“Happy as a Pup with Two Peters” Tharpe, Andras and JTR

You can imagine that the Jay Turner Racing compound was the scene a damn good party when Tii Tharpe won his second straight NHRA Top Fuel Harley championship and the fourth straight for JTR. But that party was ratcheted up even more since Tharpe’s JTR teammate Randal Andras won his very first Wally that same day, at the U.S. Motherf*ckin’ Nationals, no less.

The title chase came down to the final day of the season for the second straight year, and Tharpe again edged out Doug Vancil. Last year it was in the final, this year it was nailed down in the semis when Tharpe’s 6.398 at 219.33 mph on his Spevco/Samson bike thundered past Rickey “Sharkey” House.

Number one qualifier Andras (6.158 at 227.5) beat Vancil in the other semi, then beat Tharpe in the final.

Here’s an interview with Tharpe:

Here’s an interview with Andras:

And here are some pics:

There can be no doubt that Jay Turner and Dorothy Olson have assembled and run the dominant team in Top Fuel Harley drag racing.

Turner’s competition is formidable, most notably the Vance & Hines sponsored team of Mike Romine (left) and Doug Vancil that have taken the championship to the final day of racing these last two years.
The talent that Turner has assembled is a huge part of the team’s success, including tuners Rex Harris (left) and Jeremy Hoy.

The Vances and Romines having an audience with the Master
Bob Malloy’s bike broke the jackshaft and hydrauliced the motor in E1
A look under the hood after Malloy’s big flash

The final between Andras (far lane) and Tharpe was run long after pro eliminations were over, and few fans present
The always smiling, ever calm and collected Julie Vancil
Julie’s man Doug came up just short of the championship for the second straight year….
…while Tii won his second straight

2019 NHRA Top Fuel Harley photos:

2019 NHRA candid photos (including TF Harley):

story, photos and video by Tim Hailey

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