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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.
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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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