MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The finalists for the 2012 National Truck Driving Championships were announced early this morning after a three day competition that tested driver's knowledge of safety, equipment, the industry and driving skills. Considered the "Super Bowl of Safety," the competition is in the midst of a drive-off. 425 competitors traveled to Minneapolis to represent their home states.
The top five drivers in each of the nine competing categories will now run a specially designed obstacle course that will be unveiled this morning to determine the top driver. At the end of the day, the best driver from all nine categories will be named, with one driver named the 2012 Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion Award.
*Note: High-Resolution photos will be available of winners2012 National Truck Driving Championship Finalists Straight Truck Class Robert Dolan, Con-way Freight, Pennsylvania Wayne Gootee, Walmart Transportation, LLC, Michigan Doug Rickel, FedEx Express, Alaska Michael Scripko, Con-way Freight, New Jersey Scott Ward, Con-way Freight, Alabama 3-Axle Class Roland Bolduc, FedEx Express, Massachusetts Michael Britt, UPS Freight, Georgia Joseph Hicks, Con-way Freight, Rhode Island Wayne McClellan, Con-way Freight, New Hampshire Gerald Thompson, Con-way Freight, New York 4-Axle Class Tim Hodges, UPS Freight, West Virginia Kevin Miskiewicz, YRC Freight, Pennsylvania Christopher Outen, FedEx Freight, Oregon Norman Penn, Walmart Transportation, LLC, Kentucky Scott Stroup, YRC Freight, Nebraska 5-Axle Class Richard Camarda, ABF Freight System, Inc., California Michael Grogan, Con-way Freight, Idaho Gary Herrygers, The Boeing Company, Washington Michael Lutz, Walmart Transportation, LLC, Oregon Steven Tribe, Nicholas & Company, Utah Flatbed Class Steven Berwald, US Foods, Minnesota Kevin Duran, Hannaford Trucking Company, Maine Kenneth Grimmett, Con-way Freight, West Virginia Donald Logan, FedEx Freight, Kansas Ray Shelton, FedEx Freight, South Carolina Tank Truck Class Jason Hillier, FedEx Freight, Wisconsin Jason Matte, FedEx Freight, Mississippi Brent Quire, Con-way Freight, Kentucky Victor Skoglund, FedEx Freight, Washington Wilbert Vano, Con-way Freight, New Jersey Twins Class Leonard Coleman, FedEx Freight, North Carolina Johnny Malone, Safeway, Washington Mark McLean, FedEx Freight, New York Lawrence Schilmiller, Con-way Freight, Kentucky Michael Umphrey, Con-way Freight, Alabama Sleeper Berth Class Leo Flack, A. Duie Pyle, Inc., Pennsylvania Roy Garcia, Peninsula Truck Lines, Inc., Washington Troy McNeal, Walmart Transportation, LLC, Florida Gary Nuckolls, AAA Cooper Transportation, Alabama Pat Rudesill, FedEx Ground, Louisiana Step Van Michael Bills, FedEx Express, North Carolina Walter Freeman, FedEx Ground, South Carolina Edward Gertz, FedEx Express, New Hampshire Sean Saxon, FedEx Ground, Arizona Andrew Tuck, FedEx Ground, Ohio