When: July 12-13, 2019
Where: Rogers, Ark.
More info: Arkansas Trucking Association
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.
|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|
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