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:
2019 NHRA Top Fuel Harley photos:
2019 NHRA candid photos (including TF Harley):
story, photos and video by Tim Hailey