TULSA, OK (Feb. 4, 2021) -- A personal best run of 3.65 seconds at 206.83 mph during testing last Thursday night at Bradenton Motorsports Park made the long trek to South Florida more than worthwhile for Keith Haney. That he followed up by remaining solidly in the .60s throughout qualifying and two rounds of Outlaw Pro Mod eliminations left him feeling very positive about the racing that lies ahead this year.
"Thirteen times down the racetrack and we aborted just one run, that was it, and that one was shaping up to be our fastest run ever," the Tulsa-based new
car dealer said of his second qualifying attempt. "We'd probably have went a .63 or .64, but I had the wheels turned a little and when the front end come down it loaded the chassis and I had to lift. It still run a .77, so you know it was on another great one."
After officially placing 12th in a 32-car field for the U.S. Street Nationals with a 3.68 at 205.76-mph combo, Haney and his nitrous-fed "Black Mamba" 2019 Camaro faced off against the supercharged '69 Chevelle of Jerico Balduf in Saturday night's lone round of racing and took the win with a 3.67 at 206.16-mph pass.
That advanced him to Sunday morning's action, where he ran 3.69 at 205.51 to fall just short of Kurt Steding and his screw-blown 2020 Camaro an eighth of a mile later.
"Of course we would've liked to race longer, but all in all the team did a great job," Haney stated. "My guys, Shane Goodnight, Dale and Cale Hancock, Steve Cooks, and of course my tuner, Brandon Switzer, they all did a great job and I'm proud of every one of them.
"You know, Brandon was tuning four cars (at Bradenton) and every one of them qualified. Us of course, and Mike Achenbach, Chris Rini and then Jim Halsey,
who also went on and won the race, so I just want to congratulate Brandon and thank him for getting us to where we are.
"Not a lot of people know this, but after we got the car back from Bickel, it went to Brandon's shop in North Carolina where he completely went through it, made some chassis adjustments, reset some weight distributions and all kinds of things like that."
Haney also took a moment to acknowledge the family, friends and co-workers of Daniel "Chaps" Stone, a Bradenton Motorsports Park employee who lost his life in a Friday-night accident at the track.
"Everyone on our team was shocked and saddened by what happened and we all want to offer sincere condolences to his family and everyone who knew him," Haney said. "We had Ellen (Eshenbacher, KHR public relations) at the track with us and she went around and collected donations and last I saw on her Facebook page she'd collected about $18,000 for the family."
Keith Haney Racing will be back in action Mar. 19-21, for the 2021 Summit Racing Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season opener at Xtreme Raceway Park in Ferris, TX.
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Photos courtesy Keith Haney Racing/Ian Tocher
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, and Tulsa Raceway Park.
Friday, February 5, 2021
Monday, January 18, 2021
TULSA, OK (Jan. 18, 2021) -- Last March at Bradenton Motorsports Park, nitrous Pro Mod star Keith Haney ended his first race weekend of the year upside-down and on fire. The Tulsa-based auto dealer expects much better results in 2021, though, when he returns to the historic South Florida speed plant Jan. 29-31, for the 17th annual U.S. Street Nationals.
Fortunately, Haney was uninjured in last year's spectacular top-end crash, but it took until September before the "Black Mamba," his nitrous-injected 2019 Camaro, was fully repaired and ready for on-track action again. With Haney at the helm, it appeared in a couple of late-season events, clocking a career-best 3.66 at 204.73 mph over the eighth mile in Virginia.
"Me getting through that crash without being hurt proves that Jerry Bickel builds a great, safe race car, and now the Black Mamba is back, badder than ever and ready to pick up right where it left off. I'm ready to go back to Bradenton, too, and redeem myself, because that was a race I should've won," Haney declared.
"I had the fastest car there last year, we actually won that race in the semis when I made a driver error and crashed, so it feels like I have some unfinished business. Our first race wasn't going to be until March again this year, but we decided to go play with the boys down there and see if we can't slap them around a little."
It's been a busy off season for Haney, too, who in addition to owning or co-owning several Tulsa-area new car dealerships, co-owns Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park with fellow racer Todd Martin, and is founder, owner and promoter of the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series (MWDRS) presented by J&A Service. Additionally, he was engaged late in December to longtime partner Misty Hayes while on a family vacation in Colorado.
"It's been a busy time for sure, but now it's time to get back to racing," said Haney, who will be pitted at Bradenton beside new teammate Dewayne Mills. In addition to celebrated tuner Brandon Switzer, Haney's crew includes Shane Goodnight, Dale and Cale Hancock, and Hayes, who "leads the troops" on race weekends, he says.
