Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. is set to send 17 drivers to next month’s National Truck Driving Championship (NTDC), hosted by the American Trucking Associations. The annual competition is an extraordinary display of truck driving professionalism and safety where drivers compete through a series of tests and obstacles.
Each contestant qualified for the NTDC by winning his/her individual state championship title earlier this year. OD had 250 drivers compete across 39 state-level competitions, yielding 64 podium finishers and 17 first-place finishers. OD also had Grand Champions in Michigan, Tennessee, and Utah.
“We’re very proud of all of the Truck Driving Championship contestants and their commitment to safety,” said Wes Herek, senior safety manager for OD and NTDC committee member. “Each driver spends hours practicing and preparing for these competitions, which ultimately makes them safer truck drivers.”
The Championships are a great incentive for professional truck drivers to operate safely because they must be accident-free for at least one year prior to the competition. Many of the competitors have millions of accident-free driving miles to their credit.
The NTDC will begin August 16th and will run through August 19th at the Indianapolis Convention Center.
|Colorado||Erik Calhoun||3rd / Rookie of the Year||3-Axle||GJN|
|Idaho||Tony Rhoades||1st / Rookie of the Year||5-Axle||IDF|
|Michigan||Chad Williams||1st / Grand Champion / Pre-Trip Award||Twins||SAG|
|North Carolina||Harold Snyder||2nd||Twins||KNC|
|North Carolina||Tim Whitely||3rd||4-Axle||WSN|
|North Dakota||Drew Bartelson||1st||Twins||FAR|
|North Dakota||Frank McDowell||2nd||Tanker||FAR|
|North Dakota||Matt Albert||3rd||Flatbed||FAR|
|Oregon||Jimmy Placxo||3rd / Pre-Trip Award||4-Axle||PDX|
|South Carolina||Kenneth Smith||1st||4-Axle||GVL|
|South Carolina||Blake Taylor||2nd||Twins||GVL|
|South Dakota||Jere Rions||2nd||Flatbed||SXF|
|South Dakota||Rick Witczek||2nd||Twins||SXF|
|South Dakota||Dan Norgaard||2nd||Sleeper||WSD|
|South Dakota||Alex Curry||3rd||4-Axle||SXF|
|Tennessee||Darrell Gribble||1st / Grand Champion||Straight||KXT|
|Utah||Sean McClure||1st / Grand Champion||Tanker||SLC|
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About Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. is a leading, less-than-truckload (“LTL”), union-free motor carrier providing regional, inter-regional and national LTL services through a single integrated organization. Our service offerings, which include expedited transportation, are provided through an expansive network of service centers located throughout the continental United States. Through strategic alliances, the Company also provides LTL services throughout North America. In addition to its core LTL services, the Company offers a range of value-added services including container drayage, truckload brokerage and supply chain consulting.