Keeping Cool When the Heat is On – Chevron Lube Matters


With all the emphasis placed on protecting moving engine parts with lubrication, it might surprise you that a large number of engine failures are caused by problems with the cooling system. Often, those problems are caused by the coolant either becoming contaminated or breaking down.

That’s why it’s important to check your coolant regularly. And by “check your coolant,” we don’t mean just making sure you have enough in the tank. We’re talking about running regular tests twice a year for contamination, deterioration or indicators of other problems in the systems such as rust and corrosion.

Protecting your cooling system means ensuring that the corrosion inhibitor levels in your coolant are adequate. The use of extended life coolants with Organic Additive Technology (OAT), can provide this protection for up to 8 years because of the longevity of the corrosion inhibitor additives. This, in turn, helps prevent corrosion particulates from flowing through the system’s pumps and hoses, which are vulnerable to wear and abrasion.

Twice a year you should test for coolant concentration to be sure you have the right balance between the water, base fluid and corrosion inhibitors. Often you can tell right away if there are problems by the color or clarity. If the coolant sample has turned or is turning brown, it’s a sign of possible rust, corrosion or coolant breakdown. The coolant should be flushed out and replaced. If there is no obvious difference in color, using a refractometer to measure ethylene glycol concentration will yield the most accurate indication of freeze protection.

At these same intervals, you can test for carboxylates (OAT’s), the organic inhibitors that protect metal surfaces from corrosion. You should also test for pH levels or acidity. High acidity is a sign that the coolant is degrading, which increases the risk of corrosive damage.

Although the trend in on-highway vehicles is toward nitrite-free coolants, off-road equipment may still require a coolant with nitrites for added cylinder liner cavitation protection. If you use one of these coolants, you’ll want to check to make sure you have the right concentration of nitrites at the same time you are performing these other tests.

As part of a coolant maintenance program, make sure the tank is always full and not allowing any air into the system, which can cause overheating. And finally, check that the radiator cap is in good condition and able to maintain adequate pressure. If the radiator seal is old or compromised in any way, it can allow evaporation of water, leaving an imbalanced level of water to ethylene glycol in the system. Maintaining the proper cooling system pressure will raise the boiling point of the coolant so it can continue to perform as the engine reaches higher temperatures.

Testing is fairly quick and easy – a small amount of prevention to help avert big problems down the road. The main point with cooling systems is to avoid the all-too-common tendency to “fill it and forget it.” Proper coolant system function is critical to the life of the engine, and it starts with a clean and stable coolant.

– See more at: http://www.chevronlubematters.com/2016/11/14/keeping-cool-when-the-heat-is-on-reduce-the-risk-of-cooling-system-failure/#sthash.EimacdqF.dpuf

Contact Us to request a coolant maintenance kit today!

Next Generation of Oil: PC-11

On December 1, 2016, two new categories of heavy-duty engine oil standards will be licensed: API CK-4 and FA-4. These new categories are part of Proposed Category 11 or PC-11.  PC-11 is broken down into two subcategories: PC-11A and PC-11B

PC-11A will consist of the viscosity grades we have today. CJ-4 to CK-4 backward compatible.

PC-11B engine oils that are lighter viscosity grades provide better fuel economy FA-4 oils will be of a lighter viscosity, they may not be backward compatible depending on OEMs.

Both engine oils will deliver superior performance over current oils. The CK-4 will protect new and older engine models. And, the FA-4 was designed to provide optimized fuel economy for 2017+ engines.

What does this mean for the off-road industry?

  • New diesel engine oil technology will provide opportunities for extended oil drain performance for off-road vehicles versus API CJ-4 Oils
  • Improved oil oxidation performance can help reduce piston deposit formation and increase engine rebuild life due to lower wear.
  • Potential selection of PC-11A SAE 10W-30 can provide improved start-up performance and better wear protection while maintaining hardware protection
  • Wide range of products will allow for improved product selection for both new and older equipment used by off-road equipment companies.


For more information please contact Gary Puckett at gary.puckett@jos.us.com or (317)432-3984.


Solving Pain Points in the Hydraulic Market – Chevron Lube Matters



Promoting productivity, efficiency and safety are key in any operation, but they take on new challenges when it comes to hydraulic equipment systems. Using the right hydraulic oils is essential to meeting those goals. The right hydraulic lubricant can offset losses that can be caused by less effective products. Let’s look closely at what might add up to a significant additional annual investment, if you’re not using the correct products.


Hydraulic System Pain Points

Friction loss is a factor in any hydraulic system, and while it can’t be avoided it can be mitigated. Based on customer feedback, hydraulic systems that are not using premium lubricants can lose as much as 20% of their operating efficiency, putting added stress on components and causing higher levels of wear.

If you’re experiencing bursting hydraulic system hoses far more frequently than you would deem acceptable — which should be not at all — it could be related to the type of lubricant you’re using. Less effective hydraulic oils can oxidize rapidly, cause the oil viscosity to increase, run hotter, develop more pressure, and erode and corrode hoses, leading to breakage.

Bursting hydraulic hoses are a costly maintenance item and a cause of unscheduled equipment downtime. In addition, when a hose breaks, the high pressure and high temperature nature of hydraulic systems also can pose a health and safety risk by causing skin damage and injury to anyone nearby.

Many hydraulic systems also are required to operate in environmentally sensitive areas where leaks or spills of hydraulic fluids may result in contamination of the soil or waterways. Conventional hydraulic oils are formulated with metal-containing performance additives, which can harm the environment in the event of leaks.

While vegetable-based hydraulic oils generally meet environmental protection requirements, they may not address performance needs or provide effective lubrication because they can oxidize faster. There’s also the potential for filter plugging in cold temperatures with these oils (think about what can happen when cooking oil is poured down the drain).


Benefits of Premium Synthetic Hydraulic Lubricants

Premium, synthetic hydraulic oils, such as Clarity® Synthetic Hydraulic Oils AW, however, are designed for environmental protection. They are not considered readily biodegradable, but are formulated with synthetic base stocks and ashless additives. Just as importantly, and maybe more so, they also provide excellent oxidation stability and maximum wear protection, and help avoid rust and corrosion that leads to costly maintenance and repairs.

Choosing the best oils for hydraulic systems begins with confirming that the fluid meets original equipment manufacturer (OEM) requirements. Once those choices are determined, however, keep in mind that all hydraulic lubricants are not equally up to the task of protecting equipment, and operating efficiently and safely.

Only premium hydraulic lubricants can help ensure you realize the benefits of long-term value and lower operating and maintenance costs.

CLICK HERE to learn more about how to make the best choice in premium hydraulic lubricants.

