Virginia truck driving champions crowned
Nine professional Virginia truck drivers were crowned 2018 “Champions of the Highway” at the 67th annual Virginia Truck Driving Championships held May 4 and 5 at FedEx Freight in Chester, Virginia.
First place champions, their hometown, their company, and home terminal location are:
|Step Van:||Greg Long||Frederick MD||FedEx Express||Herndon|
|Straight Truck:||David Price||Fishersville||FedEx Freight||Fishersville|
|3-Axle:||Anthony Cottrell||Bedford||XPO Logistics||Roanoke|
|4-Axle:||Mark Brundage||Leesburg||FedEx Express||Sterling|
|5-Axle Van:||Kerry Ryan||Powhatan||FedEx Freight||Chester|
|5-Axle Flatbed:||Robert Lilly||Chesterfield||FedEx Freight||Chester|
|5-Axle Tank:||Joe Clements||Chesterfield||UPS Freight||Richmond|
|Sleeper Berth:||Jim Hines||Spotsylvania||Walmart Transportation||Sutherland|
|Twin-Trailers:||Earnest Allen||Farmville||Walmart Transportation||Gordonsville|
A total of 86 professional truck drivers from across the state representing 14 different companies entered the competition. There were 17 “rookie” drivers who competed in the Championships for their first time.
The event is sponsored by the Virginia Trucking Association and its Safety and Human Resources Council and is patterned after the American Trucking Associations’ National Truck Driving Championships. The first-place champions listed above will represent Virginia in the National Championships to be held August 15-18 in Columbus, OH.
The winner of the Neill Darmstadter Memorial Grand Champion Award was Mark Brundage of Leesburg, driver for FedEx Express, out of their Sterling, Va. terminal. The Grand Champion Award is presented each year to the driver with the highest score of all the competitors. Brundage has been a professional truck driver for 25 years with 17 of those years with FedEx Express and has driven over 1.5 million safe driving miles.
The Willie Taylor Memorial Course Champion Award was presented to Joe Clements of Chesterfield, a driver for UPS Freight, for achieving the highest score on the field course portion of the competition. This award was created 4 years ago to honor the memory of Robert W. “Willie” Taylor, who competed in various state and national truck driving championships as a driver and won two national championships in his class. Following his driving career, Mr. Taylor served as Chairman of the Virginia Truck Driving Championships for several years and also was a member of the ATA National Truck Driving Championships Committee.
The Captain Roy Terry Memorial Pre-Trip Inspection Award, given to the driver with the highest score in the equipment defects portion of the competition, this year the award was presented to Doug Padgett of Robinson Terminal Warehouse out of their Springfield, VA location.
The Rookie of the Year Award was presented to Marcus Gardner of Chester, driver for FedEx Freight out of their Chester, Va. terminal. This award is presented each year to the highest scoring, first-time competitor and can only be won once by a driver.
The Team Trophy was won by Walmart Transportation, headquartered in Bentonville, AR. This award is presented to the company with the highest average score of all its drivers competing in the Championships.
Other winners in the competition by class, with their hometown, company and home terminal are:
|Step Van:||2nd: Chris Brown, Leesburg – FedEx Express, Herndon|
3rd: Scott Luebbert, Quinton – FedEx Express, Mechanicsville
|Straight Truck:||2nd: Greg Webber, Prince George – ABF Freight System, Richmond|
3rd: Ron Regan, Richmond – YRC Freight, Richmond
|3-Axle||2nd: Anthony Myrtle, Staunton – FedEx Freight, Fishersville|
3rd: Ty Keegan, Staunton – UPS, Fishersville
|4-Axle||2nd: Randy Ebinger, Haymarket – YRC Freight, Manassas|
3rd: John Clements, Vinton – UPS Freight, Roanoke
|5-Axle Van||2nd: James Perkins, Glen Allen – UPS Freight, Richmond|
3rd: Doug Padgett, Alexandria – Robinson Terminal Warehouse, Springfield
|5-Axle Tank||2nd: Marcus Gardner, Chester – FedEx Freight, Chester|
3rd: Chris Walker, Chesterfield – Walmart Transportation, Sutherland
|5-Axle Flatbed||2nd: Thomas Cross, Elizabeth City, NC – FedEx Ground, Chesapeake|
3rd: Jock Wolfe, Alexandria – Robinson Term Warehouse, Springfield
|5-Axle Sleeper:||2nd: Joe Wilson, Gladys – Frito-Lay, Lynchburg|
3rd: Efigenio Ortiz, Chesapeake – ABF Freight System, Chesapeake
|Twin Trailers||2nd: David Boyer, Fries – ABF Freight System, Wytheville|
3rd: Homer Blackwell, Jr., Waynesboro, UPS, Fishersville