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Tech Talk: NASCAR Seeks Aerodynamic Answers

Chris Buescher (Roush Fenway Racing),

Chase Elliott (Hendrick Motorsports) and

Erik Jones (Joe Gibbs Racing) took part in

NASCAR’s low downforce test at Michigan

International Speedway as NASCAR and

Goodyear officials

began looking for an

aerodynamic answer to the

2-mile track located in the

Irish Hills region.

This year’s August

race at MIS, as well

as the Sprint Cup race

at Indianapolis Motor

Speedway, featured a

high drag configuration

that failed to live up to

officials’ expectations.

Aero changes in place

for that package

included a 9-inch

spoiler (an increase

of three inches) with

a 1-inch wicker bill;

a 2-inch leading

edge on the splitter

and 43-inch splitter

extension panel

(radiator pan);

and a rear fascia

extension panel

similar to those used

for superspeedway


The package

appeared to increase

the impact of the draft, but had little or no

effect on allowing trailing cars to make


For the MIS test, cars were outfitted with

smaller splitters and radiator pans and a

shorter three-and-a-half inch spoiler, much

like the configuration used at Kentucky and

Darlington this season.

“(It’s) definitely different than

the XFINITY car,” Buescher said

during a break in the test. “… If

you asked Cup guys that were

here earlier this year with the high

drag package, drivability probably

wasn’t an

issue. It was


pretty easy to

drive, whereas

now it’s a bit

of a handful.

We’re lifting

out of the

throttle a little

more than

what data

shows from

earlier this

year. …

“It’s a big

difference and

I think the race is going to show a pretty

big change as well.”

While none of the three drivers at the

test compete full-time in NASCAR’s

Sprint Cup Series, all three have

experience in the cars. Buescher, the

XFINITY Series points leader, had

six Sprint Cup starts earlier this year in the

Front Row Motorsports No. 34 Ford, and did

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extensive testing for Roush Fenway before

private testing was banned after 2014.

Elliott, who

will move from the

XFINITY Series to

Sprint Cup full-time

next season when

he takes over the

ride being vacated

by four-time Sprint

Cup champion Jeff

Gordon, made five

starts this season in a

fifth entry for Hendrick

Motorsports to prepare him for 2016.

Jones, the Camping World Truck Series

points leader, was pressed into service after

JGR driver Kyle Busch was injured in a

season-opening crash at Daytona. While

the bulk of his additional duties came in the

XFINITY Series, Jones does have one Sprint

Cup start, at Kansas,

filling in for Busch in

the organization’s No.

18 Toyota.

Elliott ran the low

downforce package at

Darlington and said he

hopes “this is a small

step and it continues

down this path.

“I don’t think it

needs to stop here

with this low downforce package,” he said. “I

think it needs to continue if that’s the direction

that we need to go in and not get satisfied too


All three drivers said there seemed to be

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more off-throttle time with the new package

in part due to the faster lap times -- Elliott said

he wasn’t sure of the top speeds but guessed

they were somewhere in the 210-mph range.

“A little bit more challenging to drive,

more driver input which is nice,” noted Jones,

who was called upon as a replacement for

JGR regular Denny Hamlin. “Overall for the

Cup Series, I think this is probably a step in

the right direction. I definitely think this is a

pretty good change.”

Jones said it made sense for him to take

part in the test since he was already in the area

-- he hails from Byron, Michigan.

“I’m sure Denny wants to get rested up

and be at 100 percent for the Chase,” he said.

“For me, it’s pretty cool deal to get in a Cup

car and get that experience, feel out the new

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package. Anytime I can get laps in these

cars is beneficial.”

Some Sprint Cup Series teams began

using shorter valve stems in their tires

two weeks ago at Charlotte Motor

Speedway, a move that they hope will

lessen the likelihood of suffering a flat

tire caused by contact with lug nuts.

There have been several instances of

flat tires shortly after pit stops this year,

and at least one crew chief has said lug

nuts hitting the valve stems during tire

changes have been the culprit.

