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Mike White Named Bendix Grand Champion at 2016 National Truck Driving Championships

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Contact: Drew Mitrisin

August 13, 2016

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Mike White Named Bendix Grand Champion at 2016 National Truck Driving Championships

Richard Merich Awarded Rookie of the Year

 

Indianapolis – Today, American Trucking Associations announced Mike White as the Bendix Grand Champion of the 2016 National Truck Driving Championships in Indianapolis.

 

“After an impressive showing throughout the week, Mike White emerged as the most skilled and knowledgeable truck driver in the country,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “On behalf of the ATA and the trucking community, I want to congratulate Mike and thank the entire field of competitors for participating in these championships. Your commitment to excellence has made the nation’s highways a safer place for everyone.”

 

To clinch the prestigious title of 2016 Bendix Grand Champion, White’s driving skills and knowledge of transportation and truck safety surpassed the over 430 other professional truck drivers competing in Indianapolis this week.  

 

White, who also took home the 3-axle class title, lives in nearby Nineveh, Indiana and drives professionally for Walmart Transportation.

 

ATA also recognized Richard Merich as the 2016 Rookie of the Year. Merich took home the honor after a strong performance in the flatbed division. The team of drivers from South Carolina produced the best collective score, with an average of 278.13, and were honored as the top state delegation.

 

Professionalism and dedication to the trucking industry were key themes during the National Truck Driving Championships. Charles Woodland was honored during the awards banquet with the Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence Award and Chris Ignowski, CDS was chosen as the Lifetime Volunteer Award recipient.

 

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

 

Since 2011, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has been the sole sponsor of the Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion.

 

Collectively, this week’s competitors have accumulated more than 600 million safe-driving miles during their careers as professional truck drivers.  

 

Champions from each of the 9 classes and the top state delegation were also announced. Joining Mike White on the list of national champions are:

 

3-Axle: Mike White, Nineveh, Indiana, Walmart Transportation

 

4-Axle: Ronald Metternick, Lowell, Michigan, FedEx Freight

 

5-Axle: Toby Kort, Aurora, Nebraska, FedEx Freight

 

Flatbed: Jay Love, Davis, South Dakota, FedEx Freight

 

Sleeper Berth: Larry Breen, Bushnell, Florida, Walmart Transportation

 

Straight Truck: Charles Randolph, Belle, West Virginia, PITT OHIO

 

Tank Truck: Jeffrey Langenhahn, Plover, Wisconsin, XPO Logistics

 

Twins: Chris Poynor, Richland, Washington, XPO Logistics

 

Step Van: Frank Woods, Shawsville, Virginia, FedEx Express

 

Other Awards

Rookie of the Year: Richard Merich, Lochbuie, Colorado, FedEx Freight

 

Team Champions: South Carolina

 

Vehicle Condition: William Pudney, Minneapolis, Minnesota, FedEx Express

 

Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence: Charles Woodland, Surprise, Arizona, FedEx Freight

 

Lifetime Volunteer Award: Chris Ignowski, CDS, FedEx Ground

 

Full results from today’s final competition below:

 

3-Axle

 

 

 

 

1

Charles White

Walmart Transportation, LLC

Indiana

 

2

Jimmie Wisley

YRC Freight

Kansas

 

3

Robin Sams

FedEx Freight

Arkansas

 

4

Robert Fernald

Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC

Maine

 

5

Cedric Pack

FedEx Freight

Washington

 

 

 

 

 

4-Axle

 

 

 

 

1

Ronald Metternick

FedEx Freight

Michigan

 

2

Eduardo Camacho

H-E-B Grocery Co.

Texas

 

3

Allen Sohn

FedEx Freight

Iowa

 

4

Andres Orozco

FedEx Freight

Arizona

 

5

Aslaiyi Wilkes

Reddaway

Oregon

 

 

 

 

 

5-Axle

 

 

 

 

1

Toby Kort

FedEx Freight

Nebraska

 

2

Larry Warr

Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC

Florida

 

3

Daniel Bruch

FedEx Freight

New Mexico

 

4

Christopher Novak

FedEx Express

Vermont

 

5

Darren Bogart

Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC

Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

Flatbed

 

 

 

 

1

Jay Love

FedEx Freight

South Dakota

 

2

William Hill

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.

Idaho

 

3

Donald Logan

FedEx Freight

Kansas

 

4

Robert Dean

XPO Logistics, Inc.

Washington

 

5

Curtis McMellon

XPO Logistics, Inc.

Louisiana

 

 

 

 

 

Sleeper Berth

 

 

 

 

1

Larry Breen

Walmart Transportation, LLC

Florida

 

2

Bryan Elges

FedEx Freight

Ohio

 

3

Ron Marker

Walmart Transportation, LLC

Indiana

 

4

Roland Bolduc

FedEx Express

Massachusetts

 

5

Barry Geck

Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC

Utah

 

 

 

 

 

Straight Truck

 

 

 

 

1

Charles Randolph

PITT OHIO

West Virginia

 

2

Glendon Buzzell

Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC

Maine

 

3

Wilbur Johnson

FedEx Freight

Florida

 

4

James Carver

Safeway, Inc.

Maryland

 

5

Jesse Benkert

Fedex Ground

Kentucky

 

 

 

 

 

Tank Truck

 

 

 

 

1

Jeffrey Langenhahn

XPO Logistics, Inc.

Wisconsin

 

2

Kenneth Painter

XPO Logistics, Inc.

Montana

 

3

Allen Byrne

Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC

Utah

 

4

Steve Elliston

Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC

Michigan

 

5

Nickolas Backes

PITT OHIO

West Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

Twins

 

 

 

 

1

Chris Poynor

XPO Logistics, Inc.

Washington

 

2

Andrew Kelly

ABF Freight System, Inc.

Wyoming

 

3

James Luckadoo

UPS Freight

South Carolina

 

4

James McNeill

FedEx Freight

Mississippi

 

5

Stephen Black

Golub Corp/PriceChopper Supermarkets

New York

 

 

 

 

 

Step Van

 

 

 

 

1

Frank Woods

FedEx Express

Virginia

 

2

Jeff Evans

FedEx Ground

New York

 

3

Curtis Harpole

FedEx Ground

Oklahoma

 

4

Jason Imhoff

Wal-Mart Transportation, LLC

Ohio

 

5

Matthew Allison

FedEx Ground

Colorado

 

 

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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