Officials from NHRA today announced the 2016 NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series schedule. The popular series, highlighted by the Top Fuel and Pro Fuel classes, brings high-energy motorcycle racing to fans nationwide.
The NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series will compete at tracks across the country. The majority of the events will take place in conjunction with NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events with competition in Top Fuel Harley once again being featured at four NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events with two new stops, at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix and New England Dragway in Epping, N.H. The Top Fuel Harleys will return to the Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California and the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway.
These two-wheeled rockets will race at three new tracks in the Lucas Oil Series as they visit Royal Purple Raceway near Houston, Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, Maryland and Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina.
Tommy Grimes has already secured the 2015 championship in the Top Fuel Harley category as he holds a 221 point lead over second place Len Darnell Jr. with one race remaining. A close battle between Dennis Fisher and Janette Thornley will be decided in Pro Fuel Harley. Fisher leads Thornley by five points.
The racers will vie for an exclusive NHRA Wally® Trophy awarded to winners in each category during winner’s circle activities. The season-ending champion in Top Fuel and Pro Fuel will receive a specially-designed Wally Trophy as well as a year-end bonus. The best seven of 10 races will count for points toward the year-end championship.
|Feb. 11-14||Auto Club Raceway at Pomona||Pomona CA|
|Feb 26-28||Wild Horse Pass||Phoenix AZ|
|May 20-22||Summit Motorsports Park||Norwalk OH|
|June 3-5||New England Dragway||Epping NH|
|June 10-12||Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park||Tulsa OK|
|June 17-19||Bristol Dragway||Bristol TN|
|July 22-24||Sonoma Raceway||Sonoma CA|
|Aug. 19-21||Cecil County Dragway||Rising Sun MD|
|Oct. 28-30||Rockingham Dragway||Rockingham NC|
|Nov. 5-8||The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway||Las Vegas NV|
For more than 30 years, Ray Price Harley-Davidson has served as the center of motorcycle culture in Raleigh, N.C., and among the Southeast’s top motorcycle dealerships. Home to Hall-of-Fame racing legend Ray Price, dealership staff have centuries of combined Harley riding experience to provide award-winning customer service and education programs for beginners-to-expert riders. Ray Price was again named a 2014 Dealernews Top 100 business, as well as a Powersports Business Power 50 Dealer. The team actively supports area charities through a wide range of philanthropy projects. Ray Price Racing won the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) Top Fuel Harley Championship in 2014 and 2015.