The shorter stems, it is believed, are

less likely to be struck in the rush of a pit stop.

“It’s not a new design; we just shortened

it as much as we can to allow the same core

to be inside the valve stem,” Greg Stucker,

Director of Race Tire Sales for Goodyear,

said. “It just gets it out of the way a little bit


“It’s not going to be a fix; but that’s all we

can do right now. It’s a reaction to the people

wanting us to do something so we did it as

quickly as we could.” ITJ

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Stephen Selig to Retire as

Maverick President and COO;

John Culp Named as Successor

Maverick USA, Inc. has announced the

pending retirement

of Stephen Selig,

President and

Chief Operating

Officer (COO).

Selig will retire

from the company

effective December

31, 2015.

John Culp, who

currently serves as

John Culp

Maverick’s Executive

Vice President

The cornerstone of his leadership has been his

personal character and work ethic which has

gained the respect and trust of our employees,

our customers, and our competitors.”

Culp joined Maverick in 1989 as Vice

President of Finance and was named Executive

Vice President and CFO in 1995.

“I am excited to have this opportunity to

lead Maverick, particularly given current

industry challenges and the unprecedented

opportunities that come with them,” he said.

“Over the next few years I think our industry

will experience step change of a magnitude

not seen since trucking was deregulated in

1980. Our management team is well positioned

to seize these opportunities and is committed

to continue to provide our customers

the value added transportation services they


and Chief Financial

Officer, will assume

the role of President

and COO on January

1, 2016.

Selig has been the

company’s President

and COO since January

1, 2001. He joined

Maverick in 1984 as a

Sales Manager. At that

time, Maverick posted

Stephen Selig

sales of $5.1 million

and operated approximately 50 tractors.

Maverick’s Chairman and CEO Steve Williams

commented that, “Stephen has led our

organization as President for half of his 32

years; through some very challenging times.

KLLM Transport Opens New Texas

Driving Academy

KLLM Transport Services/FFE, a Jackson,

MS-based temperature-controlled truckload

carrier, celebrated the grand opening of a new

location of KLLM Driving Academy, Inc. in

Lancaster, Texas. Jim Richards, President &

Chief Executive Officer of KLLM, cut the ribbon

on the new two-story, 44,000-square-foot

school in a ceremony with over 300 guests in


The new academy will offer an 18-day

accelerated truck driver training program

for Texas residents and features classroom,

behind-the-wheel training, road and range

instruction and driver safety education.

“This school represents an innovative

partnership between KLLM and Cedar Valley

College that will help fill key jobs in the

nationwide trucking industry,” said Richards.

“It leverages KLLM’s reputation as a leader in

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transport services with Cedar Valley’s strong

commitment to providing quality education

that leads to jobs and career pathways.”

The new state-of-the-art training facility

features modern classrooms, an onsite physical

lab, electronic log and refrigeration labs, a

4-acre backing range, a full-service cafeteria,

along with complete lodging facilities for 43

students in private hotel-like rooms. This new

residence hall section of the school provides

students with refrigerators, microwave ovens,

cable TV, wifi, laundry facilities, computer

labs and a study hall.

“Our Lancaster campus is specially

designed to meet the needs of new driving

students and help them as they start their new

careers,” said Kirk Blankenship, KLLM’s

Vice President of Driver Resources. “We will

be training company drivers and independent

contractors, helping them earn their permit

and CDL-A and learn about accident prevention,

professional driving techniques, D.O.T.

regulations, cargo claim management, temperature

control chain compliance, and CSA

compliance, safety and accountability.”

Military-Branded C.R. England Truck

Delivers Prisoner of War Exhibit to

Salt Lake City’s Fort Douglas Museum

A military-branded C.R. England truck

and trailer, driven by a military veteran, was

escorted the final 15 miles by a veterans motorcycle

group, Patriot Guard Riders, as they

completed the delivery of an exhibit, ‘Victory

from Within: The American Prisoner of War

Experience,’ to the Fort Douglas Military


“We at C.R. England feel honored to help

bring such a meaningful exhibit to Utah,”

said Dan England, chairman of C.R. England.

