Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Keith Haney Racing enjoying dream season with "Notorious," "Enigma"

Keith Haney is in the middle of a terrific season with his Keith Haney Racing team, a testament to the talented, hard-working crew members who support KHR's "Notorious" and "Enigma" race cars. Notorious is the Lucas Oil/RacingJunk.com Chevrolet Camaro Pro Mod, while Enigma is KHR's drag radial race car. Both have performed well this season, under the tuning of Brandon Pesz and Brandon Switzer.
KHR experienced a particularly strong race its last time out at Gateway Motorsports Park earlier this month. Enigma, driven by Pesz, won the Premier Street Car Association's Radial vs. The World Class, while Haney and Notorious qualified No. 1 and reached the final round of the Mid-West Pro Mod Series.
"The year's been good," Haney said. "The Pro Mod's only been out a couple races, and it's done well. No. 1 qualifier and goes to the semis in the first, and No. 1 qualifier again in St. Louis. It went to the final there, and the transmission goes out.
"Enigma's done great all year long, from Light's Out to Radial Revenge Tour to the Throw Down and St. Louis. The car's been great, and we keep getting faster.
"It was almost a perfect weekend." A broken transmission cost Haney a chance at a KHR sweep in St. Louis, but to win the drag radial race and reach the final with the Pro Mod was quite the accomplishment. Haney campaigned with only himself and four crew members there, but tuning by Pesz and Switzer led to a terrific weekend.
"We go straight up to qualifying and go," Haney said. "No testing, no nothing. That's how confident in the program these two guys are - Brandon Pesz and Brandon Switzer. It's all about the preparation. I've got these boys who are rocking it, and there's no headaches. Everybody knows their job, and everybody's doing it." Haney credits crew members Dale Hancock, Cale Hancock, Trey Eberle, Shane Goodnight and Cody Moore for their dedication to KHR. Haney has had some personal issues in 2017, but the race team has performed well.

"We've been consistent all year long," Haney said. "We've had fewer issues, fewer problems. Brandon Pesz and Brandon Switzer have been amazing tuning the car. We've been trying the new Lucas Oil transmission fluid, and it's been great. "It's been a roller-coaster personally for me this year, but the racing program has been spot-on.
 It's nice to have. Our fans have been great, buying a lot of merchandise online and at the track. Our Facebook and online numbers are going up every month. We've got a lot of trash-talking videos online, and we back every one of them up." And he's hardly done.
Haney will drive in the Mid-West Pro Mod Series race at Gateway on Aug. 3-5, followed by the PDRA Summer Nationals at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park on Aug. 10-12 and then the Mid-West Pro Mod Series event at San Antonio Raceway on Sept. 22-23.
"It's been remarkable, and I hope it continues on," Haney said. "We're leading the points in Radial vs. The World, and we're second in the Mid-West Pro Mod Series."


Haney's team is supported by numerous sponsors, for which Haney is extremely grateful Lucas Oil, Strange Engineering, Racepak Data, RacingJunk.com Classifieds, Five Star Race Car Bodies, Reher-Morrison Racing Engines, Motec Systems USA, Switzer Dynamics, Brandon Pesz Power Performance & Tuning, M&M Transmission, Menscer Motorsports LLC, Sander Engineering Inc, Drag Illustrated, Total Seal, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, Kryptonite Kustomz, LLC, Competition Plus, Duck X Productions and Larry Jeffers Race Cars.
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

DRAG RACING: Independence racing at Gateway


MADISON — Gateway Motorsports Park welcomed the Premier Street Car Association (PSCA) and Midwest Pro Mod Series along with the NHRA Jegs Super Quick Series this past weekend for an independence weekend heads up and sportsman racing showdown.
A total of 110 cars qualified across five heads-up classes and the Jegs Super Quick series, 56 of those were Super Quick racers. The GMP track did not disappoint and that could not be more evident than with the quick E.T.’s and top speeds laid down all weekend long.
"Thanks once again to the amazing racing surface provided by the staff at Gateway, our drivers were able to put on an incredible show,” said PSCA President Mel Roth.
The quickest class was Pro Mod where the winner took home a $10,000 pay day. There were 13 Pro Mods that qualified for the field with Keith Haney of Broken Arrow, Okla. taking the pole with a 3.782 at 201.13 mph. Granite City resident Rob Hogle qualified 13th with a best E.T. of 4.903 at 142.15.

