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Big rig racer talks life on the track

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Mike Morgan spent 20 years fixing big Mack Trucks. About a year ago, he moved to the driver’s seat and started racing them.

In that time, Morgan has become one of the top drivers in his field. His 12,000-pound truck is a victory lane machine.

“You go bumper-to-bumper for 20 minutes or more, and you’re six inches off his bumper at 100 mph,” he said. “You make them sweat until they make a mistake, and then you go around them.”

Originally from War Trace, TN, Morgan spent 20 years under the hood as a technician for Mack Trucks. He said oil and gasoline are a given to make them run, but guts and a lack of fear are necessities.

“You’re right on the edge all the time,” Morgan said. “It’s controlled chaos, in an aggressive way. That’s how you get in front and it’s how you stay in front.”

Big rig racing is a popular event across Europe, but went out of style in the U.S. about 30 years ago. Now, the circuit is back with the races coming to the nation’s top speedways.

Morgan still works full-time with Mack Trucks in La Vergne, but he said racing is still a lot of fun to do and talk about.

“You go into a turn and the truck wants to go over there,” he said. “You need it to go over here. You’re turning to get it over to make things happen.”

Morgan said he has no real secrets when it comes to his career as a championship truck driver. He said it’s just his competitive nature and his strong desire to win at everything.

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