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NHRA Nitro Harley : Results from Arizona

NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series

NHRA Arizona Nationals
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
February 24-26, 2017

Coverage by Sandra Alberti  and Tom McCarthy 

Top Fuel Harley Action

Story Text by Tom McCarthy


At the start of eliminations on Sunday, the first pair out was Jake Stordeur and Bobby Malloy.  Jake had the better reaction time with a fine .045 to Bobby’s .167, but Malloy’s quicker 6.23 to Jake’s 6.71, ended Stordeur’s day.  Considering Bobby Malloy’s qualifying time was a 6.23, this was troubling news to the whole field.

The next pair out was Tracy Kile Vs Kevin Boyer, #6 Vs#3 in qualifying.  Boyer was out first with a .126 RT to Kile’s .213 and that pretty much ended Tracy’s weekend.  Kile was quicker with a 6.63 to Boyer’s 6.72, but the RT spelled the difference in the win for Kevin Boyer.

In the next round of racing, Mike Pelrine of the All Steel Builders racing team took on Ricky House.  The supercharged monster of Pelrine has a TON of potential but their lack of testing has hampered their forward progress.  Pelrine came out swinging for the fence and unleashed an excellent 6.32 @ 227 MPH, but Ricky “Sharkey” House was more than up to the task, running a 6.22 @ 215 MPH for the win with the quickest ET of the event for a T/F Harley.

In the final pair out for the session, it was an all Jay Turner Racing match up with teammates Tii Tharpe and Jay “Bull Dog” Turner in the staging beams.  Tii Tharpe got away first with a .051 RT to Jay’s .074 and they were off to the races.  They were very evenly matched all the way down 1320’ of race track, Jay with a winning 6.39 to Tii’s 6.44 elapsed time.

As the Semi-Final round unfolded, it was Jay Turner Vs Bobby Malloy out first.  The burnouts were picture perfect and as the bikes were set to stage, liquid was seen under Jay’s bike and he was shut off.  Malloy finished things off with a competition solo, posting a fine 6.43 shot into the final round of racing.

As for the Kevin Boyer vs. Ricky House match up; Kevin posted a .102 RT to Rickey’s quicker .094 and Sharkey just ran away after that.  Kevin’s 6.87 was no match for Rickey House’s 6.24 elapsed time.  With a pair of six-twenty bikes going into the final round this looked to be a good one.

In the final round Bobby Malloy matched up with Ricky House for all the big moment.  Everyone wanted to see a pair of six-twenties, fight-to-the-finish, especially the racers.  But in drag racing, anything can happen.  It started at the hit of the hit of the throttle for Bobby Malloy who went red by .178 seconds, so the race was over for Bobby, but not quite.  Sharkey had a .081 RT and was going for the gusto as his bike started to wander near the centerline.  Knowing he had to keep it in the lane, Rickey chopped it and stayed in his lane to secure his first win of the 2017 season.  Had Rickey clipped a cone or touched a lane-line, the win would have gone back to Bobby Malloy.

With two races into the eight-race season for the NHRA Top Fuel Harley’s, two wins by two different racers bodes well for the class and a healthy points race.  They are off to a great start in 2017.

It should be noted that the NHRA TV coverage on FS1 has been nothing short of superb!  It’s so refreshing to see the TF Harley teams getting interviewed, live on camera.  And the TV Production teams are going the distance in showing on television, how the big nitro bikes are started and what they look like up-close and personal.  Kudos also to the NHRA announcing staff on their announcing, they treat the Top Fuel bike teams as equal as they do the cars – professionals all the way.

Their next race will be at the Las Vegas Strip on March 31 – April 02, for the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals.


