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April 22, 2019 6:00 AM, EDT

2019 Idaho Truck Driving Championships

2019 Recap

Idaho’s Paul Unser Dethrones Reigning Grand Champion to Claim Crown

After winning Straight Truck at Idaho’s Truck Driving Championships last year, Paul Unser of YRC Freight not only won Straight Truck this year, but took overall Grand Champion honors as well. Unser beat out Timothy Melody of ABF Freight System, who competed and won in Sleeper Berth this year.

Unser was the only YRC Freight competitor to place.

Alan Stacy of FedEx Ground repeated his 2018 Step Van win with a solid performance, heading to nationals for the fourth year in a row. Stacy previously competed in Straight Truck in 2016 and 2017.

2019 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Paul Unser YRC Freight
3-Axle Kevin Winn Old Dominion Freight Line
4-Axle Adam Heim FedEx Freight
5-Axle Clint Schultz Old Dominion Freight Line
Flatbed William Hill Jr. Old Dominion Freight Line
Sleeper Berth Timothy Melody ABF Freight System
Tank Truck Curtis Smith FedEx Freight
Twins Tyson Feller FedEx Ground
Straight Truck Paul  Unser YRC Freight
Step Van Alan Stacy FedEx Ground

 

2019 Preview

When: May 3-4, 2019

Where: Meridian, Idaho

Field: A strong mix of rookies and veterans are expected to compete in nine categories.

Preview: 2018 Grand Champion Timothy Melody will be back to defend his overall crown as well as his first-place finish in Tank Truck.

More info: Idaho Trucking Association

 

2018 Recap

Melody

Idaho Grand Champion Tim Melody Is Living Out the Career He Always Dreamed Of

While many other kids his age probably grew up listening to fairy tales of knights riding grand stallions, Timothy Melody of ABF Freight was regaled with stories of knights driving big rigs down the highways.

Melody, from Payette, Idaho, finished first in Tank Truck and grabbed the grand champion title at Idaho’s Truck Driving Championships May 4-5, earning his fourth trip to nationals.

When Melody was a child, his father, Al Melody, would tell him stories about truck drivers Al would meet when he used to hitchhike across the country. They always centered around one theme — truck drivers being the knights of the highway. Ultimately, those tales are what drove Melody to join the profession.

MORE FROM IDAHO: Former Grand Champions Battle Longtime Competitors at NTDC

2018 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Timothy Melody ABF Freight System
Sleeper Berth David Shattuck Giltner Inc.
3-Axle Randall Schwasinger FedEx Freight
5-Axle Stephanie Henderson Standlee Hay Trucking
Tank Truck Timothy Melody ABF Freight System
4-Axle Jeffrey Halford XPO Logistics
Straight Truck Paul Unser YRC Freight
Step Van Alan Stacy FedEx Ground
Flatbed Casey Walker Boise Boys Inc.
Twins Beau Bonds Old Dominion Freight Line