Collen began his racing career at ten in a 600cc Restricted Micro Sprint, in the winter of 2006/07. The first year of competition, he was able to bring home a 4th place in season points. He was able to follow up his first season with a restricted micro championship in the winter of 2007/08. The following year he moved up to non-restricted Micro-Sprints entering the winter 2008/09 season. The 2008/09 season ended with a fifth place overall points finish. The summer of 2009 he moved into full bodied stock cars. The winter of 2009/10 he captured a non-restricted championship.
He was the champion of the Tracer Division Champion at Sunset Speedway in the 2009 season, going nearly undefeated. In the 2009-2010 season, Collen successfully finished third in points in both the Street Stock and V-8 Modified Divisions at Sunset Speedway.
Collen, now 15, is an enrolled Freshman at Corbett High School in his hometown of Corbett, OR. In his short racing career he has earned three championships has raced two divisions at Sunset Speedway, Street Stock and open wheeled dirt Modified. He currently is starting this season in a crate dirt late model. Before this year his primary race venue for the full bodied cars is Sunset Speedway in Banks, OR but has also run at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, OR. As a race team, we did step outside our comfort zone and headed to Las Vegas Motor Speedway to compete in the 13th Annual Duel in the Desert. With a competitive field of 230 cars and 23 states, while we did not make the feature, we did finish 98th overall for the week-end event. Although this year he will be traveling to seven different tracks throughout Oregon, and Washington. This step up will build our racing resume as well as get more exposure for both our driver and our sponsors.
At the heart of Collen’s commitment, work ethic and vision for success is what some consider to be his most valuable trait, his nearly unwavering positive attitude and ability to see the silver lining in nearly any cloud. Some have seen his positive attitude, light hearted sense of humor and outgoing personality to be a factor in his success, as he is always shooting for victory lane.
At 15 years old Collen maintains a work ethic that is recognized by all of those around him as that of a true professional with the intensity and desire to win. Not your typical junior racer Collen can be found nearly every night often 30 plus hours per week in his 5000SF race shop where he builds, services, and maintains his own racecars nearly entirely by himself under the guidance of his long time racer dad Scott Winebarger. He does all this while maintaining a strict scholastic level at school. Collen is fully capable of and quite often does all of the chassis set up, fabrication, and maintenance he even builds the bodies for all of his racecars as well as for some of his racing peers. He is more than capable of not only adapting and adjusting for changes in the clay racing surface but often experiments with ideas for changing up his race day program back at the shop. While Collen’s commitments to racing is unwavering, he can, on as many occasion as possible, be found in the Oregon Dunes recreation area riding ATV’s, or trying to get into multiple other extreme sports. His commitment to family is just as passionate as his commitment to racing.