Great Weekend in St. Louis for Keith Haney Racing
Tulsa, Oklahoma (August 22, 2023) - The KHR team rolled into World Wide Technology Raceway in St. Louis on Thursday with high expectations and the Stroud Safety Pro Mod points lead.
“When we left here July 1st, the weather was a mess. It was hard to leave knowing I was leading the points and wanted to finish the event so badly”, states Haney. “I couldn’t wait to finish it. We’ve had consistency this year and Brandon (Switzer) has Black Mamba on a string”.
The makeup race from June, Keith beat Chris Juliano in the first round but fell to Brandon Snider (driving the Steven Whiteley Camaro) 3.701 to his 3.643 in the second round.
In Race Star Wheels Pro Junior Dragster, Kilee bested Sarah Stewart in the first round but a red light start (-.002) in the second round to Brody Zimmerman took her out early.
“It was great to get that round win. I’ve been working on my lights since I started driving and it was just a little too quick in the second round”, states Kilee.
With little time to spare, the pair had to turn their focus on running another complete event soon after.
For the schedule second event, Kilee unfortunately made a first-round exit against Alexis Kesterson. The weekend didn’t end there though, as the first-round losers from both junior classes can enter the Junior Slammers class.
“I really wanted to make more passes. It helps me to be able to work on my reaction times and top end numbers”, states Kilee. “I love being out here racing with everyone.”
Once in the Junior Slammers class, Kilee was on a mission! Three consistent passes over opponents including Jaxin Reed and the finals over Cayden Duell gave Kilee her first win.
“I couldn’t be more excited. I am so thankful to my mom and Keith as well as all the help from the KHR crew. Lots of other racers in my class have offered advice and it has really helped me.”
In Stroud Safety Pro Mod, Keith was eager to get back into competition and earn the points lead back from Whiteley Racing. With a solid qualifying effort of 3.685, Keith started eliminations from the third qualifying position.
First round, Haney ran 3.707 over Mark Werdehausen. Second round momentum carried him to a 3.672 over Tony “Sandman” Williams. Heading into the semis, the competition also stepped up. Steven Whiteley ran a 3.631 to beat Keith’s 3.659.
“Even though we went out in the semis, I’m so excited about the consistency and the mid-60’s passes. Brandon (crew chief Switzer) said he would ‘leave the crankshaft on the track’ if he needed too.”
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