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June 5, 2019 12:00 PM, EDT

Richard Sweeney Tops Strong Field in Massachusetts

Richard Sweeney Richard Sweeney of XPO Logistics took the 2019 Grand Champion title, winning in Tank Truck. (Trucking Association of Massachusetts)

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A former national Grand Champion and the 2018 Grand Champion won their categories at the Massachusetts Truck Driving Championships June 2 in North Andover, but Richard Sweeney of XPO Logistics took the 2019 Grand Champion title, winning in Tank Truck.

2019 NTDC

The 2019 National Truck Driving Championships

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Who: Winners from nine categories at the state level have advanced to the national competition, where a Grand Champion will be crowned

What: Contestants are judged on a written examination and their driving skills

When: Aug. 14-17

Where: Pittsburgh

2017 national Grand Champion Roland Bolduc of FedEx Express won in 5-Axle for the second consecutive year. He also came out tops in the written test.

2018 state Grand Champion Brian Singelais of Frito-Lay took the Sleeper Berth after winning in 3-Axle last year.

Sarah Gudaitis of Frito-Lay was third in 4-Axle and was named Rookie of the Year.

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She was one of two women competing. Kimberly Seidenberg of Regency Transportation was second in the 5-Axle.

Seidenberg “gave Roland Bolduc a run for the money, finishing 15 points behind,” said Fred Schenk, chairman of the event.

Bob Ledoux of FedEx Express repeated as Step Van champion. Of the 29 first-time drivers this year, 21 were in Step Van, Schenk said. Christian Julio of FedEx Ground was Step Van Rookie of the Year.

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Andrew Barilone of Regency Transportation, who won Flatbed, also was tops in Pre-Trip Inspection.

“Pre-Trip Inspection judges were a mix of Massachusetts State Police Truck Team members, FMCSA agents and company safety managers,” Schenk said.

This year’s NTDC will be held in Pittsburgh Aug. 14-17.

All competitors moving on to nationals:

  • 3-Axle: Gerald Dube, XPO Logistics
  • 4-Axle: Jeremy Paulsen, XPO Logistics
  • 5-Axle: Roland Bolduc, FedEx Express
  • Flatbed: Andrew Barilone, Regency Transportation
  • Sleeper Berth: Brian Singelais, Frito-Lay
  • Tank Truck: Richard Sweeney, XPO Logistics
  • Twins: Bill Oakes, FedEx Freight
  • Straight Truck: Bill Colantuone, FedEx Express
  • Step Van: Bob Ledoux, FedEx Express