Haney, Guest look to make progress at ADRL event in Charlotte
BROKEN ARROW, OK – Buoyed by a positive test session this week, Keith Haney and Monroe Guest are looking for improved performance in this weekend's ADRL Dragstock IX at zMax Dragway.
Haney's two-car team will race in its second ADRL event of the season, with Haney driving the KeithHaneyRacing.com Pro Nitrous Chevrolet Camaro and Guest in the John Woods Performance Auto Pro Mod Chevrolet Camaro.
The goals may be modest for this weekend, but Haney is trying to build a winning team by taking the proper steps. For Charlotte, qualifying both cars is the first goal.
"That is our goal," Haney said. "Our goal is to qualify and have an opportunity to win a race. We feel like we've got the cars. Finding the setup to that track is going to be the key to it all."
Haney and Guest tested their cars at Tulsa Raceway Park earlier this week, working well into the night to avoid the Oklahoma heat.
"We tested Monday night until 1 in the morning," Haney said. "We had a good test session. We think the cars are ready to go."
Haney's team got a late start to the ADRL season, which is already seven races old, building new cars for each class.
"The rest of the ADRL's got six races under their belt, and we've got one. They're testing probably way ahead of us, too. We did a lot of testing, but we had motor issues. Now we don't have any motor issues and need to test more."
Testing, Haney said, is the only way to get better.
"We're way behind the 8-ball to the rest of the field," Haney said. "We've switched motor programs, and everything's going great now. We just switched transmissions over in both cars, too. We're excited, Monroe's excited, the whole team's excited. We feel like we can come and compete."
A switch to Reher-Morrison engines has given the team an excellent baseline upon which to build, so Haney can now focus on tuning the cars.
"Switching to them, we're really happen with how that's going," Haney said. "We've had no motor issues at all. Now we're fine-tuning our setups trying to find what the car likes and what the car needs. We're finding our stride, and that takes testing. We've done a little bit of that."