Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Runner-up at Throw Down has Keith Haney primed for PDRA Texas Nationals

ENNIS, Texas (May 17) -- Keith Haney and his Keith Haney Racing team return to Professional Drag Racers Association competition this weekend fresh off an eventful but successful Throw Down in T-Town. Racing on the track he co-owns with Todd Martin, Haney raced to the Pro Nitrous final at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.
 
Haney and his KHR team now head to Texas Motorplex, where the PDRA hosts its third race of the 2016 season
"Reher-Morrison already has the motor apart and put new sleeves in it," Haney said of an engine hurt at the Throw Down. "We're getting it all fixed back up, and we'll be in Texas this coming weekend trying to drag all their asses there."
 
Haney's Lucas Oil/RacingJunk.com Camaro, nicknamed Notorious, was plenty fast at Tulsa, winning the No. 1 qualifying spot and racing to the final round, but it was a wild weekend.
 
Haney was No. 1 after the first qualifying session before being bumped down, but in the final session, his pass of 3.785 seconds at 200.74 mph recaptured the No. 1 spot
"I don't think it came down until right around 450, 500 feet," Haney said. "All I was looking at was the sky. It was going straight, so I wasn't worried about it."
 
In addition to winning the No. 1 qualifier, Haney won a grudge match against Jim Sackuvich during Q2.
 
"I got a little revenge back there from my buddy," Haney said.
 
Haney won the first round of eliminations against Mike Cooper, but that's where his troubles began.
 
"Everything was going great, and then I had a big ol' nitrous explosion," Haney said. "The hood scoop pops off, the front end splits, but I ended up winning the round anyway."
 
Haney's team discovered a spark-plug wire had come lose, causing the incident.
 
"We came back and rushed, and with the help of a few other teams, we got it back together," Haney said. "They fixed the hood scoop while we were working on the motor. We got it back together and go up there for E2 and got lucky."
 
While backing up from the burnout for the semifinals, Haney discovered he had very low oil pressure and couldn't make the run, but his opponent, Bob Storie, had problems, too, as his car wouldn't start. Haney took the Christmas Tree, broke the beam, turned the car off, and got the round-win.
 
"In the meantime, we had a (cylinder) sleeve that was cracked from one end to the other," Haney said. "We had about 9 inches of pan vac, which is nothing; we normally run 20 inches. The only thing we could do to the sleeve was doctor it."
 
"Laptop Brandon" Switzer, tuning Haney's car through the Internet while being away from the racetrack, pulled fuel and nitrous out of the ailing No. 1 cylinder, knowing it was damaged.
 
"It was hurt bad," Haney said. "(Switzer) said, 'Hey, the car's probably not going to make it to the finish line in the final round. What do you want to do?' I said, 'Doctor it all you can and let's hope for the best.' "
 
Ron Muenks got off first, but Haney chased him down as the two were in a tight race for the win.
 
"I'd caught him at the 330 mark," Haney said. "It was neck and neck all the way down the racetrack, but just past the 330 mark, the motor goes away and starts sending a fireworks show out for all our fans."
 
Haney's pass was 3.816 at 192 mph -- on seven cylinders -- but he came up short.
 
"They only won because the motor gave out," Haney said with a laugh. "I still had the fastest car on the property all weekend."
 
Sponsors Lucas Oil, RacingJunk.com, Switzer Dynamics, Pesz Performance & Tuning, Reher-Morrison, M&M Transmission, and Adam Lambert from Precision Racing Suspension help make Haney's PDRA team possible, and he continues to appreciate the support from wife Dee and children Timber, Alex, Madison, and Logan.
 
Haney's family of car dealerships includes Suburban Chevrolet in Claremore; Classic Chevrolet in Owasso, Okla.; Miami Auto Supercenter in Miami, Okla.; Regional Hyundai in Broken Arrow, Okla.; Nissan of Muskogee, Okla.; and Bartlesville (Okla.) Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.
 