Round 1

W – Bob Malloy (0.167) 6.231 214.72
L –  Jake Stordeur (0.045) 6.710 177.11

W – Kevin Boyer (0.126)  6.723 177.93
L – Tracy Kile (0.231)  6.636 193.35

W – Rickey House  (0.075)  6.227 215.37
L – Mike Pelrine (0.106) 6.322 227.84

W –  Jay Turner (0.074) 6.392 223.43
L – Tii Tharpe  (0.051) 6.449 200.83







Round 2

W – Bob Malloy (0.146) 6.435 182.90
L – Jay Turner NT-Broke

W – Rickey House (0.094) 6.244 217.56
L –  Kevin Boyer (0.102) 6.687 165.62



FINAL Round 

W -Rickey House (0.081) 8.802 111.28
L – Bob Malloy (-0.178 foul) 9.101 93.17






The Top Fuel Harleys are in battle this weekend, February 24-26, 2017, in Chandler, Arizona the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park for the 33rd running of the NHRA, Arizona, Nationals.  This is race number two of the NHRA Mellow Yellow series in 2017.

This is the second race of eight Mellow Yellow races that the Top Fuel Harleys will compete at for this year.

During qualifying for the Arizona Nationals, nine bikes entered the fray for the eight spots on the ladder on race day.  Number one qualifier was Bobby Malloy of Glen Mills, PA with a very stout 6.23 @ 215 MPH.  Bob ran the number during Q-3, just edging out Rickey “Sharkey” House who’s previous 6.24 was the top number.  Bobby commented in a post-qualifying interview, “We’re having fun now. I want to thank my crew chief Wayne Morris and my whole crew for a great tune-up and all their hard work.  I couldn’t do this without them.”

The qualifiers in order are Bob Malloy 6.23, Sharkey 6.24, Kevin Boyer 6.32, Tii Tharpe, 6.36 which is a personal best for Tii, Jay Turner 6.38, Tracy Kile 6.66, Mike Pelrine 6.73, and Jake Stordeur on the bump with a 6.76 @ 206 MPH.  High MPH during qualifying was Rickey House with his thundering 218 MPH.

On the outside looking in was Carl Pelletier’s bike, driven by Mike Beland, sponsored by Raising Hail Paintless Dent Remover.  The team started off on the right foot during Friday’s Q-1 action with a 6.82 @ 212 MPH pass that looked like they were ready to ramp things up.  But racing gremlins invaded their program for the next two passes and that 6.82 just didn’t hold up.

For the first two races of the NHRA Top Fuel Harley season, they have had a full field for both events and the Top Fuel Harleys are well received by the fans and racers alike.



  1 Bob Malloy       6.235  215.51 
  2 Rickey House     6.240  218.72 
  3 Kevin Boyer      6.328  215.10 
  4 Tii Tharpe       6.361  221.92 
  5 Jay Turner       6.387  223.69 
  6 Tracy Kile       6.663  211.79 
  7 Mike Pelrine     6.739  203.16 
  8 Jake Stordeur    6.767  206.83 

Elimination Ladder

  1   173 B Malloy        6.235 ________                                     
  8    36 J Stordeur      6.767 ________|        |                           
  4   911 T Tharpe        6.361 ________         |                          
  5     1 J Turner        6.387 ________|                                  
  2   411 R House         6.240 ________                                  
  7  1002 M Pelrine       6.739 ________|        |                       
  3   267 K Boyer         6.328 ________         |                           
  6    13 T Kile          6.663 ________|                                    






  1  Rickey House   6.240  218.72 
  2  Bob Malloy     6.270  214.18 
  3  Kevin Boyer    6.328  215.10 
  4  Tii Tharpe     6.361  221.92 
  5  Jay Turner     6.387  223.69 
  6  Tracy Kile     6.663  211.79 
  7  Jake Stordeur  6.767  206.83 
  8  Mike Beland    6.825  212.93 







  1 Rickey House	6.269  218.58 
  2 Bob Malloy		6.270  214.18 
  3 Jay Turner		6.387  223.69 
  4 Kevin Boyer 	6.491  212.49 
  5 Tracy Kile		6.663  211.79 
  6 Jake Stordeur	6.767  206.83 
  7 Mike Beland	        6.825  212.93 
  8 Tii Tharpe		10.023  94.27  





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Tom McCarthy Words by Tom McCarthy Video Coverage
by Sandra Alberti 

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