Voting opens in military vet rookie driver contest

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The “Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence” program finalists, which recognizes the top rookie military veteran truckers, from left, are: Gregg Softy (Army), Stevens Transport; Wayne Roy (Marine Corps), U.S. Xpress; and Daniel Shonebarger (Navy), Melton Truck Lines.The “Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence” program finalists, which recognizes the top rookie military veteran truckers, from left, are: Gregg Softy (Army), Stevens Transport; Wayne Roy (Marine Corps), U.S. Xpress; and Daniel Shonebarger (Navy), Melton Truck Lines.

Voting is now open for Fastport’s 2017 Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence award, which honors a rookie truck driver with a military background.

The program awards a fully loaded Kenworth T680 to the winner. Each of the finalists is a former member of the military who is now working as a truck driver.

The three finalists are:

  • Wayne Roy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Xpress
  • Daniel Shonebarger, U.S. Navy, Melton Truck Lines
  • Gregg Softy, U.S. Army, Stevens Transport

Each finalist has a video the public can watch in order to help make their vote. The public can vote once per day until the end of the day Oct. 31 for a winner.

On Dec. 15 in Washington, D.C., the winner will be announced during a ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hall of Flags. The winner will receive a 2017 Kenworth T680 with an approximate value of $155,000. The two other finalists will receive $10,000 in prize money.