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April 22, 2019 6:00 AM, EDT

2019 Arkansas Truck Driving Championships

NTDC 2019 RESULTS:

Classification Driver Company Score Place
3-Axle Joseph Wash FedEx Freight 247 29
4-Axle Waylon Wylie FedEx Freight 251 21
5-Axle David Hall ABF Freight 504 1
Flatbed Gary Mars Walmart Transportation 289 17
Sleeper Berth Loren Hatfield ABF Freight 253 12
Tank Truck Jon Akin Walmart Transportation 291 9
Twins Jeffrey Cochran FedEx Freight 244 17
Straight Truck James Ross FedEx Freight 171 43
Step Van Eric Brockette FedEx Freight 300 19

 

2019 Recap

David Hall of ABF Freight System captured Arkansas' Grand Champion crown for the third time July 13 when he topped a field of 163 drivers at the Arkansas Truck Driving Championships, held at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers, Ark.

Hall will head to the National Truck Driving Championships for the fifth time. Hall was victorious in the 5-Axle division and received this year's sportsmanship award as well. Previously, he was Grand Champion in 2007 and 2015.

Fellow ABF Freight driver Loren Hatfield also will be advancing to NTDC in the sleeper division. FedEx Freight had five winning drivers, including Rookie of the Year Waylon Wylie and Grand Champion runner-up Jeff Cochran.

Arkansas Grand Champion David Hall

ABF Freight System's David Hall receives his Grand Champion trophy from Skylar Hatfield, director of safety services for Arkansas Trucking Association. (Arkansas Trucking Association)

2019 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion David Hall ABF Freight
3-Axle Joseph Wash FedEx Freight
4-Axle Waylon Wylie FedEx Freight
5-Axle David Hall ABF Freight System
Flatbed Gary Mars Walmart Transportation
Sleeper Berth Loren Hatfield ABF Freight System
Tank Truck Jon Akin Walmart Transportation
Twins Jeff Cochran FedEx Freight
Straight Truck James Ross FedEx Freight
Step Van Eric Brockette FedEx Freight

 

2019 Preview

When: July 12-13, 2019

Where: Rogers, Ark.

More info: Arkansas Trucking Association

 

2018 Recap

Patterson

First-Time Qualifier Daniel Patterson Earns Arkansas’ Grand Champion Honors

When Daniel Patterson left his home to compete in Arkansas’ truck safety contest this month, his goal was pretty big. He wanted to win his class. The 4-axle driver for FedEx Freight explained he had studied the rulebook thoroughly and practiced extensively for a chance to qualify for the National Truck Driving Championships.

Patterson went on to score high on his pre-trip inspection, the written test about rules and regulations and the course challenge. In all, his marks earned him the blue ribbon in 4-axle. Mission accomplished.

His performance, however, also was good enough to capture the grand champion prize. Not bad for being the only truck driver in his family, he said. There, Patterson will be that rare rookie who will have earned state grand champion status on his résumé when he debuts. His plan for avoiding feeling overwhelmed at the event entails sticking with his preparation and staying alert at all times.

2018 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Daniel Patterson Fedex Freight
Sleeper Berth Thomas Garner Maverick
3-Axle Danny Parker FedEx Freight
5-Axle David Glacobbe J.B. Hunt Transport Services
Tank Truck Eric Coursey Solar Transport
4-Axle Daniel Patterson Fedex Freight
Straight Truck Ronnie Worring ABF Freight System
Step Van Samuel Brooks J.B. Hunt Transport Services
Flatbed Gary Mars Walmart Transportation
Twins Kirk Haggard ABF Freight System

2018 PHOTO GALLERY:

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