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April 22, 2019 6:00 AM, EDT

2019 Hawaii Truck Driving Championships

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NTDC 2019 RESULTS:

Classification Driver Company Score Place
5-Axle Harold Oliveros Aloha Petroleum 134 46
Straight Truck Joel Ramos Airgas USA 294 8
Step Van Steve Haskill FedEx Express 258 24

 

2019 Recap

Steve Haskill of FedEx Express will be making a return trip to nationals after capturing the Step Van title as the Hawaii Truck Driving Championships, collecting Grand Champion honors for the second year in a row as well.

Joel Ramos of Airgas will join him in Pittsburgh as a returning class champion after prevailing in the Straight Truck competition.

Hawaii had 13 competitors at its driving championships, which was paired with a passenger carrier competition that featured 21 drivers.

Steve Haskill of FedEx Ground

Haskill

Only three events had enough participants to send a qualifier on to NTDC; Harold Oliveros of Aloha Petroleum, winner of the 5-Axle, will be Hawaii's third representative at nationals.

2019 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Steve Haskill Jr. FedEx Express
5-Axle Harold Oliveros Aloha Petroleum
Straight Truck Joel Ramos Airgas USA
Step Van Steve Haskill FedEx Express

 

2019 Preview

When: June 14-15, 2019

Where: B&C Trucking terminal in Aiea.

Field: About a dozen truck drivers are expected to compete in three categories.

Preview: Hawaii's field may be small in numbers but it will be long on talent and experience, as 2018 Grand Champion Steve Haskill will be back to defend his overall crown as well as his first-place finish in Step Van. He'll face a challenge from other prior state Grand Champions that includes Joel Ramos of Airgas, Randall Kaiwi of Hawaii Gas and Roger Randa of Pepsi Cola. Because of the small field, Hawaii is likely to only have nationals qualifiers in three events: 5-Axle, Straight Truck and Step Van. 

The written exam will be held at Hawaii Transportation Association's offices in Honolulu on June 14. Pre-trip inspection and course competition will be held at the B&C Trucking Terminal in Aiea.

"The upcoming Hawaii Driving Championships showcases the skills of our best commercial motor vehicle drivers on a specially designed, closed course incorporating several real-world inspired 'problems,' " said TDC Chairman Ross Sasamura. "Through competition, we not only recognize high achievement, but also celebrate the level of professionalism and pride exhibited by Hawaii's drivers, their managers, supervisors and families. We look forward to a vigorous competition in Halawa Valley."

More info: Hawaii Transportation Association

 

2018 Recap

Haskill

Steve Haskill of FedEx Express, a veteran of previous national competitions, earned a return trip by capturing the Step Van division and Grand Champion honors at the Hawaii Truck Driving Championships.

Also earning trips to the mainland were Ralph Kaiwi of Hawaii Gas in the 5-axle event, and Duane Kaitoku of Southern Wine & Spirits in the Straight Truck competition.

2018 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Steve Haskill FedEx Express
5-Axle Randall Kaiwi Hawaii Gas
Straight Truck Duane Kaitoku Southern Wine & Spirits
Step Van Steve Haskill FedEx Express