Championship Drive: AJ Collins


Championship Drive: AJ Collins

Watching was fun, how could driving not be?  This was the thought that propelled Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornet driver AJ Collins into the driver’s seat of not one, not two, but three different machines during his 2019 championship campaign.   

Collins kicked off his 2019 campaign at the controls of the black number 72 Eagle Talon, which he piloted to a handful of top-five finishes.  Within striking distance of then-points-leader Casey Winter, Collins circled Dairy Days Friday as the night to make his move.  With a pair of full-speed swan dives over a monster truck jump, and a half-Gainer over a smaller jump to boot, Collins outscored the field by 124 points and catapulted himself to the top of the division standings. 

Collins would extend his lead over the next two months, holding 142 markers over second place entering the 125-lap Hot August Race for Hunger.  But disaster struck halfway through lap one when Collins’ Touchdown Automotive, Trammel Construction machine was turned head-on into the backstretch wall.  With his point lead cut by over a third Collins saw only one option to solidify his championship: an aggressive appearance in the division’s second to last event, the Boat Race of Destruction at the Pink Lady Classic.  

Both Collins and second place point man Jeff Matuska took the Boat Race of Destruction’s green flag, but it was Collins who netted the most points on the night, securing the Nampa, Idaho racer his first Concrete Jungle championship.