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September 10, 2018 3:30 PM, EDT

Pilot Flying J Awards Cash Prizes to Drivers

Truck at Pilot Flying J Pilot Flying J Truck Stop on Interstate 65 in Shepherdsville, Ky. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Pilot Flying J awarded cash prizes to winners of an annual contest and also is working with American Trucking Associations on an outreach campaign in recognition of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

Pilot Flying J announced the winners of its fifth Road Warrior contest, which rewards several drivers with cash prizes every year. Victoria Andrade of Harlingen, Texas, Bob Loyd of Ottawa Lake, Mich., and James Monclair or Marrero, La., were named grand-prize and second- and third-place winners, respectively.

Road Warrior nominations come from family members, friends and co-workers across the country. The Pilot Flying J social media community then chooses the top three winners from 12 finalists. Andrade won $10,000, Loyd won $5,000 and Monclair received $2,500 and the remaining nine finalists each receive $1,000. The individuals who nominated the top three winners will also receive $500 prizes.

“We are excited to congratulate this year’s Road Warrior winners, recognizing them as inspiring and exceptional representations of the professional driver community,” said Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J. “These dedicated and hardworking individuals are on the road day in and day out to safely deliver the goods that keep our country moving. At a time when the industry is facing an immense driver shortage we want to celebrate and bring attention to the significant contributions of professional drivers through the Road Warrior program.”

The company also is working with  ATA to celebrate professional drivers throughout September. Besideso a $60,000 gift to ATA’s Trucking Cares Foundation, the two are cooperating on an educational outreach program to address the driver shortage.

“Hardworking professional drivers make countless sacrifices to keep our economy moving and our ways of life possible,” Parent said in a press release. “As we face a growing driver shortage, our hope is that this contribution will help support the Trucking Cares Foundation’s mission to improve the safety, security and sustainability of the trucking industry and contribute to the future growth of the industry through education and training.”

“We are grateful, not just for Pilot Flying J’s recognition of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, but for marking the occasion with a generous donation of $60,000 to the Trucking Cares Foundation,” said Sean McNally, ATA’s vice president of communications. “Trucking Cares’ mission is to improve the safety of the trucking industry and the safety, security and sustainability of America’s highways and communities and we look forward to the Foundation’s work promoting education, leadership development, volunteerism, research and a host of charitable activities to achieve safer and more sustainable highways for everyone.”

Besides the ATA donation, Pilot Flying J will give away one item each day in the myPilot app, including a slice of pizza and drinks and snacks. It also will award prizes to more than 60,000 professional drivers during the 100 Million myRewards Points Giveaway.

To enter, drivers can swipe their myRewards Loyalty card at participating Pilot or Flying J Travel Centers when purchasing diesel fuel.