MATS Concert


For the ninth consecutive year, the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) is proud to announce that the team behind Mobil Delvac™ heavy-duty diesel engine oil will present a free concert on Friday, March 24 for all MATS 2017 attendees. Concertgoers will be treated to an outstanding musical performance as two incredibly talented acts take the stage to put on an exciting event for everyone in attendance.

The evening kicks off with Tony Justice, an East Tennessee man, via California and Kentucky, and American Trucker magazine’s 2016 “Trucker of the Year.” With straight up honesty in his songs, Tony Justice, a second generation trucker, not only writes about the trucking life, he lives it. With the entire industry behind him he is sure to be a fantastic opening act!

Up next, Thompson Square will headline the free Mobil Delvac Driver Appreciation concert. These International Country music stars have topped the radio charts across the United States and Canada with #1 hits “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” “If I Didn’t Have You” and “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About.” In all, Thompson Square has scored three #1 hits, five Top 15 hits, and seven mainstream industry awards. These and other hits will showcase the talent that twice earned them the ACM Award for “Vocal Duo of the Year” and why they were chosen to headline the free concert for the 2017 MATS.

The concert will be held on-site in Freedom Hall of the Kentucky Exposition Center immediately following the Friday session of the Mid-America Trucking Show (March 24, 2017). Complimentary tickets will be distributed, while supplies last, from the Mobil Delvac Booth #18160 in the North Wing during show hours.

Mobil Delvac™ Talks Free MATS Concert, New Engine Oils

As we get ready for the 2017 Mid America Trucking Show in Louisville, we sat down with Craig Barr, On Highway & Heavy Duty Sales − USA, ExxonMobil, to get an inside look at what to expect at the Mobil Delvac Concert, as well as what he expects to drive conversation at the show this year.

So Mobil Delvac is sponsoring the free MATS concert again this year, correct?

Craig: This will be the Mobil Delvac team’s ninth year sponsoring the concert at MATS, and after nearly a decade, it’s still one of our favorite ways to show our gratitude to some of the hardest working professionals in the business.

Last year, we had Craig Morgan perform and everyone really enjoyed his show. It was an all-around great experience and we’re really looking forward to building off of it at this year’s show.

So what can folks expect this year?

Craig: This year, our headliner is Thompson Square, a really well-liked husband and wife duo that have a couple of number one hits to their name. The show will take place on Friday, March 24th, at 7PM.

We also have Tony Justice booked as the opening act – a really popular fellow-trucker who has described himself as a “truck driver singing about truck drivers.” Both Tony and his wife are friends of the Mobil Delvac family, so we’re really proud to have him on the stage this year, and we know folks are excited for that, as well.

Are there any industry news topics that you think will dominate conversation at the show?

Craig: Well, I think there will be lots of discussion on the new CK-4 and FA-4 oils. It’s been almost four months since the new specification went into effect, and fleets and owner/operators are beginning to make the switch.

Along with the rest of the Mobil Delvac team, I’m really looking forward to this great opportunity to spend some time and say thank you to all the hard working professionals that keep our industry moving at full speed.

We know that it’s a team effort − whether you drive a truck, work the scales, turn wrenches or prepare meals – and we’re truly grateful to play our part.

How does it seem the industry and owner/operators have been adapting to the new oils?

Craig: The industry seems to be adjusting well so far, as expected.

The API and key industry players, like ExxonMobil, did an excellent job of educating fleets and owner/operators about the differences between the two new lubricant sub-categories, CK-4 and FA-4, and the improved performance these new diesel engine oils can deliver.

The most frequently asked questions coming from fleets and owner/operators so far seem to be around the backwards compatibility capabilities of CK-4 oils with the predecessor CJ-4 oils – as managers only want to keep one type of oil in stock – as well as about how the new oils will optimize drain intervals.

While the new CK-4 oils are fully compatible with the predecessor CJ-4 oils, we always recommend working closely with both your lubricant supplier and OEM to determine what is the best fit for your engine, and what you can expect in terms of increased oil drain intervals.

Well, thanks for that insight Craig, and we look forward to seeing you in Louisville and catching the show.

Craig: You bet. See you there.