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Finalists Announced at 2016 National Truck Driving Championships

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Contact: Drew Mitrisin

August 13, 2016

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Finalists Announced at 2016 National Truck Driving Championships

Last Phase of Competition Kicks Off in Indianapolis

 

Indianapolis – Today, American Trucking Associations announced the finalists for the 79th annual National Truck Driving Championships currently underway in Indianapolis.

 

“These finalists have proven themselves to be among the finest professional truck drivers in the country. I want to congratulate them for making it to the final round and thank them for their commitment to safety,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “I also want to recognize all of the drivers who competed here in Indianapolis – our industry truly appreciates your dedication to safe driving.”

 

The National Truck Driving Championships began with a field of more than 430 professional truck drivers from all 50 states. Over the past two days, drivers competed in one of eight different classes and aimed for high scores in the three segments of the competition: a pre-trip inspection, a written test and the driving course where drivers made tight turns and avoided obstacles.

 

The trucking industry’s “Super Bowl of Safety” is down to five finalists in five of the eight classes of competition, plus the step van class. Before the final runs can begin, runoffs will occur in the 4-axle, sleeper berth, straight truck and step van classes to settle tied scores from the first two days of competition. The remaining competitors are now set to navigate a specially designed championship course to determine the top driver.

 

The field of drivers participating in the 2016 National Truck Driving Championships have compiled more than 600 million safe-driving miles, which is equal to 1,255 trips to the moon and back.

 

Competition concludes this evening with the crowning of the 2016 Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion, as well as with awards for drivers in every vehicle class, rookie of the year and top state delegation.

 

ACT 1 is a premier sponsor of the 2016 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships, taking place Aug. 10-13 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

 

Finalists are vying for the 2016 Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion Award. Since 2011, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has been the sole sponsor of the National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion.

 

Finalists for the 2016 National Truck Driving and National Step Van Driving Championships are listed below:

 

 

Class

Place

State

Name

Employer

3-Axle

 

 

 

 

1

Kansas

Jimmie Wisley

YRC Freight

 

2

Arkansas

Robin Sams

FedEx Freight

 

3

Maine

Robert Fernald

Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC

 

4

Washington

Cedric Pack

FedEx Freight

 

5

Indiana

Charles White

Walmart Transportation, LLC

4-Axle

 

 

 

 

1

Texas

Eduardo Camacho

H-E-B Grocery Co.

 

2

Iowa

Allen Sohn

FedEx Freight

 

3

Oregon

Aslaiyi Wilkes

Reddaway

 

4

Michigan

Ronald Metternick

FedEx Freight

 

5

Arizona

Andres Orozco

FedEx Freight

 

5

Utah

Glenn Springer

FedEx Freight

5-Axle

 

 

 

 

1

New Mexico

Daniel Bruch

FedEx Freight

 

2

Nebraska

Toby Kort

FedEx Freight

 

3

Florida

Larry Warr

Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC

 

4

Vermont

Christopher Novak

FedEx Express

 

5

Kansas

Darren Bogart

Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC

Flatbed

 

 

 

 

1

South Dakota

Jay Love

FedEx Freight

 

2

Idaho

William Hill

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.

 

3

Kansas

Donald Logan

FedEx Freight

 

4

Louisiana

Curtis McMellon

XPO Logistics, Inc.

 

5

Washington

Robert Dean

XPO Logistics, Inc.

Sleeper Berth

 

 

 

 

1

Ohio

Bryan Elges

FedEx Freight

 

2

Florida

Larry Breen

Walmart Transportation, LLC

 

3

Indiana

Ron Marker

Walmart Transportation, LLC

 

4

California

Rollie Fugate

Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC

 

5

Massachusetts

Roland Bolduc

FedEx Express

 

5

Utah

Barry Geck

Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC

Straight Truck

 

 

 

 

1

West Virginia

Charles Randolph

PITT OHIO

 

2

Maine

Glendon Buzzell

Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC

 

3

Kentucky

Jesse Benkert

Fedex Ground

 

4

Kansas

Dennis Cole

Holland

 

5

Florida

Wilbur Johnson

FedEx Freight

 

5

Maryland

James Carver

Safeway, Inc.

Tank Truck

 

 

 

 

1

West Virginia

Nickolas Backes

PITT OHIO

 

2

Montana

Kenneth Painter

XPO Logistics, Inc.

 

3

Wisconsin

Jeffrey Langenhahn

XPO Logistics, Inc.

 

4

Michigan

Steve Elliston

Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC

 

5

Utah

Allen Byrne

Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC

Twins

 

 

 

 

1

Washington

Chris Poynor

XPO Logistics, Inc.

 

2

Wyoming

Andrew Kelly

ABF Freight Systems, Inc.

 

3

South Carolina

James Luckadoo

UPS Freight

 

4

New York

Stephen Black

Golub Corp / PriceChopper Supermarkets

 

5

Mississippi

James McNeill

FedEx Freight

Step Van

 

 

 

 

1

New York

Jeff Evans

FedEx Ground

 

2

Virginia

Frank Woods

FedEx Express

 

3

Ohio

Jason Imhoff

Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC

 

4

Oklahoma

Curtis Harpole

FedEx Ground

 

5

Colorado

Matthew Allison

FedEx Ground

 

5

Illinois

James Wilson

FedEx Freight

 

 

 

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on FacebookTrucking Moves America Forward.

 

 

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