NHRA Nitro Harley: Results from Heartland Nationals

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NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series

Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties
Heartland Motorsports Park – Topeka, KS
May 18-20, 2018

Photo coverage by Bland Bridenstine





Monday

After a day of watching the rain win the day on Sunday, the top Fuel Harley racers were ready to get back on the track today. Randall Andras had a prior commitment and couldn’t stay to race today, which put first alternate Billy Jackson back into the show. However, Billy’s back half couldn’t keep up with Jay Turner as he pulled away and took the first round win with the quickest pass of the weekend with a 6.197.

In the final round between Jay Turner and Tii Tharpe, Tharpe’s bike started to slow around the 330′ mark allowing Jay Turner to power on to the win.

ROUND 1
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINTii Tharpe0.0841.1012.7814.079189.345.2356.252219.01
Beau Layne0.051.122.8354.205181.965.46.418218.23
Layne with the starting line advantage, but Tharpe has the lead by 330 feet and takes the win. He runs his quickest pass of the event for the win.
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINMike Scott0.0431.1782.9244.301180.045.4936.513217.81
Rickey House0.1461.8824.1135.62165.096.8697.927211.96
House stuttered off the line and by the time he got up to full power, Scott was long gone.
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINJay Turner0.0541.1042.8094.108214.015.2336.197227.42
Billy Jackson0.0331.1272.8764.27178.545.4916.532217.28
Jackson is in as an alternate for Andras. Turner makes the strongest Top Fuel Harley pass of the weekend for the win. He'll face Scott in round two. Jay Turner's incremental times: 60ft-1.104 sec., 330ft-2.809, 660ft-4.108/214.01 mph, 1,000ft-5.233.
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINDoug Vancil0.0731.1092.8154.165183.445.3316.34218.62
David Larson0.1221.2052.9814.359174.085.6886.922175.25
Larson was fighting to keep his bike in the groove. Vancil makes a solid pass, and he will face Layne in round two. Doug Vancil's incremental times: 60ft-1.109 sec., 330ft-2.815, 660ft-4.165/183.44 mph, 1,000ft-5.331.
ROUND 2
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINTii Tharpe0.0491.1052.7924.116190.35.2736.298214.35
Doug Vancil0.0431.1183.1065.029117.177.0238.937111.59
Vancil with a slight starting line advantage, but loses traction and Tharpe is straight down the groove for the win.
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINJay Turner0.0461.12.8074.114212.365.2476.223233.52
Mike Scott0.0171.1392.8494.222180.285.4146.442221.23
Scott with the starting line advantage, but Turner has the difference made up by the time they go by the Christmas tree and never trailed from there on for the win.
FNIAL ROUND
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
WINJay Turner0.011.1052.8244.137211.165.2786.26226.54
Tii Tharpe0.0371.1012.8264.222174.125.5626.76182.72
Turner is 0-2 in final rounds this year and 9-6 over all. Tharpe is 2-0 in final rounds this year and 4-2 over all. They have two wins each against each other in final rounds. Turner had the advantage at the tree and he pulled further ahead at every increment for the win

 

 

Jay Turner – Lucas Oil Products

Sunday

The Mello Yello Drag Racing Series eliminations at the 30th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals were postponed by NHRA officials due to inclement weather conditions following an eight-hour rain delay at the start of the day.

Mello Yello Drag Racing Series action at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties will continue at 10:00 a.m. on Monday starting with the Top Fuel class.

Saturday Qualifying

After four rounds of qualifying, Doug Vancil stays on top running the quickest run fo the weekend in round four with a 6.293.

Rickey House was the only racer to improve their ET in round four bumping Tii Tharpe back to the #4 spot with his 6.341 run. Billy Jackson and Mitch Brown will miss the field with pairing as follows for tomorrow eliminations:

Doug Vancil     6.293                                 
David Larson    6.601                                                       
                        
T Tharpe        6.403                                                  
Beau Layne      6.472        
                                       
Jay Turner      6.338           
Randal Andras   6.585                                               

Rickey House    6.341                          
Mike Scott      6.476        
                                  

Doug Vancil – Vance & Hines / Fuel Pak

 

POSITION	DRIVER	ET	MPH
01	Doug Vancil	6.293	214.59
02	Jay Turner	6.338	227.15
03	Rickey House	6.341	218.55
04	Tii Tharpe	6.403	198.67
05	Beau Layne	6.472	213.47
06	Mike Scott	6.476	223.28
07	Randal Andras	6.585	182.08
08	David Larson	6.601	212.09
09	Billy Jackson	6.617	216.27
10	Mitch Brown	7.320	150.90

 

Tii Tharpe – Spevco Inc.

