Trucking news & briefs for August 5, 2020:
Shell Rotella SuperRigs moves online
The 38th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs is the latest truck show that will move online and be held in a virtual format in 2020. SuperRigs was originally scheduled for early June at Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas, but the in-person event was canceled due to COVID-19.
The contest will accept entries Aug. 10-21, and award winners will be announced daily Sept. 14-18 on Shell Rotella social media channels to help celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.
Many of the traditional Shell Rotella SuperRigs categories will be featured and entries will be judged by experienced industry professionals who work for major trucking publications or broadcast companies. Judging will take place August 24 through September 4. All winners will receive MyMilesMatter reward points and a limited-edition Shell Rotella jacket.
The awards for 2020 Shell Rotella SuperRigs are the following:
- Best of Show (three awards)
- Tractor Division (three awards)
- Tractor Trailer Division (three awards)
- Classic Division (three awards)
There will also be two special recognition categories – Most Hardworking Trucker and People’s Choice. The Most Hardworking Trucker award can be entered by contestants during the online registration process by telling their personal story of how they worked hard over the past year. SuperRigs judges will select the winner. Contestants and spectators can cast their vote for the People’s Choice award from Aug. 24-Sept. 4.
Contestants can submit up to 10 photos and two videos (up to two minutes each) for each category entered.
The Best of Show winner will be featured in the 2022 Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar. The 2021 Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar will be a special edition, celebrating the past 37 years of the famed event and feature trucks from previous SuperRigs calendars.
Bandit truck racing returns to action Saturday
The Bandit Big Rig Series will hit the track this Saturday, Aug. 8, at Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana.
Fans can attend the race in person or purchase a virtual ticket to watch the race online. In-person tickets are $10 at the gate with children 5 and under getting in free. A virtual event pass is available online for $9.99.
Gates at the track will open at 5 p.m., and opening ceremonies for the races will be held at 6:45 p.m. On the schedule for the event are three 10-lap heat races, shootout races, two 15-lap challenge races and a 30-lap feature race.
Trucker Tools adds in-app legal services button
The Trucker Tools provider of freight-matching, document management and other services for small carriers, drivers and brokers announced a new partnership with the Oklahoma City-based TVC Pro-Driver company. TVC will offer legal representation and other services for independent truckers directly through Trucker Tools’ driver app.
The TVC service is, like some others, subscription-based and includes support services from legal counsel and representation to fuel, shopping and equipment discounts, roadside assistance and other benefits throughout the United States and Canada.
Jon Russell, TVC Pro-Driver’s chief executive, said the company’s been “providing trucker-focused legal services for 30 years with a 90 percent success rate defending drivers against violations, removing or reducing fines and points as well as having citations dismissed.”
Trucker Tools will soon feature a “TVC Pro-Driver” button in its mobile driver app, offering drivers more information about TVC services, how to sign up, how to submit a ticket and more.