Keith Haney Racing
TULSA, OK – A new era will dawn for Keith Haney Racing (KHR) Sep. 13-14, as “Black Mamba,” the team’s brand-new, nitrous-breathing 2019 Camaro, will make its competition debut with the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) at Memphis International Raceway.
“To say I’m excited is a huge understatement. I can’t wait to get the Black Mamba out there and sink my fangs into the competition,” declared team owner and driver Haney, who also owns and promotes the all-eighth-mile MWPMS.
“Seriously, my plan is to go to Memphis and drag every single one of ’em from one end of the race track to the other. That’s my goal. So if you’re lined up beside me, you better be nervous and you better have your stuff together, because me and Black Mamba are poised to strike.”
ST. LOUIS, MO – With a dramatic flourish near the control tower of World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Pro Mod star Keith Haney proudly peeled back his car cover Aug 3, to reveal the “Black Mamba,” a brand-new 2019 Camaro built for him by Jerry Bickel Race Cars, not far away in Moscow Mills, Missouri.
An appreciative round of applause immediately broke out among the large crowd of fans, fellow racers and media members gathered for the unveiling at the historic St. Louis-area drag strip, as Haney beamed with pride and more than a little relief after keeping his new, all-purpose Pro Mod/Drag Radial entry top secret for several months.
“This is the very first car Jerry Bickel Race Cars started building in 2019, so it’s tag number one,” he pointed out. “Ricky Smith usually owns that number from Bickel every year, but unfortunately Ricky lost out this time and I got pro number one for 2019, which is a very special thing for me.
TULSA, OK – A dramatic rematch from the night before saw Keith Haney even the score with NHRA Pro Mod star Chad Green July 13, as he led stripe to stripe in the final round of the Slammers class during the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) event at Xtreme Raceway Park (XRP) in Ferris, TX.
Despite leaving with a perfect .000 reaction time, Haney held an ever-so-slim two-thousandths of a second advantage over Green off the start, but an eighth of a mile later his nitrous-breathing 2014 Camaro had stretched that out to a 12-hundredths margin of victory over Green’s nitrous-fed C7 Corvette in the left lane.
“Yeah, I got my redemption from Chad after our grudge race in the first round of qualifying. That didn’t go so well after we just made a mistake on the car and didn’t find it until the next round,” Haney explained. “But winning the Slammers class means I also got to pick up a few extra points for the championship run. And what’s even better is that was the fastest I’ve ever run at that kind of altitude.”
TULSA, OK – As much as he enjoys racing at the recently renamed World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, the historic drag strip directly across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Louis has not been particularly kind to Keith Haney in recent visits.
Last year, Haney missed qualifying for both the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) and NHRA Pro Mod Series events at Gateway, but the Tulsa-based new car dealer fared a little better this past weekend after overcoming some early adversity in Friday night’s MWPMS test session.
“We decided on Friday to make just one hit at the race track and thank God we did,” he said. Two weeks earlier at the most recent MWPMS event in Bowling Green, KY, Haney’s nitrous-injected 2014 Camaro experienced a transmission problem that caused the car’s rear slicks to lock up at speed in the shutdown area of the track. Initially, Haney thought he’d hit the transbrake button by mistake, so his crew made adjustments, but when rain moved in the next day and the race had to be canceled he missed any chance to test the repairs.
“It put me sideways there a couple times, but we really thought we had it fixed,” Haney said. “But then Friday I let go of the button, we go 3.77 at 200 miles an hour, and I stick it in neutral and it does the exact same thing.
TULSA, OK – Unfortunately for Keith Haney Racing and the rest of the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) competitors, their event ended before eliminations could begin Apr. 13, due to heavy rain storms forecast at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, KY. The MWPMS, which Haney also owns and promotes, participated as a featured class within the Holley EFI Outlaw Street Car Reunion.
“It’s always disappointing when you don’t get to finish what you started, and I feel for (OSCR promoter) Tyler Crossnoe. I know what it’s like to have to call off something like this after you’ve put so much time and work and money into making things happen,” said the Tulsa-based new car dealer, who was racing at Beech Bend with “Notorious,” his nitrous-injected 2014 Pro Mod Camaro.
“It was a great event throughout testing and qualifying for everyone. I know a lot of people made their best runs ever and we were going after one in the final qualifying session, too, but a last-minute problem on the starting line cost us the attempt,” Haney explained.
ENNIS, TX – Consistency and an oh-so-close result in the semi-finals left Tulsa-based Pro Mod star Keith Haney feeling very positive about the season-opening Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series event Mar. 9, at the Texas Motorplex, near Dallas.
“Seventeen-thousandths at the stripe, that’s all that separated us,” Haney said of his race against young gun Justin Jones, who won with a 3.69 over Haney’s 3.73 at more than 201 mph. “I treed him with a .002 light to his .023 and I even had him at half track, but my car started shooting sparks out the right header and laid over a little and he was able to just sneak on by me at the finish.”
Beyond reaching the semis, Haney left the Motorplex feeling impressed with his team’s overall performance and encouraged by their strong start to the 2019 MWPMS season.
TULSA, OK – Usually, a pre-race grudge match victory, followed by a solid qualifying run in the quickest Radials vs. the World (RvW) field ever assembled and a first-round win would add up to at least a satisfying outing for Keith Haney. However, the veteran drag racer left Lights Out 10 with mixed feelings over his results this past weekend at South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP).
“You know what, if you take my weekend, it was absolutely, truthfully, a great weekend. We raced hard, had some fun and met some great race fans. I also want to thank my crew: Brandon Switzer, Andrew Arnold, Shane Goodnight, and Dale and Cale Hancock, and of course my girlfriend, Misty Hayes, for her undying support. I really couldn’t be out there without any of them.
“And Lights Out? I truly think it’s one of the best shows on the planet, the Super Bowl of drag racing when it comes to little tires,” said Haney, who also is a financial contributor to promoter Donald Long’s annual events at SGMP.