Wednesday, March 13, 2019

MWPMS Season Opener Delivers Semi-Final Finish for Haney

ENNIS, TX (Mar. 13, 2019) -- 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.       
"You know, the notes that we had from November sure helped Brandon Switzer do his job on the tuning side of it, but what's really exciting as far as Keith Haney Racing goes is that we were out there last November at the Elite 16 race going 3.70s and we showed up in Texas again and went right back to running 3.70s. That tells me we're on to something and you've got to commend my guys for what they did in the off-season to prepare the car and keep it consistent.
"They did a great job all weekend. I call it showing up and showing out, you know? I mean, we went there to drag some butts all over the place and we did, a few; got down to the final four."
After qualifying third with another 200-plus-mph pass in 3.74 seconds over the Motorplex eighth mile, Haney and "Notorious," his nitrous-injected 2014 Pro Mod Camaro, ran 3.74 and 3.73 in
defeating the entries of E.J. Hickl and Ed Jeffe before reaching Jones, who went on to finish runner-up against Frankie "Madman" Taylor in the final round.
"You know, in the staging lanes before we ran, Justin told me that it's been one of his dreams to race me and of course I appreciated that," Haney said. "He's young, maybe 19, 20 years old, less than half my age, so he's got better eyes than I've got. But I looked at him and said, 'Don't go red.' He looked right back at me and said, 'Don't be late.' And as it turned out, he was late and I was not red--well, he had a great light, but at least he was late compared to me."
Also contributing to Haney's positive mood was a relatively stress-free weekend of racing and camaraderie with his fellow MWPMS competitors.
"The guys from the Motorplex did a great job and the track was phenomenal," he declared, pointing out several classes posted record-setting numbers. "And as far as my team goes, we really didn't haven't any problems at all, no breakage, no big thrash in the pits. It was kind of awesome, you know, we got to relax a little.
"One of the things that we did was on Friday night I helped cook for about 80 to 90 people. Andrew Arnold, myself, and my girlfriend Misty, all three of us got Hibachi ready and we cooked for a bunch of teams. We all got to sit around and tell jokes and everybody got to relax and have some fun.
"And you know, that's really what it's all about. All of us there, we all want to win, don't get me wrong, but at the end of the day we're spending time together and spending time with the other racers when we're not on the track. When we're out on that track, though, none of us are friends. It's winner take all and I wouldn't want it any other way."
Keith Haney Racing will be back in action with the Mid-West Pro Mod Series Apr. 12-13, during the 6th annual Outlaw Street Car Reunion at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, KY.  
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Photos by Randy Curtis
Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Keith Haney Racing ( fields two cars in the Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS), as well as for select NHRA and PDRA races and one-off special events. Keith Haney Racing appreciates the support of sponsors Summit Racing Equipment, Lucas Oil, Strange Engineering, Kryptonite Kustomz,, MoTeC Systems USA, Switzer Dynamics, M&M Transmission, Menscer Motorsports, Total Seal, Mickey Thompson, Browell Bellhousing, and Larry Jeffers Race Cars.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Haney Hopes Texas Success Continues at MWPMS Season Opener

TULSA, OK (Mar. 6, 2019) -- 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 Sweet 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."
Also returning to boost Haney's chances is his veteran crew, led by nitrous tuning wizard Brandon Switzer and car chief Andrew Arnold, plus father-and-son teammates Dale and Cale Hancock, and girlfriend Missy Hayes.
"You know, we're all pretty excited about opening the Pro Mod season for Keith Haney Racing and getting out there again at the Motorplex," Haney said. "We did have the radial-tire car out last month at Lights Out in Georgia, but this is the opening of the season for Pro Mod, first race of the year for an eight-race Mid-West Pro Mod Series schedule.
"You know, for most organizations March is kind of early to start, but we started in March last
year, too, and had a great turnout, a great race. I do know some people, their programs are not quite ready, but I think we'll also see some new ones who are ready to go," he continued.
"But you know what? I don't really care who shows up. I plan on taking care of business and winning the first race of the year and I don't care who's next to me. For now we're all just focused on winning Texas. We're focused on coming out and winning that race right off the bat. Can't wait to get started!"
Following the Motorplex event, Keith Haney Racing and the MWPMS will next be in action Apr. 12-13, at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, OH.
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Photos by Damon Steinke

Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Keith Haney Racing ( fields two cars in the Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS), as well as for select NHRA and PDRA races and one-off special events. Keith Haney Racing appreciates the support of sponsors Summit Racing Equipment, Lucas Oil, Strange Engineering, Kryptonite Kustomz,, MoTeC Systems USA, Switzer Dynamics, M&M Transmission, Menscer Motorsports, Total Seal, Mickey Thompson, Browell Bellhousing, and Larry Jeffers Race Cars.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Haney Leaves Lights Out 10 with Mixed Feelings