Haney, who is also the head of the Midwest Pro Mod series, led the way all weekend right up to the final. Demotte, Ind. racer Jason Hamstra put his supercharged ’69 Camaro sixth on the qualifying sheet and improved E.T.’s as race day progressed to the final against Haney.
In the final, Haney experienced a mechanical issue when attempting to fire his ’15 nitrous-aided Camaro, handing the uncontested win to Hamstra. Knowing he had the win in hand, Hamstra still put his foot to the floor and ran his best E.T. of the event.
Radial vs. world (RvW) provided the second quickest field of the event. The top qualifier was Dwayne Mills of Sand Springs, Okla. with an E.T. of 3.853 at 204.14 mph.
The RvW final was another all Chevy showdown with Broken Arrow, Okla. resident Brandon Pesz and Mark Woodruff of Arnold, Mo. Pesz qualified Keith Haney’s RvW Camaro middle of the pack, but improved with every pass during eliminations on Saturday while Woodruff was putting up strong numbers all event. With a reaction time advantage, Pesz never looked back edging Woodruff 3.874 to 3.904 E.T.

The X275 field was 13 cars strong, which included local racer Tim Gehrs of Roxana. The field also included racers from Ohio, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. The top qualifier, Phil Hines, ran a quick pass of 4.461 at 161.38 mph and seemingly had the field covered until the final where he met up with Dexter, Mo. racer Cecil Whitaker. Whitaker had to overcome a huge wheel stand where his Camaro came down hard on the front end to make the final against Hines.
With the advantage off the line, Hines never looked back in route to the win over Whitaker. If he had looked back he would have seen Whitaker right on his bumper. Hines needed every bit of the 4.448 E.T. because Whitaker would run 4.499 E.T.

Other winners on the weekend included Shane Stack of Huntsville, Ala. over Jason Rueckert of Terre Haute, Ind. in Limited Drag Radial, Brian Edwards of Bloomington over Jason Collins of Blue Springs, Mo. in MX235 and Mike Eggleston of Highland over George Atchison of Centralia in Jegs Super Quick action.

This was the kind of action fans can expect when a lot of the same cars and many more invade GMP in August.
“What we saw Saturday with the Pro Mods and Radial cars is just a small preview of what you're going to see Aug. 3-5 when we come back to Gateway for Anarchy at the Arch IV. The Midwest version of our Street Car Super Nationals has been a record-breaking hit for our fans and racers and we're ready to do it again next month,” said Roth.

Hamstra Takes Upset Over Haney at Gateway

 

MADISON, Ill.—Jason Hamstra earned the Mid-West Pro Mod Series victory Saturday at Gateway Motorsports Park when top qualifier Keith Haney was unable to stage his car due to a transmission issue. The win capped off an incredible two days of racing at the second running of the Premier Street Car Association’s Heads Up Hootenanny.
The event, postponed from its original date in April due to rain, featured five heads-up classes fielded by PSCA along with the JEGS Super Quick Series and the track’s Gateway Bracket Series, providing a preview for next month’s Street Car Super Nationals: Anarchy at the Arch IV.
Hamstra qualified sixth and laid down an impressive 3.816-second ET at 196.93 mph on a solo pass after Haney was unable to put his car in gear. Despite wanting to earn the victory against Haney on the track, the Indiana native said he’ll definitely take the win light.

“It went pretty good there at the end,” Hamstra said in the Winner’s Circle. “We figured out we had a bad set of tires on it all weekend and put the old ones on it for the semifinals and the car started going down the track again like it should be.
“I’d like to race (Haney), sure, but you take it any way you can get it. We had to get there. You have to be there to take advantage of opportunities like that.”

A visibly-perturbed Haney got out of his car to watch Hamstra make his winning pass while shaking the hands of the victorious team members. He did get a boost immediately thereafter when Brandon Pesz, driving a Keith Haney Racing machine in the Morrow Bros. Ford Radial vs. The World class, took the win over Mark Woodruff. Pesz, qualifying fifth, crossed the line with an ET of 3.874 seconds at 196.46 mph.
“That’s the first win on it,” Haney said of his radial car in only its fourth-ever race. “It was pretty consistent…we didn’t get to make the first qualifier or the second because it sheared the bolts off the flywheel. So Brandon got here, we stuck him in it and it got a 4.08. The car’s really consistent.
“Both cars made it to the finals and there’s something to be said when you’ve got two cars in the finals.”

