MATS

Wrap-up from complete and utter over-stimulation

Wendy on the news out of MATS and her own experience there, ultimately: "Anyway, I'm optimistic, because I like to be optimistic. Otherwise I get cranky and I can't even stand myself."

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Photo gallery: Pride & Polish champ Vinnie Diorio’s 2013 Pete showing at MATS

  Vinnie Diorio's 2013 Peterbilt 389, which won the 2013 Pride & Polish National Championship in the Limited-Mileage Combo category, was on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show this week. Overdrive reported on the truck a few times last year, as the truck won Best of Show in several Pride & Polish events around the country. Click here to see a write-up on the truck from October.

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Photo gallery: Custom ’07 Pete shows its stripes at MATS

The 2007 Peterbilt 379 below, on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show this week in Louisville, Ky., is owned by Dallas MCord.

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Trucker Buddy honors 2014 ‘outstanding’ truckers

Trucker Buddy International honored its 2014 Outstanding Trucker Buddies at a ceremony March 28 in Louisville, Ky., at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

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Observations from the dark side

"If you do go to MATS, take the time to go over to the Papa John's parking lot and rub elbows with the regular guys – we've met some of the most decent human beings on this earth in that parking lot, and you don't need a press pass to do that."

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Seminar: Medical registry rule upping urgency of sleep apnea testing

The looming deadline for truckers to be medically certified by examiners approved by FMCSA has ratcheted up the pressure for those who may be at risk for sleep apnea to be tested and treated, said a speaker this week in Louisville, Ky.

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Volvo head talks fuel efficiency of ‘14 engines, remote diagnostics

Volvo President Goran Nyberg said the company’s 2014 engines are getting higher fuel economy than the company originally expected, besting their 2013 counterparts by 3 percent, rather than the 2 percent Volvo predicted.

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Photo gallery: Western Star Optimus Prime at Mid-America

On display this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show is the Western Star 4900X that stars as Optimus Prime in the next iteration of the Transformers movie series. Above is a gallery of the truck on the show floor. (Photos by Jason Cannon)

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Round-up: MATS haps, and a cattle hauler on his long career

Recently-retired bull wagon hauler Laurin Dreher reflects on a long career, while owner-operator Jeff Clark talks while he walks and more plans for MATS solidify...

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From iPhone karaoke to viral parody hit: ‘Singing Trucker’ Brad James

Avid singer and Youtuber Brad James estimates an audience of about 1,300 people before his detention-themed parody of "Dock of the Bay" went viral. Post-“Detention,” he estimates he’s singing to around 10,000 people.

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