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The Champions of NTDC 2018

Titleists from NTDC 2018 show off their hardware after a busy Championship Saturday. (Photos by John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Transport Topics
August 18, 2018
Business, Safety

NTDC Finalists Navigate Harrowing Course

A Flatbed division driver navigates the finals course A Flatbed division driver navigates the course during the NTDC finals on Aug. 18. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Drivers navigated a punishing course during the finals of the National Truck Driving Championships Aug. 18.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 18, 2018
Business, Safety

Nervous Finalists Feel the Love From Family

ODFL's Steve Cochran Steve Cochran of Indiana cheers on his wife, Dawn, in the 5-Axle finals on Aug. 18. Both drive for Old Dominion Freight Line. (Eugene Mulero/Transport Topics)

If the finalists at the 81st National Truck Driving Championships were feeling the pressure, so were their families.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 18, 2018
Business, Safety

Logan, Woodrome Face Off as NTDC Finalists Are Named

NTDC's finalists named Daniel Thompson of FedEx cheers the results on Aug. 18. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The stage is set for a classic clash of the giants at the finals of the 81st National Truck Driving Championships on Aug. 18.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 18, 2018
Business, Safety

Course Trips Up Second Round of Competitors at NTDC

NTDC Drivers work their way through the pre-trip inspection portion of the championships. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — While the diminishing front stop problem on the course of the 81st National Truck Driving Championships tested most of the country’s elite drivers on the tournament’s second day of competition, a few drivers appeared to figure it out.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 17, 2018
Business, Safety

Second-Day Drivers Use Extra Time to Study Course

Tim Ayotte adjust the mirror for a driver. Tim Ayotte adjust the mirror for a driver before he drives during the second day of competition. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Although competing on the second day of the National Truck Driving Championships allows drivers 24 additional hours to stir up nerves about the course, it also gives them extra time to analyze every turn, stop, cone and duck.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 17, 2018
Business, Safety

NAIC Inspection Practicals Begin

NAIC Inspection Practicals State Inspectors competitors. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In a partitioned section of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, removed from the occasional staccato of horns, the cheers of supporters and the deep voice of the announcer moderating the National Truck Driving Championships, uniformed law enforcement officers began to conduct vehicle inspections.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 17, 2018
Business, Safety

NTDC Competitors Meet Their Match on Challenging Driving Course

NTDC ball course Drivers had to maneuver through a row of tennis balls. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A sharp left turn to cross over five scoring zones after avoiding a rubber duck and then maneuvering through a row of tennis balls were among the problems tripping up many competitors on the first day on the course at the National Truck Driving Championships.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Senate Bill Would Let Young Truckers Operate in Interstate Commerce

Highway traffic on Interstate 65 in Shepherdsville, Ky. Highway traffic on Interstate 65 in Shepherdsville, Ky. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A new bill that would open interstate trucking opportunities to drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 was introduced in the U.S. Senate Aug. 16.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2018
Business, Safety

ELD Training Sheds Light on CVSA Competition Expectations

NAIC inspectors NAIC inspectors. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The law enforcement officers participating in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s North American Inspectors Championship will not be asked to inspect electronic logging devices during this year’s competition.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2018

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