Dave brings 40 years of valuable and interesting experience in transportation, management, safety, business and compliance. Dave has driven in every condition across North America and overseas as military, policeman,company driver to an owner operator to transportation management. Now Publisher Editor of Canadian Trucking Magazine bringing you articles and entertainment in print and on the web. Join Dave on Face Book for real time updates. Meet Dave at the Truck Shows.
This is awesome folks having 80,000 + readers a month on our expanded web edition available one click away on the CTM web site or face book page. What that means is without worrying about print we can bring you more entertainment, pictures and articles that you have asked for. Just in time for the last month CTM had! We started off at the big and first OOIDA Truck Show in Kansas City, then moving to Las Vegas for the SEMA Show, then to the NASTC in Nashville TN over to Joplin MO, for you guessed it the Chrome Shop with a trip to the I80. Then back towards winterpeg with of course a stop in Clearwater.
So Please visit the expanded Wed Edition and enjoy as CTM is made for you the reader. After a good read if you see something we missed or should have in our magazine, drop us a line or watch for me at your favorite stop or City. If you face book, we make sure to track my movements acrosss the country so I get a chance to chat and visit and stay in touch with our industry. I have been nick named the Celebrity Publisher Editor and I kind of like that and plan on living up to that as I enjoy bringing something to the table in our industry. Be it a voice or entertainment for my Brothers and Sisters on the road.
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Xp3 is heavy in this issue with the cold weather here and fuel savings what to add to your tanks. Read on and enjoy.
Where to start, well how about with the OOIDA in Kansas City where I met with loads of great people including the President Jim Johnston next column here. I am a proud member of OOIDA and was so glad I took in thier first truck show at the Kansas Speedway. I hope they are planning a lot more. Nemo was there of course doing his show live. I have listened to him for years and kept me going many miles. There are so many more pictures and stories, but to save print we have included those in the Web Edition. Pictures like Miss Sprint Cup who has been in our NASCAR section many times. But so good to see her in person each time. Great job Kim. In NASCAR this month Dan Belinski of DABâ€™S Repair right there on Logan in Winnipeg MB took a CTM team to the Phoenix International Raceway for the ADVOCARE 500 with stories and pictures right from the track. Find these here in print but again much more in the web edition. DABâ€™S is awesome because they can fix your iron in thier shop or come out to where you have the problem and they are TruckPro as well. If you use them, tell them you saw them in CTM we could use the referrals.
For those of you havenâ€™t seen Brother Drew writing anything for awhile he is alive and well and pounding those ice roads. Speaking of Brothers and Sisters on the road, Diane is still pounding away and dropping off magazines for us throughout Canada and the USA. If you see her, she always has a bunch of current ones with her. Look for the Blue Truck from AB. Next pictures is where I get myself in trouble! Being your Celebrity Publisher Editor I like to get pictures of people everywhere I go. One place you will find me for Sunday Brunch is the ABC restaurant in Red Deer AB. The best place for Brunch in the World, and I like to eat! These victims fell to the camera with make a face pictures. The next 2 people in this months gallery is Bruce Querel and Richard Weibe from of course Querel Trailers in Winnipeg who advertise in this magazine. Querel has some of the best prices in Canada if not North America. I like picking thier brains as there is nothing I have not asked them about trailers that they did not have the Right answer to. Angelo at Beaver Leasing at the Beaver Truck Centre same great knowledge but trucks! Well, see you on the road, please say Hi and letâ€™s have a coffee. Happy Trails..........Dave
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By: Dawn Truell ~ CBS ~Is GTA
These two high profile cases have put our GTA on the map and not in a good way!
Perhaps this story may ring a bell Do you remember Project ROVER? It was a six-month investigation that included 100 police officers from Peel Police, RCMP, Toronto Police, York Regional Police, London Police, OPP and CBSA; four tactical teams executed six search warrants in Peel, York, Halton and Toronto. Homes were seized by police along with high-end cars and over $6 million in other assets and here’s the kicker – along with Cocaine and guns! There were 122 offences charged against 11 suspects, eight men and three women, for cocaine and gun trafficking where they were distributing within the GTA.
How about Project Traveller?
Project Traveller was a huge operation in which more than 100 Toronto police officers as well as forces from Halton, Durham, Peel, York and Windsor targeted an alleged guns
and drugs trafficking ring centering in the Dixon Rd. community in Rexdale, stretching as far as Windsor and Edmonton, AB. Toronto Police issued 39 warrants and conducted early morning raids back in June which resulted in 43 people being arrested; two of which were unfortunately linked to political figures. Also seized were millions of dollars in drugs from Toronto and across Ontario in a series of early morning raids; this investigation was on going for a year. The street gang targeted were known as the “Dixon Bloods” or “Dixon Goonies”; this gang was involved in drug trafficking, attempted murder, murder, trafficking and possession of guns and firearms.
A becoming a new drug trafficking hub?? Also seized were 40 firearms, $572,000 in cash and approximately $3 million in narcotics including cocaine, heroin and hashish. Numerous reports and videos have been released regarding this case; although the arrests have been made the investigation is still ongoing.
Toronto Pearson International Airport seizure: Cocaine was found in a red suitcase on an incoming from Trinidad and Tobago. Upon searching the suitcase because of an altered tag, a black backpack was found which contained 4 bricks of cocaine weighing over 4 kilograms. CBSA and the Peel Regional Police were involved in making the discovery and arrests on October 25, 2013.
Toronto Pearson International Airport seizure: CBSA conducts routine inspections for every incoming flight into our airports. During one such routine inspection of a flight incoming from Pakistan, a suspicious black backpack was opened by officers, discovered were four plastic-wrapped packages sealed with brown packing tape, which contained 10 kilograms of heroin.
For further information on the fight against smuggling, terrorism, C-TPAT, FAST, PIP please contact Dawn Truell, President, Cross Border Services www.c-tpat-certified.com www.crossborderservices.org 905-973-9136.
Note from Dave! If you see suspicious activity,persons asking you for a ride across the border in your truck, a loose lipped driver talking about smuggling loads of weapons or drugs, do us all a favour and contact authorities. Try to get as much information as possible without becoming involved and shut these bad guys down! CALL BORDER WATCH
On the Road with Dave our Celebrity Publisher
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The President and a founder of NASTC David Owen speaking with Dave Nemo live on SiriusXM radio to all of us. In 1989 David Owen and Buster Anderson decided to establish an active association for small trucking companies, nationwide that serves as an advocate for, a consultant to, and a source of collective buying power for its member companies.
The National Association of Small Trucking Companies (NASTC) has grown to represent over 3000+ members in the United States and Canada and continues to grow each month. NASTC not only saves its member companies millions of dollars a year through participation in their innovative cost reduction programs, but also has become recognized as "the
Road Driver in NA - by Dave MacKENZIE voice for small trucking companies" by the Washington establishment. I canâ€™t tell you how I enjoyed this conference and the men and women that made it all possible. The emphases was on the Driver, and they had there Americas Top Drivers and treated them like royality. You will have to see the videos I posted on the CTM facebook page to see the grand entrance with
music and standing ovation when these drivers entered the room. From cash to great gifts to a night out in Nashville NASTC recognized the driver. I will try to do my part by a picture of each one of them and behind them on the screen you will see the miles they did. Dave, Buster & NASTC CTM gives you a standing ovation!
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Canadian Trucking Magazine & Marc Springer attended the SEMA show in Las Vegas and what a show it was! The 2013 SEMA Show is history and has left no doubt that the automotive specialty equipment industry is stronger than ever. While final attendance figures are being audited, organizers report that more than 126,000 credentials were issued prior to the event, with thousands more processed onsite. The numbers represented a 7 percent increase over the previous year, and the highest in SEMA Show history. " A trade show is a reflection of the industry it serves," said Chris Kersting, SEMA President and CEO. "The unprecedented participation levels this year indicate the industry is moving into growth mode. This was a record-breaking year and we're seeing companies ready and eager to do business."
On the Show floor were 2,381 exhibiting companies, representing all facets of the automotive specialty-equipment market - from accessory and appearance products, performance products, wheels, tires and suspension - basically anything and everything anyone could want to personalize the more than 200 million cars, trucks, SUVs and powersport vehicles on and off the road. Representing mostly small businesses, the exhibitors turn to the SEMA Show to connect with more than 60,000 buyers from throughout the world. "We're seeing more exhibitors take part in programs such as the New Products Showcase," said Kersting. "This is an indication to us that exhibitors are looking for and taking advantage of ways to get the most out of their Show experience. They are actively looking to connect with new and existing buyers." More than 2,000 entries were submitted into the Showcase, with the best-of-thebest receiving special recognition. The SEMA Annual Market Report, available exclusively to SEMA members at www.sema.org/automotive-aftermarket-research, estimates there were $31.32B in retail sales in 2012, up from less than $28B during the height of the recession in 2009. Based on the excitement and attendance at the 2013 SEMA Show, this year promises to continue that upward trend.
Las Vegas @ SEMA There was a lot of action off the Show floor as well. Four new members of the SEMA Hall of Fame were honored at the annual SEMA Awards Banquet - George Barris, Eric Grant, Joe Schubeck and Wade Kawasaki. SEMA's first president and founder of Isky Cams, Ed Iskenderian, was there to partake in the festivities, headlined by American Idol-winning singer Taylor Hicks. And more than 250 SEMA Global Media Awards were handed out to Exhibitors whose products had the most potential in overseas markets, as determined by the dozens of top international journalists attending the SEMA Show. "Now it's time for everyone to go home, tally their orders and prepare for another great year of selling more parts," Kersting said. About SEMA and the SEMA Show The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at www.SEMAShow.com
See what I have to say about some of my favorite products at the show in the expanded web edition! Too many for this printed Edition but here is a tease.
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Marc Springer was @ the Xp3 booth @ SEMA Marc: It doesn't take long for an owner operator to realize that painful chunk of their income gets burnt up the stacks. Over the years, I've tried and used different additives, but found that many of them don't live up to my expectations or even worse, can even damage your iron. I use a diesel additive called Xp3. Xp3 has exceeded my expectations in it's performance and everything else it does for my Kenworth. My belief is that fuel additives should not only save you money on fuel, but also bring down maintenance costs and reduce down time over the long run.
Dave : Can you tell us more about Xp3?
Marc: Yes, Xp3 is one of those products you can confidently tell your readers about and they will come back to you with positive results. Every professional trucker today should be using some form of fuel additive, and if they're not, they are putting their business at risk. Basically, if you take care of your equipment, it will take care of you. That sounds like a cliche, but it isn't. Let me give you an example; I do a lot of trucking up north and have to deal with a lot of changing weather conditions and cold weather. I don't trust just anyone to treat my diesel, so I do it myself to make sure it's done right.
