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Collins Repeats Kentucky Win

By on September 1, 2019

Many in Contention After 4 of 6 Events

Repeating his 2018 win at Kentucky Speedway, Josh Collins, co-driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 FedEx hauler, moved into 2nd place after the fourth of six events in the 2019 TA Truck Service Challenge. The top-four who have competed in all events to date are:

With only the best five scores from the six events counting, four additional drivers who have participated in only three 2019 events can’t be counted out. By recording good scores in the remaining two events, they could move into contention for earning a significant check after the September 26 finale at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Their point totals are: 

The above totals do not include any bonus points for finishing in the top-3 at each event. They will be added to the season totals on a 5-3-1 scale for finishing first, second and third respectively at each TA Truck Service Challenge. Using the skills-test elapsed time as a tiebreaker, Michael Hutton of the Xfinity No. 51 Jeremy Clements Racing Team took second at Kentucky with 1,190 points, besting Brendan Greene of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 team who also scored 1,190 points.

Win for FedEx & Family

“This win means a lot to me because I won here at Kentucky last year,” said Josh. This year’s chicane course was really tough. The turns were so tight I worried about getting off-line. I feel fortunate that I was able to hold it together for the win, knocking over just one cone and scoring 1,195 points. My car sponsor, FedEx, employs so many professional drivers, and I’m really motivated to do well in this competition for all of them. 

“I called home to tell my family I won, and they were thrilled. We have our family vacation next week at Myrtle Beach, so this event’s prize money will really come in handy. My son is 11 years old and very, very competitive so when I win, he’s really excited.

“When the official results were released, I also received a call from my teammate, Tom McCrimmon, who is a four-time winner and the current reigning champion of the TA Truck Service Challenge. His congratulatory call meant so much to me. He’s still recovering from a back injury and is missed by all of the Joe Gibbs Racing hauler drivers,” Josh added.

“My strategy looking ahead to Las Vegas on September 12 is to just stay in the top-5. Then be in the top-5 again at the September 26 Charlotte finale. Concentrating on every DOT written test and the driving skills challenges, being patient and adding a bit of luck, hopefully, I’ll be sitting up front at the awards ceremony collecting a check and a trophy. Last year, I had one really bad run that killed my chances of winning, so this season I’m just trying to finish top-5 at each event. Kentucky was a great win for the whole FedEx team, as well as for me and my family! 

“Also, I want to thank TA Truck Service for making these Challenge events possible. All of the participants take this competition very seriously. In a sport that’s all about competition through 36 points races from mid-February through early-November, having the opportunity to share in the camaraderie, earn some bragging rights and compete for serious cash prizes with our peers is greatly appreciated.” 

To keep up with more competition news, be sure to check the Challenge website at TATruckChallenge.com and follow on Facebook and Instagram @TATruckServiceChallenge
If you’re able to arrange your Thursday location and schedule, you’re welcome to view the competition first hand at the final two 2019 events.

 


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