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Delaware truck drivers compete for national title


Arlington, Va. — Three Delaware truck drivers will compete in the National Truck Driving Championships in St. Louis.

More than 400 drivers from all 50 states will compete in St. Louis for four days, challenging their driving skills, and knowledge of safety, equipment and the industry. From 18-wheeler five axle sleepers to tank trucks to twin trailers, they will drive a course that recreates situations truck drivers face daily. The maneuvers may include: an alley dock, a rear line stop, a side park, a scale stop, a right turn, a front line stop, and straight line driving through a diminishing clearance.

On August 15, one contestant will drive away as the Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion.

“The Truck Driving Championships represent the culmination of the industry’s dedication to safety,” said Delaware Motor Transport Association Inc. Executive Director, Lee Derrickson.  “I congratulate all the contestants and I hope Delaware cheers for our drivers this week.”

Delaware participants are Tom Ennels, Wal-Mart Transportations (Straight Truck), from Greenwood; Jose Perez, FedEx Freight (Twin Trailers), of New Castle; and David Valentine, FedEx Freight (5-Axle), from Camden.

ATA’s National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships include top professional truck drivers from around the United States competing at company, state and regional levels to make it to the national competition.

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