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Wednesday, August 07 2019
2019 Truck Driving Championships -Florida Largest Field in History

Orlando, Fla.— This year, in Daytona Beach the Florida Trucking Association hosted approximately 315 competing drivers, forming the largest field in Florida history, and approximately 1,250 people attended the awards banquet dinner at the Daytona Beach Hilton.

Our Florida Grand Champion, Rebecca “Becky” Nelson, of FedEx Express earned a score of 319 in the Straight Truck competition and advanced to the National Truck Driving Championships in Pittsburg.

Nelson moved to Florida about a year and half ago, and she said the competition is much steeper than it was in her home state, Alaska.

This year, the Florida Trucking Association gathered all the driving competitors for a group photo to celebrate the concept of “One Team Florida,” an effort they started last year in order to promote a message— “One Team Florida”—that FTA staff, member companies, and drivers should all prioritize safety and excellence in the profession, regardless of their affiliation.”

Now in August 14, it’s Pittsburg’s turn, with the 82nd annual National Truck Driving Championships— where around 427 are expected. Pittsburgh previously served as NTDC host in 2009 and 2014.

“That’s one of the greatest things about this program. It makes you sharper, it makes you more detail-oriented so that our trucks are safe.”

Scott Woodrome, 2018 NTDC Grand Champion

In order to earn the Grand Champion title, a participant must excel on a written exam based on the “Facts for Drivers” textbook, a pre-trip inspection and a driving course. That is probably why the event is known in the industry as the “Super Bowl of Safety.”

The driver from FedEx Freight whose friends and colleagues often refer to as “the LeBron James of Trucking” earned top honors at the 81st National Truck Driving Championships last year. “We all work together for safety. And it’s making a difference,” Woodrome told the audience at the awards ceremony.—“This truly breeds safety and makes each one of us better each day and every day when we’re on the highways.”— he concluded.

Joining 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 
  • 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
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