TULSA, OK (Feb. 21, 2019) -- 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.
"The last time we raced this car was last April, when I won Radial Revenge in Tulsa. But we were in the finals last year at Lights Out, too, and I made it to the final four at Sweet 16, back when it was all more competitive. The way the rules are now, the nitrous cars are at a real disadvantage. And that's not just an opinion; that's a fact. And it's a real problem that has to be addressed or you're just going to have no nitrous guys showing up."
To further his point, Haney said he will not be attending Long's Sweet 16 event, scheduled for Mar. 20-23, at SGMP.
"First of all, I'm definitely supportive of this race, but I won't be at Sweet 16 because there's really no reason for me to take a knife to a gunfight. It just doesn't make sense from a business standpoint to spend the money even to make the trip to Georgia," he reasoned.
Regardless, at Lights Out 10, Haney's first high point came within the second round of qualifying. In a pre-arranged grudge match that paired the two most fan-favorite drivers, Haney and "Enigma," his nitrous-assisted 2016 Camaro took on Georgia's own "Stevie Fast" Jackson and his screw-blown 2018 Camaro in front of the biggest Thursday-night crowd in Duck X Productions history.
Jackson got the jump off the start, but an eighth of a mile later, Haney crossed the finish line in 3.85 seconds at 195.76 mph to beat Jackson's 4.01 at 181.94 mph.
"That was a lot of fun, I always enjoy beating Stevie. And people forget that's two in a row for me over him," Haney said later. "We had a little bet going last November at the Elite 16 race in Dallas (TX), and I beat him there, too."
That pass placed Haney 21st in the provisional RvW field, but he later improved to 3.75 at 197.88 and officially started 17th, setting up a first-round eliminations race against Ken Quartuccio and his twin-turbocharged 2018 Corvette. Haney left first this time with a stellar .007 reaction time, then led stripe to stripe, posting a 3.81 at 196.07 over a hard-charging 3.85 at 207.66 mph by his Connecticut-based rival.
"I'm actually a big fan of Ken Quartuccio," Haney said. "We've kind of got a mutual admiration society going on between us, so that was a pretty big win for me."
Next up for Haney, though, was the daunting task of taking on class newcomer Kevin Rivenbark, who set a new RvW record of 3.61 seconds at 205.01 mph to qualify number one over a 32-car field that also featured a record 3.88 bump spot held by Jason Hoard.
Haney left practically even with Rivenbark, but that was as close as he ever came to the ProCharger-equipped '69 Camaro, as it won going away with a 3.66 pass at 203.37 over a 3.77 at 195.11 combo from Haney in the left lane.
The Tulsa-based new car dealer took the loss in stride, but felt it exemplified the rapidly widening gap between nitrous-injected entries and those employing some sort of air-pressure boost, whether via crank-driven or belt-driven superchargers or exhaust-scavenging turbochargers.
"I knew I had to do my job on the line and I went .046 to his .044, so we left at basically the exact same time," Haney recalled. "But from there he just drove away. I mean, there was no chance against that car weighing what it does. I'm not going to say anything bad about the car or the guys that run it, they're doing an awesome job, but I am gonna' say that the rules fit them a heck of a lot better than they do us. The fact is, nitrous cars just can't get to the numbers these guys are running."
The quickest pass by nitrous car at Lights Out 10 was the 2012 Camaro of Justin "Lil Country" Swanstrom, who posted 3.71 at 198.35 to qualify eighth. He and each of the other four nitrous entries that advanced from the opening round at Lights Out 10, including Haney, fell in round two.
"Look, I'm a race promoter, too, so I also have to deal with these kinds of issues because at the end of the day if you don't have parity, you don't have anything. I just think we need some rule changes or eventually there's not ever going to be another nitrous car show up in Radials vs. the World and it'll end up being just a screw and turbo and ProCharger deal," Haney said. "Which is okay if that's what people want to see happen. That's up to those who are running the show.
"I'll just keep doing what I've been doing with the Mid-West Pro Mod Series, NHRA Pro Mod, and I'm not saying I'm never coming back to radial racing. Far from it. I'm saying I'm not going to Sweet 16 this year. And I realize a lot of my fans will be disappointed, but I hope they understand I just can't under current conditions."
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Photos by Chris Simmons/Ian Tocher

Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Keith Haney Racing ( fields two cars in the Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS), as well as for select NHRA and PDRA races and one-off special events. Keith Haney Racing appreciates the support of sponsors Summit Racing Equipment, Lucas Oil, Strange Engineering, Kryptonite Kustomz,, MoTeC Systems USA, Switzer Dynamics, M&M Transmission, Menscer Motorsports, Total Seal, Mickey Thompson, Browell Bellhousing, Rickie Smith Racing, and Larry Jeffers Race Cars.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Haney Counts on Consistency to Carry Lights Out 10 Victory

TULSA, OK (Feb. 12, 2019) -- 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."
Haney won the Mid-West Pro Mod Series radial race his last time out with Enigma last April at his home track. But heavy business demands combined with racing a second Keith Haney Racing (KHR) Camaro and getting started in NHRA Pro Mod kept him away from the small-tire world.
That ends this weekend, though, as Haney seeks to finish one position higher than last year's outing when he qualified eighth for the 32-car Radials vs. the World field, then beat four tough opponents before finishing just a few thousandths of a second behind "Stevie Fast" Jackson in the final round.
"It's a really great car; every race it's been to, it's been in the money," Haney stresses of his
Larry Jeffers-built ride. "But you know, it's tough to keep up with all these blower and turbo guys that are going so fast right now, so we did a whole bunch of stuff to the car over the winter, just trying to help our combination out."
Nitrous guru Switzer will again be calling the tune-up trackside at SGMP, and Haney's cause is further boosted by continuing sponsor support from Summit Racing Equipment, Strange Engineering, Lucas Oil and, among several others.  
Haney also heaps praise on Andrew Arnold, calling him the KHR "team captain" and driving force behind getting Enigma ready for Lights Out. "I know Andrew is excited about all the changes we made over the winter and the things that he did to the car. Really, we're all pretty excited about what he got done."
More than anything, though, Haney says he's relishing a return to the wild drag radial scene created annually at SGMP by Long, all the while looking forward to visiting with KHR fans and sharing the intense competition of drag racing the South Georgia eighth mile.

"You know, Stevie (Jackson) and I have got a great rivalry going and we've got a big grudge race locked in for Thursday night. But that rivalry goes all the way until Sunday as we bet and call each other out. And we do it not just at the beginning of the race, or not just during the race; it's all the way throughout the whole event. We make a lot of different bets and people love it," Haney says. "I mean, we had a grudge race last year and it was probably the biggest watched drag racing show that's ever been on the Internet. The starting line was plum full and the whole scene was just crazy."
Still, Haney remains firmly focused on going rounds and winning on race day.
"Bottom line, I just need to come back and take care of business and all these other guys talking smack. I've still got plenty of power and I'm just going to go out there and beat them with consistency," he says. "Our program may not be as fast as some others--yet--but we're the most consistent and I'm ready to chop down the tree. So they know there's no room for error in their lane. I can still go out there and compete. May not be able to go a .62, but I can sure give 'em hell trying."
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Photos by Damon Steinke/Ian Tocher

Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Keith Haney Racing ( fields two cars in the Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS), as well as for select NHRA and PDRA races and one-off special events. Keith Haney Racing appreciates the support of sponsors Summit Racing Equipment, Lucas Oil, Strange Engineering, Kryptonite Kustomz,, MoTeC Systems USA, Switzer Dynamics, M&M Transmission, Menscer Motorsports, Total Seal, Mickey Thompson, Browell Bellhousing, Rickie Smith Racing, and Larry Jeffers Race Cars.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

'Labor of Love' for MWPMS Videographer Jimmy Biggs

TULSA, OK (December 6, 2018) -- According to official videographer Jimmy Biggs, he has the best job on the grounds during each event for the Tulsa-based Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS).
"It's a labor of love; it really is," Biggs insists. "I consider it a privilege and an honor to tell the stories of the race teams and sponsors that make the Mid-West Pro Mod Series happen. And everybody has a cool story. With this whole
industry it's like that because everybody comes from different backgrounds and has different experiences. Plus, everyone knows 99.5-percent of all drag racers are great guys and my experience with the Mid-West Series absolutely confirms that."
For the better part of two decades, Biggs, 62, has concentrated on providing drag racing coverage, working with the NMCA, Fun Ford, ADRL and PDRA before MWPMS owner, promoter and competitor Keith Haney came calling. Biggs estimates he posted between 150 and 200 MWPMS video clips to the MWPMS Facebook page this year.
"I can't tell you how many drivers and crew guys come to me the next day to say they never expected to see things get posted so fast. They're more used to seeing video from events go up a week or two, maybe more, after an event, but coming from a TV news background I work fast. I know how to shoot and edit for speed," he says.
"Jimmy is just awesome for our racers and the series," Haney adds. "I've
really been impressed with what he's able to accomplish all on his own. What he does, along with Al Tucci on the P.A. and Chad Reynolds with the live feed, really adds to the atmosphere and contributes so much information and knowledge about the Mid-West Series."

