Finalists Unveiled for 80th National Truck Driving Championships

Drivers Compete for Industry Glory on Last Day of Competition

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today, American Trucking Associations announced finalists of the 2017 National Truck Driving Championships and prepared for the final round of the 80th annual competition.

“With all these great competitors showing off their knowledge and skills in the trucking industry, we are now down to forty-six drivers who have set themselves apart over the last two days,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “We thank everyone who came out to compete and support the National Truck Driving Championships and commend your efforts throughout this year. We look forward to seeing how the field of finalists finish off the weekend and are excited to see who emerges as the 2017 National Truck Driving Championships Bendix Grand Champion.”

Competition at the National Truck Driving Championships began August 9 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. More than 420 of the nation’s best truck drivers qualified for the opening round of competition after winning their individual vehicle classes at the state level and maintaining accident-free driving throughout the year.

Professional truck drivers are competing in eight classes of truck and one step van class. After going through a series of tests on their knowledge of trucking facts, rules, statistics and safety protocols, drivers looked for defects as part of their pre-trip inspection, and completed a difficult driving course.  The top five drivers from each class moved on to the final round of the competition, with one exception: six finalists emerged in the four-axle class.

The final round takes place this morning and the finalists are competing for the title of National Champion in eight different classes. One National Champion will also take home the prestigious overall title of 2017 National Truck Driving Championships Bendix Grand Champion.

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’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:

Step Van

Bartholomew Masciulli

FedEx Express

Levittown

Pennsylvania

Ceth Christensen

UPS 

Manhattan

Illinois

Jason Imhoff

Walmart Transportation

Ashland

Ohio

Kailen Bronson

FedEx Ground

Milwaukie

Oregon

Michael Bills

FedEx Express

Fuquay Varina

North Carolina

Straight Truck

David Hawk

FedEx Freight

Gardendale

Alabama

Dale Brenaman

UPS

Stamping Ground

Kentucky

Richard Bailey

FedEx Freight

Macomb

Michigan

Christopher Shaw

FedEx Express

Albuquerque

New Mexico

Brent Glasenapp

FedEx Express

Franklin

Wisconsin

3-Axle

Sam Wilson

XPO Logistics

Grand Island

Nebraska

David Murphy

YRC Freight

Meridian

Idaho

Glen Kirk

Old Dominion Freight Line

Franklin

Indiana

Walter McGuire

Walmart Transportation

LaGrange

Georgia

David Rohman

FedEx Express

Charlotte

North Carolina

4-Axle

James Duffy

FedEx Freight

Marshall

Wisconsin

Bruce Quaal

YRC Freight

Farmington

Minnesota

Darrell Shelton

FedEx Freight

Richland

Washington

Daniel Shamrell

FedEx Freight

Portland

Oregon

Steven Ward

FedEx Express

Woodruff

South Carolina

Tony Archambault

Walmart Transportation

Jefferson

Maine

5-Axle

Artur Lesniowski

FedEx Ground

Hasbrouck Heights

New Jersey

Jose Orozco

XPO Logistics

Tucson

Arizona

Michael Miltenberger

PITT OHIO

Cumberland

Maryland

Nicholas Jones

FedEx Freight

Troutdale

Oregon

Tom Hopkins

Walmart Transportation

North Platte

Nebraska

Flatbed

Edward Mikan

UPS

Romeoville

Illinois

Dennis Shirar

Walmart Transportation

Indianapolis

Indiana

Donald Logan

FedEx Freight

Eskridge

Kansas

Wayne Crowder

FedEx Freight

Louisville

Kentucky

Brian Walker

UPS Freight

Randleman

North Carolina

Tank Truck

Gerald Wrinkle

Walmart Transportation

Hopkinsville

Kentucky

Scott Woodrome

FedEx Freight

Middletown

Ohio

Anthony Spero

ABF Freight System

Stratford

Connecticut

Daniel Bartelson

XPO Logistics

West Fargo

North Dakota

Thomas Garner

FedEx Freight

Hartselle

Alabama

Twins

Esteban Perez

AAA Cooper Transportation

Weslaco

Texas

Michael Flippin

FedEx Freight

Lamar

Colorado

Chris Poynor

XPO Logistics

Richland

Washington

Marcus Byrd

FedEx Freight

Florence

Mississippi

Jeffrey Rose

YRC Freight

Creston

Ohio

Sleeper Berth

Brian Hall

Old Dominion Freight Line

Morristown

Tennessee

Gary Mars

Walmart Transportation

Fayetteville

Arkansas

Heladio Fernandez

FedEx Freight

Portland

Oregon

Rick Pledger

Walmart Transportation

Denison

Texas

Roland Bolduc

FedEx Express

East Longmeadow

Massachusetts

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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