Dave: Why is it so important to use a fuel additive in your diesel?
Marc: Because today's diesel is mandated to have very low sulphur levels. In the past, our the fuel system's lubricity used to come from sulphur. Because of new emission standards and to reduce pollution, sulphur has been removed from our diesel fuels. This is why it's so important to add lubricity in your diesel with a reputable fuel additive. It will ensure proper and efficient operation of your engine, give you more power and save you money on fuel and maintenance.
Dave: How much does Xp3 cost to treat your diesel? Marc: I don't think of a fuel additive as a cost, I think of it as a money maker, because for every dollar of Xp3 I use, I get back about three dollars in fuel savings. Xp3 costs about 2 to 4 cents per litre to treat your diesel, which is about 8 to 14 cents per gallon. When I'm getting the extra miles out of my tank, it makes a real difference to my bottom line, especially on a tight job. Plus, Xp3 gives me that extra piece of mind against a possible batch of bad diesel fuel.
Dave: With so many products and choices out there, how do you decide which ones to use? Marc: Getting access to the latest and greatest technology is a bit easier for me than most people. Since being on the show, I see all kinds of products out there, but I do my own research and testing before putting my recommendation on any specific products. For me, Xp3 is a no brainer. I also run a tuner on my Kenworth to get the most power out of my engine. Between the tuner and the Xp3, I get the best of both worlds, maximum power and maximum fuel economy. I also use solar panels to keep the battery on my trailer's pony motor fully charged and use CounterAct balancing beads in all my tires to extend their life.
Dave: In closing, what would you recommend for non-diesel engines as an additive? Marc: Xp3 also has a gas formulation that I personally use in all my other toys. To get the best performance out of my jeep, motorcycles, boats, trucks and anything I run that burns fuel, I put Xp3 in the tank. For me, Xp3 has lived up to my expectations and I recommend your readers to try it first hand for themselves. Dave: Thank you for your advice Marc. I'm looking forward to more of your tips in future interviews together.
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Tis the season for what are they going to get the driver that has everything. When not driving the KW you all have seen on the show, I have my 1999 RAM 2500. Make sure you leave copies of CTM with your friends so they can spread the word about these products I stand behind and hint about great gift giving.
THEY BUILT A REPUTATION as the leading manufacturer of fender flares and truck accessories on over 40 years of design and innovation. From the development of thier first fender flares for the Ford Bronco, to the latest releases- of passion for style and thier determination to offer “Simply The Best” products and unmatched service continues. Thier commitment to style and innovation is a part of every product they make. All designs are meticulously scrutinized in every detail, using the latest standards in design and manufacturing. All Bushwacker products are designed for accuracy and proper fit, backed by a limited lifetime warranty and top tier customer service. I enjoyed the day out in the desert with the guys from BUSHWACKER as you can see by the following pages of pictures. Now lets look at BELL OFF ROAD with the look you can see on my RAM 2500 on the left page here.
Located in Ferndale, WA, Bell Off Road was built out of passion for everything off road. Bell Off Road has established an extensive network of manufacturers and suppliers to offer a complete line of aftermarket parts. Whether your obsession is Jeeps, trucks or SUVs, mild or extreme, Bell Off Road can get you the top quality parts you want at a price that won’t break the bank. By aligning itself with the industry's top suppliers and securing access to multiple distribution centers and manufacturers across the US, with millions of dollars of parts inventory ready to ship, Bell Off Road is able to get you the parts you need quickly and always at a great price. "Bell Off Road was founded to deliver the industry's top brands to the off road enthusiast at a great price while providing excellent customer service."
Vision X Lighting,was established in 1997 with the mission to revolutionize the lighting industry. Since that time, Vision X has created one of the largest premium lighting offerings in the world with hundreds of products and applications. Now, the military, border patrol, and even NASA have trusted Vision X on vehicles that cannot work with second best. Vision X Lighting's commitment to its customers, dealers and product is unsurpassed.
By DAN BELINSKI PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2014 Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced plans for the track’s 50th Anniversary celebration in 2014. Sperber was joined by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers, West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Chairman and former NASCAR Vice President Ken Clapp and 1983 Indianapolis 500 winner Tom Sneva for the announcement. The year-long 50th Anniversary campaign will be a celebration of PIR’s relationships with its fans, community partners and the racing industry. Many of the greatest drivers to ever turn a lap on PIR’s one-mile oval, along with the brightest personalities in the track’s history, will be invited to return for race weekends and other events throughout the coming year. “The 2014 season will truly be a magical one for Phoenix International Raceway as we celebrate our golden anniversary,” Sperber said. “Next year is all about our fans, our community and our shared passion for racing, and we are looking forward to a year-long celebration that recognizes our history and those that helped to create it.”
The 50th Anniversary celebration will feature a one-of-a-kind interactive and three dimensional race weekend exhibit entitled Memory Lane, which will showcase the past 50 years of racing at PIR, including photos, artifacts and race-used memorabilia from drivers. The exhibit will also feature a number of classic cars with ties to the track and which, in some cases, actually raced at PIR. Race fans will also see the 50th Anniversary theme incorporated in a number of ways over the next 13 months, including philanthropic and community outreach initiatives as well as special events throughout the year featuring noteworthy drivers and personalities. Plans also include commemorative publications and broadcast content; a year-long fan engagement program focused on the most influential people in the history of Phoenix International Raceway, as decided by a blue-ribbon panel of industry insiders, media and local officials; and world-class race weekend events and entertainment.
