Redneck Express : Man Cup Fall Nationals Report

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Man Cup 30th annual DME Racing Nationals
Rockingham Dragway
September 23-24, 2017

Redneck Express : Man Cup Fall Nationals Report

Redneck Express Runs New Personal Best 5.885 on the losing end, (.0014MOV) of the historic first side-by-side 5 second run in ManCup against Larry McBride’s 5.957

The crew for this race consisted of Crewchief Sharon Hand, Dick Boxell, Steve Legendre, and his son Steve.

Chris has spent the time between races making adjustments to the RNE and building engines, BJ (Brian Johnson) is in the frame rails and he has Merlin built for reserve.

Chris, Sharon Steve and Steve arrive at the track Friday Evening and as I am coming up the road I see them turn in, talk about timing!! We spot the trailer, unhook and head to the motel. Saturday morning, we set up the mobile Redneck Compound and commence getting the bike ready, for round 1 of qualifying.

Saturday Qualifying Round 1

We make some last minute changes and just make it to the starting line, we are scheduled to be paired with Larry but Chris tells them to go ahead and single. Good thing as in the lane we were supposed to be in had debris and they catch it right before we run.

Track clear, Sharon hits the starter we start the RNE and bring it to the burnout box and Chris commences to make a good smokey burnout, Steve Squared returns Chris and the RNE to the starting line, Chris lines up, lights flash and BOOM he is off the line with a good short time.

Just past the 1/8 mile Chris senses the bike is nosing over and quickly shut it down. They get the bike back, leak down is good, plugs look great.

Saturday Qualifying Round 2

After run 1 Chris looks at the Racepak data and something going on with the boost?? We test the line and transducer and determine that is good. Chris makes the call to change out the Supercharger and we manage to just miss this round of qualifying.

Saturday Qualifying Round 3

We are ready for this pass!

Track is clear, Sharon hits the starter to start the RNE and we bring it to the burnout box and Chris hits the throttle to make a good smokey burnout, Steve Squared returns Chris and the RNE to the starting line, Chris lines up ,lights flash and BOOM he is off the line with another good short time. Flames high and even!!

Just past the 330 mark, the bike knocks Chris’s foot off the peg and he wisely shuts it down. We end up qualifying #5. The numbers we do get from the two short shots are very encouraging. They get the bike back, leak down is good, plugs look great, again

Race day Sunday

We arrive at the track, ready the bike for today’s runs.

Race day Sunday, Round 1

Weather data looks decent today as it did Saturday. We are set to go out against Larry McBride second pair. Both teams line up our bikes and the riders get ready, as Larry has lane choice, he takes the right lane. Track is clear we get the signal to fire up Sharon hits the starter, the two bikes start almost simultaneously and roll to the burnout box in unison as these two have done hundreds of times.

Smokey burnouts complete, Steve Squared returns Chris and the RNE to the starting line, Chris lines up, Sharon turns on the Racepak, lights flash and BOOM he is off the line with our best short time of the weekend.

Larry left first and Chris catches him with better times throughout the race ending with a new personal best of 5.885 but Larry whips a 248 MPH to our 222 MPH and JUST nips us at the finish line .0014 MOV!!

We would like to Thank the Man Cup Personnel and the track crew of Rockingham Dragway for a great event with many firsts and a great track to run on.

We would like to recognize and thank our sponsors.

  • PECO Foods, Denny Hickman and Family
  • Halbrooks Huneycutt Engineering
  • WebCam Camshafts
  • Vanson Leathers
  • Advanced Sleeve
  • ARP – Automotive Racing Products
  • Boninfante
  • Rod Rance
  • Generac
  • Belt Drives Limited
  • Performance Machine
  • Sam Wills (Racing Innovations)
  • PR Factory Store
  • Ferrea Valves
  • Worldwide Bearings
  • MSD Ignitions
  • BME Connecting Rods
  • Hands Performance
  • Simpson
  • CP Pistons

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