Photos and story by Alex Owens
Cover photo of Dylan Winters heating the hides in route to winning his second JEGS Super Quick Wally.
The JEGS Super Quick Series splashed into Beech Bend Raceway Park last weekend. How was the weather you ask? Hot and humid! That’s typical for the famed drag strip and water park in Bowling Green, KY. Mid ninety-degree temperatures and a slight breeze were on tap for qualifying and eliminations within NHRA’s fastest bracket racing series on Saturday.
After two qualifying sessions Jeremiah Hall of Evansville, IN placed his dragster at the top of the sheet posting a 4.504 elapsed time on the 4.50 index. The top six rounded out with Scott Carman, James Monroe, Ashley Marie Bach, James Shown and Darren Keener all running 4.51X. Thirty-nine racers tried to make the field with the number thirty-two bump being a 4.701.
Kenny Carson picked up the Spectra 1 / Legacy Fasteners Best Appearing Car award on Saturday. The Lebanon, OH native has a strikingly nice blue, black and white paint scheme his 2009 American Race Cars Dragster. Unfortunately, Carson did not make the quick 32 car field this time around. Instead, he took his ride all the way to the Super Comp final round and knocked out Greg Coffman for the win.
In the semis, the first pair slated Greg Coffman against Todd Ewing. Both drivers left within 0.001 after the top amber flashed with Coffman running 0.019 to his 4.50 dial. By not getting to the stripe first, Coffman took the win over Ewing who broke out running a 4.665 on a 4.67 dial in. The other semi-final pair was Dylan Winters who had a pretty substantial advantage on the tree over Tommy Mattingly. That’s all he needed to stay out front and take the stripe thus advancing to the final.
The finals were set after a brutal day of drag racing. Kentuckians Winters and Coffman were ready to do battle with only four hundredths of a second difference in dial ins, they would be looking at each other all the way down the track. Winters left first with an 0.045 reaction time, but that didn’t matter as Coffman turned it red by -0.006. Shutting off down track Winters ran a 4.877 @ only 110.06 mph while Coffman kept the pedal down in his dragster running 4.481 @ 154.44 mph. This is Winters’ second NHRA JEGS Super Quick Series win in his career.
Check out all of the photos from this event here...https://alkeyalexphotos.weebly.com/bowling-green---sportsnational-open2.html. Final uploading will be completed within the next few days. The series will make its next stop at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia, OH on July 27th and 28th for a double header. This will wrap up the Firecracker Performance Quick 8 Shootout standings in preparation for the final event of the season!