Special Coverage of the National Truck Driving Championships
June 4, 2019 2:00 PM, EDT

David Lumpkin Named Grand Champion at Rhode Island Truck Driving Championships

2019 Rhode Island Truck Driving Championships participants Twenty-nine drivers participated in this year's Rhode Island Truck Driving Championships. (Monique Chartier/Rhode Island Trucking Association)

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FedEx Express’ David Lumpkin captured the Grand Champion title at the Rhode Island Truck Driving Championships, which were held June 1 at the New England Tractor Trailer Training School in Pawtucket. He won out of the Straight Truck division.

FedEx Express driver and Rhode Island Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion David Lumpkin


Twenty-nine drivers from 10 companies competed in six divisions in this year’s event: 3-Axle, 4-Axle, 5-Axle, Twins, Straight Truck and Step Van. The participants had combined for more than 10 million, accident-free, safe-driving miles entering the competition. Also, all drivers had been employed by the same company for at least one year.

Drivers recorded points through a written test, pre-inspection administered by the Rhode Island State Police Commercial Enforcement Unit and a driving skills test. Last year’s Grand Champion, Joseph Hicks of XPO Logistics, won the 3-Axle crown again. Each division winner will get an opportunity to compete at the National Truck Driving Championships Aug. 14-17 in Pittsburgh.

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2019 SCHEDULEState-by-state list.

All competitors moving on to nationals:

  • 3-Axle: Joseph Hicks, XPO Logistics
  • 4-Axle: Michael Richard, Frito Lay
  • 5-Axle: William Burns, A. Duie Pyle
  • Twins: Steven Migneault, FedEx Freight
  • Straight Truck: David Lumpkin, FedEx Express
  • Step Van: Keith Towne, FedEx Express