NTDC Grand Champion Langenhahn: 'I Feel Like I'm in a Dream'
John Sommers II for Transport TopicsPITTSBURGH — A Con-way Freight driver from Plover, Wisconsin, Jeffrey Langenhahn, won the Bendix 2014 grand championship at the National Truck Driving Championships here Aug. 16.
Langenhahn, a father of five, also won first place in the Twins division at the 77th annual NTDC, which this year drew 426 drivers who competed in nine divisions.
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Christopher Shaw, a FedEx Express driver from Albuquerque, New Mexico, took the top honors in the sixth annual National Step Van Driving Championships, which are held at the same time each year at the NTDC.
Both Shaw and Langenhahn were marking their fifth year of national competition.
“I feel like I’m in a dream,” Langenhahn told Transport Topics as a crush of well-wishers pressed to shake his hand at the awards banquet.
“I always wanted to be able to get into the drive-off just to get a chance to win,” he said of the final competition in the Twins division Saturday.
“And I’m so happy to finally bring one home and to win grand champion, I’m just so excited,” he said.
Langenhahn has logged 28 years as a driver, with over 1.9 million miles behind the wheel, according to American Trucking Associations, which founded the national event.
The grand championship award is sponsored by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems.
Shaw, a father of two who drives a FedEx route in Albuquerque, called his win “amazing, just amazing.”
Shaw said that after competing against four other finalists on Saturday he thought he had scored well.
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