April 22, 2019 6:00 AM, EDT

2019 Maine Truck Driving Championships

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2019 Recap

Joseph Smith of Pottle's Transportation captured the Sleeper Berth division as well as Grand Champion honors May 18 during Maine's Truck Driving Championships.

Joseph Smith


Returning Grand Champion Ken Duncan of Walmart Transportation wasn't able to repeat as overall champ, but he did capture the 5-Axle crown and again will be heading back to nationals. Last year he was Maine's Straight Truck champ.

Pottle's Transportation captured the Team Award, as Smith's colleague Ronald Round won the Sleeper Berth division and had the high score on the written test. Round returns to nationals after winning Tank Truck in 2018. 

Robert Cochran of FedEx Express is also heading to nationals in Pittsburgh Aug. 14-17 after repeating as Step Van champ.

Josh White of Lynch Logistics won the Pre-Trip Inspection competition and Michael Ward of H.O. Bouchard collected Rookie of the Year honors.


Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Joseph Smith Pottle's Transportation
3-Axle Alan Paradis A&A Trucking
4-Axle Clifford Gibbs FedEx Freight
5-Axle Ken Duncan Walmart Transportation
Flatbed Ronald Round Pottle's Transportation
Sleeper Berth Joseph Smith Pottle's Transportation
Tank Truck Wayne Devoe H.A. Mapes
Twins Matt Richardson Performance Food Service
Straight Truck Dennis Hagner Walmart Transportation
Step Van Robert Cochran FedEx Express


2019 Preview

When: May 18, 2019

Where: Hermon, Maine

Field: A field of 80 truck drivers will compete in nine categories.

Preview: Competitors in seven states will head to truck driving championships the weekend of May 17-19, including dozens who will be getting ready to rumble in the Maine event.

Dysart's Trailer Shop in Hermon, Maine, will be the site for this year's event on May 18, followed by an evening banquet at Jeff's Catering in Brewer. 

Trophies will be awarded in the nine classifications, as well as best pre-trip, best written test, rookie of the year, top team and Grand Champion. Ken Duncan of Walmart Transportation will return to defend his Grand Champion title.

Four schools will also be competing in Maine's "Future Trucking Championships," with competition in 5-Axle van and Straight Truck. Those schools are Northern Penobscot Tech Region III, Region 9 School of Applied Technology, Tri County Technical Center and Westbrook Regional Vocational Center. 

More info: Maine Motor Transport Association


2018 Recap


Father, Neighbor, Mentor Boost Maine’s Ken Duncan to the Top

They say you never work a day in your life if you do what you love. For one truck driver in particular, this couldn’t be any closer to the truth.

Walmart Transportation’s Ken Duncan, who won Maine’s grand champion title May 19 at the Maine Truck Driving Championships, has a passion for truck driving. Duncan finished first in Straight Truck, earning him a third trip to nationals. He previously competed at nationals in 2013 in Tank Truck and in 2016 in Flatbed.

Duncan, now 54, doesn’t recall ever wanting to be anything but a truck driver. “I can’t remember not loving trucks,” Duncan said.


Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Ken Duncan Walmart Transportation
Sleeper Berth Christopher Gooden Richard Carrier Trucking
3-Axle Lester Lord FedEx Freight
5-Axle Josh White Lynch Logistics
Tank Truck Ronald Round Pottle's Transportation
4-Axle Vince Cote Hannaford Transportation
Straight Truck Ken Duncan Walmart Transportation
Step Van Robert Cochran FedEx Express
Flatbed Ray Bucknell Irving Oil Terminals
Twins Mark Scaplen FedEx Freight


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