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Georgia driver wins Best of Show in Shell Rotella SuperRigs



RAPHINE, Va. — Eric Turner Sr. of Ellenwood, Georgia, won Best of Show honors with his 2015 Peterbilt 389 with a 2018 Wally-Mo 8 car hauler at the 36th Annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition held June 14-16 at White’s Travel Center in Raphine.

He was awarded $10,000 from Shell Rotella and $5,000 from MAC trailer.

Turner also won for Best Interior.

“It feels so good to win the best of show,” Turner said. “Like I said earlier when I was in the judging lane, when I was growing up, all my dad ever had on his tool box was a Shell Rotella calendar. And he always said, ‘son one day, you’re going to be on that.’ I’ve never seen that vision, but I guess he’s seen it for me. My dad passed away last year. Thank you, Daddy.”

Matt Brune from Caldwell, Texas, was Best of Show first runner-up, $4,000 from Shell Rotella and $3,000 from MAC Trailer for his 1999 Peterbilt 379.

Jay Blackbourn of Fennimore, Wisconsin, was awarded Best of Show second runner-up, $2,000 from Shell Rotella and $2,000 from MAC Trailer for his 1999 Peterbilt 379.

Weekend highlights included the lights contest and fireworks on Thursday.

The annual truck parade was held on Friday night in downtown Lexington along with a concert by trucker and country music artist Tony Justice.

There was entertainment and events throughout the three-day event.

First place winners also included Bradlee Garretson from Lake Mills, Wisconsin, in the Tractor/Trailer Division for his 2016 Peterbilt 389 and 2017 MAC trailer; Andrew Good of Bethel, Pennsylvania in the Tractor Division with a 2016 Kenworth W900; Gerald Arthur Asbury from Sevierville, Tennessee, won in the Classic Division with his 1999 Kenworth W900L.

The Most Hard-Working Trucker award was presented to William Warner of Seneca Rock, West Virginia, for his 1997 Peterbilt 379; James A Rogers of Pevely, Missouri. won the new What Matters Is Inside award, which honors drivers who have overcome hardships and challenges. Rogers is a disabled veteran who works with the St. Christopher Trucking Fund Relief to help drivers with illness or injury.

All winners also received a case of Shell Rotella T4 15W-40 heavy duty diesel engine oil, MyMilesMatter Reward Points (MMMRP), a loyalty program for purchasing Rotella products that offers merchandise and experiences.

The Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition is considered the premier truck beauty contest for actively working trucks. Owner-operator truckers from across the United States and Canada compete for cash and prizes valued at approximately $25,000.

Twelve drivers were also selected to have their truck featured in the 2018 Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar. The 11 in addition to Turner will be announced at a later date.

Complete results include:

Best of Show

Eric Turner Sr., Ellenwood, Georgia, 2015 Peterbilt 389, 2018 Wally-Mo 8 Car Hauler; $10,000 from Shell Rotella, 50,000 MMMRP, place in the 2018 Rotella SuperRigs Calendar

Best of Show 1st Runner Up

Matt Brune, Caldwell, Texas, 1999 Peterbilt 379, $4,000 from Shell Rotella, 40,000 MMMRP

Best of Show 2nd Runner Up

Jay Blackbourn, Fennimore, Wisconsin, 2016 Peterbilt 389; 2008 MAC LTT ATE 9700, $2,000 from Shell Rotella, 30,000 MMMRP

Working Truck – Limited Mileage

  1. Kaleb Hammett, Dodd City, Texas, 2017 Peterbilt 389, $1,500, 10,000 MMMRP; 2. John T. Barker III, Malvern, Pennsylvania, 1997 Peterbilt 379; 1997 Streamliner Deluxe for Horses, $1,000, 8,000 MMMRP; 3. Richard Shrout, Augusta, West Virginia, 2018 Peterbilt 389, $750, 7,000 MMMRP; 4. James R. Pearce, Zebulon, North Carolina, 2001 Kenworth w900, $500, 6,000 MMMRP; 5. Cody McKenzie, Broadway, Virginia, 2018 Kenworth T800

$250 and 5,000 MMMRP.

