Rickey House Racing
First round win of young season gives Scott Palmer a boost
HOUSTON – Although no one ended up clutching a trophy Sunday, smiles still came pretty easy for the trio of drivers sponsored by racing legend Tommy Thompson and his Magic Dry Organic Absorbent product. Top Fuel Harley rider Rickey House and Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Shane Conway both reached the semifinals, while Top Fuel favorite Scott Palmer found a little of last year’s mojo by winning his first elimination round of the season.
“We finally got out of the first round and got some of our mojo back,” Palmer said. “I was definitely singing Bee Gee songs in my head when I was staging in Round 1 and it worked because we got the win. I tried it again in the second round but I was a little distracted and had a bad light. I must have been in the wrong part of the song.
“Still, it was nice to get out of the first round and get to the second round for my crew. Half the team is new this year and that was the first time they got to experience a win and what it takes to turn the car around on race day and get ready for another round. They performed flawlessly and I’m super proud.”
HOUSTON – Top Fuel dragster driver Scott Palmer and Top Fuel Harley rider Rickey House successfully placed their Magic Dry Organic Absorbent-branded race machines in the elimination field of this weekend’s 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil.
Unlike most race weekends, the final professional qualifying session ended up being the best of the four due to a weather system moving through the area that brought cooler temperatures. While House was able to post his best run of the meet in Q4, Palmer couldn’t capitalize due to a mechanical issue, but he chose to accept that turn of fate as a bit of good luck.
“That last run we were trying to run a low 3.70 like everyone else but we had a clutch malfunction,” Palmer explained. “A piece in the clutch broke and that killed the run. Basically, stuff like that is just about unavoidable so there are two ways to look at it. You can look at it as bad luck or you can luck at as good luck because it didn’t happen tomorrow in the first round of eliminations.”
HOUSTON – No professional drag racer on tour is more excited for this weekend’s 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil than Texas native Rickey House, rider of the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent Top Fuel Harley-Davidson.
House, who hails from the Houston suburb of Humble, is just a month removed from a career-best performance at the last Mickey Thompson Top Fuel Harley Series event in Gainesville, Fla. It was there he shocked the class with an opening-round pass of 6.205 at 225.26 mph that knocked then points leader Doug Vancil out of the contest.
“I’ve been saying this bike can run a 6.20-flat and now we’ve proved it,” House said. “That run was not only my career best, but it was the quickest of race day. If not for a fuel leak in Round 2, that sprayed fuel all over the rear tire, I think we would have won the whole event.
“I think this weekend may be a game changer. If we can limit our mistakes and run the bike like we did in Florida, it’ll be a real exciting weekend. I’ve been over this thing a hundred times and we are ready to roll.”
GAINESVILLE, FL – Rickey House used a remarkable career-best elapsed time of 6.205 seconds to record a huge upset win over series leader Doug Vancil in the opening round of the Mickey Thompson Tires NHRA Top Fuel Harley Drag Racing Series Sunday at the 50th anniversary Amalie Oil Gatornationals.
Racing against the higher-qualified bike of Vancil, House’s 6.205 at 225.26 mph lopped a huge chunk off his qualifying effort of 6.378 at 222 mph and propelled him to an end-to-end victory over Vancil’s 6.230 at 235.43 mph. House was even sharp at the Christmas Tree, leaving with a .015-second reaction time to Vancil’s .041-second launch.
“We’d struggled all weekend in qualifying with parts breaking and what-not so to pull off a career-best pass in Round 1 against the guy everyone is chasing in the points was really satisfying,” said House, who hails from the Houston suburb of Humble, Texas. “I pretty much knew Doug was going to be quick so I tuned the bike up for a big run and it held. Having a good light there was kind of icing on the cake.”
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.