April 22, 2019 6:00 AM, EDT

2019 California Truck Driving Championships


3-AxleCarlos MontoyaReddaway28116
4-AxleJose VillelaOld Dominion Freight Line15645
5-AxleGary LaugenSafeway Stores18432
FlatbedSteven HuttonWalmart Transportation26224
Sleeper BerthKurt TannebergWalmart Transportation20228
Tank TruckRichard PrescottWalmart Transportation21628
TwinsRobert CamposReddaway19332
Straight TruckMarco ReyesFedEx Freight17242
Step VanCha XiongFedEx Ground21236


2019 Recap

Balancing Work, Family Key for California Grand Champion Steve Hutton

Steve 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.


Grand ChampionSteven HuttonWalmart Transportation
3-AxleCarlos MontoyaReddaway
4-AxleJose Alberto VillelaOld Dominion Freight Line
5-AxleGary LaugenSafeway Stores
FlatbedSteven HuttonWalmart Transportation
Sleeper BerthKurt TannebergWalmart Transportation
Tank TruckRichard PrescottWalmart Transportation
TwinsRobert CamposReddaway
Straight TruckMarcos ReyesFedEx Freight
Step VanCha XiongFedEx 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


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


Grand ChampionHobie EirichFedEx Freight
Sleeper BerthPaul KershawWalmart Transportation
3-AxleAlfonso SaavedraXPO Logistics
5-AxleDawn KerrFedEx Express
Tank TruckGary MartinFedEx Ground
4-AxleHobie EirichFedEx Freight
Straight TruckGary CordovaFedEx Freight
Step VanOscar EncisoFedEx Ground
FlatbedJohnny PearsonGolden State Foods
TwinsJon StaffordFedEx Freight