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Last year’s Grand Champion, Chris Outen of FedEx Freight, will compete at the Oregon Truck Driving Championships, taking place June 8 at Reddaway in Portland. This time, though, instead of participating in the Sleeper Berth division, which he won last year, he will be in the Flatbed class, according to Vilija Jozaitis, marketing and communications manager for the Oregon Trucking Associations. The event will feature about 120 drivers and 60 volunteers.
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Who: Winners from nine categories at the state level have advanced to the national competition, where a Grand Champion will be crowned
What: Contestants are judged on a written examination and their driving skills
When: Aug. 14-17
“We do have a lot of new companies participating, quite a few rookies this year, about 40, and some previous TDC winners,” Jozaitis said. “We’d like to see what some of the newer drivers can do.”
As always, safety will be featured at the forefront of the competition.
“[Safety] is very important,” Jozaitis said. “We had 500 attendees last year, send out a press release, invite our legislators and list the public event on various sites with clear messaging about the importance of safety.”