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April 22, 2019 6:00 AM, EDT

2019 New Mexico Truck Driving Championships

Joseph Carrillo led a parade of ABF Freight System winners who dominated the New Mexico Truck Driving Championships in Barnalillo, N.M., on May 11 who have qualified for the National Truck Driving Championships.

Carrillo won the Twins competition and took home Grand Champion honors. He was one of four drivers from ABF Freight to capture New Mexico titles. 

All of the winners will head to Pittsburgh Aug. 14-17 for NTDC.

2019 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Joseph Carrillo ABF Freight System
3-Axle Mike Johnson YRC Freight
4-Axle Donald Wood ABF Freight System
5-Axle Daniel Bruch FedEx Freight
Flatbed Garrett Santillan Old Dominion Freight Line
Sleeper Berth Ricky Lucas ABF Freight System
Tank Truck Frank Pompa FedEx Freight
Twins Joseph Carrillo ABF Freight System
Straight Truck Kirk Weiss ABF Freight System
Step Van Christopher Welchko FedEx Ground

 

2019 Preview

When: May 11, 2019

Where: Bernalillo, N.M.

Field: More than 118 truck drivers are expected to compete in nine categories.

Preview: With a packed field of drivers, this year's Truck Driving Championships in New Mexico is sure to see stiff competition. After winning her first trip to nationals last year, Loretta Bruyere will not be returning to compete, as she is currently battling cancer. Dion Saiz of FedEx Freight is a long-time competitor looking to pick up another Grand Champion win, after having several prior successes. 

More info: New Mexico Trucking Association

 

2018 Recap

Bruyere

New Mexico Grand Champion Is in a League of Her Own

Trucking isn’t just a man’s world, and Loretta Bruyere of FedEx Freight is proving it. Bruyere, 48, won the Twins class and captured Grand Champion honors at the New Mexico Truck Driving Championships on May 19, earning her first trip to nationals.

In parts of two decades of driving, Bruyere, of Fruitland, N.M., has compiled nearly 2 million safety miles, and with her recent accomplishments is beginning to make a name for herself in the trucking industry. And to think that she had a difficult time becoming a trucker in the first place — mostly, she says, because of her gender.

“There was like five companies that turned me down. I got interviews with them, but the person that was interviewing me was a man and told me, ‘This [the interview] is as far as you are going to get, and you’re not going to get the job because we don’t think you can handle it,’” Bruyere said.

2018 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Loretta Bruyere FedEx Freight
Sleeper Berth Ralph Garcia ABF Freight System
3-Axle Celso Romero FedEx Freight
5-Axle Duane Oldfield ABF Freight System
Tank Truck Carl Marquez ABF Freight System
4-Axle Donald Wood ABF Freight System
Straight Truck Kirk Weis ABF Freight System
Step Van Chris Shaw FedEx Express
Flatbed Gerald Benavidez Sr. ABF Freight System
Twins Loretta Bruyere FedEx Freight