Nation’s top truck drivers on the road to Houston

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Nearly 400 top professional truck drivers from all across the United States soon will be heading to Houston for the 2008 National Truck Driving Championships, to be held Aug. 19-23 in the George R. Brown Convention Center. The “Super Bowl of Safety” is sponsored annually by the American Trucking Associations.

NTDC contestants are state champions from all 50 states. States send winners from each class of competition – from 18-wheeled five-axle sleepers to tank trucks to twin trailers to straight trucks – eight competing classes in all. Drivers will compete for four days, challenging their driving skills and knowledge of safety, equipment and the industry.

The test course recreates real-world obstacles that drivers encounter daily, such as an alley dock, a rear- and/or front-line stop, a scales stop, a right or left turn, parallel parking, or straight-line driving through a diminishing clearance. When it is all over on Saturday, Aug. 23, the United States will have a new National Grand Champion professional truck driver, individual champions in each class, and a state champion team.

NTDC annually attracts more than 2,000 cheering friends, family, colleagues and spectators. For more information, go to the 2008 National Truck Driving Championships website.