Wednesday, October 6, 2021
TULSA, Okla. (Oct. 4, 2021) – The script couldn’t have been drawn up much better and Keith Haney made sure to provide a thrilling conclusion. Racing at his home track at this weekend’s Osage Hotel
Casino Throwdown in T-Town for the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, Haney picked up one of the most memorable wins of his career, driving to the victory in Pro Mod at Tulsa Raceway Park.
Haney went 3.671-seconds at 207.37 mph in his nitrous-powered “Black Mamba” Camaro to beat Jim Whiteley in the championship round, giving him his first victory of the season after coming up just short at two previous final round appearances.
This one finished off a double-race weekend at Tulsa and Haney was left smiling after a wonderful end to his weekend.
“I’m just on cloud nine,” said Haney, who is now third in points with one race remaining in the 2021 MWDRS season. “I sit back and think about the work my tuner (Brandon Switzer) and my crew have done,
and it’s all about preparation. We put in all the work at the shop. The last four races, we’ve been to three finals, one of which we won, and one semifinal. That’s a testament to the team. Everything worked out the way it was supposed to and it was just an amazing weekend. To do it at my home track, it was awesome and the fans were just amazing here.”
Haney advanced to the semifinals at the first race of the weekend and then qualified in the No. 1 spot in his Jerry Bickel Race Cars-built Summit Racing Equipment Camaro with an impressive pass of 3.678 at 206.35.
That set the tone for a huge day in eliminations, which included a strong pass of 3.689 at 206.20 in the second round. In the semifinals, Haney showed his driving prowess, beating Ed Thornton on a holeshot. Thornton was 3.681 at a staggering 221.49, but Haney was the better .031 on the starting line, which allowed his 3.695 at 206.23 to hold up and ensure a third final round in the past four races.
After a tough holeshot defeat in the final round in Martin, getting one in his favor in a key situation was a huge moment for Haney.
“After Virginia (at the Shakedown Nationals), we made some adjustments and it paid off. Getting a holeshot win was big,” Haney said. “I was ready and the team was ready. It was all about consistency and also being consistent on the tree. I wasn’t going to lose again on a holeshot. That’s what it boiled down to and the team did a great job. They stayed focused and we came out with the victory.”
Haney also did his job in the final round, leaving first on Whiteley, who went 3.687 at 202.91. Whiteley beat Haney in the semifinals of the first race by a razor-thin margin, but Haney was able to come through
this time to chalk up the much-needed victory. Amazingly enough, Switzer made the tuning calls remotely from another race, but things couldn’t have worked out any better for the team.
“We went 11 passes in less than 24 hours in a nitrous car. It was the closest side-by-side drag racing I’ve ever experienced in one weekend of racing,” Haney said. “The track was on kill and everybody went fast.
“The last half of this year has been the best racing of my career. It’s been the best. Our guys have just stepped it up and it’s amazing what Brandon is able to do.”
Haney now remains in contention for the Pro Mod championship in the Mid-West Drag Racing Series. He’s third in points behind Whiteley and Joey Oksas, who won the first race on Friday, but there’s still a glimmer of hope for a world title.
“Do I have a chance? It’s an outside one, but stranger things have happened,” Haney said. “Nobody has anything wrapped up and we’re excited to head to the finale.”
The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service caps off its 2021 season with the MWDRS Xtreme Texas World Finals on Oct. 22-23 at Xtreme Raceway Park in Ferris, Texas.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Pro Mod’s Keith Haney on the Cusp of Victory Heading to Mid-West Drag Racing Series Throwdown in T-Town
TULSA, Okla. (Sept. 29, 2021) – After back-to-back final round appearances in the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, Keith Haney is ready to finish the job in Pro Mod. This weekend, he’ll have two chances to do it, racing as part of this weekend’s massive double-event Osage Casino Hotel Throwdown in T-Town.
“We’re feeling good and everyone is working really well together,” Haney said. “The preparation we’ve done at the shop, it has paid dividends. We’re paying attention to the details and our program is showing it. That pressure to win is what everybody lives for. Our team is set up for success and I believe that preparation sets us up to be successful, period.”
The team and the car have certainly been on point since the MWDRS resumed its season in August. With standout tuner Brandon Switzer calling the shots on Haney’s Pat Musi Racing Engines-powered rocket ship, the Jerry Bickel Race Cars Camaro has made 27 passes without lifting at the last two MWDRS races and the Shakedown Nationals two weeks ago.
Considering the team has consistently been running at the top of the pack while doing that, putting together a number of runs in the 3.60s, it’s an impressive feat and it continues to push Haney as a driver.