"We got a runner-up finish again," Haney said. "Not what I was shooting for. I was runner-up the year before, too. But we're hoping for better in Dallas this weekend."
 Keith Haney and his Keith Haney Racing team return to Professional Drag Racers Association competition this weekend in Dallas fresh off an eventful but successful Throw Down in T-Town, where they raced to the Pro Nitrous final at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.
 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

"We've been to three semi's in the last four races, so the team is on fire. We've got a great crew; the motor's working good." — Keith Haney


TULSA, Okla. (May 12) -- Keith Haney hopes a little home cooking is just what he needs to help get some redemption.
 
Haney raced to the Pro Nitrous final at the Throw Down in T-Town last year at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park. There, he made a terrific pass and would have won the race but for a red-light.
 
Tulsa Raceway Park is Haney's home track and co-owns it with Todd Martin, and he returns for the 2016 Throw Down this weekend, hoping for even better results.
 
"We were in the final last year, and I went .001 red and went 3.79 on the back tire, outrunning the other guy," Haney said. "The only thing is I went red, so I've got a little redemption coming back for this particular race. I got a runner-up last year. It's time to win it this year."
 
Haney will again climb behind the wheel of his Lucas Oil/RacingJunk.com Chevrolet Pro Nitrous car -- nicknamed Notorious -- for the Throw Down. Notorious has been fast at Professional Drag Racers Association events, racing to the semifinals in two of the last three PRDA events.
 
"The team is on fire right now; we showed it at the last several races," Haney said. "We've been to three semi's in the last four races, so the team is on fire. We've got a great crew; the motor's working good.
 
"Let's hope I get a little better and get back to the racing I was doing. Making the semi's and doing what we've been doing is great. We're on a roll, and the team is excited."
 
Haney will be without co-tuner Brandon Switzer and longtime crewmember Randy Hancock this weekend, but Keith Haney Racing team members have stepped up. Switzer had a prior commitment but still will be able to help Brandon Pesz tune Notorious.
 
"This race might be a little bit different for us," Haney said. "Brandon Switzer is not going to be able to make the race, but the technology today allows us to be able to put a computer inside the car, and he can do his work -- along with Brandon Pesz, who will be at the track -- on a laptop through the Internet. It's going to be neat to see how we work as a team without (Switzer) in person. I'm excited to see how that turns out."
 
Hancock has a new venture, though Haney is excited to see his team jell in his absence.
 
"The other guys have stepped up," Haney said. "We lost a great crewmember who has been a great part of the team for the last five years. We wish him well on his new venture, and we'll miss him. Where he's left, other people have stepped up, including myself as a driver. I'll take on a few more responsibilities."
 
Sponsors Lucas Oil, RacingJunk.com, Switzer Dynamics, Pesz Performance & Tuning, Reher-Morrison, M&M Transmission, and Adam Lambert from Precision Racing Suspension help make Haney's PDRA team possible, and he continues to appreciate the support from wife Dee and children Timber, Alex, Madison, and Logan.
 
Haney's family of car dealerships includes Suburban Chevrolet in Claremore; Classic Chevrolet in Owasso, Okla.; Miami Auto Supercenter in Miami, Okla.; Regional Hyundai in Broken Arrow, Okla.; Nissan of Muskogee, Okla.; and Bartlesville (Okla.) Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.
 
 Keith Haney raced to the Pro Nitrous final round at the Throw Down in T-Town last year at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park and is hoping for even better results this weekend behind the wheel of his Notorious entry.



 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Keith Haney will donate Spring Nationals winnings to injured photographer

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (April 13) -- Lucas Oil/RacingJunk.com Pro Nitrous racer Keith Haney will donate his winnings from the PDRA Spring Nationals last weekend at Rockingham Dragway to Ian Tocher, the photographer injured in the crash that took the life of Top Sportsman driver Ronnie Davis.
 
Haney reached the semifinals in the Pro Nitrous class during an emotional weekend at Rockingham Dragway.
 
"I am donating my winnings from the race to Ian and his family," Haney said. "I'm going to match what I won and give that amount to his family. He works for Drag Illustrated, and he's going to be off work, so if this can help just a little, then that will make me happy."
 
According to Haney, Todd Martin, his partner in Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park, will donate some money to Tocher and his family as well.
 