– See more at: http://www.chevronlubematters.com/2016/07/06/solving-pain-points-in-the-hydraulics-market/#sthash.xDpyVFxW.dpuf


Fleet Managers: Are you prepared for PC-11?

Jackson Oil is the transportation industry leader in providing current and future trends for fleet lubricants. Our suppliers are finishing their formulations to meet the new API Proposed Category 11 (PC-11) CK-4/FA-4 specifications.  Chevron, Valvoline, and Kendall are all preparing to begin marketing their new PC-11 products for on-highway trucks and off-road equipment in December 2016. Want to know more? Call Jackson Oil and we will be glad to walk you down the road to success or go on-line to PC-11explained.com for more information.


Is Your Equipment Operating at its Peak Performance – Chevron Lube Matters


When it comes to protecting the hydraulic systems used in a wide range of operations, from waste hauling to construction to manufacturing plants, all hydraulic fluids are not formulated the same. Only premium hydraulic lubricants are formulated to effectively protect against wear, ensure productive and safe performance and maximize useful equipment life.


What are Premium Hydraulic Lubricants?

Premium hydraulic oils have several characteristics that make them well worth the investment. One of those is a high viscosity index that promotes energy efficiency. When hydraulic fluids flow through equipment, as much as 20% in operating efficiency is lost due to friction and internal leakage. Properly formulated premium hydraulic lubricants, with the right base oil, additive system, and high viscosity index, offset those losses with a lower coefficient of friction that helps them perform more effectively in a wider operating range, and maintain viscosity at high temperatures to minimize internal leakage.

– See more at: http://www.chevronlubematters.com/2016/06/02/is-your-equipment-operating-at-its-peak-performance/#sthash.MHPmFUS7.dpuf

The Value of Oil Analysis


Analyzing the oil in your vehicle is like sending your blood to the lab for tests. An engine oil analysis can provide clues about the health of your engine – without any invasive surgery.

By analyzing a sample of used engine oil, you can determine the amount of contamination, the wear rates and overall condition of your engine. The real benefit of an oil analysis is that it acts as an early warning system, alerting you to potential problems before they become an equipment failure.

And oil analysis isn’t for just one kind of driver or one kind of vehicle. The tests benefit all engines, from passenger cars to fleet vehicles to agricultural, construction, and industrial equipment.

How to Perform an Analysis

First, you’ll need to purchase an oil analysis kit. Jackson Oil & Solvents have kits which contain everything you need for analysis.

You’ll then extract a small sample of used engine oil from your vehicle and mail this to the lab for testing.


Interpreting Your Results

All Jackson Oil & Solvents kits are sent to Polaris Laboratories in Indianapolis for analysis.

 Technicians will check for elemental metals, including the presence of metals and other elements, such as aluminum, chromium, iron, copper, lead, calcium and more. Knowing the levels of these materials can help you identify wear patterns in a specific part of the engine. High amounts of wear metal usually indicate an abnormal wear or corrosion problem.

 Technicians will also check for insoluble matter like carbon, fuel and dirt. The insoluble test measures how fast the oil is oxidizing and receiving contaminants, and how effectively the system’s oil filtration is functioning.


Analysis will measure the oil’s viscosity, its alkalinity or acid level and if the proper level of detergents and anti-wear additives are presents. If your oil falls out of the range it’s supposed to be, the oil could have been overheated or contaminated.

The report will detail the results of these tests and provide an overall condition of the sample, ranging from normal to severe. If you’ve used Polaris Laboratories before, the report will include any changes from earlier analysis.

How Analysis Can Save You Money

The benefits of oil analysis go beyond preventative maintenance.

If you’re considering buying a new or used passenger car, commercial vehicle, or construction equipment an oil analysis can help identify any issues lurking under that washed and waxed hood. You might want to reconsider your purchase if a lab report shows high levels of metal in the oil.

For fleet managers, oil analysis can help minimize downtown, as well as safely extend drain intervals, meaning less money spent on oil, filters and labor.

Make the Most of Your Results

Oil analysis shouldn’t be a one-and-done item on your maintenance checklist. Although a single sample is useful in providing a snapshot evaluation, especially where a component problem is suspected, used oil analysis is best used when results can be compared to many samples taken over a period of time. For all your oil analysis needs or questions, contact Larry Davis at larry.davis@jos.us.com or 317-502-5289.

Passenger Car Motor Oils – Past, Present, and Future

Passenger car motor oils have changed dramatically over the last 10 years. Gone are the days of 5W-30 and 5W-20 for most vehicles.  Due to the increase demands on engines, EPA mandated fuel economy increases and other requirements; the need for different viscosity motor oils has been required.

In 2011 General Motors introduced DEXOS motor oils.   DEXOS oils were API approved GF-5 oils that could be used in other makes of vehicles requiring 5W-30 or 5W-20 motor oil.  But GM preferred the DEXOS products for their vehicles.  DEXOS was only available at GM dealers. If DEXOS was not available then GF-5 approved oil could be used for the oil change if the customer did not elect to go to the dealer.  Since this time DEXOS has been licensed to all the major oil companies and blenders of private label brands.  DEXOS is available at most quick oil facilities and repair shops.

Currently we have 6 types of 5W-30 motor oil.   Conventional, Synthetic Blend, Full Synthetic, Dexos and High Mileage all GF-5 approved.  There is a Euro 5W-30 for Mercedes, BMW and VW,

We also have 5W-40 for diesel powered Euro vehicles.

In 2017 we will be changing to a GF-6 which is designed for better fuel economy, improve wear protection for the engine as a few benefits for this new standard. But with this change in specification brings more types of viscosity oils to meet the requirements from the automobile manufactures.  Go to www.oronite.com/products/gf6 for more information on the new specifications.

In closing with all the changes and oils out there, it is even more important to follow the owner’s manual recommendations for the correct oil for your vehicle. For questions or more information, contact John Rang at john.rang@jos.us.com or 317-502-6268.


Ice Road Trucker Lisa Kelly Relies on Delo

Up on the ice roads, you and your truck work together like a team. Watch Lisa Kelly from History® Network’s Ice Road Truckers® as she explains the Alaskan way to get the job done.

Delo_LisaKellyPoster-2016-03-09-06-41-395x500Lisa Kelly, star of the Histroy Channel’s Ice Road Truckers series, has joined Chevron’s “Reality of Delo” campaign, a modern take on testimonials intended to influence heavy duty diesel equipment users about the benefits of Delo heavy duty motor oil (HDMO).

Kelly, a career truck driver, says she is a long time Delo user.