More NASCAR and Pictures on the Expanded Web Copy of CTM now
II of DAB’S Live @ Phoenix International Raceway - AdvoCare 500
Phoenix International Raceway staged its first professional race on March 22, 1964 when, in front of a crowd of 7,000 spectators, A.J. Foyt led every lap on his way to victory in the Phoenix 100. The race track has evolved many times over the ensuing 50 years and has hosted races for virtually every major sanctioning body in American motor sports, including USAC, CART, Indy Car, Motocross and NASCAR. Today, PIR is most wellknown as the host for two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends annually. Phoenix stages the second race on the NASCAR calendar every spring immediately following the Daytona 500, the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500TM, and the semi-final race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the AdvoCare 500, each November. More details related to the 50th Anniversary celebration were announced on Friday, Nov. 8 during the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend.
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The leader board got shuffled so often that the fans must have thought that it was malfunctioning. Fans in the sold out grandstand saw a race filled with interesting pit strategies and 13 different race leaders. The biggest shake up came during the last lap when leader Carl Edwards ran out of fuel halfway around the track and Kevin Harvick came up from second place to take the checkered flag. “I really wasn’t expecting that,” said Harvick as he happily celebrated the last minute victory in his No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet. Harvick scored his fourth career Sprint Cup win at Phoenix to tie Jimmie Johnson for the most victories at PIR. Encompassing all NASCAR series, Harvick has had nine race victories, making him the winningest driver in NASCACR at PIR. The victory also gave team owner Richard Childress his 200th win across all NASCAR series.
Dave talks about DAB’s Repair, Manitobas Newest TruckPro
DAB’S is not new to us in fact, DAB’S Repair Ltd was established in 1998, starting with 2 mechanics and now has grown to employ 15 men and women. Open from 7:00AM to 7:30 PM, Monday thru Friday, DAB’S are able to offer customers great service anytime needed. Add to that a service truck, so if you can't get to them,they'll come to you for any repairs Moving into a larger shop in June of 2008 has only increased the benefit for all company needs, as well as owner operators. With the addition of becoming TruckPro DAB’S has .Kleenoil, Espar, Lubecorp, BullyDog, and PowerUp , to fulfill more needs of thier customers. DAB’S also have a fully staffed trailer shop. Adding TruckPro, being the largest independent truck and trailer service center network across Canada is great service.
TruckPro is known across Canada for offering outstanding service to its customers, and providing top quality repairs. Moreover, thanks to the "TruckPro Excellence" training program, you will always benefit from a high level of expertise, experience and professionalism. Making DAB’S customer excellence and TruckPro a perfect fit. With more than 75 service centers nationwide, TruckPro is the largest network of independent heavy vehicle repair centres in Canada. In 2004, TruckPro joined UAP's Heavy Vehicle Parts Division, which already included Traction parts stores and TW and Cadel distribution centres. So stop in at 2126 Logan Ave or call DAB’S and see how they can help you get back on the road and save money. Thank-you DAB’S!
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser Che the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Raceway on November 10, 2013 in Avondale,
evrolet, takes the checkered flag as he crosses Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International , Arizona.
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane with his son Keelan and wife DeLana after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 10, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona.
Krista King with KEVIN HARVICK ~ GIL
KRISTI KING: We will continue our post-race media availability. We welcome our winning race team and our race winner Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet. This is Kevin's 23rd victory in 454 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, fourth win at PIR -- this ties Jimmie Johnson for most wins in Cup races here, ninth alltime at Phoenix. Fourth victory of 2013 and fourth victory again here at Phoenix. Talk about the race out there today. KEVIN HARVICK: Yeah, it's always fun to come to Phoenix, and we've been fortunate to have a lot of success here in all the divisions, and today was no different. We had a good car and really from the time we unloaded, we qualified well and were able to have three solid practices and a good qualifying session and a good race today. With the way that the strategy and everything worked out today, you just had to play your cards right off the bat, and those guys got a little bit lucky with the way that the strategy worked out. But our car was fast enough to work through traffic and keep ourselves in contention even with the other guys on the other side of that strategy, and we were able to be there at the end. Everyone was able to put just enough gas in the cars to make it to the end, and our guys got it right and the other guys were a little short. KRISTI KING: Also joining us is crew chief Gil Martin. Talk a little bit about the strategy. Obviously a lot of folks saying that everyone was on pins and needles throughout the entire race and it seemed to last forever. Talk about your strategy and how you prepared Kevin for this race going into today. GIL MARTIN: I mean, it was such a tough race because track position was everything. We took two tires several times. Last time we took leftside tires was on lap 100, so with 212
