May 02, 2017
Drivers from trucking fleets around the state competed in nine classes of competition at the 2017 South Carolina Truck Driving Championships, April 28 & 29 in Columbia. The 1st place winners in all classes earned the opportunity to compete at American Trucking Associations’ National Truck Driving Championships in Orlando, FL, August 9-12, 2017.
The drivers competed in three areas: written test, pre-trip inspection and road course.
Grand Champion, awarded to the overall high scorer in the championships – Kenneth Smith, Old Dominion Freight Lines takes home the honor!
William C. “Curly” Hallford Team Award, awarded to the company whose drivers’ average the highest total points – UPS Freight with drivers James Belcher, John Cook, John Hummel, Ronnie Luckadoo, and Steve Newsome.
Vehicle Condition Award, awarded to the high scorer in the “Pre-Trip Inspection” competition – Steve Newsome, UPS Freight.
G. M. “Scott” Murray Knowledge of the Industry Award, awarded to the high scorer on the written knowledge test – Ralph Hamilton, Old Dominion Freight Lines.
Rookie of the Year Award, awarded to the overall highest scoring first-time participant in the competition – Bennie Yearty, TCW Inc.
1st Place Winners:
Straight Truck Class – Mark Putnam, Old Dominion Freight Lines
Three Axle Class – Ralph Hamilton, Old Dominion Freight Lines
Four Axle Class – Steven Ward, FedEx Express
Five Axle Flatbed Class – Frank Flinn, Walter P. Rawl
Five Axle Sleeper Class – James Belcher, UPS Freight
Five Axle Tank Class – Bennie Yearty, TCW Inc.
Five Axle Twins Class – Ronnie Luckadoo, UPS Freight
Five Axle Van Class – Kenneth Smith, Old Dominion Freight Lines
Step Van Class – Billy Richard, Wal-Mart Stores
2nd Place Winners:
Straight Truck Class – Leslie Anderson, Walter P. Rawl
Three Axle Class – David Fountain, FedEx Express
Four Axle Class – David Cothran, ABF Freight System
Five Axle Flatbed Class – Jared Foster, Old Dominion Freight Lines
Five Axle Sleeper Class – Bernard Schroeder, FedEx Ground
Five Axle Tank Class – Ray Shelton, FedEx Freight
Five Axle Twins Class – Charles Rust, AAA Cooper Transportation
Five Axle Van Class – Brandon Worthy, Southeastern Freight Lines
Step Van Class – Chris Turnipseed, FedEx Ground
Photos from the event can be viewed on SCTA's Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/sctrucking/