Ultimate Sixty-Four Rewards Racers by Raising Purse

Entrants receive more than they paid for during the 15th Annual Ultimate Sixty-Four at Kil-Kare Raceway when Kelly Estes chooses to give back to the racers.

XENIA, OH – The Ultimate Sixty-Four event is the brainchild of Kelly Estes and continues to see success even after fifteen years. Car counts rose to record levels this year and Estes decided to increase the purse to show his appreciation towards the racers.

Drivers from as far as California made the trip to Ohio for their chance at what was originally two $10,000 races, a $50,000 main event, and multiple shootouts. Estes added a non-advertised $2,000 to both $10K races due to having 313 entries for Friday’s race. The entries grew to 333 on Saturday which raised the grand prize to $64,000.

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Photo credit: BME Photography. Group photo from Randy Helton Memorial Tribute.

The 2020 Ultimate Sixty-Four was also in honor of Estes’ dear friend and business manager, Randy Helton, who unexpectedly passed away in April. Together Estes and Helton created Empty Pockets Motorsports Promotions to present the Ultimate events. Kelly’s son, Kris Estes, has now stepped into the role of business manager.

During the Ultimate weekend five winners were crowned, Randy received a beautiful memorial tribute, and even the kids were able to compete in Power Wheels and Hot Wheels races.

Friday results

During Friday’s FTI $12,000 event, Ohio native Chris Bear earned the win over Ryan Kimbler’s break out run. According to Kelly, the purse increase shocked the Bear family and they thought there had been a payout mistake. The lone semi-finalist was David Davis from Toledo, Ohio.

FTI Friday $12K Winner Chris Bear

The 32 Doorcar Shootout sponsored by M&M Towing Auto Recycling was also contested Friday evening with a top prize of $8K. Steve Riggins used his .017 package to seal the deal as Dennis Meade turned it .003 red. The semifinalists were Chuck Sanders from West Virginia and Allen Evans from Ohio.

M&M Towing Door Car Shootout Winner Steve Riggins

 Saturday results

Tennessean Cody McDaniel became the first Ultimate Sixty-Four repeat winner during the JEGS $64,000 main event when Lester Adkins went .007 red.  The lone semi-finalist was Kyle Beavers from Ohio.

JEGS Ultimate Sixty-Four $64K Main Event Winner Cody McDaniel

HiTek Race Cars was the presenting sponsor for Saturday’s 32 entry Dragster Shootout for $8K. Kenny Underwood added another check to his collection over Michigan racer Noah Rambow. Two local Ohio drivers, Tony Elrod and Jerry Hollingsworth, made a semifinal appearance.

HiTek Race Cars Dragster Shootout Winner Kenny Underwood

The JWCI Ultimate 64 Shootout that began Friday evening was finished Saturday morning. Kentucky driver and race promoter Tyler Bohannon cashed in for $8K. Roy Gilliland, aka Biggins, from Indiana grabbed the runner up spot. The semifinalists were Steve Taylor and Todd Clark.

JWCI Ultimate 64 Shootout $8K Winner Tyler Bohannon

The second Ultimate 64 Shootout sponsored by FTI had to be canceled due to time restraints and track oil downs.

Sunday results

On Sunday, the Moser Engineering $12,000 to win race made it halfway through the second round before rainy weather set it. Kelly and Kris Estes made the decision to refund the buy-back money and split the purse among the competitors.  

Sassy Scissors sponsored a Ladies Only Shootout giving 32 female racers the chance to compete for $2,000. Unfortunately, this race was also cut short due to rain with eight women left standing. The money was split between Morgan Widmeyer, Kristin Carpenter, Madison Ellison, Carla Leach, Leah Blake, Megan Kipp, Makenna Brown, and Rebecca Stacey.

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Photo Credit: BME Photography. Kelly Estes (left) in Randy Helton’s Dragster, Kris Estes (right) in Kelly’s Camaro during Memorial Tribute.

Empty Pockets Motorsports Promotions are still working to crown winners at the Ultimate Sixty-Four. They created a weekend points series, and everyone was automatically entered, free of charge. The three drivers who accumulated the most round wins will be receiving fantastic prizes, once the final points are calculated. The top prize is a $1,500 gift certificate from JEGS as well as a weekend entry and shootout entry into the 2021 Ultimate Sixty-Four event. The second place driver will win an FTI bracket converter while third place will take home a Moser Engineering axle, bearing, and stud kit.

The Estes next event will be July 17-18 at I-64 Motorplex in Owingsville, KY. Check out Kelly’s Facebook page for the event flyer and updates. For more bracket race results from DragChamp, click here.


Jessica was born into a family of drag racers and fell in love with the sport at a young age. She began competing at 13 and has been hooked ever since! She even met her husband at the World Footbrake Challenge VII. Jessica works full time as an Ultrasound Technologist but spends almost every weekend chasing win lights at IHRA and NHRA bracket races.

You can contact her at Jessica@dragchamp.com or on her Facebook page.

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