Friday, May 26, 2017


The Throw Down marked the first time both KHR Lucas Oil/RacingJunk.com Chevrolet Camaros raced in the same event.
“That was fun – and a lot of work,” Haney said. “Plus, we entertained our local fans. But it was absolutely outstanding weekend for Keith Haney Racing.”
Notorious qualified No. 1 in the Mid-West Pro Mod Series race with a pass of 3.756 seconds at 201.64 mph, while Enigma qualified No. 2 with a run of 3.914 seconds at 193.40 mph.
Haney won in the first and second round with Notorious, and then things got interesting.
 “We cooked a piston and had to replace a head,” Haney said. “We had to replace it in less than 40 minutes. We did just that.”
But unfortunately, after initially thinking the starter was hung up, tuners Pesz and Brandon Switzer and the team discovered the torque converter bolts had backed out. Three bolts broke off, one bolt was stripped and three could tighten.
But Haney’s crew was determined to fix the problem, working until the last minute before his semifinal matchup with Jonas Aleshire – and then some.
“It took longer than what we had anticipated,” Haney said. “They pulled over and waited. At the end of the day, all they cared about was racing. They could’ve taken the Tree, taken the round win and gone on to the finals. But they were stand-up guys and believe in the Mid-West Pro Mod Series, and we had well over 35,000 fans over the two days, and these guys wanted to race. That’s all they cared about. I’ve got a lot of respect for that team waiting on us.
“A lot of the time they were working on the car, I was inside, fully buckled up with my helmet on. They waited 15 minutes longer than they should’ve. Needless to say, I was pretty nervous.”
Haney finally fired the car and did his burnout. But something was amiss.
“I told my guys on the radio, ‘I’m hearing a bunch of clanking,’” Haney said. “My crew chief, Brandon Pesz, said, ‘Send that sonofabitch.’”
Haney figured the engine was “going to the moon” as soon as he launched, but Notorious took off with no issues. Soon, though, as the lockup came in, every bolt from the torque converter broke, sending sparks flying and Notorious left as Haney slowed to regain control.
Haney lost, but he knew the car was strong.
“First Mid-West Pro Mod Series race, we got to the semis, and the car was perfect,” Haney said. “We had the fastest car on the property. Had that incident not happened, we would’ve kicked their asses. They all know it.”
Enigma was fast, too, but Pesz ran unto some poor luck in his matchup with Mark Mickie. While Pesz had a decent .038-second reaction time, Mickie pulled off a .001 light that helped him overcome Pesz’s slightly quicker pass.
Pesz made a run of 3.960 seconds at 191.38 mph, but Mickie won with a pass of 3.963 seconds at 205.85 mph.
“Mark Mickie did a good job of not red-lighting,” Haney said. “Mark ends up red-lighting in the final round.”
 “Brandon Pesz drove it and did an outstanding job. He just rocked it.”
So did Pesz, Switzer and the entire KHR team. Preparing and racing two cars in different classes is a difficult task, but they were up to the task.
“Brandon Switzer did a remarkable job tuning with Brandon Pesz,” Haney said. “They had a good weekend. I couldn’t believe all the guys, too. It was an amazing effort by my crew.
“We had great fans, and all our sponsors were just ecstatic. The show went off great, and we were done. A great outing for Keith Haney Racing.”
Haney will head to the next Mid-West Pro Mod Series race, at Gateway Motorsports Park on June 30-July 1, while he sits third in the points standings.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Mid-West Pro Mod Series just keeps getting better!

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Keith Haney shocks the world: Daddy Dave to drive 'Enigma' in St. Louis

TULSA, Okla. (April 14) – Keith Haney and Keith Haney Racing don't do anything small.
So to help kick off the Mid-West Pro Mod Series, which races in the Heads-Up Hootenanny event next weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park, Haney will introduce a special driver for his "Enigma" Chevrolet Camaro in the Radial vs. The World class.
"Keith Haney Racing decided to shock the world," Haney said. "I'm coming to St. Louis, not only to drag everybody's asses with (Pro Mod car) 'Notorious,' but I've decided to give something back, not only to the series but to the fans. Daddy Dave, Street Outlaw, will be driving Enigma in Radial vs. The World."
"Daddy Dave" is David Comstock, star of "Street Outlaws" on Discovery Channel.
"I'm excited about getting back into a nitrous car," Comstock said. "I haven't competed against those boys like Mills and Mark Mickie and Woodruff. My personal car isn't fast enough, so it'll be really, really exciting to see how I match up to the pros in Radial vs. The World.

