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COMPARING THE SEGA, NHRA AND PDRA BY 4 GUYS FROM EUROPE WHO MADE THE TRIP OVER HERE TO SEE THEM ALL


A NHRA event at Max Dragway in Concord NC is sometimes quite boring due to the sheer distance between drivers and spectators. We were lucky to get a chat with Johnny Lindberg in the Jim Head Funny Car, during the rain, but that's it. Walking in the Pro-Mod pits had an almost hostile feeling to it. Despite an outstanding Venue, it will take a while before we attend a NHRA eventagain, even we have been to both Gainesville and Las Vegas before.


The PDRA event at Bradenton Motorsports Park was actually a very small event, with only 6 Outlaw contenders. In very hot and humid conditions our ”Buddy” Adam Flamholc now living in Cape Coral took the win, and bagged 1000$. He used to live in Malmoe 15 min from us. This was more or less some pre season testing, and we saw a 7 speed Liberty gearbox with a price tag of 20500$ just for the Housing. A full ladder event could be worth looking at, but Pro-Mod in Europe is as exciting.


Then we have the icing on the cake, the SEGA event at Carolina Dragway in Aiken. (even tho it was rain delays and really bad weather) So much fun, excitement and friendliness we have not seen in a long time. Most fun was that Dean Jonaswon A/G, who we had met the previous Monday at Tommy Mauney's shop. At the same time we felt sorry for Kenneth Phillipswho had a bad day. As did Gary Smith with the Henry J, that crashed just in front of us. Y'all know how to put on a good show. The chats in the pit, smileys everywhere is a memory for a long time. The Gasser trend is picking up here in Europe as well, but it will take a while until we have 11 events per season.

We look forward seeing you all in the near future.

All the best from
Mats Lundqvist
Tom Lundqvist
Bengt Wittander
And myself Bjorn Einarsson




Winners Include:
A/Gas:Kenneth Phillips
B/Gas:Doug Dobbins
C/Gas:Leslie Horne
Super Stock:Mark Hackett
A/FX:Allen Platt

Many thanks to our trophy girl Rebecca Haynes!

Shady Side Winners 11-19

We have reached the end of the 2019 Season for the Southeast Gassers Association. This year has been full of amazing racing and as always it is sad to see it come to an end for the year.

This Saturday we had some of the best race weather we have ever had this year. With a car turnout of 80 SEGA legal cars and a great crowd that filled up the stands, it was sure to be a outstanding ending to the season. We even had folks fly in from the UK and Australia to see the race!

As always we like to thank the fans for coming out and supporting our events. Without you, the SEGA would not be here. I hope that you all stay tuned for the 2020 schedule and get ready because the next season will be here before you know it!

Also a big shoutout to all the sponsors that helped make this race happen!

Thanks again from everyone in theSoutheast Gassers AssociationandSewell Imagery!



SEGA DEDICATION AND SUPPORT IS SECOND TO NONE
With the rain delaying theSoutheast Gassers Associationrace until today Sunday October 20th I have had time to set here at the track (in the rain) and learn what really makes the SEGA tick. Of course when it's looking like rain or anything out of the ordinary it's hard to have a full field of cars in any class so I have to try and explain to the track owner and fans why our race is not as good as it could be. Knowing this already I'm watching the Friday night test session and I seenJeffrey Maddencrash his car, thenRod BurgenerDestroyed his rear suspension, thenDale Mortonblow an engine, several more major problems happened at the test session Friday night and was causing the car count to drop even further for race day.
Now I'm thinking this is going to be the shortest field of cars we have had all year long and it's right here in our back door where most of our cars are less than a 3 hour drive away. But to my surprise everyone knowing it was going to rain and the race would be moved one day to Sunday the work started.Dale Mortonhollered at me and said save my parking spot I'm going home to change engines. Rod and Jeff's cars were pushed in a building the track loaned them and up on Jack stands they both went and at least 30 drivers and crew from other teams went to work. 
Next thing I knew racers and fans were jumping in their cars and headed to all parts of the country to find the needed parts to fix the two cars by race day Sunday. While all this was going onTroy Lightnercall me and said my Transmission was busted and when I got it fixed I found my rear end was broke also. Of course I'm thinking at this point here's another one going to stay at home and we was already short on cars. To my surprise he said I'm working on getting the rear end fixed now and will see you Sunday morning.Timothy Hallnot feeling well but said he was coming because he could feel bad at the track just as well as at home. All of this was making me realize what dedicated racers, crew, and fans we have supporting the SEGA. Not to mention some of these guys travel over 20 hours to support each other and the SEGA.
I could go on and on but y'all get the point. Some will stay home because it's a little hot or it's to cold or something ain't just right on the car but not the SEGA racers they support each other like I have never seen and I have been heavily involved in racing since 1975.
And these other groups think they can bribe these racers to jump ship.
~Quain Stott~


