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April 22, 2019 6:00 AM, EDT

2019 Oklahoma Truck Driving Championships

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2019 Recap

Nick Arnold

Arnold

Nick Arnold of FedEx Freight captured Grand Champion honors in addition to the 4-Axle division at the Oklahoma Truck Driving Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla., May 10-11. 

Arnold, who won a national title last year in the 4-Axle division, bested a field of 114 competitors to take the state crown.

Last year's Grand Champion, LaVern Reimer of Walmart Transportation, repeated his 5-Axle title. Also repeating as champions in his class was Floyd Olson of Walmart Transportation in Sleeper Berth.

Kenneth Pyle of FedEx Freight won Flatbed this year after prevailing in Twins last year.

Chris Miller of Groendyke Transport had the narrowest victory, capturing the Tank Truck title by just two points over Charles Roscoe Purvis of FedEx Freight. 

2019 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Nick Arnold FedEx Freight
3-Axle Shawn Grady FedEx Freight
4-Axle Nick Arnold FedEx Freight
5-Axle LaVern Reimer Walmart Transportation
Flatbed Kenneth Pyle FedEx Freight
Sleeper Berth Floyd Olson Walmart Transportation
Tank Truck Chris Miller Groendyke Transport
Twins Steve Thorne FedEx Freight
Straight Truck Lester Taylor AAA Cooper Transportation
Step Van Richard Bright FedEx Express

 

2019 PHOTO GALLERY:

2019 Oklahoma Grand Champion Nick Arnold of FedEx Freight with his wife, Renee.

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2019 Preview

When: May 10-11, 2019

Where: Oklahoma City, Okla.

Field: A field of 114 competitors is expected to compete in nine categories.

Preview: Oklahoma's 2018 Grand Champion, LaVern Reimer of Walmart Transportation, will be back to defend his title. He'll be joined by Nick Arnold, the FedEx Freight driver who not only won 4-Axle in Oklahoma last year, but did so on the national stage in Columbus, Ohio, as well. Other notable drivers who are registered include Floyd Olson of Walmart, James Fabian of ABF Freight System, Orlando Williams of FedEx Express and Kenneth Pyle of FedEx Freight — all of whom won individual state classes in 2018.

"The TDC is a great way to promote our industry, our drivers and our trucking companies across the U.S.," said event chairman Houston Brittain, director of risk management for Miller Truck Lines & Paul Transportation. "Today we live in a society where one accident can cause major damage to our industry and all we hear are negative comments. This competition shines a positive light on our industry by recognizing some of the best drivers in each state for their commitment to safety while showing off their driving skills and knowledge of the trucking industry."

More info: Oklahoma Trucking Association

 

2018 Recap

Reimer

LaVern Reimer claimed the title of Grand Champion at the Oklahoma Truck Driving Championships after competing in the 5-axle division. Reimer is a driver for Walmart Transportation. He placed 27th in the 5-axle event at nationals. Four-axle champion Nicholas Arnold of FedEx Freight went on to win his classification at nationals. Kenneth Pyle of FedEx Freight in Twins also cracked the top 20 in Columbus by finishing 18th.

2018 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion LaVern Reimer Walmart Transportation
Sleeper Berth Floyd Olson Walmart Transportation
3-Axle Richard Jordan FedEx Freight
5-Axle LaVern Reimer Walmart Transportation
Tank Truck John Hunter Domino Transportation
4-Axle Nicholas Arnold FedEx Freight
Straight Truck James Fabian ABF Freight System
Step Van Orlando Williams FedEx Express
Flatbed Robert Ragsdale YRC Freight
Twins Kenneth Pyle FedEx Freight

2018 PHOTO GALLERY:

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