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Arizona Trucking Association Announces Winners of the 2019 Arizona Truck Driving Championship

Phoenix, AZ – On April 13, 2019 the Arizona Trucking Association held its annual Truck Driving Championship (TDC) at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Over 175 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 Zdanek – FedEx Freight
  • David Messmer Rookie of the Year Award: Robert Lopez – FedEx Freight

Eight other TDC class winners will join Ms. Daly to represent Arizona at the National Truck Driving Championship in Pittsburgh, PA on August 14-17, 2019. Team Arizona will compete against 430 other professional drivers vying for selection as the nation’s top professional truck drivers.

First, second, and third place winners in each class are listed below.

Straight Truck
1st       Charles Woodland, FedEx Freight
2nd     David Zdanek, FedEx Freight
3rd      Rodney Pence, FedEx Freight

3 Axle
1st       Albert Ochoa, FedEx Freight
2nd     Robert Romando, FedEx Freight
3rd      Steven Garner, Shamrock Foods Co   (Rookie)

4 Axle
1st       Ramon Diaz Jr, FedEx Freight
2nd     Jose Orozco, XPO Logistics Inc.
3rd      David Coffel, FedEx Express

5 Axle Tractor Trailer
1st       Ina Daly, XPO Logistics Inc.
2nd     Eric Epperson, Quicktrip
3rd      Edward Romero, XPO Logistics Inc.

Flatbeds
1st       Eric Ramsdell, Walmart Supply Chain
2nd     William Vasquez, Shamrock Foods Co.
3rd      Randall James, FedEx Freight  (Rookie)

Tankers
1st       George Wells III, Shamrock Foods Co.
2nd     Wade Allison, Diamond Trucking Inc.
3rd      James Lester, Marathon Petroleum

5 Axle Sleeper
1st       Gregory Ryan, Walmart Supply Chain
2nd     Wesley Bauer, Walmart Supply Chain
3rd      John McGeein, Swift Transportation Co

Tractor Trailer – Twins
1st       Kelly Brown, FedEx Freight
2nd     Robert Lopez, FedEx Freight  (Rookie)
3rd      Bradley Clyne, FedEx Freight

Step Van/Package Car
1st       Ruben Montoya Jr, FedEx Ground
2nd     Scott Klugman, FedEx Ground  (Rookie)
3rd      Michael Ortiz, FedEx Ground

2019 Final Scores for 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

Sponsorships
Arizona Public Service Co. (APS)
Arizona Storage Rental, Inc.
Barney Trucking Inc.
Commercial Metals Company
Contracted Driver Services
DLD Truck Straps
Duke’s Drivers & Logistics
Empire Transport
FedEx Freight, Inc.
Good’s Insurance Agency
Help, Inc. – Provider of PrePass
JJ Keller & Associates
Knight Transportation, Inc.
Love AZ Real Estate
Marathon Petroleum
PFA Transportation Insurance & Surety Services
Phoenix Truck Driving School
Quality Driver Solutions, Inc.
Salt River Project (SRP)
Shamrock Foods Company
Southwest Truck Driver Training
Stewart Transport, Inc.
Swift Transportation Co. of AZ, LLC
Transtar Insurance Brokers
Walmart Supply Chain
Waste Management

Equipment Donations
ABF Freight System
Aim Leasing Company
Diamond Trucking Inc.
FedEx Ground
Knight Transportation, Inc.
Marathon Petroleum
McKinney Trailer Rentals
Shamrock Foods Company
Southwest Truck Driver Training
Swift Transportation Co. of AZ, LLC
TCI Leasing
UPS
Walmart Supply Chain
Werner Enterprises, Inc.
XPO Logistics, Inc.
YRC

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