COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — This morning, American Trucking Associations and ATA’s Safety Management Council announced finalists in nine vehicle classes at the 2018 National Truck Driving Championships, finishing today in Columbus, Ohio.

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“Highly skilled truck drivers have spent the last three days demonstrating their precision and knowledge of the industry at the 81st running of the National Truck Driving Championships,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “We narrowed the field from 424 truck drivers to just 46 finalists who are now vying for the title of national champion in their driving class as well as the overall Bendix Grand Champion title. ATA and the entire trucking industry are waiting anxiously to see who will emerge today to take home top honors.”

This year’s finalists represent 13 companies and 29 states.

Competition at the NTDCs began August 15 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center with state champions from all 50 states taking the written examination – one of three scored phases of the competition. Over the past two days, competitors also tackled the difficult driving course and competed in the pre-trip inspection segments of the competition.

The NTDCs conclude today with the top five competitors in eight vehicle classes – and the top six competitors in the Twins class because of a tie – competing on the championship round driving course.

The awards ceremony will be held after the final event, recognizing the Bendix Grand Champion, Rookie of the Year and top state delegation, among several other highly-respected trucking industry honors. ATA will broadcast the awards banquet via Facebook Live on the official ATA Facebook Page.

ATA’s Safety Management Council is hosting this year’s National Truck Driving Championships with Premiere Sponsor ACT 1.

Finalists for this year’s National Truck Driving Championships are as follows:

Class

Name

Employer

State

3-Axle

David Mogler

FedEx Freight

Colorado

Eric Courville

FedEx Freight

Louisiana

Brian Singelais

Frito-Lay, Inc.

Massachusetts

Robert Roth

FedEx Freight

Missouri

Chris Goddard

FedEx Express

Vermont

4-Axle

Dutch Burch

FedEx Freight

Colorado

Nick Arnold

FedEx Freight

Oklahoma

Heladio Fernandez

FedEx Freight

Oregon

Matthew Fletcher

The Martin-Brower Company, L.L.C.

Pennsylvania

Andrew Rynearson

XPO Logistics

Wisconsin

5-Axle

Dawn Cochran

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.

Indiana

Brandon Hardy

XPO Logistics

Nevada

Bryan Krol

The Martin-Brower Company, L.L.C.

Pennsylvania

Jack Hargett

AAA Cooper Transportation

Texas

Duane Staveness

FedEx Freight

Wisconsin

Flatbed

Thomas Garner

FedEx Freight

Alabama

Gary Mars

Walmart Transportation, LLC

Arkansas

Eric Flick

FedEx Freight

Nevada

Bryan Elges

FedEx Freight

Ohio

Steven Newsome

UPS Freight

South Carolina

Sleeper Berth

Brook Figgins

FedEx Freight

Colorado

Edward Pennington

FedEx Freight

Florida

Artur Lesniowski

FedEx Ground

New Jersey

Terry Wood

Walmart Transportation, LLC

Pennsylvania

Brian Hall

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.

Tennessee

Straight Truck

Charles Woodland

FedEx Freight

Arizona

Dale Brenaman

UPS

Kentucky

Kirk Weis

ABF Freight System, Inc.

New Mexico

Michael Bills

FedEx Express

North Carolina

James Sheehan

FedEx Ground

Tennessee

Tank Truck

Anthony Spero

ABF Freight System, Inc.

Connecticut

Dave Miller

UPS Freight

Illinois

Donald Logan

FedEx Freight

Kansas

Paul Robichaud

FedEx Express

New Hampshire

Scott Woodrome

FedEx Freight

Ohio

Twins

Miguel Corral

FedEx Freight

Illinois

Matthew Hart

FedEx Freight

Nevada

Wilbert Vano

XPO Logistics

New Jersey

Matt Smith

FedEx Freight

Vermont

Darrell Shelton

FedEx Freight

Washington

Jeffrey Langenhahn

XPO Logistics

Wisconsin

Step Van

Samuel Brooks

J B Hunt Transport, Inc.

Arkansas

Eric Damon

FedEx Express

Colorado

Robert Ledoux

FedEx Express

Massachusetts

Grant Garwood

FedEx Ground

Missouri

Gregory Long

FedEx Express

Virginia

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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