S-10 pickups, '66 AC Cobras,
Nissan SXs, and even a few Dodge Vipers! Therefore,
DRO will maintain a regular results section
for the 2004 SCSS Street Car Shootout series.
After all, it's drag racing in its most pure
SCSS SHOOTOUT RESULTS -- SEPT. 21, 2004
||Lance Dudley, Waterloo, IL, 1971 337
Chevelle, 0.460, 10.133, 131.77
||Rob Nolan, Granite City, IL, 1987 231
Regal, -0.016, 11.376, 121.16
Lance Dudley avenged his May 11th runner-up
to become the fourteenth different winner of
the nineteen completed events in the 2004 Southside
City Speed Shop Street Car Shootout Series.
A tremendous field of entries made for the
fifth largest event of the season while incredible
weather conditions produced more new series