Monday, September 17, 2012

Haney and Guest planning on successful weekend at Memphis ADRL drag race

After burning the midnight oil recently, the two Keith Haney Racing Chevy Camaros are ready to take on the Pro Nitrous field at this weekend's ADRL Memphis Drags III at Memphis International Raceway.

Owner/driver Keith Haney said a day-long test session with teammate Monroe Guest proved fruitful and has the team ready to rock Memphis.

"We're awfully excited after Monroe came up and we went to test at Tulsa Raceway Park," said Haney, who co-owns TRP. "We planned on testing for two days but everything went so well (Wednesday) that the guys said we were good to go, so they loaded up and headed to Memphis.

"We were there late, mind you, until like 2 a.m., but the cars were on a rail. It's okay because I know the owners of the track."

Haney and Guest missed a majority of the ADRL season whipping their new cars into race shape, but the pair have been making great progress and it's shown on the track.

"This is just our fourth race with these cars, the third with the ADRL," Haney said. "We got behind and had some changes on the team but we're going hard at it with these Reher-Morrison Racing Engines."

The combination of the test and the recent success in competition has Haney optimistic.

"I like our chances," he said. "I managed to win a round at the last ADRL race and had a good chance to win more. This is a tough, tough class. It's all the big boys out there racing and there is some top-notch teams. Winning a single round is an accomplishment, believe me."

Gates open at 10 a.m. CDT on Friday and Saturday, with the first round of qualifying on Friday set to begin at noon. On Saturday, the racing will begin at noon with the final qualifying session. The first round of eliminations starts at 3:30 p.m.

"I like Memphis. I usually get to the track and never leave," Haney said. "I'll stay right there in my trailer and just totally immerse myself in the experience. I'm glad to be going back there."

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