It’s an exhibition, but at this point in the unconventional 2020 season, Quain Stott will take what he can get.
Stott, the outspoken and detail-minded driving force behind the Southeast Gassers Association, gets his first chance starting on May 15, to bring his high-entertainment show to drag racing starved race fans.
The Southeast Gassers will participate in Union (SC) Dragway’s Steel in Motion event; a popular nostalgia and rat rod event held annually.
“I mean, we’re still going to be running elimination-style by the Southeast Gasser rules, but it’s not a Southeast Gasser points meet,” Stott confirmed.
Steel in Motion will represent the first time his racers have hit the track in competition after the first three races of the season were postponed due to regulations related to the pandemic. Two weeks ago, the event scheduled for Lassiter Mountain Dragway in Alabama, was delayed until August. “We only have 40 cars coming when we normally have 80,” Stott explained. “Normally when you come to a Southeast Gasser race, there’s nothing on the racetrack all day long except Southeast Gasser legal cars.”
The Southeast Gasser portion will qualify their rigid period-correct cars on Friday, and race eliminations on Saturday. The event is a homecoming of sorts for the Columbus, NC.-based series, which skipped last season.
“I really think the place will be packed because we had a good crowd there year before last when we did it, and I feel like we will again this time,” Stott surmised.