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Contact: Drew Mitrisin

August 18, 2018

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 Ohio’s Scott Woodrome Wins Bendix Grand Champion Honors at National Truck Driving Championships

FedEx Freight truck driver wins top honors in his own backyard

 

Columbus, Ohio – Today, American Trucking Associations announced Scott Woodrome of FedEx Freight as the Bendix Grand Champion of the 2018 National Truck Driving Championships.

 

“Congratulations to Scott Woodrome and his team at FedEx Freight for winning this year’s Bendix Grand Champion Award,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “This process began with thousands of drivers competing at the state level, but only one driver can emerge as overall grand champion, and it’s a testament to Scott’s commitment to safety and his craft that he was able to take home top honors this year.”

 

Woodrome, a longtime competitor in truck driving championships with more than 1.8 million lifetime safe driving miles, competed this week in the Tank Truck division. He has been in the trucking industry for 25 years, spending 12 of those years with his current employer, FedEx Freight. This is the first Bendix Grand Champion award for Woodrome, who has impressively won his state championship a perfect twelve times in twelve attempts.

 

“What an honor it’s been to host hundreds of the nation’s elite truck drivers this week and showcase their skills as safe professionals,” said ATA COO and EVP of Industry Affairs Elisabeth Barna. “From start to finish, Columbus was a great location and we were excited to see such great support from the families and friends who came out to support these drivers.”

 

Woodrome, an America’s Road Team Captain, also took home the Tank Truck class national title. He lives in Middletown, Ohio with his wife Lorraine.

 

ATA also recognized Ronald Zieser as the 2018 Rookie of the Year. Zeiser claimed the title after an outstanding performance in the 3-Axle division. To be a “rookie,” drivers must be first-time competitors at the state level who advanced to nationals. This year, there were 28 rookies competing at the National Truck Driving Championships.

 

In addition to the individual awards, the team of drivers from the Silver State, Nevada, is going home this week with the Team Championship. The state of Pennsylvania took home 2nd place honors, with Colorado coming in 3rd place.

 

Several individuals excelled outside the driving course throughout this week’s competition, demonstrating their professionalism, knowledge and dedication to the trucking industry. Professional truck driver Neil Nogues of YRC Freight was recognized with the highly-coveted Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence award. Michael Flippin and Eric Courville of FedEx Freight and Tony Spero of ABF Freight achieved perfect scores on the written exam phase of the championships and are receiving the Highest Written Exam Award for their efforts. Additionally, Michael Whitehead of FedEx Freight is taking home the Vehicle Condition Award for his performance during the pre-trip inspections.

 

The National Truck Driving Championships are made possible by dozens of NTDC committee members and volunteers who judge the course, serve as liaisons to the drivers, conduct course walk-throughs and perform a number of other key tasks. As such, ATA and ATA’s Safety Management Council honor one volunteer each year with the Sam Gillette Volunteer of the Year Award. This year’s Sam Gillette Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Jerry Waddell of Cargo Transporters.

 

ACT 1 served as a premier sponsor of the 2018 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships, which took place Aug. 15-18 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

 

Since 2011, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has been the sole sponsor of the Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion. Bendix Director of Government Affairs and Marketing, Fred Andersky, presented the Grand Champion Award.

  

Champions from each of the 9 vehicle classes were also announced. Joining Scott Woodrome on the list of national champions are:

 

3-Axle: Eric Courville, FedEx Freight, Louisiana

 

4-Axle: Nick Arnold, FedEx Freight, Oklahoma

 

5-Axle: Duane Staveness, FedEx Freight, Wisconsin

 

Flatbed: Steven Newsome, UPS Freight, South Carolina

 

Sleeper Berth: Artur Lesniowski, FedEx Ground, New Jersey

 

Straight Truck: Dale Brenaman, UPS, Kentucky

 

Tank Truck: Scott Woodrome, FedEx Freight, Ohio

 

Twins: Miguel Corral, FedEx Freight, Illinois

 

Step Van: Eric Damon, FedEx Express, Colorado

 

Other Awards

Rookie of the Year: Ronald Zieser, FedEx Freight, Oregon

 

Team Champions: Nevada

 

Vehicle Condition: Michael Whitehead, FedEx Freight in the 3-Axle division

 

Highest Written Exam Award: Three perfect scores: Michael Flippin, FedEx Freight in the Twins division; Tony Spero, ABF Freight in the Tank Truck division; and Eric Courville, FedEx Freight in the 3-Axle division

 

Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence: Neil P. Nogues, YRC Freight, New Hampshire in the Straight Truck division

 

Sam Gillette Volunteer of the Year Award: Jerry Waddell, Cargo Transporters

 

Full results from today’s final competition below:

 

Final Standings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class

Place

Name

Employer

State

3-Axle

 

 

 

 

 

1

Eric Courville

FedEx Freight

Louisiana

 

2

David Mogler

FedEx Freight

Colorado

 

3

Brian Singelais

Frito-Lay, Inc.

Massachusetts

 

 

 

 

 

4-Axle

 

 

 

 

 

1

Nick Arnold

FedEx Freight

Oklahoma

 

2

Andrew Rynearson

XPO Logistics

Wisconsin

 

3

Heladio Fernandez

FedEx Freight

Oregon

 

 

 

 

 

5-Axle

 

 

 

 

 

1

Duane Staveness

FedEx Freight

Wisconsin

 

2

Jack Hargett

AAA Cooper

Texas

 

3

Bryan Krol

The Martin-Brower Company

Pennsylvania

 

 

 

 

 

Flatbed

 

 

 

 

 

1

Steven Newsome

UPS Freight

South Carolina

 

2

Thomas Garner

FedEx Freight

Alabama

 

3

Gary Mars

Walmart Transportation

Arkansas

 

 

 

 

 

Sleeper Berth

 

 

 

 

 

1

Artur Lesniowski

FedEx Ground

New Jersey

 

2

Brian Hall

Old Dominion Freight Line

Tennessee

 

3

Edward Pennington

FedEx Freight

Florida

 

 

 

 

 

Straight Truck

 

 

 

 

 

1

Dale Brenaman

UPS

Kentucky

 

2

Michael Bills

FedEx Express

North Carolina

 

3

James Sheehan

FedEx Ground

Tennessee

 

 

 

 

 

Tank Truck

 

 

 

 

 

1

Scott Woodrome

FedEx Freight

Ohio

 

2

Don Logan

FedEx Freight

Kansas

 

3

Dave Miller

UPS Freight

Illinois

 

 

 

 

 

Twins

 

 

 

 

 

1

Miguel Corral

FedEx Freight

Illinois

 

2

Wilbert Vano

XPO Logistics

New Jersey

 

3

Darrell Shelton

FedEx Freight

Washington

 

 

 

 

 

Step Van

 

 

 

 

 

1

Eric Damon

FedEx Express

Colorado

 

2

Robert Ledoux

FedEx Express

Massachusetts

 

3

Gregory Long

FedEx Express

Virginia

 

The North America Inspectors Championship was held in conjunction with NTDC. The 2019 National Truck Driving Championships will be held at The David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 14-17.

 

 

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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