After 3 rounds of qualifying, Doug Vancil takes over the lead from Jay Turner with a 6.321. Tii Tharpe also makes a big move into the #3 spot with a 6.403.

Qualifying Details

Qualifying Round 3
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
Left------------------
RightJake Stordeur0.0681.233.7826.39984.539.14611.46898.13
3:08 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 84 degrees, relative humidity 53 percent, barometer 28.69 inches, adjusted altitude 3,924 feet, track temperature 119 degrees. Stordeur is making his first pass of the weekend. He spun on the hit, moved left, spun again, and had to lift to keep it off the centerline
LeftMitch Brown0.1931.2143.1124.598170.325.957.32150.9
RightMike Scott0.1541.1622.9144.278177.885.4586.476223.28
Both riders moved toward the centerline early, and they stayed there for much of this pass. Scott's run is good enough to move into the top half of the field for now. Mike Scott's incremental times: 60ft-1.162 sec., 330ft-2.914, 660ft-4.278/177.88 mph, 1,000ft-5.458.
LeftBilly Jackson0.1191.1392.9264.347172.55.5886.665204.39
RightTii Tharpe0.0751.1012.7834.089185.615.2996.403198.67
Tharpe makes his best pass of the weekend to move into the second spot in the order. Tii Tharpe's incremental times: 60ft-1.101 sec., 330ft-2.783, 660ft-4.089/185.61 mph, 1,000ft-5.299.
LeftBeau Layne0.0761.1382.9084.279181.645.4496.472213.47
RightDavid Larson0.3111.1322.8914.315176.15.556.68185.54
Larson was leaning hard to keep his bike away from the centerline. Layne makes his best pass of the weekend. Beau Layne's incremental times: 60ft-1.138 sec., 330ft-2.908, 660ft-4.279/181.64 mph, 1,000ft-5.449.
LeftRickey House0.1411.1812.9154.247186.185.4166.518191.57
RightRandal Andras----------------
Andras' engine went silent before he staged. House makes a decent pass but he stays in the number 3 spot for now.
LeftJay Turner0.0561.1462.8924.213210.375.3566.338227.15
RightDoug Vancil0.0341.1182.8164.161178.575.3266.321223.14
This was a very good looking drag race! Vancil moves to the top of the ladder going into the final qualifying round. Jay Turner's incremental times: 60ft-1.146 sec., 330ft-2.892, 660ft-4.213/210.37 mph, 1,000ft-5.356. Doug Vancil's incremental times: 60ft-1.118 sec., 330ft-2.816, 660ft-4.161/178.57 mph, 1,000ft-5.326.
Qualifying Round 4
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
LeftJake Stordeur0.1081.1222.8884.218201.015.456.626187.55
Right------------------
5:04 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 82 degrees, relative humidity 53 percent, barometer 28.69 inches, adjusted altitude 3,738 feet, track temperature 101 degrees. Stordeur was to the left of the groove early in the run. He was off and back on the throttle at about 900 feet.
LeftDavid Larson0.4031.1572.9424.407169.155.6466.69210.21
RightMitch Brown0.2071.2333.8026.86975.99.81512.49482.7
Brown was bouncing around early in this run and he lifted. Larson stays in the number 8 spot for now.
LeftRandal Andras0.0561.274.3377.90664.2611.38414.33676.08
RightBilly Jackson0.0831.1262.8974.316176.265.566.617216.27
Andras had engine problems right off the line. Jackson's best pass of the weekend isn't good enough to make the field.
LeftMike Scott----------------
RightBeau Layne0.0411.0942.8134.256156.15.8257.414132.53
Scott couldn't get his engine to fire. Layne was off the throttle at around half track.
LeftTii Tharpe0.1041.1152.8094.134183.675.3616.494200.35
RightRickey House0.0571.1442.8314.16185.595.3236.341218.55
A pretty good looking pair. House almost matches his quickest pass of the weekend. Rickey House's incremental times: 60ft-1.144 sec., 330ft-2.831, 660ft-4.160/185.59 mph, 1,000ft-5.323.
LeftDoug Vancil0.0651.0722.7574.114182.45.2866.293214.59
RightJay Turner0.0531.1343.6166.18490.678.67810.92698.08
Turner had problems just past the tree. Vancil makes the quickest pass of the weekend. Doug Vancil's incremental times: 60ft-1.072 sec., 330ft-2.757, 660ft-4.114/182.40 mph, 1,000ft-5.286.