Tocher suffered injuries to his lower extremities after Davis' car left the racetrack and flew over the retaining wall. Tocher was transported to UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill. N.C., where he is listed in stable condition, according to media reports.
 
"He does a lot for our racetrack," Haney said of Tocher. "He has written some press releases for Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park after some huge events. Ian has made it a point at every single race to come hang out with us for at least an hour. He holds a special place in my heart."
 
Haney was at the top end when Davis crashed, and he was part of the effort of helping Davis from the wrecked car.
 
"It was a pretty emotional moment for me," Haney said.
 
Haney then had to race in the first round against Ron Muenks, whose car owner is practically Haney's neighbor.
 
"First round was the toughest thing for me to do," Haney said. "We were racing our cohorts, Jeff and David Pierce, who live 30 minutes from me in Tulsa (Okla.). We go all the way to Rockingham to race first round.
 
"After I won first round, I sat there, left my seat belts buckled, and said a prayer. It was a pretty emotional moment to be down there."
 
Haney won that match with a 3.834-second pass at 199.02 mph, easily beating Muenks' run of 6.294 at 79.56 mph.
 
Haney then recorded a 3.854 at 198.20 mph to take out Ed Burnley, who ran a 4.059 at 184.83 mph.
 
That put Haney against rival Jay Cox, but Haney left too soon and drew a red-light to give Cox the ticket to the final round.
 
"It wouldn't have mattered if I wouldn't have gone red," Haney said. "We shook the tires anyway, red or not red."
 
Still, Haney enjoyed another successful weekend, as he qualified in the top half, earned a trip to the semifinals, and moved to fourth in the Pro Nitrous points standings.
 
"We finished up last year strong," Haney said. "We made to the semi's in Virginia in the last race. This year, we went out first round in Tulsa, but we qualified well. We made some changes to the current program, and at Rockingham we reached the semi's again.
 
"In the last three races, we've been to the semi's twice. That's pretty strong. It's hard to win in Pro Nitrous."
 
Sponsors Lucas Oil, RacingJunk.com, Switzer Dynamics, Pesz Performance & Tuning, Reher-Morrison, M&M Transmission, and Adam Lambert from Precision Racing Suspension help make Haney's PDRA team possible, and he continues to appreciate the support from wife Dee and children Timber, Alex, Madison, and Logan.
 Lucas Oil/RacingJunk.com Pro Nitrous racer Keith Haney will donate his winnings from a semifinal effort at the PDRA Spring Nationals last weekend at Rockingham Dragway to Ian Tocher, the photographer injured in the crash that took the life of Top Sportsman driver Ronnie Davis


 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Keith Haney ready to strike back in Rockingham with Notorious


ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (April 7) -- Keith Haney is ready for a little payback during this weekend's PDRA Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway.
 
At the season-opener at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park, Haney lost on a holeshot, the day after he lost a special match race against North Carolina native Jay Cox.
 
That has only motivated Haney and his Keith Haney Racing team to strike back with their Lucas Oil/RacingJunk.com Chevrolet Pro Nitrous race car.
 
"We're talking about Notorious," Haney said. "It's coming out to take care of business in North Carolina. She got slapped around a little bit in Tulsa by the North Carolina guy. Now it's time for the Tulsa guy to get back at them in their backyard."
 
Haney's team, led by tuner Brandon Switzer and Brandon Pesz, is also fired up to get a little revenge.
 
"We had a good weekend in Tulsa, just not what I wanted," Haney said. "There's nothing wrong with anything, nothing wrong with the team. We haven't touched the motor, the car, nothing.
 
"I've got to get back on my A-game. I've been sleeping on the wheel a little and maybe taking the other drivers for granted. I've got to get back on my A-game. The goal is obviously to win. We have the car, we have the team, we have the people. There's no reason we can't."
 
Rockingham Dragway is one of the iconic racetracks on the PDRA tour, nestled in the Sandhills of the state.
 
"I'm exciting about Rockingham," Haney said. "It's one of my favorite tracks ever. There's something about it I like. I don't know what it is, but I like it."
 