Biggs shoots both trackside and in the pits during MWPMS races and creates short product features from MWPMS sponsor visits between events. He is the camera operator, director, interviewer and editor, typically traveling the country alone--sometimes flying, but most often driving--from his home base in Delaware, though an imminent move to North Carolina is planned.
"I used to be paired up with Brian Olson, who was one of the greatest announcers and interviewers this sport has ever known. He and I just clicked to where we pretty much knew where the other was going even before they did, but ever since Brian passed away (in 2015), I've pretty much been a solo act," Biggs says.
"I make my own schedule, I go visit race shops and manufacturers when I want, and if I want to stay up and edit all night and then go for something to eat at 3 in the morning, I can do that. And all that is thanks to Keith (Haney). He lets me do my thing, make my own decisions and set my own agenda. There's not a bit of pressure, which actually makes me want to work harder and create more stuff. Seriously, you can't ask for anything more than that."

Photos courtesy MWPMS/Dyan Lover
ABOUT THE MID-WEST PRO MOD SERIES The Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) is an all-eighth-mile, no-profit organization that typically competes during each host track’s biggest event of the year. Its appearance is entirely funded by sponsorships passed along to benefit the host tracks (typically about $10,000). The Mid-West Pro Mod Series also provides trackside sponsor banners to be displayed at each event, on-site PA sponsor announcements, and links to each company on the MWPMS website (, plus an extensive social-media presence, texts and e-mail blasts, and commercials during all events.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Haney Hopes NHRA Pro Mod Experience Leads to Bigger Things

