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Big Truck for Trucker

By on May 1, 2008
RoadKing Mag

Chip Ferguson has been driving trucks for 37 years, and stopping at TAs all over the country about that long. “If you could look at where I fuel, you’d see that I’m at a TA 98 percent of the time,” the Summerfield, Fla., resident says. “I’ve been a TA guy since before they had Road King Club cards and points.”

As loyal as Ferguson is to TA, he’s just as diligent about swiping his Road King Club card, doing it without thinking much about it. So he was stunned to get a call telling him that he won a Dodge Ram 3500 Turbo Diesel, just by using his card when he purchased a Mobil Delvac Ultimate PM. “It didn’t sink into my head that I was entering a contest,” he says. “When I got the call telling me I won, I thought it was a prank.” Ron Dunlap, shop programs manager, says the contest is “just another way that TA rewards its customers.”

Ferguson, an owner-operator leased to Landstar, works closely with his wife of 19 years, Kathy. “I couldn’t do this without her,” he says. Kathy takes care of the dispatch and paperwork from home and Chip does the driving, which he still loves after all these years. “The first time I ever sat in the seat and went out on the road with a fellow driver, he looked at me and said, ‘You’re a natural, son.’ I can’t really explain what it is about driving — it’s just part of me,” Ferguson says.

As for their new truck, Chip expects that he’ll be behind the wheel on that vehicle, too. “After I found out that it wasn’t a prank call and I really had won the Dodge Ram, I showed Kathy the truck that we’re getting. When she saw it, she said she didn’t think she would be driving anything that big.”

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