"I was sitting at the kitchen table, and Haney called me and asked me if I wanted to drive Enigma. I agreed, so I'll grab my helmet and my suit and drive to St. Louis. We might have to modify the car a little bit because he's 4-foot-nothing, and I'm 6-foot-2. We may have to take the wooden boxes off the pedals. "
Brandon Pesz drove Enigma in the Radial Revenge Tour race at Osage Casino Raceway Park last weekend, but Pesz can't attend the Gateway race. Haney then turned to Daddy Dave.
"All Keith Haney Racing fans and all Daddy Dave fans, you better pack a lunch head out because he's going to come out here and drag everybody's asses with Enigma," Haney said. "Remember, the name on the side of that car is 'You Know My Name,' and it's only one thing, Enigma. Daddy Dave's driving.
"All you Street Outlaw fans and all you drag racing fans, if you want to meet Daddy Dave, buy some t-shirts, support him and support drag racing, you just come on out. Keith Haney Racing's bringing the show with them."
A unique feature of the Mid-West Pro Mod Series is that points accumulated through the four classes will be awarded to the owner, not the driver. Pesz made it to the final of the Radial Revenge Tour before it was rained out, so KHR sits second in RVW points.
"I'm a team owner, so I own the points," Haney said. "It doesn't matter who I put in the race car. Those points go with me."
Fans who can't attend can still watch the race live on BangShift.com, part of the coverage of the new Mid-West Pro Mod Series. Race fans can also pick up an upcoming issue of "Drag Illustrated" to read about the event.
Haney will also drive in the Hootenanny race, as he will be behind the wheel of his Lucas Oil/RacingJunk.com Chevrolet Camaro in the Pro Mod class.
"Now it's time to bring Notorious out," Haney said. "I did update the motor, and we haven't had it down the race track yet. We've got a bigger motor in it that what it had in it last year. I'm excited to get back in Notorious. That's my baby."

Unique Mid-West Pro Mod Series to kick off inaugural season in St. Louis

MADISON, Ill. (April 14) – The Mid-West Pro Mod Series kicks off its inaugural season with the Heads-Up
Hootenanny event next weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park.
The Mid-West Pro Mod Series was founded by racers - Jeff Pierce, Billy Stocklin, Todd Martin, Jim Sakuvich, Keith Haney, Wes Buck and Dewayne Mills – as a way to promote Pro Mod racing in the center of the United States.
The series has many unique features that will be unveiled this weekend, namely the combining of all types of engines into one Pro Mod class.
"It's a series that was put together by racers in the Midwest," Haney said. "The east coast has a series out that way, and the PDRA is out that way. There's really not a whole on this side of the country, although most of the racers on this side of the country go to the east coast to race."
The rules are meant to balance the different types of engines – nitrous, turbo, screw, Roots, etc. – so the focus is on the racing and not on the numbers. Fans want to see good racing, Haney noted, and not big speeds.

"All they care about is that they're going fast, and it's a race," Haney said. "We've watered down the classes by breaking up the race cars. It's made it less desirable for people to watch Pro Mods because there's less trash-talking, there's less controversy.
"Fans want to see Keith Haney run Jason Scruggs or Brandon Pesz, or they want to see a turbo car run Brandon Pesz. The fans love race cars and they love a particular car."
Haney said the goal of the series is to get all cars as close in speed as possible, with a top pass in the 3.72-second range at the eighth-mile. Rules are meant to balance the different engines, but rules will be updated as needed.
"We can't let one combination outrun other combinations," Haney said. "This is not about who goes the fastest. This is not your typical NHRA, Outlaw race or whatever. If you look at No Prep races, half of them cars are slow. The fan doesn't care about that. They care about whether their driver or car wins.
"There are records being broken every weekend. And what does it get you? Not a damn thing."
The St. Louis race is the first of five events in 2017, with races at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park on May 12-13 (the Throw Down in T-Town), Gateway on Aug. 4-5, San Antonio Raceway on Sept. 22-23 and Tulsa on Oct. 13-14.
In addition to Pro Mods, three additional classes will be run under the Mid-West Pro Mod Series umbrella: Radial vs. The World. MX235 and X275.
The track promoters got together to have a points battle, with the champion winning $2,500 and a custom jacket, ring and hat.
Points, however, will be accrued to team owners and not drivers. Haney, for example, will drive his "Notorious" car at Gateway, but if someone else drives that car at another event, Notorious and Keith Haney Racing will still get the points.
"The owner of the team gets some recognition, not just the driver," Haney said. "It's something different to help team owners want to go out and buy cars and put drivers in them."
There are other interesting part of the Mid-West Pro Mod Series:
  • A "Slammers" class for non-qualifiers and first-round Pro Mod losers
  • Day-and-a-half shows
  • Live feeds from BangShift.com
  • Editorial coverage in "Drag Illustrated"
"The stuff that we're doing in this series is a way to change drag racing," Haney said. "And it quits putting it on the guy who has all the money."
The Slammers field will be filled after the first round, as non-qualifiers and first-round losers will still get a chance to race – as long as it's a 16-car field. Owners will have to buy back into Slammer field, at a cost of $250, and the winner gets $3,000. Points will also be rewarded, but they won't top second-round losers of the regular field.
One catch for the Slammers class: There is no true ladder. Racers will draw their competitors, so no one will know their opponents.
The Mid-West Pro Mod Series will complete their races in under two days, freeing competitors from burdensome travel expenses.
"You're not away from work," Haney said. "We're saving you money there, we're saving you money on travel expenses."
BangShift.com will do live feeds from each race, as well as videos of drivers trash-talking one another. "Drag Illustrated" will give the series editorial coverage for every race, and drivers have to be subscribers to the magazine to be eligible to run the series. "Drag Illustrated" will be on-site at each race.
"This series is a non-profit series," Haney said. "We get nothing, we beg nothing, we want nothing. We pay the race tracks to help with the payout when we walk in the door. We bring them live feeds, coverage in 'Drag Illustrated' and one tech (inspector).  That's unheard of in drag racing.
"We're not trying to make a penny. We're just trying to put on a series to make it happen."
The Mid-West Pro Mod Series couldn't do this without the support of companies that believe in us:
Mid-West Pro Mod Series Sponsors: M&M Transmission, Jerry Bickle Race Cars, Extreme Brand Products, Menscer Motorsports LLC, Bankston Boys Racing, Pharris Motorsports, Sackuvich Motorsports, Race Car Fabrications, Atomizer Racing Injectors, Keith Haney Racing, Dave's RV, Aeromotive, Reher-Morrison Racing Engines RacingJunk.com, Gateway Motorsports Park, Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park, San Antonio Raceway, B&C Trailer Services, Suburban Chevrolet, Miami Chevrolet Buick GMC, Drag Illustrated, Bangshift.com and Grand Prix Auto Sports Center.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

