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The petite states of Vermont and New Hampshire successfully hosted 56 drivers at the combined State Truck Driving Championships in Pembroke, N.H., June 1. Vermont had 18 competitors and New Hampshire had 38.
Both Grand Champions were back to defend their state titles.
After having no Tank Truck class in Vermont last year, Jeremiah Jarvis of FedEx Freight has given it new life. Jarvis competed against a small but mighty field of 18 drivers, coming out victorious.
VERMONT ARCHIVE PAGE: Previews, recaps and more
Last year’s Grand Champion, Chris Novak of FedEx Express, was able to secure a ride to NTDC, taking first in 5-Axle. His colleague, Chris Goddard, a returning division winner from last year, also will compete at nationals after finishing first in 4-Axle.
David Doucet of FedEx Express was the third returning winner with Goddard and Novak, scoring high enough to place first in Straight Truck for the second time.
All competitors moving on to nationals:
- 3-Axle: Matthew Ketcham, XPO Logistics
- 4-Axle: Chris Goddard, FedEx Express
- 5-Axle: Christopher Novak, FedEx Express
- Flatbed: Prisli Salkic, XPO Logistics
- Tank Truck: Jeremiah Jarvis, FedEx Freight
- Straight Truck: David Doucet, FedEx Express
- Step Van: Daryl Fowler, FedEx Express
New Hampshire Grand Champion Peter Borges of FedEx Express (left) with his award for first in 3-Axle and the New Hampshire Truck Driving Championships June 1 in Pembroke, N.H. (New Hampshire Motor Transport Association)
Neil Nogues of YRC Freight was looking for his third straight ticket to the National Truck Driving Championships, but he was unable to repeat the title of Grand Champion, but his streak continues with a win in Straight Truck.
Peter Borges of FedEx Express repeated as 3-Axle division winner and overcame Nogues for the Grand Champion title.
NEW HAMPSHIRE ARCHIVE PAGE: Previews, recaps and more
Walmart drivers Kerry Jenkins and Richard Hill also held on to their-first place titles from last year. Jenkins switched to 5-Axle this year, and Hill made the move to Tank Truck.
First-time competitor George Traentafel of Walmart not only was named Rookie of the Year, he also punched his ticket to nationals in the Sleeper Berth Division. New Hampshire will send eight drivers to Pittsburgh.
All competitors moving on:
- 3-Axle: Peter Borges, FedEx Express
- 4-Axle: Nicole Davis, FedEx Freight
- 5-Axle Kerry Jenkins, Walmart Transportation
- Flatbed: Daniel Crim, FedEx Freight
- Sleeper Berth: George Treantafel, Walmart Transportation
- Tank Truck: Richard Hill, Walmart Transportation
- Twins: Robert Fair, FedEx Freight
- Straight Truck: Neil Nogues, YRC Freight
- Step Van: Charles Putnam, FedEx Express