MARTIN, Mich. (July 10) -- Heading into the sixth race on the 2012 American Drag Racing League schedule, driver/team owner Keith Haney and his decorated stablemate Monroe Guest figured they'd be major players in their respective championship chases.
Instead the duo find themselves headed to this weekend's ADRL Summer Drags VIII at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park bracing for their first race of the year, with Haney entered in the Pro Nitrous category and Guest ready to fight for the Pro Mod title.
"We expected to run for the glory this year," Haney said. "Now we'll be playing the role of spoilers. But hey, that's okay. We're finally ready to race and no one is more fired up about Martin, Michigan, than me and Monroe."
After being plagued by engine problems in preseason testing and beyond, Haney made the switch to Reher-Morrison horsepower and now feels he has an engine program that will make his two-car team competitive at the top level of the sport. As he was swapping power programs, Haney also bought out John Woods' stake in the team to allow his good friend time to take care of some personal issues.
"It's been quite a journey these last few months, and a costly one at that, but we all felt that if we showed up at a racetrack, then we'd show up with a genuine chance to win," Haney said. "We didn't want to just come out and race for the sake of racing. We want to compete and contend every time out.
"We've had some hurdles, and we've changed some personnel and added Jeff Pierce and Jeff Holloway to the team as our new crew chiefs. We've tested a bunch at Tulsa Raceway Park (which Haney owns) and we've held some great drag races over there to keep our juices flowing. Now it's time for me and Monroe to get back to racing our cars and having fun ourselves."
Haney points to the professionalism and hands-on work with Reher-Morrison as the main reason he and Guest are back on track this soon after such massive changes within his organization.
"I can't say enough about Brad Morgan and Kyle Bates from Reher-Morrison," Haney said. "They offer the best service, bar-none, in the racing business. Just unreal guys to work with; they even came to the track to test with us to make sure we're happy. They're helping us get on our feet, and that's awesome.
"We're ready. Monroe has been driving like a rock star and our Camaros are running as consistently as bracket cars. My guys -- John Collins, Allen Marrs, Andrew Arnold and Randy Hancock -- have been so strong. I expect us to be competitive right out of the trailer this weekend. Look out everyone, here we come."
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