NTDC 2019 RESULTS:
|4-Axle||Jose Villela||Old Dominion Freight Line||156||45|
|5-Axle||Gary Laugen||Safeway Stores||184||32|
|Flatbed||Steven Hutton||Walmart Transportation||262||24|
|Sleeper Berth||Kurt Tanneberg||Walmart Transportation||202||28|
|Tank Truck||Richard Prescott||Walmart Transportation||216||28|
|Straight Truck||Marco Reyes||FedEx Freight||172||42|
|Step Van||Cha Xiong||FedEx Ground||212||36|
Steve Hutton of Walmart Transportation first started driving at 23 to support his family. Sixteen years later, the job has become not just a source of income, but a rewarding career.
“I was a young father,” Hutton said. “I needed a good, steady income to raise my family. I saw the growth potential in the trucking industry and the possibility to make a steady income, and so that’s how I ended up here.”
On May 19, Hutton claimed the title of Grand Champion at the California Truck Driving Championships, scoring 411 points in the Flatbed division. The competition was held at the FedEx Facility in West Sacramento.
|Grand Champion||Steven Hutton||Walmart Transportation|
|4-Axle||Jose Alberto Villela||Old Dominion Freight Line|
|5-Axle||Gary Laugen||Safeway Stores|
|Flatbed||Steven Hutton||Walmart Transportation|
|Sleeper Berth||Kurt Tanneberg||Walmart Transportation|
|Tank Truck||Richard Prescott||Walmart Transportation|
|Straight Truck||Marcos Reyes||FedEx Freight|
|Step Van||Cha Xiong||FedEx Ground|
When: May 19, 2019
Where: West Sacramento, Calif.
Field: After the northern and southern qualifiers, those who score high enough, will move on the the state competition.
Preview:Hundreds of drivers are expected to show out for both regional qualifiers. Last year's Grand Champion Hobie Eirich will be competing in qualifiers.
More info: California Trucking Association
If you do what you love for a living, you’ll never work a day in your life. Or so the adage goes. For Hobie Eirich of FedEx Freight, driving a 4-axle is a passion that has manifested into the highest honor in his home state of California. In May, he earned Grand Champion honors at the state’s truck safety tournament.
The victory meant a second trip to the National Truck Driving Championships. He had qualified in 2015, also in 4-axle. “I figured, if I’m going to be driving that every day, then it’s a free practice for me and just, I’m able to hone my skills in better,” Eirich told Transport Topics last month.
The Golden State qualifier is among the most competitive in the country, with its diverse competitors from different regions. Appreciative of his passion for safety and a deep desire to return to the national stage, Eirich dedicated many weeks preparing for the state contest.
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|Grand Champion||Hobie Eirich||FedEx Freight|
|Sleeper Berth||Paul Kershaw||Walmart Transportation|
|3-Axle||Alfonso Saavedra||XPO Logistics|
|5-Axle||Dawn Kerr||FedEx Express|
|Tank Truck||Gary Martin||FedEx Ground|
|4-Axle||Hobie Eirich||FedEx Freight|
|Straight Truck||Gary Cordova||FedEx Freight|
|Step Van||Oscar Enciso||FedEx Ground|
|Flatbed||Johnny Pearson||Golden State Foods|
|Twins||Jon Stafford||FedEx Freight|