Haney to Open Pro Mod Season at U.S. Street
TULSA, OK (Jan. 18, 2021) -- Last March at Bradenton
Motorsports Park, nitrous Pro Mod star Keith Haney
ended his first race weekend of the year upside-down
and on fire. The Tulsa-based auto dealer expects
much better results in 2021, though, when he returns
to the historic South Florida speed plant Jan.
29-31, for the 17th annual U.S. Street Nationals.
Fortunately, Haney was uninjured in last year's
spectacular top-end crash, but it took until
September before the "Black Mamba," his
nitrous-injected 2019 Camaro, was fully repaired and
ready for on-track action again. With Haney at the
helm, it appeared in a couple of late-season events,
clocking a career-best 3.66 at 204.73 mph over the
eighth mile in Virginia.
"Me getting through that crash without being hurt
proves that Jerry Bickel builds a great, safe race
car, and now the Black Mamba is back, badder than
ever and ready to pick up right where it left off.
I'm ready to go back to Bradenton, too, and redeem
myself, because that was a race I should've won,"
"I had the fastest car there last year, we actually
won that race in the semis when I made a driver
error and crashed, so it feels like I have some
unfinished business. Our first race wasn't going to
be until March again this year, but we decided to go
play with the boys down there and see if we can't
slap them around a little."
It's been a busy off season for Haney, too, who in
addition to owning or co-owning several Tulsa-area
new car dealerships, co-owns Osage Casino Tulsa
Raceway Park with fellow racer Todd Martin, and is
founder, owner and promoter of the Summit Racing
Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series (MWDRS)
presented by J&A Service. Additionally, he was
engaged late in December to longtime partner Misty
Hayes while on a family vacation in Colorado.
"It's been a busy time for sure, but now it's time
to get back to racing," said Haney, who will be
pitted at Bradenton beside new teammate Dewayne
Mills. In addition to celebrated tuner Brandon
Switzer, Haney's crew includes Shane Goodnight, Dale
and Cale Hancock, and Hayes, who "leads the troops"
on race weekends, he says.
"You know, we did a lot of preparation at the shop
this year, so hopefully what the guys did at home
during the off season pans out at the racetrack. And
I'm happy to say that Summit Racing Equipment is
back on board with Keith Haney Racing, along with
Strange Engineering, Lucas Oil, Pat Musi Engines and
all our other great sponsors. Honestly, I can't
thank each of them enough."
Following the Bradenton outing, Haney's next race
stop will be with the MWDRS, which opens its
eight-race 2021 schedule in March at Xtreme Raceway
Park in Ferris, TX.
"This is going to be an exciting year for us. I feel
good, I feel like the Black Mamba is poised to
strike, my crew is ready, and my teammates are
ready," Haney said. "I'm just warning our
competitors to be ready for what we're about to
unleash on them."
Photos courtesy Keith Haney Racing
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, Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels,
M&M Transmissions, Neal Chance Racing Converters,
and Precision Racing Suspension.