laps on the left-side tires, that was pretty amazing for the car to be that fast and only have that many laps on the left sides. But we elected to come in and pit right there, I can't remember the lap number now, but we pitted early, came back to top 15, and we knew at that point we're able to put in one can of gas in at the end and we wouldn't have to shuffle cans at the end. We knew that was going to cost us a couple of seconds shuffling cans under green, and as it turned out, you can just about gauge how much fuel you're putting in when you're emptying a can, you know know the amount of time, instead of having to guess when you're shuffling cans, because the longer you sit there, the more you are. You're wanting to send him quick, because you know that you can't lose any time there. KRISTI KING: Also up here with us, Richard Childress, owner of the 29 car. Talk a little bit about how it feels to be sitting here. Anything can happen in a race. I think we proved that today. Kevin is only 34 points behind Jimmie Johnson. Matt Kenseth is now just 28 points behind Jimmie Johnson. He is definitely a contender for this championship. Talk about how you're feeling. RICHARD CHILDRESS: Yeah, we've been there, I think this is the third time we've been going to Homestead with Kevin and a couple times with Clint. Having the chance to win the championship, mathematically you never give up until it's over. For us to have a shot going in again this year, that's all you can ask. You'd ask to be out front like he is, but if you can't you'll take this. Q. For any of you, is it harder to race a strategy race like this where there's so many ups and downs than just maybe a normal mile-and-a-half race where you know
L MARTIN ~ RICHARD CHILDRESS you're going to be wide open the whole way? KEVIN HARVICK: I'll let him answer that question. I know for me you just have to let it play out. You just have to sit in the car, give him the feedback and just do the best that you can because they can see a lot more than I can. He can tell you the stressful part of it. GIL MARTIN: The stressful part of it is we had dinner last night, the engineers and I, and we were sitting there trying to go over all the scenarios. No matter how many you go over you don't never go over the one you needed, and that's the one today that we didn't really go over last night about trying to make certain how much fuel we were going to put in at the end on a green-flag run, and that made such a huge difference because when you're trying to time how much gas you're putting in by basically counting one-1,000, when the fuel can is plugged up there's a lot of variables you have there. You've got the variable did the gas man get plugged up good enough? Did he get it completely plugged up? Is it flowing the right amount of gas? We knew if we could time it out to where we were emptying one can of gas, we know exactly how long that takes, so we waited to pit until we got to that point, and then it worked out. But when you run a race like this when the tires really aren't an advantage, it comes down to the driver's tenacity in the car. It comes down to the fact of -- he has to give, not a 100 percent like they've asked, you have to give 110 percent every single lap because if you let up even one lap you lose too much time. A tenth of a second here is a long way, and he didn't do that today.
Q. Richard, you're standing right there when the 99 starts to slow down right in front of you. What went through your mind? RICHARD CHILDRESS:
Well, I think I told him on that lap or a couple laps before that I thought the 99 was going to run out. I didn't think he had pitted. I came on one time and told Kevin that he was racing the 5 and 48 for the win, and then when I seen the 99 had pitted, I didn't think he could've got enough fuel in it, so it was close. I knew that if he did, he wasn't going to have enough fuel left to jump off his car. He wouldn't have made it back to the start/finish is what I was going to say.
Q. Kevin, last December in Vegas you got asked how this final season with RCR would go and you said it would probably be your best season yet. Now going into Homestead you've got a chance not just at the championship but to finish second in points. Can you just talk about maybe this could be your best season at RCR kind of like what you were expecting, despite all the circumstances that you could finish second in points and go out on that kind of high with this team? KEVIN HARVICK: I think he'd probably sit here and tell you that we've been good for each other because we challenge each other. You know, I obviously handle a lot of situations wrong, but it pushes a lot of buttons to try to make things better. There's no better way to go out than to do what we've done this year. Obviously we went to Martinsville, and I said things that I shouldn't have said and put everybody in a position that was not good, but I think we had conversations about things after that that probably made us closer as people, and I think as we move forward will probably make us closer as friends. It was a tough week to handle, but I think that some of the conversations that we had were good for all of us and made us really understand just the fact that how success-
ful we've been together and how successful we've been for each other as RCR, and for me it's great to be able to -- I think that situation really put into perspective, just made you think about everything that we've been able to accomplish and the things that we've been through together. It's more of a family conversation than it probably was a racing conversation. For me that was great as a person. You don't want to put yourself in those particular situations just for the fact that it makes you look dumb, first off, and you want to go out on top. RICHARD CHILDRESS: We committed to each other early in the year that we'd give 100 percent, and we have, and Kevin has. Just like we talked, we've had a great relationship, and when this race is over, I haven't got a driver out there that's driven for me or crew chief or anyone I can't walk up and talk to, and that's the way we want this to be. We're like family. You spend a lot of time with each other at the track, so you're going to have your spats and stuff, and just got to make it work.
Q. Question for Richard Childress. Earlier it was announced that you'll employ for next year Mike Coughlan from Formula 1 as technical director. What do you see as the benefit to employ somebody coming from a totally different environment? RICHARD CHILDRESS: He was in NASCAR with Michael Waltrip Racing for a year and a half and got their program really up going off the ground, and he's going to be our technical director. He's going to bring a lot of design work, engineering work, and we're really proud to have him there, and couldn't be prouder for Eric Warren going out and putting together the people behind this race team that gives Gil and our crew chiefs what they really need to go out and win. Q.
