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SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gary Harms, a Walmart Transportation professional truck driver based in Olathe, Kan. was named the 2013 Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion. Gary's driving skills and knowledge of transportation and truck safety information topped those of 422 other professional truckdrivers from all across the United States in the National Truck Driving Championships, held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 76 th annual "Super Bowl of Safety" is sponsored by the American Trucking Associations.
In route to his title, Gary has logged 30 years as a driver, with over 1.7 million miles behind the wheel. Gary began competing in his state truck driving championships in 2007, and this is his second trip to the National Truck Driving Championships. In 2011, Gary placed first in 4-axle class.The contestants were the state champions in nine truck types from all 50 states. Collectively, they have driven 605,654,659 accident-free miles. In their respective classes, drivers tested their expertise in the driving skills they use daily. The competition course inside the Salt Palace Convention Center challenged their knowledge of safety, equipment and the industry. The skills course tested drivers' ability to judge distances, maneuver tight spaces, reverse, park, and position their vehicle exactly over scales, before barriers or around curves. "Gary truly represents what is best about our industry," ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. "To win the title of Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion, Gary bested more than 420 of America's safest, most professional, drivers and he and his company, Walmart Transportation, should be congratulated for their efforts." Gary also won the individual 5-Axle Sleeper driving competition. Joining Gary as champions in their respective classes: