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Don’t ‘drive through the lights’ — and other aftertreatment system PM refreshers, tips

Daniel Mustafa, Assistant Manager of Technical Development for TravelCenters of America, says he still sees otherwise upstanding, wonderful people doing the kinds of things with their trucks that can turn a less-than-$1,000 major nuisance repair into a soul-crushing $11,000 one. When it comes to the aftertreatment systems on trucks with engines of 2007 and later emissions specs, price tags for poorly maintained units mount quickly given failure-related issues that happen down the line. In the particular ...

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Podcast: ‘Make mad money! Be a freight broker!’: Independent James Woods on a culture of dishonesty among middlemen

The push for maximum profit, whatever the cost in toil or honesty be damned, clearly infects some corners of the trucking industry, to the detriment, too often, of those doing the work of hauling the freight. That's the message of independent James Woods, who spoke for this edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast on subjects of transactional transparency, fair dealing and more.

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No. 4 Jupiter Motorsports racer Scott Treadway’s 1979 Western Star

Take a quick video run through owner-operator Scott Treadway's involvement in the Jupiter Motorsports team, with four trucks running in the Minimizer Bandit Big Rig Racing series this year. Treadway drives the No. 4 1979 Western Star in the series, his own '07 379 on the road at work.

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Making the e-log switch: The evolution of small fleet Old Time Express

"I know a lot of people, and especially a lot of drivers, would like to cut my head off when I say this ..." -- that's Old Time's Mark White in preamble to some perhaps underappreciated e-log lessons he delivers toward the end of this week's Overdrive Radio podcast. File under: things people might not want to hear. 

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Next steps for CSA — scores behind the curtain or not?

Will the FMCSA press forward with CSA SMS changes to bring scores back to public view or allow the SMS to remain a "half-baked solution sitting in the dark"? For the ASECTT group, there could be a third way forward for the agency...

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Video: Racing action, update with ’88 Mike’ Morgan’s Mack race truck

In the 6th race of the inaugural Minimizer Bandit Big Rig racing series, the No. 88 Mack of "88 Mike" Morgan ran away with the win in the main event at what amounts to the Wartrace, Tenn., resident's home track. In this video, Morgan walks through some of the modifications he's made, with a little race action, to the 1999 Mack CH since Overdrive's last close look.

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Let the festivities begin! (Fire up those race trucks …)

For those of you who won't make it home for local festivities Tuesday, enjoy the celebration wherever you are, and here's a heartfelt shout-out from me and, I know, the rest of the crew here. Thanks for what you do. (And: See you at the races! ...)

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Audio tour through Tony Justice’s new ‘Stars, Stripes and White Lines’ album

The time has come, drivers. Tony Justice's new record, "Stars, Stripes and White Lines," is out and on its way to the truck-stop racks for an official June 30 release. As he and his wife, Misty, note in this Overdrive Radio podcast tour through the album, after a couple months for the physical CD release, a digital release follows in September.

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Disruptive behavior most truckers wouldn’t give a demerit

Would margin transparency in brokered freight transactions be a disruption worth lauding? Here, a run back through recent history's arguments for -- and occasionally against.

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Update: Safety review continues trend toward the negative, non-ratable

Tom Sanderson of Transplace and the ASECTT group is right in some ways about FMCSA having "doubled down" on its post-CSA policy, particularly with respect to how it conducts safety audits in this day and age. Latest ratings-issued numbers here.

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