When: May 17-18, 2019
Where: Sandusky, Ohio
Field: More than 232 truck drivers are expected to compete in nine categories.
Preview: Last year's state and national Grand Champion, Scott Woodrome is returning to compete again. After an amazing competition season in 2019, Woodrome will go up against the largest pool of drivers Ohio has seen. Five classes will be competing on Friday and the remaining four will hit the course on Saturday.
COMPETITION UNDERWAY: Woodrome favored to win.
PHOTO GALLERY: Day One written test, pre-trip, course competition.
More info: Ohio Trucking Association
For those competing in the tanker class at the National Truck Driving Championships in August, watch out for the guy whom peers call the Tom Brady or LeBron James of trucking. We’re referring to Scott Woodrome, who — notwithstanding the comparisons to these championship-winning football and basketball players — exudes humility at work and in truck safety competitions.
“At the end of the day I’m just a normal guy that wants to be safe, that wants to come home to his family, and everybody else to be able to do the same,” he told Transport Topics after claiming his third grand champion victory in May in Ohio, where he won the tanker class. His performance at the state competition has earned him an impressive 13th trip to nationals, which also will take place in Ohio in August.
His secret: Practice, a lot.
Adhering to a regimen of repeating myriad maneuvers in commercial vehicles and studying the rules of the road for the tournament’s written exam require strong self-discipline, Woodrome explained. And, that commitment is what has led to two class wins nationally. Woodrome won the tanker division at last year’s national tournament, held in Orlando, Fla., falling just shy of the overall national title.
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|Grand Champion||Scott Woodrome||FedEx Freight|
|Sleeper Berth||Mark Hewitt||Ross Transportation|
|3-Axle||Paul Savill||UPS Freight|
|5-Axle||Richie Bowman||Pitt Ohio|
|Tank Truck||Scott Woodrome||FedEx Freight|
|4-Axle||Jeff Pentrack||Pitt Ohio|
|Straight Truck||Paul Hillman||FedEx Freight|
|Step Van||Aaron Snyder||FedEx Ground|
|Flatbed||Bryan Elges||FedEx Freight|
|Twins||Jeff Rose||YRC Freight|
2018 PHOTO GALLERY:
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