MWPMS Season Opener Delivers Semi-Final Finish for
ENNIS, TX (Mar. 13, 2019) -- Consistency and an
oh-so-close result in the semi-finals left
Tulsa-based Pro Mod star Keith Haney feeling very
positive about the season-opening Summit Racing
Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series event Mar. 9, at
the Texas Motorplex, near Dallas.
"Seventeen-thousandths at the stripe, that's all
that separated us," Haney said of his race against
young gun Justin Jones, who won with a 3.69 over
Haney's 3.73 at more than 201 mph. "I treed him with
a .002 light to his .023 and I even had him at half
track, but my car started shooting sparks out the
right header and laid over a little and he was able
to just sneak on by me at the finish."
Beyond reaching the semis, Haney left the Motorplex
feeling impressed with his team's overall
performance and encouraged by their strong start to
the 2019 MWPMS season.
"You know, the notes that we had from November sure
helped Brandon Switzer do his job on the tuning side
of it, but what's really exciting as far as Keith
Haney Racing goes is that we were out there last
November at the Elite 16 race going 3.70s and we
showed up in Texas again and went right back to
running 3.70s. That tells me we're on to something
and you've got to commend my guys for what they did
in the off-season to prepare the car and keep it
"They did a great job all weekend. I call it showing
up and showing out, you know? I mean, we went there
to drag some butts all over the place and we did, a
few; got down to the final four."
After qualifying third with another 200-plus-mph
pass in 3.74 seconds over the Motorplex eighth mile,
Haney and "Notorious," his nitrous-injected 2014 Pro
Mod Camaro, ran 3.74 and 3.73 in defeating the
entries of E.J. Hickl and Ed Jeffe before reaching
Jones, who went on to finish runner-up against
Frankie "Madman" Taylor in the final round.
"You know, in the staging lanes before we ran,
Justin told me that it's been one of his dreams to
race me and of course I appreciated that," Haney
said. "He's young, maybe 19, 20 years old, less than
half my age, so he's got better eyes than I've got.
But I looked at him and said, 'Don't go red.' He
looked right back at me and said, 'Don't be late.'
And as it turned out, he was late and I was not
red--well, he had a great light, but at least he was
late compared to me."
Also contributing to Haney's positive mood was a
relatively stress-free weekend of racing and
camaraderie with his fellow MWPMS competitors.
"The guys from the Motorplex did a great job and the
track was phenomenal," he declared, pointing out
several classes posted record-setting numbers. "And
as far as my team goes, we really didn't haven't any
problems at all, no breakage, no big thrash in the
pits. It was kind of awesome, you know, we got to
relax a little.
"One of the things that we did was on Friday night I
helped cook for about 80 to 90 people. Andrew Arnold, myself, and my girlfriend Misty, all
three of us got Hibachi ready and we cooked for a
bunch of teams. We all got to sit around and tell
jokes and everybody got to relax and have some fun.
"And you know, that's really what it's all about.
All of us there, we all want to win, don't get me
wrong, but at the end of the day we're spending time
together and spending time with the other racers
when we're not on the track. When we're out on that
track, though, none of us are friends. It's winner
take all and I wouldn't want it any other way."
Keith Haney Racing will be back in action with the
Mid-West Pro Mod Series Apr. 12-13, during the 6th
annual Outlaw Street Car Reunion at Beech Bend
Raceway Park in Bowling Green, KY.
Photos by Randy Curtis
ABOUT KEITH HANEY RACING
Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Keith Haney Racing (www.keithhaneyracing.com)
fields two cars in the Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS),
as well as for select NHRA and PDRA races and
one-off special events. Keith Haney Racing
appreciates the support of sponsors Summit Racing
Equipment, Lucas Oil, Strange Engineering,
Kryptonite Kustomz, RacingJunk.com, MoTeC Systems
USA, Switzer Dynamics, M&M Transmission, Menscer
Motorsports, Total Seal, Mickey Thompson, Browell
Bellhousing, and Larry Jeffers Race Cars.