"You know, we did a lot of preparation at the shop this year, so hopefully what the guys did at home during the off season pans out at the racetrack. And I'm happy to say that Summit Racing Equipment is back on board with Keith Haney Racing, along with Strange Engineering, Lucas Oil, Pat Musi Engines and all our other great sponsors. Honestly, I can't thank each of them enough."
Following the Bradenton outing, Haney's next race stop will be with the MWDRS, which opens its eight-race 2021 schedule in March at Xtreme Raceway Park in Ferris, TX.
"This is going to be an exciting year for us. I feel good, I feel like the Black Mamba is poised to strike, my crew is ready, and my teammates are ready," Haney said. "I'm just warning our competitors to be ready for what we're about to unleash on them."
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Photos courtesy Keith Haney Racing
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, Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels, M&M Transmissions, Neal Chance Racing Converters, and Precision Racing Suspension.
Monday, January 11, 2021
"Big Daddy" Mills is going Pro Mod racing. Teamed up with Pro
Mod veteran Keith Haney, Mills will debut an all-new "Golden
Gorilla" 2016 Camaro--complete with a screw-blown Hemi up
front--Jan. 29-31, during the 17th annual U.S. Street Nationals
at Bradenton Motorsports Park in south Florida.
"We were going to build another Radials vs. the World car
because at the time we started the deal the rules kind of
leaned in favor of the blower deal, but then Keith talked
to me about converting his old "Enigma" Camaro from RVW to
Pro Mod and it just seemed like the right time to make a
change and try something new," explains Mills, who won Pro
Drag Radial at the 2016 U.S. Street Nats with his original
"Golden Gorilla" '68 Camaro.
"You know, Enigma always ran on nitrous with me, but it
was built with a wheelbase to handle a twin-turbo or
Procharger or screw-blower combo, so we're excited to
see the way things go with this new screw motor," Haney
adds. "And Dewayne's always been a twin-turbo guy and I've
always been a nitrous guy, but we both wanted to try
something different this time, shake things up a bit."
Mills, who lives with wife Tara and daughter Kallee in
Sand Springs, OK, attended last year's Bradenton event
as a spectator, just days before undergoing life-saving
prostate cancer surgery.
"It actually was my third time with cancer in about five
years," he reveals. "I had a carcinoid on my appendix,
so they took it out and then they found a thyroid cancer
and took that out within six to eight months of the
appendix. So then I had to do some radiation and just
when I was healing up and getting back to business, we
had this prostate deal fire up about two years later.
So I don't know, it kind of knocked the wind out of my
sails a little bit."
Mills says he and Haney had been in talks about rebuilding
Enigma together since mid-2019, but late that year he
suggested Haney just sell the car since he was putting
his racing program on hold. Then he revealed his latest
cancer scare to Haney, just a month or so before undergoing
surgery late last January.
"That obviously bothered him, so when I was having my
surgery, Keith loaded the car up and got a blower motor
from Todd Martin and Todd put it in the car to get us started,
" Mills says. "He wanted to do this while I was healing up
because he said, 'It's going to be too easy for you to quit
racing completely if you're out of racing.' So when I got
healed up enough to do stuff, we just start tinkering with
it, trying to get it together."
Mills then suffered a further setback last August in Nebraska,
after going through a devastating, high-speed rollover crash
in the "Golden Kong" '68 Camaro that his daughter Kallee
usually drives, during filming for the popular "Street Outlaws"
TV show (Scheduled airdate: Jan. 11, 2021, 9 p.m. on Discovery).
"I was left bruised up from head to toe and fractured an elbow
that I didn't even know about," Mills says. "And it took
about two-and-a-half weeks for the world to quit spinning
and for me to stop trying to throw up. Then I went back to
work about three-and-a-half weeks after the accident."
Since that time Mills has been back to the track just once,
testing the original Golden Gorilla over Thanksgiving weekend
at Edinburg Motorsports Park in south Texas. His next outing
will probably come in the next couple of weeks at Tulsa
Motorsports Park, with just a few half-track shakedown runs
expected for his first Pro Mod driving experience.
Originally built by Jeffers Race Cars, the new ride features
an aggressive Golden Gorilla-themed wrap designed and applied
by Kryptonite Kustomz. It carries a Brandon Pesz-built engine,
with a former Q80 Racing blower bolted on top. FuelTech
provides mechanical injection and all power management, with
the resulting horsepower running through an M&M transmission
"You know, it's kind of a weird deal, not having a Proline
engine in the thing, but I ended up starting to put together
a spare motor and we bought the block and whatnot from Proline,
so it's not like I'm leaving them," Mills stresses. And with
so much experience and success on M/T drag radials, he also
is sticking with Mickey Thompson slicks for his transition
to big-tire competition.
