April 22, 2019 6:00 AM, EDT

2019 Kentucky Truck Driving Championships

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2019 Recap

UPS driver Jason Herko, Grand Champion of the Kentucky TDC


Jason Herko of UPS took home the Grand Champion's trophy at the Kentucky Truck Driving Championships held May 17-18 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. He won the title after claiming first place in the 3-Axle division.

Herko will get a chance to compete at the national championships, which are Aug. 14-17 in Pittsburgh.


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 Schwienhart FedEx Freight
Straight Truck James McNulty FedEx Express
Step Van Dustin Powell UPS


2019 Photo Gallery

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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


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.


Classification Winner


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


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