Haney returns to the driver's seat of one of his KHR cars after missing the Radial Revenge Tour race at Tulsa last weekend to golf in a charity tournament with his longtime business partner. Pesz drove Haney's speedy Drag Radial car -- the fifth-quickest Drag Radial car in the world -- in Tulsa.
 
"We had a record weekend in Tulsa," Haney said. "Tulsa is now officially the fastest dragstrip in the world in just about every single category, for PDRA to the Radial world. We've broken record after record after record. Now it's time for me to go to other tracks and try to do it with my race team."
 
Sponsors Lucas Oil, RacingJunk.com, Switzer Dynamics, Pesz Performance & Tuning, Reher-Morrison, M&M Transmission, and Menscer Motorsports Shocks help make Haney's PDRA team possible, and he continues to appreciate the support from wife Dee and children Timber, Alex, Madison, and Logan.
 
Haney's family of car dealerships includes Suburban Chevrolet in Claremore; Classic Chevrolet in Owasso, Okla.; Miami Auto Supercenter in Miami, Okla.; Regional Hyundai in Broken Arrow, Okla.; Nissan of Muskogee, Okla.; and Bartlesville (Okla.) Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.
Keith Haney is ready for a little payback with his Lucas Oil/RacingJunk.com Chevrolet Pro 
Nitrous race car during this weekend's PDRA Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Keith Haney makes difficult decision to miss Radial Revenge race in his hometown










Keith Haney makes difficult decision to miss Radial Revenge race in his hometown


TULSA, Okla. (March 31) -- Keith Haney has made the heartbreaking decision 
to pull out of the Radial Revenge Tour race this weekend at his track, Osage 
Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.

Longtime business partner Wayne Cline, who gave Haney his start in the automobile 
business more than 25 years ago, is participating in a charity golf tournament at 
Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club in St. Pete Beach, Fla. That tournament, in 
which Haney and Cline have golfed together for 20 years, was moved three weeks 
ago to this weekend, forcing Haney to make the difficult decision.

"I've got a lot of drag racing left in me, but I don't have a lot of time with my partner,
 who is 76 years old," Haney said. "I owe it to him to be with my partner. He's my 
best friend."

Moving the Radial Revenge Race to another weekend was not an option out of 
concern for competitors and fans, but Haney pledged that racers and fans will see 
the best race possible this weekend as the Radial Revenge Tour races for the third 
time in Tulsa.

"We have a good following of fans and this is one of the most important races of 
our season, next to the Throwdown in T-Town," Haney said. "We have worked to 
 make this race what it's starting to become, so it's killing me not to be there. I've 
gone overboard to make sure the event is going to go smoothly. My partner Todd Martin, 
my general manager Don Ellis -- 'Big Don' -- and the staff at TRP will make it a 
great event. We've streamlined 100 things to make the racer experience and the 
fan experience the best that it can be."

Al Tucci and Cliff Parvin will run the tower, and the Tulsa technical staff can handle 
all the radial cars.

One of those cars will be Enigma, the special drag radial Chevrolet Camaro Haney 
built for this season. Because Haney loves and believes in the drag radial world, 
Enigma will still be entered. Co-tuner Brandon Pesz will handle the driving chores 
 this weekend.

"I built a radial car just to get in the radial world with these guys," Haney said. "It's 
killing me because I want to be the winner of my event. I want to win this race, but 
Enigma will be there."

Enigma, with Haney driving, became the fastest nitrous car in the drag 
radial world -- but not the fastest car overall -- at the Lights Out 7 event in February 
at South Georgia Motorsports Park. A turbo car holds the actual record that Haney 
wanted for himself, but unfortunately he won't get the chance.

"I want to take the record away, I want to win the race," Haney said. "But you 
know what? It says 'You Know My Name on the side.' It's the car, not the driver.

"I'll be sipping on adult beverages in Florida, and my iPhone will be stuck to my 
hand watching the live feed from MotorManiaTV.com."

Fans can watch all the racing action from Tulsa this weekend at MotorManiaTV.com
The drag radial race was made possible by TRP's numerous marketing partners.

"I owe everything to our marketing partners for believing in us and this race,
" Haney said. "If it wasn't for them, this race wouldn't have become what
it has become."