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Million Point Giveaway contestants announced

  Joe Holler, of Des Moines, Iowa, with 250,000 points is the grand prize winner of the Uni-Maxx Maxxcare Million Point Giveaway, Goodyear Truck Tires announced. There were 900,000 total winning points. The promotion was offered from June 13 to Dec. 31, 2011, with the top points-earner being named the grand prize winner. Maxxcare is a card-based loyalty program, available at any participating locations or on the website.  The program rewards three points per dollar spent on preventive ...

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Country music star to promote Pilot Flying J

Country music star Trace Adkins is promoting Pilot Flying J’s frequent user cards this spring, the travel center franchise announced. “Trace relates to the hardworking, American professional driver,” Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam said. “He’s been called the hardest working man in country music.” In the 15 years since his platinum debut, Adkins has released 10 studio albums, three greatest-hits packages and 30 chart singles. He received four Grammy nominations and five American Country Music and ...

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Love’s opens in Seguin, Texas

The new facility includes a restaurant, 70 truck spaces, diesel exhaust fluid dispensers at the diesel islands, CAT scales and five showers.

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Volvo Truck safety contest opens

Fleets with at least five Class 8 trucks, one of them a Volvo, are eligible to enter the Volvo Trucks Safety Award contest through July 31 for two grand prizes of $25,000 each, the truck maker said. The two grand prizes will go to the fleets with the best records in two divisions based on annual vehicle miles traveled with less than 20 million miles and more than 20 million miles. Accident frequency rates and fleet ...

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Love’s opens Seguin, Texas, stop

A new travel stop has opened at Interstate 10, exit 604, in Seguin, Texas, Love's Travel Stops announced. Drivers who make purchases at the truck stop will receive double points on store cards through March 16. The travel stop includes an Arby’s restaurant, 70 truck spaces, DEF dispensers at the diesel islands, CAT scales, five showers, a game room and other amenities. A Love’s Truck Tire Care center is on the site and is open open 24 hours ...

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Hornady buys new ProStar+ tractors

Forty new International ProStar+ tractors equipped with MaxxForce engines will be in service in March, Monroeville, Ala.-based Hornady Transportation LLC announced. The tractors' engines get about 7 miles per gallon and the trucks have set-front back axles and automotive style controls. Cruise control, engine compression brakes, air horn and radio controls are located on the steering wheel itself, enabling easy adjustments. Deliveries of the tractors started in December.

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Fikes offers compensation incentive

Owner-operators who supply their own trucks, trailers and tags are eligible to earn 80 percent of gross revenue, Hope, Ark.-based Fikes Truck Lines and FTL Custom Commodities announced. For current contractors, that amount represents an increase of 2 percent to 5 percent, says Jim Honea, Fikes operations vice president. Visit Fikes Truck Lines for details.      

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Baylor Trucking raises pay

The carrier started a minimum of $1,000 weekly on Feb. 1.

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Shell unveils synthetic gear oil

Shell Spirax S6 GXME is designed for automated mechanical transmissions.

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Panther offers sign-on bonus

Owner-operator team drivers of tractors and straight trucks can get sign-on bonuses of up to $15,000, Seville, Ohio-based Panther Expedited Services announced. Top bonus pay will go “to tractor teams and straight truck teams who have their hazmat endorsement, passports and a secret security clearance,” Panther Director of Recruiting Kyle Mitchin said. The bonus is available immediately for new straight truck teams. New tractor teams will be eligible for the bonus starting March 1. For details, visit Panther ...

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