Photos from MATS 2018

March 22, 2018

Greg Grisolano



Ray Martinez at OOIDA booth
Ray Martinez, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, sits down for a conversation with Land Line Magazine and Land Line Now staff on Friday afternoon, March 23, at MATS 2018.


Todd Spencer, OOIDA
Todd Spencer, acting president and CEO of OOIDA, offers a few comments at the March 23 celebration of the life of Jim Johnston, longtime leader of the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association, on Friday, March 23, at MATS 2018.


Shell Rotella donation
Shell Rotella presented a check for $5,000 to the OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship Program on Friday morning, March 23, at MATS 2018. The OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship Program has been assisting the children, grandchildren and legal dependents of OOIDA members in their efforts to gain a higher education since 1998.
OOIDA staff was on hand at MATS to answer questions, offer assistance and tell truckers about OOIDA’s fight for the rights of all truckers.
Ray Scott at Red Eye Radio booth
Ray Scott performs on the Red Eye Radio stage on Friday morning, March 23, at MATS.


Goodyear Highway HeroFrank Vieira accepts his award
Frank Vieira, a truck driver from Canada was honored with the 35th annual Goodyear Highway Hero Award on Thursday, March 22, during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky, after saving a man’s life. Goodyear Highway Hero recipient wasn’t seeking the spotlight


Rat Rod @ MATS 2018
Rat Rods! Outside the Kentucky Exposition Center at MATS 2018.


Steve Sommers and OOIDA's Todd Spencer
Steve Sommers (left) of “America’s Truckin’ Network” gets the lowdown on the industry from OOIDA Acting President and CEO Todd Spencer.


Richard Petty posed with fans
NASCAR legend Richard Petty met fans and posed for pictures on Thursday, March 22, at the Mack Trucks booth during the Mid-America Trucking Show.  Racing legend Richard Petty salutes nation’s truck drivers

Richard Petty and a fan.
Richard Petty on Thursday posed for photos from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Mack Trucks booth 34105 in the south wing of the Expo Center.


Richard Petty signs an autograph
Richard Petty was happy to sign autographs Thursday at the Mack Trucks booth at MATS.


Richard Petty
Richard Petty smiled for all of his fans at the Mack Truck booth on Thursday.  MATS 2018: Mack Anthem raising the roof, eyebrows


Mark Reddig and Chris T
Land Line Now’s Mark Reddig (left) catches up with Chris T. of Freewheelin’ on Thursday, March 22, at the 2018 MATS show.


FMCSA talks ELDs at MATS 2018
FMCSA held a seminar on electronic logging devices and hours -of-service regulations on Thursday afternoon, March 22, at MATS. ELD exemption questions dominate seminar at MATS


"The Singing Truck Driver" Brad James
“The Singing Truck Driver” Brad James performs at the Tax Solutions booth in the North Wing Lobby on Thursday, March 22.
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Greg Grisolano

Greg Grisolano joined Land Line in 2013. He was formerly a reporter for the Joplin Globe. He brings business writing and photography skills to Land Line, and has a passion for finding and telling stories about the people who make up the trucking industry.