“I have relied on Delo since I began my career in trucking,” she says. “I drive some of the deadliest roads in the world. I can’t take chances on oils. I need to know I’ve got the most durable, reliable and toughest lubricants in my truck. An oil that I can count on to protect my truck even in the harshest conditions. Up on the ice roads, Delo is just what we use.”

– See more at: http://www.ccjdigital.com/ice-road-trucker-lisa-kelly-joins-chevrons-reality-of-delo-campaign/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTVdJek1XSXhOMlZrTlRRdyIsInQiOiJmN3RNUWJ1em1HSTIrWUh0QVVrTnhZYktoWWE5bkhwQ0dYTzFlMHA2TGFCYzZmT1lXR0R0aGFkcnJ4bUVmWmcySnJxK2ZFblk0Ymsya0xzUE85K0l4VXdUWituTko1dGRhR1o1bUllczA4QT0ifQ%3D%3D

Spring Clean

While spring is here and summer right around the corner now would be a good time to make sure that your fuel tanks are clean and ready to go for the construction Fuel Bacteria and Water Graphicseason. Water and bacteria can find their way into your tanks during this time and could cause you problems down the road.

Think of a fuel tank like your lawn in the spring or fall.  If you walk out to get the paper in the morning or mail in the evening take a look at your shoes when you get inside.  That same moisture on your bottle condensationshoes could be in your tanks.  Or think of a hot humid day with a cold drink in your hand.  Now pretend that the drink is your tank.  Where did all that moisture/ water go?  Remember this is happening everyday!  With newer equipment and their higher fuel standards, making sure your tanks are clean would help your company reduce downtime and make more money.  For more information on Jackson Oil’s Fuel Polishing services, visit: http://jacksonoilsolvents.com/services/fuel-filtering/


Please feel free to call or email JB Ban at 317-691-9534 or jb.ban@jos.us.com for more information.

ISOClean Testimonial – Part 3 of a 3 Part Series

When contaminants — like metal particles and dirt — enter a machine’s lubrication zone, a chain reaction of wear begins:  these particles grind away the equipment’s insides, creating more contaminants and more wear.

The Chevron ISOCLEAN® Program has the solutions to fight contaminants.  This premier program provides the expertise and products to increase equipment reliability and avoid equipment failure and downtime.

This is part 3 of a 3 part series, that will demonstrate the power of ISOClean Certified Lubricants and ISOClean Services that Jackson Oil provides!

Enjoy this short video testimonial with Calabrese:

ISOClean Testimonial – Part 2 of a 3 Part Series

When contaminants — like metal particles and dirt — enter a machine’s lubrication zone, a chain reaction of wear begins:  these particles grind away the equipment’s insides, creating more contaminants and more wear.

The Chevron ISOCLEAN® Program has the solutions to fight contaminants.  This premier program provides the expertise and products to increase equipment reliability and avoid equipment failure and downtime.

This is part 2 of a 3 part series, that will demonstrate the power of ISOClean Certified Lubricants and ISOClean Services that Jackson Oil provides!

Enjoy this short video testimonial with Western Disposal:

Global Vehicle Fleet to Double by 2035 – Lubes’n’Greases

I found this article very interesting as an economic outlook as a whole. The more vehicles on the road, the better our economy right? Read the below article and let us know your thoughts!

The global vehicle fleet – commercial vehicles and passenger cars – is expected to top 2.4 billion by 2035, doubling the current 1.2 billion total, according to the 2016 BP Energy Outlook. Read More….

ISOClean Testimonial – Part 1 of a 3 Part Series

When contaminants — like metal particles and dirt — enter a machine’s lubrication zone, a chain reaction of wear begins:  these particles grind away the equipment’s insides, creating more contaminants and more wear.

The Chevron ISOCLEAN® Program has the solutions to fight contaminants.  This premier program provides the expertise and products to increase equipment reliability and avoid equipment failure and downtime.

This is part 1 of a 3 part series, that will demonstrate the power of ISOClean Certified Lubricants and ISOClean Services that Jackson Oil provides!

Enjoy this short video testimonial with Brannan Sand, construction company in Denver.

2015 Year in Review

2015 goes down in the record books as our best yet in terms of each of our company segments performing at a high level. Crude prices fell to their lowest levels since the financial crisis which produced lower prices for our customers and lowered delivery expenses for our company. A tragic event reminded us that maintaining a safe work environment requires continuous focus and effort. Here are some of the positive changes that occurred throughout the year.


  • New transportation professionals were hired to expand our reach and capabilities.
  • Remodeling and repairs were performed on our “flagship” building.
  • Wayne saw the addition of new entrance gates and a card system for after-hour entry and additional repairs were made to the stair well and roof.
  • Jackson grew the DEF business by an additional 25% and maintained the number one slot as Brenntag’s largest DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) distributor in North America for much of 2015.
  • The best single month performance ever.
  • The Joe’s Junction location at Kentucky & Raymond opened and expanded their inside and outside offerings.
  • Jackson Oil & Solvents surpassed its’ largest year of grease sales.
  • Jackson Oil set a new record for equipment & services including our biggest installation ever at Celadon Trucking.
  • Jackson Oil & Solvents was able to reward our employees for jobs well done.


Whether you’re looking for increased equipment life through filtered fuel and lubricants, outstanding premium lubrication and antifreeze products (Chevron), the Cummins Endorsed Valvoline Premium Blue for your heavy-duty engine (Valvoline), the Titanium advantage of Kendall & Guardol (ConocoPhillips), or a trusted name in premium additized fuel (Howes), we hope you’ll choose Jackson Oil.


From our family to yours, we hope you had a Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year. We are looking forward to providing you with great value and service in 2016.


Drumstick Dash 2015

Jackson Oil is a proud Sponsor of the Wheeler Mission Drumstick Dash. Below is more information and how you can be apart of this year’s Drumstick Dash.


November is Here! Drumstick Dash is Here!

Along with this fantastic fall weather, you’re going to love all that is in store for you at this year’s 13th annual Drumstick Dash. For years, you’ve come to love the Brooks long-sleeved shirts, Starbucks coffee, and Broad Ripple scenery, and now we’ve added free participant photos, free Heatsheets from IPL, more course entertainment, and our biggest addition yet…a live concert from Toy Factory near the Start Line!  There’s so much in store for you, your friends, and your family! Grab the gang and make this Thanksgiving one that you’ll talk about for years to come. Depending on your group size, you could even get your picture in the paper, along with some Christmas spending cash, as the winner of Indy Star’s Largest Team competition.  This is the year you won’t want to miss! And after all the fun, you’ll go home feeling great about how you worked to provide food, shelter, and care for the homeless because 100% of the proceeds from the Drumstick Dash go directly to Wheeler Mission. If you haven’t already registered, what are you waiting for? Don’t miss the fun! We’re only 3 weeks away! Register Today!
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Fan Appreciation Night


On August 1, 2015, Lincoln Park Speedway will be celebrating the fan! For one night only and on the anniversary of the New Lincoln Park Speedway, General Admission will be FREE!

