ROSEVILLE, Minn., Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nine Minnesota professional truck drivers arrived in Salt Lake City this week to compete in the National Truck Driving Championships at the Salt Palace Convention Center. These elite drivers earned their way to compete in the "Superbowl of Safety" after winning their title earlier this summer at the state level.
Over 420 drivers from all 50 states will compete in Salt Lake City for four days, challenging their driving skills, and knowledge of safety, equipment and the industry. From 18-wheeler five axle sleepers to tank trucks to twin trailers—they will drive a course that recreates situations truck drivers face daily. These maneuvers may include: an alley dock, a rear line stop, a side park, a scale stop, a right turn, a front line stop, and straight line driving through a diminishing clearance.
On August 24, one contestant will drive away as the Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion."The Truck Driving Championships represent the culmination of the industry's dedication to safety," said Minnesota Trucking Association President John Hausladen. "I congratulate all the contestants and I hope Minnesota cheers for our drivers this week." Minnesota participants at National Truck Driving Championships for each category include:
- Charles A. Colin, ABF Freight System, Inc. - Three-Axle
- Nicholas A. Farness, Con-way Freight - Four-Axle
- Duane J. Foreman, YRC Freight - Tank Truck
- Tim J. McNamee, YRC Freight - Five-Axle
- Duane F. Maroney, YRC Freight – Twins
- Christopher C. Pierson, Anderson Trucking Service - Flatbed
- William F. Pudney, FedEx Express - Straight Truck
- Christian A. Rapsch, FedEx Express - Step Van
- Jordan B. Smith, Ruan Transport - Sleeper Berth