When: May 31, 2019
Where: Anchorage, Alaska
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|
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