When: May 19, 2019
Where: West Sacramento, Calif.
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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|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|