POINTS ARE UP FROM THE KNOXVILLE RACE ON THE SEGA WEB SITE
WOW 111 different drivers have fought for the SEGA championship this year.
All classes still undecided for the championship
Only one round between 1st and 2nd in A/Gas
Only one round between 3rd and 4th in A/Gas
Only one round between 11th and 10th in A/Gas.
3 way tie for 9th place in B/Gas.
Only one round between 2nd and 3rd in B/Gas
Tie for 3rd in C/Gas
Only one round between 10th and 11th in C/Gas
Only one round between 4th and 5th in Super Stock
WITH ONLY TWO RACES LEFT.

IF ANYONE EVER WONDERS WHY THE SEGA HAS THE SUCCESS IT HAS
This pic is just one example of the army that is responsible for making theSoutheast Gassers Associationthe successful group it is today. When our fans or racers go to any type event they are always promoting the SEGA as seen here at a recent car show.
Big thanks toGeorge Gantt,Jason Roberts,Bethany Smith,Zach Longand their family's for all the long time support that has made the SEGA what it is today.



OLD MEMORIES
I'm guessing about 21 years ago (about 1998) at Darlington SC. Bad tuning mistake on my part, had it to lean at the hit of the throttle.Easy mistake back then when the air was good as it usually was at Darlington in March. Common knowledge now days but back then Pro Mod was the top of the food chain and nitrous still had many mysteries. The learning curve was long and hard because there was nobody to steal information from like there is now days. You can buy a tune up now days.
Thanks for digging up the old picJeremy Phillipsand I think the pic was made by the famous photographer Roger Richards.
Quain Stott


Digging in my basement and found this stored away.
One of the high points in my racing career was being voted Car Craft Magazine Pro Mod Driver of the year in 2001. This was voted on by the fans so it means more than any race win ever could. Just something cool for an old has been to look back on.


HERE'S A TRUE STORY THAT HAPPENED ABOUT A YEAR AGO, SOME OF Y'ALL HAVE ALREADY HEARD IT. JUST CHANGED THE NAMES TO PROTECT THE INNOCENT

Joe called and ask me what it would cost to be competitive in SEGA legal A/Gas. My first question to Joe was what do you do for a living. He said he was a carpenter, I said what automotive talents / skills do you have. He ask why does that matter?
I said because if you don't even know how to change a flat on your street car it will cost you at least $100,000 to build a competitive SEGA legal A/Gas car because you will have to hire someone to do everything even to strap the car down in the trailer.
But if you are a carpenter and also a car guy with some small automotive skills you can do it for $60 or $70,000 and I went on down the line with examples until this example. if you are (I'll use Dean Jonas for example) someone that can do it all yourself, build the complete car, build the complete engine, drive the car, set up the chassis, drive the toe rig, service the trailer and toe rig, y'all get the point. Dean can build a competitive A/Gas car for around $30,000 or less. The guy was starting to see what I was trying to explain at this point. Now I ask him what if Dean Jonas want a new house, it would cost him $200.000 where Joe could build the same house for less than $75,000.
It's all about talent and hard work when racing first to the finish line. Some use their talent to build a customer a house so they can pay someone to build a car and some have the talent to build the car but in the end it's all talent, hard work and skill that wins the race. Now keep in mind if you have the skill but chose to spend your time at the lake drinking beer while the car sets in the trailer until the next race the results won't be as good as the guy that lives and breathes his race car.



