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April 22, 2019 6:00 AM, EDT

2019 Kentucky Truck Driving Championships

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NTDC 2019 RESULTS:

Classification Driver Company Score Place
3-Axle Jason Herko UPS 241 34
4-Axle John Willinger FedEx Freight 283 13
5-Axle Jamie Dunn Walmart Transportation 109 49
Flatbed Wayne Crowder FedEx Freight 292 14
Sleeper Berth John Wiley Walmart Transportation 238 17
Tank Truck Gerald Wrinkle Walmart Transportation 261 17
Twins Derek Schweinhart FedEx Freight 271 11
Straight Truck James McNulty FedEx Express 277 14
Step Van Dustin Powell UPS 344 7

 

2019 Recap

Pennsylvania Native Jason Herko Set for Return to Home State as Kentucky Grand Champion

Jason Herko has resided in Kentucky most of his life. As a child, he even lived in Jamaica, with his parents, who were missionaries. But now he’s headed back to his birth state as a Grand Champion for the first time.

UPS driver Jason Herko, Grand Champion of the Kentucky TDC

Herko

“My first reaction when they called my name was shock,” Herko said. “When the shock wore off, it was replaced by a humbling feeling as I looked around the room at all the other drivers who were previous Grand Champions and national champions.”

2019 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Jason Herko UPS
3-Axle Jason Herko UPS
4-Axle John Willinger FedEx Freight
5-Axle Jamie Dunn Walmart Transportation
Flatbed Wayne Crowder FedEx Freight
Sleeper Berth John Wiley Walmart Transportation
Tank Truck Gerald Wrinkle Walmart Transportation
Twins Derek Schweinhart FedEx Freight
Straight Truck James McNulty FedEx Express
Step Van Dustin Powell UPS

 

2019 Photo Gallery

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2019 Video

 

2019 Preview

When: May 17-18, 2019

Where: Kentucky Motor Speedway, Sparta, Ky.

Field: As of May 3, 120 drivers are registered, and the event will have about 60 volunteers.

Preview: 2018 Grand Champion Joseph Brent Shull of UPS will compete in the Twin trailer class this year after winning in the Sleeper Berth class last year.

Other drivers to watch include Richard Crowder, ATA Road Team captain, and 2019 ATA Road Team finalist Dale Brenaman, who is also a KTA Road Team captain. David Proctor, John Higgs, Doug Slagle and Wayne Walker, who are all KTA Road Team captains and veteran drivers, will compete as well. Additionally, the KTDC will see one of its biggest rookie classes compete in the 2019 event.

Read more: Joseph Brent Shull Set to Defend Kentucky Title Against Vets and Rookies

More info: Kentucky Trucking Association

 

2018 Recap

Shull

Joseph Brent Shull Becomes Kentucky's Grand Champion on His Worst Day Competing

Imagine going through one of your worst performances ever in competition, in an event you selected because nobody else wanted it. And, when it’s all said and done, you leave the field as the big winner.

That’s Joseph Brent Shull of UPS for you. 

At the Kentucky Truck Driving Championships in May, Shull noticed the Sleeper Berth class mostly had been neglected. So he signed up for sleeper. Struggled a bit on the course. Was mired in the test portion of the tournament. And, of course, he wins and becomes Grand Champion.

Perhaps being exposed to trucking at a young age helped somewhat. Shull’s father was a trucker who ran his own firm. When Shull was 21, he earned his commercial driver license and hasn’t looked back. “I’ve basically been trucking since I was 5 years old. My dad was in the trucking industry for my entire life,” Shull told Transport Topics.

2018 RESULTS

Classification Winner

Company

Grand Champion Joseph Brent Shull UPS
Sleeper Berth Joseph Brent Shull UPS
3-Axle Jason Herko UPS
5-Axle John Willinger FedEx Freight  
Tank Truck DuWayne Drexler UPS
4-Axle Kyle Wright AAA Cooper Transportation
Straight Truck Dale Brenaman UPS
Step Van Dustin Powell UPS
Flatbed Donald Gaston UPS Freight
Twins David Proctor FedEx Freight

2018 PHOTO GALLERY

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2018 VIDEO