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Motorcycle given away at truck stop

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Terre Haute resident Jack Yowell (center) recently won a Lucas Oil motorcycle in a contest through AMBEST and Lucas Oil. On hand for the giveaway were (from left) Yowell's daughter Angela, his grandson Ryan Yowell, wife Bonnie Yowell, Lucas Oil founder Forrest Lucas and AMBEST President Steve Allen. Jason Moon Photo.
One lucky area resident drove away from the Brazil Interstate-70 Truck Stop recently with a new motorcycle.

Thanks to some AMBUCKS provided by AMBEST -- an American truck stop -- Terre Haute resident Jack Yowell, originally from Clinton won a Lucas Oil motorcycle.

Yowell said he was surprised he won the random drawing for the grand prize.

"I was in shock," Yowell said after seeing the motorcycle. "This is probably the very first time I've ever won anything like this."

AMBEST, America's Best Truck Stops, is a network of more than 120 independent truck stops and service centers nationwide. According to the service, AMBUCKS is the "premier professional driver reward program in the industry."

According to AMBEST representatives, truck drivers receive AMBUCKS points for every gallon of fuel they purchase from any AMBEST location. Truck drivers, in turn, can use these points to purchase merchandise, among other items, at AMBEST locations.

AMBEST President Steve Allen said drivers have chances to win quarterly prizes and the grand prize, which is the motorcycle.

"It is appropriate that the outstanding staff at Brazil share in this celebration," Allen said. "Brazil is a charter member of AMBEST and the great folks there do an outstanding job of taking care of professional drivers every day."

AMBEST presented the motorcycle to Yowell Monday at the AMBEST/Steel City Travel Center at I-70, along with Lucas Oil Products and Lucas Cycles.

Lucas Oil is an international brand of oil products.

Lucas Oil founder Forrest Lucas said the motorcycle took approximately one month to finish. The motorcycle was built at the organization's shop in Brownsburg.

"I like this kind of thing," Lucas said. "We try to do more for our truck drivers."

Lucas said the motorcycle, the RSD 250-Pro Street, is custom-made.

"It's got the best of everything," he said. "(AMBEST) has been really good to work with. They fulfilled their end of the deal."

Yowell has more than 40 years experience driving semi trucks. He drives for Sands Refrigerated Transportation, Inc., based in Brazil.

While Yowell won the motorcycle, he wasn't ready to get it on the road.

"I don't think I'm going to ride it just yet," he said.

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