Walmart Transportation's Gary Harms is 2013 Bendix National Truck Driving
SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 25, 2013
Bruce Renton, Holland, Named Rookie of the Year
SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Gary Harms, a Walmart
Transportation professional truck driver based in Olathe, Kan. was named the
2013 Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion. Gary's
driving skills and knowledge of transportation and truck safety information
topped those of 422 other professional truckdrivers from all across the United
States in the National Truck Driving Championships, held in Salt Lake City,
Utah. The 76^th annual "Super Bowl of Safety" is sponsored by the American
In route to his title, Gary has logged 30 years as a driver, with over 1.7
million miles behind the wheel. Gary began competing in his state truck
driving championships in 2007, and this is his second trip to the National
Truck Driving Championships. In 2011, Gary placed first in 4-axle class.
The contestants were the state champions in nine truck types from all 50
states. Collectively, they have driven 605,654,659 accident-free miles.
In their respective classes, drivers tested their expertise in the driving
skills they use daily. The competition course inside the Salt Palace
Convention Center challenged their knowledge of safety, equipment and the
industry. The skills course tested drivers' ability to judge distances,
maneuver tight spaces, reverse, park, and position their vehicle exactly over
scales, before barriers or around curves.
"Gary truly represents what is best about our industry," ATA President and CEO
Bill Graves said. "To win the title of Bendix National Truck Driving
Championships Grand Champion, Gary bested more than 420 of America's safest,
most professional, drivers and he and his company, Walmart Transportation,
should be congratulated for their efforts."
Gary also won the individual 5-Axle Sleeper driving competition. Joining Gary
as champions in their respective classes:
Three-Axle: MA - Roland Buldoc, Fedex Express, East Longmeadow, Mass.
Four-Axle: NM - Ralph Garcia, ABF Freight System, Inc., Rio Rancho, N. Mex.
Five-Axle: VA - George Johnson, UPS Freight, Aylett, Va.
Flatbed Class: KY - Richard Wayne Crowder, FedEx Freight, Lanesville, Ind.
Sleeper Berth Class: KS - Gary Harms, Walmart Transportation, Olathe, Kan.
Straight Truck: MD - James Carver, Owings, Md.
Tank Truck Class: AZ - Ina Daly, Con-way Freight, Avondale, Ariz.
Twins: ID: Timothy Melody, ABF Freight System, Inc., Fruitland, Idaho
Step Van: OK: Justin Kingsley, FedEx Ground, Tulsa, Okla.
Gary Harms succeeds Don Logan, a professional truck driver with FedEx Freight
from Eskridge, Kan.,as the National Grand Champion.
Bruce Renton, a driver for Holland from Grand Rapids, Mich., was named 2013
Rookie of the Year after competing in the Straight Truck division. Renton has
13 years behind the wheel and over 900,000 accident-free miles.
The Kansas state truck driving championship team won honors as the highest
scoring state team, with Wisconsin coming in second, followed by Vermont.
A full list of award winners is attached.
*Editors: High resolution photos of the winners are available.
ATA's National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving
Championships include top professional truck drivers from around the United
States competing at company, state and regional levels to make it to the
national competition Aug. 20-24 in Salt Lake City. The NTDC annually attracts
over 2,000 cheering friends, family, colleagues and spectators. For more
information, visit the 2013 National Truck Driving Championships website.
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2013 National Truck Driving Championship Winners:
Grand Champion: Gary Harms, Walmart Transportation (Olathe, Kan.)
National Rookie of the Year: Bruce Renton, Holland (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
State Team Trophy: Kansas
Vehicle Condition Award: Don Logan, FedEx Freight (Eskridge, Kan.)
Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence Award: Ralph Garcia, ABF Freight
System, Inc. (Rio Rancho, N.M.)
Life-Time Volunteer Award: John Killilee, Meridian, ID
Perfect Score on Written Exam:
oJudd Adams, Con-way Freight, Straight Truck, Taylorville, Utah
oIna Daly, Con-way Freight, Tank Truck, Avondale, Ariz.
oDonald Logan, FedEx Freight, Flatbed, Eskridge, Kan.
oTimothy Melody, ABF Freight System, Twins, Fruitland, Idaho
oJeffrey Thompson, FedEx Freight, 3-Axle, Olathe, Kan.
Straight Truck Class
1.James Carver, Maryland (Owings)
2.Judd Adams, Con-way Freight, Utah (Taylorville)
3.Daniel Jones, FedEx Freight, Kansas (Topeka)
1.Roland Bolduc, FedEx Express, Massachusetts (E. Longmeadow)
2.Eric Courville, FedEx Freight, Louisiana (Breaux Bridge)
3.Jason Harrington, Con-way Freight, North Dakota (Bismarck)
1.Ralph Garcia, ABF Freight System, New Mexico (Rio Rancho)
2.Thomas Griffin, FedEx Freight, Connecticut (Wallingfod)
3.Jeremy Steger, Con-way Freight, Wisconsin (Fond du Lac)
1.George Johnson, UPS Freight, Virginia (Aylett)
2.Harold Snyder, North Carolina (King)
3.Ivan Nikolic, FedEx Ground, Illinois (Chicago)
1.Richard Wayne Crowder, FedEx Freight, Kentucky (Lanesville, Ind.)
2.Larry Rhein, FedEx Freight, Arkansas (Harrison)
3.Paul Brandon, FedEx Freight, Connecticut (Oxford)
Tank Truck Class
1.Ina Daly, Con-way Freight, Arizona (Avondale)
2.Tony Spero, ABF Freight System, Connecticut (Stratford)
3.Jason Matte, FedEx Freight, Mississippi (Flowood)
1.Timothy Melody, ABF Freight System, Idaho (Fruitland)
2.Alfonso Saavedra, Con-way Freight, California (Watsonville)
3.Barry Kraemer, Con-way Freight, Wisconsin (New Holstein)
Sleeper Berth Class
1.Gary Harms, Walmart Transportation, Kansas (Olathe)
2.Leo Flack, A. Duie Pyle, Pennsylvania (West Chester)
3.Timothy Sproles, UPS Freight, Tennessee (Bristol, Virginia)
1.Justin Kingsley, FedEx Ground, Oklahoma (Tulsa)
2.Salvatore Vincelli, FedEx Ground, Pennsylvania (Allentown)
3.Michael Forchetti, FedEx Express, Maryland (Frederick)
SOURCE American Trucking Associations
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