Old Photo

WHY ARE THE BLEACHERS EMPTY NOW DAYS
30 years ago a new class was tried by IHRA, (pictured) it was to be a heads up no break out class for the little guy. The class was named Factory Modified but was nicknamed Jr Pro Stock. As always I jumped in head first and built a car forDennis Ramey(far lane). I drove the car for the first several races then Dennis took over and went on to set the record in the class. Before the first year ended the expense to run it was almost as muchas pro stock it's self. So shortly after that one of the coolest classes in drag racing was gone and fine people like Dennis Ramey never returned.
NOW THE POINT OF THIS
In my 43 years in racing i was involved in this class and many others and I seen first hand why they didn't make it or at best just became another brick in the wall. I seen and remember the things that killed them. Not a day goes by that I don't remind myself of why the stands are empty at most dragstrips. I remind myself of why there are not enough spectators to pay the bills so the racers and crew have to pay an entry fee. I even notice where some are trying things like burn out or wheelie contest to draw in fans. What happened to using the drag strip for what it was designed for, A REAL DRAG RACE. So when someone ask me why i run theSoutheast Gassers Associationwith an iron fist and have the crazy strict rules on the cars, tracks, and photographers. I remind them the SEGA is now over 7 years old and the bleachers and parking lot's are full of paying spectators, not participants and crew members.
"SEGA IS NOT A SHOW IT'S A GOOD DRAG RACE"

Special thanks toRob Hightowerfor the 30 year old pic.



FANS SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR SUMMIT AS THEY HAVE ADDED ANOTHER $2,000 TO 2019 SEGA CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS FUND.
Summit Racing Equipment came on board with help for the 2019 Southeast Gassers Associationseason with sponsorship dollars to test the water for 2020. With the 2019 season only 1/2 over they must like what they are seeing because they have just added $2,000 more to the already generous sponsorship for 2019. It's very rare for a sponsor to add $ in the middle of a race season so we feel something good is in store for the Summit / SEGA partnership for 2020. They have requested that every penny of the $2,000 be spread out among the top points earners at the year end SEGA Championship banquet. Also at the remaining 5 SEGA national events Summit will be giving every racer that enter's the event a coupon for a 10% discount on any order from summit. A new coupon will be given at each of the remaining 5 events.

WE HAVE FOUND THAT SEGA FANS ARE AMONG THE MOST BRAND LOYAL FANS IN THE RACING WORLD SO LETS WORK TOGETHER TO SHOW SUMMIT THAT THEIR SPONSORSHIP DOLLARS ARE WELL SPENT.
~Quain Stott~



