Six on Highway Trends That Drive Fuel Savings

Vehicle efficiency changes are now being implemented across the total vehicle today from both truck original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and fleets to help improve fuel economy and operating costs, while helping to reduce their carbon footprint. Some of the items that are continuously evolving through improved technology and innovation are:

  1. Diesel Engine Optimization
  2. Improved Drivetrain Efficiency
  3. Aerodynamic Changes
  4. Vehicle Weight Reduction
  5. Tires and Automatic Tire Inflation Monitoring
  6. Telematics and Vehicle Automation


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– See more at: Chevron Lube Matters: Total Vehicle Efficiency – Looking Beyond HDMO



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….

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.


Maximize Your Equipment Life

We at Jackson Oil & Solvents, Inc. realize that other than human resources your equipment is your most valuable asset.  Contaminants in your oil can significantly reduce the life of your equipment.  OEMs have been pushing for years for cleaner lubricants, but there wasn’t an easy alternative to a Do-It-Yourself filtration program…Until Now!

Jackson Oil has the solution to assist you in meeting OEM requirements saving you valuable time spent on warranty hassles as well as helping you maximize the life of your equipment.

The news is spreading that Chevron Lubricants ISOCLEAN program is out! Check out the below articles for more information:



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.


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.

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

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



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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.




Jackson Oil Tanker

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.



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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


DEF Dialog #1

Jackson Oil is introducing a new “mini series” of blogs. The DEF Dialogs are video blogs that go into detail about Diesel Exhaust Fluid, or as we call it DEF.

Keith Huff, our DEF Depot Coordinator, is the talented spokesperson for the blogs. 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

Buzz About Natural Gas

What is CNG?

Rising diesel fuel costs and the shale-gas boom in the last couple of years has caused many fleet companies to begin looking at natural gas as an alternative to diesel fuel.   Large amounts of natural gas in shale rock formations has been unlocked by improved drilling techniques, making the fuel cheaper and more plentiful across the U.S.   However, the major concern for fleet owners is the cost of natural gas engines.  Vehicles equipped to run on natural gas typically cost quite a bit more than conventional diesel models, but because of the significant price gap between natural gas and diesel fuel many companies are beginning to justify the transition–breaking even in just a couple of years.   At the pump, a gallon of diesel often costs more than twice as much as natural gas, on a diesel-gallon-equivalent basis.


Another disadvantage of natural gas is that it isn’t as dense as diesel.  Compressed natural gas (CNG) is only 25% as dense and super-chilled or liquefied natural gas (LNG) is 60% as dense. That means vehicles need more tanks or bigger tanks to go as far, or they must refuel more often. Thus the shift has been mainly in local fleets such as trash trucks, city buses, or delivery trucks that go back to home base each night, where they can re-fuel.  Many long-haul truckers remain concerned about a lack of natural gas fueling stations across the U.S.  Other challenges include the bulky tanks for compressed gas and the hazards of handling liquefied gas.  In the past, the volatility of natural-gas prices also hampered wider use.


Besides the decreased cost of fuel, another benefit to natural gas engines is its environmental impact.  Tailpipe emissions would drop since natural gas burns cleaner than diesel fuel or gasoline.


We at Jackson Oil & Solvents, Inc. believe that this transition will continue, but it will be a slow process.  We are keeping our finger on the pulse of this transition and will be equipped to handle the needs of our clients as demand continues to increase.  Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Australia have transitioned to natural gas quicker than the U.S., but that is pretty typical.  Many fleet owners are trying to determine whether natural gas really has legs as a transportation fuel.   As natural gas becomes more readily available (increased infrastructure) and the cost of natural gas engines continues to decrease, we will see an increasing speed of transition.  Don’t worry, though, Jackson Oil & Solvents will be ready!