Most Hard-Working Trucker

William Warner, Seneca Rocks, West Virginia, 1997 Peterbilt 379, $500, 10,000 MMMRP

People’s Choice

John George, Fairfield, Pennsylvania, 1974 Dodge C950 Bighorn, $250, 10,000 MMMRP

What Matters Is Inside

James A. Rodgers, Peverly. Missouri, 2015 Freightliner Cascadia; 2019 Utility $500, 10,000 MMMRP

Show Truck

  1. Michael Manuel, Front Royal, Virginia, 2015 Peterbilt 389, $250, 10,000 MMMRP; 2. Mark Hollen, Denver, Pennsylvania, 2013 Peterbilt 389, $250; 3. Leon Lloyd, Winchester, Virginia, 2016 Peterbilt 389,


Best Engine

Andrew Good, Bethel, Pennsylvania, 2016 Kenworth W900, 15,000 MMMRP.

Best Lights

Randy Manning, Cross Junction, Virginia, 2018 Kenworth W900L, 15,000 MMMRP

Best Chrome

Randy Manning, Cross Junction, Virginia, 2018 Kenworth W900L, 15,000 MMMRP

Best Theme

Andrew Good, Bethel, Pennsylvania, 2016 Kenworth W900, 15,000 MMMRP

Best Interior

Eric Turner Sr., Ellenwood, Georgia, 2015 Peterbilt 389; 2018 Wally Mo 8 car Hauler, 15,000 MMMRP

Tractor/Trailer Division

  1. Bradlee Garetson, Lake Mills, Wisconsin, 2016 Peterbilt 389, 2017 MAC, $1,500 and 10,000 MMMRP; 2. Brandon Smith, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1996 Peterbilt 379, $1,000, 8,000 MMMRP; 3. Kiegan Nelson, Hartland, Wisconsin, 2013 Peterbilt 389, 2017 Retneouer flat bed, $750, 7,000 MMMRP; 4. Jackie Lewis, Grayson, Kentucky, 2007 Peterbilt 379, 2007 Great Dane, $500, 6,000 MMMRP; 5. Matt Kanagy, Stevens, Pennsylvania, 2006 Peterbilt, $250, 5,000 MMMRP

Tractor Division

Andrew Good, Bethel, Pennsylvania, 2016 Kenworth W900, $1,500, 10,000 MMMRP; 2. William Warner, Seneca Rocks, West Virginia; 1997 Peterbilt 379, $1,000, 8,000 MMMRP; 3.  Cody Warner, Elkins, West Virginia, 1987 Peterbilt 359, $750, 7,000 MMMRP; 4. Chris Graham, Front Royal, Virginia; 2016 Peterbilt 389, $500, 6,000 MMMRP; 5. Jeremiah Wolfe, Thaxton, Virginia; 2018 Peterbilt 389, $250, 5,000 MMMRP.

Classic Division

Gerald Arthur Asbury, Sevierville, Tennessee, 1999 Kenworth W900L, $1,500, 10,000 MMMRP; 2. Les Brown, Spring Hope, North Carolina, 1966 Kenworth W900A, $1,000, 8,000 MMMRP; John Byers, Montpelier, Virginia, 1988 MAC Superliner, $750, 7,000 MMMRP; 4. Daniel and Phyllis Snow, Harrison, Arkansas, 1996 Freightliner Classic XL,  2006 Utility, $500, 6,000 MMMRP.






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  1. Rob

    June 20, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Congratulations Eric for winning Best in Show!
    We met Eric and his crew last year at MATS.
    See him, and his award-winning truck, discuss Autonomous Vehicles in our Entertainment page.
    Click the ENTERTAINMENT link above to watch now.

    Happy trucking!!

  2. MrBigR504

    June 22, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Yeah the is a clean machine! We talked for a good while at Kram tire on Moreland ave in Conley,Ga. Cool Cat fuh sho…Congrats big brudda!

