Haney to Open 2020 Pro Mod Campaign with NMCA in
TULSA, OK (Feb. 28, 2020) -- In a surprise move,
nitrous Pro Mod star Keith Haney revealed plans to
open his 2020 racing season Mar. 5-8, with the 18th
annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem event at South
Florida's historic Bradenton Motorsports Park.
"We've never raced at Bradenton before, but I've
always heard such great things about the track and
the fans there and I've always wanted to see it for
myself," Haney said. "And what better way to do that
than go support the NMCA and get better prepared for
our own Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) season
opener later next month in Dallas?"
Haney, who owns and promotes MWPMS, also wants to
demonstrate how easy and seamless it is for Mid-West
Series and NMCA racers to compete with either
"A lot of people don't know that we worked real
close with NMCA Tech Director Roger Conley, and
their general manager, Rollie Miller, to try and
make sure that we came up the same kind of rules
package, so all these racers can build a car and
come run either series," he said.
"They don't have to go change anything to go from
one series to the next. And we worked real close
together to make sure we weren't on top of each
other's race dates this year, too. So I encourage
any Mid-West Series racers to go race with NMCA when
they're not racing with us and I invite any of the
NMCA regulars to come over and give our series a
try. It's all about giving the racers options."
After introducing "Black Mamba," his Jerry
Bickel-built 2019 Pro Mod Camaro, to competition
late last season, Haney also hopes to establish a
good baseline tune-up on his Pat Musi powerplant
while going after his first NMCA race win.
"We only had three races with the new car and never
really got it to where we wanted it last year. We
had planned to test quite a bit early this year at
Tulsa Raceway Park, which I co-own with my good
friend Todd Martin, but the weather in Oklahoma
hasn't been too favorable," Haney explained.
"A lot of rain, lot of snow, a lot of ice. Or one
day it's cold and the next day it's hot. We could
never really get the track to where we want it,
where we need it. So, we've decided to head to
Bradenton where I know track owner Victor Alvarez
makes sure there's always a great racing surface, so
we can get a good handle on things for this year and
hopefully hurt some feelings along the way."
Haney said he's also happy to confirm the return of
crew chief Brandon Switzer this year to call the
shots for Keith Haney Racing, with Shane Goodnight,
Dale Hancock and Cale Hancock making up the rest of
his trackside crew, while longtime girlfriend Misty
Hayes provides extra help to the team's marketing
"You know, we have such great sponsors, including
Summit Racing, Strange Engineering, RacingJunk.com,
and of course Lucas Oil, who I think we're going
into our 12th year together now. From the race car
to the toter to the generators, we don't run
anything without Lucas Oil products."
And though he's focused on going Pro Mod racing for
the time being, Haney hinted there may be some drag
radial-related news coming soon, too. He admitted
he's been concentrating on business matters during
the off season, but promised his radial-racing fans
that should all be settled shortly and big changes
may come soon.
"I've been quiet. It's not the normal Keith Haney
that talks a lot of crap online and gets everybody
riled up and I've been a little quiet. But I promise
I'm coming back," he said. "There's something coming
for everybody for sure. Just remember, the one thing
Keith Haney does is he always does something outside
For now, though, the outspoken new car dealer from
Tulsa remains focused on taking down the best the
NMCA has to offer on the Bradenton eighth mile.
"You know what? I'm going to try to slap around
every one of them guys over there; them turbo guys
and them roots guys, them screw guys and them
Procharger guys. All of them, it don't matter,"
Haney declared. "I want to go over there and I'm
going to try to win the first NMCA race and then
leave and maybe I'll come back and run another one.
Do it again."
Photos courtesy Keith Haney Racing/Randy Curtis/Cole
ABOUT KEITH HANEY RACING
Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Keith Haney Racing (www.keithhaneyracing.com)
competes in the Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS),
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,
Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels, M&M Transmissions,
Neal Chance Racing Converters, and Precision Racing