Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Keith Haney Racing in Memory of Ronnie Hobbs at MWDRS Summer Speed Spectacular

 

MADISON, Ill. (June 15, 2022) – As the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series (MWDRS) presented by J&A Service heads to St. Louis this weekend, Stroud Safety Pro Mod driver Keith Haney is still mourning the loss of his late friend and competitor, Ronnie Hobbs. Haney is racing in memory of Hobbs at World Wide Technology Raceway’s Summer Speed & Fire Spectacular, the fifth race of the eight-race MWDRS season. 
 
Haney was the next car in line to run behind Hobbs during a Friday night qualifying session at the MWDRS Great Bend Nationals two weeks ago when Hobbs lost his life in a top-end crash. Haney admits he’s struggled with the decision to race again so soon, but he believes it’s what Hobbs would’ve wanted. 
 
“Is it going to be tough to strap in the car? Yeah,” said Haney, who’s also the founder and owner of the MWDRS. “I can tell you if I even thought about not racing, he would kick my butt. He loved racing and he would never want us to stop. So I'm going to strap back in that car and I'm gonna go racing. If I can win it for Ronnie, it's going to be tough. We have a lot of tough competitors. But I'll be running for Ronnie this weekend. He'll be with me. If I win, I'm going to dedicate it to him. He was a good friend and a good person with a good family.”
 
Haney has found himself looking back on his memories of racing with Hobbs, who joined the MWDRS Pro Mod contingent in 2019. Hobbs often joked with Haney, whether it was over Haney’s preferred power adder, nitrous oxide, or the two drivers’ similarly themed race car nicknames. 
 
“He always gave me a hard time,” Haney laughed. “Right before his accident, he came up to me, [tuner] Brandon Switzer, and Todd Martin [Haney’s business partner and fellow Pro Mod driver] as we were sitting on a golf cart in the lanes. He comes up in his usual Ronnie Hobbs way and puts out his first two fingers like snake fangs. Everyone knows his car was the 'Texas Rattlesnake' and mine is the 'Black Mamba.’ He put the snake fangs on my car like 'I'm gonna get ya.' I'll always have that last memory.”
 
Fortunately, St. Louis is a friendly, familiar track for Haney. It was one of the first MWDRS host tracks, and he’s good friends with WWT Raceway’s Executive VP and General Manager, Chris Blair. 
 
“I love St. Louis – it's one of my favorite tracks,” Haney said. “I've made it to a couple finals and won one. It’s a great facility, great staff, great paramedics. It's just a wonderful track.”
 
As always, Haney is going racing with the support of his family and his crew, which includes tuner Brandon Switzer, Dale Hancock, Shane Goodnight, Steve Cooks, and Bobby Savedra. 
 
“My wife (Misty) and my kids worry about all this stuff,” Haney said. “I can't thank my family and my crew enough for supporting me in doing what I love, and that’s drag racing. I love the sport. I couldn't do it without them.”
 
Even with the emotions surrounding the event, Haney remains fiercely competitive and determined to go some rounds with his Musi-powered, Bickel-built “Black Mamba” Camaro. 
 
“I’m ready to take that Summit Racing/Strange Engineering car to the finals this weekend, Haney said. “Nitrous to the front.”
 
Haney and the MWDRS Pro Mod class will get two qualifying sessions on Friday at 5 and 8 p.m., as well as a final third session at noon on Saturday. Eliminations will follow at 4 p.m.
 
