A native of Parker, Arizona, Randy Merritt began his racing career old school style, from the ground up.  Merritt built his first race truck from the ground up and entered it in the SCORE Parker 400 event in 1993 where he went on to win the race five years straight.  In 2003, Merritt came home with a class win in the BITD Baja Mex World Championship 300 and has finished on the podium in 60 percent of the events he has participated since that time.  The 2011 season proved to be a great one for Merritt as he took home wins at the challenging Vegas to Reno race and the taxing but always exciting, Mint 400.  Racing for Mongo Racing, Merritt competes in the Desert Stock-Truck Class and is working to add to the win column in 2012.

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Relationship status: Married

Twitter handle: @mongoracing/ or facebook Randy Merritt

Favorite person(s) to follow on Twitter: I don’t follow anyone!

Dailey driver (what GT or Conti tires do you have on it?): Ford F-350 with 37x17 General Grabbers

Best thing I ever ate : We were on a two day pre-run in Nevada and at the end of day one we spent the night in Caliente.  The local Elks club was putting on a steak BBQ and that was the best damn ribeye I ever had.

Favorite place: Out in the desert racing.

Hidden Talents: I play a mean air guitar.

What’s playing on my iPod: Rob Zombie, GodSmack, Disturbed, Halestorm, lacuna coil, Megadeth

I have to set my DVR for: Americas Got Talent

Three must see movies: Born in Baja, Jay and Silent Bob Strike back, Book of Eli.

Person I admire most and why: The late Manny Esquerra.  He had such a different take on racing and a huge amount of knowledge and good advice.

Most memorable race/event and why: The 2006 Vegas to Reno race, we battled all day and night with Greg Foutz and when we finally finished we only had 44 seconds between us for the win.

Best advice I ever got: Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing just run your own race.

Other athletes I give big props to: There is too many , I just look at the ones who do it for the long haul and never give up. Guys that don’t let age and obstacles slow them down and that amazes me and inspires me to keep going in that direction.

How I got my start racing/competing: Me and my amigo from high school Steve Solaiza started this team.  We just worked at it and here we are 26 years later with the same team.

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