Mackvaders Team

Mike Morgan: Owner, Builder, Driver

Mike Morgan has worked as a Master Tech at Mack Trucks for over twenty years and has received numerous achievement awards during his 20+ years in the trucking industry.

Mike drag raced while in high school, worked on the pit crew of his uncle's race car, and later raced his own Porsche with SCCA. Now he has built his own race truck.

My name is Mike Morgan. I've been working for Mack Trucks for about the last fifteen years. This is MY 2015 ChampTruck that we'll be racing next season. We're looking to get this thing finished up, wrapped up here in the next few months, and start testing and tuning a little bit more. I' m really wanting to get into this thing full bore. We're gonna race as hard as we can and do all eight races next year. At the moment we're only able to do one race, all funded out of my pocket. But, we're looking to do a little more than that with this truck.

Race Crew

Matt Kuhn, a Mack Master Tech from South Carolina, serves as Crew Chief for Mackvader. His quiet advice on race tactics and skillful work on the race truck have been invaluable, except for one instance. When advising Mike on how hard to push the truck at Pikes Peak International Raceway he said "push it until you hit the wall then back off." Mike took that literally.

A self proclaimed "biggest fan" became a crew member for several races and remains a loyal fan who joins us when he can; many thanks Berkeley Dunnavant. Others have occasionally worked on the race crew: Jeff & Dakota, Steve Nash, Roger MacCardle and Ryan Bassett to name a few. David Hill takes many of the photos and Karen Hill (Mom) does the website and photos.

Wife Wendy keeps everything (and everyone) moving in the right direction, including Mike. Mostly Wendy has stayed in the background, but with her new camera she now also takes photos.

Son Mikey has been developing his skills at cleaning and polishing the truck, and now has taken on the role of front tire changer! Mikey also assists with loading and unloading the race truck, since he is now tall enough to drive the race truck (at the age of nine!). Look out Bandits!

Why "88-Mike"?

There are two reasons. (1)"Originally the cab of this truck was from a UPS truck," Morgan said, a company that had a long association with racer Dale Jarrett and the number 88. (2) Being a patriotic person, Morgan hoped ultimately to "be sponsored by the military. In the armed forces 88 Mike [88M] stands for truck driver. I want to be 88 Mike. I want to be the truck driver." (Note: Before beginning the race truck build, Mike worked part-time hauling.)




Matt Kuhn

88 Mike and family team Mikey