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Videos: Shakedown run in Mike Morgan’s Mack race truck

| March 24, 2015
While new sponsors in addition to Winrock Truck Parts & Equipment have not materialized for ChampTruck racer Mike Morgan since we featured the Mack of Nashville tech on the March cover, Morgan says individual independent truckers have in fact stepped up. "Some decent contributions here and there from independent truck drivers," he says, are encouraging. He really appreciates all the support. He says he thinks truckers see what he's doing as of a piece with the do-it-yourself ethos of the independent: "The independents are really starting to appreciate what we're doing with this trying to make it happen." Watch for him walking the show floor at Mid-American in Louisville if you're there this week. "We're coming in on Friday," he says.

While new sponsors in addition to Winrock Truck Parts & Equipment have not materialized for ChampTruck racer Mike Morgan since we featured the Mack of Nashville tech on the March cover, Morgan says individual independent truckers continue to step up. “Some decent contributions here and there from independents,” he says, are encouraging, adding that he truly appreciates the support. He also adds that he believes truckers see what he’s doing as of a piece with the do-it-yourself ethos of the independent: “The independents are really starting to appreciate what we’re doing with this trying to make it happen.” Watch for him walking the show floor at Mid-America in Louisville if you’re there this week. “We’re coming in on Friday,” he says.

Mack of Nashville diesel tech and “Powershift Performance” ChampTruck World Series racer Mike Morgan this past weekend got an opportunity he’d been waiting for. “We’ve been looking for a place to do a couple shakedown runs and knock the cobwebs off” the Mack race truck he’s built. Care of some associates with a Murfreesboro, Tenn.-based truck service location that itself owns a few racecars, Morgan put the MP7 engine and the modified unit through the paces at the Nashville Fairgrounds half-mile oval this Sunday.

“That’s actually pretty much making history out there,” Morgan says. “You probably won’t see a big truck on that track ever again,” and the “last time they had them on the track was in the mid-’80s,” he guesses.

You can catch a couple video views — a wide take from the stands followed by a slightly cock-eyed GoPro cam view through the windshield (turn head to the left) — below.

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So far so good on preps for racing, says Morgan: “Tire speed was about 100 mph,” though he doesn’t know “if the truck was doing 100,” as it felt like the tires spun all the way down the straightaway. All in all, it was good to get out on a track and get up to speed: “If we’re going to break something I wanted to break it now,” with plenty of time to fix things up before the first race late next month in New Jersey.

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Hear our podcast update with Morgan from last month below.

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