TULSA, Okla. (March 26) – Keith Haney Racing's "Enigma" Drag Radial Chevrolet Camaro race car will return to action in the Strange Engineering Radial Revenge Tour race this weekend at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.
But owner/driver Keith Haney won't be behind the wheel. Haney will instead participate in a charity golf tournament with long-time friend and business partner Wayne Cline in Florida, an event Haney and Cline have done for more than 20 years. Cline helped give Haney is start in the automotive business more than 25 years ago.
Enigma, the Lucas Oil/RacingJunk.com car, will be driven by one of Haney's tuners, Brandon Pesz.
"Enigma only goes to big races," Haney said. "It's not just going to go to any race. It's an appearance car, it's a 'shut your mouth up' car. Engima picks and chooses where it wants to go.
"She's a bad bitch, and she's going to hurt some feelings like she always has."
Pesz, a veteran driver, has some payback on his mind – as does Enigma. Last year, Haney debuted the car at Lights Out 7 at South Georgia Motorsports Park, but smacked the wall. Pesz subbed for Haney at the Radial Revenge race in Tulsa – and crashed.
"He had a bad-ass car last year at the Radial Revenge race," Haney said. "Enigma was one of the fastest car at the track, but unfortunately, he never got through Q2. That video was watched a little over 30 million times. We had cameras all over, and it was one of the most-watched videos in drag racing."
Later that year at the No Mercy race, Haney wrecked again.
Haney started hearing the nickname, "Wall Hugger" from competitors, but he laughed it off. Enigma was repaired at Larry Jeffers Race Cars and returned for Lights Out 8 last month. Haney made a run of 3.91 seconds right off the trailer and later improved with a pass of 3.815 seconds at 199 mph to snare the No. 4 spot.
Haney then raced the car to the quarterfinals and is confidence Pesz can run well in Tulsa this weekend.
"Brandon Pesz wants redemption with that car," Haney said. "The car is right now, and I'm comfortable and satisfied with the fact that he will be running it. He wants redemption."
Enigma's appearance wouldn't be possible without the support of Haney's sponsors: Lucas Oil, Strange Engineering, Racepak Data, RacingJunk.com Classifieds, Five Star Race Car Bodies, Reher-Morrison Racing Engines, Motec Systems USA, Switzer Dynamics, Brandon Pesz Power Performance & Tuning, M&M Transmission, Menscer Motorsports LLC, Sander Engineering Inc, Drag Illustrated, Total Seal, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, Kryptonite Kustomz, LLC, Competition Plus, Duck X Productions and Larry Jeffers Race Cars