Keith Haney Racing
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.
TULSA, OK – It’s been 10 months since Keith Haney last raced “Enigma,” his nitrous-boosted, drag radial-equipped 2016 Camaro. Regardless, he’s hoping to capture one of the sport’s crown jewels with it this weekend (Feb. 14-17) at Lights Out 10, the prestigious radial-racing season opener from promoter Donald Long at South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP).
“I’m excited to get back in the ring of fire. I’ve had a lot of great fans across the country ask me if I was ever going to race the little-tire car again. Well, yes I am, it’s down in North Carolina at Brandon Switzer’s shop getting a little tender loving care,” says Haney, owner or co-owner of several Tulsa-area new car dealerships, as well as co-owner with Todd Martin of historic Tulsa Raceway Park.
“And Lights Out sets the tone,” he declares. “I proved it in 2015 when I first went there. I made the drag radial world go faster then and now they’re going even faster and it’s time for me to pick up the pace with the nitrous and you know, get back in the game.”
TULSA, OK – Randy Merick picked up the trophy and a $50,000 check for winning the inaugural Elite 16 event presented by Elite Motorsports and the Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS), but MWPMS owner and Elite 16 promoter Keith Haney left the Texas Motorplex early this month feeling every bit as fulfilled and satisfied.
“The Elite 16 achieved exactly what we were hoping for in bringing together some of the absolute best Pro Mod racers from many different backgrounds and sanctioning bodies and putting them head-to-head on one of the fastest tracks in the country,” stated Haney, who also participated in the Elite 16 with “Notorious,” his nitrous-boosted 2014 Camaro Pro Mod.
Run before a limited-admission crowd of just 1,000 spectators, the $50K-to-win Elite 16 attracted 30 Pro Modified entries attempting to qualify for the 16-car field. After a practically unprecedented eight rounds of qualifying were in the books, MWPMS regular Brandon Pesz sat atop the Elite list with a 3.61-seconds pass at 208.75 mph over the Motorplex eighth mile, closely followed by Jonas Aleshire, Jason Hamstra, and eventual Elite 16 victor Randy Merick. A special second-chance race for Elite 16 non-qualifiers also paid out $10,000 to winner Ron Muenks.
TULSA, OK – A bold, red-white-and-blue wrap prominently displays Keith Haney’s unique “You Know My Name” catch phrase on the doors of his nitrous-boosted Summit Racing Equipment Pro Mod Camaro and the Tulsa-based new car dealer recognizes his confident, outgoing personality and willingness to verbally mix it up may sometimes rub a few competitors the wrong way.
After making his debut in the NHRA E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series as a teammate to three-time series champion and eventual race winner Rickie Smith this May in Topeka, Ks., Haney says he’s adopting a different approach Sep. 21-23, for the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.
“I hope to go out and take care of business like I have in every other series I’ve raced in,” he says. “Everywhere else I’ve talked smack and done okay, but in Topeka I didn’t quite back it up so I’ve got a different outlook going into St. Louis. (Gateway general manager) Chris Blair and his staff do a great job and I love that track and usually do pretty good there, too, so that’s what I’m going to focus on.”