Yes, you read that correctly. August 1, 2015, General Admission is FREE to all fans! This is a great opportunity for fans to bring someone new to the race track and maybe create a new life long race fan! Gates open at 4:30pm.

Jackson Oil will be in attendance at the event so come on out and say hi!

Track Address:
1051 W US Highway 40, Greencastle, IN 46135




Greene’s Auto – Customer Testimonial

Greene’s Auto & Truck Service is a second generation Passenger Car Motor Oil (or PCMO) shop in Indianapolis, IN that has been in business 25 years. Jackson Oil switched them from a Synthetic Blend Dexos to Service Pro Full Synthetic Dexos for a dollar less per gallon. Since then, Greene’s has been extremely happy with Jackson Oil & Solvents and Service Pro!


Check out the short video testimonial from Greene’s produced by our very own Sean Stahlhut! Not only is Sean an expert at PCMO’s, he is an expert at capturing awesome moments on film! Enjoy!


Looking to switch from a Synthetic Blend Dexos to a Full Synthetic Dexos AND save Money!?!
Call Sean Stahlhut today at 317.691.9564 to find out how!

Mid-America 2015 Schedule

Mid America News (posted by Mid-America Speedway 4/14/2015)The 8th Season at Mid-America kicks off in eleven days.  We have been busy prepping the track in preparation of our first event, and plan on doing even more in the coming days to get the riders and fans excited about 2015.

While the schedule looks similar to previous years, there are some significant changes.  The schedule is posted at the bottom of the blog, but please note that May 2nd will only be run if April 25th is a rain off.  After the Spring kick off, we will take a little over a month off as the weather in Indiana is very unpredictable in May.  Many people call June 6th the real start of the season.  This event pays $100 to the winning bike owner in the 80-200 class.  Next on the schedule is our the 9th annual fair race on June 20th.  This is a special event for us because if the very first Marion Co. Fair race on an overcast Wednesday in 2006 would not have happened, it is highly unlikely that Mid-America would exist today.

With the Indy Mile, moving to Saturday, July 11th, the decision was made to move our fourth event of the season to Friday, July 10th.  Once again, this event will host many of the top GNC1 and GNC2 riders, and will pay $1500 to win the Open Class.  Last year Brad Baker ended Jared Mees’ total domination of this event after a three year win streak.  It will certainly be interesting to see who comes out on top this year.  There will be limited classes this night as we need to finish no later than 10:00pm so that the GNC riders can rest up for the Indy Mile.

The racing continues on the following Saturday, July 18th with $100 going to the winner of Super Sr/50+, $50 to second place, and $25 to the oldest finisher in the Main Event!  We then take a week off and go green once again on August 1st for Vet 30+ Night, with $100 going to the winner.  One week later on August 8th is Round 10 of the AMA Vintage Dirt Track Nationals and coincides with the MotoGP weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Along with the Vintage bikes, we will also be running the Astro’s and all of our regular classes with the exception of Vintage Light and Heavy.  Some pretty big names have already committed to attend.  One common theme among all of the “big name” riders is that the “owner/turner is building me one fast machine just for this race”.  More information on this event will be published as the event gets closer.

We then take a two week break and continue on August 29th for a “Regular” points night.  Two weeks later on September 12th, we are going to move about an hour north of Indianapolis and go to the ever popular Clinton County Fairgrounds 1/2 mile in Frankfort, IN.  This event will run in conjunction with the Hoosier Bike Rally.  The will be a day event as this is going to be a huge motorcycle festival, and the bands start at 7:00pm.  Apparently, there is concern that multiple twin cylinder motorcycles on a half mile will drown out the bands. If you are still reading at this point, there is little doubt which one you would rather hear.  The fair board is also in the process of making Frankfort a limestone track, and they are excited about motorcycles returning to Clinton County.  If this event is successful, it could be the first of many events at Frankfort.

Next on the schedule is September 26th which is a points night, followed by October 3rd which will pay $100 per cylinder to the winner of Vintage Heavy.  October 17th and 24th are points nights, followed up with our season finale Halloween race on October 31st.  Years ago we decided to get into the Halloween spirit and encourage riders and fans to bring their Halloween costumes and it took off like wild fire as this is one of the most popular events of the year.  The Open class will also run 25 laps with a minimum of $400 to win.

The awards banquet will be on November 14th at the Sunrise Bowl in Clermont, IN.  We have always kept the banquet a free event to attend, and this is the plan again this year.  We will be doing 50/50 raffles at many of the events to help offset the costs, and plan on doing the same this year.

Once again, thank you for supporting Mid-America for the previous seven seasons.  Without the great group of riders, fans, and volunteers we would never have made it this long.


Important Times

Gates Open: 12:00

Signup 2:30

Riders Briefing 4:30 (April, May, Sept. & October)

Riders Briefing 4:00 (June, July & August)

Practice 5:00 (April, May, Sept. & October)

Practice 5:30 (June, July & August)

Heats: 7:00


Ride Academy at Mid-America

Mike Hacker will be bringing his Ride Academy to Mid-America twice in 2015.  The first date is July 12th which is the Sunday after the Indy Mile.  They then return on August 10th on the Monday after the Indianapolis MotoGP.  July 12th will be on the Mid-America Oval, and August 10th will be on a soon to be constructed TT course.  Anybody who signs up for July 12th, will get a complimentary pit pass on July 10th.  Signing up for RA on August 10th, will get you a free pit pass for August 8th.


Indy Mile

Family Events who is promoting the Duquoin and Indy Miles has tickets on sale for the Indy Mile at www.indymile.com


Flat Track at the 2015 X-Games

Last May, Harley-Davidson filmed a commercial at Mid-America featuring the new 750 Street.  Near the end of the commercial viewers were asked to use the hashtag #XGamesFlatTrack in their social media posts.  In what may have been one of the worst kept flat track secrets, earlier today it was announced that flat track would be a part of the 2015 X-Games.  This is huge news for the sport.  Please support the sport by encouraging friends and family to watch and comment on the various Facebook and Twitter posts using the hashtag #XGamesFlatTrack.  The folks at Harley-Davidson and the X-Games monitor social media and this is definitely a move closer toward the mainstream for the sport.



