August 12, 2016 9:30 AM, EDT

NTDC 2016: Most Finalists Set, But Ties Force Runoffs

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The trucking industry’s “Super Bowl of Safety” is down to five finalists in five of the eight classes of competition, plus the step van class.

Before the final runs can begin for the 79th annual National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships, runoffs will occur in the 4-axle, sleeper berth, straight truck and step van classes to settle tied scores from the first two days of competition. The remaining competitors are now set to navigate a specially designed championship course to determine the top driver. 

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Competition concludes this evening with the crowning of the 2016 Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion, as well as with awards for drivers in every vehicle class, rookie of the year and top state delegation.

Finalists for the 2016 National Truck Driving and National Step Van Driving Championships:


1 Kansas: Jimmie Wisley, YRC Freight

2 Arkansas: Robin Sams, FedEx Freight

3 Maine: Robert Fernald, Wal-Mart Transportation

4 Washington: Cedric Pack, FedEx Freight

5 Indiana: Charles White, Wal-Mart Transportation


1 Texas: Eduardo Camacho, H-E-B Grocery Co.

2 Iowa: Allen Sohn, FedEx Freight

3 Oregon: Aslaiyi Wilkes, Reddaway

4 Michigan: Ronald Metternick, FedEx Freight

5 Arizona: Andres Orozco, FedEx Freight

5 Utah: Glenn Springer, FedEx Freight


1 New Mexico: Daniel Bruch, FedEx Freight

2 Nebraska: Toby Kort, FedEx Freight

3 Florida: Larry Warr, Wal-Mart Transportation

4 Vermont: Christopher Novak, FedEx Express

5 Kansas: Darren Bogart, Wal-Mart Transportation


1 South Dakota: Jay Love, FedEx Freight

2 Idaho: William Hill, Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.

3 Kansas: Donald Logan, FedEx Freight

4 Louisiana: Curtis McMellon, XPO Logistics, Inc.

5 Washington: Robert Dean, XPO Logistics, Inc.

Sleeper Berth

1 Ohio: Bryan Elges, FedEx Freight

2 Florida: Larry Breen, Wal-Mart Transportation

3 Indiana: Ron Marker, Wal-Mart Transportation

4 California: Rollie Fugate, Wal-Mart Transportation

5 Massachusetts: Roland Bolduc, FedEx Express

5 Utah: Barry Geck, Wal-Mart Transportation

Straight Truck

1 West Virginia: Charles Randolph, PITT OHIO

2 Maine: Glendon Buzzell, Wal-Mart Transportation

3 Kentucky: Jesse Benkert, Fedex Ground

4 Kansas: Dennis Cole, Holland

5 Florida: Wilbur Johnson, FedEx Freight

5 Maryland: James Carver, Safeway, Inc.

Tank Truck

1 West Virginia: Nickolas Backes, PITT OHIO

2 Montana: Kenneth Painter, XPO Logistics, Inc.

3 Wisconsin: Jeffrey Langenhahn, XPO Logistics, Inc.

4 Michigan: Steve Elliston, Wal-Mart Transportation

5 Utah: Allen Byrne, Wal-Mart Transportation


1 Washington: Chris Poynor, XPO Logistics, Inc.

2 Wyoming: Andrew Kelly, ABF Freight Systems, Inc.

3 South Carolina: James Luckadoo, UPS Freight

4 New York: Stephen Black, Golub Corp / PriceChopper Supermarkets

5 Mississippi: James McNeill, FedEx Freight

Step Van

1 New York: Jeff Evans, FedEx Ground

2 Virginia: Frank Woods, FedEx Express

3 Ohio: Jason Imhoff, Wal-Mart Transportation

4 Oklahoma: Curtis Harpole, FedEx Ground

5 Colorado: Matthew Allison, FedEx Ground

5 Illinois: James Wilson, FedEx Freight