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Arizona Trucking Association Announces Winners of the 2018 Arizona Truck Driving Championship

Arizona Trucking Association Announces Winners of the 2018 Arizona Truck Driving Championship

2018 Arizona TDC Winners

On April 14, 2018, the Arizona Trucking Association held its annual Truck Driving Championship (TDC) at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Over 146 drivers participated in this year‘s event. Many of which have millions of miles of accident free driving.

Participants are tested in three different areas:

  • A written exam that tests drivers’ knowledge of the industry, first aid, health, wellness, injury prevention, fire safety, general safety, and security;
  • A pre-trip inspection, which tests competitors on their knowledge of the equipment; and
  • A skills/driving test, which consists of six objectives that test their ability to maneuver the vehicle in simulations of every day driving conditions.

Ms. Ina Daly, XPO Logistics, Inc., was awarded “Grand Champion” of the annual safe driving competition. Additional high honors included:

  • Best Skills/Driving Course Score, Ina Daly, XPO Logistics, Inc.
  • Best Pre-Trip Inspection: David Coffel – FedEx Express
  • David Messmer Rookie of the Year Award: Daniel Lipich, Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.

Eight other TDC class winners will join Ms. Daly to represent Arizona at the National Truck Driving Championship in Columbus, Ohio on August 15 – 18, 2018. Team Arizona will compete against 430 other professional drivers vying for selection as the nation’s top professional truck drivers.

Straight Truck

1st       Charles Woodland, FedEx Freight, Inc.
2nd     David Zdnek, FedEx Freight, Inc.
3rd      Tibor Paulfler, ABF Freight System


1st       Chris Finn, XPO Logistics, Inc.
2nd     Radulfo Salgado, ABF Freight System
3rd      Albert Ochoa, FedEx Freight, Inc.


1st       Andres Orozco, FedEx Freight, Inc.
2nd     Zing Sheperd, FedEx Freight, Inc.
3rd      David Coffel, FedEx Express

5-Axle Tractor Trailer

1st       Jose Orozco, XPO Logistics, Inc.
2nd     Eric Ramsdell, Walmart Transportation, LLC
3rd      Mario Moran, Walmart Transportation, LLC


1st       Sam Smith, Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.
2nd     Bryce Hansford, ABF Freight System
3rd      Steve Smalley, ABF Freight Systems


1st       Ina Daly, XPO Logistics, Inc.
2nd     Martin Orozco, FedEx Freight, Inc.
3rd      James Calen, Andeavor

5-Axle Sleeper

1st       Wesley Bauer, Walmart Transportation, LLC (Rookie)
2nd     Tramel Caldwell, Shamrock Foods Co.
3rd      Gregory Ryan, Walmart Transportation


1st       Mohammed Khan, FedEx Freight, Inc.
2nd     Marvin Lewis, FedEx Freight, Inc.
3rd      Martin Klun, XPO Logistics, Inc.

Step Van

1st       Michael Ortiz, FedEx Ground
2nd     Daniel Cibrian, FedEx Ground
3rd      Kevin Eckstrom, FedEx Ground

2018 Final Scores All Competitors – Click here

The Arizona Trucking Association would like to thank all the competitors who participated in this year’s TDC.

We would also like to thank the sponsors and volunteers who make the Arizona TDC possible:


ABF Freight System
Contracted Driver Services
Crossfit Fury
Diamond Trucking Inc.
Empire Transport
Empire Truck & Trailer
Environmental Response, Inc.
FedEx Freight, Inc.
FedEx Ground
Freightliner of Arizona
Good’s Insurance Agency
HDS, Inc.
Help, Inc. – Provider of PrePass
International Excess Program Managers
J&L Transportation, Inc.
JJ Keller & Associates
Knight Transportation, Inc.
Quality Driver Solutions, Inc.
Rush Truck Centers
Shamrock Foods Company
Southwest Truck Driver Training
Stewart Transport, Inc.
Swift Transportation Co. of AZ, LLC
TCI Leasing
Transtar Insurance Brokers
Vanguard Truck Centers
Walmart Transportation, LLC
Werner Enterprises, Inc.
XPO Logistics, Inc.


Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Contracted Driver Services
DLD Truck Straps
Diamond Trucking Inc.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
FedEx Freight, Inc
Good’s Insurance Agency
HDS, Inc.
May Trucking Company
NTSG a division of Heffernan Insurance Brokers
Rush Truck Centers
Shamrock Foods Company
Southwest Truck Driver Training
XPO Logistics, Inc.
and many more…

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