James Jaillet

PDI Pride & Polish winners: Rethwisch’s ‘Blood, Sweat and Gass’ picks up another win, along with other repeaters

Four more trucks punched their tickets to compete in the 2015 Pride & Polish National Championship, including Bill Rethwisch's reigning winner 'Blood, Sweat, and Gass' and two other Pride & Polish regulars.

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On the road again: Retired owner-operator’s ’05 Kenworth

Ronnie Brees sold his former Kenworth in April 2011 and considered retiring from trucking. But just two months later, “I was missing the road and started looking for another truck,” he says. He found this 2005 Kenworth W900L in August 2011, and he leased to Landstar with the rig on a dedicated run hauling Navistar engines from Huntsville, Ala., to Springfield, Ohio, and back. The truck is powered by a 550-hp C-15 Caterpillar and an ...

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Photos: 20 European show trucks sporting chrome, lights, graphics

Roughly 200 show trucks showed up last weekend to the European truck racing finale in Le Mans, France, including several dozen American-style cabs. Check out some of them here.

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Protect your exhaust flange by keeping the throttle in check

I teach people to drive as if there's an egg between their foot and the throttle. Flanges take abuse, and that is why there is flex-pipe in all exhaust systems: to help alleviate the torque of both the engine and your right foot.

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U.S. diesel average falls 3.5 cents in biggest drop in year and a half

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell 3.5 cents in the week ended Oct. 13 to $3.698, per the Energy Department.

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Full docket for FMCSA: Update on the next 12 months’ jam-packed regulatory schedule

Between now and the end of next summer, FMCSA projects it will publish at least five proposed or final rules to either change existing or add new regulations to the industry, according to a monthly Department of Transportation report.

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Cheaper crude driving down diesel prices; price drop expected to continue

The country’s average price for a gallon of diesel fuel should continue to fall this year and next, according to the Department of Energy, who projects diesel to average $3.68 in the fourth quarter, $3.85 for the year and $3.80 next year.

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Driver medication use, cross-border trucking, insurance hikes on the docket for FMCSA committee meetings

The agency's advisory committee will meet with FMCSA's Medical Review Board to talk medications like painkillers and amphetamines, and it will meet by itself to discuss the liability insurance increase for carriers and cross-border trucking.

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European racing, Euro show trucks: Videos, photos and tweets from second and final day at the track

The 2014 FIA European truck racing series wrapped up today (Oct. 12) at the Le Mans Speedway in Le Mans, France. Two races were held, and the teams and drivers competed for the year's final points. I covered the show live (from several time zones ahead, albeit) and posted updates throughout the day in this post. Updates below are in reverse chronological order. Click here to see photos and videos from Saturday, the show's first day. This event ...

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Photos: Sampling of show trucks at European truck races

The FIA European truck racing finale happening in Le Mans, France, today (Oct. 11) and Sunday features more than trucks on the track: It also has hundreds of show trucks on display for spectators. I'll have a full gallery next week of some of the trucks showing this weekend, but below is a sampling of what's showing. Also, click here to see photos, videos and tweets recapping the races held today. https://twitter.com/trucknewsjj/status/520999145386295297 https://twitter.com/trucknewsjj/status/520999340647936002 https://twitter.com/trucknewsjj/status/520999718688923649 https://twitter.com/trucknewsjj/status/521000489316790272 https://twitter.com/trucknewsjj/status/520999886163283969 https://twitter.com/trucknewsjj/status/521000845656457216 https://twitter.com/trucknewsjj/status/521014641485697024

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