Orlando, Florida – Today, American Trucking Associations announced Roland Bolduc as the Bendix Grand Champion of the 2017 National Truck Driving Championships.
“With an impressive showing this week, Roland Bolduc emerged as the leader of the field and is taking home our industry’s top prize,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “On behalf of ATA and the entire trucking community, I want to thank the strong field of competitors for participating in these championships and practicing safety every day on our nation’s highways. Your commitment to excellence makes us proud to be in the trucking industry.”
To clinch the esteemed title of 2017 Bendix Grand Champion, Bolduc’s driving accuracy and knowledge of truck safety surpassed the more than 420 other state champion professional truck drivers competing in all vehicle classes in Orlando, Florida this week.
Bolduc, who also took home the Sleeper Berth class title, lives in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts and drives professionally for FedEx Express. He has more than 1.9 million safe driving miles in his career and has worked in the trucking industry for more than 36 years, spending the last 23 years with FedEx Express. Bolduc was named an America’s Road Team Captain in 2000.
ATA also recognized Bryce Neilson as the 2017 Rookie of the Year. Neilson claimed the title after performing well in the Flatbed division. Additionally, the team of drivers from Kentucky produced the best collective score, with an average of 307.13, and were honored as the top state delegation.
Professionalism and dedication to the trucking industry were key themes during the National Truck Driving Championships. Daniel Shamrell was honored during the awards banquet with the Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence Award and Joe Smith was chosen as the Lifetime Volunteer Award recipient.
ACT 1 served as a premier sponsor of the 2017 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships, which took place Aug. 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
Since 2011, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has been the sole sponsor of the Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion.
Champions from each of the 9 vehicle classes were also announced. Joining Roland Bolduc on the list of national champions are:
3-Axle: Glen Kirk, Franklin, Indiana, Old Dominion Freight Line
4-Axle: James Duffy, Marshall, Wisconsin, FedEx Freight
5-Axle: Michael Miltenberger, Cumberland, Maryland, PITT OHIO
Flatbed: Wayne Crowder, Louisville, Kentucky, FedEx Freight
Sleeper Berth: Roland Bolduc, East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, FedEx Express
Straight Truck: Richard Bailey, Macomb, Michigan, FedEx Freight
Tank Truck: Scott Woodrome, Middletown, Ohio, FedEx Freight
Twins: Chris Poyner, Richland, Washington, XPO Logistics
Step Van: Michael Bills, Fuquay Varina, North Carolina, FedEx Express
Rookie of the Year: Bryce Neilson, Anaconda, Montana, FedEx Freight
Team Champions: Kentucky
Vehicle Condition: Bryan Wold, Reiles Acres, North Dakota, XPO Logistics
Highest Written Exam Award: Paul Brandon, Oxford, Connecticut, FedEx Freight and Don Logan, Eskridge, Kansas, FedEx Freight
Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence: Daniel Shamrell, Battle Ground, Washington, FedEx Freight
Lifetime Volunteer Award: Joe Smith, Kenco Management