When: June 1, 2019
Where: Pawtucket, R.I., at the New England Tractor Trailer Training School
Field: The event will have 28 drivers.
Preview: Four-time Rhode Island Truck Driving Champion and 2010 ATA National Rookie of the Year Joseph Hicks will, once again, defend his crown at Rhode Island's Truck Driving Championships, which are being held June 1 this year at New England Tractor Trailer Training School in Pawtucket.
More info: Rhode Island Trucking Association
Joseph Hicks of XPO Logistics, the rookie of the year at the National Truck Driving Championships in 2010, is ready to turn heads at the national contest this year after earning the Rhode Island Grand Champion title.
To go the distance at nationals this summer, it’ll take hard work and dedication, he emphasized. Hicks has earned top honors at states four times. “If you’re prepared and you’re good. And that’s all you need,” Hicks, a 13-year driver with XPO, told Transport Topics last month. “It’s just my opinion.”
Aside from hard work, Hicks has a secret weapon in his corner ensuring he clocks in long hours of practice. His wife, Barbara, helps him train, intensifying the practices on the weeks leading up to the national competition. The couple, together for more than two decades, spends weekends repeating drills and studying safety rules. She became hooked on truck safety methodology when Joseph entered the profession 16 years ago.
|Grand Champion||Joseph Hicks||XPO Logistics|
|3-Axle||Joseph Hicks||XPO Logistics|
|5-Axle||Karen Tierney||FedEx Express|
|4-Axle||Eric Cornell||A. Duie Pyle|
|Straight Truck||Ryan Gagnon||Consumers Propane|
|Step Van||David Lumpkin||FedEx Express|
|Twins||Robert Burdett||FedEx Freight|
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