Made the round trip to North Myrtle Beach last weekend. Its the second longest trip of the year for me. I was not able to test the car before we left so I had my fingers crossed it was ready to go. Got there Friday night and they were running a bunch of pony cars mostly with street tires from what I saw. None of the SEGA cars I saw testing was getting ahold of the starting line. I elected to pass on testing and use the first qualifying run as a test pass. First pass it headed to the wall in low gear with the wheels in the air and I stayed with it. It touched down on the gear change then went back up but I had the wheels cocked enough when it hit the ground that it aimed it back into the lane and we were able to run it out. Tied the quickest run the car ever made in legal SEGA trim. That place is at sea level and the qualifying times showed it. More than half the field in C/Gas was under the 6.50 ET that forces you to weigh. We ended up middle of the pack somewhere. As the day went on it got quicker and quicker. Had to run Doug Dobbins in the second round (we were tied for second place in the points battle at that point). He got just a whisker on the tree and it was enough at the stripe to get the win. I had made my best run ever by over a tenth and it was not enough. We loaded up and came home. Doug went on to win. He ran Danny Byrd in the Semis and Danny missed a gear and Doug's opponent went red in the final. If I could have squeaked by, I could have won the event. But woulda, coulda, shoulda, doesn't change the outcome one bit...LOL. The car is fresh, running good, and ready for the finals at Shadyside on Nov 4. The pressure is off. I am a solid 3rd in points and have no threat from behind. Even if I didn't go I would finish the season in 3rd. However, the two guys in front of me are tied with each other for the lead. Pressure is on them. It's theirs to lose. I plan on being the spoiler. I am still mathematically in it. If they have trouble in qualifying or lose early, I can still move up. So only good things can happen to me they must worry about not letting victory slip out of their fingers. It will be epic. Stay tuned. By the way, I took a new job and am moving to Oklahoma City area as soon as I get home from Shadyside. Good thing the season is over because I am going to be very busy for the next several months.