“The driver just has to do his job now,” Haney said. “We made some corrections after the latest race, made some adjustment and hopefully we won’t have any of those holeshot losses anymore. You can’t do that, but part of the preparation of the car is getting comfortable in the car, and we’re getting there. The preparation has been great and everyone knows their job and does the same thing every time.”
It’s put Haney right in the championship mix in a loaded Pro Mod class in the MWDRS with three races remaining. He’s currently fourth in points and just 37 out of second. With two races taking place over three days, there could be a lot of shuffling in the class and Haney is ready to make a big move, even with upwards of 25 Pro Mods likely on hand in Tulsa.
“A good race here could put us at or near the top. We just have to work at it, but it’s nice to have a car that can get to the top,” Haney said.
Of course, as the co-owner of the track and owner of the series, it also makes for an incredibly busy weekend for Haney. The Throwdown in T-Town draws tens of thousands of fans during its two races per year and a double-race this weekend will make it even bigger. Haney, though, has figured out how to balance entertaining fans, friends and family with focusing on the task at hand, which is winning races. He credits his wife, Misty, for helping with that and Haney is ready to get down to business on the track on Thursday.
“Misty being there makes it really good for me,” Haney said. “She knows what’s going on and she can lead that whole pit area. It’s a pretty intense situation, but we’re focused. We’re here to race, win and have fun while we’re doing it, and we know how to stay the course.”
Qualifying begins Thursday and the opening round of eliminations will also take place that night. The first race will finish Friday and the MWDRS will go right into qualifying for the second race that night. Qualifying will be completed on Saturday and eliminations will take place that night to finish off the second race in Tulsa.
ABOUT KEITH HANEY RACING
Based in Tulsa, 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, Precision Racing Suspension, Tulsa Raceway Park, Callies and UEM Pistons.
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Keith Haney Looks to Keep Hot Streak Going Heading to Shakedown Nationals XIX at Virginia Motorsports Park
Mod contenders for the Shakedown, which will award $25,000 to the winner in the class. He qualified No. 1 at last weekend’s MWDRS event with a run of 3.666-seconds at 206.61 mph, but the consistency has been just as impressive en route to two straight final round appearances over the past month. It all goes back to preparation and Haney and his team, led by star tuner Brandon Switzer, have been on point in that regard. “That preparation and how that’s paid off has already shown up at both races,” Haney said. “We’ll go through the same process of getting the car ready for this weekend and I know we’ll be prepared for this race. The team has been doing a great job and the car has just been awesome to drive.” In all, Haney has been down the track 21 straight times, making several runs in the 3.60s and 3.70s. Going against what will be a huge and talented field at the Shakedown, that consistency will again be necessary. Haney also believes running for the third time in the past month will be beneficial, as the added seat time can pay off in a number of ways. Combined, it has Haney confident heading into the weekend.
“Everybody knows the statement we’ve made the last two races and we’re coming down there to make another one,” Haney said. “They’ll be gunning for me, but I’ll be ready for them and maybe we can slap those East Coast racers around a little bit.” The first round of qualifying begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday. Sportsman qualifying begins at 10:30 a.m. Friday, followed by the second and third qualifying sessions for all classes. Final sportsman qualifying will start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Eliminations will follow.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Back-to-Back Pro Mod Finals in the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series has Keith Haney Moving in the Right Direction
Joey Oksas and Bill Bernard Lead Winners at Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series U.S. 131 Nationals
of a huge crowd, the MWDRS put on a stellar show, with Bill Bernard (Top Alcohol Funny Car), Glenn Butcher (Pat Musi Racing Engines Top Sportsman), Christa
Schneider (Race Star Wheels Top Dragster), Ron Muenks (Pro Mod Slammers), Conner Jensen (Summit Racing Pro Jr.) and
the first one,” said Oksas, who picked up his first career Pro Mod last month at the Mid-West Drag Racing Series’ Great Bend Nationals. “The field was so tight and there were so many incredible cars, it almost felt like a Pro Stock race. Anyone in the field could have made it happen.
picking up his second victory this season. In Martin, Bernard and Annie Whiteley had a thrilling side-by-side run in the final round, with Bernard’s 3.670 at 204.17 holding off Whiteley’s 3.679 at 211.47.
Heiges in the championship round of Pro Mod Slammers. Jensen went 8.028 to win in Pro Jr., while Wanamaker’s 12.02 gave her the win in Sportsman Jr.
children at the track. They were bussed to the track to learn about the cars, with nearly 125 children enjoying the show.