Mickey Fay and Jeff Haney pose next to their factory Honda’s in a press photo for 1980. Fay is standing next to a Honda XR500-based short track bike while Haney stands behind the Honda CX500-based, water-cooled big track bike. Honda launched its Grand National Flat Track program the year before and Fay was the company’s first hire. He won the ’79 Houston TT to give the fledgling squad its first national win. In 1980 Haney, a first-year expert, got the season off on the right foot when he won the pole for the Houston Short track, becoming the first rookie do accomplish that feat. Haney scored two top-10 finishes that season with a best result of fifth at the Santa Fe Speedway (Hinsdale, Ill.) TT National. Fay scored podiums (both seconds) at the Houston Short Track and Ascot TT Nationals.