April 22, 2019 6:00 AM, EDT

2019 California Truck Driving Championships

When: May 19, 2019

Where: West Sacramento, Calif.

More info: California Trucking Association


2018 Recap


California Grand Champion Hobie Eirich Conquers the 4-Axle

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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Classification Winner Company
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