NTDC 2019 RESULTS:
|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|
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.
“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.”
|Grand Champion||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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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.
More info: Kentucky Trucking Association
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.
|Grand Champion||Joseph Brent Shull||UPS|
|Sleeper Berth||Joseph Brent Shull||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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