Open practice dates will be announced soon, most likely starting in July.  Please watch the Mid-America website, Facebook, or follow us on Twitter: @MidAmSpeedway


2015 Schedule

April 25 Spring Opener (2015 Points Apply)

May 2 Rain Date for April 25

June 6 Opening Night! Extra Money in 80-200

June 20 9th Annual Marion Co. Fair Race

July 10 Friday Night Before the Indy Mile.  $1500 to win the Open Pro Class, Limited Classes

July 12 Ride Academy School at Mid-America

July 18 Super Sr./50+ Night

August 1 Vet 30+ Night

August 8 Round 10 of the AMA Vintage Dirt Track Nationals, plus Bultaco Astros & all regular classes

August 10 Ride Academy TT School at Mid-America

August 29 Mid-America Points Night

September 12 1/2 Mile at the Clinton Co. Fairgrounds, Frankfort, IN

September 26 Mid-America Points Night

October 3 Vintage Heavy Night $100 bonus per cylinder to the winning rider

October 17 Mid-America Points Night

October 24 Mid-America Points Night

October 31 6th Annual Halloween Race.  $400 to win the Open Class

November 14 Awards Banquet at Sunrise Bowl, Clermont, IN.  RSVP’s required


Directions to Mid-AmericaMid-America Speedway is located at the southeast  corner of Indianapolis at the Marion County Fairgrounds.  From 465, take exit 49 and go to the first light and turn left, continue approximately 3/4 of a mile, and go over the overpass.  Bear to the left of the base of the overpass, and the entrance to Mid-America is 1/4 mile on the left.


2014 Year In Review

2014 was a year filled with challenges, and continued improvements. We started the year with a tragic event when two of our colleagues were involved in a serious accident resulting in one of them losing their life. All great companies are made up of great people, and ours’ rallied in support of one another. While we continued to move forward, the loss was certainly felt throughout the company. Here are some of the positive changes that occurred throughout the year.

  • New sales personnel were added to outside sales.
  • Jackson moved into the number one slot as Brenntag’s largest DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) distributors in North America for the month of October just missing the mark for the entire year. We’ve also expanded our capabities by adding a second DEF tank wagon to the fleet.
  • Jackson Oil & Solvents surpassed its’ largest year of grease sales.
  • Ft. Wayne saw the addition of a new loading dock
  • Jackson rallied the fuel team to keep the Nestle plant operating after it lost a cooling tower.
  • The best single month performance ever and a strong start to the year.
  • Pacific Pride was introduced at the newly remodeled Joe’s Junction location at Kentucky & Raymond.
  • Our Deicng Fluid sales set a new record, thanks to the “Snow Team”.
  • Jackson Oil set a new record for equipment & services which continues to be a big differntiator for our business..

Whether you’re looking for outstanding premium lubrication and antifreeze products (Chevron), the Cummins Endorsed Valvoline Premium Blue for your heavy-duty engine (Valvoline), the Titanium advantage of Kendall & Guardol (ConocoPhillips),or a trusted name in premium additized fuel (Howes), we hope you’ll choose Jackson Oil.

From our family to yours, we hope you had a happy holiday and we are looking forward to providing you with great value and service in 2015.


Ron Willis
General Manager

Diesel Fuel and Cold Weather


What is the lowest temperature at which a vehicle will start and run? This temperature is often referred to as the cold weather operability limit. The cold weather operability limit of a particular vehicle varies and is dependent upon the properties of the fuel and the design of the vehicle fuel system.


Fuel Properties

Diesel Fuel is a complex mixture of a wide variety of hydrocarbons. Depending on how the fuel is blended at the refinery, diesel fuel can contain up to 20% paraffin molecules, also known as “wax”. These wax molecules tend to stick together (agglomerate) as the temperature drops. The colder the fuel, the more the agglomerate until they form a crystal. These “crystals” can become so large that they will separate out of the fuel as a solid. At this point they are too large to pass through the fuel filter, so they stick to the surface of the filter. If the fuel temperature continues to fall, eventually enough wax crystals will form to completely block the filter surface, resulting in lack of fuel flow thereby stalling the engine.


Fuel Operability Predictors

There are three primary methods, which as currently used to predict the operability temperatures of fuel. Each method has its limitations in predicting cold weather operability, and no test currently can accurately predict operability for all vehicles.


The three predictor methods are:

  • Cloud Point
  • Pour Point
  • CFPP (Cold Filter Plug Point)


      The Cloud Point of a fuel is usually 5 to 15° Fahrenheit above the operability temperature of the fuel, making Cloud Point a conservative measure of vehicle operability. Cloud Point is an important winter fuel property because it is a commonly measured specification. Knowing the fuel’s Cloud Point, combined with previous experience can be a very good place to start. Blending #1 diesel fuel will generally lower the Cloud Point by about 3°F for every 10% of #1 blended. Cloud Point is generally unaffected by common additives.Cloud Point is the temperature at which a wax crystal grows large enough to become visible. Cloud Point is measured using ASTM D-2500 test method. Generally, each diesel fuel supplier sets his or her own cloud point maximums, which may vary seasonally. For No. 1 diesel fuel, the winter Cloud Point will typically be -30°F or lower. For No. 2 diesel fuel, the winter Cloud Point will typically be +15°F or lower.


      Pour Point is the temperature at which diesel fuel becomes so thick that it will no longer pour from a container. At this temperature the fuel is essentially unpumpable.Typical winter Pour Points for No. 1 diesel fuel are -30°F or lower. Typical winter Pour Points for No. 2 diesel fuel are 0°F of lower.

      Pour Point is typically well below the temperature at which the fuel will plug a fuel filter. Therefore Pour Point is a useful measure for fuel handling properties but not a good indicator of vehicle operability.


    • CFPP
      CFPP (Cold Filter Plug Point) is the temperature at which a fuel will plug a 45-micron screen under prescribed test conditions. CFPP is measured using European Test Method IP 309, and is currently the most commonly used cold weather operability indicator.Although widely used, CFPP has its limitations. While most vehicles will operate at outdoor temperatures down to the CFPP of the fuel, some will not. This is primarily due to verifying designs in the fuel systems.




Fuel temperatures are generally higher than air temperature. Thus, the temperature at which a filter plugs generally does not occur until the outdoor air temperature drops below the critical fuel temperature. Fuel temperatures are affected by many factors including fuel storage conditions, engine types, fuel system designs, fuel heaters, and operating conditions.

      During the winter, fuel stored underground will tend to stay warmer than fuel stored above ground. In addition, the temperature of delivered fuel will have an impact on operability. As an example, fuel delivered at 50°F to a 125 gallon truck fuel tank in typical 8-mph wind conditions, at 0°F temperature will take about 12 hours to drop down to 10°F. However, fuel delivered at 30°F in similar conditions will take only 8 hours to get to the same point.


