April 22, 2019 6:00 AM, EDT

2019 Nebraska Truck Driving Championships

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When: May 31 - June 1, 2019

Where: Grand Island, Neb.

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

Preview: 2018 Grand Champion Tim Dean of Werner Enterprises will be back to defend his overall crown as well as his first-place finish in sleeper berth. Truckers Against Trafficking will have trailer on display. Retiring volunteers will be honored who collectively have more than 150 years of volunteer service to the event. 

More info: Nebraska Trucking Association


2018 Recap


Nebraska Grand Champion Tim Dean Has Been Down This Road Before

Nebraska 2018 Grand Champion Tim Dean has won eight state championships, placed second at the National Truck Driving Championship in 2009 and served as a member of the 2009-2010 America’s Road Team. To say he is experienced is an understatement.

His trucking career began 30 years ago as a way to make money. Now 54, Dean has 3.9 million safety miles and spends time mentoring younger truck drivers. As he prepares for nationals this year, he isn’t scared — he’s excited and nervous.

“Knowing and having been to nationals, everybody there is the best of the best,” the Werner Enterprises employee said. “We are all like-minded professional drivers... It’s gonna be a lot of family reunions.”


Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Tim Dean Werner Enterprises
Sleeper Berth Tim Dean Werner Enterprises
3-Axle Paul Badgett FedEx Freight
5-Axle Toby Kort FedEx Freight
Tank Truck Pat Crumb Fremont Contract Carriers
4-Axle Tom Canning Old Dominion Freight Line
Straight Truck Clinton Rast ABF Freight System
Step Van Jeremiah Saffold FedEx Express
Flatbed Daryl Johnson FedEx Freight
Twins Terry Durham Werner Enterprises


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