Thursday, October 21, 2021


 

Pro Mod’s Keith Haney Looks to Close Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series Season in Style in Texas

Pro Mod’s Keith Haney Looks to Close 2021 Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series Season in Style in Texas
 FERRIS, Texas (Oct. 20, 2021) – After a tremendous second half of the season, Keith Haney has a chance to put one final exclamation point on his incredible finish to the 2021 season in the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service.After picking up an impressive Pro Mod victory at the second race of the Osage Hotel Casino Throwdown in T-Town in Tulsa, Haney can end the year with back-to-back wins at this weekend’s MWDRS Xtreme Texas World Finals at Xtreme Raceway Park in Ferris, Texas. 

Haney has put together three final round appearances, including one win, and a semifinal showing since August in his nitrous-powered “Black Mamba” Camaro, and the veteran remains in championship contention as well. It’s an outside shot, as he sits 94 points behind Joey Oksas heading into the last race, but even having a chance is a massive victory for Haney and a tribute to the team’s performance over the last two months. 

“It would be hard for me to win it, but it could happen,” Haney said. “I feel like our preparation at our shop has made a huge difference. The last four races, we’ve been dominant. It’s been great and we’re coming to Texas with the goal of qualifying No. 1 and winning from the No. 1 spot again.” 

That’s exactly what happened to close out the double-race weekend in Tulsa, qualifying No. 1 and putting together a run of 3.671-seconds at 207.37 mph in his Jerry Bickel Race Cars Camaro backed by Summit Racing Equipment. 

It took that kind of run and a solid reaction time for Haney to get the win, a nod to the standout competition in the Pro Mod class in the Mid-West Drag Racing Series. The nitrous power from his Pat Musi Racing Engines-powered Camaro has been impressive, and the tough competition also seems to bring out the best in Haney. 

“That’s how it is with this series. There’s just unbelievable side-by-side racing,” Haney said. “I knew in that final round I wasn’t going to mess up and we were on a mission that weekend. It’s tough to win against these guys and the competition is so tough, but we’ve had a good run and hopefully, we can keep it going.” 

It was Haney’s first win in the MWDRS since 2018 and now he has a huge opportunity to really end his year with momentum.

Two straight wins and four final round showings over the last five races would be a remarkable finish and give Haney another huge boost going into the off-season. It’s taken a total team effort to this point and Brandon Switzer has been nearly flawless as the tuner. Combined, it’s led to the most successful run in Haney’s career and he’s determined to try to finish it off with a victory, which would be a fitting thanks for the outstanding support he’s received this season. 

“It would be wonderful to finish off the year with a win,” Haney said. “My wife, Misty, and my family, and all these crew guys, they all spend a lot of time preparing for a race. But when you’ve got a great family backbone and a great crew, it makes a huge difference. 

“I would love to win it for all of them. They’ve all devoted themselves for years to this team and I appreciate every one of them. Getting a win for them to close out the season would be great.” 

The first two rounds of qualifying take place at 6 and 8 p.m. on Friday, with the final round of qualifying starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The first round of eliminations is slated for 4 p.m. on Saturday at Xtreme Raceway Park.


 
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, Total Seal, MoTeC Systems USA, Switzer Dynamics, Menscer Motorsports, OkAutosDirect.com, Race Star Wheels, Stroud Safety, Precision Racing Suspension, Tulsa Raceway Park, Callies and UEM Pistons.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Pro Mod’s Keith Haney Wins in Thriller at Mid-West Drag Racing Series Throwdown in T-Town

 

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.

It’s the twice-a-year race at the track he co-owns, Tulsa Raceway Park, and this one will be huge for Haney in his nitrous-powered “Black Mamba” Summit Racing Equipment Camaro. He’s right in the thick of the points race and will have double the opportunity to pick up a victory — or two — over the course of Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Considering he’s picked up a pair of runner-up finishes and a No. 1 qualifier at the last two MWDRS races, Haney is heading into the race with plenty of grand aspirations.

