Special Coverage of the National Truck Driving Championships

NTDC Finals Have a Familiar Feel

Four Former Grand Champions Advance
Alphonso Lewis celebrates advancing to 5-axle finals at 2022 NTDC
Alphonso Lewis of Yellow celebrates after advancing to the finals in the 5-axle division at the National Truck Driving Championships in Indianapolis. Lewis was national grand champ in 2007. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

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INDIANAPOLIS — Roland Bolduc, Jeff Langenhahn, Alphonso Lewis and Mike White are headlining the final round at the National Truck Driving Championships.

The four former national grand champions finished in the top five in their respective vehicle classes after three days of competition.

Not advancing to the final round was FedEx Freight’s Scott Woodrome of Ohio, who won national grand championships in 2018 and 2019.


The 2022 National Truck Driving Championships

Photos: Awards | Competition | Road to NTDC | Contestants | Map of State Champions

Who: Winners from nine categories at the state level who have advanced to the national competition, where a Grand Champion will be crowned

What: Contestants are judged on a written exam, pre-trip inspection and driving skills

When: Aug. 16-19

Where: Indianapolis

The top five scorers from nine divisions qualified for the finals Aug. 19.

Bolduc, the 2017 grand champion with FedEx Express in Connecticut, and White, 2016’s grand champion with Walmart out of Indiana, are facing off in the sleeper berth class. Wisconsin’s Langenhahn with XPO Logistics, who won it all in 2014, is competing in the twin trailers class. Lewis, 2007’s grand champion and an America’s Road Team captain in 2011, is competing in the 5-axle class. He is based in Alabama and drives for Yellow.

The four decorated drivers and the other 41 finalists are tasked with competing on a newly designed driving course at what’s been called the “Super Bowl of Safety.” Top performers in the finals will be crowned winners in their division, and best-in-show will be this year’s national grand champion. Winners will be announced during an evening ceremony.


Sleeper berth drivers Mike White (left) of Walmart and Roland Bolduc of FedEx Express

“Big names,” White said, reflecting on the competition in the sleeper berth. “You win this class, and you’ve done something.”

Langenhahn said he felt ready for the final round, while Lewis and Bolduc were displaying game faces prior to their last drive around the course. Joining White and Bolduc in the sleeper berth class is FedEx Freight’s Eric Courville, this year’s Louisiana grand champion.

Notable finalists in 3-axle include North Carolina’s grand champion Brian Walker, the reigning national champ in the division. His father, Charles Linwood Walker, won the national 3-axle championship in 1981. XPO Logistics’ Joe Hicks, this year’s top driver from Rhode Island, and New Jersey champ Wilbert Vano, also with XPO, will battle Walker for the title.


American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear speaks to the drivers on the final day of competition at the National Truck Driving Championships in Indianapolis. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

XPO’s Ina Daly from Arizona, the only woman to advance to the finals, is competing in the tanker division. She said she’s been celebrating each moment this week.

“I’ve enjoyed the time with my company. I’ve enjoyed the time with friends that I’ve kept in contact [with] over the years,” she said. “I’m just glad that everybody stepped up and did this again.”

2022 NTDC Finalists

Step Van    
Jerome De La Cruz FedEx Express Alaska
Ceth Christensen UPS Illinois
Peter Dreisbach UPS Kentucky
Gregory Long FedEx Express Maryland
Marlon Sandoval FedEx Ground New Mexico
Straight Truck    
Jesse Benkert FedEx Ground Kentucky
Ty Possehn FedEx Freight Michigan
Christopher Shaw FedEx Express New Mexico
Michael Bills FedEx Express North Carolina
Charles Randolph Pitt Ohio West Virginia
Louis Petrovia XPO Logistics Maryland
Wilbert Vano XPO Logistics New Jersey
Brian Walker TForce Freight North Carolina
Joseph Hicks XPO Logistics Rhode Island
Chris Poynor XPO Logistics Washington
Miguel Corral UPS Illinois
Brandon Hardy XPO Logistics Nevada
Martin McMahon RIST Transport New York
David Rohman FedEx Express North Carolina
Daniel Shamrell FedEx Freight Oregon
Alphonso Lewis Yellow Alabama
Robert Benton Walmart Transportation Delaware
David Guinn Publix Super Markets Florida
Timothy Banasiak UPS Illinois
Daniel Bruch FedEx Freight New Mexico
Eric Ramsdell Walmart Transportation Arizona
Eric Flick UPS Nevada
Raymond Waage FedEx Freight New York
Scott Johnson Old Dominion Freight Line Utah
Kenneth Rageth FedEx Freight Wyoming
Tank Truck    
Ina Daly XPO Logistics Arizona
Michael Flippin FedEx Freight Colorado
Dennis Shirar Walmart Transportation Indiana
Allen McNeely ABF Freight System North Carolina
Heladio Fernandez FedEx Freight Oregon
Leslie Smyth FedEx Freight Florida
Damien Hebert XPO Logistics Louisiana
Mark McLean FedEx Freight New York
Michael Whitehead FedEx Freight South Dakota
Jeffrey Langenhahn XPO Logistics Wisconsin
Sleeper Berth    
Roland Bolduc FedEx Express Connecticut
Charles White Walmart Transportation Indiana
Eric Courville FedEx Freight Louisiana
John Putney Greater Omaha Express Nebraska
Antoine Sadler Walmart Transportation North Carolina

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