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

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."