Mod’s Keith Haney Wins in Thriller at Mid-West Drag
Racing Series Throwdown in T-Town
TULSA, Okla. (Oct. 4, 2021) – The script couldn’t
have been drawn up much better and Keith Haney made
sure to provide a thrilling conclusion. Racing at
his home track at this weekend’s Osage Hotel Casino
Throwdown in T-Town for the Summit Racing Equipment
Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by J&A
Service, Haney picked up one of the most memorable
wins of his career, driving to the victory in Pro
Mod at Tulsa Raceway Park.
Haney went 3.671-seconds at 207.37 mph in his
nitrous-powered “Black Mamba” Camaro to beat Jim
Whiteley in the championship round, giving him his
first victory of the season after coming up just
short at two previous final round appearances.
This one finished off a double-race weekend at Tulsa
and Haney was left smiling after a wonderful end to
“I’m just on cloud nine,” said Haney, who is now
third in points with one race remaining in the 2021
MWDRS season. “I sit back and think about the work
my tuner (Brandon Switzer) and my crew have done,
and it’s all about preparation. We put in all the
work at the shop. The last four races, we’ve been to
three finals, one of which we won, and one
semifinal. That’s a testament to the team.
Everything worked out the way it was supposed to and
it was just an amazing weekend. To do it at my home
track, it was awesome and the fans were just amazing
Haney advanced to the semifinals at the first race
of the weekend and then qualified in the No. 1 spot
in his Jerry Bickel Race Cars-built Summit Racing
Equipment Camaro with an impressive pass of 3.678 at
That set the tone for a huge day in eliminations,
which included a strong pass of 3.689 at 206.20 in
the second round. In the semifinals, Haney showed
his driving prowess, beating Ed Thornton on a
holeshot. Thornton was 3.681 at a staggering 221.49,
but Haney was the better .031 on the starting line,
which allowed his 3.695 at 206.23 to hold up and
ensure a third final round in the past four races.
After a tough holeshot defeat in the final round in
Martin, getting one in his favor in a key situation
was a huge moment for Haney.
“After Virginia (at the Shakedown Nationals), we
made some adjustments and it paid off. Getting a
holeshot win was big,” Haney said. “I was ready and
the team was ready. It was all about consistency and
also being consistent on the tree. I wasn’t going to
lose again on a holeshot. That’s what it boiled down
to and the team did a great job. They stayed focused
and we came out with the victory.”
Haney also did his job in the final round, leaving
first on Whiteley, who went 3.687 at 202.91.
Whiteley beat Haney in the semifinals of the first
race by a razor-thin margin, but Haney was able to
come through this time to chalk up the much-needed
victory. Amazingly enough, Switzer made the tuning
calls remotely from another race, but things
couldn’t have worked out any better for the team.
“We went 11 passes in less than 24 hours in a
nitrous car. It was the closest side-by-side drag
racing I’ve ever experienced in one weekend of
racing,” Haney said. “The track was on kill and
everybody went fast.
“The last half of this year has been the best racing
of my career. It’s been the best. Our guys have just
stepped it up and it’s amazing what Brandon is able
Haney now remains in contention for the Pro Mod
championship in the Mid-West Drag Racing Series.
He’s third in points behind Whiteley and Joey Oksas,
who won the first race on Friday, but there’s still
a glimmer of hope for a world title.
“Do I have a chance? It’s an outside one, but
stranger things have happened,” Haney said. “Nobody
has anything wrapped up and we’re excited to head to
The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing
Series presented by J&A Service caps off its 2021
season with the MWDRS Xtreme Texas World Finals on
Oct. 22-23 at Xtreme Raceway Park in Ferris, Texas.
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,
Tulsa Raceway Park, Callies and UEM Pistons.