The weather was threatening, but that never stops the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series. Mid-West Pro Mods rolled into Tulsa Raceway Park on Thursday, before qualifying on Friday. To say the action was tight all weekend might be a huge understatement. Points battles, Owner vs. Owner, Rain, and Lumberjacking were just some of what we saw over the weekend.
Throwdown in T-Town is one of the largest events the Tulsa Raceway Park holds all season long, and it is something that the owners Todd Martin & Keith Haney always look forward to. The fans are the best in the country, and were lined up out the gate trying to get in while MWPMS was having their regular Friday night driver meeting.
“Home really is where the heart is, and my home is Tulsa Raceway Park. Todd and I do our best to always make sure that our fans, racers, and media are treated with the utmost respect. They are there to see a show and that’s exactly what we try and give them”, stated series Founder Keith Haney.
Tulsa, OK – Just two weeks ago the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series battled it out on the grounds in St. Louis, and now the series is planning on making more noise than a Midwest thunderstorm when they open the gate at Tulsa Raceway Park for Throwdown in T-Town.
The Throwdown in T-Town is a huge event that attracts racers from all over the Midwest, and this weekend it will be on par with something that cannot be described in words. Not only will the MWPMS feature their Pro Mods, but there will also be Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, and X275.
“Being back at home is always an amazing feeling. I think I speak for both Todd (Martin) and myself when I say that there is nothing better than racing in front of our home town fans. The Throwdown in T-Town is more than just another drag race, it is celebration of everything good about drag racing”, stated series Founder Keith Haney.
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.
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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.
Ennis, TX – The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) kicked off the season in stellar fashion over the weekend. The event was highlighted by Pro Mod Icon Frankie “MadMan” Taylor taking the victory over the “Young Gun” Justin Jones.
“It isn’t often that you have such an extraordinary season opener anywhere in drag racing, but I feel like that is exactly what we managed to have in Ennis. Frankie snagged the Pro Mod class win, along with Shane Heckel in X275, Wynette Hudgins in Top Dragster, & Earl Folse in Top Sportsman. The effort that the drivers, crew, MWPMS staff, and the fans put in to the event was all top notch,” stated series Founder Keith Haney.
The season opener in Ennis was set to contest four of the five MWPMS classes, and the action in all four was outstanding. This was also the first time during the regular season that both Top Sportsman and Top Dragster were going to be contested at a Mid-West Pro Mod Series event. Both of those classes showed up in full force, even though it is only March. In Pro Mod, some of the best drivers in the world came through the gates, with 17 cars on the property. And in X275 it was going to be two World Champions fighting it out in the final like a heavyweight boxing match.
TULSA, OK – Longtime Pro Mod racer Keith Haney ended his 2018 season on a high note last November in Dallas and plans to play the same tune this weekend (Mar. 8-9), when he returns for the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) season opener.
In qualifying for the inaugural Elite 16 event presented by Elite Motorsports at the Texas Motorplex, the 2017 MWPMS champion steered “Notorious,” his nitrous-injected 2014 Camaro, to a career-best, 3.70-seconds pass at 203.43 miles per hour.
“Beyond going quicker and faster than I’d personally ever ran in the eighth mile before, the great thing is we left that race with the motor happy,” said Haney, a Tulsa-area new car dealer who also owns and promotes the popular Mid-West drag racing series, as well as co-owns historic Osage Tulsa Raceway Park with fellow MWPMS competitor Todd Martin.
“We did have some parts breakage at a few races last year, but after the Elite 16 we really didn’t have to do a whole lot over the off season other than routine maintenance and cleaning everything up. We’ve been real fortunate with this combination of Reher-Morrison horsepower backed up by M&M Transmission and Strange Engineering parts,” Haney said.
“Everything’s freshened up and really running strong now and even the weather looks like it’ll be similar to what it was at the Elite 16 race. Which will be nice to see because hopefully we’ll see the ETs being the same or close to what they were back then.”