2019 Maryland Truck Driving Championships

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Classification Driver Company Score Place
3-Axle John Nash UPS 252 27
4-Axle Kurt Royer YRC Freight 309 6
5-Axle Christopher Sleeper Albertsons-Safeway  160 40
Flatbed Jerome Spencer Giant of Maryland 283 19
Sleeper Berth Donald Karaskiewicz Domino's Pizza 225 20
Tank Truck Victor Carter UPS 262 15
Twins Jason Trego UPS Freight 203 30
Straight Truck Leslie Simms Aggtrans & The Stone Store 208 37
Step Van Eric Schiller UPS 194 40


2019 Recap

Persistence Pays Off for Maryland Grand Champion Kurt Royer of YRC Freight

TIMONIUM, Md. — You might say YRC Freight truck driver Kurt Royer epitomizes the advice our mothers gave us: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.



Royer, who has been driving a truck for 31 years, has competed in the Maryland Truck Driving Championships nine times since 1999. And although he’s gone on to nationals four times, he’s never gone as Maryland’s Grand Champion. But at this year’s event on June 1 he was named Grand Champion after earning the highest overall score among the 102 competitors. He also won the 4-Axle class.

Royer scored 337 of 480 possible points combined on the pre-trip inspection, written test and course skills test. On the course, he scored 255 of 300 possible points.

While he wore a big smile, Royer accepted his award in the cool, calm manner that one might imagine he displays when he does pick-ups and deliveries in his 4-Axle tractor-trailer several days a week.


Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Kurt Royer YRC Freight
3-Axle John Nash UPS
4-Axle Kurt Royer YRC Freight
5-Axle Christopher Sleeper Albertsons-Safeway
Flatbed Jerome Spencer Giant
Sleeper Berth Donald Karaszkiewicz Domino's Pizza
Tank Truck Victor Carter UPS
Twins Jason Trego UPS Freight
Straight Truck Leslie Simms Aggtrans & The Stone Store
Step Van Eric Schiller UPS


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2019 Preview

When: June 1, 2019

Where: Timonium, Md.

Field: About 100 truck drivers are expected to compete in nine categories.

Preview: Dozens of truck drivers will descend upon the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md., June 1, hoping to unseat Pitt Ohio's Michael Miltenberger as Grand Champion.

Among those hoping to do so will be former Grand Champions Barry Holland of UPS Freight and Jackie Spangler of Carroll Independent Fuel. 

Miltenberger won the 5-Axle division last year but is chasing the title in Sleeper Berth this time around.

Last year marked the first time Maryland went to a two-course structure and it will keep the same practice in play this year. 

There's an attraction offered for tiny drivers too — a written test (actually a coloring contest) that qualifies kids to complete an indoor course while driving a mini-GMC battery-powered truck.

"The Maryland Truck Driving Championships are a celebration of the extraordinary skills and safety of our state’s finest truck drivers," said MMTA President Louis Campion. "Every competitor has a minimum of one-year accident free, and many have decades of safe driving under their belts.  Successful records like these require an enormous amount of pride and professionalism. The Maryland Motor Truck Association is pleased to celebrate these men and women who deliver the products we all use."

More info: Maryland Motor Truck Association Course layout:

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2018 Recap



Michael Miltenberger of Pitt Ohio swept the competition in Maryland for the second year in a row. Miltenberger captued the crown in his 5-axle division and went on to win Grand Champion; then he placed 17th at nationals in his division. More than 100 drivers competed in the Maryland Truck Driving Championships. Miltenberger and his Pitt Ohio teammates took home the overall team title as well.


Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Michael Miltenberger Pitt Ohio
Sleeper Berth Steven Williams Perdue
3-Axle Lou Petrovia XPO Logistics
5-Axle Michael Miltenberger Pitt Ohio
Tank Truck Kenneth Paulick Carroll Motor Fuel
4-Axle Donald Nichols ABF Freight System
Straight Truck Jason Toothman FedEx Freight
Flatbed Jerry Stephenson Giant of Maryland
Twins John Everhart FedEx Freight


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