Nineteen professional YRC Freight drivers have qualified to compete at the 2017 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in Orlando, Florida. The event will be held August 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center. These 19 YRC Freight professionals will go up against more than 400 of the nation’s most elite professional drivers in a variety of challenges and competitions.
The National Truck Driving Championships (Nationals) are held annually and are sponsored by the American Trucking Association (ATA). Competition consists of a driven skills challenge, pre-trip inspection, and a written exam on subjects such as laws, regulations and vehicle maintenance. This year’s event will include over 420 competitors, representing dozens of carriers, from across the United States.
To get there, drivers must be accident-free for one year before the event and place first in their state contest among other eligibility requirements. The NTDC challenges competitors’ driving skills and knowledge of truck safety in three ways: maneuverability test, pretrip inspection and written examination.
Beyond the competition, the NTDC also brings drivers and their families together for a special week of fellowship and company pride. That’s why most drivers who have attended say it’s one of the highlights of their careers. We wish them all the best of luck, and thank them for their continued dedication to excellence.
Champion State Class
Mark Stevenson Louisiana 4-Axle
Willie Johnson Arizona 3-Axle
Michael McAfee New Mexico Sleeper
Dave Murphy Idaho 3-Axle
Richard Thatcher Ohio 3-Axle
Jeff Medford Ohio 5-Axle
Jeff Rose Ohio Twins
Wade Wageman South Dakota Twins
Mike Buck Oklahoma Sleeper
Blake Johnson Oklahoma Flatbed
Randall Briggs Utah 4-Axle
Neil Nogues* New Hampshire 4-Axle
Ricardo Molina Texas Straight
Tim McNamee * Minnesota 5-Axle
Jerry Kraetsch Minnesota Flatbed
Bruce Quaal* Minnesota 4-Axle
Walter Schmitz Illinois Straight
Melvin Andrews Arizona Straight
Kris Knalson California 4-Axle
* Neil Nogeus and Bruce Quaal were Grand Champion winners in their state competitions. Tim McNamee won the Pre-Trip, Professional Excellence award.