“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

Coming off back-to-back final round appearances in the Summit Racing Equipment Mid- West Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, Pro Mod veteran Keith Haney isn’t waiting long to get back behind the wheel of his nitrous-powered “Black Mamba” Camaro. Just days after his runner-up at the U.S. 131 Nationals, Haney is back at it, this time at the Shakedown Nationals XIX at Virginia Motorsports Park. It’s a race that has carved out a special place in the Pro Mod world and Haney has also enjoyed competing in the legendary event. Now in its third year at its new home at VMP, it’s also a chance for Haney to take on the top Pro Mod drivers competing from the East Coast. “We’re excited to take on those East Coast guys. We did well last year and I ran one of my career bests. It’s a great race and I can’t wait to get back in the car,” Haney said. “There’s great history at that race and I really enjoy the nostalgia of it. It’s my birthday weekend and I get to enjoy that, too, and racing is what do I love doing more than anything. Seeing my East Coast fans will be nice and we’re excited for a big weekend.” Haney has put together a huge amount consistent runs lately in his nitrous Camaro, putting him as one of the top Pro

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

Back-to-Back Pro Mod Finals in the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series has Keith Haney Moving in the Right Direction MARTIN, Mich. (Sept. 15, 2021) – The good news for Keith Haney is he has recorded back-to-back Pro Mod final round appearances in the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service after his latest runner-up at last weekend’s U.S. 131 Nationals. It’s shot Haney into the top five in the class and made him a championship contender with three races left in the season, but it’s also a race Haney felt as though he should have won. He had the quicker run in his nitrous-powered “Black Mamba” Camaro, going 3.686-seconds at 206.23 mph, but was second off the starting line in the championship round against Joey Oksas, who won his second straight race. There were plenty of positives, but Haney was left lamenting what could have been at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich. “Hands down, I had the fastest, best car on the race track last weekend and I beat myself,” Haney said. “Nobody was faster than me, plain and simple, and that’s from the time we qualified No. 1 all the way to the finals. But I was late on the tree and I let one get away from me. I’m not happy about that part of it. “(Tuner) Brandon Switzer put the car underneath me and he’s had the car on rails two races in a row. I think I had a TV dinner and some cake before I left the starting line in the final. At the end of the day, I have to cut a light. My tuner puts a tuneup to win in the car and I felt like I let my team down.” Haney said he was more mad than anything about the outcome, but the team certainly has plenty of momentum in the midst of a busy month. The Pro Mod veteran qualified No. 1 in Martin with a standout run of 3.666 at 206.61, going 3.712 at 204.82 in his opening round win. Switzer dialed it up to a 3.691 during the next two rounds, leading into another strong pass in the final round. Haney has been the quickest nitrous Pro Mod car in the Mid-West Drag Racing Series this year, also setting a career-best pass in his MWDRS career. Just as important, Haney and his team have put together impressive consistency at a key time of the season. “The car has just been going down the track. We’ve gone 21 times down the track without an aborted run,” Haney said. “There’s lot of great things that happened and the weekend was awesome. The crew has been doing a great job.” Haney, though, couldn’t avoid some ribbing, with the first coming from his wife, Misty, over the phone just moments after the holeshot defeat. “When I lost she was the first person to stay I stink and give me the hardest time,” Haney said with a laugh. “She’s passionate about it and she was still supporting me over the phone. She kind of keeps it all together for me.” The good news is Haney won’t have to wait long to get back behind his Pat Musi Racing Engines-powered Camaro. He’s attending this weekend’s Shakedown at Virginia Motorsports Park, eager to keep rolling in a car that continues to impress at each event. “I can’t wait to get back in the car,” Haney said. “What happened in the final round in Martin, that won’t happen again, I can promise you that.” The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service returns to action Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the MWDRS Throwdown at T-Town at Tulsa Raceway Park. The series will conduct a pair of races during the weekend. For more information on the Mid-West Drag Racing Series, visit www.midwestdragracingseries.com. 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.

Joey Oksas and Bill Bernard Lead Winners at Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series U.S. 131 Nationals

 


MARTIN, Mich. (Sept. 15, 2021) — For the second consecutive race, Joey Oksas drove his way to the winner’s circle, picking up the Pro Mod victory at the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service U.S. 131 Nationals.
 
