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ABF Drivers Earn Top Spots in National Championships



             ABF Drivers Earn Top Spots in National Championships

PR Newswire

FORT SMITH, Ark., Aug. 30, 2013

FORT SMITH, Ark., Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ABF Freight System, Inc.^® is
proud to recognize its winning team of 20 drivers at the National Truck
Driving Championships, with two drivers taking first place in the industry's
most prestigious event of the year.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130830/DA72087)

Drivers Ralph Garcia representing New Mexico (Four-Axle) and Tim Melody
representing Idaho (Twins) took first place at the championships that were
held from August 20 to 24, 2013, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Tony Spero,
representing Connecticut (Tank), placed second. Garcia also won the Neill
Darmstadter Professional Excellence Award.  

"This is a huge honor for ABF and for our winning drivers," said ABF President
and Chief Executive Officer Roy Slagle. "Just earning the right to compete at
this event is an incredible achievement and our team performed extremely
well.  We are very proud of Ralph, Tim, and Tony and the entire ABF team of
drivers who earned the right to compete by winning state championships and
maintaining accident-free driving records."

As one of the largest U.S. less-than-truckload providers, ABF's drivers are
recognized as some the safest in the industry. ABF has won numerous awards for
safety including the President's Trophy for Safety from the American Trucking
Associations.

Also representing ABF at the national competition was a father/son team,
Travis Gibson and John R. Gibson of West Virginia. They were joined by Steve
Smalley, Arizona; Loren Hatfield, Arkansas; Scott Scheuffele, Idaho; Don
Nichols, Maryland; Chuck Colin, Minnesota; Ed Beins, Nebraska; Gerald
Benavidez, Michael Contreras, Charlie Estrada and Ricky Lucas, New Mexico;
Allen McNeely, North Carolina; John M. Davis, Virginia; and Tom Martin, John
Dill and Andrew Walston, 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 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
Website: abf.com                 Telephone: (479) 785-8913
Facebook: facebook.com/ABFtoday  Twitter: twitter.com/ABFtoday

SOURCE ABF Freight System, Inc.

Website: http://www.abfs.com
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