Trucker Buddy International recently selected Randolph Boswell, a driver for Southern Refrigerated Transport, or Texarkana, Ark., the Darrell Hicks Memorial Ambassador of the Year for 2013. The award was presented at the Red Eye Radio Party at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., on March 21. Boswell and another driver have worked the Charlotte Diesel Super Show in Concord, N.C., in 2012 and MATS promoting Trucker Buddy for three years, as well as being an active Trucker Buddy for over seven years and an ambassador for almost five.
Drivers are by far the most important aspect of a race team. Without a good one, your team could be in trouble. Even with the best TEAM in the world, the amount of impact a driver has on the overall finish is huge. With that being said, drivers also have the biggest influence emotionally on a team. Influences that can be good or bad. A good driver can take an average team and bring them up during a race just by his attitude on the radio. Radio chatter is a big part of the race and the drivers tone can make a huge difference. The drivers listed below are the 5 best drivers to pit for in our opinion. We picked them based on what we see on TV and talking to crew members. These are our opinions that we have gathered from the limited information we have. Take a look at the list and let us know in the poll at the end whether you agree or disagree with the list.
#1 Jimmie Johnson
Besides bringing 5 championships to the table JJ is one of the best drivers on the radio to his crew. It s a bit odd that he s so high on our list yet his crew chief might not be. Regardless of how the race is playing out JJ has always managed to keep his calm. Over the last 10 years you can barely count the number of times on one had that Jimmie has said something bad on the radio about his crew. Not only does he keep his mouth shut but he is quick to compliment his team for good stops and races. You bring that kind of leadership and calmness to the track and you ll find yourself on the top of the list.
#2 Tony Stewart
What you see is what you get with Tony Stewart. If you ask around pit road Tony s name comes up continouesly as being one of the best drivers to pit for. He s an outspoken owner/ Driver that has a magnetic personality that crew guys love. Don t ever under estimate a crews guys want to win. Having a driver that has the same desire can be contagious. Over the years Tony has managed to get and give the respect that crew guys want. Whenever you have a driver that has the teams respect it makes the job much easier and more enjoyable even when things go good or bad. TS seems to always have his guys back and that can go a long ways in racing.
#3 Matt Kenseth
The old saying, no news is good news , can be true about our number 3 guy. Kenseth is very rarely in the news when it comes to radio outtakes and verbal scalding of his crew. He s a professional at what he does and he seems to be the silent assassin when it comes to performance on the track. For years he had a loyal group of team members and crew guys at RFR. There was a reason they stayed with him. Now its time for the guys at JGR to experience one of the best drivers to pit for.
#4 Brad Keselowski
It s not always if you win but how you win and Brad leads in a way that has his team follows. Over the last few years the maturity that he has displayed when things go wrong is what puts him on our list. Very few radio conversations, if any, have appeared over the years where Brad is laying into his team or crew over the radio. He understands there is a time and place for ranting but the radio isn t it. With 8 wins and a championship in the last two years why wouldn t you want to pit for him.
#5 Jeff Gordon
As a veteran of the sport JG has learned the importance of a good team. In order to get guys to follow you as a leader and continue to win, you need to be a professional at all levels. On the track he might have an aggressive behavior at times but what driver doesn t. He has managed to keep his calm over the radio over the last few years and crew guys love to pit for him. It would be easy as a 4 time Champ to start throwing darts when things go bad but Jeff doesn t. He s always professional on his post race comments and seems to really value a good team around him.
Well, this makes up our top 5 drivers to pit for. Check out the poll below and let us know if you agree, disagree, or somewhat agree with our top 5. Coming soon, the least 5 drivers you want to pit for. You don t want to miss this one.
Sydney s fleet of food trucks has won the respected FBi Radio Remix the City award for creative use of public space.
The moveable feasts scooped the category, which celebrates an event, person or team who ve creatively used, created or recreated a physical space, location or landmark in this city, making it a creative destination in the annual Sydney Music, Arts and Culture (SMAC) Awards.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore congratulated the chefs and truck operators, the food critics, the mobile app developer and City of Sydney staff on a remarkable team effort.
Sydneysiders have devoured the trucks fast, fresh and fun take on street food, the Lord Mayor said.
I m not surprised because the idea for food trucks originally came from the Sydney community.
We asked people who live, work and visit the city what kind of nightlife they wanted and one consistent response was for better options for eating out late at night.
This award is really significant for us, because the food trucks are part of our long-term program to improve Sydney s late-night culture it really is about rethinking what kind of city we want.
The food trucks trial emerged from public consultation with Sydneysiders about the city s late-night culture.
A handful of innovative food businesses were selected to take to the streets, with the City cutting red tape to allow the restaurants on wheels to trade. The City also provided more than a dozen sites to get them started.
The first truck started operating in May last year. There are now eight trucks on the road, serving crowds of hungry diners every day in squares, parks and other spots where good food options were missing in the past.
Not surprisingly, the trucks have been a smash hit. The City s free smartphone app sharing real-time details about truck locations and menus has been downloaded more than 28,000 times since it launched in September, and was rated as one of Apple s hottest apps of 2012.
The Sydney food trucks also won The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide award for innovation last year.
Now in its fifth year, the SMAC Awards recognises the artists, musicians, cultural organisations, venues, promoters and creative people who keep Sydney s cultural heart beating.
This is the third year the City has won in the Remix the City category. Art & About Sydney took top honours in the category in 2010, while Art & About s I Heart Kings Cross won the same award in 2009.
Another Art & About feature, the raining house installation called I Wish You Hadn t Asked by James Dive and The Glue Society, was nominated for this year s award in the Best Arts Event category. The award was won by the Museum of Contemporary Art s ArtBar Series.
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David Bobbitt was announced as the winner of the $50,000 Driver Jackpot Saturday at the Great American Trucking Show. Bobbitt is a team driver for Schneider National.
Bobbitt s name was drawn from a list of names made up of active CDL holders who registered for the drawing Thursday and Friday at the show.
Red Eye Radio s Eric Harley emceed the event. The Driver Jackpot was sponsored by Knight Transportation, Con-way Truckload, Baggett Transportation, Marten Transport, Swift Transportation, Western Express, SRT, Fikes Truck Line, PRIME inc., Interstate Distributor, Arnold Transportation, Sunco Carriers, Red Eye Radio and Justin Original Workboots.