For Gil and maybe
Richard, with everything that's taken place this season and even as Kevin pointed out from earlier in the year, some people thought that just because he was leaving you guys would be overlooked. How has it been being able to keep the team as a unit together and focused on the goal as you still have an opportunity, even if it's slim, to win a championship or finish as high as second in points? GIL MARTIN: It's funny you asked that question. In our team meeting today before the race, after we talked about the things that we may do or not do during the course of this race, I told the guys on the team that very thing, that this garage is tough. They look for any kind of flaw that you may have to drag you down because the competition is so close that they try to break your team down. And that's what I told these guys, that they have to be the toughest group that I've been around, just because of the simple reason of everybody has been expecting us to implode, everybody is expecting us to fail and not succeed, and with the rest of the garage trying to force some of that upon you, to not get distracted, whether it's the team, whether it's Kevin, whether it's anybody involved with our organization, it just shows the quality of these guys because this is just a tough environment. Nobody knows how tough this environment is until you live it every day. But I can promise you, the guys that are next to us in the garage, if we find a chink in their armor, we're going to get on it. If it's turning a radio up, like the 2 car tries to do to the 48 during the week to get under their skin or if it's placing a fake camera on your pit box and trying to look like you're recording what the guy next to you is doing and make him work undercover, we're going to do it, because that's just what's going to happen in this garage area, the
games that are played, and these guys are just tough.
Q. Richard Childress, as you look back your entire history, compare if you will what you've got coming up in the next week to another time when you were going into a race and it was either going to be a championship or a second-place finish. RICHARD CHILDRESS: Yeah, I mean, you just give it everything you've got. We've been in that situation in trucks and Nationwide and Sprint Cup and the old Winston cup, and you just go give it everything you've got, do what got you where you're at, and that's race as hard as you can. It's great to -- you know, this is a long season. Everybody goes through a lot of stuff, and you start to tire down, but it's all about commitment, and your employees and sponsors and everybody makes the commitment to start the year out, and your commitment is to go give 100 percent every weekend, and that's what we try to do. KEVIN HARVICK: And Saturday I'm going to stand beside him and lock his radio out. (Laughter.) RICHARD CHILDRESS: Yeah, I don't need to be on it. KEVIN HARVICK: We'll be fine on Sunday but Saturday we're going to have the defibrillator really close and we're going to have his radio on easily to override. RICHARD CHILDRESS: Yeah, keep me quiet.
Q. You guys have known for quite a long time that you're going in different directions next year, but for each of you, for Kevin and for Richard, how important is it that you're going to finish strong this year no matter what, looking ahead to 2014? How important is this finish? What does this mean to you? KEVIN HARVICK: Well, I think as we talk and as we've gone
through the year, we've been successful. We've been able to win four points races, two non-points races, and so we've been successful on the racetrack. Obviously you wish you could have raced -- for myself I wish I could have raced Martinsville, but I think as you move forward, you look at -- you have to take those life lessons. We've had a lot of life lessons together, and it started in 1999. So we've had life lessons, and you try to become a better person, and I think as I've been at RCR, you learn from situations, whether it be just starting my job or last week at Martinsville or Dale's situation in 2001 or the situation we went through with Gil and the things that we've done there. So you always try to take those situations, and it's not just really about -- you want to make your race team better, but in the end you want to be a better person, and you try to take those situations and apply them to what you're doing and make yourself better. I think we've been through a lot of the situations. He's taught me a lot about being a dad (tearing up).
Q. Richard, how important is a strong finish? RICHARD CHILDRESS: It's great. You look at life, I'm sure y'all have heard that old song, don't blink, 100 years goes by fast, and this is just another chapter in life that we're all living, so it's really. You've got to be tough to hang in there and make it, and we've did a lot together. We've won a lot. We've been through some tough times. But at the end of the day, 100 years go by awful fast. GIL MARTIN: And if you want to make some really good press, next week lock Jimmie in a Port-a-Potty so this can really look good. It would be a Cinderella story. It would be a good thing to write about. (Laughter).
Q. What's that emotion I just saw? Where did that come from? KEVIN HARVICK: I think as you go through time, you look at situations as life, not about racing, and that's a good thing. Life is a good thing, and you want to be a good person.
Q. Now on to what I was going to ask, and it's on a similar note, what is it about you guys and controversy? I think that some of the things you've faced over your lifespan together as teammates would completely disintegrate a lot of programs, but any time that happens, whether it was you and Richard fighting or Gil moving on to a different job and coming back and all those things, you end up winning. How is that? What is it about your personality types that allows that to happen because it wouldn't work most places? KEVIN HARVICK: I know he might not want to hear this, but I always tell people it's a generation gap. So you have his generation, and then you have my generation, and then you have the guys that are stuck in between. Then you have Gil and you have Mike and Dillon, and even Austin now as we go through time are kind of stuck in the middle. It's not that -- I don't want to -- we want the same things. We want to be successful and we want to win races, and I think we have a different approach of how you approach things and how you talk about things and how you move through things. So these guys have done a good job of kind of being that glue, the glue that kind of holds it all together even when he and I are mad at each other. So in the end you want to respect each other, and these guys do a good job of explaining that and really keeping it all together.
Q. The 48. KEVIN HARVICK: We're talking about locking him in the Port-aPotty, so that should sum it up. (Laughter.) You know, we've stumbled -- I don't know what the average finish is for us in the last nine weeks, but it hasn't been too bad. We've stumbled once at Loudon with a 20th place finish, and we've won a couple races, and here we are 34 points behind the 48. So those guys are -- they're good at what they do and they're good at every track, and obviously Chad and Rick do a good job of keeping the next good thing coming. But I feel like we've probably had the best Chase that we've ever had, and you go to Homestead 34 points behind. They're just good. RICHARD CHILDRESS: Yeah, I'll add something to that. Those guys, you look back at the history, and some of you guys that know all the numbers about the sport, Jimmie Johnson and those guys and the Hendricks, they've just had phenomenal years. Our average finish, we've been right there for a championship five out of the last 10 or 11 years, and counting Clint's couple of runs and Kevin's two runs and then this run, and to be able to be there and be beat by that same team says something to how strong they really are, and we're going to go to Homestead and just try to win the race, and if we go down there and win the race, we've done everything we can if we lose.
