20 ABF state champs make National Truck Driving Championships

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ABF Freight System is sending 20 championship drivers from 10 states to the 72nd National Truck Driving Championships, set for Aug. 18-22 in Pittsburgh. Professional drivers earn the right to compete in the national championships by winning state driving championships and by maintaining an accident-free driving record for the past year.

“It is due to the dedication and leadership of outstanding employees like these drivers that ABF enjoys a great reputation as a trusted supply-chain partner,” says Jim McFarlin, safety and security director for ABF, based in Fort Smith, Ark. “The productive, conscientious work of these professionals helps to bring unmatched value-added logistics solutions to ABF customers. Everyone at ABF greatly appreciates their hard work and dedication, and we’re proud of the way they represent ABF and the trucking industry.”

Known informally as the “Super Bowl of Safety,” the annual event is sponsored by the Safety and Loss Prevention Management Council of the American Trucking Associations to promote driving safety among the nation’s three million professional truck drivers. Competitive divisions include straight truck, three-axle, four-axle, five-axle, tank truck, flatbed, five-axle sleeper, twins or auto transporter. The comprehensive competitions include written examinations, pretrip inspection and a demonstration of braking, parking, backing and maneuvering skills.