“For all that veterans have done for us, and

prisoners of war have suffered, this exhibit is

a powerful homage to their lives and legacies.

Our team took special care in protecting this

exhibit during its journey to the Fort Douglas


This exhibit, which was transported in 12

crates, arrived in Utah from East Tennessee

State University, in Johnson City, TN. C.R.

England provided transport of the exhibit at

no charge. The exhibit opened to the public on

November 7, and will remain in the museum

through April 2016.

Kenworth Continues

Improving Fuel Economy

Engineers at Kenworth are never at rest,

and continuous fuel economy improvement is

always front and center. Thanks to Kenworth

aerodynamic advances coming for 2016,

customers purchasing the Kenworth T680

Advantage with 76-inch sleeper, T680 52-inch

sleeper and T680 Day Cab will benefit from

enhanced fuel economy.

To start, all three T680 configurations now

offer fuel-efficient wheel closeouts. Furthermore,

each will benefit from additional unique


On the 76-inch sleeper, Kenworth has

further refined fairings on the T680 Advantage

Package. To better direct airflow around the

trailer, Kenworth has developed a “kick-out”

partial fairing. “The contour of the lower

fairing improves airflow around the trailer for

enhanced fuel economy,” said Kevin Baney,

Kenworth chief engineer. “The new design

also provides for an optional under-sleeper

fuel fill. This allows fuel tanks to be moved

forward and reduces trailer gap and wheelbase.

Plus, with that added room, customers

wanting to install their own APUs can do so

behind the sleeper and kick-out fairing.” ITJ

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Mosquitoes and Sweat Scent

Control - Surviving Early Season

Deer Hunting

By Matthew T, Browning

Depending on what part of the country you

live in, early bow season can pose many challenges.

Not only do the long days and warm

weather stifle deer movement, they also make

scent and bug control quite difficult. Sweating

is inevitable while you are in the stand in 70+

degree weather, especially if you

pack in and pack out and hang

your stand each time. The bugs

and mosquitoes are also a huge

nuisance, especially if your stand is near water.

With these challenges, the question becomes,

how do hunters combat these issues while staying

as scentless as possible?

A hunter could spend hundreds on a quality

electronic scent-eliminator,

but not every hunter has the

budget and backpack space

for such a unit. Instead we’ll

look at more cost-efficient

means for covering your


For starters, washing your hunting gear in a

scent killer detergent is key. If you are going

to dry your clothing in a dryer, investing in

scent free dryer sheets would also be beneficial.

Once your clothes are dry, store them in

an airtight container or bag until you are ready

to hit the field. It is also important to shower

with a scent killing body wash and shampoo

right before you head out. After your shower,

make sure to use a towel that has been washed

with scent control detergent. Then generously

apply a scent killing deodorant. It may also be a

good idea to take the anti-perspirant along with

you to reapply if it happens to be an extremely

warm day.

Once you get to the field, spray your gear,

body, and boots down with a good scent control

spray. In addition to scent control spray, scent

control wafers also do a great job. There are

reusable wafers with scents ranging from fresh

earth to doe estrous. Using spray and wafers

together is a deadly combination.

Now that your scent is covered, it is on to

how to keep

the bugs under

control. Buying

an electronic

mosquito repellent

device will

be one of the

best purchases

you can make if

you hunt early

season. There are

not many options

when it comes

to odor free bug

spray, which is

why the devices

are your best bet.

In addition, one

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measure you can take to combat bugs is spraying

around your stands with a concentration

which is typically used in pastures and on farm

animals to repel ticks, mosquitoes, and flies.

Hunters have also used this along deer trails

to keep the amount of ticks on the deer down

throughout the summer. This type of spray is

one that would be used before the season starts

as there is an odor to it and would not be something

you would want to spray the day of your


Nothing is more frustrating than getting busted

by your scent or getting busted because you

were swatting at mosquitoes. There are several

reputable brands out there to help combat these

issues and several methods to try. It may take

some extra time and work to ensure you are

set when it comes to scent and bugs, but the

rewards will surely be worth it.

