Redneck Express : 2017 Turn Up
Redneck Express 2016 ReCap and What 2017 will bring
Let’s start with the fact that Chris and Sharon have been racing Top Fuel motorcycles since 1979 when they teamed up with Denny Hickman. Since then they have been a fixture on the Top Fuel Dragbike scene with the exception of the time needed to replace the RNE after Chris’ get-off at Gainesville in 2005.
The recent decade has always been Larry McBride and Chris Hand leading the way, were many races it was only Larry and Chris running in Top Fuel Metric. Then came Tommy Smith with one of Elmer’s old bikes, the Pollard Machine, the Alwine/Dryden/Hogan bike, the now Vantine/Pollard, the Alwine/Hogan bike and the return of multi-winner Sam Wills with Dryden.
Along the way, after IHRA dropped the Nitro Twins and AHDRA closing up shop we were happy to see several of those teams come and mix it up with us.
In the last two years we have seen the resurgence of Metric Top Fuel bikes with the now retired Alwine/Hogan bike. Dave Vantine taking over the Pollard “5 machine”, Wills Dryden, Dennis Bradley with Mitch Brown riding, the expected return of Terry Kizer to top fuel.
As for the Red Neck Express for 2017, we now have a baseline for several tracks and the engines and are ready to turn up the wick! See you in April at the Man Cup Season Opener.
RECAP OF 2016
Season Opener Gremlins
Redneck Express Race 1 Report
Redneck Express Wins and runs another 5
Redneck Express Race 2 Report
Redneck Express Ends 2016 with on a FIVE
Redneck Express Race 3 Report
Special Thanks to Gary Tate, Todd Meyer and everyone at Generac.
Dr. Carter Harsh, P.A. Laura Nugent and all the wonderful folks at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham. Everyone who has provided valued assistance and council to Team RNE , you are appreciated. Our friends of almost four decades, Denny & Patsy Hickman, Mark, John, Stacey and everyone at Peco Foods, first on any menu.
We would like to recognize and thank our sponsors.
Halbrooks Huneycutt Engineering
Belt Drives Limited
Sam Wills (Racing Innovations)
PR Factory Store
BME Connecting Rods