At the track, Pesz will handle the tune-up, assisted by longtime
friend and tuner Jamie Miller, with additional help coming from
Mills' wife and daughter, plus crew members John Maguda, Brenden
Russell and John Miller.
"It's gonna' be a learning experience for all of us and I'll
probably blow it up a couple of times before we get it all figured
out, but it'll be good. I mean, it's something way different for me,
but you know, it's something I've always had the goal of doing,
" Mills says.
Following the Florida U.S. Street Nationals outing later this month,
Mills plans to mount a full-season campaign alongside Haney as Pro
Mod teammates in the 2021 Summit Racing Mid-West Drag Racing Series
(MWDRS). He assures his many loyal fans they haven't seen the last
of him on the small-tire circuit, though.
"We're definitely not giving up on the steel-bodied cars," he insists.
"We've got a new car being built for my daughter and it's gonna' be
a real nice piece. We've still got enough cars to go around, that's
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Photos: Mills_GG-side.jpg, Mills_GG-top.jpg, Mills_GG-door.jpg,
Cutline: Though shown still rolling on drag radial tires, Dewayne Mills
' new "Golden Gorilla" 2016 Camaro will be sporting massive M/T slicks
throughout this year after Mills makes his Pro Mod debut late in
January at the U.S. Street Nationals in Bradenton, FL.
ABOUT MILLS RACING:
Based in Sand Spring, OK, Mills Racing is home to Dewayne and Kallee Mills,
drag racing's favorite father-daughter duo. With support from marketing
partners Atomizer Racing Injectors, Callies, Energy Manufacturing, FuelTech,
Goodridge LTD, KHR, Kryptonite Kustomz, Menscer Motorsports, Mickey Thompson
Tires, M&M Transmission and Proline Racing, the Mills team will take on the
dual worlds of Pro Modified and Drag Radial racing this season.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
TULSA, OK (Sep. 9, 2020) -- With repairs finally completed after a nasty accident at the NMCA season opener in March, nitrous Pro Mod star Keith Haney will make his return to racing Sep. 11-12, with the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service (MWDRS) at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, MI. The following weekend he'll compete in the legendary Shakedown Nationals XVIII in Richmond, VA.
"We actually won the round, but when you wreck the car you really lost the round. I told my guys later that I 'Ricky Bobbied' it," Haney joked. "But Jerry Bickel Race Cars (JBRC) built me a great car that kept me safe and they rebuilt it even better. It's basically a brand-spankin'-new car again and Jerry said it's actually the lightest car ever to come out of his shop.
"Plus, I want to get out there just to thank all my great sponsors for sticking with me not only through the years, but while waiting for this rebuild to happen. I honestly could not be out there without the support of Summit Racing Equipment (Jim Greenleaf), Lucas Oil Products (Tom Bogner), RacingJunk.com (Jim Sweener), Strange Engineering (Jeff Stange) and of course, my awesome crew chief Brandon Switzer and Switzer Dynamics."
Haney will test his rebuilt ride at US 131 Motorsports Park this Wednesday and Thursday before entering qualifying and eliminations on Friday and Saturday. With the Michigan event being a unique double points event for the MWDRS, he expects to even become a factor in the 2020 Pro Mod championship chase.
"It's 280 points available up there and after that we finish up with the Mid-West Drag Racing Series World Finals in Tulsa. It might be a long shot, but I want to win Martin, I want to win Virginia, and then when Tulsa rolls around you know where I'm going, I want to win there, too," Haney declared. "And then I've got a couple more races up my sleeve for later on. But you don't want to spill the beans on everything right up front."
"We've been sidelined for six months, but it gave me a chance to really see what goes on at each of our Mid-West Series events and get to know a lot of our racers a lot better," said Haney, a past MWDRS Pro Mod world champion who also owns and promotes the all-eighth-mile, Tulsa-based series.
"But my guys and Ellen (Eschenbacher, MWDRS events director), and my lady and better half, Misty Hayes, who I really have to thank for putting up with all my ups and downs while not racing, they all said I'm too involved and I need to get back in my car.
"And they're right. I miss the trash talking, the calling out of people and things like that. I'm really just looking forward to getting back in the car to start hurting some feelings and taking some winner's circle pictures again."
Photos and video courtesy Keith Haney Racing/Jerry Bickel Race Cars/Straight Line Media
Video link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16GGgGoigmFUuTW9CuNMkN5I-VK0LAXB9/view?usp=sharing
ABOUT KEITH HANEY RACING
Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Keith Haney Racing (www.keithhaneyracing.com) competes in the Mid-West Drag Racing Series (MWDRS), 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, Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels, M&M Transmissions, Neal Chance Racing Converters, and Precision Racing Suspension.