Haney to Fulfill 'Childhood Dream' at Super Chevy Show in St. Louis

TULSA, OK (Apr. 24, 2019) -- The first time Keith Haney attended a Super Chevy Show he was just a young boy visiting Tulsa Raceway Park with his dad, the same track he currently co-owns with fellow drag racer Todd Martin. This weekend the 47-year-old new car dealer will be competing in a Super Chevy Show for the first time.

"As a kid I attended Super Chevy every time they came to Tulsa and I loved it," recalled Haney, who will be driving "Notorious," his nitrous-injected 2104 Camaro, in the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) at the recently renamed World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, near St. Louis. "I always thought, 'Wow, one of these days I'd like to do that,' and now, here we are and I'm doing it. It's like fulfilling a childhood dream, I guess you could say."

The St. Louis event represents the third of eight scheduled MWPMS races this year, plus the special year-ending, non-points Elite 16 event at the Texas Motorplex, and the first of two visits to the Gateway facility for the Tulsa-based organization. Haney currently sits fourth in Pro Mod points, based on a semi-finals finish in March at the MWPMS season opener in Dallas and results from the rained-out event at Bowling Green, KY, two weeks ago.

"It's unfortunate we didn't get to race in Bowling Green after qualifying for one of the quickest Pro Mod fields ever, but I'm definitely looking forward to St. Louis now. I feel like it owes me one," Haney said, referring to a difficult outing there last year when he battled mechanical gremlins.

"We've done pretty good in St. Louis before. I went to the finals two years ago against Jason Hamstra, but last year we didn't even qualify, so that's going to change this time. And like I said, I'm really looking forward to being part of the Super Chevy Show with the Mid-West Series. We're expecting probably 24 or more entries," added Haney, who also owns and promotes the MWPMS.

Key to Haney's success at St. Louis will be the performance of his crew chief, Brandon Switzer, widely acknowledged as one of the brightest nitrous tuners in the drag racing world. In addition to Haney's car, Switzer also will be calling the tuning shots on the late-model Camaro of MWPMS rival Jim Sackuvich at Gateway.
"You really can't get any better than Brandon Switzer. And even though our cars and combinations are a bit different, it certainly can't hurt for Brandon to be seeing data from two cars on the same track," Haney reasoned. "The more data you get, the better it's usually going to be, so I'm excited about our chances."
The MWPMS Pro Mod class is scheduled to attack the Gateway eighth mile at 5 p.m. Friday for its first qualifying session at the STL Super Chevy Show. Round two of qualifying is set for 8 p.m., with a third-and-final qualifying round scheduled for 11 on Saturday morning before eliminations begin at 1 that afternoon.

"My whole team is ready to go," Haney declared. "Our sponsors--Summit Racing, Strange, Lucas Oil, RacingJunk.com--they've all been real happy with our production so far, and I'm looking forward to doing even better. After two races we're fourth in points and have a decent lead over fifth, sixth, seventh, and so on. From here on it's just a climb to the top.

"Of course, everybody wants to go to that number-one spot. Well, just so they know, they better be fast in St. Louis because I'm coming for 'em! We're ready to step up and step out."

Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Keith Haney Racing (www.keithhaneyracing.com) competes in the Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS), as well as 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.