ENNIS, TX (Oct. 10, 2018) -- For veteran businessman and racer Keith Haney it wasn't all about elapsed time and miles per hour; it was about gaining valuable experience and exposure on the biggest doorslammer stage in drag racing.
When Haney decided to throw his hat in the NHRA Pro Mod ring this year with a three-race deal brokered through Rickie Smith Racing, he knew full well it wasn't going to be an easy task to
compete--or complete--that there would be hurdles to clear, setbacks to face, and naysayers to confront.
However, he also believed with the same nitrous-boosted 2017 Camaro that Smith drove to victory in Florida early this year, and respected corporate supporters including Summit Racing Equipment, Lucas Oil, Strange Engineering and Kryptonite Kustomz on board, he could make enough of an impact to make their participation pay off and his own commitment worthwhile.
And after finally qualifying for E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series eliminations at the Texas Motorplex this past weekend (Oct. 5-7), his last of three scheduled NHRA appearances in 2018, Haney felt vindicated and at peace, even after falling in the first round of racing to eventual finalist Justin Bond.
"Just being able to qualify, it gives you a different appreciation of the Pro Mod category over
here. Everyone knows I missed the cut in my first race in Topeka, even though I did run my personal best E.T. and speed there, and then last month in St. Louis things just didn't go my way at all, but getting into the race in Texas really felt like an accomplishment," he said. "I'm proud of qualifying among the absolute best Pro Mod teams and drivers in the world."
Haney's first qualifying pass on Friday saw his car head for the center line shortly after launching and he wisely shut down and coasted to a stop. Later that afternoon he made a second attempt and ran 5.93 seconds at 224.32 mph, though still outside the 16-car field after 26 entries made qualifying runs down the Motorplex quarter mile.
"That was my fault, totally my fault," Haney said. "I hit the chutes and took my foot off the gas a little early; that's why the mile an hour was down so much. That should've been about a 5.84 or .85; we should've been in with that pass."
Regardless, he remained unfazed and optimistic.
"I had sponsors and friends calling and reassuring me on Saturday, saying 'You got this,' and 'Don't worry, you'll get in,' things like that, but I told them that I knew we were gonna' get in, that we had tested and Rickie's and (teammate Khalid al) Balooshi's cars were running .80 and .81, so we were going to turn mine up."
When the time came, Haney actually posted 5.84 at 246.84 mph, enough to secure 14th place in the provisional 16-car field with one more qualifying session scheduled for Saturday night. Heavy
rain swept in shortly before the Pro Mods were about to roll, however, and the field was suddenly set for race day.
"I'm sorry it rained because I think we could've gone a little quicker and maybe moved up a couple of spots, but I'd be lying if I said I was upset," Haney revealed at the time. "I'm just glad to be in the field because anything can happen on race day."
As it went, Haney was late on the tree, giving Bond and his twin-turbocharged '68 Firebird a sizeable head start that Bond translated into a 5.74-seconds win at 255.68 mph.
"I didn't do my job on the tree like I normally do," Haney admitted with a hint of disappointment in his voice. "We ran real good to the 330 (feet), but I know the turbo car picks up four numbers over a nitrous car at the back door and he started pulling away. So I just lifted at that point, saved the motor. There's just no reason to go down to the quarter mile when you can see he's on a great pass. My car was good, no issues at all, I just lifted and coasted through. Told everybody, "Good job."
And just like that, Haney's inaugural entry into NHRA Pro Mod came to a close. But he reminded everyone that just like it says all over the sides of his splashy, red-white-and-blue Summit Racing Equipment Camaro: "You Know My Name!"
"Let's be honest, if you take a look at it--and this is not an ego thing or anything like that--but I probably got more coverage in three races than some of these guys who have been out here for three or four or five years have ever received. But that's only because I'm more voiceful; I'm not afraid to say things, so yeah, I put it out there," Haney said. "And sometimes it works for me, sometimes it doesn't--but most of the time, it does."
And though he claims not to have any concrete plans for another NHRA Pro Mod run next year, Haney concedes he does want to try again. Of course, his participation will depend not only on business and personal demands, but on once more securing sufficient sponsorship to mount a serious campaign and partnering with the right race team and people.
"Rickie and I haven't really sat down and talked about the future yet, but no matter what, my tuner Brandon Switzer and I are great friends and whatever Brandon Switzer says to do is pretty much what I'll do," Haney revealed.
"My ego's bigger than most, so yeah, I don't want to do anything that I don't have a chance to win. I definitely wanted to get in the first and second races this year and I know a lot of people, they didn't think I'd qualify for a single NHRA event. But it was just like some of the other things I've done. When I came out radial racing all I ever heard was, 'He ain't gonna qualify; he ain't even supposed to show up.' And then I ended up qualified number one my first night," he continued.
"I'm afraid to say, I think that's part of the problem with radial racing, that it's coming few and far between, so it makes it tough when you can't fill a field. And you're racing the same eight guys every single race, so usually qualifying is easy. Just go A to B and you're in."
Haney is quick to stress, however, that regardless of any other racing plans for 2019, the Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) that he owns and promotes will continue and he will continue to compete in the title class.
"I love the Mid-West Pro Mod Series and honestly believe it's growing into the best eighth-mile doorslammer series in the country--bar none. So the Mid-West Pro Mod Series isn't going anywhere," he emphasized. "If anything, it's going to continue growing and showcasing the tremendous talent it attracts."
With regard to the NHRA, Haney said he thoroughly enjoyed his experience and praised series and track officials, media members and even several of his fellow Pro Mod competitors for their hospitality and encouragement.
"It was surprising that after three races quite a few of the NHRA regular guys made their way over to congratulate me on finally qualifying," Haney said with a laugh. "It seemed like a case of they didn't want me to qualify, but they did want me to qualify. I guess you always don't want the guy with the big mouth to qualify. And you dang sure don't want him to win! But, you know, eventually all of them made their way over and said hello. Well, not all of them, but some of them."
It's just one more factor in convincing Haney to take the plunge again, to take on the challenge once more of running with the real big dogs in the NHRA Pro Mod series next season.
"I feel like at this point in my life, at this point in my racing career, I feel like I've accomplished quite a lot. I've won a few races in Pro Mod and drag radial, I won a Mid-West Series championship in two different classes last year, and now I've at least qualified for an NHRA race, too. But now I want to do more," Haney said. "Now I want to win a race in NHRA. But what my plans are next year, I just don't know yet. I'll let everybody know when I decide.
"But I can tell you, my ultimate goal now would be, I think I'd like to someday win an NHRA Pro Mod championship. And I think I could do it."
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Photos courtesy Keith Haney Racing/Ian Tocher

Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Keith Haney Racing ( fields two cars in the Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS), as well as for select NHRA and PDRA races and one-off special events. Keith Haney Racing appreciates the support of sponsors Summit Racing Equipment, Lucas Oil, Strange Engineering, Kryptonite Kustomz,, Reher-Morrison Racing Engines, MoTeC Systems USA, Switzer Dynamics, Brandon Pesz Performance & Tuning, M&M Transmission, Menscer Motorsports, Total Seal, Mickey Thompson, Browell Bellhousing, Rickie Smith Racing, and Larry Jeffers Race Cars.