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Posted: Monday, May 2, 2011 12:00 am

Dover Schools substitute teacher Jon-Thomas Price is a standing participant in the 2011 Toad Suck Days, “Stuck on a Truck” competition. Jon- Thomas is a Dover High School graduate in 2005 and an Arkansas Tech University graduate in 2009.

He heard about this competition on the radio and has been a follower of it the last couple years on the Internet. Jon-Thomas registered at Luxury Pool and Spa. He had registered four times prior to getting in. Jon-Thomas decided to register again because he has recently started is own business, “Jon’s Lawns.” He is planning on using the new 2011 Ford F-150 as his personal truck and his 1996 Ford Ranger Splash, with 194,000 miles on it as his work truck.

Preparation for this contest is not really needed stated Jon-Thomas. He said, “It’s 100% mental to me.” Strategies and tactics he will use to obtain his goal are good crewmembers and diet. On average, Jon-Thomas gets six hours of sleep, but in this competition, he is learning to adapt to less sleep than usual. In order to overcome this struggle, he said, “I am going to stay focused by asking questions to myself and crew. I will be constantly singing in my head and have total focus on the prize.” What sets him apart from the others in the competition is that, “he knows he can win and others think they can.” With Jon-Thomas’ teaching and coaching experience, he knows how to stay focused and work towards a goal.

Friends and family will support Jon-Thomas through this day in and day out challenge. He already has had a lot of people come visit him and many keeping up with his progress on the live web cam. His motto for this competition is, “The Price is Right.” Hobbies and special interests to Jon-Thomas are teaching, coaching all sports, fellowship with friends and family and making people laugh. Some interesting facts about him are that he has hung out with Fergie from Blackeyed Peas and he once ate fifteen double cheeseburgers from McDonalds with only one Diet Coke. Jon-Thomas Price’s nickname is J.T.P.

This competition started with twenty-four contestants on Thursday April 28, 2011 at noon. The contestants are allotted a five-minute break every hour and a fifteen-minute break every six hours.

As of right now, Jon-Thomas has been “Stuck on a Truck” for 4 days, 0 hours, 23 minutes and 45 seconds. There are eight contestants left, including Jon-Thomas. Go out to Toad Suck Days in Conway and cheer Jon-Thomas on or follow him on live web cam at

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