April 22, 2019 6:00 AM, EDT

2019 Alaska Truck Driving Championships

Alaska Truck Driving Championships


3-AxleDanny HawkinsAmerican Fast Freight20843
4-AxleRyan SurianAmerican Fast Freight19834
5-AxleMichael FryeUnited Freight & Transport9150
FlatbedJesse WalkerSourdough Express Inc.15344
Sleeper BerthGerald GravesNorthern Industrial Training12542
Tank TruckMichael HinkesCarlile Transportation Systems26614
TwinsJeremy WeltonCarlile Transportation Systems24018
Straight TruckJay ForlinoAmerican Fast Freight10346
Step VanJerome De La CruzFedEx Express29720

2019 Results

Ryan Surian of American Fast Freight took home the Grand Champion prize at the Alaska Truck Driving Championships, hosted in Anchorage by the Alaska Trucking Association.

Surian, who competed in the 4-Axle division, has been with American Fast Freight for eight years.

Ryan Surian


This is Surian's fifth time competing in the state competition and he has been to the national competition twice before this year.

He has qualified to the National Truck Driving Championships in the 5-Axle division in 2015 and the Flatbed division in 2017. 


Grand ChampionRyan SurianAmerican Fast Freight
3-AxleDenny HawkinsAmerican Fast Freight
4-AxleRyan SurianAmerican Fast Freight
5-AxleMichael FryeUnited Freight & Transport
FlatbedJesse WalkerSourdough Express
Sleeper BerthGerald GravesNorthern Industrial Training
Tank TruckMichael HinkesCarlile Transportation Systems
TwinsJeremy WeltonCarlile Transportation Systems
Straight TruckJay ForlinoAmerican Fast Freight
Step VanJerome De Le CruzFedEx Express


Alaska Truck Driving Championships

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2019 Preview:

When: May 31-June 1, 2019

Where: Anchorage, Alaska

Field: Seventy-one truck drivers are expected to compete in nine categories.

Preview: The Alaska Truck Driving Championships promise to mix safety with fun as some of the top drivers in the state show up to show off their skills.

The competition will be held May 31-June 1 by the Alaska Trucking Association on the grounds of an American Fast Freight facility, a transportation and logistics company.

READ MORE: Alaska Truck Driving Championships to Blend Safety, Fun

More info: Alaska Trucking Association


2018 Recap


The saying goes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Ryan Wolcoff, a truck driver for SPAN Alaska, doesn't have to put that idiom into practice. He succeeded on the first try.

Despite never having participated in Alaska’s annual truck driving championships before, Wolcoff won the 3-Axle class and the 2018 Alaska Grand Champion title, earning the rookie competitor a trip to nationals.

“I was shocked that I took my division and I was even more shocked that I won overall Grand Champion, so it was a good experience and kind of showed me where I stand and what I learned and gained in knowledge over the years,” said Wolcoff, 45, from Anchorage, Alaska. “It kind of validated what I’ve been doing for this amount of time and that I’m really good at it.”

Wolcoff said he had been driving for nearly 20 years before deciding to compete in the truck driving championships. He got his start years ago working at a scale house for a gravel company.

READ MORE: First Time’s the Charm for Alaska Grand Champion Ryan Wolcoff


Grand ChampionRyan WolcoffSPAN Alaska
Sleeper BerthBrian AmbroseAlaska West Express
3-AxleRyan WolcoffSPAN Alaska
5-AxleDoug LongerboneLynden Transport
Tank TruckJeremiah PayneAmerican Fast Freight
4-AxleMichael HinkesCarlile Transportation Systems
Straight TruckKitiona AfusiaFedEx Express
Step VanMadeleine VeaFedEx Express
FlatbedTodd WheelerAmerican Fast Freight


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