NE Truck Driving Championships

Be Sure to Join us May 31 – June 1, 2019 to put your trucking knowledge to the test in 2019!

THANK YOU to all who participated in our 2018 Nebraska Trucking Driving Championships!
Congrats to all the winners!- Press Release, Award Winners & Event Gallery Below!

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:

  1. A written test covering safety regulations and trucking industry facts
  2. A vehicle inspection in which drivers must identify defects
  3. An interview with a law enforcement officer
  4. 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.

Sponsorship Information

Your support at any level would be greatly appreciated. Benefits of becoming a sponsor of the Truck Driving Championships will include your names printed in the official championships program, on event signage and in the post-championships issue of Nebraska Trucker magazine. In addition, sponsors will be recognized via public announcements during the driving competition on Saturday, June 9.


  • GOLD – $100
  • PLATINUM – $250
  • DIAMOND – $500

If you have any questions about the sponsorship opportunities or would prefer to donate other items, please contact Kent Grisham. We appreciate your support in making the 2018 Nebraska Truck Driving Championships a success.

Please submit your Sponsorship Form electronically, you can email forms to

NTDC June 11, 2018 Press Release
Nebraska Truck Driving Champions Announced

This 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. 100 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 2018 overall grand champion is Tim Dean with Werner Enterprises in Omaha, NE

Click here to Read the Full Press Release

2018 NTDC Winners – Congratulations!

Straight Class:

Clinton Rast – ABF Freight System, Inc. – Omaha
Christina GainesFedEx Express-Lincoln – Lincoln
Robert WhiteWerner Enterprises – Omaha

Three-axle class:

Paul BadgettFedEx Freight, Inc. – Aurora
Larry DerrWerner Enterprises – Omaha
Joseph BuschABF Freight System, Inc. – Omaha

Four-axle class:

Tom CanningOld Dominion Freight Line, Inc. – Omaha
Kevin ZelasneyABF Freight System, Inc. – Omaha
John PoppenFedEx Freight, Inc. – Aurora

Five-axle class:

Toby KortFedEx Freight, Inc. – Aurora
Sam WilsonXPO Logistics, Inc. – Aurora
David VanceCrete Carrier Corporation – Lincoln

Five-axle sleeper class:

Tim DeanWerner Enterprises – Omaha
Paul SmithABF Freight System, Inc. – Omaha
David StandringHill Brothers Transportation, Inc. – Omaha

Tank truck class:

Pat CrumbFremont Contract Carriers, Inc. – Fremont
Philip DeLauder, Sr.Werner Enterprises – Omaha
Scott StroupYRC Freight – Omaha

Flatbed class:

Daryl Johnson – YRC Freight – Omaha
Shane Bushhousen – Sunrise Express, Inc. – Grand Island
George Chaney – FedEx Freight, Inc. – Aurora

Twin-trailer class:

Terry DurhamWerner Enterprises – Omaha
Lawton BiddleOld Dominion Freight Line, Inc. – Omaha
Rich BoydCrete Carrier Corporation – Lincoln

Step van class:

Jeremiah SaffoldFedEx Express-Omaha – Omaha
Chris CherryFedEx Express-Lincoln – Lincoln
Theresa TrivelyFedEx Express-Omaha – Omaha

Mixer truck class:

Daniel ZeibigNEBCO – Beatrice Concrete – Crete
Steven KelleyLyman-Richey Corporation – Omaha
Nicholas SiracuseLyman-Richey Corporation – Omaha

Truck and Pup:

Bob Duff –  Lyman-Richey Corporation – Omaha
Mike LeMayGreater Omaha Express, LLC – Omaha
Scott NebenNEBCO – Kearney Crete and Block – Kearney

Team winners:

ABF Freight System, Inc. – Omaha
Werner Enterprises – Omaha
Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc. – Fremont