Rickey House Racing
GAINESVILLE, FL – Even though the Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series is a relatively new addition to the NHRA schedule, the historical implications of racing at the upcoming 50th anniversary Amalie Oil Gatornationals has not been lost on Magic Dry Harley rider Rickey House.
“Fifty years of the Gatornationals? That’s a special thing right there,” House said. “I’ve seen all the news stories and to have all the legends of the sport there makes it very cool for all of us. Heck, we all grew up admiring those people. Plus, if you look down the list of everyone who has ever won that race, you pretty much see every star our sport has ever produced. I’d love to add my name to that list, for sure.
“It’s also the first race of the year for the Pro Stock Motorcycle class so I’m pretty excited about that also. It’s fun to race with those guys and girls. We’re friends with a lot of them.”
CHANDLER, AZ – Rickey House knows what it takes to win at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park having conquered the track on his Magic Dry Organic Absorbent Top Fuel Harley just two years ago. Now, with his main supporter also serving as the title sponsor of the 35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals, pulling off another victory in the Phoenix suburbs would make for a huge weekend.
“I’m feeling really good about this race,” House said. “I always seem to run well at Wild Horse. I won this event two years ago, which was pretty cool. The bike was stout all weekend and I remember posting a 6.26, a couple of 6.24s and a 6.22, and every one of those runs were faster than 225 mph, so yeah, it’s a great track for us.”
Currently third in the Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Drag Racing Series after a successful semifinal showing at the season-opener in Pomona, Calif., House feels he has a great baseline tune-up for Phoenix. And with predicted weather conditions looking very similar to Southern California, he’s anxious to get started.
POMONA, CA – Rickey House knew he’d need a very quick elapsed time to beat top qualifier Doug Vancil in the semifinal round of Monday’s rain-delayed 59th annual Lucas Oil Winternationals, and he did manage to tune his Magic Dry Organic Absorbent Top Fuel Harley to a best-of-the-weekend 6.285 at 220.98 mph. But in a very close race, Vancil was able to catch and pass House in the last few hundred feet to take the victory with a 6.260 at 220.08 mph. One round later, Vancil took the overall race win.
“I put the kitchen sink to it but I came up short,” House said. “I ran a 6.285 and he had a 6.26 flat, and even though I got a little head start to make it more interesting, he was able to track me down. I just needed a tad more in the tune-up or for him to screw up just a little bit. Either way, it was a good race. I didn’t see him ’til the end.”
After qualifying fourth in the eight-bike field with a 6.367 at 223.39 mph, House took advantage of mineshaft weather conditions to step up his game Monday, although he didn’t need much to beat first-round opponent Kevin Boyer, who was disqualified for crossing the centerline.
HOUSTON – Rickey House has been a multi-time national event winner and solid title contender in the two years since the Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Drag Racing Series has competed on the NHRA stage. This season he wants to add “world champion” to his list of accomplishments.
That quest begins in earnest this weekend at the 59th annual Lucas Oil Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., the first of 10 events on the Top Fuel Harley schedule.
Matched up against the best in the sport, House has bravely fought against his adversaries, and with the continued support of Tommy Thompson — this year through the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent brand — he shows no signs of slowing down. And even though he’s a small operation out of his own motorcycle repair shop in Humble, Texas, he routinely shows the ability to run with the top bikes.
“We stopped by Phoenix to test on the way out here to Pomona,” House said. “I really just wanted to make sure we’d put the bike together properly and that the engine was ready. I told myself if we ran a 6.35 or quicker I wouldn’t make but one pass. Right out of the trailer we ran a 6.338 at 221 mph, and we stumbled a bit during that one, so I loaded it back up and headed out.
TULSA, OK – Midwest Organics will promote Magic Dry Organic Absorbent on Rickey House’s Top Fuel Harley in 2019, it was announced Thursday. House, a two-time national event winner in the NHRA’s Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series, was supported by CatSpot Organic Cat Litter in 2017-2018.
“I am very excited about staying with the Midwest Organics family through this new Magic Dry deal,” House said. “We will still have CatSpot on the bike as well, but we want to help the boss, Tommy Thompson, get Magic Dry at the front of everyone’s mind.
“It’s very gracious what Tommy has done for me. I simply would not be racing full-time without his support. Thanks to my Magic Dry teammate Scott Palmer also. He’s been a big help to us in many ways. We’re excited to get started on 2019.”
Based in Humble, Texas, House has been a contender in the 10-race Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series since its start two years ago. He won the Phoenix race in 2017 on the way to a second-place finish in the points. Last season he won the first Las Vegas event and finished fourth overall.
“We want to win the championship this year and I think we can,” House said. “We are about halfway through getting ready for the season and we have about three more weeks to get this finished so we’re working daylight to dark to make sure we are set to go. All of this while running my regular business as well.