NTDC 2019 RESULTS:
|3-Axle||Roger Nicholson||UPS Freight||241||34|
|4-Axle||Michael Hall||Southeastern Freight Lines||193||36|
|5-Axle||Keith Crook||UPS Freight||274||6|
|Flatbed||Joe Bertini||FedEx Freight||226||30|
|Sleeper Berth||Luke Yoakum||Southeastern Freight Lines||389||4|
|Tank Truck||Marty Mosley||Americold Logistics||283||11|
|Twins||Carlos Rodriguez||Old Dominion Freight Line||175||41|
|Straight Truck||Marcus Gray||FedEx Freight||155||44|
The Georgia Truck Driving Championships held in Buford May 11-12 was “a wonderful celebration of the industry and a ‘family reunion,' " according to Emily Crane of the Georgia Motor Trucking Association.
Keith Crook of UPS Freight took the Grand Champion title as well as the 5-Axle crown. He advances to the National Truck Driving Championships.
Two drivers repeated in their categories this year, so they’re required to sit out those categories next year. Roger Nicholson of UPS Freight repeated in the 3-Axle, and Carlos Rodriguez of Old Dominion Freight Line won for the second consecutive time in Twins. “They have to find new homes,” or categories, next year, Crane said.
|Grand Champion||Keith Crook||UPS Freight|
|3-Axle||Roger Nicholson||UPS Freight|
|4-Axle||Michael Hall||Southeastern Freight Lines|
|5-Axle||Keith Crook||UPS Freight|
|Flatbed||Joe Bertini||FedEx Freight|
|Sleeper Berth||Luke Yoakum||Southeastern Freight Lines|
|Tank Truck||Marty Mosley||Americold Logistics|
|Twins||Carlos Rodriguez||Old Dominion Freight Line|
|Straight Truck||Marcus Gray||FedEx Freight|
2019 PHOTO GALLERY:
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When: May 10-11, 2019
Where: Buford, Ga.
Field: 155 truck drivers are expected to compete in eight categories.
Preview: 2018 Grand Champion Tim McElwaney of ABF Freight will be back to defend his overall crown as well as his first-place finish in the 5-Axle class.
Two drivers who won their categories two years in a row are required to sit out those categories this year, but they're tackling new categories. Glenn Morris of FedEx Freight is moving from Tank Truck to Sleeper Berth, while Herschel Evans of Holland is moving from Sleeper Berth to Twins.
Emily Crane of the Georgia Motor Trucking Association says there are many new participants this year. She noted that XPO Logistics has 13 drivers this year, up from one entered last year. Many drivers have been practicing since January.
Rain is forecast for the weekend, but Crane says, "We're trying to make this a fun weekend for everyone ... rain or shine."
For drivers, the state competition is "their Super Bowl, if you will. We want it to be fun, a celebration of the industry and a celebration of what they've accomplished."
More info: Georgia Motor Trucking Association
For ABF Freight’s Tim McElwaney, this year’s Georgia truck driving championships were bittersweet. McElwaney, from Carrollton, Ga., finished first in the 5-Axle class and won the grand champion title May 10-12, earning his sixth trip to nationals.
But Georgia’s state championship fell on the birthday of McElwaney’s late father, R.B., who passed away five years ago. McElwaney, 57, used the competition to honor his father by competing in the 5-axle, the truck that his father used to drive.
“He drove a 5-Axle all his career, and so it was just like it was meant to be,” McElwaney said. “This year was very special to me.” It was his father who inspired him to become a truck driver.
He placed No. 10 in the 5-Axle at the 2018 National Truck Driving Championships. Holland driver Herschel Evans was the state's top finisher at nationals, finishing No. 6 in Sleeper.
|Grand Champion||Tim McElwaney||ABF Freight System|
|Sleeper Berth||Herschel Evans||Holland|
|3-Axle||Roger Nicholson||UPS Freight|
|5-Axle||Tim McElwaney||ABF Freight System|
|Tank Truck||Glenn Morris||FedEx Freight|
|4-Axle||Pete Steerman||AAA Cooper Transportation|
|Straight Truck||Doug Austin||Martin Brower|
|Flatbed||Ben Moore Jr.||Walmart Transportation|
|Twins||Carlos Rodriquez||Old Dominion Freight Line|
2018 PHOTO GALLERY:
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