Thursday, March 31, 2016

Keith Haney makes difficult decision to miss Radial Revenge race in his hometown

Keith Haney makes difficult decision to miss Radial Revenge race in his hometown

TULSA, Okla. (March 31) -- Keith Haney has made the heartbreaking decision 
to pull out of the Radial Revenge Tour race this weekend at his track, Osage 
Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.

Longtime business partner Wayne Cline, who gave Haney his start in the automobile 
business more than 25 years ago, is participating in a charity golf tournament at 
Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club in St. Pete Beach, Fla. That tournament, in 
which Haney and Cline have golfed together for 20 years, was moved three weeks 
ago to this weekend, forcing Haney to make the difficult decision.

"I've got a lot of drag racing left in me, but I don't have a lot of time with my partner,
 who is 76 years old," Haney said. "I owe it to him to be with my partner. He's my 
best friend."

Moving the Radial Revenge Race to another weekend was not an option out of 
concern for competitors and fans, but Haney pledged that racers and fans will see 
the best race possible this weekend as the Radial Revenge Tour races for the third 
time in Tulsa.

"We have a good following of fans and this is one of the most important races of 
our season, next to the Throwdown in T-Town," Haney said. "We have worked to 
 make this race what it's starting to become, so it's killing me not to be there. I've 
gone overboard to make sure the event is going to go smoothly. My partner Todd Martin, 
my general manager Don Ellis -- 'Big Don' -- and the staff at TRP will make it a 
great event. We've streamlined 100 things to make the racer experience and the 
fan experience the best that it can be."

Al Tucci and Cliff Parvin will run the tower, and the Tulsa technical staff can handle 
all the radial cars.

One of those cars will be Enigma, the special drag radial Chevrolet Camaro Haney 
built for this season. Because Haney loves and believes in the drag radial world, 
Enigma will still be entered. Co-tuner Brandon Pesz will handle the driving chores 
 this weekend.

"I built a radial car just to get in the radial world with these guys," Haney said. "It's 
killing me because I want to be the winner of my event. I want to win this race, but 
Enigma will be there."

Enigma, with Haney driving, became the fastest nitrous car in the drag 
radial world -- but not the fastest car overall -- at the Lights Out 7 event in February 
at South Georgia Motorsports Park. A turbo car holds the actual record that Haney 
wanted for himself, but unfortunately he won't get the chance.

"I want to take the record away, I want to win the race," Haney said. "But you 
know what? It says 'You Know My Name on the side.' It's the car, not the driver.

"I'll be sipping on adult beverages in Florida, and my iPhone will be stuck to my 
hand watching the live feed from"

Fans can watch all the racing action from Tulsa this weekend at
The drag radial race was made possible by TRP's numerous marketing partners.

"I owe everything to our marketing partners for believing in us and this race,
" Haney said. "If it wasn't for them, this race wouldn't have become what
it has become."