Raschke, also the December 2019 Driver of the Month, was selected from the association’s 12 monthly winners honored between the 2019 and 2020 SDTA Conventions. He received a plaque and $1,000 in recognition of his achievement.
“It is very difficult to select one driver, especially when each driver has to their credit so many miles of safe driving,” Viessman, a Gary SD-based hauler of specialty products, said in a release. “The 12 monthly winners have a combined total of nearly 22,475,000 safe driving miles and over 309 years of experience.”
Each of the 12 monthly winners were interviewed by a panel of three judges, who asked the same three questions and then selected the driver with the highest accumulated score as the 2020 Driver of the Year.
Raschke has been a professional truck driver for 26 years. He has 18 years of over-the-road (semi-tractor + trailer) experience and 5½ years of local, light-duty experience. He also has more than 2 million accident free miles to his credit.
The veteran driver and Army vet also is active in South Dakota’s trucking driving championships. He placed third in the 5-axle class in 2019.