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SBTC’s anti-ELD petition stalls, Lamb uses ‘phone call’ to put blame on OOIDA



Small Business in Transportation Coalition President James Lamb tells viewers his investigators have uncovered evidence that the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is sabotaging his organization’s efforts to get 100,000 signatures on a petition to ask the White House to immediately suspend the ELD mandate. (Courtesy: SMALL BUSINESS IN TRANSPORTATION COALITION)

In an online editorial we posted August 22, we described the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) as positioning itself to be a one-organization wrecking crew targeting the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the electronic logging device mandate.

In particular, SBTC and its president, James Lamb, have been on a tear against electronic logging devices.

(This is the same James Lamb who in early 2018 agreed to settle a probe into his business dealings brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which accused Lamb and several of his businesses of cheating owner-operators out of millions of dollars over the course of several years. Lamb denied the charges, but the FTC is in the process of paying out $900,000 to truckers who the FTC says were scammed.) 

After the FMCSA denied its application asking that carriers with under 50 employees be exempted from the ELD mandate, SBTC asked FMCSA to reconsider the denial. 

With no apparent hope that FMCSA would reverse its decision (remember ELDs were ordered by Congress), Lamb and SBTC have moved up the ladder to Congress and now to the White House.


Currently, SBTC is asking drivers to sign a petition asking Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and President Donald Trump to immediately suspend the ELD rule.

SBTC says it needs to have 100,000 signatures (it’s not likely to happen) before the White House will respond to the request to suspend the rule (that’s not going to happen).

On October 31, Lamb published an e-mail asking the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association to join SBTC in support of the petition.

Lamb apparently never heard from OOIDA, and with his petition drive stalled at around 30,000, Lamb decided to blame OOIDA for the slowdown and appears to have set out to make his point with an elaborate scheme that he is reporting through his e-mail blasts to the media and others, claiming that OOIDA is sabotaging his petition effort.

In a video released at 5:20 p.m. Central time November 11, Lamb said he had some “disturbing” information regarding the ELD suspension petition.

“We have through our private investigators uncovered that OOIDA has been sabotaging our petition. We hired a private investigator to follow up on leads that we have received regarding possible interferences with our petition and boy, did we find out what’s going on here.

“I’m going to play you the tape the investigators sent me (actually the tape of the phone call made only hours or maybe even minutes before) so you can listen to it yourself and boy is it bad news for Todd Spencer (OOIDA president and CEO) and this woman … at OOIDA.”

That “call” was obviously definitely recorded November 11 because the caller mentioned having to work on the holiday, which was Veterans Day. The man said his name was Mike (he also used the name Michael).

It was easy to tell the call was a set up because the man who identified himself as Mike was obviously and purposely speaking into a recording device and recording the other end of the call from a speaker phone.

(An average observer would likely have thought the call was legitimate and that Lamb’s investigators had worked hard to uncover it, but we rather suspect it was a set up and the tape was handed to him shortly after it was made. Or he might even have been in the room when the “call” was made.

A transcript of the tape shows Mike told the woman at OOIDA he wasn’t a member of OOIDA but had heard about the petition campaign and wanted to know if OOIDA was in support of the petition.

He even claimed he’d never heard of James Lamb.

The woman at OOIDA offered to send Mike information about Lamb.

She asked for his e-mail address and after a long hesitation he gave two: and

E-mails sent to those addresses by The Trucker bounced back as undeliverable. (Surprise, surprise).

Based on the transcript, Mike kept trying to coerce the woman into telling him not to sign the petition (the “call” lasted almost 15 minutes), but not once did she do that, only suggesting that petitions were not effective in getting change in Washington.

Contacting members of Congress is the most effective way, she said, citing an instance when OOIDA and its members contacted a Congressman, contacts that led to him reversing his support of speed limiters.

The woman told Mike that some members of OOIDA had signed the petition.

Mike kept on and on, obviously and in the opinion of this writer hoping the woman would tell him not to sign the petition, but the woman said absolutely nothing to discourage drivers from signing the petition.

At one point, the woman reminded Mike that OOIDA had been fighting against ELDs and their predecessors since 1978.

