NTDC Presents Off-Road Challenge for Drivers
John Somers II for Transport TopicsPITTSBURGH — For UPS Freight driver Roger Nicholson, a day’s work is the 552-mile run he makes between Savannah, Georgia, and Gaffney, South Carolina.
What he does on the road, Nicholson said, is not exactly comparable to what he did in the driving competition at the National Truck Driving Championships here Aug. 14.
“This is kind of opposite of what we do on the road,” he said after competing in the 3-axle competition.
“We try to stay away from everything out there, and in here, we’re trying to see how close we can get to it.”
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On the championship course, drivers must maneuver through narrow turns, coming within the proscribed inches of the rubber ducks, road cones and white strips that mark the intricate course.
They also have to prove they can back to within inches of a load dock.
One hundred ninety drivers competed in four of the nine championship divisions: three-axle, four axle, flatbed and tanker.
On Aug. 15, the remaining of the 426 competitors from around the country will compete in the 5-axle, sleeper, straight truck, twins and step van divisions.
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