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April 22, 2019 6:00 AM, EDT

2019 Florida Truck Driving Championships

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NTDC 2019 RESULTS:

Classification Driver Company Score Place
3-Axle Jeffrey Slaten YRC Freight 503 2
4-Axle Jottyn Santos FedEx Express 450 4
5-Axle Tanner Widdows UPS 184 32
Flatbed Henry Mahler YRC Freight 263 23
Sleeper Berth Howard Blount Old Dominion Freight Line 239 16
Tank Truck Edward Pennington FedEx Freight 424 4
Twins Terry Bennett ABF Freight 183 38
Straight Truck Becky Nelson FedEx Express 269 21
Step Van Brian Cobb FedEx Ground 255 25

 

2019 Recap

Formerly of Alaska, Becky Nelson Scorches Record Florida Field to Win Grand Champion Title

This year’s Florida Truck Driving Championships welcomed a record 279 competitors. Grand Champion Rebecca “Becky” Nelson of FedEx Express outdrove them all.

She earned a score of 319 in the Straight Truck competition and will be advancing to the National Truck Driving Championships in August.

Becky Nelson

Nelson

Nelson, 53, is from Fairbanks, Alaska, where she competed in state championships several times and attended NTDC three times. Now, she’s gearing up for her fourth year at NTDC, this time as a Floridian.

Nelson moved to Florida about a year and half ago, and she said the competition is much steeper than it was in her home state.

2019 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Rebecca Nelson FedEx Express
3-Axle Jeffrey Slaten YRC Freight
4-Axle Jottyn Santos FedEx Express
5-Axle Tanner Widdows UPS
Flatbed Henry Mahler YRC Freight
Sleeper Berth Howard Blount Old Dominion Freight Line
Tank Truck Edward Pennington FedEx Freight
Twins Terry Bennett ABF Freight
Straight Truck Becky Nelson FedEx Express
Step Van Brian Cobb FedEx Ground

2019 PHOTO GALLERY

Florida drivers gather for a team photo before the 2019 truck driving championships

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2019 Preview

When: June 6-8, 2019

Where: Daytona Beach, Fla.

Field: A Florida record field of approximately 315 truck drivers is expected to compete in nine categories.

Preview: 2018 Grand Champion Jottyn Santos of FedEx Express will be back to defend his overall crown as well as his first-place finish in 4-Axle.

READ MORE: Florida welcomes largest field ever

More info: Florida Trucking Association

 

2018 Recap

Santos

Jottyn Santos of FedEx Express earned the title of Grand Champion at the Florida Truck Driving Championships. Santos competed in the 4-axle division and went on to nationals at Columbus, Ohio, where he came in 43rd.

Florida's top finisher at nationals was the Sleeper Division's Eddie Pennington of FedEx Freight, who earned a spot on the podium with a third-place finish.

2018 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Jottyn Santos FedEx Express
Sleeper Berth Eddie Pennington FedEx Freight
3-Axle Rusty Pederson FedEx Freight
5-Axle Howard Blount Old Dominion Freight Line
Tank Truck Brian Stephens Grammer Industries
4-Axle Jottyn Santos FedEx Express
Straight Truck Gary Seefried FedEx Freight
Step Van Daniel Stapleton FedEx Ground
Flatbed Kevin Robinson Publix Super Markets
Twins Henry Mahler YRC Freight

2018 PHOTO GALLERY:

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