For the first time in many years, a tank truck driver actually won the Tank Truck Class in the American Truck Associations’ National Truck Driving Championships, which were held August 12-16 in Pittsburgh PA. The winner in the Tank Truck Class was Christopher Miller, who drives for United Petroleum Transportation.
Jeffrey Langenhahn, a Con-way Freight professional truck driver based in Plover WI earned the top honor as the 2014 Bendix Grand Champion at the 77th annual National Truck Driving Championships.
“The National Truck Driving Championships competitors are the best of the best--the safest, most skilled and most knowledgeable among professional drivers,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “I applaud all the competitors for their achievements and dedication to safety, and congratulate Jeffrey on his Grand Champion award which showcases his superior driving skill and commitment to safety.”
To win the coveted title, Langenhahn’s driving skills and knowledge of transportation and truck safety information topped those of 426 other professional drivers from all across the United States in the “Super Bowl of Safety” sponsored by American Trucking Associations.
In route to his title, Langenhahn has logged 28 years as a driver, with over 1.9 million miles behind the wheel. Jeffrey began competing in his state truck driving championships in 1997, and this is his fourth trip to the National Truck Driving Championships.
David Guinn, a professional driver for Publix Super Markets Inc from Mulberry FL was named 2014 Rookie of the Year after competing in the Five-Axle division; and the North Carolina truck driving championship team won honors as the highest scoring state.
The contestants were the state champions in nine truck types from all 50 states. Collectively, they have driven 653,677,080 accident-free miles.
In their respective classes, drivers tested their expertise in the driving skills they use daily. The competition course inside the David L. Lawrence 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.
2014 National Truck Driving Championship Winners:
Grand Champion: Jeffrey Langenhahn, Con-way Freight
National Rookie of the Year: David Guinn, Publix Super Markets Inc
State Team Trophy: North Carolina
Vehicle Condition Award: Jeffrey Payne, Reddaway
Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence Award: Jeffrey Payne, Reddaway
Life-Time Volunteer Award: Sam Gillette
Straight Truck Class
First Place: Brendan Sharp, FedEx Freight (Henderson CO)
Second Place: Rene Molinary, FedEx Express (Coral Springs FL)
Third Place: Guy Frederickson, FedEx Ground (Kaukauna WI)
First Place: Basher Pierce, FedEx Freight, (Sophia NC)
Second Place: Edward Pennington, FedEx Freight (Jacksonville FL)
Third Place: Joseph Hicks, Con-way Freight (Johnston RI)
First Place: James Quarles, Walmart Transportation LLC (Laurens SC)
Second Place: Roy Garcia, Peninsula Truck Lines Inc (Otis Orchards WA)
Third Place: Edward Carlson, FedEx Freight (Portland OR)
First Place: Wayne Gootee, Walmart Transportation (Brooklyn MI)
Second Place: William Hill, Old Dominion Freight Line (Marsing ID)
Third Place: Richard Hill, Walmart Transportation (Conway NH)
First Place: Paul Brandon, FedEx Freight (Oxford CT)
Second Place: Brian Walker, UPS Freight (Randleman NC)
Third Place: Randall Stromlund, UPS Freight (Sparks NV)
Tank Truck Class
First Place: Christopher Miller, United Petroleum Transports (Cowetta OK)
Second Place: Gary Nickell, The Boeing Company (Fox Island WA)
Third Place: James Kroschel, US Foods (Maplewood MN)
First Place: Jeffrey Langenhahn, Con-way Freight (Plover WI)
Second Place: David Martinez, H-E-B (Natalia TX)
Third Place: Jeffrey Payne, Reddaway (Cedar City UT)
Sleeper Berth Class
First Place: Matt Awbrey, Walmart Transportation LLC (Franklin GA)
Second Place: Ralph Garcia, ABF Freight System Inc. (Albuquerque NM)
Third Place: Steve Elliston, Walmart Transportation LLC (Sparta MI)
First Place: Christopher Shaw, FedEx Express (Albuquerque NM)
Second Place: Thomas Reinold, FedEx Express (Sutton MA)
Third Place: Nick Frazier, FedEx Ground (Granby MO)