Fans can tune in to the official MAVTV Plus event livestream at www.MAVTVPlus.com


 
 
ABOUT KEITH HANEY RACING
Based in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Keith Haney Racing (www.keithhaneyracing.com) competes in the Summit Mid-West Drag Racing Series (MWDRS) presented by J&A Service, select NHRA, PDRA and NMCA races and one-off special events. Keith Haney Racing appreciates the support of Summit Racing Equipment, Lucas Oil, Strange Engineering, Pat Musi Racing Engines, Jerry Bickel Race Cars, Kryptonite Kustomz, RacingJunk.com, MoTeC Systems USA, Switzer Dynamics, Menscer Motorsports, OkAutosDirect.com, Race Star Wheels, Stroud Safety, Total Seal Piston Rings, M&M Transmission, Precision Racing Suspension, Tulsa Raceway Park, Callies and UEM Pistons.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Keith Haney Chasing More Win Lights at MWDRS Great Bend Nationals

 

GREAT BEND, Kan. (May 31, 2022) – Keith Haney and his nitrous-fed “Black Mamba” Camaro raced to a runner-up finish in Stroud Safety Pro Mod at the inaugural Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series (MWDRS) presented by J&A Service Great Bend Nationals last year. This time around, Haney is motivated to make it a win when the series returns to SRCA Dragstrip this weekend, June 3-4. 
 
Haney’s runner-up finish at the event last year was the first of numerous final-round appearances for Haney and his Summit Racing Equipment-backed team. He went on to finish third in the MWDRS Pro Mod championship points. 
 
“This race is when things really started to come together,” said Haney, who’s also the founder and owner of the MWDRS. “We went from barely being on the sheet to being in third place by the end of the year. I'm excited about our program and everything that's about to happen as we try to get to a championship.”
 
Haney has been consistently going rounds in his Musi-powered, Bickel-built Camaro, but a final-round appearance has escaped the Tulsa-area businessman. A ProCharger-boosted car and two screw-blown cars have won the first three races of the season, and Haney is eager to put a win on the board for the nitrous combination. 
 
“Nitrous needs that push,” Haney said. “We need to get back into the winner's circle. We made it to three or four finals by the end of last year and Great Bend was our first final round appearance and lost to Joey [Oksas]. Hopefully we can reap the same benefits this year and turn on one more win light.”
 
Haney and his team, led by tuner Brandon Switzer of Switzer Dynamics, will race at Great Bend with continued support from partners like Summit Racing Equipment, Lucas Oil, and Strange Engineering. 
 
“I can't do it without my team, my wife, Misty, and my major sponsors that continue to believe in KHR,” Haney said. “Between the MWDRS and our team sponsors, there are so many people and companies that support us, and I can’t thank them enough.”
 
Haney and the “Black Mamba” Camaro will hit the track Friday for qualifying sessions at 6 and 8 p.m. The team will get a final qualifying session at 11 a.m. Saturday morning, with eliminations following at 6 p.m.


 
Fans can tune in to the official MAVTV Plus event livestream at www.MAVTVPlus.com
 
ABOUT KEITH HANEY RACING
Based in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Keith Haney Racing (www.keithhaneyracing.com) competes in the Summit Mid-West Drag Racing Series (MWDRS) presented by J&A Service, select NHRA, PDRA and NMCA races and one-off special events. Keith Haney Racing appreciates the support of Summit Racing Equipment, Lucas Oil, Strange Engineering, Pat Musi Racing Engines, Jerry Bickel Race Cars, Kryptonite Kustomz, RacingJunk.com, MoTeC Systems USA, Switzer Dynamics, Menscer Motorsports, OkAutosDirect.com, Race Star Wheels, Stroud Safety, Total Seal Piston Rings, M&M Transmission, Precision Racing Suspension, Tulsa Raceway Park, Callies and UEM Pistons.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Keith Haney Looking for Win-Win Situation at Tulsa’s Throwdown in T-Town

 

TULSA, Okla. (May 4, 2022) – With two event wins on the line at this weekend’s Throwdown in T-Town, Keith Haney is ready to do whatever it takes to park his nitrous-assisted “Black Mamba” Camaro in the

winner’s circle twice while racing in front of his hometown crowd at Osage Casino & Hotel Tulsa Raceway Park. It’s going to be a big weekend for Haney, who’s chasing the Stroud Safety Pro Mod championship in the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series (MWDRS) presented by J&A Service. 

