NTDC 2019 RESULTS:
|3-Axle||Danny Hawkins||American Fast Freight||208||43|
|4-Axle||Ryan Surian||American Fast Freight||198||34|
|5-Axle||Michael Frye||United Freight & Transport||91||50|
|Flatbed||Jesse Walker||Sourdough Express Inc.||153||44|
|Sleeper Berth||Gerald Graves||Northern Industrial Training||125||42|
|Tank Truck||Michael Hinkes||Carlile Transportation Systems||266||14|
|Twins||Jeremy Welton||Carlile Transportation Systems||240||18|
|Straight Truck||Jay Forlino||American Fast Freight||103||46|
|Step Van||Jerome De La Cruz||FedEx Express||297||20|
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.
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 Champion||Ryan Surian||American Fast Freight|
|3-Axle||Denny Hawkins||American Fast Freight|
|4-Axle||Ryan Surian||American Fast Freight|
|5-Axle||Michael Frye||United Freight & Transport|
|Flatbed||Jesse Walker||Sourdough Express|
|Sleeper Berth||Gerald Graves||Northern Industrial Training|
|Tank Truck||Michael Hinkes||Carlile Transportation Systems|
|Twins||Jeremy Welton||Carlile Transportation Systems|
|Straight Truck||Jay Forlino||American Fast Freight|
|Step Van||Jerome De Le Cruz||FedEx Express|
2019 PHOTO GALLERY:
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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.
More info: Alaska Trucking Association
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.
|Grand Champion||Ryan Wolcoff||SPAN Alaska|
|Sleeper Berth||Brian Ambrose||Alaska West Express|
|3-Axle||Ryan Wolcoff||SPAN Alaska|
|5-Axle||Doug Longerbone||Lynden Transport|
|Tank Truck||Jeremiah Payne||American Fast Freight|
|4-Axle||Michael Hinkes||Carlile Transportation Systems|
|Straight Truck||Kitiona Afusia||FedEx Express|
|Step Van||Madeleine Vea||FedEx Express|
|Flatbed||Todd Wheeler||American Fast Freight|
2018 PHOTO GALLERY: