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'Ice Road Truckers' Season 8 returns in July with spoiler alert

Alex Debogorski
Alex Debogorski
History Channel

If you love trucks, danger and driving over icy roads and frozen water, then you’re in for a treat. “Ice Road Truckers” is back for another season. This year, the cast and crew will be driving through polar vortex weather conditions. It will be the toughest battles that these truckers have faced yet.

The polar vortex brought wickedly cold temperatures, which tested the truckers and their trucks to the limit. This year, the drivers travel over the Guinness Book of World Records. The road got its name because it is the longest seasonal winter road in the world. Not only will viewers see the usual ice and snow packed landscape, they will see roads that wind through man-made ice canyons.

Last season, "Ice Road Truckers" were in a bitter territorial battle. This season, the two rivaling truck companies, Polar Industries and VP Express continue to battle for supremecy.

Many of the truckers returning this year are familiar names like Hugh Rowland, Alex Debogorski, Mark Kohaykewych, Todd Dewey, Lisa Kelly, Darrel Ward, and Art Burke.

According to the History channel, Hugh manages to steal Alex away from Polar. These two men, who are usually rivals, should make a great and powerful team. Driving for Mark this year is Lisa Kelly, Darrell Ward and two former VP Express drivers, Todd Dewey and Art Burke.

In February, Hugh Rowland was seriously injured in a pickup truck accident. The lawsuit obtained by TMZ, alleges that IRT producer, Will Morrison, was driving recklessly. He apparently lost control, veered off the road, and crashed into trees and bushes. Passenger Hugh Rowland was along with him at the time.

Hugh claims he can’t return to trucking because of the severe and permanent injuries he sustained from the accident. He also alleges he can no longer have sex. However, it doesn’t end there. Hugh’s wife claims that because of the Hugh's injuries, she is deprived of love, companionship, and sex with her husband.

Meteorologist Brandon Miller explained to CNN what the Polar vortex really is. He said, “The polar vortex, as it sounds, is circulation of strong, upper-level winds that normally surround the northern pole in a counterclockwise direction -- a polar low-pressure system. These winds tend to keep the bitter cold air locked in the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It is not a single storm. On occasion, this vortex can become distorted and dip much farther south than you would normally find it, allowing cold air to spill southward.”

It’s anyone’s guess if the drivers will remain loyal to the company or if they will switch sides. Be sure to mark your calenders to watch the History channel on July 7, 2014, at 9 p.m. central.

Which team do you want to see as the winner of the ice roads?

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