Lloyd Seay

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Carl D. "Lightning" Lloyd Seay (December 14, 1919 – September 2, 1941) was an early stock car racing driver from Georgia. NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr. described Seay as the "best pure race driver I ever saw".[1] He was shot to death by his cousin over a moonshine operation. His last name was pronounced as "See".[2]

Seay came from a racing family. His cousin Roy Hall was a racer who was the subject of the Jim Croce song "Rapid Roy, that Stock Car Boy".[3] Another cousin, Raymond Parks, was the owner of NASCAR's first Strictly Stock (now Sprint Cup) championship car.

Moonshine runner[edit]

A Georgia deputy described Seay, "He was without a doubt the best automobile driver of this time. He was absolutely fearless, and an excellent driver on those dusty, dirt roads. I caught him eight times and had to shoot his tires off every time."[2] A different deputy described another night when he pulled Seay over for speeding as he was transporting a load of moonshine through a city north of Atlanta. After he gave the deputy two five dollar bills, the officer said, "Dammit Lloyd, you know the fine for speedin' ain't but five dollars" Seay replied, "Yeah, but I'm gon' be in a hurry comin' back, so I'm payin' an advance."[4]

Racing career[edit]

Lloyd began racing in 1938, winning in his first stock car race at Lakewood Speedway driving a 1934 Ford owned by his cousin Raymond Parks and tuned by Red Vogt when he was 18 years old.[2][5] On November 21, 1938, Seay won a 150-mile darkness shortened national championship stock car race at Lakewood.[1]

He flipped his car twice during the July 27, 1941 race at the Daytona Beach Road Course and finished fourth.[6] He returned to the track later that year on August 24, 1941 against his cousin Roy Hall in Parks' cars. After starting fifteenth, he led all 50 laps in the race.[2] He won his next race on August 31 at High Point, and left immediately for the Labor Day race at Lakewood Speedway on the following day.[2] He arrived late at the event, missing qualifying. He had to start last, and he passed into the lead on lap 35.[2] He battled Bob Flock all afternoon before winning the $450 race.[2][4] It was his last race.[2] He had won three races in 15 days.[2]

Death[edit]

After winning the Lakewood race, he drove to his brother Jim's house in Burlsboro, Georgia to sleep overnight.[2] The next morning, their cousin Woodrow Anderson came to the house to settle a dispute over sugar that Lloyd had charged to Woodrow's account.[2] Lloyd, Jim, and Woodrow went to Woodrow's father's house to settle the dispute,[2] and Lloyd was shot by Woodrow Anderson.[6] He was buried in Dawsonville Cemetery. The November 2, 1941 race at Lakewood Speedway was dedicated to Seay.[7]

Awards[edit]

He was one of eight drivers inducted in the first class of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in 2002, along with Bill Elliott, Tim Flock, Red Byron, and Seay's cousins Parks and Hall.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yates, Brock (2004). NASCAR Off The Record. MotorBooks/MBI Publishing Company. p. 10. ISBN 0-7603-1726-7. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Carl D. "Lightning" Lloyd Seay". Legends of NASCAR. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  3. ^ "Roy Hall". Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  4. ^ a b Hemphill, Paul (2001-02-24). "One Last Lap Around the Speedway". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  5. ^ Aumann, Mark (2006-01-10). "Countdown: Georgia". NASCAR. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  6. ^ a b "Lloyd Seay". Laidback Racing. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  7. ^ Dupont, Denise. "Daytona Beach Reunion Brings Back Old Racing Memories". Speed 51. Retrieved 2008-07-30. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Inductees". Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 

External links[edit]

Lloyd Seay at Find a Grave

Sporting positions
Preceded by
None
National Stock Car Champion
(Unofficial)

1938
Succeeded by
Roy Hall