20 ABF Drivers Set to Compete in National Truck Driving Championships

    20 ABF Drivers Set to Compete in National Truck Driving Championships

PR Newswire

FORT SMITH, Ark., July 12, 2013

FORT SMITH, Ark., July 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --ABF^® is sending 20 champion
drivers, including five grand champions, to the National Truck Driving
Championships, August 20-24, 2013, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in
Salt Lake City, Utah. The drivers earned the right to compete in the national
championships by winning first place in their respective state driving
championships and by maintaining accident-free driving records for the
preceding year.

"These drivers are part of a team dedicated to safe driving and devoted to
upholding the highest standards of professionalism," said ABF President and
CEO Roy Slagle. "The great reputation ABF enjoys as a safe and reliable
carrier is a reflection of the drive and dedication of these outstanding
employees."

Representing ABF at the 2013 national competition will be a father/son team,
Travis Gibson, who won rookie of the year honors, and John R. Gibson of West
Virginia. This is the first time ABF has been represented by father/son
champions. They will be joined by Steve Smalley, Arizona; Loren Hatfield
(grand champion), Arkansas; Tony Spero, Connecticut; Tim Melody (grand
champion) and Scott Scheuffele, Idaho; Don Nichols, Maryland; Chuck Colin
(grand champion), Minnesota; Ed Beins (grand champion), Nebraska; Gerald
Benavidez, Michael Contreras, Charlie Estrada, Ralph Garcia and Ricky Lucas,
New Mexico; Allen McNeely, North Carolina; John M. Davis, Virginia; and Tom
Martin, John Dill and Andrew Walston (grand champion), Wyoming.

The National Truck Driving Championships is hosted each year by the American
Trucking Associations. Dating to 1937 when it was known as the National Truck
Roadeo, the competition is now known informally as the "Super Bowl of Safety."

As the principal subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS), ABF
operates as a global provider of customizable freight and logistics solutions.
ABF enhances supply chain efficiencies and achieves optimum performance by
focusing on specific customer needs and customizing innovative solutions. The
company's resource-rich infrastructure includes an innovative Dual-System^®
Network for regional and national transportation. Its portfolio of services
extends from the manufacturer's floor to expedited and time-definite final
delivery. In between, customers benefit from a single point of contact and
total end-to-end visibility.

Contact: Russ Aikman, director of marketing &
public relations
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SOURCE ABF Freight System, Inc.

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