Keith Haney, Keith Haney Racing to skip final PDRA race of 2016
TULSA, Okla. (Oct. 18) - Keith Haney and his Keith Haney Racing team are likely done for the 2016 season after Haney decided not to race "Notorious" in the PDRA World Finals this weekend at Virginia Motorsports Park.
Haney has driven the Lucas Oil/RacingJunk.com Chevrolet -- nicknamed "Notorious" -- in the Pro Nitrous class this season, but he and his team are taking the weekend off.
"It saddens me a little bit because it's a Brian Olson memorial, and he was such a great friend to me," Haney said. "But to drive 22 hours the week after racing in the Throw Down (in T-Town) was going to be tough. It doesn't matter where I'm at in the points, and I can finish in the top 10.
"But it's never been about points for me. I've never been one to chase points. I'm doing this for fun and enjoyment and because I love the sport so much. It's more about that for me than winning a championship."
Haney currently sits ninth in the PDRA Pro Nitrous standings, though he was without a victory this season. Winning a PDRA race is what matters to Haney, and he has bigger goals in mind, too.
"I'd like to win one, and when I decide to, I'll go NHRA Pro Mod racing," Haney said. "It's probably a few years away. You never know what'll come in this sport. It's been exciting to see what's going on.
"We're going to work on our program a little bit. We may hit one more race. We haven't made that final decision."
Whether they race in that undisclosed event or not, Haney and his team will be busy preparing for 2017. A new state-of-the-art race shop is in the process of being built as Haney aims to step up his program for next year.
"We'll look at next year and step back now," Haney said. "If we make that last race, great; if not, we'll see everybody in March."
Sponsors Lucas Oil, RacingJunk.com, Switzer Dynamics, Pesz Performance & Tuning, Reher Morrison, M&M Transmission and Adam Lambert from Precision Racing Suspension help make Haney's PDRA team possible, and he continues to appreciate the support from wife Dee and his children Timber, Alex, Madison and Logan.
Haney's family of car dealerships includes Suburban Chevrolet in Claremore; Classic Chevrolet in Owasso, Okla.; Miami Auto Supercenter in Miami, Okla.; Regional Hyundai in Broken Arrow, Okla.; Nissan of Muskogee, Okla.; and Bartlesville (Okla.) Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.