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