Q. Kevin, my question for you is it took you seven starts to win your first Phoenix race on the old surface compared to three for the new surface. Was there anything difficult for you on the old surface that is not showing as much on the new surface, or was it based just on experience level? Q. How would you describe KEVIN HARVICK: Yeah, I the opponent you face next weekend? think the experience probably plays into KEVIN HARVICK: Which
that more than anything. I think for us today, we found some good things that worked for us in practice with the grooves and the way that fit my driving style to get through Turns 3 and 4 that are very similar to the things that we used to do with the old surface. So it just took me a while to adapt. My first day here was I think 1995, and I wound up hitting the outside wall off of Turn 4, just trying to find that particular sweet spot that exists down there in Turn 4 that still exists there with this new surface. It's been a fun run at this particular track, old surface, new surface. We've been very fortunate to have a lot of success on this track.
Q. As it winds down to only one week to go, is there a sense of, I guess, dread that the relationship is ending, the working relationship, and what will you guys miss most about each other? KEVIN HARVICK: I think just the fact that -- probably just the fact that he challenges me. You talk about that generation gap, but when you make a mistake, he is not scared to just step up and say, this is the iron fist that's running this show, and I think you have to have somebody that's willing to put that iron fist down and say, this is the line, this is how it's going to be, and if you don't like it, get out. And that's really how we ran -- DeLana and I ran our race teams. This is our way, and this is how we do it, and I think that came from him, was this is my way, and if you don't like it, there's the door. That's probably the part that I'll miss. RICHARD CHILDRESS: Yeah, you know, I think just -- we're going to see each other at the tracks a lot and everything, but we talk about a lot of other stuff, too. Like he said, the generation gap is bigger than what it was with Dale and myself, and it was, but at the end of the day, the one thing that we both do have is a word called respect, and we'll always have that.
Q. Kevin, you've been racing here for a long time, and I would like to know your personal feelings about this facility. KEVIN HARVICK: Yeah, I have been racing here a long time, and I remember when I showed up at the first driver meeting and I used to pick on Rick Carelli. I guess that would have been '95. He was the old guy at that particular time. So you had Carelli and you had Mike Chase and you had Hornaday, and I went to the -- the truck race that I ran, obviously it's known for a lot of different reasons, but the truck race that I ran in Martinsville, I went to driver intros and I'm like, alright, there's Joe Nemechek's kid, there's Ty, and the average age was like 20 years old and I felt like I should be somebody's dad, let alone grandpa. It's been fun, and you go through those times of really respecting the sport and those guys, especially at this particular racetrack. I know Carelli has raced here for a long time, long before there was any of these grandstands sitting here and any of these buildings sitting here, and they used to run the open comp cars. My dad would come over and work on the racetrack, and if you had a bad storm you couldn't get to the track because the bridge was washed out. So those were a lot of things that a lot of people don't remember about this particular place, and this particular place is very special to me just for the fact that this was -- when you used to have the Copper Classic and the 300 lapper at the end of the year for the Southwest Tour cars, this was our Daytona 500. So to be able to come back here and win races and be successful, means a lot to me, and you always come here with a lot of fans and a lot of friends so it's fun. RICHARD CHILDRESS: We were here before the interstate. Going to Riverside, I used to drive by here before the interstate.
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Those Pesky 4-wheelers ~ By Sandy
We truckers have a love/hate relationship with the massive numbers of 4-wheelers we share the roads with. They box us in, cut us off, hide in our blind spots, don’t use turn signals and countless other annoying things that make our jobs stressful. Most days we wish they would all stay home. On the other hand, if they weren’t out there going shopping, to work, and spending money on everything we haul, we wouldn’t have to go to mills, DC centers, grocery warehouses, produce markets and…well ok, we’ll leave it at 4-wheelers are annoying, but we do have to deal with them. Other than sheer numbers, part of the problem is lack of driver’s training in the schools these days. When I went to high school way back when, at 15 ½ a student took a semester of classroom and behind the wheel training, free. Most schools today, who offer driver’s education, have to charge for it and it is optional. Therefore, many kids have to rely on busy parents or older siblings to learn how to drive instead of trained instructors.
The rest of the problem cannot be laid at any one door, but is made up of many parts. Lane restrictions, split speed limits and cars made so smooth riding and quiet running that one can easily exceed the speed limit are a couple of the problems. Then there is technology. How many times have we seen car drivers working on laptop computers, talking on non hands free cell phones, or having a multi speaker stereo turned so loud that ‘you’ cannot hear your own engine? Too many times to count. Probably the one thing we have to watch for most is being cut off by a 4-wheeler. Like most of you, I have done my share of brake jamming and cussing when a car cuts in front of me so close that you cannot see it’s rear bumper. Have you ever wondered why they do that? One day in my own 4wheeler, I figured it out. Going along on a four lane road, I passed a semi truck. I looked in my passenger side mirror and when it appeared I was clear, I moved right…way too close to that poor truck’s nose! I was horrified! Upon getting home, I sat in my car and thought about how it happened. The answer was right there on my passenger door mirror…OBJECTS APPEAR CLOSER THAN THEY ARE…is printed right on the mirror. Question answered!
