April 22, 2019 6:00 AM, EDT

2019 Tennessee Truck Driving Championships

2019 Recap

Tennessee Native Punches First Ticket to Nationals

Tennessee Truck Driving Championships


FedEx Freight driver Gary Luster is looking to capitalize on his first Grand Champion win that he picked up April 27 at the Tennessee Truck Driving Championships.

“I felt like after it was all done, that I was in the running to place, but never expected to place,” Luster said. “When they called my name for first, I was in shock.”

Born and raised in east Tennessee, Luster started his career at 16 working at a local trucking shop alongside his father and mentor. “The passion set in, and I have been doing it ever since,” said Luster, who has almost 30 years of driving under his belt.


Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Gary Luster FedEx Freight
3-Axle Gary Luster FedEx Freight
4-Axle Michael Brewer Old Dominion Freight Line
5-Axle Howell Argo FedEx Freight
Flatbed Josh Arwood Old Dominion Freight Line
Sleeper Berth Robert Moxley Titan Transfer Inc. 
Tank Truck Thomas Vandivort The Martin-Brower Company
Twins Ronny Hamill FedEx Freight
Straight Truck Christopher Sargent FedEx Freight
Step Van James Sheehan FedEx Ground


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2019 Preview

When: April 26-27, 2019

Where: Antioch, Tenn.

More info: Tennessee Trucking Association


2018 Recap


Inspired by Dad, Tennessee Grand Champion Phil Shelton Has Plenty Left in the Tank

For Tennessee grand champion Phil Shelton, trucking runs in his blood. Shelton, of Walmart Transportation, finished first in the tank truck class and won the grand champion title at Tennessee’s trucking championships April 27-28, earning his third trip to nationals.

With 38 years behind the wheel, Shelton, from Greeneville, Tenn., has racked up 3.5 million safety miles. Since a young age, Shelton, now 58, knew he wanted to be a trucker because of one person.

“It all started with my dad. He was a truck driver,” Shelton said. “That’s all I ever wanted to be and still do.”


Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Phil Shelton Walmart Transportation
Sleeper Berth Brian Hall Old Dominion Freight Line
3-Axle Brian Turner Old Dominion Freight Line
5-Axle Thomas Vandivort Martin Brower
Tank Truck Phil Shelton Walmart Transportation
4-Axle Michael Brewer Old Dominion Freight Line
Straight Truck James Sheehan FedEx Ground
Step Van Juanita Overbay FedEx Ground
Flatbed Kevin Smith FedEx Freight
Twins Ronnie Hamill FedEx Freight


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