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April 22, 2019 6:00 AM, EDT

2019 Illinois Truck Driving Championships

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NTDC 2019 RESULTS:

Classification Driver Company Score Place
3-Axle  Ritch Fundell  FedEx Freight 493
4-Axle   Miguel Corral FedEx Freight 275  16 
5-Axle  Kari Paulson  UPS  213 21
Flatbed  Timothy Banasiak FedEx Freight 216  32 
Sleeper Berth  Paul Barnes  UPS 190  34 
Tank Truck  Jason Troyer  Altom Transport 101   46
Twins  James Alvarez  UPS  248 16 
Straight Truck Maurice Walker UPS 239 30
Step Van  Vincent Pekarek   FedEx Ground 244 29 

 

2019 Recap

Fundell

FedEx Freight 3-Axle Ace Ritch Fundell Repeats as Illinois Grand Champion

For the second year in a row, Ritch Fundell had a grand old time at the Illinois Truck Driving Championships.

Fundell, a 3-Axle ace with FedEx Freight, conquered the Pheasant Run Resort course in St. Charles on June 7-8 to earn his second straight trip to the National Truck Driving Championships. This year, Fundell will pack his bags for Pittsburgh, site of NTDC on Aug. 14-17.

He will be joined at NTDC by three other class winners who also claimed victories in 2018. FedEx Freight’s Miguel Corral prevailed in 4-Axle after taking home the title in Twins last year. Paul Barnes of UPS (Sleeper Berth) and Tim Banasiak of FedEx Freight (Flatbed) repeated in their respective categories.

2019 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Ritch Fundell FedEx Freight
3-Axle Ritch Fundell FedEx Freight
4-Axle Miguel Corral FedEx Freight
5-Axle Kari Paulson UPS
Flatbed Tim Banasiak  FedEx Freight
Sleeper Berth Paul Barnes  UPS 
Tank Truck Jason Troyer Altom Transport
Twins James Alvarez UPS
Straight Truck Maurice Walker Sr. UPS
Step Van Vince Pekarek FedEx Ground

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2019 Illinois Truck Driving Championships

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FedEx Freight drivers Ritch Fundell and Miguel Corral are back and ready to repeat in the Illinois Truck Driving Championships on June 7-8.

Fundell will look to defend his Grand Champion title, which he won coming out of the 3-Axle class in 2018. Corral went on to claim class champion honors in Twins at last year’s National Truck Driving Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

The Illinois Trucking Association puts the focus of the day’s events on safety, according to Linda Blisset, ITA’s certified director of safety. The organization will place added emphasis on adhering to Scott's Law, named for a Chicago firefighter who was struck and killed by a motorist while assisting at a crash scene in 2000.

When: June 7-8, 2019

Where: Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, Ill.

More info: Illinois Trucking Association

2018 Recap

Fundell

 FedEx Freight driver Ritch Fundell reigned supreme in the 3-axle competition en route to claiming Grand Champion honors.

Fundell and eight other competitors advanced to the National Truck Driving Championships in Columbus, Ohio, in August.

Overall FedEx Freight drivers prevailed in four divisions — 3-Axle, Fatbed, Step Van and Twins.

2018 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Ritch Fundell FedEx Freight
Sleeper Berth Paul Barnes UPS
3-Axle Ritch Fundell FedEx Freight
5-Axle Ed Mikan UPS
Tank Truck Dave Miller UPS Freight
4-Axle Ruben Magsaysay XPO Logistics
Straight Truck Scott Archer YRC Freight
Step Van Jason Smith FedEx Freight
Flatbed Tim Banasiak FedEx Freight
Twins Miguel Corral FedEx Freight