Wagler

NO WAY TO UNDERSTAND UNLESS YOU WAS THERE

I can only try to describe the Southeast Gassers Association race that we had in Lyons Indiana this past weekend. First off we set the all time track attendance record at a track that is over 500 miles from our home base so we can only imagine what will happen at our home town races coming up later this year. Before the fans even got to the pits they felt like it was 1967 because the shuttle used by the track to transport the fans form the packed parking lot to the pit area was an old 1953 John Deer tractor pulling a wagon.
I was busy as usual but was stopped every few minutes by fans just to tell me thanks for bringing the SEGA to Indiana. As always the fans were from every where. 7 all the way from from Australia. I had 100's tell me they drove over 4 or 5 hours and one couple from Utah.
The racing was second to none as always with 64 cars making the trip. Fans were rewarded with a full day of racing with every car on the track a manual shift, every pair down the track was first to the finish line wins, every car on the track was classified by the strictest rules in the world of Nostalgia racing. The coolest back up girls and I'm talking cool as in knowing their job and looking good while doing it. They are not out there just for show.  Congrats to all winners but the Super Stock finals had to be my favorite because Robert Peffley raced his Dad Dallas Peffley in the finals.
Extra excitement came from our showman Jeffrey Madden when he crashed his B/Gas Nova in a fire ball. In typical Jeff Madden fashion he was making calls from the hospital trying to find a car to be at the next race coming up at Mooresville Dragway in Mooresville NC. August 17th.
For the 3rd year in a row the staff at Wagler Motorsports Park rolled out the red carpet to the SEGA racers and fans. We never ask for anything that we didn't get. Jeremy Wagler (Track Owner) gave me the combination to the lock and told me we owned the place for the weekend. I feel we will be partners for life at this location. We have found a home.
The SEGA staff / army headed up byTed Chavarria was spot on for every move all weekend. Putting Ted in charge is the best move I ever made. The new video crew headed up by Trent Sherrill learned our ways fast and I believe will impress us once it's out for viewing. Thanks Mitchell Stott for your support or the videos would not still be happening.
Tim Ellison bringing Ohio George to the races as Grand Marshal made everybody really feel proud. He really appreciated us helping keep the history alive. When he said he was glad we was making the gassers run gas that made my year.
Rocky Platt all I can say is thanks for the time you spend just trying to keep me out of trouble and keeping my head on straight.
I could go on for hours thanking friends, staff, sponsors and bragging about how well the SEGA is going at this point.
~Quain Stott~


 
SIMPLY SOUTHERN - No prep, street outlaws, pro mod and drag radial are all "the thing" now, but over 50 years ago Factory Experimental drew people to the tracks. Fans responded by buying magazines, cars and parts that spawned today's performance aftermarket and drove the development of muscle cars everywhere. The West Coast, which got the majority of the publicity, may have had Gas Ronda, Butch Leal, Dick Landy, Dick Harrell and others we all read about, but here in the South, we had brothers Huston Platt and Hubert Platt. Their impact was huge. Thanks to Quain Stott and the Southeast Gassers Association (SEGA) for helping provide a place where those memories are still alive. See ya'll!


MORE GREAT SUPPORT FROM HOT ROD MAGAZINE .COM
It's unreal the support the Southeast Gassers Association gets from the fans and supporters all over the world.
It seems every time I turn on the internet or pick up magazine there is something about the SEGA.
Thanks goes to one of our long time supports Tommy Lee Byrd for this great article and gallery of pics.
Catch the SEGA at Piedmont Dragway



IT WAS A CONFUSED GASSER, NOT ANY MORE.
A narrowed rear end car with a straight axle is called a confused car by true gasser fans. It don't know if it's a gasser or pro street car. 
Barry Lynn has decided to remove all doubt that his car is a Southeast Gassers Associationlegal gasser by cutting the wheel opening and widening the rear end housing to resemble what made mid 1960's style gasser racing so popular. The water in the floor is tears where Barry is crying not sure if he's doing the right thing, to late now.
Lil Red Wagon
 



Executioner #2c
AFTER A 4 YEAR SEARCH I FINALLY FOUND MY DREAM GASSER, IT WILL BE NAMED THE EXECUTIONER #2.
33 and 41 willys were always my favorite gassers of the mid 1960. I already built and RACED a 41 so it's time for the next step. This will probably be my last complete build so I want to make it the perfect mid 1960's gasser. Of course that requires a very hard to find metal 33 willys body. Also I wanted to use a stock 33 willys chassis. My budget wouldn't allow a complete body so I'm making a coupe body out of a sedan. Special thanks to Lee Kay for pressing out the exact replica quarter panels that will make the job of building the body a lot easier. I have been gathering parts for several years. I have a complete set of hurst airheart disk brakes thanks to Bogan Renfroe. Might remember Bogan from 1960 gasser fame running the Cat Skinner 41 willys. Bogan donated the brakes off his old gasser several years ago to the project. Magnesium front wheels were once on Gene Cromer's moonlighter, Gene donated them to me years ago when I restored his car. This is going to be a several year project because my time is very limited with the Southeast Gassers Association taking all my time, so don't think I'm slow just not much time.
I'll try to do updated when I get time.
Executioner #2b