Mel Kenyon Midget Series Returns


The Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis Speedrome® is proud to announce the return of the USSA Mel Kenyon Midget Series on two occasions in 2014. The Mel Kenyon Midget Series will be featured as a part of Opening Night on April 12th. Then, the June 7th race will be known as the Mel Kenyon Classic. This special event will honor the division namesake and man recognized worldwide as the “King of the Midgets”. The blockbuster Saturday April 12th evening showcase will also feature the Advance Auto Sales Late Models, Stocks, IndyAutoRecyclers.com Roadrunners, Hornets, Circle City Pyrotechnics Junior Faskarts, and Junior Hornets. The first green flag will wave at 7pm.


“Our racers are all excited to return to the Speedrome”, said USSA President Don Kenyon. “The Speedrome is a perfect track for our brand of racing and all of us look forward to April 12th”. The one-fifth-mile oval has long been a proving ground for drivers in open wheel cars and officials of USSA look forward to working with the new owners and management of the Speedrome as they begin a new chapter in the historic tracks story. “Midgets have been a rich part of the tracks tradition”, proclaimed Speedrome Managing Partner Larry Curry. “Having the Kenyon’s and the USSA on our 2014 schedule is very exciting”. The initial event ever held at the Speedrome was a Midget race held on September 9, 1941. The most recent open wheel main was a USSA Mel Kenyon Midget Series clash topped by Dameron Taylor on July 20, 2012.


Designed to be an affordable racing series, the Mel Kenyon Midget Series is for open wheel racers on a budget, drivers looking for open wheel racing experience and competitors who just want a fun and competitive series that keeps the travel reasonable. Bryan Clauson, Justin Allgaier, Dakota Armstrong, Bobby East, Chris Windom, Jacob Wilson and many more have raced Kenyon Midgets during their careers. For more information on being a part of the USSA Mel Kenyon Midget Series, contact Don Kenyon at (765) 482-4273 or Eric Bunn at (317) 413-9763.


**Courtesy of Indianapolis Speedrome


Here is a video from Jessica Bean winning a Mel Kenyon Midget Race:



Valvoline – CONTEST

Do you have what it takes to win your own Hendrick Performance Classic Truck?

Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have partnered with Valvoline to reinvent two classic Chevy trucks. Each will lead a team of experts from Hendrick Performance to turn these classic trucks into high-performance vehicles. If you are able to guess what choices the made, you might win a truck of your very own!


Win a Classic Truck Here: https://reinventionproject.com/


Oil Prices Could ‘Crater’ in 2014

It what sounds like a dream scenario for U.S. consumers, Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, says oil prices could “crater” in 2014 and OPEC could “fall apart.”  But a serious decline in energy prices could lead to a nightmare for U.S. policymakers as “expanding unrest” in the Middle East is one of Bremmer’s ‘top risks’ of 2014.


While the Middle East becoming more violent over expanding unrest associated with lower crude revenues and lower margins is certainly a concern, it is challenging to make an argument that the wealth and prosperity created by crude reaching $140/bbl created any additional love for their American customers.  It might be easier to argue that excess profits led to large dollars being funneled to support additional unrest.  


Courtesy of Aaron Task, Daily Ticker

2013 Yearly Recap

A special “thank you” to our customers, suppliers, partners, and team members for a great 2013.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • The Ft. Wayne office was remodeled. 
  • New sales personnel were added including: outside sales, an inside sales person, and a new lubricants sales manager.
  • Jackson moved into the number two slot as one of Brenntag’s largest DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) distributors in North America.
  • Jackson Oil & Solvents surpassed its’ largest year of grease sales.
  • Our new SmartLogix computerized dispatching and delivery system was implemented.
  • The North Webster facility received new & faster pumps that upgraded their capabilities and the off-loading area now provided better spill protection and safer off-loading features, as well.
  • Jackson was fortunate to be a part of the I-70/I-65 downtown interstate improvement project which ended with our customer, Milestone, being awarded a significant bonus for finishing early thanks to good coordination and team work in all facets of the job. 
  • A new and much-improved Jackson Oil website has been added.  Our customers will be better able to take advantage of the resources Jackson Oil offers and can do so at their convenience. 
  • The best single month performance ever and a strong finish to a slow starting year. 
  • Pacific Pride was introduced with new dispensers and an updated canopy in Greenfield.
  • A new Phillips 66 station was added to our partner mix of supplied stores.
  • Completion of the Ft. Wayne/Smith Field Airport project (one of our most impressive installations to-date)
  • Fueling the Monster Energy Supercross
  • The addition of some very talented new supplier representatives from Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Valvoline, & Marathon. 