      Although virtually all diesel engines recirculate fuel through the fuel injection system back to the fuel tank, the location of the vehicle’s fuel filter can impact cold weather operability. Some fuel systems place the fuel filter closer to the warm engine or shield the filter from the wind, while others are located on frame rails for ease of changing and draining. Locations close to the engine or shielded from the wind will tend to warm the fuel more than filters exposed to the wind and elements.Additionally, the high wind speeds will also increase the heat loss from equipment fuel tanks and lines. Windshields and insulation will help reduce heat loss. Many of the newer trucks have aerodynamic covers over the fuel tanks. These not only lower the power equipment of the vehicle, but also affect the convective heat loss from the tanks.

      Various types of heaters may be used to warm the diesel fuel and engines. Heaters can be places in a fuel tank, along fuel lines, at the fuel filters, and on the engine block to name a few locations. All of these devices tend to create a larger difference between actual fuel temperature and outdoor air temperature.


      How a vehicle is operated also contributes to differences in fuel temperature. A vehicle operated 24 hours a day will have warmer fuel than an identical vehicle that s shut down for several hours each day. Additionally, differences in vehicle parking location can influence fuel tank temperatures. As noted earlier, a tank fueled with 50°F fuel and subject to 8-mph winds takes about 12 hours to get its fuel temperature down to 10°F. A truck that is parked in an area that is shielded from the wind will require almost 17 hours for its fuel temperature to reach 10°F


    • Near empty fuel tanks will cool off much more quickly than full tanks. Therefore, refueling prior to parking a vehicle will help slow fuel cooling.



There are many methods which help decrease fuel filter plugging. The most common are:

      • Blending #1 diesel fuel with #2 diesel fuel
      • Blending additives into the diesel fuel
      • Keeping the fuel warm
      • Keeping the fuel dry
      • Using a combination of the above methods



#1 diesel fuel contains a smaller concentration of paraffin molecules than #2. Reducing the percentage of paraffin molecules available for crystallization will lower the cold weather operability predictors for the fuel. For every 10% of #1 blended into #2 fuelse, the cold weather operability predictors (Cloud Point, Pour Point, and CFPP) will be reduced 3 to 4°F. However, #1 has lower BTU content than #2, thus decreasing energy available.



Wax modifying additives (also referred to as flow improver additives) were developed to give fuels better low temperature filterability. When fuel cools, paraffin molecules tend to stick together to form wax crystals. Wax modifying additives are very long polymers, which tend to adsorb to the surface of paraffin molecules, hindering the growth of the wax crystals, resulting in smaller, more compact wax crystals. These smaller crystals do not separate out of the fuel and do not block fuel filters as easily.

While each method listed above will contribute to lowering fuel filtering plugging, no method will work in all circumstances.

Cold Weather Operation Tips

It’s that time of year again! The cold weather is here to stay for the next several months.
Is your fleet ready?

The following tips will prepare your vehicles for winter and help prevent cold temperature operability problems.

  • Pump water bottoms from storage tanks.
  • Kill microbial growth with Dual Phase Biocide
  • Keep tanks as dry as possible to reduce condensation. Fill vehicle fuel tanks before shutdown overnight. Keep your storage tanks filled as much as possible to reduce the amount of moisture buildup. Change or drain your fuel pump regularly.
  • Refueling prior to parking a vehicle will help slow fuel cooling. Near empty fuel tanks will cool off much more quickly than full tanks and condensation will form inside the tank.
  • Before winter, replace fuel filters, both primary and secondary, as a part of a good preventive maintenance program. Dirt and sludge build-up reduces the fuel flow to the injectors.
  • Drain the fuel/water separators and fuel filters with drains DAILY. This is an important key as water collected at the bottom will freeze and plug your fuel system. Fuel/water separators that are equipped with electric elements should be cleaned before winter.
  • Larger mesh filters should be considered in very cold climates.
  • It is highly recommended that in severe weather, the fuel/water separators be replaced with spin on fuel filters that will allow the additive to mix with the water and burn with the fuel. Water separators will collect the water at the bottom of the filter, which typically freezes and plugs the fuel system.
  • Drain water separators often.


For questions about how to maintain your fleet during the winter for optimal performance, contact us! Our 40+ years of experience is here to help.

Jackson Oil Delo Truck Event

Jackson Oil hosted the Chevron Delo Truck on Friday, September 19th.  The state-of-the-art interior experience offered lots of attention-drawing features including:

  • Nineteen interactive educational stations including touch screen videos and product presentations.
  • Detroit Diesel cut-away engine to illustrate latest in technology.
  • A video booth to capture and share visitors’ Delo experience.

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The interactive truck was a great way to showcase premium Delo engine oils, lubricants, and coolants. The truck started an open dialog between the customers and their salesman. After the customers were done touring the truck, the salesman took them through our other 6 booths. The booths were Fuel Polishing, Racing, DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid), Equipment/FuelMaster, Polaris – oil/lubricant analysis, and Palmer Trucks.

The Fuel Polishing/Filtering booth was led by Mike Klepfer, our fuel filtering guru! He was able to not only talk about the benefits of being on a fuel filtering program, but he was able to show the benefits. He took the customers through the truck and explained how the fuel is transferred from the tank and filtered through from start to finish.


The Racing booth was led by the race master herself, Diane Poff. She explained our racing program and our race sponsorship (find out more here: http://jacksonoilsolvents.com/services/24-hour-race-station/). Also, she was able to showcase our full line of VP Racing Products and our 24-hour Race Station.


The DEF booth was led by Keith Huff, the creator of DEF-Depot. Keith went through the importance of being pure to the tank by showing the customers how we are able to keep the product pure. To watch a short video on DEF visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvU-uE_h7HM. To learn more about DEF-Depot visit: www.def-depot.com.


The equipment booth was led by 3 talented equipment and FuelMaster specialists: Jodie Brill, Randy Collier, and Rob Horton.   FuelMaster is an automated fuel management system that can be customized to a customer’s needs; such as smartcard (memory chip card), PROKEE® (memory chip key), credit card reader, keypad only, fleet card, AIM2 passive fueling (radio frequency device inside the vehicle with RFID Tags), mobile fueling for tanker trucks, car wash activation and gate openers just to name a few.

The Fluid Analysis booth was held down by Christine from Polaris Laboratories. She explained an effectively executed fluid analysis program eliminates the guesswork, risk and reactionary nature of your maintenance department. By learning to trust the power of the data, you can save millions of dollars by catching and monitoring problems before they become catastrophes, making unplanned downtime a thing of the past and even reducing the frequency of your current fluid changes.

