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Pine Tree grad to race in World of Outlaws event tonight at LoneStar Speedway

By Brandon Ogden
March 27, 2014 at 10 p.m.


LIBERTY CITY – Morgan Bagley is living his dream – racing cars against some of the best in the business.

Tonight, Bagley will get to do it on a familiar track – LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore.

"It's nice to race at our home track, because we kind of know what to expect when we get out there," Bagley said. "But when you come home and race, there's a lot of pressure. You want to do good for your hometown fans and all of your sponsors, because they don't get to come to a lot of races."

Bagley raced at LoneStar Speedway in 2012 as part of the SUPR Series, and he also won a Late Model event at the track on Nov. 30, 2013, but he said this race will be different. The Pine Tree High School graduate will compete in the High Banks Havoc tonight in Kilgore as part of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

"This is the cream of the crop," Bagley said. "The guys that will be there, everybody does it for a living. They eat, sleep and breathe it, which is what makes them the best in the business. It'll be real stiff competition. It's really hard to win at this level."

While winning is always an objective, Bagley said losing is a lot more common.

"Nobody's got a winning record," he said. "We'll race about 60 times a year, so the best in the business might win 10 races. If you run second, that's still losing, so you might lose 50 of them."

Speaking of racing and business, NASCAR is normally the first thing that comes to everyone's mind. But Bagley said the business and politics is what makes that level very difficult to reach.

"I think every racer's dream is to go to NASCAR," Bagley said. "That's the top sport, the big bucks. It's all happening there. But it costs a lot of money, and it seems like there are a lot of politics involved. Sometimes you have to look at reality.

"Racing is not like football, basketball or baseball. It's not like you can get a scholarship to go to college and compete with others on an even playing field. If you're good, you're going to get drafted (in other sports). There are people that don't have any money that make it into the NBA and NFL. There are not people without any money that are going to make it to NASCAR. I promise you that."

But for Bagley, it's not about where he races, it's just about being able to race.

"We're definitely happy where we are at right now," Bagley said. "This is definitely one of my dreams, just to race in the World of Outlaws Late Model stage. There are a lot of things I want to accomplish in that, and it'll take years to do, winning some of the crown jewels and trying to be one of the best out there.

"And as long as I keep my car owner Mr. Wayman McMillan happy where he can keep giving me this opportunity, there's no doubt in my mind that we will be able to accomplish all of our goals."

But for now, Bagley has his mind set on the race tonight.

"If people want to come to any race throughout the year, this is definitely the one they should pick," Bagley said. "These are the best drivers, and they all race hard and give it 110 percent every lap. They take it very serious, and there should be some good action going on."

Bagley currently sits in ninth place in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series point standings.

For more information on tonight's event, visit lonestarspeedway.com.

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