As Chevron completes and fires up their new basestock plant in Pascagoula, MS, during the 1st quarter of 2014, making them the largest producer of premium product in the world, we are equally fired-up about the opportunity this will bring for our customers.  There’s nothing quite like the feeling of knowing you are partnering with the best,  and Jackson Oil & Solvents partners with the best suppliers.   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), trusted names in premium branded fuels (Phillips 66 & Marathon), or Diesel Exhaust Fluid from the #1 distributor of DEF in the world (Brenntag)….believe it or not, I didn’t mention them all.  


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 2014. Jackson Oil has the products you need.


U.S. Base Oil Price Report

January 8, 2014

The U.S. base oil market will take a few days to regain its rhythm after waltzing through the year-end holidays, but participants said that the first signs of a pickup in demand have started to emerge.

A majority of producers had been worried about finishing the year with hefty inventories amid dwindling requirements, but most were able to reduce stocks in the last quarter, ending December in better shape than originally expected.

Lower spot prices and temporary voluntary allowances (TVAs) had been granted as a means to promote sales, but these have been largely removed and no further price reductions have been reported for the time being.

Attractive prices also led to large quantities of U.S. product being exported to India and Mexico in the last quarter of the year. Demand from Mexico is expected to remain strong as the inventories of local producer Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) are very low, sources explained.

U.S. market participants believed that base oil prices would remain fairly stable, despite squeezed margins and continued pressure from volatile crude oil and feedstock vacuum gas oil prices.

However, sources also pointed out that West Texas Intermediate (WTI) values slipped from highs around $110 per barrel in mid-2013, and that January was not the best time to introduce price changes, as requirements are still fairly slow. 

Market conditions were expected to show more strength in late February, but the introduction of added capacity into the U.S. supply network will weigh heavily on suppliers’ minds at that juncture.

Understandably, a lot of attention will focus on the impending start-up of the new Chevron base oil plant in Pascagoula. The 25,000 barrels per day API Group II unit was scheduled to achieve mechanical completion by the end of 2013, and commercial product was expected to be available in late Q1 2014. Despite recent reports that the start-up had been delayed, market sources familiar with Chevron’s operations said that the process to bring the plant on line was on schedule.

In other production news, it was heard that one of Motiva’s base oil units is currently undergoing a turnaround. The turnaround at the smallest of the three units at Port Arthur, Texas, will only affect production of light viscosity grades and will be completed in less than twenty days, according to industry sources. The shutdown is not expected to have a significant impact on availability as the producer has built inventories to cover for the shortfall. Motiva has postponed a turnaround scheduled at a larger unit from the first quarter to the third quarter of 2014. Motiva has a total base oil capacity of 40,300 b/d at the Port Arthur refinery.

Upstream, WTI crude futures rebounded after a five-day downward trek during which prices dropped by almost $7 per barrel. The rise came on the back of forecasts that U.S. stockpiles had dipped ahead of a weekly report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

WTI settled on the CME/Nymex at $93.67 per barrel on Tuesday, Jan. 7, down $5.62 from a settlement at $99.29/bbl on Dec. 30.

Brent crude was trading around $107.35 per barrel on the CME, down $3.86 from $111.21/bbl a week ago.

LLS (Light Louisiana Sweet) was trading at a premium to WTI of around $6/bbl on Jan. 4, compared with $4.50/bbl on Dec. 28.

 U.S. posted paraffinic base oil prices, as reported each week in Lube Report from Jan. 2004 to the present, are now available in Excel format. See www.BaseOilPrices.com.

Posted Paraffinic Base Oil Prices



January 8, 2014
(Prices are FOB basis, in U.S. dollars per gallon and U.S. dollars per metric ton.)  



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