Koy Collier has been racing for 13 years but has been around it ever since he was little. He is now transitioning from NHRA to more big money bracket races.
Koy Collier knows nothing other than drag racing. He grew up at the racetrack watching his father race, jumped into junior dragsters in 2007, then moved up to big cars in 2015. In a few short years, Collier had figured out how to turn on win lights and collect Wally’s.
Collier pilots a Super Gas Camaro and a 2007 Mullis Dragster in Super Comp. He typically competes on the NHRA circuit but has slowly been transitioning to running more big money bracket races.
The DragChamp team got a few minutes to chat with Koy about his racing career.
Learn more about him in the following Q&A.
DragChamp Racer Spotlight with Koy Collier
How long have you been racing?
Started racing Jr. Dragsters in 2007, and big cars in 2015
How did you get introduced to the sport?
Through my dad Steve Collier, who started racing in 1990 at Hallesville Raceway
Which class or classes do you compete in? Where do you normally race? Provide a little history of your career.
I started out in the NHRA circuit competing in Super Gas in 2015, had little success and made a couple semifinals and one final and finished 4th in the division. I also did a little bracket racing in my Super Gas Camaro. In 2017 I entered my first Super Comp divisional in Belle Rose in my dad’s Undercover dragster and won so we added that category to my resume and got another dragster. Right now, I’ve slowly been turning my focus to the big money bracket scene.
Tell us about your current race car. How long have you owned it, chassis builder, engine, drivetrain, how fast does it run, etc.
I drive a Super Gas Camaro with a Sunset Performance Engine 582, which we have owned since 2012. The Camaro runs normally stays around 9.90 @ 160. My other car is a 2007 Mullis dragster with a 588 Sunset Performance Engine, it was actually won at the 2007 Million Dollar Race by Tony Brown, then my uncle, Jack Collier took it over and ran it until the 2017 season. The Mullis runs consistent 4.60s and 8.90 @ 177
Please list your major racing accomplishments.
- 2016 St. Louis National Super Gas Winner (the first national I ever entered, I actually turned 18 the day of time trials)
- 2017 Belle Rose Super Comp Divisional Winner
- 2017 Southern Big Buck Nats Shootout Winner
- 2018 Houston Divisional Super Comp Winner
- 2018 Houston National Super Gas Winner
- 2018 Chicago National Super Comp Runner Up and Super Gas Winner
- 2018 Noble Super Comp Divisional Winner
- 2018 Super Comp Divisional Champ
- Finished #3 in World in 2018
- 2019 Texas Triple Tens 20K Winner
- A couple of small gambler and local race wins
What’s on your bucket list, future goals, what do you hope to achieve?
I would like to win the world one time that’s pretty high on my bucket list, I also would like to double up a national, and a lot more big money bracket wins
What is your favorite race car, and why?
Favorite one to drive would be my Camaro, but if I wanted to be more competitive, I’d choose my dragster.
Who has made the biggest impact on your racing success?
My dad, he’s literally taught me everything in this sport whether it’s about how to drive the finish line, how to prepare for the race, or even being a good loser. He keeps my head straight and never lets me lose focus.
Who do you look up to in the sport?
I also look up to my dad, racing is his passion, when he gets knocked down, he comes back stronger and more fearless
Tell us what you do for a living?
Right now, I’m a shop hand for my grandfather’s shop, I’m in the process of becoming a firefighter
How do you support your racing, side hustle, sponsor, partner, etc.?
Collier Racing, Mickey Thompson, Sunset Performance Engine, APD, Hughes, Relyant Oil, Salter Racing
Who do you hate to see in the other lane, and why?
Probably my dad because I know if I lose to him, he’s going to make it known for a while…
What’s the hardest part of drag racing?
The hardest part to me in drag racing is maintaining focus for those couple of seconds all the way from the tree to the finish line, everybody has solid equipment, everybody is solid from the start so one slip up and it’s not going to end well.
What’s your most embarrassing moment in a race car?
Most embarrassing moment in a racecar would have to be doing a low gear burnout in a dragster my first time ever driving one
Are you superstitious? If so, what are they?
Not at all superstitious
Do you love to win or hate to lose?
I hate to lose because I’m hard on myself and 90% of the time I do it to myself…
Which are you better at the starting line or the finish line?
I would say I’m better at the finish line, I’m not a slouch at the tree, but I get real honed in on making it tight at the top end, or knowing to bail out if I need to.
What motivates you to continue racing?
Win lights, the feeling that you get when you go up there with a plan and execute it and turn the win light on is an ultimate high for me
If money were no object, what would your racing operation look like? Car, trailer, class, race schedule, etc.
Motorhome, stacker trailer, S10, and two bracket dragsters, go big money bracket racing
What’s your favorite thing about racing as a family?
My favorite thing about racing as a family is it brings everybody closer; nothing beats a weekend out at the track with family and friends.
Memphis International Raceway
Name one thing most people don’t know about you?
I let go of the transbrake with my left hand
Who would you like to thank, who helps you the most?
I would like to thank my Grandfather Mike Collier, my father Steve Collier, the rest of my Collier family, my girlfriend Tori Greene, Tony Brown and Marion Brown, and all my sponsors Collier Racing, Mickey Thompson, Sunset Performance Engine, APD, Hughes, Relyant Oil, Salter Racing.
About the author: Megan Strassweg is a 22 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May of 2020 with a degree in Photojournalism and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Megan works at Jim Butner Auto in the Finance Department. Growing up at the racetrack, drag racing is all she has known and never plans to give up on it.