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April 22, 2019 6:00 AM, EDT

2019 West Virginia Truck Driving Championships

West Virginia Truck Driving Championships

NTDC 2019 RESULTS:

Classification Driver Company Score Place
3-Axle Jeremy Thomas FedEx Freight 343 6
4-Axle Daniel Knight FedEx Freight 149 48
5-Axle Aaron Belcher FedEx Freight 169 37
Flatbed Kenneth Grimmett XPO Logistics 220 31
Sleeper Berth Larry Gorby XPO Logistics 254 11
Tank Truck Paul Norman Pitt Ohio 192 36
Twins William Adkins FedEx Freight 258 14
Straight Truck Chad Sheets FedEx Freight 231 31
Step Van Chad Taylor FedEx Express 184 41

2019 Recap

West Virginia’s Jeremy Thomas Wins Second Straight Grand Champion Honors

This year’s West Virginia Truck Driving Championships featured the second consecutive win by Jeremy Thomas.

Thomas

Thomas, a FedEx Freight driver, took home the top marks in the 3-Axle category.

In 2018, he won in the Tank Truck class in his second year in the competition.

Now, Thomas will head back to nationals in Pittsburgh, held Aug. 14-17.

2019 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Jeremy Thomas FedEx Freight
3-Axle Jeremy Thomas FedEx Freight
4-Axle Daniel Knight FedEx Freight
5-Axle Aaron Belcher FedEx Freight
Flatbed Kenneth Grimmett XPO Logistics
Sleeper Berth Larry Gorby XPO Logistics
Tank Truck Paul Norman Pitt Ohio
Twins William Adkins FedEx Freight
Straight Truck Chad Sheets FedEx Freight
Step Van Chad Taylor FedEx Express

 

2019 PHOTO GALLERY: 

West Virginia Truck Driving Championships

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2019 Preview

When: June 8, 2019

Where: Nitro, W.Va.

Field: Thirty-six truck drivers are expected to compete in nine categories.

Preview: A battle of (Grand) Champions is brewing in West Virginia, as the West Virginia Truck Driving Championships are set to kick off June 8 at a FedEx Freight terminal in Nitro.

Last year’s Grand Champion, Jeremy Thomas, will be present at the state truck driving rodeo in an attempt to defend his title. Thomas, a driver for FedEx Freight, was the top contender in the 2018 West Virginia Tank Truck division. This year, he will compete in the 3-Axle class.

Also taking to the course will be Larry Gorby, a driver for XPO Logistics. Gorby was West Virginia’s 2017 Grand Champion. He won for his Straight Truck performance.

Another winning contender: Kenneth Grimmett of XPO Logistics, who was the 2016 Grand Champion. He drove in the Flatbed division.

READ MORE: West Virginia Truck Driving Championships to Feature Multiple Past Champs

More info: West Virginia Trucking Association

 

2018 Recap

When Jeremy Thomas of Cross Lanes, W.Va., was younger, he often would play in the cab of his father’s truck. He blew the horn and pretended to shift gears. He wanted to be just like his dad, his hero.

Fast forward about three decades to the 2018 West Virginia Truck Driving Championships. The elder Thomas, Randy, placed first in the 4-Axle class. Now 35 and a driver for 13 years, Jeremy placed first in the Tank Truck class.  And Jeremy is standing next to Randy when he finds out he is named Grand Champion in only his second year of competing, a title he could not have earned without his father’s guidance.

“Growing up with a professional driver in your house as someone you looked up to, you really gained a respect for how important the job of a professional driver is not only to the local community but the country in general,” Jeremy said.

READ MORE: Like Father, Like Son: Thomases Win W.Va. State Titles

2018 RESULTS:

Classification Winner Company
Grand Champion Jeremy Thomas FedEx Freight
Sleeper Berth William Adkins FedEx Freight
3-Axle James May FedEx Freight
5-Axle Jason Smith Walmart Transportation
Tank Truck Jeremy Thomas FedEx Freight
4-Axle Randy Thomas FedEx Freight
Straight Truck Charles Randolph Pitt Ohio
Step Van Neil Austen FedEx Ground
Flatbed Paul Norman Pitt Ohio
Twins Greg Brooks FedEx Freight

2018 PHOTO GALLERY:

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