Last weekend, I had the privilege of attending my third consecutive National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) as over 450 professional truck drivers competed in Orlando, FL.
The NTDC, also known as the “Super Bowl of Safety” is sponsored annually by the American Trucking Associations (ATA). The contestants are state champions from all 50 states. States send their first place winners from each of eight classes of competition - Straight Truck, 3-axle Van, 4-axle Van, 5-axle Van, 5-axle Sleeper Van, Flatbed, Tanker, and Twin Trailer.
Collectively, these drivers compiled almost 600 million accident-free miles. They truly are the best of the best.
If you’ve never attended this event, I highly encourage you to consider it in the future. I enjoy being able to see all the familiar faces as I root for drivers from Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. With over 2,000 cheering friends, family, colleagues, and spectators, it’s easy to get excited.
The competition lasts for four days as drivers challenge their driving skills and knowledge of safety, equipment and the industry. At the conclusion of the event, the first, second and third place finishers in each class were recognized at the Awards Banquet. The Rookie of the Year, the State Championship Team, and the National Grand Champion were also named.
To view all the final standings for the 2011 National Truck Driving Championships, click here.
I’d like to congratulate all the champions. I sincerely appreciate your dedication to the industry and to safety.
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