Todd Dills

Models of efficiency: Introducing Fikes O/O Scott Grenerth

Finley, Ohio-based owner-operator Scott Grenerth, 40, I met in Nashville the day I ran with Jazzy Jordan (she's nearing Statesville, N.C., now -- go go go!). He was in the area headed to a pickup and brought his cycle out (pictured) to ride along as we ran. Turned out he was in the area frequently, and he's lately discovered the great Shelby Bottoms Greenway, which runs along the Cumberland River for several miles from Shelby Park, with a bridge ...

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Tonight: CSA 2010 round robin, webinar on gaining authority

A message yesterday from the folks with AsktheTrucker.com about their online radio show, Truth About Trucking, scheduled for 5 p.m. EST this afternoon, detailed the 40 questions the program hopes to answer about CSA 2010 (see below for a full list), delayed from July implementation for carriers to November but no less fraught with complexities and, yes, areas provoking all manner of lines of inquiry. Truth About Trucking host Allen Smith collected the questions direct ...

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Animal magnetism, or lack thereof, on the road

Sarah Nielson, writer of the "That's What She Said" entertainment/pop culture column at In Utah This Week claimed yesterday that she was, and I quote, a "Turn On for Truckers...", right there in the title of her post about the perceived phenomenon. (Here's Nielson's bio, with picture, at her home site.)  But I imagine the men among you might not take too kindly to the picture she paints of the American driver as a less-than-a-gent who can be bought with ...

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Captain Kirk, owner-operator

The parallels between space travel and trucking have not gone unremarked-upon in recent times -- you might recall a blog post from a year and more ago I made about an online video game whose concept was cargo hauling in deep space -- and considering the decades-long phenomenon that has been the Star Trek TV series and movies, it was probably only a matter of time before an owner-operator named Kirk adopted the "Captain" CB handle and named his business accordingly.  This ...

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Lester “Buckshot” Winfree rises from owner-operator to 2010 person of the year

Lester "Buckshot" Winfree (pictured) has come a long way from his start in trucking in the 1960s. When he launched the Winfree Cattle & Rice company with two trucks late that decade, writes Record Newspapers reporter Robert Hankins in a story accompanying the newspapers' naming of Winfree as Orange County, Texas, "Person of the Year" for 2010, Winfree couldn't have imagined that he would rise to chairmanship of the board of the Port of Orange, on which he's served since ...

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Flex time — ATA lays down support for sleeper berth/HOS flexibility in comments to feds

The latest wrinkle in the ongoing debate over potential changes to trucking hours-of-service regulations, for which so many drivers have offered various proposals for injecting flexibility into the system, is the biggest trucking-company organization in the nation's support for codifying split rest in the sleeper berth. "Allowing shorter documented sleeper berth periods  would promote safety and health," ran a portion of the American Trucking Associations' comments on the questions posed by the hours-of-service listening session ...

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Introducing Wayne Dollar, a story-telling quilter who loves trucking, too

Though he perhaps needs no introduction, since you may have met him at his booth at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas last year, owner-operator Wayne Dollar (pictured), 54, not only stitches his own quilts, he's been winning awards with three of his uniquely themed creations since he started making them last summer. A trucking-themed quilt, with the moniker "Trucking Around" (also pictured), won first place at the Tri-State Fair in Amarillo, Texas, last year, and The ...

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Truck driver for governor: “Singin’ Sam” Little’s Alaska campaign song

Since I blogged about "Singin' Sam" Little's campaign launch for the governship of the northernmost U.S. state, Little (pictured, left, with his wife, Denise, and Pat Holt) has been laying the groundwork for the run, part of which included a visit to my home city of Nashville, Tenn., where he met Tennessee's Lieutenant Governor, recorded a new campaign record at Pat Holt's studio and picked up what is fast on its way to becoming his campaign coach, a Prevost, made ...

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Joy of sharing — win some diesel oil, Nascar VIP tickets, maybe a portable toilet?

A new sweepstakes put on by Shell Rotella opened today and is asking drivers to share what they feel is the toughest road in America by the end of August. The company's "Road-Tested Challenge," in exchange for operators' stories, offers a chance for drivers to win a VIP NASCAR experience with Richard Childress Racing, along with hundreds of instant prizes, including Shell Gift Cards and Shell Rotella-branded merchandise. Click here for the sweepstakes entry page -- no purchase ...

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A modest proposal for hours flexibility: ‘Gold Card drivers’

Trucker/marathoner/blogger Jeff Clark offers a well-thought-out idea for hours-of-service flexibility, giving the stellar, safe drivers out there a new name and the freedom to use their status to run how they please: "Gold card drivers" are "drivers who do not get into accidents," he says. "They don’t get moving violations. They don’t get out-of-service violations, and they do not do drugs. These drivers deserve to be recognized. They also have a lot to teach new ...

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