NTDC: Four-Axle Champ Quarles Treasures His Trophy
Quarles family by John Sommers II for Transport TopicsWhen James Quarles, known as “JB” to almost everybody, walked through the body scanner at the Pittsburgh International Airport on Sunday on his way home to South Carolina, his first-place driving trophy went with him.
“I told them I wasn’t going to put it down on the scanner,” said the Wal-Mart truck driver from Laurens, southeast of Greenville.
Quarles won the long-sought trophy in the steel city Aug. 17 in the four-axle class at the National Truck Driving Championships.
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“Oh, man, I cannot think of anything that’s better than this — besides my wedding,” he said, bursting into an infectious laugh that set his wife, Stephanie, to laughing.
“Oh, I was hollering; I was so excited,” Stephanie Quarles said about the moment her husband’s name was announced at the championship banquet.
“I mean this is the top of the top,” Quarles said of his win. “One day I hope to get the grand champion award.”
For Quarles, 42, the competition is a family affair.
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