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4-wheelers are a fact of Though 4-wheelers may our lives, so here are a few tips be aggravating, under current to make it easier to deal with law, we have to deal with them them. and share the road. So remember that the driver of that 41. DO NOT TAILGATE!!! wheeler is important to Pushing a 4-wheeler just aggra- someone. Even though the 4vates the situation and may scare wheeler driver may do stupid the driver into having an accident. things and anger us, we are pro2. Don’t use your cruise in fessionals and have the obligation of trying to maintain at least heavy traffic. 3. Leave ample room be- our own safety…no matter what tween you and the vehicle ahead of our basic instincts are. you for traffic to move between lanes freely. Ya’ll be safe out there! 4. When you stop behind Sandy Long is a long a 4-wheeler at a light, leave time truck driver who is also enough room to where you can see very active within the trucking the car’s tires. industry. 5. When you have to She is a freelance writer change lanes, turn on your turn sig- for layover.com, a life member of nal and wait for a clear opening. OOIDA, member of the 6. Keep your temper. WIT(Women in Trucking) and Two wrongs don’t make a right. owner of two websites: Trailer 7. Expect the unexpected Truckin’ Tech, a yahoo group and stay alert. dedicated to the education of 8. In rain or snow the new and prospective truck drivspray or snow you throw not only ers and makes it hard to see for another www.satinandsteelsisterhood.com truck driver, but makes it impossi- for women in non traditional ble for a smaller vehicle to see at jobs. Sandy welcomes comall for the length of your rig plus a ments at good 10-15 feet after you get by. email@example.com This leaves the 4-wheeler to try to Do not cuss a trucker or navigate with obscured glimpses of a farmer with your mouth full! the road for up to a minute or more. Slow down and give as much room as possible to 4-wheelers in inclement weather.
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The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) will be a recurring subject on the Dave Nemo show beginning this month Ellen Voie, WIT’s President/CEO, will begin the monthly segments this Monday, November 18 at 7:00 am central. “We are excited about the opportunity to obtain even more exposure to drivers who listen to the Nemo show and may not be aware of what Women In Trucking Association does for them,” Voie said. “Our mission includes addressing obstacles that might keep our members, both women and men, from the success they should achieve as professionals in this industry.”
Nemo remembers some of the challenges women faced on the road, “It wasn’t too long ago that a female driver had to have a male stand guard at the shower door, because truck stops simply didn’t have facilities for women,” he recalled. “There have been many positive changes in trucking, and women are becoming more a part of those changes. We at Dave Nemo Entertainment are proud to be a part of Women in Trucking; it’s an all-inclusive group dedicated to moving trucking into an all-inclusive future,” Nemo added. Dave Nemo has broadcast to the professional drivers of North America continuously for over forty years. The Dave Nemo Show’s mission is to keep drivers and stakeholders informed of current and pending issues that affect the trucking industry, ranging from transportation legislation to health and wellness.
thly Women In Trucking segment. Dave Nemo Entertainment is proud to be a trusted source of both entertainment and information to more than 1.3 million daily listeners. The Dave Nemo Show can be heard daily throughout the United States and Canada from 7-11AM ET on Sirius XM 128, Sirius XM On Demand, Sirius XM Online Player and on the Sirius XM smartphone app. For more information, visit www.davenemo.com. Women In Trucking was established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as sixteen percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is funded by its members and the generous support of Gold Level Partners: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC. Daimler Trucks NA, Frito-Lay NA , Great Dane Trailers, Hyundai Translead and Walmart and Silver Level Partner, C.H. Robinson. For more information visit www.WomenInTrucking.org or call 888-464-9482. Ellen Voie CAE, President/CEO
Dave at the YellowHead Inn @ Edmonton Alberta Where did I stay in Edmonton during the Alberta Convoy in September? Of course the one and only YellowHead Inn on the Yellow Head!
Judie at the front desk looked after me and checked me in treating me like a king. You can see by how great the Inn team treats you, that thier Manager Jonas has lead the way to guest relations second to none. Truckers are especially welcome here as you can see by the front desk below. The rooms have been and are being renovated to be the highest quality of any stay. I have to say I was very surprised at the room I stayed for the price you pay. Second to none. The restaurant was undergoing some new renovations getting a new floor put in to match the already upgraded modern design. With a new Chef & management I enjoyed both breakfast and supper in the restaurant. The food was good and priced right.
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I checked out the newly paved and graveled truck parking and was impressed. So impressed that this would be a great place to start the Alberta Convoy next year and avoid the construction and vehicle mess in the east side of the Yellowhead. Jonas and his crew are down for that, always offering support for the trucking industry. I am a clean fanatic and just found the entire property to be beyond my expectations with the awesome renovations done here. Friday night before the Convoy, I relaxed in the lounge and took my favorite 5 out to beat up on the keno machine
while listening to good music. Basically I have to say this property is more than Dave approved. I plan to stay here every visit to Edmonton and you will see that if you follow me on facebook. I post where I am on delivery so you can find me, say hello and perhaps let me buy you a cup of joe and a pie. So if you get stuck in or visit to Edmonchuck, give the YellowHead a whirl and tell them Dave from CTM sent you for the Trucker Discount and perhaps I will be there too. Coffee is on me!
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