Oksas picked up his second straight win, one of many highlights of the MWDRS’ second-ever race at the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich. Racing in front
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 
 Wanamaker (Zimmerman Properties Construction Sportsman Jr.) all picking up victories.
 
For the second race, Oksas also met Keith Haney in the Pro Mod final round, with Oksas securing the victory and taking over the points lead in the process. Oksas had a reaction time of .021 in the final round, as his run of 3.713-seconds at 214.69 mph in his turbocharged ’67 Mustang held up against Haney’s quicker 3.68 at 206.23.
 
“The place was packed and it was awesome, and this win was almost as sweet as

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.
 
“We just tried to look at it one round at a time. (Tuner) Jeff Pierce knows what he needs to do against our competition and I just had to do my job. When we both do our job, we’ve had a pretty good outcome so far.”
 
Oksas wasn’t at the top of qualifying, but he made two solid runs, including a 3.705 before going 3.698 at 214.90 in the opening round of eliminations. He followed with a 3.719 to advance to the semifinals, earning the victory there to set up another marquee matchup with Haney.
 
Oksas was stellar on the starting line all weekend and delivered when it counted, putting him in a great position heading into the final stretch of the MWDRS Pro Mod season.
 
“We knew Keith had a good hot rod and we knew it was going to be a damn good race,” Oksas said. “That’s how it is in this class. It really makes it so drivers have to keep up on the wheel. There’s so many good drivers and you have to be on as a driver and you’ve got to have a good hot rod to win.”
 
In Top Alcohol Funny Car, Bernard continues to enjoy a terrific 2021 campaign,

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.
 
“The team really persevered this weekend,” Bernard said. “After Q2, we were up until 3 a.m. We were down on boost and we had to figure out what was going on. We got that fixed and other than that, we had a consistent car all weekend.
 

“It’s really exciting for us. It’s going to come down to the last race with the top four in this class. We’re all right there and it’s really anybody’s championship.”
 
Bernard and defending world champ Sean Bellemeur are neck-and-neck at the top in the class at the moment, but it was Bernard who shined last weekend.
 
He went as quick as 3.666 at 213.27 in qualifying, going 3.671 at 206.71 to slip past Chris Marshall on a holeshot. Bernard was the better .032 on the starting line there and then added an impressive .017 reaction time in the final round, enjoying every bit of performing in front of a huge crowd in Martin.
 
“For me, that was the greatest thing seeing all the packed stands. As you start going rounds and that crowd starts congregating behind your trailer, I just feed off that. It seems like the bigger the crowd, the bigger burnout I have, too.”
 
In Top Dragster, Schneider provided the most inspiring moment of the weekend. Battling breast cancer, Schneider went through chemo and radiation treatments earlier in the week before picking up the victory at the U.S. Nationals, beating Bill Swain in the final round.
 
Butcher went 4.051 with a 4.01 dial-in in the Top Sportsman final round, beating Bob Mandell, who broke out with a 4.177 on a dial in of 4.18. Muenks beat Tim

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.
 
In all, the MWDRS drew rave reviews at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park and series owner Keith Haney praised everyone for delivering on a memorable weekend. In addition to huge crowd, the jet car team of Elaine Larsen set up a school for 

children at the track. They were bussed to the track to learn about the cars, with nearly 125 children enjoying the show.
 
“The staff at the Mid-West Drag Racing Series and the track both did a phenomenal job,” Haney said. “It was packed and just an unbelievable experience.”
 
The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service returns to action Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the MWDRS Throwdown at T-Town at Tulsa Raceway Park. The series will conduct a pair of races during the weekend. For more information on the Mid-West Drag Racing Series, visit www.midwestdragracingseries.com.
 
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ABOUT MWDRS
The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series is an all-eighth-mile drag racing organization with headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The series is headlined by Pro Modified and Top Alcohol Funny Car, with additional classes including Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, and two Jr. Dragster categories. The 2021 MWDRS schedule consists of eight national events. For more information on the MWDRS, visit www.MidWestDragRacingSeries.com.