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April 22, 2019 6:00 AM, EDT

2019 Georgia Truck Driving Championships

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2019 Recap

Keith Crook Earns Georgia Title in Weekend of Firsts

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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.

2019 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
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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2019 Preview

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

 

2018 Recap

ABF Freight’s Tim McElwaney Dedicates Georgia Title to Late Father

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.

McElwaney

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.

2018 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
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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