The final booth we had was Palmer Trucks and the ever so talented salesman John Cummings manned this booth. He also brought a Kenworth tractor to show that in all Kenworth tractors, they are serviced with Chevron Delo XLE 400 10W30. For more information on Palmer Trucks visit: www.palmertrucks.com


Everyone that went to each booth and had their punch cards completed was eligible to be entered into Jackson Oil & Solvents grand prize drawing. The grand prize was a Green Egg Grill and the lucky winner was Mike Chapman from Milestone!

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We would like to thank everyone that came to the event and helped make it all possible. Overall we had a great day!


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Team Kendall’s Racers of the Month

Larry and Phillip Balliet are a father-son truck pulling team from Avilla, Indiana. Collectively, the two have been racing for decades and have a rich history of pulling two- and four-wheeler Chevy trucks. Both are loyal to Kendall Motor Oil, using the product not only for their racing trucks, but also on the farm for their tractors. With that said, we are very excited to share that Larry and Phillip were named Team Kendall’s Racers of the month for September!

The two pride themselves on building great racing vehicles and note that Kendall Motor Oil has been a huge help protecting their engines for many years.

“We’re like the David of David & Goliath in most of these races,” said Phillip. “We don’t have a team that makes our trucks run well. We are our own team. We build our trucks and engines with our own hands and rely on good products to keep our trucks running. It’s great to win against other racers who aren’t as directly involved in their vehicles as us!”

They’re both excited to be representing Kendall Motor Oil in the pulling category of motorsports.

“Everyone knows Kendall, and it’s great to be associated with such a well-known sponsor in this unique type of racing,” said Larry.

The two have been raking in truck-pulling championships for years and Phillip’s biggest accomplishment to date is being named Hoosier State Puller Champion.

“I love racing,” said Phillip. “There is nothing better than getting pulled off the track and having a little kid come running up from the stands wanting to get your autograph.”

Marketer Shawn Kem of Jackson Oil & Solvents said, “Over the years, the Balliets have been loyal customers to us and that loyalty holds true to Kendall Motor Oil as well. In fact, they purchase Kendall Motor Oil products nearly every time they visit our local store! We were happy to get the Balliet family on board with Team Kendall and have enjoyed hearing of their successes in truck pulling. They’ve brought good business to our store and we are extremely proud to serve as a resource for their team.”

Looking ahead, Larry and Phillip are hoping to race more in the Grand National circuit and land the Grand National Champion title. We congratulate them both on being named Team Kendall’s September Racers of the Month!




For more information on joining Team Kendall, email TeamKendall@p66.com


Study Suggests Severe Corrosion of Some Storage Tank Components

A recent National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) laboratory study suggests that “many” of the sump pumps for underground storage tanks at gas stations could corrode more rapidly than expected.

NIST, a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, duplicated conditions similar to those found around the sump pump for tank systems to determine the potential corrosion rate.

The study “demonstrated severe corrosion rapidly eating through 1 millimeter of wall thickness per year on steel alloy samples exposed to ethanol and acetic acid vapors,” NIST said. “Gas stations may need to replace submersible pump casings, typically made of steel or cast iron, sooner than expected.”

The laboratory study was prompted by recent reports from field inspectors in nine states suggesting there were “many” rapidly corroding gasoline storage tank components such as sump pumps, NIST said in an announcement. The incidents are “generally” linked to the use of gasoline-ethanol blends and the presence of bacteria, Acetobacter aceti, which convert ethanol to acetic acid, a component of vinegar, the agency said.

The NIST study “confirmed” the field inspectors’ reports of damage to sump pumps, NIST said.

A request for comment from ethanol supporter the Renewable Fuels Association was not answered by presstime.

Researchers developed new test methods and equipment to study copper and steel alloy samples either immersed in ethanol-water solutions inoculated with bacteria or exposed to vapors mimicking those around sump pumps. Corrosion rates were measured over about 30 days.

“The worst damage, with flaky iron oxide products covering corrosion, was found on steel exposed to the vapors,” NIST said. Copper sustained damage in the liquid and vapor environments but corrosion rates were slower. Steel corroded “very” slowly while immersed in the liquid mixture.

Researchers concluded that it would take about 15 years for 1.2-millimeter thick copper tube walls to develop holes from corrosion. Stress-corrosion cracking is a concern for bent copper tubing, NIST said.

A previous NIST study found that “ethanol-loving” bacteria accelerated pipeline cracking. The agency notes that “much” of the fuel infrastructure in the United States was designed for unblended gasoline. EPA Data Suggests Tank Leaks Declining.

Meanwhile, if corrosion is accelerating, it has yet to show up in the latest data from the EPA’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST). OUST suggests the number of new tank system leaks has steadily declined over the years. As of mid-fiscal 2014, there were 3,007 new releases confirmed, bringing the cumulative total to 517,317.

That’s less than half of the 6,128 new releases confirmed in full-year 2013. Over the last decade, the number of new releases reported on an annual basis has been almost cut in half.

“As a result of improved leak detection and prevention activities we continue to see the number of new releases to be significantly lower than the annual historical average number of confirmed releases,” Cliff Rothenstein, then director of OUST, wrote in a report. “In fiscal year 2003 we reported approximately 12,000 new releases, about 60% lower than the annual historical average number of confirmed releases.”


–Donna Harris, dharris@opisnet.com


Copyright, Oil Price Information Service

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Ron Willis, Jackson Oil’s General Manager, was put to the test when several employees signed a petition to challenge him to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Ron decided to take the plunge. Watch the video to find out who he challenged next:

For more information about ALS or to donate, visit www.alsa.org

Study Calls U.S. Ethanol Lowest-Cost Motor Fuel

Ethanol produced in the United States has been the most economically competitive motor fuel in the world over the past four years, an analysis released by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said today.

The study, conducted by ABF Economics Agriculture and BioFuels Consulting, examined wholesale prices paid for ethanol, gasoline and alternative octane sources in several U.S. and world markets from 2010 to 2013.

“After increasing nearly seven-fold between 2000 and 2009, total ethanol production has been relatively stable over the past four years, averaging 13.4 billion gal annually,” it said. “Moreover, the ethanol industry is producing sufficient quantity to reliably supply the U.S. gasoline market with a 10% ethanol blend (E10) and is poised to meet demand for an E15 blend for approved motor vehicles.

“Reflecting this enhanced competitiveness and maturation,” it added, “ethanol prices (both FOB plant and delivered at key U.S. markets) have declined, while crude oil and conventional gasoline prices remained stable or increased.”

The spread between ethanol and RBOB has averaged 30-40cts/gal over the past four years in the New York, Chicago and Los Angeles markets, the study said, with the difference averaging more than 60cts/gal in 2012.

