Foolish investors have been longtime fans of first-movers in a new space, and Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE) has certainly been in on the ground floor in the effort to build out a national network of natural gas fueling stations. Now, the challenge for it will be to outpace some of its newer, larger competitors.

Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A) announced recently that it will be partnering with Travel Centers of America (NYSE:TA) to build out a network of natural gas fueling stations at Travel Centers of America's highway rest stations across the country. In this video, contributor Tyler Crowe takes a look at the leading companies in this natural gas station rush, and sees one company that could benefit from this competition.

Motley Fool contributor Tyler Crowe owns shares of Westport Innovations. You can follow him at under the handle TMFDirtyBird, on Google +, or on Twitter, @TylerCroweFool.

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