Redneck Express: 2019 Man Cup Season Opener Report

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Man Cup presented by Vance & Hines
Spring Cup presented by Roaring Toyz & Exoticycle
South Georgia Motorsports Park
April 5-7, 2019

Man Cup Season Opener Report

The crew for this race consisted of Crew chief Sharon Hand,  Steve Legendre, Dick Boxell and with, push back duties from Ron Raymond

Chris was busy during the offseason building a completely new engine and reconfiguring the fuel system, after spending many hours on the flow bench trying different combinations. Chris had three complete powerplants ready for action

Steve Legendre starts race week at the Redneck Express Compound helping Chris and Sharon get everything ready and loaded up.





Chris and Sharon with the mobile Redneck Express Compound arrive Friday morning, with Steve shortly thereafter,and we set up the pit area and ready the bike which has an all new power plant named G.S. Patton nicknamed “Tank” with Galahad and Merlin in the box ready for action.

Friday Qualifying is a washout, so we catch up with our friends and race family.

 

Saturday Q1

Jay makes the call to try and run 3 rounds of qualifying in on Saturday.

We ready the bike and tow up to the staging lanes after the fog and mist delay.

Start the bike, Don Plesser and I push Chris through the water box, Chris burnouts to where the reverser (Steve and Ron Raymond), is waiting on him. They get him pushed back on the superglued track and when Chris tries to roll up normally, nothing.. He has to make mini hits to even get the bike moving, and on the last one he lights both bulbs.

Chris gets the settings correct, Sharon arms the Racepac,lights flash and it leaves good, but Chris feels something and shuts it off, and idles down the track.

We get the bike back do the between round maintenance and ready for the 2nd qualifier of the day.

Saturday Q2

We ready the bike and tow up to the staging lanes the day is heating up by now fog has cleared.

Start the bike, push through the water box again, Chris burnouts to where the reverser is waiting on him.

After round one we discuss and we will try to push Chris up to the pre-stage bulb, I say try as we “thought” we were pushing the bike is stuck to the track and Chris blips it a little and we start to push harder, we get Chris prestaged, he set the buttons Sharon arms the Racepac, lights flash instant tire smoke.

We suspect a fuel leak but cannot find it at the pits, we spend a couple of hours leak testing EVERYTHING, nothing.

We fire the bike , run it on fuel and Chris really jams the throttle building some more boost. There it is!, the seam between the two halves of the manifold is wet.

We remove the manifold and separate it . reseal and re-install, during this time we miss/pass on the third qualifier. We restart the bike and Chris jams it again , no leak!. We get the bike ready for first round of eliminations.

 

Sunday Race Day

After the 3rd round of qualifying from Saturday the ladder is set, we draw Larry McBride.

Sunday E1

We ready the bike and tow up to the staging lanes the day is clear and warm.

Start the bike, push through the water box again, Chris burnouts to where Steve and Ron are waiting on him.

Larry does likewise and completes his burnout.

We actually get Chris prestaged correctly this time. Chris sets the buttons Sharon arms the Racepac, lights flash both bikes start to move then I hear Larry’s’ bike rev to the moon and glance over and Larry has spun the tire hard, I look back over to our lane and Chris is on an arrow straight pass our first representative pass so far of the weekend 6.11 /198MPH, Larry gathers it up and runs a 7.03 / 243 MPH but the Redneck Express wins this one!

We get the bike back and all holes are good only #2 shows a little leakdown.

We ready the bike for E2

 

Sunday E2

With the 6 bikes on an 8 bike ladder the Redneck Express get the bye run into the final.

We ready the bike and tow up to the staging lanes the day is clear and warm.

Start the bike, push through the water box again, Chris burnouts to where Steve and Ron are waiting on him.

We get Chris pre staged correctly again. Chris sets the buttons Sharon arms the Racepac, lights flash.

The bike makes a good move but at about 800Ft we see Chris lean like he is dodging something from the bike and he shuts it off early.

We get the bike back , do the leakdown and #2 has an extra hole beside the spark plug, about .030” diameter!

We start changing out the head and the cylinder bores in the new engine look perfect! We eventually run out of time with the head swap before the final.

Dave Vantine in a very sportsman manner said he would wait until we were done but Chris said go ahead if we are there, we are there, if not be safe.

All in all not a bad start of the season, we used only one engine and 2 heads, we did finish putting the head on and fired the bike before packing it up.

Congratulations to Dave Vantine and crew for the win, and some stellar passes all day Sunday!

We would like to extend our thanks to Jay Regan and the ManCup staff for a well ran show with the weather not cooperating 100%

Also to the SGMP track crews for an ultra sticky track no matter what time we ran.

 

 

We would like to recognize and thank our sponsors.

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