 
The series wasn’t able to complete eliminations at the Memphis Nationals two weeks ago due to wet track conditions. Memphis eliminations will start Thursday evening and will wrap up Friday morning before starting to qualify for the Tulsa race Friday evening. 
 
“Last time we did a double event back in October, I ended up in the semis and then won one,” said Haney, who owns the series and co-owns Tulsa Raceway Park with fellow Pro Mod racer Todd Martin. “I'm hoping for a repeat of the same thing that happened, other than go winner-winner this time. I'm excited about getting back to racing. Memphis was a long, drawn-out show with the rain and the hard work we did on the track getting it ready. I was out there with blowers trying to get it dry just like the other MWDRS and track officials. I’m excited to get back to racing and competing and doing two shows in one event and still being home with Momma on Mother's Day.”
 
Haney in his Musi-powered, Bickel-built hot rod qualified No. 9 at Memphis with a 3.799-second pass at 200.26 mph in rain-shortened qualifying. It was the first race on a new set of rules after adjustments were made to multiple combinations following the season opener. 
 
“I think the rules worked out good,” Haney said. “Everybody got a little closer at the race, qualifying wise, but we're going into eliminations. I got my tough guy, Tommy Cunningham [owner of Stroud Safety]. It seems like we always meet first round or somewhere around there.”
 
Along with a busy weekend on the racetrack, it’s going to be a hectic few days in the pits for Haney, who lives in nearby Broken Arrow and owns multiple businesses in the Tulsa area. 
 
“It’s wonderful to be racing at home and to run in front of everybody, but also a little stressful because there's so many people who want your attention at your home track,” Haney said. “Not only do I co-own the racetrack, I own the series and I race and we're in our hometown with all of our family and businesses. I'm wearing a lot of hats. Thank God I have my wife, Misty, to take half those hats away from me. I wouldn't be able to do it all without her. All of our crew members' families are here as well. Everybody's got a lot going on.”
 
While Haney will focus on the driving side of things, he leaves the mechanical aspects up to his hard-working team led by tuner Brandon Switzer of Switzer Dynamics. Switzer specializes in nitrous-oxide-assisted applications, and he’s tuned the two most recent event winners in PDRA Pro Nitrous. 
 
“I'm glad to have Brandon Switzer in the house tuning for this race,” Haney said. “None of our races overlap with PDRA, which is nice. He tunes the guys over there that just won, both finalists at the last race, Mike Achenbach and Jim Halsey, and Halsey ended up winning. I'm glad I have his attention here chasing a championship this year.”
 
Haney will also have the onsite support of Summit Racing Equipment, which is both the team’s main sponsor and the naming rights sponsor of the MWDRS. 
 
“Summit is going to be on premises with their support trailer,” Haney said. “I’ve got my sponsor here – I’ve got everything here. It’s going to be great.”
 
MWDRS Memphis eliminations will begin Thursday at 6 p.m. and will conclude Friday with the final round at 11 a.m. The series will then move into the Tulsa race with qualifying sessions at 6 and 8 p.m. Pro Mod will run a third and final qualifying session at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by eliminations starting at 6 p.m. Fans can tune in to the official MAVTV Plus event livestream at www.MAVTVPlus.com
 
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ABOUT KEITH HANEY RACING
Based in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Keith Haney Racing (www.keithhaneyracing.com) competes in the Summit Mid-West Drag Racing Series (MWDRS) presented by J&A Service, select NHRA, PDRA and NMCA races and one-off special events. Keith Haney Racing appreciates the support of Summit Racing Equipment, Lucas Oil, Strange Engineering, Pat Musi Racing Engines, Jerry Bickel Race Cars, Kryptonite Kustomz, RacingJunk.com, MoTeC Systems USA, Switzer Dynamics, Menscer Motorsports, OkAutosDirect.com, Race Star Wheels, Stroud Safety, Total Seal Piston Rings, M&M Transmission, Precision Racing Suspension, Tulsa Raceway Park, Callies and UEM Pistons.