In the past five years the Southeast Gassers Association has been cultivated under the watchful eye of 2006 IHRA ProMod Champion, Quain Stott. Six years ago a match race was arranged at Greer Dragway in Greer, South Carolina, between Quain and local custom painter, racer, hot rodder and all around cool guy, Greg Porter. Greg had recently brought back an original local '55 Chevy gasser from the ruins and affectionately named it the "Night Stalker". Quain had also built his own straight axle, 4 speed '41 Willys gasser just for the sake of running a '60's period race with Porter's original gasser. "The Executioner" Willys and the "Night Stalker" Chevy would be the beginning of the blazing gasser trail to what we have today.
What we had on November 5, 2016, at Greer Dragway were 45 A, C and D/Gas cars along with one Studebaker truck! The monster that Quain Stott had somewhat kept manageable for five years, was now unleashed. The self-promotional efforts of the Southeast Gassers had unofficially doubled the capacity crowds from the spring opener of 2015. In the spring of 2016 the all-time attendance record was broken that dated back to 1958 when the track was opened.
The 2016 finals on November 5 would again shatter records that only the SEGA could set. Stories from fans waiting over two hours in line to get through the gate and then two hours for a hamburger were common. Many of our fans traveled as far as Texas, Wisconsin, New York, Rhode Island and even Canada! The final event this year on November 5 should forever stand in the record books as the largest capacity crowd ever at Greer Dragway, without considering the many fans that never got to enter the track. As a result of numerous factors such as these, it may be remembered as the final Southeast Gassers' race at Greer Dragway.
If you were one of the fortunate ones who did get through the gate, what you saw was the largest gathering of 1960's period correct gassers ever assembled. It was also the tightest points race ever in both the A and C/Gas. The race also marked the beginning of the new D/Gas class.
Zak Hall and his Dad in their "Home Grown" '57 Chevy would win the first ever D/Gas SEGA feature event. The father-son duo is working tirelessly over the winter to make the "Home Grown" Chevy a true contender for the first ever SEGA D/Gas championship in 2017. Look for an all new paint job and many upgrades for the Hall's '57 Chevy in 2017.
Ernie Smith, car owner Sonny Clayton
Tim Bailey from Pinehurst, North Carolina, built and drives the '41 Willys "Alley Cat" in C/Gas. Tim entered the final event five points behind point leader Jerry Birch of the "Free Bird" Chevy II. Jerry would be knocked out of the championship by the man on a mission in the "One Gone Dog" '56 Chevy, Ernie Smith. Ernie and car owner, Sonny Clayton would go on to win their first ever C/Gas main event, while Tim Bailey would take the 2016 C/Gas Championship.
Tim would win the championship without ever winning a final event this year. Consistency was the name of the game for the "Alley Cat". This also concluded the first full season of C/Gas and Bailey as our first ever SEGA C/Gas champion.