Truck driving championships host record number of women competitors

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The 2007 National Truck Driving Championships will feature a record number of seven female drivers competing in Minneapolis.

“I’m thrilled that seven women have won state competitions through their dedication to safe driving practices and will compete at nationals,” says Elisabeth Barna, American Trucking Associations vice president and Women in Trucking board member. “Hopefully this exposure will encourage more women to consider a career within the trucking industry.”

The National Truck Driving Championships include the individual winners in eight competing categories from each of the 50 states. Nearly 400 top professional truck drivers will travel to Minneapolis Aug. 21-25 to compete in their respective classes. One contestant will drive away as the National Grand Champion Truck Driver on Saturday, Aug. 25. The NTDC annually attracts more than 2,000 cheering friends, family, colleagues and interested spectators.

This year’s female competitors are:

  • Linda J. Courtney, Watkins & Shepard Trucking (Montana), Five-Axle;
  • Janet R. Hoard, FedEx Express (Kentucky), Straight Truck;
  • Lisa Jones, Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. (South Carolina), Straight Truck;
  • Linda Nodland, Leavitt’s Freight Service (Oregon), Flatbed;
  • Karen Roderick, FedEx Ground (Connecticut), Straight Truck;
  • Jacqueline S. Spangler, ExxonMobil Corp. (Maryland), Tank Truck; and
  • Karen Tierney, FedEx Express (West Virginia), Straight Truck.
  • For more information about the 2007 National Truck Driving Championships, go to For more information on Women in Trucking, go to