Wed, 07 Aug 2019, 16:38 PM
Adkins and Oakley are NHRA JEGS Super Quick Wally Winners at Kil-Kare Double
By Alex Owens
Photos by Kevin Pepera
Super Quick Series Wally winner Jay Oakley
launching hard at
After a short break in the middle of the season, the NHRA JEGS Super Quick Series roared back to
life last weekend at Kil-Kare Dragway in Xenia, OH. Chamber of commerce weather was in store for
the last remaining double event of the season. Qualifying points were on the line in for the
Firecracker Performance Shootout which takes place at the last event of the year in Indianapolis,
After two qualifying sessions, Troy Stone of Elkhart, IN wheeled his dragster to the number one
qualifying spot with a 4.5062 second elapsed time at 151.36 mph on the eighth mile 4.50 index. The
top five rounded out with Ken Storey, Scott Carman, Michael Brown and Scott Foster all running
4.5115 or quicker. Forty-seven racers attempted to make the field with the number thirty-two bump
spot being a 4.5680, the quickest of the year!
Troy Stone was presented the $100 low qualifier money
steakhouse gift card from Jeremiah Hall
of Firecracker Performance on Saturday.
Brian Hurst picked up the Spectra 1 and Legacy Fasteners Best Appearing Car award on Saturday. The
Fairborn, OH native has a nice candy apple red paint scheme like all of the Hurst family cars have
bannered over the years. Unfortunately, Hurst did not make the quick thirty-two car field on
Saturday Beat Appearing Car
Brian Hurst's candy apple red dragster was the Spectra 1 / Legacy Fasteners Best Appearing Car on
In the semis, reigning NHRA JEGS Super Quick Series Division champion Jeremiah Hall had the
advantage on the tree 0.0079 to Darren Keener's 0.0206. Even with the reaction time disadvantage,
Keener was able to stay out in front of Hall by a slim 0.0004 second margin. The other pair slated
Lester Adkins against Jay Oakley. Lester had the advantage at the tree 0.0155 to 0.0203 and held on
for the win running 4.631 on his 4.62 dial in. Oakley was on the brakes following though.
Then the finals were set. Adkins dialed in at 4.62 and Keener a 4.51. Adkins had a strong 0.0027
reaction time to Keener's 0.0283. Keener could not reel in Adkins whose win light was shining for
the fifth time in eliminators on Saturday. This was Adkins first Super Quick win since the April
2018 event at Gateway.
Lester Adkins (far lane) over Darren Keener in
Super Quick Final Round on Saturday. Here
Lester Adkins' family and team celebrate their win.
Adkins' second JEGS Super Quick win since 2018.
On Sunday, one qualifier set the field in the NHRA JEGS Super Quick Series. This time, local boy
Jake Smith was the Firecracker Performance number one qualifier running 4.5032 seconds on the 4.50
index. The rest of the top five included Ken Simpson, Michael Brown, Scott Foster and Darren
Douglass all running 4.50x or better. Forty participants took the tree for their only qualifier
with the bump ending up at a 4.6165 with one driver running faster than 4.50.
Jake Smith was presented the $100 low qualifier money
steakhouse gift card from Jeremiah Hall
of Firecracker Performance on Sunday.
Darren Douglass was chosen as the Spectra 1 and Legacy Fasteners Best Appearing Car award on
Sunday. His wild blue, purple, silver and yellow streaked paint scheme wraps around the dragster
nicely. Douglass' Ford powered digger made it to the third round before falling to Jake Smith's
0.0166 second package.
Darren Douglass's wild blue, purple, silver and yellow
dragster was the
Spectra 1 / Legacy Fasteners Best Appearing Car on Sunday.
In the semis, Keener returned trying to make it into back to back final rounds. His opponent, Scott
Foster, was a few thousands behind Keener at the tree and a few more thousandths off the dial
compared to Keener. Keener's 0.0324 package was enough to put him in back to back final rounds. On
the other side of the ladder, Jay Oakley faced off with Jake Smith. Two young guns in the sport
would square off to see who makes it into the finals. Oakley left first with an 0.0145 reaction
time to Smiths' 0.0252. At the stripe Oakley was able to fend off the hard charging Smith by an
0.0109 second margin.
Finally, the last race of the weekend was decided. Keener who made it to the finals on Saturday,
but came up short would face off against Oakley who is trying to secure his second NHRA JEGS Super
Quick win in his freshman year. With only one hundredth of a second difference in dial ins, they
would be looking at each other all the way down the track. In an anticlimactic final round, Keener
bulbed by -0.0099 after Oakley was stellar with a 0.0045 reaction time. This win clinches the NHRA
JEGS Super Quick Series championship for Jay Oakley and his family! Look for more information on
our series champion in the following days.
Jay Oakley (near lane) over Darren Keener in the
Quick Final Round on Sunday.
Jay Oakley's family and team celebrate
their win at
This is Oakley's second JEGS Super Quick win in 2019.
There is still one more NHRA JEGS Super Quick event left in 2019! Come join us at Lucas Oil Raceway
in Brownsburg, IN on October 12th and 13th for the Fall Classic National Open to find out who makes
the top five in points this season!
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