 

Friday Qualifying

After two rounds of Friday qualifying, North Carolina’s Jay Turner leads qualifying with a 6.35 on his Lucas Oil Nitro Harley. Man Cup Top Fuel racer, Mitch Brown,  struggled both rounds getting his Harley down the track leaving him at the bottom of qualifying for now. However, most of the class seem to struggle to make full passes in the first qualifier on Friday. While many racers recovered in round two, they are all hoping to beat the Saturday forecast and get another qualifier in before Sunday’s eliminations. Top Fuel Harley’s 3rd round of qualifying is scheduled for 12:45 on Saturday.

David Larson – Larson Racing

 

Qualifying Order

POSITION	DRIVER	ET	MPH
01	Jay Turner	6.354	208.23
02	Rickey House	6.43	200.11
03	Doug Vancil	6.56	214.48
04	Randal Andras	6.585	182.08
05	Beau Layne	6.595	207.08
06	David Larson	6.601	212.09
07	Billy Jackson	6.641	204.73
08	Tii Tharpe	6.847	161.59
09	Mike Scott	6.848	193.13
10	Mitch Brown	12.379	70.77

Qualifying Details

Qualifying Round 1
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
LeftMitch Brown0.1961.2725.0158.58562.8812.34215.94760.7
RightDavid Larson0.3921.1623.0175.022108.847.2429.48794.27
2:47 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 85 degrees, relative humidity 45 percent, barometer 28.71 inches, adjusted altitude 3,840 feet, track temperature 129 degrees. Brown was off the throttle at about 100 feet. Larson was drifting to the left and he was very close to the centerline at half track when he lifted.
LeftBilly Jackson0.0921.1352.924.348171.255.5756.641204.73
RightMike Scott0.0751.1313.2885.81288.558.47811.03284.9
Scott started trailing a little smoke at the 330-foot mark and he lifted.
LeftBeau Layne0.0491.1614.4328.09566.5811.45314.53571.17
RightRandal Andras0.0511.0923.3966.12482.088.911.39488.8
Both riders had problems early and they both lifted well before the 330-foot mark.
LeftJay Turner0.1251.6724.8576.609152.047.959.047205.79
RightTii Tharpe0.0791.3015.3058.76176.1511.72414.36484.11
Turner bogged on the launch. Tharpe smoked the tire on the hit.
LeftRickey House0.1411.3223.354.822172.676.0437.082214.11
RightDoug Vancil0.0971.1692.9074.347163.295.8137.318139.76
House was loose on the launch and he was to the right of the groove for much of this pass. Vancil was off the throttle early, the reason not apparent from here.
Qualifying Round 2
LANEDRIVERRT60 FT330 FT660 FT660 FT MPH1000 FTETMPH
LeftTii Tharpe0.0681.0982.8094.2165.645.5386.847161.59
RightMitch Brown0.3161.1993.476.28578.169.35312.37970.77
5:10 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 86 degrees, relative humidity 45 percent, barometer 28.63 inches, adjusted altitude 3,996 feet, track temperature 115 degrees. Brown spun on the hit and moved to the right of the groove. He was off the throttle before half track. I couldn't see anything wrong with Tharpe's pass, but this was well off his usual pace.
LeftRandal Andras0.0741.1292.8654.219177.725.4396.585182.08
RightBeau Layne0.0611.1242.9094.32180.945.5486.595207.08
A good looking pass by both riders.
LeftMike Scott0.11.1622.9474.351175.665.6616.848193.13
RightJay Turner0.0521.1052.8444.175186.875.3226.354208.23
Turner makes a strong pass to move to the top of the order for now.
LeftDavid Larson0.1431.1432.914.334172.815.5596.601212.09
RightRickey House0.1141.1362.8464.19183.945.3696.43200.11
A decent pass by Larson and a solid pass by House.
LeftDoug Vancil0.0611.1412.9014.302176.445.5196.56214.48
RightBilly Jackson0.1051.122.8964.362155.545.9037.493132.67
Jackson had a hard time keeping his machine in the groove. Vancil makes a decent pass to move into the number 3 spot in the order.

 

Mitch Brown – Buffco Eng., Sandlain Iron

 

Mike Scott – Tridyne Projects

 

Rickey House – Catspot

 

Beau Layne – Barnett Clutches And Cables

 

 

Billy Jackson – Controlled Chaos Racing

 

 

Randal Andras – Prime Coatings

 


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