If you’ve never seen a motorcycle hauling down a track at 200-plus-mph, you have no idea what you’re missing. It’s great fun, wildly entertaining and it’s coming to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ February 26-28 as part of the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals. Experience watching these two-wheeled rockets vie for an NHRA Wally Trophy from a biker-exclusive VIP reserved starting line grandstand. Kick back in a designated hospitality area that will include easy access to great food and beer, and free parking in a nearby motorcycle-designated area.

Nitro Harley racing equals excitement for both fans and racers alike. Anytime a drag racing machine can hike the front end skyward on the launch and go all 1320 feet of the racetrack with just the rear end biting down hard on the track represents the epitome of a perfect pass.

Drag racing at its finest is a fast, loud, explosive acceleration between two contestants. The bigger the flames and the louder the noise, the better the fans like it. Nitro Harley racing pounds out close to 900 horsepower from a two-cylinder, hybrid V-Twin engine that is descended from the original Harley-Davidson design.

In 1909, six-year-old Harley-Davidson introduced its first 45-degree, two-cylinder, V-Twin motor with a displacement of 45.9 cubic inches, rated at seven horsepower. Today some drag racing Nitro Harley engines sport a bore and stroke of close to five inches with the two cylinders having a swept volume of 196 cubic inches of displacement. These motorcycle evolutionary marvels are what power the Nitro Harley Top Fuel bikes of today.

Tickets to the 2016 CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals can be purchased starting Tuesday, November 24th at or by contacting the NHRA Ticket Sales Center at 800-884-6472. For more information, and to learn about other upcoming events at the motorsports park, visit or call 520-796-5601.

Nov 28, 2016    Cover Story