NHRA Lucas Oil Summernationals | Top Fuel Harley

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NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series

Lucas Oil Summernationals
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, IN
July 18-19, 2020

words and photos by Rick Eaton

Top Fuel Harley

Rain Postpones Final Rounds Of Lucas Oil Nhra Summernationals At Indianapolis





The final rounds of the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals at Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Raceway have been delayed due to inclement weather.

After a lengthy rain delay before the finals in Top Fuel and Funny Car, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series officials announced the fourth race of the 2020 season will be completed during the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals, which takes place Sept. 3-6 at Lucas Oil Raceway.

In Top Fuel Harley Jay Turner will face Randal Andras in the final. Andras will have lane choice over Turner.

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues Aug. 6-9 with the NHRA Indy Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

Eliminations Round 1

Driver Randal Andras Tii Tharpe
Car No. 204 1
RT .081 .057
60 FT 1.193 1.181
330 FT 3.026 3.110
660 FT 4.394 5.117
660 FT MPH 182.70 113.55
1000 FT 5.573 7.202
ET 6.590 9.282
MPH 213.64 101.72

Weather conditions: air temperature 86 degrees, relative humidity 69 percent, barometer 29.00 inches, adjusted altitude 3,972 feet, track temperature 98 degrees. Andras is 2 – 1 against Tharpe in prior events. Tharpe with the starting line advantage, but has problems early and clicks it off. Andras with his quickest and fastest pass of the weekend for the win.

 

NHRA Top Fuel Harley - Tii Tharpe - Randall Andras

Driver Rich Vreeland Jay Turner
Car No. 6640 63
RT .126 .042
60 FT 1.187 1.175
330 FT 3.007 3.012
660 FT 4.407 4.464
660 FT MPH 177.09 171.84
1000 FT 5.616 5.698
ET 6.683 6.759
MPH 207.94 210.73

This is the first time Vreeland and Turner have faced each other in eliminations. Turner with the starting line advantage and the power to hold on for the hole shot win. This was a great drag race…Jay Turner’s MOV: 0.0088 seconds (approximately 3 feet). Turner with his quickest pass of the weekend for the win. Vreeland with his quickest and fastest pass of the weekend in the losing effort.

Driver Ryan Peery Rickey House
Car No. 300 3
RT .126 .147
60 FT 1.148 1.162
330 FT 2.923 2.995
660 FT 4.307 4.383
660 FT MPH 177.46 179.83
1000 FT 5.511 5.581
ET 6.550 6.624
MPH 213.77 212.90

Peery with the starting line advantage and his quickest and fastest pass of the weekend for the win. He runs low E.T. of the round for the win. He will have lane choice over Andras in the semifinal.

NHRA Top Fuel Harley - Rickey House

Driver Chris Smith Tyler Wilson
Car No. 201 212
RT .052 .036
60 FT 1.113 1.175
330 FT 2.901 2.968
660 FT 4.784 4.341
660 FT MPH 114.48 177.86
1000 FT 6.927 5.553
ET 9.145 6.639
MPH 93.70 203.19

This is the first time Smith and Wilson have faced each other in eliminations. Wilson with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. He runs his quickest and fastest pass of the weekend for the win. He will have lane choice over Turner in the semifinal. Smith lost traction early and he was off and on the throttle a couple times, but could not get it to hook up.

NHRA Top Fuel Harley - Chris Smith

Eliminations Round 2

Driver Jay Turner Tyler Wilson
Car No. 63 212
RT .081 .099
60 FT 1.182 2.200
330 FT 3.142 8.228
660 FT 4.701 12.913
660 FT MPH 158.22 51.02
1000 FT 6.211 16.944
ET 7.744 20.119
MPH 138.14 72.73

Weather conditions: air temperature 89 degrees, relative humidity 65 percent, barometer 29.03 inches, adjusted altitude 4,088 feet, track temperature 106 degrees. Wilson is 1 – 0 against Turner in prior events. Turner with the starting line advantage and never trails as Wilson has problems right at the hit of the throttle.

NHRA Top Fuel Harley - Tyler Wilson Rich Vreeland

Driver Ryan Peery Randal Andras
Car No. 300 204
RT .114 .065
60 FT 1.155 1.176
330 FT 2.924 3.026
660 FT 4.320 4.417
660 FT MPH 174.62 179.16
1000 FT 5.549 5.610
ET 6.687 6.671
MPH 194.91 207.40

Andras with the starting line advantage and never trails for the win. Randal Andras’ MOV: 0.0656 seconds (approximately 19 feet). Andras will have lane choice over Turner in the final.

NHRA Top Fuel Harley - Ryan Peery

 

SATURDAY

Chris Smith Qualifies #1 with Low ET, Tii Tharpe Has Top Speed after 2 Qualifying Sessions

After a 4 month delay, The Top Fuel Harleys finally began their season at Lucas Oil Raceway today. Just like last week with the Pro Stock Bikes, brutal heat and 130-degree track temps also greeted the Nitro Harleys when they hit the racetrack.
The most obvious change in the field was parity. The fastest bikes could not get a hold of the hot racetrack while bikes that were historically slower had a tune-up for the heat. The unpredictable qualifying should translate into an upset-filled day tomorrow. We are expecting an exciting and action-packed day.
When the tire smoke and nitro cleared, Chris Smith from Murfreesboro, TN was qualified #1. Ricky House from Humble, TX was close behind in the #2 position. Defending World Champ Tii Tharpe had a trouble-plagued run but still has top speed @ 215 MPH despite a dismal #6 qualifying position.
Tomorrow’s Round One Matchups :
  • Chris Smith vs Tyler Wilson (Smith has lane choice)
  • Rich Vreeland vs Jay Turner (Vreeland has lane choice)
  • Rick House vs Ryan Peery (House has lane choice)
  • Randal Andras vs Tii Tharpe (Andras has lane choice)
DRIVER POSITION NO. ET MPH
01 Chris Smith 201 6.527 176.28
02 Rickey House 3 6.571 202.61
03 Randal Andras 204 6.739 204.51
04 Rich Vreeland 6640 6.781 204.05
05 Jay Turner 63 6.798 191.43
06 Tii Tharpe 1 6.984 215.37
07 Ryan Peery 300 7.684 164.75
08 Tyler Wilson 212 14.880 90.74

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