TULSA, OK (Mar. 18, 2021) -- Eagerly excited barely begins to describe the anticipation of nitrous Pro Mod racer Keith Haney as opening day looms for the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series (MWDRS) presented by J&A Service. The all-eighth-mile, Tulsa-based organization begins its eight-race schedule for 2021 this weekend (Mar. 19-20), at Xtreme Raceway Park (XRP) in Ferris, TX.
Driving his Jerry Bickel-built "Black Mamba" 2019 Camaro, Haney actually opened his 2021 season in January with a personal-best record of 3.65 seconds at 206.83 mph during testing for the U.S. Street Nationals in Bradenton, FL. The encouraging outing fueled even further his desire to resume the MWDRS points chase.
"Man, I can't wait," Haney declared. "The main thing I want is to go make some noise in the Mid-West Series just like we did in 2017 when we won the championship. And I really believe we could do it again this year. The car was running great in Florida and we really haven't done anything to it. We cleaned it up, dressed it up, made it look pretty again, and now we're ready to go out and compete some more."
Looking good will mean almost as much as running strong this year as MAVTV recently committed to filming and presenting each of eight scheduled MWDRS events this year live on its MAVTV Plus streaming platform. Additionally, six shows featuring edited, behind-the-scenes action will be broadcast on the primary MAVTV channel beginning early this fall.
"With MAVTV coming on board, we now have a TV platform to help expose all my team sponsors to an even bigger audience. And I don't know if I can be any type of star in the series, but I'm sure going to try, you know, just like everybody else will, too. So I'm really excited to see what the future holds for me and my team and all the Mid-West Series racers."
The MAVTV trucks rolled into XRP early this week, where NHRA Funny Car star Jack Beckman and veteran TV personality Dave Rieff will call the show's action amid interviews and a live feed to XRP fans from popular P.A. announcers Al Tucci and Chad Reynolds.
"The facility, too, looks to be in great shape," Haney said of the tidy eighth-miler just south of Dallas. "Clyde Scott, the track owner there, and his track manager Gaylen Smith, they've been working hard to make an already great facility even better. They've added another 40 spots of pit space for tractor-trailers, it's all concrete from the pits to the shutdown, it's just a beautiful track to race at. I can't wait to get going."
Haney will be joined by nitrous tuning wizard Brandon Switzer, crew chief Shane Goodnight, Dale and Cale Hancock, Steve Cooks, and Misty Hayes, who Haney credits with "leading the troops, just like she has for three years now. But we're getting married in July, so I'm just excited to expand not only my family, but our drag racing world family, too."
Following the MWDRS season opener, Keith Haney Racing will return to racing Apr 23-24, at the inaugural MWDRS Bayou Nationals at No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, LA.
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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.