Special Coverage of the National Truck Driving Championships
May 24, 2019 9:15 AM, EDT

Colorado Driving Titans to Compete in Tank Truck

Grand Champion Todd Flippin Switches to Flatbed

A battle of the titans is shaping up in the Tank Truck division at the Colorado Truck Driving Championships on June 1 in Henderson.

Todd Flippin


Nate McCarty of ABF Freight, Gary Plant of Walmart Transportation and Mark Lannerd of XPO Logistics all have been to the National Truck Driving Championships multiple times.

McCarty is an America’s Road Team captain, and Plant was American Trucking Associations’ 2017 Driver of the Year. America’s Road Team is a program operated by American Trucking Associations.

2019 NTDC

The 2019 National Truck Driving Championships

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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

Where: Pittsburgh

“That’s 30 years’ worth of nationals competing in one class,” said Patti Gillette of Colorado Motor Carriers Association.

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Returning to defend his Grand Champion title is Todd Flippin of FedEx Freight, who won Twins last year, then placed 11th at nationals. Because Flippin won Twins two years in a row at state, he has to sit out that category and will switch to Flatbed this year.

Eric Damon


Also returning is David Mogler of FedEx Freight, who won the 3-Axle and placed No. 2 in the event at NTDC. He will be competing in Twins.

Eric Damon of FedEx Express will be back in Step Van, after taking the top spot at NTDC last year. He also received the Highest Written Exam Award at nationals, with a perfect score.

The state event also boasts two fundraisers — a toy drive for the Christmas Crusade for Children, and Pass the Boot for the Colorado State Patrol Family Foundation.