Benton police detective Steve Collier just won a national drag race and tells KSLA News 12 why drag racing is a family affair.
This photo shows Benton police detective Steve Collier's car that he drove when he won a national drag race.
This photo shows the logo for Benton's Collier Racing. Benton police detective Steve Collier just won a national drag race.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Benton police detective Steve Collier has been drag racing for more than 20 years and has been winning races since he was in his early 20's. He won his first national event in April.
"Trial and error, and this year it just all came together," Collier said as he embraced his success.
Collier's younger brother Jack Collier loves watching his big brother win.
"I remember we would always go to the racetrack. Every time he won, it was kind of an exciting feeling- the family just getting that spotlight and attention," Jack Collier said. "I'm always happy when my brother ends up winning."
Steve Collier won his first National Drag Race in April, and with the win he is ranked 10th. When he gets in his 1972 Vega, starts his engine pulls to the starting line, he is completely focused on the moment.
"I get in that zone, and I really get the momentum going. And I'm on time with good hand-eye coordination, which helps with reaction time," he said. "I have a little better than 20/20 vision it turns out; I get pretty tough. Anybody can get beat, (so) it's really who makes the less mistakes."
Collier Racing was started by his father Mike Collier. After having heart trouble a few years ago, the family thought the engine that drives Collier Racing might have been taken away.
"He had heart issues, and finally in 2011 he had a heart transplant."
Mike Collier's heart transplant was a success, and his win in life has ignited a fire in his sons.
"He gets happy. I mean he gives you an arm pump and whatnot," said Steve Collier.
His recalls racing in honor of his father.
"When his heart stuff came about, you know we continued to race, and it became we wanted to win for or do well for him not knowing how long he was going to be around," Jack Collier said.
Jack Collier is an up-and-coming champion himself, and he is bringing home wins for the team as well- a team that has been close-knit since day one.
"Its almost like a weekend outing for the family, the whole pit area," Jack Collier said.
Steve Collier's son Koy Collier is almost old enough to take the wheel himself.
"He's at the tail end of driver's ed, and as soon as he gets his driver's license, he may start out in that Camaro," Steve Collier said.
As for right now, Steve and Jack Collier are driving this team.
"Hopefully one day it's an all Collier final, all family deal, and no matter who wins I just want to be up there with my brother," Jack Collier said.
Like father like son, the Collier family proves that with the right tools and driver, any race can be won.