FedEx Freight driver named Alabama state truck driving champion

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Thomas “Ross” Garner, of Hartselle, was named the best professional truck driver in Alabama after winning the three-axle competition and receiving the highest overall score in the eight competing categories at the 2010 Alabama Truck Driving Championships. The annual event is sponsored by Alabama Trucking Association.
Garner, who drives for FedEx Freight, now qualifies to compete in the American Trucking Associations’ National Truck Driving Championships August 3-7, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio—also known as the “Super Bowl of Safety.” The winners from each of the seven other categories are also eligible to compete in the national championship.
Nearly 400 drivers from all 50 states will compete in Columbus 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. These 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.
One contestant will drive away as the 2010 National Grand Champion Truck Driver.