June 17, 2003
Columbus, OH- Over the past several years the Americus based Star Racing team has grown accustomed to life in the winner's circle, winning two straight N.H.R.A Pro Stock motorcycle championships. But the lack of sponsorship broke up that championship team and in its aftermath has opened the door for Americus' Fred Collis.
After winning his first pole position in the Pro Stock bike class on Friday, Fred Collis captured his first ever win on the N.H.R.A circuit on Sunday by defeating Karen Stoffer in the finals of the Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. Collis, under the direction of Star Racing owner George Bryce and crew chief Ken Johnson, powered past Stoffer, winning in 7.23 seconds and taking advantage of a Stoffer disqualification after she red-lighted on the start.
Collis, who is driving the same motorcycle that Angelle Savoie won her second Pro Stock bike championship last year, earns his first N.H.R.A win in just his sixth race with his new team, but he says it's something he expected to happen quickly, especially with a team that has had so much success in the past.
"We expected to win quickly. Some folks they work towards a win and sometimes they get so close but never seal the deal. So we expected it, but we had to put a little time in together to get the team to gel and it finally worked out this past weekend," Collis said. "I knew he could do it, but I was really wondering when it was going to be and it was great to see it finally come true for him," Star Racing owner George Bryce said.
Fred Collis' first win moves him to 7th in the season points standings, 164 points behind leader Angelle Savoie. Collis' next race will be in the Sears Craftsman Nationals in St. Louis June 26th through the 29th.
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