After the tape of the telephone “call” ended on his video, Lamb reiterated that OOIDA had done everything in its power to keep truckers from signing the petition.

“Mr. Spencer it looks like we have a problem. Our legal team (the same one that handed Lamb the tape of the supposed phone call) is going to be reviewing this and you are going to have some explaining to do to a judge,” he said.

We too, have a problem, and it’s with Mr. Lamb trying to lay the blame for his failure directly on someone else.

We call on Mr. Lamb and his organization to get off his anti-ELD horse.

That horse is in the barn, sir, and it’s not coming out.

If you are as powerful as you say you are, turn that power into doing something about the real issues that plague trucking today, matters such as driver pay, the lack of safe parking and driver detention, just to name a few.

OOIDA and many others in the trucking industry are really concerned about those issues.

So should you be.



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Please grab hold. Please grab hold.



As things turn colder around America, here is yet another video of a truckers ice encounter.
You know in their mind they were repeating… “please grab hold”!
Location: Somewhere along Lake Shore Drive in Decatur, IL.

Courtesy: WANDTV

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86.5% of trucks inspected during CVSA Brake Safety Week had no OOS issues



During a roadside inspection, if an inspector identifies critical vehicle inspection item violations, he or she will render the vehicle out of service, which means those violations must be corrected before the vehicle may proceed. (The Trucker file photo)

GREENBELT, Md. — The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance said Tuesday that inspectors conducted 34,320 commercial motor vehicle inspections during CVSA’s Brake Safety Week and placed 4,626 vehicles — or 13.5% — out of service after critical brake-related conditions were identified during roadside inspections.

CVSA noted that a majority — 86.5% — of vehicles inspected during the September 15-21 time period did not have any critical brake-related inspection item violations.

In 2018, CVSA said out of 35,080 inspections, 4,955 trucks — or 14.1% — were placed out of service.

In 2017, CVSA conducted only a Brake Safety Day, which resulted in 14% of trucks inspected being put out of service.

During a roadside inspection, if an inspector identifies critical vehicle inspection item violations, he or she will render the vehicle out of service, which means those violations must be corrected before the vehicle may proceed.

Sixty jurisdictions in Canada and the U.S. participated in this year’s Brake Safety Week.

In the U.S., 49 jurisdictions conducted 31,864 roadside inspections and placed 4,344 (13.6%) commercial motor vehicles out of service because of brake-related violations. In Canada, 11 jurisdictions conducted 2,456 roadside inspections and 282 (11.5%) commercial motor vehicles were placed out of service for brake-related violations.

As part of this year’s Brake Safety Week, inspectors also collected and reported data on brake hoses/tubing.

  • 2,567 units had chafed rubber hose violations.
  • 1,347 units had chafed thermoplastic hose violations.
  • 2,704 violations of § 393.45 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and Canadian equivalent violations included chafed rubber hoses.
  • There were 1,683 violations of § 393.45 of the FMCSRs and Canadian equivalent violations that included kinked thermoplastic hoses.

“Inspectors conduct more than 4 million roadside inspections every year and checking brake components is just one element of the inspection procedure inspectors perform on commercial motor vehicles every day,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “This inspection and enforcement event reminds drivers and motor carriers of the importance of properly functioning brakes and spotlights the work done by inspectors, motor carriers and drivers every day to keep our roadways safe by ensuring vehicles are in appropriate working condition.”

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, highway crash fatality data for 2018, there was a 2.4% decline in overall fatalities, the second consecutive year of reduced crash fatalities. However, conversely, for 2018, large-truck related fatalities increased by 0.9%.

“While we applaud the decrease in the overall number of fatalities on our roadways last year, we’re alarmed by the increase in the number of large-truck-related fatalities,” Samis said. “CVSA conducts high-profile, high-visibility enforcement events, such as Brake Safety Week, to reduce the number of fatalities occurring on our roadways. Roadway safety is our number one priority and we will continue our efforts to improve brake safety throughout North America.”

Brake Safety Week is an inspection, enforcement, education and awareness initiative that is part of the Operation Airbrake Program sponsored by CVSA in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.




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