Residence: Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Hometown: Kingston, Rhode Island
Date of birth: September 16, 1971
Married: Wife, Dee
Children: Timber, Alex, Madison, Logan
Height/weight: 5'7", 160 lbs.
Hobbies: Golf, coaching baseball and football, spending time with family
2015 Season Highlights
- Raced to final round in at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.
- Reached semifinals five times in PDRA, including final two races of season.
- 2013: Won the Legal Pro Mod class at the Throw Down In T-Town at Tulsa, beating KHR teammate Monroe Guest in the final
- 2010: Qualified No. 1 for the first ever NHRA Top Sportsman race at Sonoma Raceway.
- 2009: Won NHRA event at Houston Raceway Park.
Notable: Owner/partner in six automobile dealerships; co-owner of Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park
Keith Haney has found success in business and in drag racing the old-fashioned way: By earning it.
After starting at the low end of the totem pole at a car dealership in Oklahoma, Haney now owns or is partners in seven dealerships, as well as being co-owner of Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.
All along his journey, Haney drag raced as often as finances would allow. Now, he's the owner/driver of Keith Haney Racing, which will field the Lucas Oil/RacingJunk.com Pro Nitrous Chevrolet in Professional Drag Racers Association competition and a new Chevrolet at select Drag Radial events.
"I started as a lot porter in 1991 at Suburban Chevrolet in Claremore [Okla.]," Haney said. "I worked my way up through the ranks, through the grind, from used-car manager to new-car manager to general sales manager to general manager, then owner and partner. Then I went and bought the next one, bought the next one, bought the next one, then decided to buy a racetrack in 2012, and it's been super successful."
Haney's family of car dealerships now includes Suburban Chevrolet in Claremore; Classic Chevrolet in Owasso, Okla.; Miami Auto Supercenter in Miami, Okla.; Regional Hyundai in Broken Arrow, Okla.; Nissan of Muskogee, Okla.; and Bartlesville (Okla.) Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.
Haney's philosophy in business and life is pretty simple.
"There's never anything that can't be overcome — period," Haney said. "Good or bad it doesn't matter. They all are situations, and how you deal with them is how the outcome is. I never met a problem I couldn't solve."
Haney's dealing with the public and with business associates is old-school, too, but it's clear it works.
"I do not treat anybody any different than the way I want to be treated," Haney said.
And he has been consistent in his effort, too, posting positive motivational quotes on his Facebook page for nine years.
"The other thing is to get up every single day with a good attitude," Haney said. "I've been doing my quotes since 2007, Monday through Friday, every single day. Nine years, I never missed a day."
Haney followed his father, an Air Force pilot, into drag racing, though it wasn't exactly a top-dollar operation back then.
"My dad drag raced on a blue-collar income; nothing big," Haney said. "Then I had a good friend, Allen Marrs, who gave me a '70 Nova with a 454 in it and an old Ford pickup and a flatbed. He said, 'If you want to race it, you keep the car cleaned up and go down the racetrack.' That was my first race car."
His first race was at Tulsa, a track he ended up buying years later. Haney competed in numerous bracket races over the years and began racing in NHRA Top Sportsman six years ago. He was a lesson in perseverance, as proven by a race in St. Louis, where he entered a '63 Corvette that was well below the class index. The slowest a car could run was 7.99 seconds, but Haney's Corvette could only make an 8.06-second pass.
"But I still loved to drag race," Haney said.
He got better, winning an NHRA race at Houston Raceway Park in 2009 and earning the No. 1 qualifier for the first NHRA Top Sportsman event in Sonoma, Calif., in 2010.
Eighth-mile drag racing caught his eye, and Haney attended a race under the old ADRL sanction and fell in love.
"I enjoyed it, so I said, 'Well, I'm going to build a couple cars,' " Haney said. "It was OK, nothing great. I finally decided, 'Heck with it. I want to go faster.' "
Two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders drove one of Haney's Camaros in 2013, but he eventually sold those cars and settled on a Pro Nitrous car for himself.
In 2015, Haney rose to contender status after his combination proved quite fast. A new Reher-Morrison engine in a Larry Jeffers Race Cars Camaro, tuned by Switzer Dynamics' Brandon Switzer as well as Brandon Pesz, vaulted Haney to the top of the Pro Nitrous class in the Professional Drag Racers Association. He raced to the semifinals of the final two races of 2015 and is loaded for bear for 2016.
Plus, Haney's drag racing interest has grown to the Drag Radial world, as he secretly built a Chevrolet for that class.
Haney's racing success wouldn't be possible without the support of partners Lucas Oil, RacingJunk.com, Switzer Dynamics, Pesz Performance & Tuning, Reher-Morrison, and M&M Transmission. Haney, too, has great support at home from his wife, Dee, and he spends lots of time with his four children: Timber, Alex, Madison and Logan.