MORE HISTORY COULD BE ON THE HORIZON FOR SLIFE IN TUNDRA
PORTAGE, Wis. (May 10, 2018) – If there is one thing Collin Slife’s resume says, it’s this – the kid is a fast learner. This season Slife is looking to continue to keep his career rolling at an accelerated pace with the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes.
Although he will be competing for the Back 40 Wraps Rookie of the Year title this season Slife is no stranger to the TUNDRA record book. In Round Five at Golden Sands last year he became the youngest ever series Fast Qualifier at the age of 14. He then became the youngest driver to lead a lap in a TUNDRA feature in Round Six at Dells Raceway Park. By the way, he’s still a few months away from turning 15.
Before he stepped into car-racing, Slife got his start on snowmobiles. In 2013, at nine years of age, Slife jumped behind the wheel of a Bandolero and began a string of successful seasons. He secured the Wisconsin State Championship in 2015. The next step was into the Midwest Truck Series where he set fast time in his first ever start at State Park Speedway. Although he was quick, age restrictions kept him from competing full-time.
Now with just a bit more age and plenty of experience, Slife is already making noise in the Super Late Model. His fast time with TUNDRA was just his third time in the car.
“That was a really awesome day,” Slife said. “We had gone to the track before and we weren’t super fast. We got everything figured out in practice that day and went out and set fast time. It was huge for the team and that gave us a boost.”
In his corner on that day and moving forward is a powerful crew consisting of – his mom and dad, of course – and Super Late Model standout Andrew Morrissey. Although Morrissey is a force on the track, he has also become known for his success behind the scenes. He should be helpful to Slife who will be experiencing some new tracks this year, including Wisconsin International Raceway.
“I’ve never been on a half-mile and I’ll tell you obviously it’s a lot faster,” Slife said after some practice time. “The whole braking point comes a lot quicker. Even though it seems a little longer from the outside, it’s way quicker in the car.”
With plenty of confidence from a strong end to the 2017 season, Slife is enthusiastic about the opportunity to join TUNDRA full time and see where he stacks up this season.
“It’s a great series. Hopefully we’ll be able to get Rookie of the Year and maybe the Championship if we’re lucky enough,” Slife said. “The car seems pretty good here at WIR, but we’ll see what happens here on Saturday.”
Much like the TUNDRA Travelers who have been around the block a time or two, Round One at WIR can be about who is able to muster the best day in a tough field and keep in the points hunt. Slife will be looking to keep as close to the front as possible, but knows there will be work to do.
“I’m looking to every race we can get into. We have a great crew. It’s going to be a great year all in all,” Slife said. “I want to say that I was Rookie of the Year for TUNDRA. That would be a huge accomplishment. Even a Championship would be awesome, but we won’t push our hopes too far.”
Should he channel the rookie mojo of last year’s ROY John Beale, perhaps Slife could be in the conversation for more than just one title this year.
This season Slife has a plethora of sponsors. They are Fine Line Auto and Detail of Richford, GGR of Nekoosa, YZ’s Body Shop of Wautoma, Morrisey Racing, Inc., Johnny B’s Bar and Grill of Richford, Jackie’s Bridal and Gifts of Coloma, Rock N Glam Salon of Madison, Sterling Culligan Water of Waupaca, Big Jim’s Small Engine Service of Oconomowoc, Laser Images Motorsports of Auburndale, TNT Health Fitness and Beauty Spa of Westfield, School House Tavern of Westfield, Ewald’s Chevy/Buick of Oconomowoc, Marlin’s Garage of Wautoma, The Cabin Bar and Grill of Coloma, Blader’s Dakota Inn, Wautoma Rental, Packerland Portables of Wautoma, Maverick Pumping of Wautoma, Elegant Trends of Neshkoro, K/M Sales and Service of Hancock, Precision Collison of Westfield, Old Wisconsin of Sheboygan, and Jim Wandrey of Coloma.
Kroll’s West Round One for the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes takes place Saturday, May 12 at Wisconsin International Raceway. The Super Late Models will be joined by the TUNDRA Sportsman and Triple Crown Late Models. Qualifying is at 5:15 p.m. with racing at 6:45 p.m. Adult admission (13 and up) is just $12. Kids 12 and under receive free admission.
Wisconsin International Raceway is located just past the intersection of Hwy 55 and KK outside of Kaukauna, Wis. For more information visit www.wirmotorsports.com