Josh Collins Makes Second NCATS Starts in Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha
Team Release/Photo by McCarthy Photographic
Placentia, Newfoundland and Labrador native Josh Collins returns to NASCAR for the Final leg of the Canadian Tire NASCAR series in the Pinty’s 250 Finale. Collins became the first native of Newfoundland and Labrador to drive in a NASCAR Series on August 15th, 2015 with an impressive top ten finish. Collins will join Joey McColm CBRT racing team in Car #87 sponsored by Eastbound International Speedway, Dennis Porter Trucking, Big Al’s Auto, Constantine’s Engine n Performance and Edward Collins Contracting this Saturday Night at Kawartha Speedway in Ontario.
Josh Collins Racing team will be looking for a higher position and hope to take a checkered flag now that they have had their first NASCAR race under their belt. Collins Racing team is crewed by crew chief Edward Wrong (Pickering, ON), Matt Collins (Placentia, NL), Stan Miller (Kennetcook, NS), Lonnie Summerville (Saint John, NB), Larry Summerville (Saint John, NB), and Ryan Andrews (Dunville, NL)
Green Flag will drop at 4:55pm (Central Time) and TSN will be in the house to film the race and will broadcast in the coming week with a special one-hour pre-show with an interview with Josh Collins. Fans can watch live stats at www.hometracks.nascar.com/ncats once the green flag drops.
“I always had a passion for racing ever since I was small, but being on the island of Newfoundland we didn’t have many forms of competitive racing, 2015 has been a milestone year and looking forward to 2016 as we work on more NASCAR appearances” (Josh Collins)
Josh’s career in racing started in 2003 competing in local Autocross which progressed to oval dirt track racing in Avondale with 4 cylinder Thunder Cars which evolved to the Super Stock V8’s in 2008. In late 2010 Asphalt racing became a reality for Collins and his team #56 when they joined Thunder Valley Speedway, Bishop Falls Sportsman Series. This progressed to Pro Stock and many trips to other speedways off the island. In 2013 the highlight of Josh’s career became reality
When Team #56 raced 8 nights at the New Smyrna Speedway for the 2013 World Series of Asphalt in New Symrna Beach, Florida. The team being the first entry from Newfoundland and Labrador finished 14th overall out of 42 teams and is now an annual race that Collins competes in.
Things started to move in the right direction in 2014 and was the most successful season for team #56 with the opening of a new state-of-the Art Facility called Eastbound International Speedway in Avondale, NL. With this new track Collins was able to have a professional racing environment, which the team were accustomed to at other International Speedways.
2015 Collins wanted to try and make a successful run at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the USA. With a busy work life and a family with two small children this was put off which has now opened the door for the opportunity to compete in the Canadian Tire NASCAR Series.