Complete coverage of the 2015 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships Aug. 11-15 in St. Louis.
PHOTO GALLERIES: Finals | Earlier | VIDEO: Winner interview | Railroad crossing | Back-in exercise | Skills course finals | Final-day recap | High-angle skills test view | Truck vs. Duck Redux | Bumper-eye-video | Day-one walkthrough | Skills test CARTOON: Nation's best
STORIES: Wal-Mart's Emenheiser is Grand Champion | List of finalists | Automatic transmissions unpopular | N.C. trooper wins NAIC crown | Fewer women | Praise from Darling, Graves | Small details matter | Preview
To be eligible for the big show, drivers need to not only be state champs in their class or overall grand champions, but accident-free for a year before the competition and have driven for their carriers for at least a year. Several of the drivers have logged millions of accident-free miles.
“Safety is the trucking industry’s top priority,” said ATA Chairman Duane Long, chairman of Longistics, based in Raleigh, N.C., “and each year, the industry’s commitment to safety is displayed at the NTDCs. The competitors here are the safest drivers on the highway and an example for us all.”
The competition features three days behind the wheel on a challenging driving course and other tests of drivers' knowledge of safety and of the industry.
The Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry is premiere sponsor of the 2015 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships.
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