With a perfect written exam score, a solid pre-trip inspection and a 265 out of 300 on his road skills, Ralph Hamilton of Old Dominion Freight Line clinched his Grand Champion title at the South Carolina Truck Driving Championships.
Hamilton beat out five-time South Carolina Grand Champion Ronnie Luckadoo in the 3-Axle division to move on to the National Truck Driving Championships in Pittsburgh on Aug. 14-17.
Hamilton has accumulated more than 5 million safe driving miles during his 46 years as a driver. Forty-one of those years have been with ODFL.
|Grand Champion||Ralph Hamilton||Old Dominion Freight Line|
|3-Axle||Ralph Hamilton||Old Dominion Freight Line|
|4-Axle||Marty Knopf||Walmart Transportation|
|5-Axle||Richard McCoy||C & S Wholesale|
|Flatbed||J.B. Quarles||Walmart Transportation|
|Sleeper Berth||Kevin Smith||Old Dominion Freight Line|
|Tank Truck||Bill Driskill||Superior Carriers|
|Straight Truck||David Eggert||Old Dominion Freight Line|
|Step Van||Eddie Days||FedEx Express|
2019 PHOTO GALLERY:
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When: May 3-4, 2019
Where: Columbia, S.C.
Field: More than 80 truck drivers are expected to compete in nine categories.
Preview: 2018 Grand Champion Ronnie Luckadoo of UPS Freight will be back to defend his overall crown. The competition this year will include more than 20 rookies.
More info: South Carolina Trucking Association
Winning South Carolina’s truck driving championships for the fifth time last weekend feels, well, very satisfying, Ronnie Luckadoo of UPS Freight told Transport Topics.
“It feels good just knowing you’re the top dog for the year,” Luckadoo said April 19. He won the 3-axle class at the state tournament April 13-14 in West Columbia, S.C. His outstanding performance earned him the grand champion title as well as a chance to compete at nationals for the eighth time. The UPS Freight driver for nearly four decades said he’ll put in the practice and hope for a little bit of luck when he tests his talents in the 3-axle against class winners from around the country in August. As he put it, to become the country’s “top dog” in trucking, “just do your best.”
|Grand Champion||James R. Luckadoo||UPS Freight|
|Sleeper Berth||Ray Shelton||FedEx Freight|
|3-Axle||James R. Luckadoo||UPS Freight|
|5-Axle||Richard McCoy||C & S Wholesale Services|
|Tank Truck||Ben Hampton||FedEx Freight|
|4-Axle||Clay Hensley||C & S Wholesale Services|
|Straight Truck||Dubby Freeman||FedEx Ground|
|Step Van||Edward Days Jr.||FedEx Express|
|Flatbed||Steve Newsome||UPS Freight|
|Twins||John Cook||UPS Freight|
2018 PHOTO GALLERY:
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