YRC Worldwide subsidiaries send 64 drivers to national championships

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Three YRC Worldwide subsidiaries announced Monday, July 31, that collectively they are sending 64 drivers to the National Truck Driving Championships, to be held Aug. 15-19 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The first-place winners of the state truck driving championships qualify for the American Trucking Associations’ national championships. To participate in state competitions, drivers must be accident-free for one year.

The drivers will compete against nearly 400 others for national titles in eight different classes of vehicles and for the National Grand Champion title. The drivers accumulate points by demonstrating their driving skills and knowledge of the trucking industry through a series of tests. The drivers are given a written examination, personal interview, pre-trip inspection test and a field test.

  • Yellow Transportation announced that a record-breaking 28 of its drivers qualified for the championships; Yellow drivers have captured the National Grand Champion title three times in the past five years, including last year. “We are pleased to break the old company record of 26 drivers at the championships set last year,” says James Welch, president and chief executive officer of Overland Park, Kan.-based Yellow Transportation. “These state champions have demonstrated their dedication to safe driving and their commitment to upholding the industry’s highest standards of professionalism. We have an excellent team this year, and we wish them all the best of luck.”
  • Roadway announced that 27 of its drivers will compete at the event. “We are proud of the 27 state champion drivers that have demonstrated their dedication to safety, professionalism and driving skill — not only in competition, but every day in their professional lives,” says Mike Smid, president and CEO of Akron, Ohio-based Roadway. “I’m looking forward to watching these leaders of our industry compete in New Orleans and wish them the best in their quest for the national championship.”
  • YRC Regional Transportation announced that nine of its drivers qualified for the championships. “We are very proud of our nine drivers that have proven their skill and commitment to safety at their state championships,” says Jim Staley, president and CEO of Akron-based YRC Regional. “This national competition is the best of the best, and we wish our drivers much luck.”
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