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April 22, 2019 6:00 AM, EDT

2019 North Carolina Truck Driving Championships

North Carolina Truck Driving Championships

2019 Recap

Longtime Competitor Timothy Whitley Claims Grand Champion Title

Whitley

Whitley

The North Carolina Truck Driving Championships crowned Timothy Whitley as the Grand Champion in Raleigh on May 11. Whitley, a driver for Old Dominion Freight Line Inc., placed first in the Straight Truck division.

Whitley has been driving for 25 years and has been with ODFL for 21 years. He has more than 500,000 accident-free miles behind him and resides in Wilson.

2019 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Timothy Whitley Old Dominion Freight Line
3-Axle Brian Walker UPS 
4-Axle David Rohman FedEx Exoress
5-Axle Johnny Willard FedEx Ground
Flatbed Basher Pierce FedEx Freight
Sleeper Berth Christopher Gibbons FedEx Freight
Tank Truck Cecil Hicks FedEx Freight
Twins David Wagoner Jr. Old Dominion Freight Line
Straight Truck Timothy Whitley Old Dominion Freight Line
Step Van Antonio Toon FedEx Freight

2019 PHOTO GALLERY:

North Carolina Grand Champion Timothy Whitley

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2019 Preview

When: May 9-11, 2019

Where: Raleigh, N.C.

Field: 161 truck drivers are expected to compete in nine categories.

Preview: The Tar Heel State is set to test its top drivers at the North Carolina Truck Driving Championships hosted by the North Carolina Trucking Association. The competition will be held May 9-11 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

Cochran described the competition as the “Super Bowl of Safety” and said that the requirement that competitors must be accident-free for at least one year prior to the tournament motivates drivers.

Read More: Michael Bills to Defend Title at N.C.’s ‘Super Bowl of Safety’

More Info: North Carolina Trucking Association

Course Layout:

N.C. Course by on Scribd

2018 Recap

Michael Bills of FedEx Express had the honor of hoisting up his Grand Champion trophy after his winning performance in the Straight Truck division at the North Carolina Truck Driving Championships.

Bills

Bills has more than 1 million safe driving miles under his belt and more than 25 years behind the wheel as a driver.

At the 2018 National Truck Driving Championships, Bills represented his home state in the Straight Truck division. He came in second in that category, bested only by Kentucky's Dale Brenaman.

Larry Wilson of Food Lion/DelHaize America, North Carolina's top 4-Axle competitor, also had an impressive showing at the national competition, finishing No. 6.

MORE FROM NORTH CAROLINA: Former Grand Champions Battle Longtime Competitors at NTDC

2018 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Michael Bills FedEx Express
Sleeper Berth Jimmy Whitley FedEx Ground
3-Axle David Rohman FedEx Express
5-Axle Basher Pierce FedEx Freight
Tank Truck Andrew Davis UPS
4-Axle Larry Wilson Food Lion/DelHaize America
Straight Truck Michael Bills FedEx Express
Step Van Augustus Kern FedEx Express
Flatbed Brian Walker UPS Freight
Twins David Wagoner Old Dominion Freight Line

2018 PHOTO GALLERY:

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