NE Truck Driving Championships
Thank You to All Who Made the 2017 Event a Success!
Congrats to all our winners!
Another Nebraska Truck Driving Championships is in the record books! Our thanks to everyone who participated, volunteered, sponsored, provided vehicles, goods or services and attended – it was a great event! Your committee, under the leadership of chairman, Dave Dailey with Lyman-Richey, outdid themselves this year! More than 100 drivers entered for the competition and over 350 enjoyed the Satruday evening banquet at Fonner Park. New events included attendance by American’s Road Team, a ‘truck and pups,’ division and a dance following the banquet.
Our thanks to the Nebraska Concrete and Aggregates Association for providing lunch on Saturday and Lyman-Richey for providing the meat for the brats – a total of 600 hand made by their team! Our charity was Make-A-Wish Nebraska; due to the overwhelming generosity of our members and attendees, we are still tallying the amount raised. Be sure to check out the gallery below!
NTDC June 6, 2017 Press Release
Nebraska Truck Driving Champions Announced
his annual event offers Nebraska’s best professional truck drivers a chance to demonstrate knowledge, talent and skills in a competition highlighting what it takes to be a safe driver on today’s streets and highways. 102 drivers participated in this year’s championships in eleven classes. Additional awards were presented based upon scores in the four separate test areas: written examination, personal interview, pre-trip inspection and driving test. Team awards are also given to the company with three or more drivers competing with the highest overall score.
The 2017 overall grand champion is Ed Beins, ABF Freight System, Inc., Lincoln
Ed Beins – ABF Freight System Inc. – Lincoln
Shawn Harms – FedEx Freight, Inc. – Lincoln
Christina Gaines – FedEx Express-Lincoln – Lincoln
Sam Wilson – XPO Logistics – Aurora
Larry Derr – Werner Enterprises – Omaha
Joe Busch – ABF Freight System Inc. – Omaha
Terry Durham – Werner Enterprises – Omaha
John Poppen – FedEx Freight, Inc. – Grand Island
Jeff Tomlinson – Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc. – Fremont
Tom Hopkins – Walmart Transportation, LLC – North Platte
Toby Kort – FedEx Freight, Inc. – Aurora
Kent Wood – Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc. – Fremont
Five-axle sleeper class:
Darin Hardwick – Crete Carrier Corporation – Kansas City, MO
Eric Bauman – Grand Island Express, Inc. – Grand Island
Paul Smith – ABF Freight System Inc. – Omaha
Tank truck class:
Ian Franck – Hunt Transportation, Inc. – Omaha
Jay Burmeister – FedEx Freight, Inc. – Grand Island
Phillip DeLauder – Werner Enterprises – Omaha
John Fogo – Red & White Market & Transfer, Inc. – Hastings
Joey Martel – ABF Freight System Inc. – Omaha
Daryl Johnson – YRC Freight – Omaha
Brent Turek – FedEx Freight, Inc. – Aurora
Rick Larch – Grand Island Express, Inc. – Grand Island
Lonnie Starke – XPO Logistics – Aurora
Step van class:
Adam Stroup – FedEx Express-Omaha – Omaha
Travis Minnick – FedEx Express-Lincoln – Lincoln
Chris Cherry – FedEx Express-Lincoln – Lincoln
Mixer truck class:
Kenny Dillon – Lyman-Richey Corporation – Omaha
Dan Zeibig – Beatrice Concrete Company, Inc. – Crete
Tom Inzuaro – Lyman-Richey Corporation – Omaha
Truck and Pup:
Bob Duff – Lyman-Richey Corporation – Omaha
Jennifer Kastens – Lyman-Richey Corporation – Omaha
Mitchell Helmuth – Paulsen Inc. – Lexington
XPO Logistics – Aurora
Walmart Transportation, LLC – North Platte
Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc. – Fremont
What is the Nebraska Truck Driving Championships??
A statewide competition for professional heavy truck drivers who maintain accident-free driving records
The championships have four phases:
- A written test covering safety regulations and trucking industry facts
- A vehicle inspection in which drivers must identify defects
- An interview with a law enforcement officer
- A driving skills test in one of nine classes: step van, straight truck, three-axle truck, four-axle truck, five-axle truck, five-axle sleeper truck, tanker, flatbed or twin-trailer.
Winners in each class advance to the National Truck Driving Championships.
Nebraska Trucking member trucking companies sponsor their drivers and owner/operators to attend the two-day contest. Staff from member companies serve as volunteer officials for the competition.