Name of a Song and or artist.?

Back in the early to mid 80's there was a trucking song and the only line I can remember is that he said he had crossed enough state lines to start his own country. I believe it was sponsored by Shell Oil Company at the time they were putting out cassettes as an advertising gimmick. If anyone has any idea about it , I would appreciate a memory jog. The guy was talking instead of actually singing the best I recall. Thanks in advance.

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    "I Believe He's Gonna Drive That Rig To Glory"

    Written by T. Schumacher

    Recorded by Craig Donaldson - 1976

    The headlights are a cuttin' the fog on a midnight highway And 18 wheels are a drivin' through the dawn

    There's a Blue Ridge Mountain sunrise fillin' the mirrors

    And the ashtray's full, the coffee's almost gone

    And the trucker's headin' west to Colorado

    Passin' the miles with his friends on the CB code

    And tonight's a truck stop somewhere out in nowhere

    And tomorrow's the wind and the open road

    And I believe he's gonna drive that rig to glory

    With his 8-track blastin' out a country song

    And I believe I feel the freedom in his story

    Ridin' that diesel whine, chasin' that long white line

    Droppin' that load on time, and he's gain' home.

    SPOKEN:

    You can see the silhouette of his rig on the eastern horizon, runnin' west with the morning sun as it breaks across Iowa and another day'll see him mavin' on against that same old sun as it sets behind big Wyoming at nightfall. He's driven 1-80 so many times that he can't even remember, and there's hardly a mile along the way that isn't familiar to him. He's been over the roads from Canada to Mexico and from New York to California, and he's crossed enough state lines to start his own private country. Fightin' the miles, the glare of the sun, and the loneliness of another day away from his family, he moves on to get another load to market in another distant city. He's concerned about a lot of things like a lot of other good folks who care about the future of America, things like the price of fuel, the cost of keepin' his rig goin' and just feedin' his family back home. He may not even resemble the guys that portray his image on TV, and for sure, he's got a lot more goin' for him than most truck drivin' songs have ever given him credit for. He's a gutsy son-of-a-gun who puts the wheels under American industry to see that it all gets somewhere in a never-ending race with time. It takes courage and a lot of character to climb up behind that wheel and roll that big diesel down the highway. He lives up there in that tractor, matchin' his skills forever against the hot desert highways, and the icy mountain passes. His life is the open road, and he rolls on with a great care for the safety of all who travel his world. Yes, he's the American trucker. He lives for a warm cup of coffee, a wave from a friend, and for that big turn-around at the end of the line to take him back home again to smiling faces and a little happiness.

    He's rolled that rig from Maine to Arizona

    From St. Paul all the way to San Aptone

    He's always ridin' with a buddy he calls "Lonely"

    He's been a little bit of everywhere but home

    And I believe he's gonna drive that rig to glory

    With his 8-track blastin' out a country song

    And I believe I feel the freedom in his story

    Ridin' that diesel whine, chasin' that long white line Droppin' that load on time, and he's gain' home

    Yeah, he's rollin' home ... streaking west

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0KZsS_SJzU

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