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April 22, 2019 6:00 AM, EDT

2019 South Carolina Truck Driving Championships

2019 Recap

Industry Veteran of 46 Years Wins It All in South Carolina

Hamilton

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.

2019 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
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
Twins James Belcher UPS
Straight Truck David Eggert Old Dominion Freight Line
Step Van Eddie Days FedEx Express

2019 PHOTO GALLERY:

South Carolina Truck Driving Championships photo gallery

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2019 Preview

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

 

2018 Recap

Luckadoo

Dogged Pursuit Helps Ronnie Luckadoo Again Become South Carolina’s Top Trucker

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.”

2018 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
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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