“Thus, ethanol blended with RBOB to produce reformulated gasoline at a 10% (E10) blend has reduced the cost of motor fuel to consumers,” it stated. “This does not include the additional downward impact ethanol has on gasoline prices as a result of extending supplies and reducing demand for crude oil.”

The report also said that ethanol produced in the United States is less expensive than anhydrous ethanol imported from Brazil.

Exchange rate policy has affected the competitiveness of Brazilian ethanol both in the U.S. and EU, according to the report, as the real depreciated by nearly 32% against the U.S. dollar and 28% against the euro between January 2010 and December 2013.

“The effect of this is to reduce the price of Brazilian ethanol in terms of dollars and euros and improve the relative competitiveness of Brazilian ethanol,” it said. “Still, even with depreciation of the real, U.S. ethanol has been more cost competitive than Brazilian ethanol in key U.S. and world markets over the past several years.”

That is particularly relevant in the California market, according to the study, because the state’s fuel policies compel fuel suppliers to import Brazilian ethanol in lieu of U.S. ethanol.

“Through its carbon intensity scheme, the LCFS has created ‘pull demand’ for Brazilian ethanol that otherwise would be uneconomical to import,” it said.

“Use of Brazilian ethanol in place of U.S. ethanol theoretically raised the price of E10 for California consumers by 8cts/gal over the past four years,” it added.

During that period, Brazil supplied nearly 78% of the fuel ethanol imported by California, according to the report.

Ethanol produced in the United States is also competitive with Brazilian ethanol in the EU, it said.

“The duty paid price of U.S. ethanol delivered at Rotterdam was less expensive than Brazilian ethanol in 2010, 2011 and much of 2012,” it stated. “However, the anti-dumping duty imposed by the EU against American ethanol combined with the devaluation of the real made U.S. ethanol more expensive than Brazilian ethanol in 2013.

“When the duty expires in 2017, the U.S. is expected to regain its competitive position in the EU marketplace,” it added.

The report concluded by saying that ethanol’s competitive advantage is expected to increase further, as U.S. ethanol and feedstock producers adopt new technologies and crude oil prices continue to trend higher.

RFA CEO Bob Dinneen lauded the study’s findings.

“Despite the fact that ethanol offers greater consumer choice at a lower cost, entrenched petroleum companies continue to erect barriers that deny access to larger volumes of renewable fuels,” Dinneen said. “In a truly free market, consumers would always choose a fuel that is produced domestically, is better for the environment and climate, and costs much less than gasoline.”

The full report, titled “The Economic Competitiveness of U.S. Ethanol,” is available at: http://ethanolrfa.3cdn.net/815864fbfad35bc4ae_f7m6b1ysu.pdf.

–Michael Schneider, mschneider@opisnet.com

Copyright, Oil Price Information Service

Jackson Oil Duel for Fuel Update

The Midwest TQ Racing League (MTQRL) was the first to run “Jackson Oil’s Duel for Fuel” which has become a legend.


Here are the three winners so far this year:


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Shelbyville – Tate Martz



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Rushville – Brett Hankins



2014-07-09 - Columbus - Logan Arnold - Jackson Oil Duel for Fuel








Columbus – Logan Arnold


The winner of the “Jackson Oil Duel for Fuel” heat race receives a Jackson Oil hat, Race Jug, and credit for fuel!


Remaining schedule as it stands now is:

Aug. 8 – Gas City I-69 Speedway, Gas City, Ind.

Aug. 9 – Montpelier Motor Speedway, Montpelier, Ind.

Aug. 16 – Montpelier Motor Speedway, Montpelier, Ind.

Aug. 23 – Lincoln Park Speedway, Putnamville, Ind.

Sept. 13 – Montpelier Motor Speedway, Montpelier, Ind.

TBA – Shelby County Fairgrounds, Shelbyville, Ind.

Oct. 11 – Brownstown Speedway, Brownstown, Ind.


The contingency standings for the Midwest TQ Racing League so far this year are as follows:



2014 IMTA Truck Driving Championship

The Indiana Motor Truck Association (IMTA) hosts the annual Truck Driving and Technician Championships to showcase the state’s best drivers and technicians. For two days each year, participants engage in hands-on challenges and written exams to see who will prevail.


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Jackson Oil’s Tanker was apart of the competition!

The 74nd annual IMTA Truck Driving and Technician Championships were held on June 20th and 21st at Lincoln College of Technology in Indianapolis. There were a record 147 drivers from 23 companies and 47 Technicians from eight companies that competed. There were nine truck driving class winners, a team winner and a grand champion as well as several achievement awards. The technicians awarded eight station winners as well as a grand champion.




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Jackson Oil’s Tanker on display.

In the technician competition, Jason Monjo of Stoops Freightliner – Quality Trailers placed first at several stations and emerged as the overall grand champion. Dan House, a driver for FedEx Freight, was named the overall grand champion among the Indiana Truck Drivers.



2014 Grand Champion

2014 Grand Champion with Nathan Keith (left), Jackson Oil’s Dispatch Manager.

In an industry where drivers have to deal with varied traffic, weather and road conditions, staying accident free can be difficult. For the pros who want to compete, safe driving becomes a part of their daily routine. This is why Jackson Oil is a proud supporter of the IMTA Truck Driving Championships. The event brings awareness to improving the safety skills and knowledge among Indiana truck drivers and technicians.


For more pictures from the event, check them out HERE!

Change in Gasoline Use Tax Rate

Indiana has declared a change in how Gasoline Use Tax is calculated. The state will be switching from a prepaid sales tax on gasoline, which was collected from retailers, to a gasoline-use tax based on a rolling monthly statewide average that is collected from distributors. The tax rate could change from month to month depending on the average price for gasoline. Before today, we calculated use tax by multiplying the price for a gallon of gasoline by 7%.

As of today (July 1, 2014), the new gas use tax will be 7 percent of the average price of gasoline in the state during the previous month. The Departement of Revenue will release what the new tax rate will be every month. The Department of Revenue has released the July’s gas tax will be $0.229 per gallon, calculated off of an average price of $3.269.


Tax Example


Here is the statement released by the Indiana Department of Revenue:

Indiana Tax Notice July 2014

DEF Dialog #2

Keith Huff, our DEF Depot Coordinator, and George Phillips, Brenntag, are a dynamic duo in this video blog. Watch as they discuss how important the quality of the Diesel Exhaust Fluid is and how to properly store DEF.

If you have any interest in topics that you would like for us to discuss, let us know. We would be delighted in helping you find the answers to your questions.

For more information on DEF visit: www.def-depot.com

To contact Keith directly, his email is keith.huff@jos.us.com