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April 22, 2019 6:00 AM, EDT

2019 California Truck Driving Championships

NTDC 2019 RESULTS:

Classification Driver Company Score Place
3-Axle Carlos Montoya Reddaway 281 16
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
Twins Robert Campos Reddaway 193 32
Straight Truck Marco Reyes FedEx Freight 172 42
Step Van Cha Xiong FedEx Ground 212 36

 

2019 Recap

Balancing Work, Family Key for California Grand Champion Steve Hutton

Steve Hutton

Hutton

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.

2019 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Steven Hutton Walmart Transportation
3-Axle Carlos Montoya Reddaway
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
Twins Robert Campos Reddaway
Straight Truck Marcos Reyes FedEx Freight
Step Van Cha Xiong FedEx Ground

 

2019 Preview

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

 

2018 Recap

Eirich

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.

MORE FROM CALIFORNIA: California Grand Champion Hobie Eirich Conquers the 4-Axle

2018 RESULTS:

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