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Taking Big Bucks on

Public Land Is Tough

By Jim Newcomb

Taking big bucks on public land is tough -

but it can be done if you pay attention to the


of the season. Acorns will be easy to locate

because of the signs left by deer and other wildlife.

When you find that potential food source,

then you search for tracks, droppings and trails

that show you signs of deer in the area. Wide

trails should give you a good indicator of how

the deer are entering and

leaving a food source.

Take some time out and

scan the area for signs of

other trails leading into

the food source. Then find

you a good spot for your

ground blind or a good

tree to hang your climbing

stand on. Stay quiet and

keep your eyes peeled on

the area.

One of the biggest

pressures you will

face is other hunters.

Let’s face it, not everyone’s pockets are

deep enough to shell out the money necessary

to go on an out-of-state guided hunt for big

deer. However, big bucks can be taken from

public lands. It just takes a little devoted work

to do it.

It is very important to pinpoint the deer’s

food sources. The deer will eat more than

anything else while they are awake, thus you

pinpoint that food source. This means you

will locate their bedding areas and determine

where they are moving to and from the food


A smart deer hunter keeps in mind how the

food sources change during the progression

Remember, this is public land, open to all legal

hunters. A good hunter can figure out where the

high human traffic is. Most hunters do not venture

far from the road or do not get far off the

forest walking trails.

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Deer signs

located near or

around easy access

areas will be heavily

hunted. This is why I

will hike one to three

miles into the forest;

to avoid other hunters

and any chance

of them ruining my

hunt or having a

hunting accident.

If you are going to

take the approach

then you better be

in shape to pack out

your kill. I don’t know of anybody who has

carried a whole deer out from this deep in the

forest. Also if you are going to commit to deep

woods hunting, you need to find a hunting partner

to go with you.

When big bucks are pressured, they head for

the cover in the deep woods. If you want one

of these big boys you will have to follow them.

Deer get relaxed and feel safe in areas that provide

thick cover. I always look for the thickest

cover around the food source I uncovered and

then start looking for that thin trail leading in

and out of that cover. I don’t know how many

times I have seem monster bucks pop out of

that thick cover.

Try to position your climbing stand right

behind the food source and thickets or between

them, just about fifteen yards to the side of

the trail. Thickets create a sense of security

for mature bucks, which will often leave their

beds to forage on available acorn concentrations

around the secluded shelter. When I hunt

deep in the forest it is an all-day affair. It starts

at about four in the morning and does not end

until after dark.

My first true lesson in deer hunting came at

the expense of a huge buck snorting as he trotted

off safely out of range. As he popped out of

the heavy brush I moved to get in a better position

and that was enough to let him know I was

there. He sounded off and let the whole forest

know I was there.

The last thing a hunter wants to do is spook

deer when approaching or leaving a deer stand.

Sometimes the easiest and quickest route to

your stand is also the avenue that cuts directly

through areas that are high in deer activity.

Trophy bucks on public land have accumulated

a wealth of knowledge relating to patterning

hunters and survival.

In the outdoors, luck is a ticket that will only

take you so far and sometimes expires after one

season. Luck definitely plays a role in any hunt,

but woodsman ship, will keep you and your

taxidermist smiling over the long haul.

I know this may sound like extreme hunting

to some, but I learned from one of the best. I

have seen the trophy bucks on his wall taken

from public lands and it was easy to figure

out he knew exactly how to hunt those public

lands. ITJ

Jim “Duckie” Newcomb, president

of ShellShocked Outdoors, http://www.

shellshockedoutdoors.com, is an outdoorsman

with 45 years of personal experience in hunting,

fishing and the great outdoors. He is an accomplished

and respected waterfowl hunter along

with guiding upland bird hunting adventures.

He has trained thousands of gun dogs throughout

his career. He is the host of an outdoor

radio show and a respected outdoors writer and

editor. His company does a lot of product testing

for manufacturers of outdoor products.

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